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Awesome Hauler on the Cheap

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/31/2013 to Working on Trucks
The BangShift.com crew needed a new hauler for their high-performance vehicles. What could be better than to start with a $200, ¾ ton Chevy Suburban and blog the transformation process?

Fixing Broken Repairs

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/30/2013 to Working on Trucks
Every mechanic has at least one “Bubba Story”: improvised or half-hearted truck repairs that eventually find their way into your garage.

Your Engine on Ethanol

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/29/2013 to Working on Trucks
Ethanol is highly corrosive. Without specially-designed lines, tanks, seals, and fuel pump diaphragms, trucks can really suffer from higher ethanol content in today's fuels.

Meet the OX

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/28/2013 to Working on Trucks
If you wish trucks were designed with the mechanic in mind, meet the OX. This rough-and-ready machine is designed from the ground up to be easily assembled, maintained, and repaired.

Working on Trucks

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/27/2013 to Working on Trucks
Trucks. They're the workhorses of our modern economy, transporting everything from food, to tools, to other trucks.

Workplace Safety Week in Review

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/26/2013 to Workplace Safety
A focus on improved workplace safety starts with identifying the major hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the leading causes of death among mechanics are contact with equipment, such as falling cars, and assaults or violent acts.

OSHA Best Practices

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/25/2013 to Workplace Safety
The Houston Chronicle has nice, one-page summary of relevant OSHA regulations for mechanics

Air Tool Safety

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/24/2013 to Air Tools
As part of National Safety Week, we want to talk about pneumatic tools. Once incorporated into your work flow, pneumatics are an incredible time saver.

Training for Effective Response

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/24/2013 to Workplace Safety
Effective first response greatly mitigates the consequences of a workplace injury.

Sonoma Drift Series, Round 3

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/23/2013 to Workplace Safety
If you're anything like us, you love to see road cars pushed to their limits. Round Three of the Sonoma Drift series is this weekend. Tickets are $15, with parking and children under twelve free.

Shop First Aid Kits

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/22/2013 to Info News
Having the right tools is critical. Here's a solid example of a shop first aid kit, tweaked slightly for use in the shop with extra knuckle bandages, an eye injury kit, and burn cream.

Updated Injury and Fatality Data

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/21/2013 to Workplace Safety
Working in the garage is slightly more dangerous than your average job.

Workplace Safety Week

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/20/2013 to Workplace Safety
Unless we make safety a priority in the garage, automotive mechanics can be a dangerous job.

Summary of Posts: May 19th 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/19/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
This week we'll take a look at hybrid vehicles. How much more will maintaining a hybrid cost and what are the advantages of owning one?

The Truth About Maintaining Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/18/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
Since the introduction of hybrid vehicles to the market a few years ago, a lot of people have speculated on their advantages and maintenance costs.

Safety Practices for Hybrids and Electric Vehicles

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/17/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
The manufacturers of hybrid and electric vehicles have made sure to create as much documentation as possible on their maintenance.

Do Hybrids Have Hidden Costs?

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/16/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
Owning a hybrid car has many advantages, you can save on gas money and drive for long distances without having to worry about seeing a mechanic

Best Practices for Avoiding the Mechanic

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/15/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
It is important to try to learn as much as possible about hybrid vehicles before you purchase one.

Common Maintenance Issues of Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/14/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
There has a been a lot of scrutiny on hybrid cars since their introduction into the market, and it can take some effort to find out the real truth behind these vehicles. Are they really easier to maintain than conventional cars?

Which Costs More to Maintain: a Hybrid Vehicle or a Regular One?

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/13/2013 to Maintenance of Hybrid Engines
Hybrid cars have become very popular in the modern world, which begs the question, how much does it cost to maintain one?

Classic Corvettes

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Industrial Hand Tools
Many car enthusiasts at some point will talk about the development of the Corvette, one of the greatest American machines created by one of the biggest companies in history – General Motors.

Summary of Posts: May 12th 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
We focus on the industry of auto restoration in this cycle. We’ve got some interesting stories about vintage and classic cars brought back to life, as well as family businesses who depend on this kind of work. All of these and more await you in this roster of stories:

5 Small Hand Tools Every Household Should Have

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
It pays to have a few simple tools handy and to know the basic techniques to perform minor tasks around the house.

Summary of Posts: May 12th 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
In this cycle, we see tools used by mechanics up close to appreciate their features and capabilities even more.

Keeping in Touch with the Past

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/11/2013 to Info News
Every now and then, we go back to the older, classic, vintage version of things. Some do this because they think these older things are simply better than the newer ones.
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