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Dress Your Car for Halloween

Ghostbusters ‘ECTO-1′ Car

ECTO-1 Car Halloween Costume

This costume is perfect for crossovers and wagons. Pair your ‘Ghostbuster’ costume with a near authentic ECTO-1 to drive around on Halloween night. If you’d rather not stick things on your car, try buying one of our DuPont Tyvek covers to make a removable costume. Simply cover the car, and attach logos on the exterior.

Materials Needed:

  • Ghostbusters Logo Decals
  • Fake Ghost Hunting Materials (for roof)
  • Fake phone number/movie quote removable decals
  • Stuffed ‘Slimer’ to ride shotgun
  • Optional: DuPont Tyvek White Car Cover

Vamp-car

Vamp-Car

Looking for a fun and easy car costume? Just add vampire teeth! Create ‘car fangs’ using white foam paper or paper, attaching magnets on the back.

Materials Needed:

  • White construction paper/foam paper
  • Magnets

Old School Ghost 

Ghost Car Costume

Here’s a fun, easy way to dress up your car for Halloween. Using our white DuPont Tyvek Empire car cover, simply cut out two ‘eye holes’ and drape over your car- when parked only! Do not attempt to drive with cover on car.

Materials Needed:

  • Empire’s DuPont Tyvek Car Cover

Indoor Soft Stretch

Giant Strawberry

If you’re looking for an elaborate costume, try Empire Covers Indoor Soft Stretch, available in red, to create a giant strawberry costume. Simply attach ‘seeds’ and a green stem to complete the look. Best part is that after Halloween, you can still use the cover!

Materials Needed:

  • Black construction paper, cut into giant seeds
  • Green felt to create stem top
  • Indoor Soft Stretch Cover in Red
Rico Suave

For a simple, funny costume, attach a giant mustache on the grill of your car. This can be accomplished with just some string or duct tape, with spray painted cardboard cut into a mustache. You can also order car mustaches online if you’d rather not DIY.

Materials Needed:

  • String or duct tape to attach
  • Spray paint, brown
  • Large piece of cardboard

‘Mutt Cutts’ Car from Dumb and Dumber

Mutt Cutts Car

If you truly want a one of a kind costume, and don’t mind the expense, the ‘Mutt Cutts’ car is the way to go. While creating a driveable costume would be difficult, try using one of our covers to achieve a driveway friendly look. Use our tan Titan Car Cover to drape over the car, then create a ‘dog face’ using a cardboard cut-out tongue, spray painted pink and nose, spray painted black. Use a permanent marker (do this before covering the car) to create whiskers.  Cut out the windshield area for eyes, and add a yellow ‘Mutt Cutts’ sign to the side. This costume can be as elaborate or simple as you choose. If you want to reuse the cover, do not make any cuts or draw on it.

Materials Needed:

  • Titan Car Cover
  • Pink and black spray paint
  • Cardboard cutouts, tongue and nose

 Have you ever dressed up your car for Halloween?

A Southern Staple: Classic Pickup Trucks

At Empire, we love hearing the stories behind classic cars. We all have our favorites, and when we attend a car show, we’re always looking for them. One classic car that we keep an eye out for are Classic Ford Trucks- a cult classic for farmers and Southerners alike.

Classic trucks, the backdrop of every country music video are the essence of a Norman Rockwell-like way of living. A staple of the Southern lifestyle, Classic Ford, Chevy and Dodge Trucks still line the streets of rural small town America. One of the most popular are the Ford F-Series that date back to the late 1940s. Designed for function, the F-Series has a rich history throughout the decades as a family friendly, All American truck.

1968 Ford F-100 from ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’

The initial idea and design for pickup trucks was developed by Ford in the mid 1920′s, the concept taken from the popular Ford Model T. Seeking a vehicle that could provide support for working families, the pickup truck was first produced by Ford in Australia. Capable of carrying loads of produce, supplies, and livestock, the truck was hit, and spread quickly to the United States.

Classic 1951 Ford F-4 in “MacGyver”.

The F-Series is still in production today, with the popular 12th Generation Ford F-150 and beyond. The newer Ford Trucks are much more sleek and rugged, with a more powerful V-8 that would likely leave a classic Ford Truck in the dust. However, the vintage look and feel of a classic Ford Truck in unmatched, making it one of the most iconic American vehicles of all time. Many classic Ford Truck owners understand the value of their vehicle, and choose to cover their truck. This protects it from the elements, even when parked indoors.

