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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking may 2013 $4.95 15 years at precision hydraulics story on page 64 classic cars of mexico see page 28 atlantic racers in florida sun see page 34 baby it s cool inside ac is a bit more complicated than you might think battery recycling today see page 52 win prizes a brand new tomtom start 45 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 69 and 70!

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auto scan visit our online hub call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 atlantic volumetwelve · issue 3 · m a y · 2 0 1 3 trucking baby its cold inside page 6 writer carter hammett offers a survey view of how maritime drivers like to stay cool page 10 page 14 passing the torch bob greenwood offers some practical guidance and tips on implementing the next generation of ownership in the aftermarket industry petty s garage spring fling expands to include car show and new drag racing experience ­ need we say more about this rapidly expanding victoria day weekend event news of the weird ­ a 50-year-old mild-mannered nurse takes a chance and reclaims her car in a way that puts a dent in the car thief s career converting snow removal equipment for spring not always an arduous task ­ writer jay larue is back to say that snow removal is not just about snow removal anymore classic cars down mexico way ­ mexico known for its beautiful beaches outstanding food and a growing global reputation for drug-related crime also has a less-known but no less passionate love affair with its older vehicle beauties says kenneth e seaton atlantic region motor sports truro ns may 25 2013 ­ dave hull opens up the season you ve all been waiting for oh canada tim terry heads south to show the yanks the stuff we canucks are made of automotive sector council of ns successful awards evening they came they ate they honoured some of you might debate this but ellen voie says the customer is always right at least that what she says a case of range anxiety battery recycling today andrew macdonald knows energy density and knows it good don t forget to turn up the cold gavin brown knows all about hot cars and cool service running even a small fleet has big expenses ­ property rent taxes operating costs all add up and can hurt the little guy in the process says jay larue employer of choice awards ­ the trucking human resources council atlantic region recognizes the best of the best each year precision hydraulics celebrates 15 years ­ not bad for a business filled with ups and downs win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests m a y 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com advertising directory page 68 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com client services manager james somers james@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing ltd advocateprinting.com auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 16 page 24 page 28 page 32 page 34 page 44 page 50 page 52 page 58 page 60 page 62 page 64 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 69 page 70 3

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letter frin the editor heating up a cool issue eading about car-related trends in europe is always interesting and presents a good indicator of developments which may or may not move their way across the pond into north american markets one of the latest is the ongoing controversy about a new automotive air conditioning trend in september 2012 daimler announced that it won t be using hfo refrigerant r1234yf in its automotive air conditioning systems citing that it wants to continue using r134a the german manufacturer identified some safety concerns about the universally recognized replacement for r134a the day after daimler s report was released dupont responded by saying that that hfo 1234yf can be safely used as an automotive refrigerant and that risk assessments have shown have shown that there is no significant flammability risk for hfo 1234yf vs r-134a dupont expressed sur r by carter hammett prise that daimler s tests were conducted independently and without peer review before long honeywell joined in the fray echoing dupont s statements vowing to stand behind testing programs sponsored by 15 global automakers and restating its belief in data validity that hfo 1234yf is safe a few weeks later mercedes began recalling sl class vehicles r231 with hfo1234yf systems to replace them with r-134a subsequently honeywell issued another statement october 11 which said that it had witnessed no suggestion that findings added any new evidence to the risk assessments already conducted it further pointed out that pre-existing substances ­gasoline coolant transmission fluids under many car hoods were more flammable than hfo 1234yf they offered to collaborate with daimler to analyze their designs and help minimize flammability risks as of march 20 on racplus.com daimler still defiant despite thorough reviews and safety reiterations was put on the spot that any failings were its own according to the european commission handling the case saying dailmer s position was a declaration of war and that the situation why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nmay 2013 could have dire impact on both daimler s finances and reputation further adding that the new models daimler has released on the european market don t conform to eu laws the mobile air conditioning directive mac has been enforceable since january daimler wants more time from the ec to allow it to develop co2 as an air conditioning alternative the ec has implied that the car manufacturers have been aware of the new requirements for a decade and that daimler not only tried to make spurious claims about the new refrigerant but that it was trying to avoid paying extra costs associated with the new implementation we should all breathe a sigh of relief that the debate about safety is taken so seriously air conditioning has travelled a long way since the days when it was but a humble block of ice underneath horse carriages freon died a merciful death years ago when the chlorofluorocarbon cfc was found to be harmful to the ozone layer nowadays mechanics and technicians must juggle service with environmental responsibility and that s the messaging of this issue s big picture feature air conditioning is simply no longer a luxury it s a necessity and with that goes responsibility when each new generation of cars is produced succession planning is a big part of analyzing business cycles no longer as simple as hiring your kid to take over the company succession planning brookside road truro ns requires a number of skills phone 902 897-0252 and clear vision to make the transition smooth for all stakefax 902 897-2854 holders and speaking of transivancehanesautoparts.com tions the shift from winter-todaily shipping anywhere spring includes a myriad of local events especially as people start gearing up for racing season the third annual petty s garage spring fling includes a public drag racing session for the first time ever it s all part of the latest and greatest content you re bound to read on atlantic region vehicle news anywhere start your engines!

