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Fountaindale Auto Center

Fountaindale

Fountaindale Auto Center has ten service bays at its Middletown, Maryland, location (above) and five additional service bays at its Frederick location.

Fountaindale Auto Center in Middletown, Maryland, is a full service auto and truck repair facility, and a Preferred Installer of JASPER products. They were recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Independent Repair Facilities in their area, and were presented with the Gold Award at the first annual JASPER Dealer Awards Banquet in Baltimore.

Fountaindale Auto Center started as an Exxon service station in 1968. Current owner, Clark Dayhoff, started pumping gas there in 1985, then worked his way up to service manager and bookkeeper. After leaving the business for a short time, Clark returned and purchased the business in 1999. Four years later, in 2003, he built a new 8,200 square foot facility at 19 East Green Street, with ten service bays. With business thriving, Fountaindale Auto Center expanded in 2010 to a second location in nearby Frederick, Maryland, with five more service bays.

Fountaindale has 10 employees, each of them ASE-Certified in various automotive applications, including Service Advisor. “We constantly send our technicians to class, and we encourage a lot of online training,” Dayhoff said. “We’ll issue pay increases if the technicians pass their tests.”

Customers can utilize Fountaindale’s clean and comfortable waiting area for their automotive repairs to be completed, or they can get a ride on one of three shuttle vans. What’s more unique to Fountaindale Auto Center is that they offer an in-house warranty of two years on all of their work, including brakes.

For the past 15 years, Fountaindale Auto Center has installed the full product line of JASPER quality remanufactured products. “To be the best in your business, you have to partner with companies that are the best,” said Dayhoff. “They have to share our business philosophy that the customer always comes first.” Dayhoff’s long-term dream is to expand Fountaindale Auto Center to a third location. He shared that his children have expressed an interest in learning the business, assuring that Fountaindale Auto
Center stays within the family for many years to come.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What are the four main components of an Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS)?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What automaker offers the mid-engine, plug-in hybrid
918 Spyder supercar
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ralph P.

Happy Anniversary R.T. Clapp Car Care Center

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Black and white photos from 100 years of history hang in the R.T. Clapp Knoxville waiting area.

2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of R.T. Clapp Car Care Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. What started as a battery company in 1914, R.T. Clapp has since developed into one of the premier automotive repair and diagnostic service centers in the greater Knoxville area.

Current owner, Jeff Hendrickson, started his career at a full-service filling station while attending high school, and later attending auto mechanics and marketing classes. While attending college, and working at several automotive centers and local dealerships, Jeff entered the independent automotive market and purchased R.T. Clapp Knoxville in 2010 from business partners Rob Vandergriff, Valerie White and Barry Scarborough, who retain ownership of R.T. Clapp’s Oak Ridge location.

R.T. Clapp Knoxville is one of the largest repair facilities in the Knoxville area. Located at 2045 East Magnolia Avenue, R.T. Clapp has 18 service bays and 15,000 square feet of work space on a two-acre lot. The facility regularly upgrades their diagnostic equipment, provides internet service history records and offers free shuttle service while their customer’s vehicle is being repaired. The facility has ten employees, including three ASE-Certified technicians and one ASE Master Technician. R.T. Clapp encourages their technicians to advance their ASE training and to attend additional training classes in their area.

R.T. Clapp Knoxville has been an installer of JASPER remanufactured gas engines, transmissions and differentials since 1992. Jeff says JASPER products are of consistent quality. “They stand behind their nationwide warranty,” he said. “This reduces shop liability, and is the best value for the shop and for the customers.”

Congratulations to R.T. Clapp Knoxville for providing a century of service to the automotive community. Their business philosophy of standing behind the work they provide, a continued quest for raving fans and building lasting customer relationships, will keep them committed to excellence for the next 100 years.

 

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What automaker offers the mid-engine, plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What model year marked the introduction of the first generation Ford Thunderbird (T-Bird)?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1955

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

A Lasting Tribute Visits JASPER

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JASPER's October of 2014 Calendar Winner tours the Jasper facility.

On Thursday afternoon, Noel Clemmer (2014 JASPER Calendar Winner) and his wife stopped by the Jasper facility in their 1947 Ford COE truck, as they made their way to the annual Frog Follies in Evansville, IN.

Noel selected a 7.3L diesel engine and a 4:10 rear end assembly remanufactured by Jasper Engines & Transmissions to give his truck new life and dependability. Noel built the complete bed and installed the cab on a '94 Ford ambulance frame. He also moved the engine compartment back six feet to place it under the bed!

Noel's customized truck is a very cool piece of American history. But more importantly, it's a tribute to Noel's father and mother. The M3B designation on the truck stands for Mom's 3 Boys. After their father passed away in a mining accident, Noel's mother raised the three boys by herself. We're sure that Noel's father and mother would be proud of the hard work and love their son put into this lasting tribute!

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What model year marked the introduction of the first generation Ford
Thunderbird (T-Bird)?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What company currently owns the BFGoodrich tire brand?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Michelin

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: John

 

Hudson Car Club Visits JASPER

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 Hudsons, Hudsons, Hudsons! Four groups from the H-E-T Club visited the Jasper facility July 23. These three graced our front lawn.

Recently, members of the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane (H-E-T) Club held an International Meet at the nearby French Lick Springs Resort. Their activities included a July 23rd tour of our Jasper remanufacturing facility.

The H-E-T Club is an organization dedicated to preserving the products of the former Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. Hudson produced vehicles for 45 years, from 1909 until 1954. These cars had real chrome bumpers. They don't make 'em like that anymore!

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What company currently owns the BFGoodrich tire brand?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which division of Ford Motor Company offered the Cougar?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mercury

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Gary G.

 

JASPER Offers Remanufactured Nissan VQ40DE 4.0L DOHC Engine

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Jasper Engines & Transmissions, the nation’s leader in remanufactured products, announces the availability of its remanufactured Nissan VQ40DE 4.0L engine. This DOHC V6 engine is available on exchange for the following 2006-2011 vehicles:

Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra

This remanufactured JASPER engine offers several advantages:

  • Redesigned JASPER piston with graphite coating to help prevent dry start-up and piston scuffing
  • Installation of plasma Moly rings which have a higher durability to help reduce cylinder wear
  • Installation of Viton valve stem seals which have an increased resistance to heat, oil additives, and abrasion
  • MLS Head Gasket: Multi-layer steel head gasket is installed to reduce head gasket failure
  • 100% installation of updated NEW cam gear chains and chain tensioners to prevent upper chain noise
  • 100% installation of NEW water pump to prevent coolant leaks in the timing cover
  • 100% supplied NEW oil cooler gasket to assist in installation and the reduction of oil leaks
  • 100% installation of NEW nitrided engine valves for improved heat resistance and the reduction of valve guide wear
  • 100% testing of camshaft actuators
  • Live-Run Testing provides peace of mind and assures reliability

The JASPER remanufactured VQ40DE engine is covered by JASPER’s 3-Year/100,000 mile nationwide transferable parts and labor warranty. Full warranty disclosure is available on our website or upon request.

For more information on the complete line of JASPER remanufactured gas engines, please call 800-827-7455.

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which division of Ford Motor Company offered the Cougar?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which U.S. automobile manufacturer was the first
to offer an air conditioning (A/C) unit in their cars
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Packard

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Daryl S.