1951 Ford F-3 in “The Secret Life of Bees”

What’s so special about classic Ford Trucks is the innovative, rustic design. Likely inspiring the early models of Chevrolet and Dodge Trucks, the Ford Motor Company paved the way for the development of pickup trucks. Chevy Trucks were released in the late forties, as the popular Advance Design Series, eventually becoming the Task Force Series, and eventually, the Chevy Trucks we know today.

1967 Chevrolet C-10 in ‘CHiPS’

Dodge Trucks dates back to the 1920′s. Although not as popular as Ford and Chevy, Dodge Trucks had family friendly features that were the most similar to automobiles. For the first time since the 1970′s, Dodge has released heavier models, such as their popular Dodge Ram.

1941 Dodge Truck

What’s your favorite make of classic truck?

10 Comedians & Cars for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

10 Comedians & Cars We Want To See On
‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

We’ll admit it—we’re obsessed with Jerry Seinfeld’s new online TV show, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’. Beyond the comic chemistry between Seinfeld and his various guests, comedic legends such as Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Alex Baldwin, and of course, Michael Richards, we love the cars.

From the 1970′s Mercedes Benz featured in the episode with Alec Baldwin to the 1976 Triumph TR6 Seinfeld drove with Colin Quinn and Mario Joyner, the classic cars on CICGC are on point. Seinfeld selects a car for each guest he’s that he feels “fits” them, with near perfect accuracy, as we saw with the rusted Volkswagen Bus on the Michael Richards episode.

We wanted to give Mr. Seinfeld a few suggestions on possible guests to take out for coffee and of course, classic cars he could take for a spin.

 

1. Jay Mohr and a 1962 Ford Thunderbird

After the hilarious case of mistaken identity in Michael Richard’s episode, specifically, when he and Jerry show up at Jay Mohr’s house looking for Sugar Ray Leonard, we think he owes Jay a cup of coffee. We’d love to see Jerry and Jay cruising along in this 1962 Ford T-Bird.

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Jason Alexander and a 1922 Rolls Royce

We already saw the existing chemistry between Jerry and Michael Richards, and we’d love to see a repeat with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander. We’d love to see the looks on their faces if he picked them up in this 1922 Rolls Royce.

3. Billy Crystal and a 1961 Ford Mustang

Billy Crystal is a classic himself- reigning over the comedy world for the past three decades. We think he’d be a perfect fit with this gorgeous vintage Mustang.

4. Brad Garrett and a 1961 Buick Skylark

Brad Garrett, known for his role as Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, would be a comedic genius along Seinfeld in this 1961 Buick Skylark.

5. Colin Mochrie and a 1953 Allard

Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? is one of a king, similar to this incredible classic 1953 Allard.

6. Jay Leno and a 1969 Corvette Stingray

We all know that Jay and Jerry are close friends, and of course, that Jay Leno is famous for his collection of classic cars. Maybe Jay should be the one to take Jerry for a spin in this Corvette Stingray.

7. Dave Coulier and a 1950′s Ford Woodie

Another 90′s comedy staple was Full House, co-starring Dave Coulier as the lovable Uncle Joey. The witty Coulier would be a riot in this classic Ford Woodie of the 1950′s.

8. Ellen Degeneres and a 1959 Porsche Convertible

Everyone’s favorite funny woman, Ellen Degeneres, would be a fantastic guest for Jerry. Besides her upbeat, friendly demeanor, (we can only suspect coffee is already involved), this sleek, sophisticated Porsche convertible would suit her well.

9. Tina Fey and a 1957 Bel Air

Speaking of funny women, we’d love to see Tina Fey alongside of Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. We already saw them in 30 Rock, when Seinfeld guest starred as himself. We’d love to see “Liz Lemon” cruising along in this vintage classic blue Bel Air.

10. Jon Stewart- 1969 Chevy Impala

Long-time Daily Show host Jon Stewart would be another great addition to the hilarious guest stars of Comedians in Cars. This 60′s era Impala would be a great ride for Stewart.

Grill Cover Experts & The Grill Expert: Interview with Gary House

Everyone at Empire loves to grill, especially in the cooler months. We’re always on the lookout for new grilling techniques, so we decided to ask an expert about the ins and outs of outdoor cooking. We talked to Gary House from Cooking Outdoors about plank cooking, the best kind of grill to buy, and making dessert on the grill.

