The Cars You Can Only Dream of Owning!

Remembering my promise to write a post on the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A., I don’t want to keep you in suspense any longer.  Today I discuss the supercar exhibit at the Petersen showing through October.    

When it is wet and rainy out in L.A. (which it almost never is), fancy car sightings are about as rare as seeing an elephant in front of your house!  That left my Grandpa and me few choices to car spot.  We decided to go to the Petersen Automotive Museum to gawk at the supercar and hybrid/alternative fuel exhibits.  The hybrid exhibit was cool enough, but the supercar exhibit was even cooler.  The hybrids and alternative fuels cars included a: Toyota Prius, Ford Focus Electric, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell and a classic Chevy truck converted to coal power.  Those cars could be cars of the future! (Minus the Prius! Which is car of the present.) What about that old Chevy? Coal power is terrible for air quality and is fossil fuel dependent. 

Meanwhile, the Supercar exhibit.  Perchance to dream… Let me tell you what mine eyes saw within that treasured vault.  The cars included a: 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica, a 1968 Bizzarini Manta, a 1988 Porsche 959, a 1990 Ferrari F40 and 2006 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, just to name a few.  Those makers are some of the most well-known supercar makers that are around today (with the exception of Bizzarini).  BOOYAH!! (Thanks, Uncle Bob!)

The Porsche 959 was the fastest car of its day, with one even hitting 202 mph! Much of the technology that was inside the 959 was so good that it has been used on all the Porsche 911 Turbo’s!

The Bizzarini Manta was a one-off (one-off means that the vehicle is just a crazy idea made into reality by some random person) car that was converted from a Le Mans prototype into a street car.  About 30 were made total, only about 8 remain today.

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is the second fastest production car in the world.  The fastest is its big brother, the Veyron Super Sport.  The Grand Sport can hit 253mph and go from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.  The Veyron Super Sport can hit 268 mph and go from 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. 

The definition of a supercar is:

1.  It must have all or many of the latest technological goods equipped on it. 

2.  It must be very easy to drive at high speeds.

3.  It must have very good performance to actually be a supercar.

4.  It must have a very high top speed.

5.  It must have a very high price tag (just joking!)

6.   At least one must be sent to me! (Just in case that I ever crash, I will have extras.)

Some of the cars that I would have liked to take home from the exhibit are the: Porsche 959, Ferrari F40 and the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.  Okay…I wish I had a souvenir such as a Porsche 959…

Unfortunately, the website shows a lot of cars, and we only saw about 15 cars in the exhibit.  We thought that we would be there for most of the afternoon.  We were bummed out! We saw a security guard and asked him “why are there so few cars in the gallery?”

He said “Some of the owners wanted their cars back.  My job is just to guard all of them.  Sorry”

It was still a very cool exhibit.  I am attaching the website of the Petersen with the supercar exhibit for you to read.

I have already done a biography on Robert E. Petersen. 

Here is the link to my Petersen post.  Feel free to read it.

My field trip to the Ferrari/Maserati dealer in L.A.

I am entering early as I am on a field trip.  Guess where?  I am in the City of Cars.  You know it – it’s Los Angeles!  Car stories and viewings have been slow as many people here don’t like to drive their Ferrari’s in the rain.  And it has been really rainy down here.

My Grandpa and I were driving along, having just come from the Petersen Automotive Museum for an exhibit on supercars.  I told my grandpa Jack to turn into a driveway so we could see the cars in the Ferrari dealership.  On a whim, we went in.

The salesman told us “Go ahead and sit in the cars! We don’t mind having to clean them.  That’s what polish is for!”  (I guess that he thought that my grandpa Jack was a potential buyer!)  Nice! Or for lack of a better word, EPIC!  We asked him if he was sure.  His reply was “Go right ahead!”

So, we got to sit in a brand-new Ferrari 458 Italia, the car that I am saving up my money to get!  Meanwhile, my grandpa Jack was sitting in a Maserati GranTurismo S coupe.  That was the car that I tried to convince him into getting, I guess that it didn’t work!  There were only about 10 cars in the showroom total, most were Ferrari’s!  There was an actual potential buyer looking at a Ferrari 599 GTO with the Handling GTE package.  WOW!  It had the optional Matte black paint finish.

