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Speculation And Fuel Prices Part II by John McLellan
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo
Every morning, all across the country, in small towns and
large towns, groups of retired men gather in local coffee
shops to swap stories, gossip and good-natured ribbing.
After the usual exchanges and jokes about surgeries, aches
and pains, and
even erectile
dysfunction, the talk
often turns
to financial
matters in
general, and
incomes in
Talk ranges
from griping
about high
gasoline and
utility prices
to the exorbitant costs
of groceries
and medical services.
Let’s sit in on
the daily coffee klatsch
at Ken’s
Kafe for a
look at some
insights pertaining to speculation and the impact it has on
petroleum pricing.
“On the way here, I put gas in my Focus and it cost me
nearly seventy bucks to fill up!” The speaker was O’Brien, a
retired cop.
“Greedy, blasted oil companies,” exclaimed Jones, a former trucker now living on a nice Teamsters pension. “There
ought to be a law against their greediness.”
“It’s not just the greedy oil companies, although they
certainly profit hugely from the high prices,” added Smith,
a retired machinist for a large automaker. “Speculators also
play a large part in driving prices up.”
“You bet your life,” said O’Brien. “Last quarter’s profits
were up nearly 400%! I read somewhere that speculators
add as much as 90 cents to the price of every gallon of
“It’s a darn good thing
my pension is secure,
otherwise I’d never
make it with these
high petroleum
prices,” interjected
Schmalz, a retired
teacher. “I wish
the oil people and
those darn speculators would cut us
some slack!”
“Ain’t gonna
happen,” said
Smith. “The
speculators are
too well funded.
They get piles of
money from all
kinds of investment institutions
like those big
Wall Street banks.
Heck, in the last
five years alone,
money that used
to go to the stock
market went to the
commodities market instead, primarily petroleum commodities. Those investments went from $13 billion to over $300
Schmalz interjected, “Yeah! I heard that 27 barrels of
crude are traded by speculators for every one we actually
use. Imagine that!” He continued, “In fact, I read the other
day that those barrels of crude are bought and sold in name
only...most often no actual oil ever changes hands, only
large amounts of money.”
“Something they call ‘futures’,” said O’Brien. “They sign
contracts to buy or sell crude oil at some date in the future,
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• Information and Viewpoints •
Speculation And Fuel Prices Part II .......1, 2
• Allstar •
New Allstar Product................................2,3
• Manufacturers Spotlight •
Eastwood ...............................................3,4
• New Product Showcase •
TechMate, Husky Liner, Loctite, JBA, FST . 5,6
• Charlie Jobber •
Five Types I Can Live Without ...................7,8
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Speculation And Fuel Prices Part II
when they can make more money. Futures trading has
driven meat and grain prices sky high and has also ruined
the real estate industry.”
“I saw on TV the other night that the flow of speculator
money, compared to the amount of crude oil involved, is
like a flea on an elephant’s back,” said Jones.
“Did you catch that fat cat from Jay Peamorgan when
he was before Congress last week? He said the prices are
strictly a product of supply and demand, not speculators.
I wanted to choke him! And then, those elected geeks
pretty much bought what he said.”
Up until now, Hurley, a retired accountant, had remained silent. He broke the silence, saying, “Guys, I agree
that speculators are to blame for a sizeable portion of
the gasoline price increases, but you are not looking at
the whole picture. Anybody care to guess where many
speculators get the money to play with?”
“The ##%@* oil companies, I’ll just bet,” answered
“Wall Street investors, I think,” muttered Schmalz.
“It’s them durn oil countries,” offered Jones.
“In a way you are all correct,” stated Hurley. “These
factors do have a considerable influence on gasoline and
heating oil prices. But, we have to delve deeper.”
“What do ya mean,” asked O’Brien.
Hurley replied, “You guys are all collecting some kind
of retirement pension, right? O’Brien, you collect almost
as much now as you did when you were walking the
beat. Jones, your Teamster’s pension is pretty cushy, too.
