Lessons For Magento From The Automotive Restoration Industry

Magento Appears To Be Promoting “Quick” To Combat Disruption From Below

Magento has recently been promoting a story about a 10-day, start to finish eCommerce build. I’m sure we’ve all heard similar marketing messages about how easy it is to get a store up and running in quick and simple fashion. There are some people in the community that are concerned with the implications of that messaging. Is this going to become a persistent theme that we are going to hear more of or just an edge case? I believe the concern is valid based on my own personal experiences in the automotive restoration market.

Magento is the go-to choice for eCommerce operations that need to granularly control their customer interactions. It’s flexibility is unsurpassed and it’s primary market has been those that need this flexibility and invest in customizing the platform. Although quick and fairly “stock” builds are very possible, the assumption if you are utilizing Magento is that you are looking to build something custom. I am assuming it’s this assumption that Magento is trying to shift in order to combat “disruption from below” with SaaS platforms. However, what are the ramifications of shifting this perception? Continue reading “Lessons For Magento From The Automotive Restoration Industry”

Two weeks…

As a kid I grew up loving the cars of the 1960s and early 1970s. The styling was incredible and the muscle car wars produced some unbelievable cars.

Growing up a child of the 90’s, even in rural Alabama, the mainstream emergence of gangster rap put the lowrider scene on the map. I was always into cars that were “different”. I prefer the Olds Cutlass to a Camaro. Give me a Buick Grand National over a Corvette. For a teenager in 90’s Alabama, low-riders like Ice Cube’s 1964 Impala in Boyz In the Hood don’t get more “different”. You take a car that long and square and slam it to the ground and it makes quite a striking profile.

I appreciate the quality and work that goes into the traditional lowrider style, but it’s never been my thing. However, the incredible lines on those cars left an impression on me and it had always been my goal to own one.
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And then there was spark

The more I learn about this Corrado, the more I think it’s been closer to a decade since it was last on the road. Just about everything on this car needs some attention.

Just to recap, I replaced the sending unit and in-tank fuel transfer pump with a used eBay part. I haven’t tested the pump, but the sending unit seems to be working. I put a new battery in the car, and did some basic tests: most lights are working; the passenger window rolls down but comes off track; the drivers window doesn’t roll down; the sunroof tilts but doesn’t slide back; and the rear spoiler works fine when manually engaged. I replaced the clutch master cylinder that was bad and I went ahead and replaced the clutch slave cylinder because I like spending money (it’s two bolts and a hydraulic line, might as well while I am in here). That was all bled to remove air from the system and seems to be working fine. It corrected the pedal going to and staying on the floor.

With those things done, I now turn my attention to a singular focus of getting the engine to run. It generally only takes three things for an engine to run: air, fuel, spark. We have air, but upon initial tests have no fuel or spark.
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Project 454 Rescue

My brother, Shane, has this awesome GMC K30 4X4 truck.  Unfortunately, the only photo I have of it is covered in snow.   This truck, being a K30 has full 1-ton running gear.   What that means, for those not familiar with GM trucks, is that it has a very strong driveline.

Shane and I share a very similar personality “flaw” in that we tend to overkill everything.  This “flaw” means that the very healty, nearly new, Chevy 350 engine that is in this K30 was just not going to do when a meaty big block 454 is an option.
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