I can’t afford to get it by myself, but I will split the cost with somebody!

I promise to do some future stories from this trip down in LA.  One of them will be on the Petersen Automotive Museum’s supercar exhibit.

Definition day!

People often wonder what parts of a car are and what is its purpose.  My job is demystify car words for you.  Today I am covering carburetors.

The carburetor is basically a big blender that mixes fuel and air together before it is pushed into the cylinders.  A carburetor barrel is like a tube or pipe that holds the air inside before the fuel is mixed with it.  The air is in the “barrel”, while the gasoline is in a small container nearby.  A certain amount of fuel is pushed into the “barrel” and the mixture is mixed and pushed out and into the cylinder. The carburetor comes in different sizes: one barrel, two barrel, four barrel and even 10 barrel! The early diesel engines could not have a carburetor, the mixture would “flood” the engine. The early planes had huge 16 barrel carburetors! Some of the best-known carburetor makers are: Holley, Solex-Mikuni, Weber and Edelbrock. Many cars with fuel injection can easily be switched to carbureted power.

Honda, a legacy of great cars.

Why did I pick Honda? Because Japan is on everybody’s mind right now and I would like to honor Honda.  I saw a video of wrecked Honda’s and Toyota’s in a shipping yard.  The yard had been hit by the tsunami and earthquake.  It was very sad to see thousands of wrecked cars.  They were destined for the U.S. 

Honda started out in 1959 as a small automaker making even smaller trucks, called the Honda T360.  It was designed to be small as to avoid the “chicken tax”.  The chicken tax is a government tax on all new cars.  The T360 was so small that it couldn’t hold an average dining-room chair!  It barely sold in Japan and therefore, never made it to the U.S.  Good thing.  It would have been too small for Americans.  It would be too short for my sister!

Honda has numerous factories in Japan and the U.S.  The factories make all of Honda’s motorcycles and cars.  Honda has also been a large manufacturer of hybrids since 2000.  In 2001, Honda surpassed Nissan as the largest Japanese automaker in the world.  In 2008, Honda passed Chrysler to become the fourth largest automaker in the U.S.  Today, Honda is the sixth largest automaker in the world. 

Honda’s line-up of cars sold world-wide include: Fit, Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey. 

The Honda Civic was introduced worldwide in 1978 as a small, affordable compact car available to the masses.  My uncle owned one of the original Civics!  The Civic is no longer sold in Japan- it isn’t popular enough!  Americans just keep buying the Civics off the lots.  When the next-generation Civic comes out this fall, it will be the 8th generation.  It will look very similar to the current Civic, but it will have all-new engines and transmissions. 

The Honda Accord came out in 1976 and was produced in Sayama, Japan until 2008.  The current Accord plant is in Marysville, Ohio.  The Accord has been offered in a large variety of body-styles including hatchbacks, sedans, wagons and coupes.  My mom and dad both owned one during college!  My grandpa Jack has a 2009 Honda Accord EX-L V6 coupe.  The Accord’s newest style is the “Crosstour”.  It is almost like a wagon/SUV.

The Honda Insight is a medium-sized hatchback about the size of a current-generation Toyota Prius.  It has Honda’s true and tried  Integrated Motor Assist.  IMA is a simple hybrid system that has an electric motor that is only good for helping out at idle and in parking lots.  The Insight is the cheapest hybrid currently on sale in the U.S.  The original Insight was nominated for the 2001 North American Car of the Year by J.D. Power and associates. 

The Honda CR-V came out in 1995 as a small, affordable SUV meant to be every person’s car.  Its sales have amounted up to 1,785,540.  You can buy a really big house with that much money.  The thing is, it isn’t money, it’s the number of cars sold.  Too bad it’s not money!  I had my eye on that Bugatti Veyron Super Sport with the clear-coat finish! Darn! The Veyron SS costs as much as all those CR-V sales!

The Honda Fit has been one of Honda’s best-selling hatchbacks.  Its sales amount up to 1,363,358 total Fit’s sold! WOW!!!!  It has been the recipient of three Car & Driver 10Best awards and is one of the safest compact cars out on the road today.  It is called the Honda Aria and Honda Jazz in other markets.  Trivia note: the Fit’s windshield is the same size as an average minivan’s!