Schmalzy, you collect a nice teacher pension. Smitty, the
auto worker’s pension plan union has always treated you
right, hasn’t it?”
(cont. from page 1)
All nodded in agreement.
“You guys may unwittingly be a part of the speculation
situation. You see, many of the speculators are investing large amounts from pension plans, 401K’s, IRA’s and
other money that guys like Schwab, James, Jones and so
on invest for you. Money managers are not, as a whole, a
very creative bunch. Often times, they will pool cash from
several sources into a larger fund to make the potential
returns larger as well. When one money manager rakes in
large bundles of profits because a month or so earlier he
bid on contracts for future crude oil delivery on the commodities market, pretty soon there will be a thousand
of them doing the same thing. The result is chaos on the
exchange, and higher gas prices.”
“So,” quipped O’Brien, “when gas prices are high, we
should be checking our portfolios for upward movement.”
“That’s one way to look at it,” said Hurley.
“Now I know why those gas stations sell donuts and
coffee. They stand to make more profit than they will on
gasoline they pump,” mused Smitty.
Hurley concluded, “There is no easy solution to the
problem of speculating and high gas prices. At least you
guys stand to make some of the money back, but what
about all the poor folks who are unemployed or destitute
for some other reason?”
There you have it. Keep in mind that although speculation on oil futures is responsible for a percentage of the
gasoline price situation, there are other factors. Why else
would there be over a hundred percent increase in little
over two years?
Race Car Lift
Portable lift collapses to a low 3” profile and is easily positioned
under race car to raise off the ground simplifying tire changes
and chassis tuning. Strong 14 gauge steel lift raises up to 17” and
supports up to 2,400 Lbs. Complete system includes a 110V hydraulic pump,
safety struts to lock raised lift in place, assist handle and 20’ of hydraulic quick connect
hose to attach pump to lift. The pump provides power up/gravity down operation and can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, typically mounted to trailer or a hand cart. Pump is compatible with hydraulic fluid, ATF, 10W30
or 10W40 oil (not included). Assembly is required, all hardware included.
Tire Siper Holder ALL10571
Bracket bolts to electric tire prep stand ALL10565 and holds ALL10266 heated tire siper.
Shop Towel Holders
Secure to shop wall, trailer or near sink to keep towels ready at hand! Steel
towel holder is available in black wrinkle or red smooth finish.
Magazine Racks
Mount to shop or trailer wall to keep favorite publications and
manuals neatly organized! Steel racks are available in black wrinkle
or red smooth finish and in a number of configurations.
Third Link Assembly Without Bushings
Third link assembly designed to increase traction to rear tires uses interchangeable
polyurethane bushings (sold separately, two required) to absorb energy under acceleration and braking. Bushings can be quickly changed to adjust to changing track conditions.
2-1/4” wide x 3” tall assembly has a 3/4”-16 RH chrome moly stud for attaching a suspension tube. 3/4” ID inner steel bushings are stepped to keep link centered in poly bushings.
A good starting point is a 70 durometer acceleration bushing and 90 durometer brake bushing.
Frame Mount Panhard Bar Bracket Radiused Climbing Style
Easily adjust your Panhard bar with only one wrench! Climbing style adjuster allows any
amount of adjustment without having to remove or re-align any spacer/tabs. Radiused slot
so you don’t have to re-square the rear end after adjustments. Steel bracket with inside/
outside mounting holes (most modifieds and GRT) fits 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” tubing. Bracket comes
complete with hardware.
Curt Strohacker worked in a service station to earn some
spending money and also repaired cars in his free time, buying
and selling countless vehicles. He learned valuable lessons about
restoration. As the market for automotive refurbishing began to take off in the 1970s,
Curt realized that if enthusiasts had the proper tools and techniques they could save
time and money.
In the fall of 1978, Curt launched a business to better serve the burgeoning market of
auto restoration and customization hobbyists. He called it Eastwood. The first Eastwood catalog was eight black-and-white pages of metal-finishing tools and equipment.
Continued success led to 5,000 copies of the catalog being distributed annually. Eastwood also sold its line of products directly to restorers at select car shows.