Gary House from Cooking Outdoors

Tell us a little bit about the variety of ways to grill- for example, plank cooking, fire pit cooking, etc. Which unconventional method is your favorite?

When most people think of grilling, it’s the common burgers and dogs with maybe a steak thrown in from time to time. Grilling should be as epicuriously vast as cooking with all of your basic home appliances, just manipulated to work within the boundries of your grill.

Grilling principals must include sauteing, frying, brazing, baking, smoking and combination techniques of wet and dry cooking. I can’t imagine grilling without having several of these techniques in use. If you can cook a complete meal in the house then I assure you you can do the same outdoors on the grill.

My favorite grilling techniques include plank cooking, stone cooking (I use the Island Grillstone), cast iron and baking.

Grilled Pineapple, Cooking Outdoors Recipe

What grilling recipe is your absolute favorite?

Well, this is where you would probably expect something amazingly exotic but I have a love affair with a Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Just can’t stop grilling those! I do take it a few steps further than most by grilling my own onion rings and cooking the burger on a hamburger wood plank.

Grilled Ribs and Boneless Chicken Breast

What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve made on the grill?

My first “ah ha” grill moment was baking a mixed berry crisp on the grill. That truely changed the way I looked at grilling. Desserts, breads, breakfast are all amazing when grilled.

Dutch Oven Cooking

What are some of the best grilling recipes for Autumn?

If you look at the grill as more than grates over fire to grill with, then you should be looking at comfort food. Soups, stews, casseroles, roasts and holiday recipes. I use cast iron a lot when grilling. For Thanksgiving I’ll have a Turkey smoking and several Dutch oven going with all of the goodies. Potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, stuffing, apple pie, etc.

 What are some basics to remember when cooking on a grill?

Pre-heat, pre-heat and pre-heat, the number one mistake people make. High on the list also isgrilling with the heat too high and using the wrong fuels to grill with.

With propane you need to start the grill 20 minutes before you want to cook. Your not just heating the space up, your heating those grates as well. If you cook with charcoal, use lump charcoal or natural briquets to grill with. If you want smoke added then use chips for a short cook and wood chunks for a longer cook over an hour. Practice…

What make/model of grill do you use? What grills do you recommend for a first time griller?

Well, I have 13 grills and over 20 pieces of cast iron that I use plus dozens of patio accessories so it’s kind of difficult to say.

I have sold grills for years and the number one mistake people make is to buy bells and whistles. Yea, infared is cool and six burners sound better than three, led lights are impressive but what good is all of that when your just learning to cook outdoors? Be practical and choose your first grill with function in mind.

You have to decide on convience (gas) or flavor (charcoal), size (the bigger the grill, the more fuel you use). I used to tell my customers to grab one end of the grill and give it a shake, you can tell a well built grill from just that little bit of effort. Check the warranty, where it’s made will give you some clues to quality.

I read awhile back that 70% of grill buyers purchase grills with side burners yet only 2 % of them use it. Keep that in mind as well, those side burners can set you back $100 easy, that can be an expensive shelf.

One last thought on grills, they are making combo grills these days that offer both charcoal and gas grill boxes on the same unit. Great way to have variety without wasting patio space.

What are some recipes that are commonly cooked in/on the stove that could easily be prepared on the grill?

There is nothing that can’t be cooked outdoors on a grill. With the right tools and techniques you can do it all. Stir Fry, sauces, simmer, poach, fry, saute’, bake, roast and on and on…

What recipes taste the best on the grill?

Is this a trick question? Everything taste better cooked outdoors!

Visit Gary’s blog at Cooking-Outdoors.com. 

Ford Thunderbird, 11 Generations of Classics

Ford Thunderbird is one of the most well known classic cars to date. There are over 11 generations of Thunderbirds, ranging from the 1950s to late 2005. We got the opportunity to see a pristine 2005 Ford Thunderbird at the New Hope Auto Show, and it got us remembering the Ford Thunderbirds of the past.

Most classic car owners have specific memories of the Ford Thunderbird. Whether it be a faint memory of cruising along in a now vintage 1950s classic, or buying a beat up Thunderbird in your teens, the Ford Thunderbird is a special and unique automobile. We found cars from each generation for sale online.