The Honda Odyssey is Honda’s only minivan, but it is one of their  best-sellers.  My mom and dad almost got one instead of our Chrysler Town & Country.  They didn’t want to wait to get the Odyssey because there was a long waiting list.  The Odyssey came out in Japan and was so popular that Honda decided to take the Odyssey to other markets, first the USA and on and on.  The Odyssey is part of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.  It was also badge-engineered by Isuzu as the Isuzu Oasis.  The current generation has Honda’s first six-speed automatic.  Well, actually it is the second, the first is in the Acura MDX.    

My favorite Honda? The 2008 Honda S2000 Club Racer (CR).  Yours? I am sure that you have one.  I am attaching Honda’s website. Honda has stopped production on all of its cars that are made in Japan because of the crisis there.  You can expect to see very few new Civics and Elements out on the road for the near future.  Pity.  Honda was also the first Japanese auto-maker to release a dedicated luxury car brand, Acura.  Honda’s slogan is “Honda.  The power of dreams.”  That is very true, as many cars that they have made are well-loved cars that can last a very long time.

A Racer’s Life

Jerry in his Winklemann Formula Ford at Bridgehampton.

As John Lennon said, “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.”  I dream of racing cars.  Mom says “no”.  Today I am interviewing Jerry Gladstone (whose mom did not say “no”).  Among other careers, he is a retired race-car driver.

Interviews are a fun way to learn about lives that are different from one’s own.  They educate the reader and show an aspect of life that you might not have known.

Jerry, thank you for kindly agreeing to be interviewed.  I enjoyed hearing about your auto life. Your Winklemann Ford was very cool!

Jerry drove race-cars as a hobby in the amateur class in SCCA.

SCCA stands for Sports Car Club of America. Their goal is to bring car racing to all Americans.  Sounds fun!  Usually people collect cars as a hobby, they usually don’t race.  Jerry does both.  Jerry had fun racing in SCCA.  Today he is a physicist/electrical engineer with a Bachelor’s degree and two graduate degrees. He is married and the father of two adult children.

How did you get interested in racing and cars?

Jerry G:  When I was growing up boys and young men were very interested in cars — it was a car culture generation. (There were no computers or video games to distract us.) My first attendance at a race put the “bug” in my head that I would like to race too, as soon as I could figure out how to get into racing.

What did you compete in; NASCAR, Indy, SCCA, or NHRA?

Jerry G:  I competed in SCCA as an amateur racer. My racing was a “hobby”, I never intended to be a professional.

What car did you drive?

Jerry G: My first race car was a Winklemann Formula Ford. Later I drove a series of Formula B cars including a LeGrand, a Techno and a Brabham. I also had occasion to drive some sports cars including a Lotus, Alfa Romeo and Camaro.

What do you think was your most exciting moment in your racing career?

Jerry G: Believe it or not, my first day in driver’s school provided me with the most “shocking” moment. I could not believe how fast we were going on our slow orientation laps — it was so much faster than what I thought was fast in a street car.

Why did you stop racing and when?

Jerry G: I stopped racing when in 1971 as I could no longer afford to race and I was not good enough to be sponsored. It was also time for me to pursue a career.

How did you get into racing?

Jerry G: After I bought my MG I joined a sports car club. Many of the members were racers and as I made friends I was invited to come along for racing weekends. I was hooked. Joined the SCCA and went to driver’s school.

What tracks did you race at?

Jerry G: Bridgehampton, Lime Rock Park, Thompson, Bryar, Watkins Glen, Virginia International Raceway, Marlboro, Pocono and maybe a few others. If these names do not seem familiar to you it is because they are all on the east coast and many of them are no longer in existence.

What was your funniest experience when you were racing?

Jerry G: People used to laugh at me as I always took a nap between sessions. I took a lot of ribbing about being so relaxed.

Do you have any advice on how to become a race-car driver?

Jerry G: Go to one of the professional race driver’s schools. They were not in existence when I started; they are superior to SCCA schools and the best way to give it a try. Also, truly understand the commitment of time and money to even be an amateur.

What skills do you need to be a race-car driver?