In the early 1980’s, unexpected endorsement of an Eastwood Car Wash Brush by two high profile foreign car
clubs caused sales and staff to double. Soon after, the introduction of the Eastwood Spot-Weld Gun, a tool which
duplicates the industrial spot-welds found on virtually every metal-bodied car, proved even more fortunate for the
growing retailer.
By the end of 1985, Eastwood ads appeared in over 50 magazines, including Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular
Mechanics. The catalog prospered as well, comprising 96 pages with a four-color cover by 1986 and reaching over
100,000 auto restorers bimonthly. By 1990, Eastwood’s customer file had grown to over a half-million.
7-Piece Hobbyist Hammer and Dolly Set EAS31198
An ideal set for the do-it-yourself enthusiast who appreciates high quality tools. The set
contains three forged, polished head, fiberglass handle hammers with superb balanced and
feel, four hardened and tumble polished multi-angle dollies in the most common profiles and
shapes and a storage/carry case.
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Fender Roller EAS31158
Use the Fender Roller to easily form fender lips to clear
wider tires and eliminate rubbing. The fender roller adapter
plate mounts directly to the hub flange using the vehicles
wheel studs and lug nuts. Attach the adjustable rolling arm
(from 14” to 22-3/4” dia.) and rotate the Delrin ball-bearing
roller to form the fender lip without damaging the paint.
Non-returnable –if defective, it will be replaced.
Professional 7 Piece Hammer and Dolly Set EAS11979
It’s designed for the professional craftsman and offered at an affordable price. The
set contains three hammers, each made from alloy steel and balanced for optimum
impact, three hardened and tumble polished multi-angle dollies in the most common
profiles and shapes, and a storage/carry case.
Deluxe Polishing Kit EAS50341
Deluxe polishing kit includes: 5 compounds (one 4 oz. tube each: brown Tripoli, gray stainless,
white rouge, jeweler’s rouge, blue plastic), 5 small felt bobs, 2 mushroom buffs, 2 large buffs
(round tapered), and 3 wheels (2 spiral-sewn, 1 loose sewn). Perfect for tight spots and open surfaces, such as valve covers and air cleaners. 1/4” arbors fit electric and cordless, battery-powered
Bead Roller Kit EAS28187
Eastwood’s bead roller mounts in a bench vise. Kit includes 6 mandrels: 1/16”, 1/8”,
and 1/4” flanging mandrels, 1/4”:3/8”, 1/2” bead mandrels, 1/2” backing plate with
17 inches of depth. Made from 1/2” thick steel plate with shaft bushings that can be
greased. Forms aluminum and steel up to 18 gauge.
Eastwood MIG 135 Welder EAS12011
Welder includes everything except the bottle! 110VAC input and a powerful 135 amp
output assure portability, versatility and the power needed to perform any shop welding
project. Includes a Tewco® – style gun, ground cable, contact tips, regulator, and 2 lb. a
spool of MIG wire and instruction manual.
Eastwood MIG 175 Welder and Spool Gun EAS12012
Powerful 220VAC input and 175 amp output gives the professional and hobbyist alike
enough power to complete almost any welding task. Features infinitely adjustable heat
and wire settings, spool gun for aluminum, stainless or steel welding. Includes a Tewco®
style gun, ground cable, contact tips, regulator, and 2 lb. spool of MIG wire and instruction
Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC Welder EAS12746
Welder operates on either 110vAC, 15amp circuit or 220vAC, 30 amp circuit offers affordable
professional quality TIG welding on aluminum, stainless, sheet metal, and tube or bar stock
with precise welding of thinner gauge materials up to 1/4” thick. Features a high frequency
start for precise arc control, square wave inverter for accurate aluminum welding, WP-17” type
torch accepts common cups and collets, up to 1/8” electrodes. Duty cycle 45% at 150 amps.