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baby it s cool inside once upon a time air conditioning was considered a privileged luxury available only to the few now it s become the norm but the norm is a bit more complicated than you might think by carter hammett ir conditioning is no longer considered a luxury it s a necessity as our population ages the volatility of climate change increases and technology evolves it s clear that passengers and drivers want the best vehicle experience possible it s all about how you feel in the vehicle now it s all about comfort levels as well as performance says transportation department technical trainer for nscc and auto and trucking atlantic regular dave giles the combination creates a better experience over all that experience includes new standards issued several years ago by the united states environmental protection agency epa under the epa the amount of all refrigerants recovered and changed must fall under the j2788 standard which now supersedes all other standards and applies to everyone including retailers says dave giles retailers need to understand that machines must meet the new standard he says air conditioners are service-based machines machines tend to be sourced and retailers tend to realize the machine is actually only a small part of the bigger picture a out with the old under the previous sae j2210 standard recovery efficiency and charge accuracy were essentially non-issues the recovery recycle and recharge equipment only had to reach a mercury level of 4 inches to meet safety requirements previous standards were larger and more relaxed about over-and-undercharging but the current crop of vehicles demand high charge correctness furthermore giles says a good refrigerant identifier is an essential before the a/c is hooked up these smart tools are often compact and lightweight and determine if a refrigerant is at industry standard levels thereby eliminating potential for human error the technology determines the presence of purity of the refrigerant thereby producing good roi people will put blends into a system but if you don t properly identify the composition you can suck it into the machine and contaminated says giles most people don t know what they re purchasing he continues in the industry it s called the aids of air conditioning most guys don t know their refrigerant is contaminated and then they pass it on it can be sold over the counter and is often a mixture of propane butane methane and other ingredients the reason people consume the stuff is because it s like buying propane for lanterns most people simply don t know what they re purchasing knowledge of refrigerants is crucial because people do use alternatives to the standard refrigerants a 30-pound bottle of standard r134 refrigerant sells for between $180-and 300 says giles blends normally go for about $10 a pound common problems can include failure of the a/c compressors which can cause complete system failure fire or even potential explosions says giles bottom line know the product and the chemicals you are working with the epa web site http www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609 index.html has lots of great faq sheets about refrigerant alternatives air conditioning 101 what you should know includes the fact that air conditioning is identical for both cars and trucks some parts are even interchangeable says giles air conditioning is based on heat exchange and there are two heat exchanges in all vehicles one is the evaporator and the other is the condenser the evaporator absorbs the heat from the inside of the vehicle convection carries the heat to the condenser in an ongoing closed circle process heat continues to be absorbed from the cab and continues to keep moving super heat occurs when a substance has changed state from a liquid to a gas and sub cooling happens when the gas is changed to a liquid the liquid continues to release heat latent heat occurs when a substance changes from a liquid to a gas but doesn t change temperature these basic principles need to be understood by technicians diagnosing a servicing need if they don t understand the basics of heat movement and exchange it will be difficult to understand the refrigerant flow says giles one of the key drivers in understanding all a/c components is that what they m a y 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com 7