Jerry G: Great eyesight and reflexes, competitiveness. An extraordinary “feel” for cars and machines. Some technical knowledge in either setting up a car or being able to communicate with your “mechanic/engineer”.

What did you do after racing?

Jerry G: Racing was only a hobby, I went on to pursue my career in technology — I am an applied physicist/electrical engineer with a Bachelors and two graduate degrees.  

What was your first street car?

Jerry G: My first street car was a black 1962 MGA Mark II.

You said that you  currently drive a Porsche 911.  What generation is it?

Jerry G: My Porsche — my fifth — is commonly referred to as a 911, also a Carrera. Technically it is a Type 993 — the last incarnation of the air-cooled cars.

Jerry is an officer in the local Porsche club.  Many of the tracks that he raced at are no longer in use or in existence.  Some of the tracks that Jerry raced at are the hardest and best-known in the country: Virginia International Raceway, Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park.  I have plans to write a post on Virginia International Raceway and Richmond Speedway. 

Thanks again Jerry for being my first interviewee!!

Every boy’s (and a few girls’) dream come true!

My dream car

With a little help from Queen: “Is this real life or is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide to escape from reality.  Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see” this beautiful 1964 Corvette Stingray Coupe! Too bad it wasn’t a convertible, otherwise I would have just jumped into it!  Cherried out and Roman Red (restored and painted original red) it sported the 454 cc V8 Tri-Pack.  That is one FAST Vette!  It had the optional 4-speed manual.  Some people count sheep at night, I count Vettes, especially oldies!    

Current events: I bet that you didn’t know that Guy Fieri’s Canary Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo was being serviced at the Lamborghini dealer in San Francisco.  Somebody just climbed down the inside of the building using climbing gear and cut the lock, opened the garage door and drove off into the night! WOW!! He’ll probably just wait until the new Aventador comes out this summer.

Power Steering.

 Power Steering works to make steering less work for the driver.  This means the driver should be able to turn the wheels of the vehicle when it is stopped, while the engine is still running.  For many vehicles, power steering is standard.  Truck drivers benefit from this as well.  The first power steering system was the 1955 Chrysler 300C with the optional “Hydraglide” steering system.  Power steering is steering with a hydraulic assist.  Power steering created a whole generation of people without much upper shoulder strength!

The Engine’s in the Back and Other Funny Car Stories.

Everybody’s first car tends to be well-used older cars.  Old cars equal problems.  So, everybody has funny car stories.  Why wouldn’t they? 

My Grandma Betty grew up in Egypt.  Egypt was bustling and Cairo was stuffed full of Europeans.  When you went to the market, there were camels (not the cigarette company) in the streets and the pyramids were in the background.  The cars that intimidated pedestrians were Rolls-Royces, Duesenburgs, Bentley’s and sports cars.  The Arabs used to call the Duesenburgs “the father of two behinds”, as the front and back looked the same!!  Can’t you just see that?  I can. 

Grandma Betty used to go to the swim-club, and one day, everybody was bored.  Should they play water polo or just hang out in the pool?  Somebody announced, (French accent) “I am going to leave!”  So, he got into his Fiat Topolino (Topolino means little mouse in Italian) and started to drive off, but four strong men picked up the Topolino so that the wheels were spinning in the air!  Hahahahaha! 

Another time, her brother’s friend took her and her brother to the beach in Alexandria.  His friend owned an MG sports car, and her brother let her sit inside with his friend, while he sat on the convertible top.  She said “you should have heard him “OUCH! *#@*!!”  Uncle Elliott shouldn’t have complained, as usually they squished 8 people in an MG.  Three in the seating compartment, three or four on the convertible top, and one on the hood or fender!  So, his friend had to go into downtown Alexandria for something and they went with him.  He thought that he had taken his dark green MG, but as there was nearly identical MG parked nearby, he took the wrong car.  They all had a good laugh when they found out!  She still has a good laugh about it all these years later!

My Grandpa Jack’s first car was a 1947 Ford Coupe with no emblem on the nose.  He bought it with the money he earned by selling newspapers on a busy intersection in Los Angeles.  He said “It was very spacious for a coupe, and it comfortably held four people in its backseat.”  He used it to get himself to UCLA and to take his mother and friends around Southern California.  He bought it used and sold it user.  He also said that it was cooler than him, but he didn’t know that until later.  I think he is cooler than his car! 