Eastwood Versa-Cut Plasma Cutter EAS12740
The Eastwood Versa-Cut Plasma Cutter is a smart choice for making clean, precise cuts
through steel, stainless and aluminum. Inverter technology allows use with 110V AC or 220V
AC and a duty cycle of 60% at 40 amps. Kit includes 20 feet of torch cable and 10 feet of
ground cable with clamp. Use with a compressor with an airflow rate 3.0 CFM at 20-65 psi.
Backed by a 3-year warranty.
TecMATE, a new vendor, offers some revolutionary battery maintenance
products engineered to meet the needs of high performance vehicles on
the street or on the track.
OptiMate 1 Smart Charger TECTM-85
The OptiMate 1 Smart Charger is cost effective and very easy to use. Plug it into the nearest power
outlet and the rest is automatic. The charger will bring the battery to full charge and switch to float
mode to keep charging rate at a safe voltage limit, never overcharging the battery.
OptiMate 2 TECTM-421
The OptiMate 2 Smart Charger-Maintainer is a cost effective solution for long term maintenance of 12 volt batteries in any vehicle or craft that is stored indoors or outdoors. Weatherproof, .8 amp constant current charge brings the battery to full charge then switches to unique
OptiMate battery maintenance charge mode to keep battery at 100% ready.
OptiMate 5 TECTM-221
The OptiMate 5 with 2.8 amps is ideal for medium to large 12 volt batteries. Its weatherproof sealed enclosure includes a wall mount. OPtiMate will diagnose, recover, charge, test
and maintain batteries automatically. Recommended for use on standard, sealed, AGM, leadacid 12 volt batteries from 8Ah to 120Ah.
OptiMate 6 TECTM-181
The OptiMate 6 Ampmatic with 5 amps of charge current is an advanced battery saving
charger, tester, and maintainer for marine and automotive batteries from 15Ah to 240Ah.
Weatherproof sealed enclosure has built-in wall mounts and is ideal for marine and snow
markets. Improved cables are good to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
OptiMate Lithium TECTM-291
OptiMate Lithium charger with 5 amps of current uses multi-step AmpMatic to recharge
and balance cells and protect lithium batteries. The Lithium performs pre-qualification
test, low voltage recovery, bulk charge, dead cell check, charge verification, voltage retention
test, and charge maintenance. Repeats after a 24 hour cycle as long as the charger remains connected. OptiMate Lithium protects the battery against over charge indefinitely and provides 100% safe
long-term charging.
X-act Contour Floor Liners
X-act Contour floor liners incorporate key elements from
vehicle’s interior for a customized look. The patented
“Form-fit-edge” at the door thresholds contains debris and
allows easy entry and exit. “Sta-Put-Nubs” prevent shifting. Fluid containment ribs and treads channel messes away and keeps mud, snow,
water, and debris off expensive carpet.
Easily cleaned, with a lifetime guarantee against cracking and breaking. Available to fit GM, Ford and Dodge
Husky Quad Caps
Husky’s Quad Caps protect 2007-12 GM Silverado and Sierra standard 6’5” pickup
bed rails and offer rugged styling with a 2-piece design for easy and seamless
installation. Thicker and stronger than most other bed rail protectors, Quad Caps
are backed by a lifetime warranty against cracking and breaking. Removable stake
pocket covers are included.
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Here are some new, extremely useful products from Loctite. There’s something here
for every hot rodder and racer.
Anti Seize Stick
Anti Seize with less mess, in a convenient stick, protects metal parts from rust, corrosion, galling, and
seizing. Apply to header bolts, wheel studs, etc. Recommended for temperatures up to 1800 degrees.
Available in copper (LOC37616) and silver (LOC37617).
Silver Anti-Seize Brush Top LOC37565
Heavy duty temperature resistant petroleum based lubricant fortified with graphite
and metallic flake. Use during assembly to prevent seizing, galling, and corrosion.
Recommended for temperatures up to 1600 degrees.
PST Thread Sealant Stick LOC37516
The Loctite PST stick is a single component, semi-solid anaerobic pipe sealant
compound. Wt. 19 grams.