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ac systems are named for is what they do compressors compress receivers receive says giles all components are named for what their function is people can t be intimidated by this because there s no magic the magic s in the refrigerants but when the magic s off several problem areas can arise that will drive a consumer to a shop these can include lack of cooling inside the vehicle a rapid cycling clutch on the compressor overheating of the engine or strange smells like mildew inside the vehicle if any of these occur it s time to address these concerns immediately to avoid risks of damage to the vehicle or the cooling system the next big thing since 2011 all new european passenger cars are not permitted to have an hvac system using a refrigerant with a global warning potential higher than 150 it s expected that this ruling will extend to all vehicles before long across the pond europe is investing heavily in an emerging form of auto air conditioning called thermal systems integration for fuel economy tiffe which is slated to roll out by 2015 the goal is to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent marketing materials state that tiffe is committed to developing an integrated thermal system to improve the on board thermal management it also aims to energy efficiency and is constituted by dual loop air conditioning a two-level temperature heat rejection system state-of-the-art heat exchangers among other features tiffe is a joint venture between auto manufacturers ford and fiat auto suppliers maflow and denso thermal systems and research institutions university of braunshweig and sintef two vehicle demonstrations are expected to evolve from the project including a diesel light commercial vehicle with hybrid power train and a gasoline passenger car with stop-and-start function both vehicles will be subjected to a gruelling series of testing procedures to determine the reliability of the system whatever its outcome the public s fickle purchasing trends concern for the environment and demand for comfort will continue to influence the evolution of this controversial equipment furthermore policies like those of the epa and the european directive on mobile air conditioning systems macs which aims to reduce emissions by specific ghgs in both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will guide how the rest of us look cool for some time to come air conditioning trivia the first car to offer factoryinstalled air-conditioning was the packard in 1940 more than 50 per cent of all new cars sold were equipped with a/c by 1969 in the early 1970s a new york times feature suggested that air conditioning had effectively killed the convertible car hypothesizing that real air has lost its value by 1996 automakers were mandated to switch to a less harmful r134a after freon was blamed for its harmful environmental impact including ozone depletion dual-zone automatic climate control allows for separate temperature settings for driver and passenger some cars have additional zones for rear-seat passengers volkswagen calls its manual air-conditioning system climatic automatic a/c is climatronic today more than 99 percent of all new cars are air-conditioned consumer reports detailed a car s air-conditioning resulted in a more than 3-mpg loss at highway speeds driving with the windows open had little impact on fuel economy ice age ever since it was first introduced in 1933 the value of air conditioning has been debated both in terms of effect on the car it cools and on the environment new yorkbased packard was the first company to install air conditioners in its vehicles for beginning in the 1940 model year the models were expensive large and cumbersome and available only in luxury cars it s little wonder production on them was suspended the following year it wasn t until 12 years later in 1953 when chrysler finally installed air conditioning in its cars following vigorous testing airtemp is widely believed to be the first air conditioning model to actually recirculate the air inside a vehicle blowing through ducts aimed over passengers heads these models were relatively easy to operate although still expensive as air conditioning continue to refine and improve itself it became more accessible and cost effective and by 1960 about 20 per cent of all us vehicles featured this new accessory that number increased over 50 per cent nowadays it s a given that your car comes with this feature brrrrrr 8 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nmay 2013

