Although I still don’t know what the future holds for me or Ate Up With Motor, I HAVE now renewed the domain registration for another year. Sometime in the next five weeks, I still need to renew the fictitious business name registration (which has to be done every five years and costs something in the vicinity of $40, including the fee to have the renewal form notarized) and shortly to renew the SSL certificate, but I have taken at least that step. [ETA, March 4: I’ve now renewed both the fictitious business name registration and the SSL certificate.]


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  1. Glad to hear it, Aaron. If Ate Up With Motor went away it would be a true loss for automotive enthusiasts.

    1. Absolutely!! I only found this site about 3 years ago and it is an internet wonder, an example of the greatness that the rest of the internet can aspire to. It saddens me that there have not been many updates since I first discovered this site, but I continue to hold hope.

      1. My sentiments exactly. I read literally the whole site, end to end, while I was recuperating after a major car crash 3 years ago. It has since become a valuable reference for me, and I still check back periodically for anything new.

        So, yes. This is great news for me, and thank you very much for keeping AUWM going, Mr Severson.

  2. In an era where everything is monopolised by social media and wikipedia, it is very nice to have an alternative like you and oldcarmanuals, full of comprehensive information in every way. Keep up the good work!

    You made an excellent piece on GMs transmissions, write one about Ford’s and Chrysler’s.

    1. I have, although not as specifically. “Secrets of the Simpson Gearset” (https://ateupwithmotor.com/terms-technology-definitions/simpson-gearset/) talks at length about the mechanical layout of the Ford C4/C6 transmissions and of TorqueFlite, while “Giving Slip the Slip” (https://ateupwithmotor.com/terms-technology-definitions/split-torque-lockup-converters/) talks a great deal about a number of Ford transmissions, including the infamous AOD and the automatic used in the Escort and Tempo, as well as Chrysler’s lockup torque converter.

      There’s of course more that could be said about TorqueFlite, which is one of the longest-running and most successful automatics in the U.S., although it’s also more familiar to many readers and other sources like Allpar have a lot of information about it. The aspect that most interested me was the Simpson gearset, which addresses the question of how much TorqueFlite really had in common with Turbo Hydra-Matic or the Ford C6, a frequently contentious point.

  3. One possibility – loan or sell your content to another site like Drivetribe or The Drive. That would keep your work on the Internet at no charge to you. Perhaps they would let you add more articles. You could add in a clause saying that if they took the articles down then you would have the right to put them up yourself, or take them to another site.

    1. That would actually risk creating a different problem: California has decided that if I submit more than a modest number of items for publication a year, the publisher is my legal employer, which could mean they’d own all rights to my work as a work made for hire. (I don’t think the morons in the Legislature who passed this stupid law considered the latter ramification, but it’s a very significant concern. Something being deemed a work made for hire is different than selling or licensing the rights; it says you were never the legal author to begin with!)

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