High Flex Gasket Maker LOC38657
High flex gasket maker is a form-in-place gasket that resists high temperatures. Fills
gaps to .020” (0.5mm) and cures to a tough, solvent resistant gasket that flexes with
flange movement. 1.69 oz. tube.
Weather Strip Adhesive
Freeze and Release LOC996456
Instantly freezes seized and rusted bolts, nuts, studs down to -45 deg. The “freeze” effect causes
microscopic cracks in the layer of rust, allowing the penetrating oil to wick around rusted components.
The assembly can be dismantled after allowing 1-2 minutes penetration time.
2011-12 Mustang 5.0L Stainless Steel
Cat4ward Shorty Headers
JBA Cat4ward shorty headers for 2011-12 Mustang 5.0L are made from
mandrel-bent stainless steel tubing with 3/8”thick, laser-cut exhaust flanges that resist warping, prevent leaks, and
are easier install. Pipes are welded to JBA Firecone collectors outfitted with factory emission bungs. The larger 1-3/4”
tubing increases flow, improves throttle response and produces maximum horsepower and torque gains.
Part No.
JBA1685SJS.................... Mustang 5.0L Shorty, 1-3/4”Tube, Silver Ceramic
JBA1685SJT.................... Mustang 5.0L Shorty, 1-3/4”Tube Titanium Ceramic
JBA1685S ....................... Mustang 5.0L Shorty, 1-3/4”Tube Standard
JBA6685SJS.................... Mustang 5.0L Full-Length, 1-3/4” Silver Ceramic
JBA6685SJT.................... Mustang 5.0L Full-Length, 1-3/4”Titanium Ceramic
JBA6685S ....................... Mustang 5.0L Full-Length, 1-3/4” Standard
FloMax 700 Series Inline Fuel Filter
High flow, low restriction “in-line” cartridge style ,
4-micron pleated filter flows over 300GPH. Ideal for all
types of gasoline, racing fuels, ethanol and methanol, the filter separates and sheds
water. Measures 2.5” in diameter and 11.5” long and both ends are fitted with threaded
in ORB fittings (-8AN or -10AN) for premium sealing capabilities. Burst rate is over 900PSI (a NASCAR minimum requirement). Weighs 20 oz. Made in U.S.A.
by John McLellan
Five Types I Can Live Without
I’ve been around this business for more years than I can
safely recall and in that time I have learned a thing or three
about engines, racing and, for the purpose of this epistle,
the people involved. First off, let me say that the serious
racers and street enthusiasts, the REAL serious ones, the
ones who know what they want and are willing to listen
to advice and pay whatever it takes to make it happen, are
the finest, most
reliable customers in the
world. They are
the top rung
of the performance customer ladder. I
have several of
these customers and we get
along just fine.
I like to refer
to our working
as franchises.
By that, I mean
that once I have
built complete
race engines
for them, and
they have won
with them, I
can count on repeat business from them, and even some
new business from their close associates. My reputation
brings them in. These fellows are my real bread and butter,
and I love them.
Coming down the ladder, one rung at a time, reveals the
slightly less-than-ideal customers, those for whom I always
hold out the hope that they will take that one vitally important step and ascend to favored customer status. They
almost never do. In fact, most fall further and make my life
even more miserable. Here, in descending order are my
examples of the Dirty Half-Dozen, Minus One troublesome
The Step-Skipper This guy came to me with a small
block in a basket and wanted all the machine work, flow
bench testing and balancing done so that he could take
the pieces home and assemble his own engine. This guy
had some experience, so when my part was done he paid
me, loaded all the new goodies in his little station wagon
and off he went...after hopefully absorbing my standard
lecture about re-checking clearances, using proper torque
procedures, replacing ALL of the parts of the oiling system
and, above all, priming the oil pump before firing it for
the first time. Guess what! After spending thousands and
thousands of dollars, this guy got impatient and when he
couldn’t get the pickup/screen assembly he needed - a
six dollar part - he rinsed the old one out and re-used it.
Predictably, a microscopic scrap of metal found its way into
the oil pump, seized it solid, and the aftermath included
wiped out bearings and cam.
