Donated Ole Yeller Mustang Raised $295,000 to Support EAA Youth Education and Aviation

The Ford donated Ole Yeller Mustang given to a charity auction for EAA AirVenture on August 2 sold for $295,000, the proceeds of which went to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth programs. The Ole Yeller Mustang was aviation-inspired and specially designed by Ford engineers.

The winner of the auction was Hank Menke, a CEO from Indiana. Part of the nearly $300,000 will go to the Young Eagles, a program which has been giving free introductory flying lessons to children since 1992. This is the ninth unique vehicle Ford has had specially designed to auction in support of the EAA and has raised over $3 million over the years.

The Ole Yeller Mustang has a custom yellow exterior, custom accents and badging, mirrors that project images of aircraft, and airplane-inspired gauges in the cabin. It is a Shelby GT350 that generates 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and the 6-speed manual transmission it’s mated to makes it “the most track ready road-legal Mustang ever produced.”

The Ole Yeller is meant to honor the P-51D fighter plane and the pilot Bob Hoover, who was considered by many to be one of the best pilots who ever lived. He flew a plane called Ole Yeller, which inspired the paint job and nickname of the special Mustang.

What to Do in an Animal-Related Accident

What to Do in an Animal-Related AccidentOne of the major causes of car accidents in the US are animals. Whether a deer totals your car or a squirrel causes you to swerve into a ditch, there are numerous types of animal-related accidents. There are also important things to keep in mind when you are involved in an accident with an animal.

You should always pull over to the side of the road and check to make sure if everyone is okay. This is standard protocol after any accident. The Esurance website also suggests setting up flares or road triangles to warn other drivers. Deer and other animals often travel in herds, so multiple and consecutive accidents are not uncommon.

Next, call the police. This is also mandatory after virtually every accident. In fact, fleeing the scene after you hit an animal is a serious offense in most states, which can lead to fines and other penalties. Document the crash with your phone if possible to corroborate the police report—something you can use for an insurance claim down the road.

Finally, keep an eye on the animal, especially if it is still alive. Most animals become violent when injured, so try and keep your distance. If you have small children, keep them in a safe area as well. Animals are most active during dusk and dawn, so always keep an eye out while driving during these times.

The Best SUVs for Vacation

Best SUVs for Vacation
The Ford Expedition’s three roomy rows make it an ideal SUV for vacations

When you’re going on a family vacation, there can be a thin line between a great trip and a catastrophe. That’s why it’s especially important to take the right vehicle, an SUV like the Escape, Explorer, Edge, or Expedition. Each of these model has tons of storage, a comfortable interior, great entertainment options, and a fuel-sipping powertrain.

Parents.com argues that space is very important—one reason you should always pack light. Many Ford models come with tons of space for storage and legroom, making them ideal models for long road trips. Below is a list of SUVs and their storage space and seating:

  • 2016 Ford Edge – 73.4 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Escape – 67.8 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Explorer – 80.7 cu ft – seating for seven
  • 2016 Ford Expedition – 108.3 cu ft – seating for eight

Depending on the size of your family, you can select the right Ford model for you. You’ll always have room for bags, as well as plenty of space for seating.

Ford models also come with great features for keeping the kids entertained. These include the advanced Ford SYNC with MyFord touch system, helping you to stay better entertained than ever before. Rear seat DVD systems are available, as well as integrated Wi-Fi and premium audio systems.

Best of all, Ford models are renowned for their fuel economy. The Edge and Escape get up to 30 highway mpg, while the Explorer gets an impressive 28 highway mpg. Finally, the Expedition can get up to 21 mpg—incredible for a full-size SUV. It’s undeniable that Ford models are the best SUVs for vacation.

The Road Trip of a Lifetime: Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway

Photo by Ken Lund
Photo by Ken Lund

Hop in your new car and check out the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway. This 68-mile drive consists of three different roadways, starting in Vernal, UT. Cutting right through the Ashley National Forest, you can experience a range of terrains, winding roads, and scenic views like nowhere else.

According to My Scenic Drives, this route is consistently voted one of the top drives in the region. Sometimes called the “drive through the ages,” you can see what the world was like before settlers arrived. The Byway goes through arid desert, aspen forests, and red canyon rocks, showing you the best of Utah.

Along the way you can see some truly fascinating exhibits and make some exciting stops. The Dinosaur National Monument is one of the prime sources for dinosaur bones in North America. With a visitor center and displays all across the canyon, you can see dinosaurs frozen in time right in the rock wall. Plus, there are scenic overlooks and whitewater rafting in the area.

The Byway will also take you past the Jones Hole Scenic Byway, a route that circles past a 2,000-foot-deep gorge. There is also a massive fish hatchery, hiking, and petrified forests in the area as well.

Whether you are a visitor or a Utah native, the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway is a must for any road trip. Simply get in your car and discover what makes this region so great.

Make Life Easier with Ford Commercial Vehicles

Ford commercial vehiclesFord commercial vehicles offer a range of options and designs to meet virtually any need. Depending on your job or situation, a commercial vehicle may be right for you. These include models like the Ford Transit, E-Series, Chassis Cab, Super Duty, F-650, and F-750. These models are tough and durable, as well as convenient and practical.

Who would benefit from a commercial vehicle? These models make great work vehicles, perfect for plumbers, electricians, and other skilled workers. For example, the Ford Transit Connect has a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds, up to 178 horsepower, and it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. It is also efficient and spacious, great for small businesses and contractors. Plus, you can put your business logo right on the side.

