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Pimp My Ride is a TV show originally shown on MTV, with the first episode airing on March 4, 2004. The concept is simple — one takes a car that is old, thought to be unfashionable, falling apart, or some combination thereof, and "pimps" it (i.e., the car is restored and customized). The show picks young car owners (requirements limit participants to their early 20's) living in the Los Angeles/Southern California area.

The show features rapper Xzibit, who takes the cars to the custom body shop of West Coast Customs (WCC), where the WCC team generally replaces most of the components and rebuilds the interior and exterior from scratch.

Each car is a custom "pimp", tailored to the personalities and interests of the owners. For example, a Need for Speed: Underground 2 fan had his car painted to look like one in the game, while a bowler had a ball washer installed in his trunk, and a surfer got a full-size dryer (or at least one that fit) in the back of his Volkswagen van. Work usually includes new paint, accessories, chrome, tires and rims, and internal electronics (even, and especially, DVD players, video games, TFT screens of excessive size and other top notch gadgets). Customization and extra gifts usually total around US$20,000 (though the show usually doesn't put much emphasis on costs). However, WCC is well-known for putting their own whimsical touches in their work, such as the aforementioned dryer, or an electric fireplace in the trunk of another vehicle.

On only two occasions did WCC not "pimp" the automobile. In the first instance (the last episode of Year 1), the car-to-be-pimped was actually two Ford Escorts welded together, and was considered unsafe. In the second instance (Episode 8 of Year 2) the "Pimpee" was studying to be an auto mechanic, and WCC decided to let him "pimp" his car as a study project. In both instances, the "Pimpees" were given brand new cars, with extensive WCC modifications to customize the new car for the owner.

Much of the appeal of the show comes from the personalities involved. The WCC employees are an eclectic mix of outgoing personalities, such as:

  • the appropriately named Big Dane,
  • electronics (and outrageous engineering) expert Mad Mike,
  • tough-looking interior and fabric maven Ish, and
  • the heavily pierced tire-specialist Alex.

Xzibit, the show's host, has found a new audience of fans, who appreciate his sense of humor and obvious love of his job. Both he and WCC have experienced boosts in business due to the show: Xzibit has gained wider attention for his music career (as well as hosting and movie gigs), and WCC had to expand their facilities, due to the international exposure Pimp My Ride gave their work. After the second season however, WCC manager "Q" announced that he would not be willing to take a role in the show anymore. He cited a desire to expand the company's business with a customs shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan Haus, the owner of WCC, has been featured in season 3 as the "lead" for discussions on what customizing will be done on the incoming cars.

WCC has faced problems with some of their modifications. In December 2004 the shop was fined $16,000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (along with fellow shop Unique Autosports) for removing airbags from cars and replacing them with DVD monitors, although this modification was not done on the TV show.

MTV has announced that Pimp My Ride will no longer be with WCC. Ryan, the WCC manager has moved his shop to Corona, CA and is worried about his ability to both do the show and have another shop. The producers of the show will continue new episodes with another garage to be announced in early 2006. Discovery Channel will be showing a new series (unamed) that features WCC's car built in the garage more than, as Ryan Haus says "over-the-top cars". The series should begin early 2006.

Pimp My Ride worldwide

Pimp My Ride is one of MTV's most popular shows in nearly all of its worldwide subsidiaries (numbering nearly 100), the only exception being the U.S., where it is second place to The Real World (which is generally much less known outside of the United States).

A UK version of the show launched on 26 June 2005, presented by the DJ Tim Westwood. Carisma Automotive are the customisers for the UK version.

The German-language MTV Central Europe has two adaptions of the show called Pimp My Fahrrad (English: "Pimp My Bicycle") and Pimp My Whatever. On Pimp My Fahrrad [1], the bike shop Elbcoast Psycles redoes almost the entire bicycle, usually leaving only the frame intact. While the show could be seen as a parody of the American original, it is also a loving tribute, using all the elements of the American show with a bicycle twist. It is hosted by German actor Oliver Korittke. In Pimp My Whatever [2] ElbCoast Psycles return once more to pimp anything from a bathroom and a doghouse to a Birthday Party or even someone's brother. Pimp My Whatever is hosted by MTV's presenter Patrice Bouédibéla. Both shows are located in Hamburg.
The original US Pimp My Ride is shown in English language with German subtitles.