The Cheapskate He approached me and asked me to
hang his new set of pistons on his old rods. He asked how
much and I told him. He balked and I outlined the entire
procedure, including re-sizing the rods, to justify my fee. He
said, “That engine was new and only has about 300 runs on
it. Those rods should
be OK.” I insisted
that they should
be re-sized. He
insisted they were
perfectly fine. I hung
his pistons against
my better judgement (my mistake)
and sent him on his
way without re-sized
rods. A week later,
he grenaded the
engine just as he
shifted into second
gear at the local
strip. Guess who got
blamed! I do not
need grief like this,
The Shopper
This dude spends
all his time on line,
checking prices on each and every part he will need to
build an engine. The heads may come from Acme, the
block from Engine Amateurs, the pistons from heaven
knows where, and on and on. Of course, he knows just
what pieces and parts to order because he has been in my
shop at least fifty times asking questions, getting part numbers and listening to suggestions. Then he shows up and
asks me to put the whole thing together for him. As if this is
not bad enough, he then has the audacity to suggest that
I should give him a break on labor because he has saved
me the time it would have taken to order all the parts. This
schmuck picks my plate pretty clean of meat and potatoes
and the only “green” he leaves me is that disgusting little
sprig of parsley. The worst part of this is that he has no clue
as to the injustice he has wrought. With characters like this,
I find myself wanting to shout from the rooftops, at anyone
who will listen, that I don’t make all my income from the
actual machine work and assembly. I NEED PARTS SALES TO
The Apprentice He walked in my door shortly after he
graduated from high school. He had taken automotive related shop classes and was looking for a job and an opportunity to develop skills as a machinist and engine builder. I
didn’t really need someone full time, but I told him I would
use him as much as possible. He did quite well, catching
on to the machining process quite readily. I eventually let
him do some of the engine sub-assembly, mainly things
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by John McLellan
Five Types I Can Live Without
like assembling valve train components, installing timing gears and so on. He started going to race events with
me to see, firsthand, how the engines performed in the
competitive arenas for which they were designed. He was,
predictably, bitten by the race engine bug and wanted
more involvement. I cautioned him to take it easy and
good things would happen in due time. He couldn’t wait.
One day he gave me a week’s notice and walked away to
start his own race engine business. He specialized in two
types of engines. Some were low on power and could not
win. Others were set on kill, with more than enough power
to get the job done, but with some severe longevity issues.
The grounds of the local drag strip, circle track and truck
and tractor pulling arena were soon littered with shrapnel
from his products. Yes, as far as the learning went, I taught
him everything he knew. Unfortunately for his customers
he cut out early and I didn’t have the opportunity to teach
him everything I know!
The User Of all the types outlined here, this fellow is the
most detestable and fully deserving of the bottom rung on
the ladder. After leading me on with platitudes about how
great my engine building abilities were, and how much he
wanted to have me put together a big block for his drag
boat, he went out and bought one of those high dollar,
(cont. from page 7)
high power “recipe” engines for about forty grand. I’m sure
it was a premium piece, and worth every penny he laid
out for it. He told everyone who would listen that he felt I
wasn’t quite ready for the “big leagues” yet.
Unfortunately (for him), three traumatic experiences
befell this guy almost at the same time. First, a wicked
wave cracked the hull of his boat beyond repair. Second,
the balloon payment on his house came due earlier than
he had planned. Third, and perhaps most grievous, his wife
intercepted an intimate text message from a young lady
in which she repeatedly expressed a more than passing
familiarity with the guy’s anatomy.
There would have been a fourth trauma in his miserable life if I hadn’t counted to ten when this nutcase came
to me and asked if he could put his recipe motor on my
showroom floor with a For Sale sign tacked on it. It wasn’t
my engine. I had nothing to do with it. I sure did not want
it in my establishment. I sent him packing, but not before I
offered an earnest suggestion as to what he could do with
his big league engine.
There you have it, in a nutshell. Do you know any of
these five dud(e)s? I’ll bet you do!
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