1955 Ford Thunderbird, $24,000.

Dreamt up in the early 1950s, the Ford Company designed the Thunderbird to compete with Chevy’s Corvette.  While at first extremely popular, the addition to a spare tire mounted on the trunk added extra weight that negatively affected steering. The car was redesigned, and once again, shattered sales records. Ford aimed to have an even more successful run with the Ford Thunderbird in the 60′s.

1962 Ford Thunderbird, $39,995.

Second and third generations of Thunderbirds were sold throughout the late fifties and mid-sixties. Now featuring a new engine, new look, and sportier feel, the car continued to be extremely popular. So popular, in fact, it was used during the inaugural parade for John F. Kennedy. Today, these classics are very valuable, definitely requiring extra cover protection while in storage or parked outdoors.

1964 Ford Thunderbird, $12,995.

When the third generation transitioned the fourth generation Thunderbirds from 1964-66, small but significant changes were made, such as new turn signals and disc brakes.

1967 Ford Thunderbird, $21,995.

The fifth generation Ford Thunderbird, ’67-’71 was vastly different looking in appearance. Hoping to mimic the success of the Ford Mustang, the Thunderbird became a bit sleeker.

1974 Ford Thunderbird, $11,500.

The sixth generation of T-Birds weren’t as successful as the previous. Some blame the heavier body for it’s poor performance.

1977 Ford Thunderbird, $5,200.

Ford moved in on Oldsmobile’s Cutlass with the seventh generation T-Bird sedan. Responding to the demand for more fuel efficient cars, the ’77-’79 Seventh Generation Thunderbird was downsized.

1974 Ford Thunderbird, Price N/A.

The eighth generation T-Bird, ’72-’76, reflected Ford’s desire to create an all around more smaller and more environmentally friendly car. This model was not popular with former T-Bird enthusiasts, who felt that the integrity of their classic T-Bird was lost. However, today some classic car owners and T-Bird enthusiasts prefer the model.

1988 Ford Thunderbird, Price N/A.

The ninth generation of T-Bird, made from ’83-’88 was completely redesigned. The new model was much smaller than the previous, giving it a better fuel efficiency and a wider targeted audience.

1997 Ford Thunderbird, Price N/A.

The tenth generation of the Thunderbird, from ’89-’97. Over the better part of a decade, the interior and exterior of the Thunderbird was tweaked and altered. It was discontinued in 1997.

2005 Ford Thunderbird, On Display at New Hope Auto Show.

                         The revamped eleventh generation of Thunderbird was sleeker, and more reminiscent of the 50′s and 60′s models. Looking to capture the essence of the first few generations of T-Bird, Ford automotive was disappointed with lackluster sales, and released the last T-Bird in 2005.

What’s your favorite generation of Thunderbird?

Brace Yourself, More Leaves Are Coming

It’s officially fall. With September, October and November comes Autumn, bringing cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored everything, and of course, gorgeous fall foliage. Brilliant yellow, orange, and red leaves fall from the trees in a beautiful cascade, gently landing on the ground.

Fast forward to mid-October. Soggy, dirty built up mounds of leaves are clogging gutters, creating slippery, hazardous patches on the road, and of course, leaving that familiar leaf-shaped print on cars and patio sets. Leaves no longer become picturesque, but instead, pesky.

For some, a few leafy patterns on their car’s pristine paint job isn’t a big deal. However, it should be. As a main source of nutrition for trees, leaves store food and water. The coating on leaves, while waxy in appearance, are loaded with sap, pollen, and acidic properties that all contribute to the mess left on your car or patio set. The outline of a leaf will be difficult to remove, requiring a car wax, or even a new paint job. That’s why it’s crucial to protect against leaf damage!

This fall, Empire Covers wants you to be proactive! Start with a good car wash- either at home or by professionals. The next step is one of our durable covers. After purchasing and receiving a cover, use the included buckles and straps to keep a snug fit on your car. Consider bungee cords or gust guards if you’re storing your vehicle for an extended period of time.

Remember that leaves aren’t the only fall hazard. Saps, seeds, bird droppings, and insects are other problematic Autumn issues. Our covers will provide the same protection against these potential damaging elements.

If you’re utilizing our patio covers to prevent leaf damage, look into storing your furniture in a basement, garage or storage unit. Be sure to use our covers even if your furniture is kept indoors- it will help prevent dust, dirt and other debris from building up. If it’s not an option, our covers will protect your patio with incredible, high-quality materials.

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