MTV Italy also features a different version of Pimp My Ride, called Pimp My Wheels. Hosted by the Italian hip hop group Gemelli DiVersi, Pimp My Wheels turns old rusty motorscooters or motorcycles into brand-new shiny vehicles.

Cars featured on the show

U.S. Version

Season 1

  1. Daihatsu Hi-Jet (1988)
  2. Cadillac Sedan de Ville (1978)
  3. Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1986)
  4. Honda Civic (1992)
  5. Mitsubishi Mirage (1989)
  6. Ford Mustang (1967)
  7. Ford Ranger (1985)
  8. Pontiac Trans Am (1981)
    • When the Trans Am was being pimped, some of the WCC crew made references to Smokey and the Bandit. This pimped-out vehicle had a coffee maker installed in a center console and a chandelier in place of the dome light.
  9. Chevrolet LUV Truck (1974)
  10. Mustang Convertible (1989)
  11. Nissan Maxima Station Wagon (1984)
    • The Nissan was referred to as the 'identity crisis' because of the Datsun and Nissan badges.
  12. Volkswagen Baja Bug (1969)
  13. Honda CRX (1987)
  14. Toyota Land Cruiser (1972)
  15. Ford Escort (1989)
    • This was two Escorts welded together, and was deemed unsafe for the road, so WCC and Xzibit procured a 2004 Scion xB and "pimped" that instead.

Season 2

  1. Cadillac Eldorado (1984)
    • The wheels on it were 24 carat gold, which were worth more than the car itself
  2. Ford Escort (1991)
    • Turned into a knock-off replica of a BMW M3
  3. Volkswagen Bus (1958)
  4. Chevrolet Suburban (1985)
  5. Chevrolet S-10 Blazer (1987)
  6. Acura Legend (1988)
  7. Nissan 240SX (1989)
    • Produced as a replica tie-in with the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. Of note is that the game uses a fastback, while the pimped car was a coupe.
  8. Ford Fairlane (1963)
    • The 19-year old owner was hoping to become a mechanic, so WCC and Xzibit decided to let him restore his car himself and procured a 2005 Toyota 4Runner to "pimp".

Season 3

  1. Ford Econoline (1985)
  2. Chevrolet S10
  3. Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible (1991)
  4. Chevrolet Caprice (1996)
    • This was a former Police car.
  5. Honda Civic (1988)
  6. Chevrolet Bel Air (1955)
  7. Toyota Van LE (1986)
  8. Mitsubishi Eclipse (1998)

Season 4

  1. AMC Pacer (1976)
  2. Toyota Corolla (2003)
  3. Chevrolet C10 (1986)
  4. Dodge Caravan (1988)
  5. Chevrolet Chevelle convertible (1968)
  6. Ford Taurus (1989)
  7. Buick Century (1986)
  8. Chevrolet Panel Truck (1957)

Special

  1. Jeep Wrangler
    • This car was "pimped" for The Tonight Show announcer John Melendez.

UK Version

Season 1

  1. Morris Minor (1961)
  2. Volkswagen Golf (1989)
  3. Ford Granada (1983)
  4. Fiat Panda (1987)
  5. Ford Capri (1986)
  6. Hackney Carriage (1986)

Spoofs

MAD Magazine

A PMR spoof appeared in MAD #456, called Dump My Ride. The car, "dumped" by "Messed-up Customs", was (apparently) a 1977 AMC Gremlin, which was outfitted with multiple television sets, a miniature race-car track, a deep fryer, and a koi pond. The spoof ultimately ended with the car being vandalized and left on blocks in a parking lot when the owner went into a store.

