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Friddle:  What automobile brand used the tagline "Have Fun Out There"? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What automotive brand offered the "Go Package" as a factory option? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: AMC Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Brandon K.

JASPER's Catapulting Power

These days JASPER products can be found just about anywhere. Just ask Roman's Design, a California-based business specializing in custom-built machinery. Roman's most recent activity involves the Royal Canadian Air Cadets with a contract for 11 glider launching systems as part of their glider training program. The launcher is a single winch drum built on a solid steel frame. It's powered by a JASPER Remanufactured International 7.3L diesel engine producing 325 horsepower. When placed at the end of a runway, or field, the 6,700 pound system can pull a tethered glider into the air at speeds in excess of 80 mph.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle:  What automotive brand offered the "Go Package" as a factory option? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produces the 4Runner SUV? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Toyota Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

Elbow Room for the Growing Gas Engine Division

The task of preparing and renovating production space continues for the Gas Engine Division within the Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility. This space was recently vacated by the Transmission Division when they moved into their new home at Power Drive. Plans call for five gas engine remanufacturing PODS. Three of the PODs will be set up in this new area. The other two PODs will stay in their current locations, but reconfigured to take advantage of the newly opened space. These renovations are scheduled for completion in June of 2016. "The new layouts will have an open aisleway between each set of PODs, from which materials can flow in and out, and will give Associates much more room to operate within their respective production areas," said Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Remanufacturing. "We really have a great opportunity to implement all of the best practices we have learned through our own process improvement activities and benchmarking of other top-notch manufacturing organizations."

Automotive Trivia


Friddle:  Which Japanese automaker produces the 4Runner SUV? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Who is the only race car driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: A.J. Foyt Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mel R.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle:  Who is the only race car driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: The original "Bigfoot" 4X4 monster truck was built using what make and model truck? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford F250 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ray R.

Customer Profile – Lee's Under Car Services

The Customer Profile for this blog post focuses on Lee’s Under Car Services of Independence, Missouri. Lee’s is a full-service automotive and truck repair facility, and a JASPER Preferred Installer. Owners Lee and Julie Wilson believe customers should have a reliable place to have their vehicle repaired at a fair price, with quality work. The Wilson’s have been in business for 18 years. Lee started his automotive career as a dealership technician. Wanting more from his chosen career path, he decided to open his own place for car and truck repair. Lee’s Under Car Services has steadily grown since since its inception in 1996. What started as a small two-bay garage with no office, Lee’s now has three service bays with a clean customer waiting room, a parts storage area, and office space for its three employees. Two of Lee’s technicians are ASE-Certified in various areas, including A/C, Suspension, Diagnostics, Engine and Transmission Builders and Automotive Electrical. Lee’s does not believe in fear-selling, or overselling unneeded parts. Instead, he advises customers of the problems found on their vehicle, then he informs them, much like a doctor would, what measures must be taken to ensure proper repair and safety, without selling unnecessary items. Lee’s Under Car Services has been an installer of JASPER remanufactured products since 1996. "Doing the job right the first time saves everyone money," says Wilson. He also promotes a "show the customer" approach by showing them pictures of JASPER’s remanufacturing facilities. "I’ve been to JASPER three times now, and I have taken a lot of pictures of the facility, as well as the units," Wilson added. "The images are uploaded to my office computer and I show them to potential customers so they can see JASPER’s commitment to quality." Lee’s Under Car Services utilizes the business philosophy that cars cannot be fixed without the necessary tools and skills." "Sometimes without the right tool you can get the repair done, but how long is it going to take?" said Wilson. "Time is money so I believe in spending money on the tools to do the job right." "The customer is your advertisement," Lee said. "If a customer is happy they tell everyone. If they aren’t happy, they tell everyone. I believe in personal and honest customer relationships, just like JASPER. "That is what separates JASPER from other companies," he added. "The others want to come in and sell their product based on price; not value. The trust one builds with their customer far outweighs a ‘bargain of the day.’" In the future, Lee would like to find a larger building with two additional bays, and hire the necessary personnel to operate them. But for now, he is holding on to his dream of building his own "perfect shop".

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: The original "Bigfoot" 4X4 monster truck was built using what make and model truck? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which 20th century automaker offered the Ultramatic transmission? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Packard Motor Car Company Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Two-Door Fun at Mid America Motorworks

MAM Show Pictures taken Thursday morning courtesy of our Driver Alan Schwenk. The JASPER Rolling Showcase is taking part in one of the largest Corvette parties in the world. Every September since 1994 Mid America Motorworks celebrates Corvette Funfest at their corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois. Corvette enthusiasts have the opportunity to engage in four days of activities including: Corvette expert seminars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs and entertainment. What else is going on? Last night there was a Corvette Fun Run motoring back scenic area roads and through downtown Effingham. Tonight there's a charity event and tomorrow night the Surf City All Stars will perform at the Funfest Amphitheater. Many years ago, some friends and I attended a Funfest event, needless to say we had an awesome time. So, if you're in the area and you love Corvettes, or just cars in general, stop by and check out the activities. Don't forget to stop by the JASPER Rolling Showcase - tell them Jason sent ya!

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which 20th century automaker offered the Ultramatic transmission? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What does the automotive-related acronym SAE stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Society of Automotive Engineers Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Marj K.