Grandpa Jack has had a lot of cars and therefore; has many funny car stories.  He bought a new car in 1963 or 1964, a Plymouth Valiant.  The first night that he had it, he and my Grandma Roz took his brother and sister-in-law out to dinner.  When his brother-in-law went to open the car door, the door handle fell off in his hand!  Grandpa Jack told me “I guess that’s why they call it a handle!”  Two days later, the ceiling upholstery started to fall off.  He said “it is like owning a boat; the two happiest days are buying and selling it.” 

When Jack was in the military in Austria, he and grandma bought a brand-new VW Beetle.  He didn’t want to take the cold military bus to work every morning.  When he was stationed stateside, they shipped the VW over with them. They drove through Oklahoma to get to Ohio.  While in some small town in Oklahoma getting gas for the VW, there were some old men sitting out front of the store.  When they spotted the Beetle they asked my Grandpa (old cowboy accent) “what car is that?”  He told them that it was a Volkswagen.  They asked “what’s that?”  He told them again it was a Volkswagen.  They replied “Never heard of it.”  He told them it was made in Germany.  The answer, well you can probably guess “never heard of it.”  He told them that the engine was in the back.  That got them out of their rocking chairs and looking.  They asked “engine’s in the back?!”  He had to take out luggage from the trunk to show them that there was no engine there.  He showed them the turn signal, the Mox Nix sticks (that means in German “makes no difference sticks!)  The old men said, “My oh my! All these new inventions.”   My grandparents both say that it was like one of the original western movies!    

My good friend Joshua, his dad, Michael is full of funny car stories.  His first car was a 1959 Ford Fairlane with an in-line six cylinder engine and manual transmission.  One of his friends had a small sized Ford V8 engine that he put into the Fairlane.  One day they decided to burn rubber.  It didn’t turn out that well; they blew the first, second and reverse gears in the transmission.  So, whenever he needed to pull into a parking space he was fine.  The difficulties started to occur when he had to back out of the parking space.  Some of his friends would have to push it out of the parking space for him.  If he was alone, he’d resort to yelling for a helping hand.  Once, he even got a tow truck to pull him out.

I can’t wait to start doing some funny car stories of my own when I get the ’82 Chevy S10 that’s coming my way!

Alternative Fuels

Before I launch into this, I just wanted to tell you that this is just #1 of a series.  Today’s entry is about Gasoline and Oil.

What is gasoline?

The definition of oil is: any liquid substance at room temperature that is hydrophobic and has high carbon and hydrogen content. Oil can be petroleum based, vegetable based, animal oil based, or essential oil based.  What is oil? Natural Gas and oil make Petroleum, which means “Rock oil” in Latin.  Oil is made up of decaying fossilized sea creatures.  Oil is found as a solid, liquid or gas.  Oil is usually found as a liquid.  When liquid oil is sticky and black it is called crude oil.  When it is found as a clear and volatile liquid, it is called condensate.  When solid, it is called asphalt and when it is semisolid it is called tar.

The three main types of hydrocarbons (hydrocarbons are little water particles that keep oil liquid-ish) are: Alkanes, Aromatics, and Napthenes.  Saudi “heavy crude” oil has more Napthenes in it than in many other crude oils.  Saudi “heavy crude” makes up the bulk of the U.S.’s oil. 

Where do hydrocarbons occur?  Methane is a natural gas that is a simple hydrocarbon that develops bacteria.  It comes mostly from farms, but there are vast quantities of it under the ocean.  Flower and plant smells are produced by hydrocarbons as well.  Perfume makers steam and crush plants to get the essential oils out of the plant.  Human bodies produce hydrocarbons in the form of cholesterol.  Other hydrocarbons in the body are in steroid form of Progesterone & Testosterone.  The hydrocarbons in crude oil have chain or ring shapes.  In 2001, astronomers observed near a dying star some ring shaped oil molecules.