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bob s business development passing the torch planning smart succession planning by bob greenwood lanning the next stage in a business evolution can be challenging especially when you plan to phase yourself out of the equation succession is a huge issue within the aftermarket industry that is not openly discussed however let s try to take a direct focus with your specific business we have found that many clients quite frankly are mystified as to how to start this process so i thought i would provide some guidelines and hopefully start the discussion to move forward one fact to immediately address is p that only 47 of business owners have a proper will in place address this issue with your family and your business lawyer your business as a limited company is a separate entity under the law and we have found most people have not taken the proper steps in a will to deal with this entity properly address this now have that discussion with your lawyer if something was to happen to you today and you died you could be leaving your family an absolute nightmare to deal with and i don t believe any business owner wants that to happen so plan accordingly as some of you have heard me say the best succession plan works when the business is sold to its current employee or employees the reason i support this approach is because the new owners are familiar with all clients of the business and the detailed business processes necessary to sustain net income in the company it also reduces a lot of internal stress for the company employees as they know the new owners well so as you can appreciate the personnel development throughout your shop with your business is critical to your financial success it s necessary to understand that you should not be looking for one big cheque and a handshake while saying good bye those days are over and totally out of touch with reality if you want real financial value for the business a proper succession plan today that gives maximum payout opportunities is a payout plan spread out over 8-to-10 years and in some cases 12 years your job as a current owner is to become replaceable not irreplaceable the more you become replaceable the sooner succession can begin and integrate full acceptance of the new owners as they become more prominent within the company interacting with staff and clients review and consider these simple steps sit down and make notes as they apply to you 1 list all the things you do in your business that no one else within the company can do at the current time 2 determine who can be trained on like father like daughter 10 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nmay 2013

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each item and when they will be trained in order to make that list as short as possible 3 for everything within the business that is not on your list in 1 you need to consolidate automate delegate or eliminate the process is called cade your business once you have the business streamlined and in place the next reality check settles into place and that is the evaluation of the business notice i m addressing this second many people situate this first without realizing the business should first be reorganized and that alone can take 3-to-5 years to complete only then can proper financial evaluation occur too many people insert emotion here and that is where they just don t understand what the real world does and are totally let down for their retirement years consider this point for a business to sell at a great value it must be profitable why because it must support your buy-out equivalent to a loan payment each month support the new owners with a professional family income and have enough profit left over to continue to move the business forward of course everything will have to be discussed on a basis specific to the individual s needs and circumstances as well as a full review of the processes needed to achieve their successful succession plan you can take the lead by reviewing the listed steps even if you sell to an outside company or individual the same processes must take place each shop owner potentially has a valuable business but true value only comes out when your bottom line is in order to support a proper buy-out and that is why your personnel and technology play a vital role to your current and future financial security this is one major reason we focus so much on what has to be done for bottom-line development in all our business management courses finally clearly understand that the value of your business is not in irreplaceability but in scalability which means the more that you are the only answer in that business the less value you bring to your company in a buy-out and to your clients in a sudden change-over so follow steps 1 2 and 3 and get your business in shape so you can enjoy the future you worked for all your life.

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truckers corner special olympics truck convoy brings truckers together special event brings community together while supporting a great cause by alex colgan pr manager sons truck convoy s the owner of hull transport bob hull doesn t get behind the wheel of a truck as often as he used to but on a foggy saturday morning last september he climbed into the cab of a big-rig at cfb shearwater and drove through the streets of dartmouth with 56 other truckers my guys still talk about it ­ wearing the hats and the t-shirts he laughs the world s largest truck convoy for special olympics nova scotia still brings back warm memories hull was the a convoy s top sponsor in 2012 ­ his company donated $1,500 and drove three trucks in the convoy the company also had a ridealong athlete andrew snow who gleefully waved to spectators lining the sidewalks and watching from their front porches convoy sponsors are entitled to a number of benefits including using special olympics ns and truck convoy logos in advertising recognized for their contribution with an award at the closing ceremony they also have the opportunity to promote their business with event banners above all the presence of a company s trucks in the convoy signals a personal commitment to nova scotia s special olympics athletes but times are tight and every trucking business must be careful about where it puts its charity dollars what is it about the special olympics that mean so much to bob hull i have a family member who has disabilities i can appreciate the effort and time and involvement that these athletes go through he says they don t get bent out of shape like most other athletes when things aren t going right ­ they carry on with 12 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nmay 2013

