Tool Tips Glossary

  • Classic Cars [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Is an older automobile; the exact definition varies around the world. The common theme is of an older car with enough historical interest to be collectible and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping. Cars 20 years and older typically fall into the antique class.
  • Hot Rods [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed.
  • Ladder Bar Suspension [ car-related, dictionary ]

    A ladder bar is a suspension component used to prevent wheel hop on coil spring equipped vehicles.  The ladder bar attaches to the rear end at the spring perch and is connected to the chassis ahead of the rear tires.  When the accelerator is pushed suddenly and the tires begin to get traction, the bar prevents the rear end from wrapping up and allowing the rear tires to hop off of the pavement.  Wheel hop can seriously damage the rear end, axles, body and chassis of a vehicle if allowed to occur unabated. A ladder bar suspension can also be used on drag racing vehicles.  This system uses a ladder bar that is connected to the rear end and mounted to a cross member, typically at the rear of the driver's seat.  This type of suspension is usually used with a coil-over spring shock package mounted behind the rear axle.  It prevents wheel hop by stopping the rear end from rotating under full throttle conditions.  It also helps with braking by preventing the rear end from being rotated under severe braking conditions as well.
  • Muscle Cars [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Is an American term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as "any of a group of American-made 2-door sports cars with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving." A large V8 engine is fitted in a 2-door, rear wheel drive, family-style compact, mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. Sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for street use and occasional drag racing.
  • Original State [ car-related, dictionary ]

    The preservation and restoration of automobiles is the mechanical or cosmetic repair of cars.  Restoration means removing, replacing, or repairing the parts of a vehicle, while preservation means keeping the original components.
  • Rebuilt Transmission [ car-related, dictionary ]

    A rebuilt transmission is one where the transmission is disassembled and inspected, worn or damaged parts are replaced (generally referred to as “hard parts”) and then reassembled to factory specifications, along with new gaskets, seals, clutches and bands.
  • Restore [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Restoration means removing, replacing, or repairing the parts of a vehicle, while preservation means keeping the original components.  Though automotive restoration is commonly defined as the reconditioning of a vehicle "from original condition in an effort to return it to like-new or better condition," There are many styles of which a vehicle can be restored, any of which can be performed at the discretion, desire, or taste of a vehicle owner or restorer.
  • ToolTips [ dictionary ]

    A message that appears when a cursor is positioned over an icon, image, hyperlink, or other element in a graphical user interface.