For construction workers or jobs that require heavy lifting, check out the F-650, F-750, and the Chassis Cab. The F-650 and F-750 come with massive engines and heavy-duty transmissions, capable of towing up to 37,000 pounds. According to Ford, these models have the only gas engines offered for Class 6-7 trucks. The Chassis Cab has a class-exclusive live-drive power takeoff system, and it can tow up to 26,600 pounds.

Need something for your team or club? Check out the Ford Transit Van. This model comes with a massive variety of configurations, up to 4,650 pounds in maximum payload, and a maximum GVWR of 10,360 pounds. With an affordable price and durable design, you’ll love the new Transit Van.

Advantages of OEM Parts

Advantages of OEM PartsHaving a car part break down and fail on you is an unfortunate occurrence, but it is also common. Therefore, it is important to replace that part as soon as possible. One of the best ways to do so is by using OEM parts. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means that OEM parts come straight from the automaker who designed your vehicle. That creates a number of benefits. The following are some of the advantages of OEM Parts.

Quality

Automakers want to use the best parts to ensure their vehicles function properly. Therefore, when you order OEM parts, you are obtaining vehicle parts that are more likely to possess a higher quality of build and design for your vehicle.

Longevity

Not only are OEM parts designed to have high quality. They are also built to last! By using OEM parts, your vehicle will need fewer part replacements down the road.

Compatibility

OEM parts are the original parts for your vehicle. Therefore, they are much more likely to work together well with the other parts that originally came equipped with your vehicle.

For all of the Ford OEM parts you need, stop by the L&L Motors service department.

Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum to Make 30,000 Ford F-150 Trucks

Recycled Aluminum A lot has already been said about the Ford F-150’s unique aluminum body. The aluminum alloy helps make the Ford F-150 the toughest truck in the automotive industry! What might be less obvious is that the F-150’s use of aluminum makes it one of the greenest vehicles in the industry as well. Ford recycles enough aluminum in a month to make 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks.

Each month, Ford recycles a total of 20 million pounds of aluminum. That aluminum is then repurposed to create a new fleet of Ford F-150 vehicles.

How does Ford save so much aluminum to be reused? Using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Stamping Plant, Ford is able to repurpose unused aluminum in their vehicle manufacturing.

That’s good news for the environment, especially because the use of recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from primary aluminum production.

For a truck that is guaranteed to keep you and the planet safer, go for the aluminum standard of the Ford F-150.

How to Remove Paint Scratches

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Getting a scratch on your car, whether on the road or removing items from your trunk, flat out sucks. If the scratch is noticeable, it’s just that much worse. Even if it isn’t too noticeable, once you see it, you can never forget about it. While you can come into our repair shop for major scratches, you can also fix little ones yourself. Here’s how to remove paint scratches.

Before you get started, you’ll want to take a good look at the scratches you’d like to fix. If you can catch your fingernail on them, they be too deep for an at-home job. Additionally, the scratches will be easier to fix the lighter they are. Attempting to fix deep scratches could result in a worse-looking paint job.

Once you’ve identified the scratches you think you can fix, clean them then grab a soft cloth and dampen it. Next, head to the bathroom and pick up your toothpaste. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the cloth then rub it onto the scratch in a circular motion.

After a few rotations lift the cloth. If the scratch is gone, you’re done! If not, keep going.

2017 Ford GT Undergoing Road Tests

Spotting prototypes is like bird watching to auto enthusiasts, especially those with a need for speed. The latest sighting puts a 2017 Ford GT undergoing road tests for the first time. Considering spotting any form of a Ford GT, old or new, is a rarity, it’s no surprise the latest Ford GT spotting made headlines.

While the spotting doesn’t tell us much, it looks like the GT rides just as low as it looks in the pictures Ford has previously released. On top of that, it’s a little easier to judge just how long, wide, and high the car is based on other vehicles around it.

Ford began taking applications – yes, applications – from potential buyers not long ago in an effort to weed out those who are looking to resell the car. Questions included how active the applicant is on social media, how many Fords they’ve owned, and how often they’d drive the 2017 Ford GT.

Even if someone looking to make a profit does have their application accepted, Ford is also including a legal document that states the owner can’t sell the car for a specific amount of time.

The 2017 Ford GT will feature a gorilla glass windshield, a first in the industry. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that bursts onto the road with over 600 hp thanks to its carbon fiber construction.

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for road trips with kidsRoad trips can be fun, but if you have young kids, they tend to be exhausting. But before you spend money on plane tickets to avoid the car ride, first consider these tips for road trips with kids:

Print Out Games

It’s a classic fix, sure, and won’t last the whole time. But it’ll definitely keep them from asking, “Are we there yet?” for a couple of hours. About Travel provides you with a couple of links to printable games.

DIY Car Sick Bag

Kids can have upset tummies pretty easily, and even if they don’t, they might think they do. Make a do-it-yourself car sick bag with saltines, Gatorade, motion sickness meds, Tums, and Clorox Wipes and a plastic bag (just in case somebody gets sick in the car.)

Car Pulley System

This makes passing things to and from the front and back easy and fun. Tie a rope between the front and back handles on the ceiling of your car, then tie a bucket to the rope ends. Just shimmy the bucket back and forth! See how it works here.

Snacks!

Seriously, never underestimate the power of snacks so you don’t hear “I’m hungry” every five seconds. Pack your own snack bag with plenty of snacks and drinks.