Record Repairs In 2018

With record donations in 2018, we were able to serve 21 families (43 children) with their transportation needs.   In our 7years of operation, 86 families with 168 children, have either received repairs on their cars or information and recommendations on how best to address the problems they are experiencing.

We could not provide this critical service without the generous donations we receive.  Remember, over 90% of all donations go directly to automobile repairs and service.

Restoration Rides Ministry is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax detectable.  We are also pleased to announce that we have been approved by the State of Arizona as a Qualifying Charitable Organization as of February of this year

Please take advantage of these donation options and help us as we provide automobile repairs and maintenance to the economically disadvantaged and financially distressed who are in need of safe and reliable transportation.

By |2019-02-10T18:29:06+00:00February 10th, 2019|

Tips Maintenance and Info

Wow, its 2019 already.  The next few TMI articles will be on how to properly wash and detail your car or truck. Some of these tips are obvious to any car buff, but, even those like me, who love cars but hate washing them can learn some time saving tips.  I’ll talk about what not to do when you get in a hurry and just run it through the 3 minute car wash. Sometimes we make it harder than it has to be, ruining the finish or trim by using the wrong process or products.  Here are 11 tips from the car detailing pros. We will look at tips for the outside of the car this month, and take up tips for the inside in February.

 

Rinse Before Washing

If you hit your dry paint with soapy water, you’ll just grind the surface dust and road grit into your paint finish. Professional detailers always start with a clear water rinse.

Use the Right Soap

Dishwashing liquid is the go-to choice for most DIYers. But it shouldn’t be, it is simply too harsh. A car detailer and most car washes use a car specific soap. We’ll get into the types later.

Forget the Sponge, Use a Microfiber Mitt

Sponges capture and hold dirt and grit in their large pores. Once grit is embedded, you may as well wash your car with sandpaper. The professionals use microfiber towels or strips.

Use Two Buckets

Yes, two buckets, one for clean soapy water and one for rinse water. After each wipe, dunk your dirty wash mitt in the rinse water bucket and swirl it around to dislodge the dirt and grit. Then dunk it in the soapy water and pick up where you left off. Dump the dirty rinse water and refill with clean water before you move to the other side of the car. You must keep the soapy water clean as possible.

Forget the Chamois, Dry With a Microfiber Towel

Chamois and cotton towels soak up water, but they don’t pick up any grit that’s left after rinsing. Instead, they just grind those particles into your paint. A microfiber towel, on the other hand, collects the particles. Rinse the towel in clean water to remove the grit; then wring and keep drying.

Use A Synthetic Wax

Old style paste waxes look great on older cars. But they don’t produce the same “wet look” as modern synthetic wax and they don’t last as long. Apply synthetic wax in small sections using a wax applicator sponge.

Remove Wax Haze With a Microfiber Towel

You guessed it, microfiber towels are the heroes of car detailers everywhere. Wipe off the wax haze using circular motions. As the towel loads with wax, refold it to a cleaner section. Use a second towel when the first one is fully loaded.

Well that is the information for keeping your car’s paint looking good for a long time.  Check back next month for the tips to keep the inside of your cars looking like new

By |2019-01-12T18:06:37+00:00January 12th, 2019|

November Tips Maintenance and Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I once read that when a car enthusiast explains their love of cars to a “normal” person, it sounds the same as someone who really loves washing machines explaining their passion. If you envision someone going on about the perfect vintage Maytag, it does seem a touch strange.  Cars can be like people. You give them love and they’ll always look after you. You respect them, and they’ll watch your back. But most of all, if you’re willing to work on them yourself, they’ll be your best friend for life.

But cars are really not like people, who were created in the image of God.   But, let me explain why so many fairly intelligent, well rounded, Bible believing people love cars so much.  If you search the web for “why do people love cars” you get thousands of opinions of why experts, the famous, and even nobody’s, like me, love cars. They expound on the virtues, the fun, the investment, the nostalgia, and even the looks of cars but no scientific facts to explain the reasoning behind loving a car. I know there are different kinds of love. Agape, the Love God has for us, Phileo the love we have for our brother, but “car love” seems to capture some of all this. For me it’s the idea of creating…like raising a kid, taking it from humble beginnings and making it better, faster, prettier and all that. Driving them hard to make sure they hold up is important to me; like making sure our kids are tough enough to handle the world. I like my cars dependable, like my friends, beautiful like my wife, and profitable like my portfolio.

So what’s the point of loving cars anyway?  Maybe you don’t love your car but just care about it enough to take care of it; a purely platonic relationship. Or maybe you find cars a necessary evil and can barely tolerate them; all these seem like relationship issues to me. I do know we must maintain our cars, and just like the people we know and care about, we must give them time and energy.  If we don’t, we can “lose” the relationship and maybe end up alone or in the case of a car, alone without transportation.

God created us for fellowship and gave us dominion over the land and things to care for. For all the important things in our life, including our cars, we must give the proper amount of “time and treasure” to keep them running.  One of my struggles is knowing the who, and the what and the when for the investment of my time and treasure.  But, thankfully I have a God who wants to help me personally in the Person of Jesus with ALL struggles. He is how George and I know the who, and the what and the when for helping others at Restoration Rides Ministry and even the WHY I am writing this today.  So be Thankful, (capital T) for everything, EVEN CARS and especially for the God who loves us.

By |2018-11-29T18:58:07+00:00November 29th, 2018|