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a smile it doesn t matter to them ­ win or lose there is a strong sense of community among truckers trucking is a solitary profession with long days and nights on the road ­ crossing the continent to move everything worth moving but that s the heart of the trucker community spirit ­ long periods of loneliness broken up by chance meetings at truck stops and chats over the cb there s a camaraderie that is built from shared experience trucking is not for the faint of heart hull s favourite memory of the 2012 convoy was the image of so many truckers coming together to support a single cause i loved to see the trucking industry come together to support the special olympics everybody s pretty busy but when we take the time and put it towards a good cause it shows that people really care hull has also taken an active role in the planning for this year s convoy volunteering his time and energy to ensuring the fundraiser s success while the convoy is still several months away the fundraiser s steering committee has been carefully laying the groundwork on september 21 truckers from around the province will once again convene at cfb shearwater to roll down the streets of hrm in support of special olympics athletes afterwards they can look forward to good food laughter live music and entertainment members of the public are encouraged to join the festivities which will be fun for the whole family we hope to see you there too to learn more about the world s largest truck convoy for special olympics nova scotia and to register to participate in the convoy volunteer your time or provide sponsorship you can contact anne marie shannon at 1-866-299-2019 902 429-2266 or amshannon@sportnovascotia.ca you can also visit truckconvoyns.ca for pledge sheets registration forms and sponsorship opportunities m a y 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com 13

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all about lifts petty s garage spring fling expands to include car show and new drag racing experience he third annual petty s garage spring fling expands to two days in 2013 and features a public drag racing session for the first time the memorial day weekend event starts at piedmont dragway on friday may 24 and ends with the traditional car show on saturday may 25 at petty s garage the randleman n.c performance speed shop owned by richard the king petty sponsored by the automotive lift institute ali the spring fling drag racing t experience and car show are open to all makes and models racing starts at 4:30 p.m on friday for $40 each participant will be able to make several passes on the track and receive two spectator tickets ali will pay $50 cash to the three fastest racers of the day if their ride sports an ali sticker when they cross the line one lucky competitor will also receive a petty s garage gift card courtesy of ali other prizes will also be available adult spectator admission is $10 children aged 10 and younger get in free at saturday s car show members of the petty s garage team of custom car designers and builders will be on hand to greet visitors and give facility tours more than 200 cars will be displayed high lighted by the ali-sponsored legacy by petty the custom richard petty tribute dodge challenger convertible that is currently part of the petty s garage 2013 performance tour the $45 car show vehicle entry fee includes show space for one vehicle admission for two adults a goodie bag and shirt trophies will be awarded in multiple classes including best engine best paint job wildest ride and best overall gates open at 8 a.m and judging begins at 1 p.m car show admission is $5 for adults and free for children aged 10 and younger there will be live music vendors and entertainment for the whole family the spring fling car show will be held at petty s garage 311 branson mill 14 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nmay 2013

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the petty s garage spring fling 2013 sponsored by the automotive lift institute ali will include two days of activities a public drag racing session on may 24 and a car show on may 25 road in randleman n.c the piedmont dragway is located at 6750 holts store road in julian n.c to register for the event visit pgncevents.com email carshow@pettys-garage com or call 336 498-3745 connect with petty s garage on facebook at www.facebook.com/pettysgarage on twitter at twitter.com/pettysgarage and on youtube at www.youtube.com/officialpettysgarage to learn more about ali visit www autolift.org or call 607 756-7775 you can also connect with ali on facebook at www.facebook.com/liftinstitute on twitter at twitter.com/liftinstitute and on youtube at www.youtube.com/liftinstitute about petty s garage a performance-driven company petty s garage owned by nascar hall of famer richard petty is currently bringing the king s winning tradition to a wide variety of high-performance automobiles from production-based richard petty signature series to custom builds and restorations the petty s garage performance tour powered by primary partners continental tire basf and automotive lift institute provides an up close experience to auto enthusiasts at select nationwide events about ali founded in 1945 the automotive lift institute ali is a trade association of north american-based lift manufacturers ali s mission is to promote the safe design construction installation service inspection and use of automotive lifts in 1947 ali developed the first commercial standard covering vehicle lifts published by the national bureau of standards today ali sponsors several national lift safety standards and offers third party certification programs for automotive lifts and automotive lift inspectors m a y 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com 15

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