The history of ancient oil:

The first real use of ancient oil was “Bitumen”, or tar.  Bitumen was used to waterproof or glue.  It was the downfall of the burning of Carthage, because all Hannibal’s troops had to do was set fire to 1 house and up went the city. The Persians used a thinner form of Bitumen called “Naft” to fire flaming missiles into battle.  Because it was such a deadly weapon in battle, the Byzantine navy used Naft mixed with sulfur and quicklime, it was called Greek fire. In the Crusades, Jews dumped burning oil onto invading crusaders.  This idea was used back in Europe, where it was not used very often because oil was very expensive. Around the turn of the Common Era, the Chinese invented the first oil drill in Sichuan by using bamboo tipped with iron, they used these drills to look for salt, and when they drilled very deep they found Brine, (salty water) oil and natural gas, no one knows what they did with the oil.

Oil for Light. 70,000 years ago prehistoric people discovered animal oil for use as lamps. The ancient Egyptians used clay bowls that held wicks. The ancient Greeks improved the lamp design by adding a lid to the bowls to protect themselves from burning and sputtering oil.  The 1780’s saw a new design for lamps, which was a long chimney and a circular wick. Also, in the 18th century, America was the first country to realize the importance of whale blubber as good oil for lamps.  Soon the coast of New England was the biggest whaling industry in the world and blubber gave a bright, clean light. Demand for blubber was high.  Kerosene was developed in 1846 by a chemist. Kerosene is highly flammable, and is used for camping stoves and lamps.

The Dawn of the Modern oil age:

For 1000 years the Middle East had distilled oil for Kerosene. In 1853, a Polish Chemist figured out how to make Kerosene on an industrial scale.  In 1856 he set up the world’s first crude oil refinery in Poland. Up to this point people had been using whale oil. Whale oil was very expensive. Kerosene quickly replaced whale oil and everyone wanted Kerosene, especially the U.S. The first oil well was drilled in Azerbaijan in 1847. Many oil wells were sunk in the late 1800’s. In the 1860’s, Azerbaijan was responsible for 90% of the world’s oil and the name for it was the Black City.  In 1930 there were 26.7 million cars on the road in the U.S., now there are 62 million in the U.S.  There was so much money to be made in oil that people called Wildcatters started to drill oil wherever there was a sign of it.  Most went broke, but a lucky few got gushers and got rich.  Texas, Oklahoma and California each got very rich because of copious amounts of oil.  Also during this time, oil was used to make other products like plastic or nylons and Tupperware.

The first oil well in the Americas was discovered in Ontario, Canada. Within a few years, that area of Ontario was covered with derricks (frames for supporting drilling equipment).

The first oil well in the U.S. was in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Water wells there were often contaminated with oil. In 1901, some workers in Spindletop, Texas discovered the first Gusher. A gusher is oil forced up through a drilling hole by its own pressure.  Boomtowns. As oil wells were quickly dug, the workers for the wells needed places to stay. So they started towns. They were tough places built almost overnight. Some were quite literally “boom towns” because of the horrible storage of nitroglycerin often meant that towns could be blown up in a matter of minutes.

The big need for oil started with the big, gas-guzzlers of the 50’s and 60’s.  In the 1970’s, the result was a huge oil crisis.  Now there is even less than before and America keeps on chugging out more and even more gas-guzzlers. America’s dependence on foreign oil has been going on since the 1950’s. In the 1940’s FDR created alliances in the Middle East for oil. There has been a big demand for oil since the 1950’s onward. For a very long time, America and the world thought there was a never ending supply of oil. The 1970’s brought a big oil crisis, like when OPEC drilled less oil, and we started wars based on need of oil.  For example, Operation Desert Storm in the 1990’s.  When the Iraqi’s were retreating they set fire to the oil wells in Kuwait and made the U.S. help Kuwait try and put out the fires, to not make Kuwait’s economy dissolve and make Kuwait environmentally disastrous.  The fires burned for 7 months.

World opinion about U.S oil consumption is bad and many countries think that our environmental policies are going down the drain.  The world is using non-renewable resources.  The huge cost to the environment, the use of energy to move oil around is a problem.  The Exxon Valdeez incident on March 23, 1989 shows that things can be horribly built and take their toll on the environment.

Gasoline engine pictures

V8 engine from a Bentley

4.6L 3-valve SOHC V8 installed in a 2006 Ford Mustang GT

 GM 2.2L 16 valve 4 cylinder DOHC engine from a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS