By Katherine Feser Updated 1:04 pm, Monday, May 21, 2018 Photo: Joy Asico, FRE / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Comcast announced the introduction of a new, smart home insurance offering in collaboration with Hippo, a smart home insurance provider based in Mountain View, Calif. Comcast announced the introduction of a new, smart home insurance offering in collaboration with Hippo, a smart home insurance provider based in Mountain View, Calif. Photo: Joy Asico, FRE / Associated Press Comcast, Hippo introduce pilot program for smart home insurance in Houston 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Comcast has launched a pilot program offering smart home insurance in partnership with Hippo in Houston. The offering, which targets homeowners using integrated "internet of things" home safety … [Read more...] about Comcast, Hippo introduce pilot program for smart home insurance in Houston
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For most classic car enthusiasts, a trip to the upholstery shop is about as welcome as a trip to the dentist. Yet with a little planning and preparation, the experience can certainly run smoothly, and can actually be rewarding. “It’s going to cost how much?” “You can’t take my car in for how long?” Those are probably the two most commonly asked questions the first time any enthusiast visits an upholstery shop. The simple fact is, custom upholstery can be expensive, and if the upholsterer is worth his salt be prepared to wait for it, in some cases up to two years before they even have room in their schedule for your car. Proper planning is the key. Select an upholsterer you feel comfortable with and that can perform the style of work you’re looking for, inspect the quality of their work from fit to finish, and then make an appointment. This will get you on the list. Some shops require a non-refundable deposit just to secure your spot, so be … [Read more...] about Preparing Your Classic Car for Upholstery
Find Reviews by Make: By Sajeev Mehta on March 2, 2018 K.P. writes: Hi Sajeev, It’s the time of year to start tossing out little-used items so we can get more to replace them. One place I’m looking at is the car. I recall my stash of trunk tools back in the dinosaur years while driving the kind of cars I could afford then: Duct tape for interior tears, dropped ceiling linings, fixing plastic over windows that dropped off tracks, etc Pack of “L’eggs” panty hose as temporary water pump belt Wire clothes hanger as spare exhaust pipe clamp or antenna Can of WD-40 Long Craftsman slot screwdriver to pop off distributor cap, prying tires, etc Lug wrench and two-foot pipe as lever (also as protection device) Couple of flashlights with huge 6V batteries Visegrips as combination wrench, hammer, and spare window crank for when your little brother yanks the handles off Bottle radiator leak stop Tire repair kit with rubber plugs Blankets and food in winter … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Prudent Tool Packing or Junk in the Trunk?
We’ve said before that questions sometimes come in a bunch. This month we had two similar questions about the same problem with two completely different engines. QRecently I installed a set of aluminum heads on a 350 small-block Chevy. From day one I’ve had a tiny but persistent coolant leak from several of the studs in the bottom row of each head. QI just had the Flathead in my 1936 Ford coupe rebuilt. The engine is a 1948 Mercury with aluminum heads. Since the engine has been rebuilt it runs great, doesn’t overhead but several of the head studs have drops of coolant coming off the nuts. The machine shop that built it said to dump some stop leak in the radiator and not worry about it. That just doesn’t seem right to me. What do you think? ALeaking head studs are not particularly unusual and can usually be traced to installation issues of some sort. In many engines the head boltholes are “wet,” meaning they go all the way through the deck into the … [Read more...] about Stop Leaks: Sealing Seeping Studs
When the conversation turns to future classics, the Fiat Coupé is rarely mentioned.The government scrappage scheme of 2009 wiped out many of them and prices for the couple of thousand or so remaining were on the floor around five years ago. Today, they start at about £1000 for runners but decent cars cluster around the £5000 mark. And then there’s nothing until you reach £10,000, where the best low-milers are to be found. The most expensive late-plate versions can be as high as £20,000. See Fiat Coupe for sale on PistonHeads We’re talking 20-valve, standard and Turbo, but mostly Turbo, models, by the way. The original 16-valve is almost non-existent, due to not only scrappage schemes but also its suitability as a spares donor for Lancia Delta Integrales.It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if it’s yours, it’s a cause for celebration that you can get a decent, well-maintained 20v Turbo for as little as £2995 … [Read more...] about Used car buying guide: Fiat Coupe