AirFerg

An AirFerg sketch featured Ferg pimp a boy's mother to become a full-fledged whore with an automatic coochie among other things.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

A PMR spoof appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live, called Pimp My Bride featuring Xzibit himself and written by Kimmel's team. This short skit shows Xzibit entering a church and excited to see the bride who is getting pimped - after which, Xzibit tells the groom to come to the alley with him and reveals the bride, who, as expected, is done up like a prostitute and has a television installed on her back.

Chav My Motor

A PMR spoof appeared on VH1 in the UK, called Chav My Motor. Chav My Motor was a spoof of PMR, and although there was advertising for the show, it was never shown. This is because it turned out to be an April Fools joke. At midday, a picture spoofing the test card (with the word "fool" written on the blackboard) was shown with an announcement that Chav my Motor would not be shown due to "ongoing police investigations", and would be shown on 1st April next year.

Robot Chicken

Spoofing PMR, Robot Chicken's version was Pimp My Sister, where a pimp and his stable turned a kid's nice, average sister into a whore for the kid to pimp.

Weebl and Bob

The Weebl and Bob episode "joust2" features the car belonging to the character Bob being "pimped" for a joust, by a jar of jam and a talking fried egg known as "Eggsy Bit".

Wizard

An issue of Wizard featured an article in which superheros and their "supermobiles" (e.g-Batman and the Batmobile, Wonder Woman and her invisible jet, Optimus Prime) were pimped.

Date Movie

The film Date Movie features a part where Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan), the main character, gets "pimped", complete with gold teeth.


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The film Date Movie features a part where Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan), the main character, gets "pimped", complete with gold teeth. IUPAC officially prefers the use of aluminium in its internal publications, although several IUPAC publications use the spelling aluminum.[8]. An issue of Wizard featured an article in which superheros and their "supermobiles" (e.g-Batman and the Batmobile, Wonder Woman and her invisible jet, Optimus Prime) were pimped. Hence their periodic table includes both, but places aluminium first [7]. The Weebl and Bob episode "joust2" features the car belonging to the character Bob being "pimped" for a joust, by a jar of jam and a talking fried egg known as "Eggsy Bit". The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) adopted aluminium as the standard international name for the element in 1990, but three years later recognised aluminum as an acceptable variant. Spoofing PMR, Robot Chicken's version was Pimp My Sister, where a pimp and his stable turned a kid's nice, average sister into a whore for the kid to pimp. Consequently it is the more common of the two spellings in global terms, even though there may be more users of aluminum in the English-speaking world.

At midday, a picture spoofing the test card (with the word "fool" written on the blackboard) was shown with an announcement that Chav my Motor would not be shown due to "ongoing police investigations", and would be shown on 1st April next year. Outside English, the "ium" spelling is widespread: the word is aluminium in French and German, and identical or similar forms are used in many other languages. This is because it turned out to be an April Fools joke. However, in Canada both spellings are common, due to the multiple influences on the language of its proximity to the United States, its British colonial past and the large number of native French speakers. Chav My Motor was a spoof of PMR, and although there was advertising for the show, it was never shown. Elsewhere in the English-speaking world the spelling aluminium predominates, and the spelling aluminum is largely unknown. A PMR spoof appeared on VH1 in the UK, called Chav My Motor. In the United States, the spelling aluminium is largely unknown, and the spelling aluminum predominates.

This short skit shows Xzibit entering a church and excited to see the bride who is getting pimped - after which, Xzibit tells the groom to come to the alley with him and reveals the bride, who, as expected, is done up like a prostitute and has a television installed on her back. In the English-speaking world, the spellings (and associated pronunciations) aluminium and aluminum are both in common use in scientific and nonscientific contexts. A PMR spoof appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live, called Pimp My Bride featuring Xzibit himself and written by Kimmel's team. In 1926, the American Chemical Society officially decided to use aluminum in its publications, and American dictionaries typically label the spelling aluminium as a British variant. An AirFerg sketch featured Ferg pimp a boy's mother to become a full-fledged whore with an automatic coochie among other things. Hall's domination of production of the metal ensured that the spelling aluminum became the standard in North America, even though the Webster Unabridged Dictionary of 1913 continued to use the -ium version. The spoof ultimately ended with the car being vandalized and left on blocks in a parking lot when the owner went into a store. It has consequently been suggested that the spelling on the flyer was a simple spelling mistake rather than a deliberate choice to use the -um spelling.

The car, "dumped" by "Messed-up Customs", was (apparently) a 1977 AMC Gremlin, which was outfitted with multiple television sets, a miniature race-car track, a deep fryer, and a koi pond. However in 1892 Charles Martin Hall used the -um spelling in an advertising handbill for his new efficient electrolytic method for the production of aluminium, despite using the -ium spelling in all of his patents filed between 1886 and 1903. A PMR spoof appeared in MAD #456, called Dump My Ride. Curiously, the United States adopted the -ium for most of the 19th century with aluminium appearing in Webster's Dictionary of 1828. Season 1. Nevertheless, -um spellings for elements were not unknown at the time: platinum, which had been known to Europeans since the 16th century, molybdenum, which was discovered in 1778, and tantalum, which was discovered in 1802, all have spellings ending in -um. Special. This had the advantage of conforming to the -ium suffix precedent set by other newly discovered elements of the period: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium (all of which Davy had isolated himself).

Season 4. 72, 1812). Season 3. Review VIII. Season 2. (Q. Season 1. Aluminium, for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound.

Hosted by the Italian hip hop group Gemelli DiVersi, Pimp My Wheels turns old rusty motorscooters or motorcycles into brand-new shiny vehicles. The same year, an anonymous contributor to the Quarterly Review objected to aluminum, and proposed the name aluminium. MTV Italy also features a different version of Pimp My Ride, called Pimp My Wheels. In 1812 he changed the name to aluminum to match its Latin root. Both shows are located in Hamburg.
The original US Pimp My Ride is shown in English language with German subtitles. In 1808, Humphry Davy originally proposed the name alumium while trying to isolate the new metal electrolytically from the mineral alumina. Pimp My Whatever is hosted by MTV's presenter Patrice Bouédibéla. For this reason, mercury thermometers are not allowed on many airliners, as aluminium is a common structural component in aircraft.

In Pimp My Whatever [2] ElbCoast Psycles return once more to pimp anything from a bathroom and a doghouse to a Birthday Party or even someone's brother. Within a few hours, even a heavy structural beam can be significantly weakened. It is hosted by German actor Oliver Korittke. For example, just a small amount of mercury applied to the surface of a piece of aluminium can break up the aluminium oxide barrier usually present. While the show could be seen as a parody of the American original, it is also a loving tribute, using all the elements of the American show with a bicycle twist. Care must be taken to prevent aluminium from coming into contact with certain chemicals that can cause it to corrode quickly. On Pimp My Fahrrad [1], the bike shop Elbcoast Psycles redoes almost the entire bicycle, usually leaving only the frame intact. In any event, if there is any toxicity of aluminium it must be via a very specific mechanism, since total human exposure to the element in the form of naturally occurring clay in soil and dust is enormously large over a lifetime.

The German-language MTV Central Europe has two adaptions of the show called Pimp My Fahrrad (English: "Pimp My Bicycle") and Pimp My Whatever. It has been suggested that aluminium may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, although that research has recently been refuted; aluminium accumulation may be a consequence of the Alzheimer's damage, not the cause. Carisma Automotive are the customisers for the UK version. Excessive consumption of antacids containing aluminium compounds and excessive use of aluminium-containing antiperspirants are more likely causes of toxicity. A UK version of the show launched on 26 June 2005, presented by the DJ Tim Westwood. In other people, aluminium is not considered as toxic as heavy metals, but there is evidence of some toxicity if it is consumed in excessive amounts, although the use of aluminium cookware, popular because of its corrosion resistance and good heat conduction, has not been shown to lead to aluminium toxicity in general. Pimp My Ride is one of MTV's most popular shows in nearly all of its worldwide subsidiaries (numbering nearly 100), the only exception being the U.S., where it is second place to The Real World (which is generally much less known outside of the United States). Aluminium is one of the few abundant elements that appears to have no beneficial function in living cells, but a few percent of people are allergic to it — they experience contact dermatitis from any form of it: an itchy rash from using styptic or antiperspirant products, digestive disorders and inability to absorb nutrients from eating food cooked in aluminium pans, and vomiting and other symptoms of poisoning from ingesting such products as Rolaids , Amphojel, and Maalox (antacids).

. [6]. The series should begin early 2006. Welford Castleman Jr (Penn State University). Discovery Channel will be showing a new series (unamed) that features WCC's car built in the garage more than, as Ryan Haus says "over-the-top cars". Khanna (Virginia Commonwealth University) and A. The producers of the show will continue new episodes with another garage to be announced in early 2006. The research teams were led by Shiv N.

Ryan, the WCC manager has moved his shop to Corona, CA and is worried about his ability to both do the show and have another shop. This discovery is reported to give rise to the possibility of a new characterisation of the periodic table: superatoms. MTV has announced that Pimp My Ride will no longer be with WCC. The researchers also bound 12 iodine atoms to an Al13 cluster to form a new class of polyiodide. In December 2004 the shop was fined $16,000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (along with fellow shop Unique Autosports) for removing airbags from cars and replacing them with DVD monitors, although this modification was not done on the TV show. In the journal Science of 14 January 2005 it was reported that clusters of 13 aluminium atoms (Al13) had been made to behave like an iodine atom; and, 14 aluminium atoms (Al14) behaved like an alkaline earth atom. WCC has faced problems with some of their modifications. Possibly, the energy released by the decay of 26Al was responsible for the remelting and differentiation of some asteroids after their formation 4.6 billion years ago.

Ryan Haus, the owner of WCC, has been featured in season 3 as the "lead" for discussions on what customizing will be done on the incoming cars. Meteorite research has also shown that 26Al was relatively abundant at the time of formation of our planetary system. Louis, Missouri. After falling to Earth, atmospheric shielding protects the meteorite fragments from further 26Al production, and its decay can then be used to determine the meteorite's terrestrial age. He cited a desire to expand the company's business with a customs shop in St. Meteorite fragments, after departure from their parent bodies, are exposed to intense cosmic-ray bombardment during their travel through space, causing substantial 26Al production. After the second season however, WCC manager "Q" announced that he would not be willing to take a role in the show anymore. Cosmogenic 26Al was first applied in studies of the Moon and meteorites.

Both he and WCC have experienced boosts in business due to the show: Xzibit has gained wider attention for his music career (as well as hosting and movie gigs), and WCC had to expand their facilities, due to the international exposure Pimp My Ride gave their work. The ratio of 26Al to 10Be has been used to study the role of transport, deposition, sediment storage, burial times, and erosion on 105 to 106 year time scales. Xzibit, the show's host, has found a new audience of fans, who appreciate his sense of humor and obvious love of his job. Aluminium isotopes have found practical application in dating marine sediments, manganese nodules, glacial ice, quartz in rock exposures, and meteorites. The WCC employees are an eclectic mix of outgoing personalities, such as:. 26Al is produced from argon in the atmosphere by spallation caused by cosmic-ray protons. Much of the appeal of the show comes from the personalities involved. Only 27Al (stable isotope) and 26Al (radioactive isotope, t1/2 = 7.2 × 105 y) occur naturally, however 27Al has a natural abundance of 100%.

In both instances, the "Pimpees" were given brand new cars, with extensive WCC modifications to customize the new car for the owner. Aluminium has nine isotopes, whose mass numbers range from 23 to 30. In the second instance (Episode 8 of Year 2) the "Pimpee" was studying to be an auto mechanic, and WCC decided to let him "pimp" his car as a study project. Suriname depends on aluminium exports for 70% of its export earnings.[5]. In the first instance (the last episode of Year 1), the car-to-be-pimped was actually two Ford Escorts welded together, and was considered unsafe. In 2004, China was the top world producer of aluminium. On only two occasions did WCC not "pimp" the automobile. Smelters tend to be located where electric power is plentiful and inexpensive, such as South Africa, the South Island of New Zealand, Australia, China, Middle-East, Russia, Iceland and Quebec in Canada.

However, WCC is well-known for putting their own whimsical touches in their work, such as the aforementioned dryer, or an electric fireplace in the trunk of another vehicle. Electric power represents about 20 to 40% of the cost of producing aluminium, depending on the location of the aluminium smelter. Customization and extra gifts usually total around US$20,000 (though the show usually doesn't put much emphasis on costs). Trials have been reported with 500 kA cells. Work usually includes new paint, accessories, chrome, tires and rims, and internal electronics (even, and especially, DVD players, video games, TFT screens of excessive size and other top notch gadgets). State-of-the-art smelters operate with about 350 kA. For example, a Need for Speed: Underground 2 fan had his car painted to look like one in the game, while a bowler had a ball washer installed in his trunk, and a surfer got a full-size dryer (or at least one that fit) in the back of his Volkswagen van. Reduction line current for older technologies are typically 100 to 200 kA.

Each car is a custom "pimp", tailored to the personalities and interests of the owners. The most modern smelters reach approximately 12.8 kW·h/kg (46.1 MJ/kg). The show features rapper Xzibit, who takes the cars to the custom body shop of West Coast Customs (WCC), where the WCC team generally replaces most of the components and rebuilds the interior and exterior from scratch. The world-wide average specific energy consumption is approximately 15±0.5 kilowatt-hours per kilogram of aluminium produced (52 to 56 MJ/kg). The show picks young car owners (requirements limit participants to their early 20's) living in the Los Angeles/Southern California area. Aluminium electrolysis with the Hall-Héroult process consumes a lot of energy, but alternative processes were always found to be less viable economically and/or ecologically. The concept is simple — one takes a car that is old, thought to be unfashionable, falling apart, or some combination thereof, and "pimps" it (i.e., the car is restored and customized). After 5 to 10 years, depending on the current used in the electrolysis, a cell has to be reconstructed completely, because the cathodes are completely worn.

Pimp My Ride is a TV show originally shown on MTV, with the first episode airing on March 4, 2004. Cathodes do erode, mainly due to electrochemical processes. Hackney Carriage (1986). The carbon cathode is protected by the liquid aluminium inside the cells. Ford Capri (1986). Contrary to the anodes, the cathodes are not consumed during the operation, since there is no oxygen present at the cathode. Fiat Panda (1987). The anodes in a reduction must therefore be replaced regularly, since they are consumed in the process:.

Ford Granada (1983). This carbon anode is then oxidised by the oxygen. Volkswagen Golf (1989). At the positive electrode (anode) oxygen gas is formed:. Morris Minor (1961). The aluminium metal then sinks to the bottom and is tapped off. This car was "pimped" for The Tonight Show announcer John Melendez. Here the aluminium ion is being reduced (electrons are added).

Jeep Wrangler

    . The reaction at the negative cathode is. Chevrolet Panel Truck (1957). Once the ore is in the molten state, its ions are free to move around. Buick Century (1986). Both of the electrodes used in the electrolysis of aluminium oxide are carbon. Ford Taurus (1989). The electolytic process replaced the Wöhler process, which involved the reduction of anhydrous aluminium chloride with potassium.

    Chevrolet Chevelle convertible (1968). Previously, the Deville process was the predominant refining technology. Dodge Caravan (1988). This is done using the so-called Bayer process. Chevrolet C10 (1986). The aluminium oxide (a white powder) is obtained by refining bauxite, which is red since it contains 30 to 40% iron oxide. Toyota Corolla (2003). Cryolite is a mixture of aluminium, sodium, and calcium fluorides: (Na3AlF6).

    AMC Pacer (1976). Cryolite was originally found as a mineral on Greenland, but has been replaced by a synthetic cryolite. Mitsubishi Eclipse (1998). By this process, the actual operational temperature of the reduction cells is around 950 to 980 °C. Toyota Van LE (1986). Therefore, it is extracted by electrolysis — the aluminium oxide is dissolved in molten cryolite and then reduced to the pure metal. Chevrolet Bel Air (1955). Direct reduction, with carbon for example, is not economically viable since aluminium oxide has a melting point of about 2000 °C.

    Honda Civic (1988). Aluminium is a reactive metal and it is hard to extract it from its ore, aluminium oxide (Al2O3). This was a former Police car. Other sources for recycled aluminium include automobile parts, windows and doors, appliances, containers and other products. Chevrolet Caprice (1996)

      . It was, however, a low-profile activity until the late 1960s when the exploding popularity of aluminium beverage cans finally placed recycling into the public consciousness. Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible (1991). A common practice since the early 1900s, aluminium recycling is not new.

      Chevrolet S10. Refining aluminium requires enormous amounts of electricity; recycling it requires only 5% of the energy to produce it. Ford Econoline (1985). Recycling involves simply melting the metal, which is far less expensive than creating it from ore. The 19-year old owner was hoping to become a mechanic, so WCC and Xzibit decided to let him restore his car himself and procured a 2005 Toyota 4Runner to "pimp". Recovery of this metal from scrap (via recycling) has become an important component of the aluminium industry. Ford Fairlane (1963)

        . The very reason for which aluminium is used in many applications is why it is so hard to produce.

        Of note is that the game uses a fastback, while the pimped car was a coupe. The reason is that aluminium is oxidised very rapidly and that its oxide is an extremely stable compound that, unlike rust on iron, does not flake off. Produced as a replica tie-in with the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2. Aluminium is among the most difficult metals on Earth to refine, despite the fact that it is one of the planet's most common. Nissan 240SX (1989)

          . Aluminium was, when it was first discovered, extremely difficult to separate from its ore. Acura Legend (1988). Aluminium has been produced in commercial quantities for just over 100 years.

          Chevrolet S-10 Blazer (1987). Others had to make do with gold ones. Chevrolet Suburban (1985). Napoleon III of France had a set of aluminium plates reserved for his finest guests. Volkswagen Bus (1958). Although aluminium is the most abundant metallic element in Earth's crust (believed to be 7.5% to 8.1%), it is very rare in its free form and was once considered a precious metal more valuable than gold. Turned into a knock-off replica of a BMW M3. [4].

          Ford Escort (1991)

            . By 1942, however, new hydroelectric power projects such as the Grand Coulee Dam gave the United States something Nazi Germany could not hope to compete with, namely the capability of producing enough aluminium to manufacture sixty thousand warplanes in four years. The wheels on it were 24 carat gold, which were worth more than the car itself. Germany became the world leader in aluminium production soon after Adolf Hitler seized power. Cadillac Eldorado (1984)
              . [3]. This was two Escorts welded together, and was deemed unsafe for the road, so WCC and Xzibit procured a 2004 Scion xB and "pimped" that instead. Aluminium was selected as the material to be used for the apex of the Washington Monument, at a time when one ounce cost twice the daily wages of a common worker in the project.

              Ford Escort (1989)

                . Hunt of Pittsburgh, PA, started the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, renamed to Aluminum Company of America in 1907, later shortened to Alcoa. Toyota Land Cruiser (1972). Upon approval of his patent in 1889, Hall, with the financial backing of Alfred E. Honda CRX (1987). The invention of the Hall-Héroult process in 1886 made extracting aluminium from minerals cheaper, and is now the principal method in common use throughout the world. Volkswagen Baja Bug (1969). The American Charles Martin Hall of Oberlin, OH applied for a patent (400655) in 1886 for an electrolytic process to extract aluminium using the same technique that was independently being developed by the Frenchman Paul Héroult in Europe.

                The Nissan was referred to as the 'identity crisis' because of the Datsun and Nissan badges. The Frenchman Henri Saint-Claire Deville improved Wöhler's method in 1846 and described his improvements in a book in 1859, chief among these being the substitution of sodium for the considerably more expensive potassium. Nissan Maxima Station Wagon (1984)

                  . Berthier who discovered aluminium in bauxite ore and successfully extracted it. Mustang Convertible (1989). Therefore almanacs and chemistry sites often list Øersted as the discoverer of aluminium.[2] Still it would further be P. Chevrolet LUV Truck (1974). However, the metal had been produced for the first time two years earlier in an impure form by the Danish physicist and chemist Hans Christian Ørsted.

                  This pimped-out vehicle had a coffee maker installed in a center console and a chandelier in place of the dome light. Friedrich Wöhler is generally credited with isolating aluminium (Latin alumen, alum) in 1827 by mixing anhydrous aluminium chloride with potassium. When the Trans Am was being pimped, some of the WCC crew made references to Smokey and the Bandit. In 1808, Humphry Davy identified the existence of a metal base of alum, which he named (see Spelling section). Pontiac Trans Am (1981)

                    . In 1761 Guyton de Morveau suggested calling the base alum 'alumine'. Ford Ranger (1985). Further Joseph Needham suggested finds in 1974 showed the ancient Chinese used aluminium (see "notes" linked above).

                    Ford Mustang (1967). The ancient Greeks and Romans used salts of this metal as dyeing mordants and as astringents for dressing wounds, and alum is still used as a styptic. Mitsubishi Mirage (1989). Connections made with these standard industry products are as safe and reliable as copper connections. Honda Civic (1992). New alloys are used for aluminium building wire today in combination with aluminium terminations. Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1986). A properly done crimp, requiring high pressure produced by the proper tool, is tight enough not only to eliminate any thermal expansion of the aluminium, but also to exclude any atmospheric oxygen and thus prevent corrosion between dissimilar metals.

                    Cadillac Sedan de Ville (1978). Otherwise, aluminium wiring can be terminated by crimping it to a short "pigtail" of copper wire, which can be treated as any other copper wire. Daihatsu Hi-Jet (1988). Older fixtures of this type are marked "Al/Cu", and newer ones are marked "CO/ALR". the heavily pierced tire-specialist Alex. However, aluminium wiring can be safely used with fixtures whose connections are designed to avoid loosening and overheating. tough-looking interior and fabric maven Ish, and. As a result, aluminium household wiring has become unpopular, and in many jurisdictions it is not permitted in very small sizes in new construction.

                    electronics (and outrageous engineering) expert Mad Mike,. In combination, these properties caused connections between electrical fixtures and aluminium wiring to overheat which resulted in several fires. the appropriately named Big Dane,. More specifically:. Unfortunately, many of the wiring fixtures at the time were not designed to accept aluminium wire. Because of its high conductivity and relatively low price compared to copper at the time, aluminium was introduced for household electrical wiring to a large degree in the United States in the 1960s.

                    If the misalignment is not too severe, once cooled they can be bent back into alignment with no negative consequences; of course, if the frame is properly designed for rigidity (see above), this will require enormous force. Stresses from overheating aluminium can be relieved by heat-treating the parts in an oven and gradually cooling, in effect annealing the stresses; this can also result, however, in the part becoming distorted as a result of these stresses, so that such heat-treating of welded bicycle frames, for instance, results in a significant fraction becoming misaligned. For this reason, many uses of aluminium in the aerospace industry avoid heat altogether by joining parts using adhesives; this was also used for some of the early aluminium bicycle frames in the 1970s, with unfortunate results when the aluminium tubing corroded slightly, loosening the bond of the adhesive and leading to failure of the frame. Aluminium also will accumulate internal stresses and strains under conditions of overheating; while not immediately obvious, the tendency of the metal to "creep" under sustained stresses results in delayed distortions, for instance the commonly observed warping or cracking of aluminium automobile cylinder heads after an engine is overheated, sometimes as long as years later, or the tendency of welded aluminium bicycle frames to gradually twist out of alignment from the stresses accumulated during the welding process.

                    Forming operations where a blow torch is used therefore requires some expertise since no visual signs reveal how close the material is to melting. Even a relatively routine workshop procedure involving heating is complicated by the fact that aluminium, as opposed to steels, will melt without first turning red. Often, aluminium's sensitivity to heat must also be considered. Even the aluminium cylinder heads and crankcase of the Corvair, built as recently as the 1960s, earned a reputation for failure and stripping of threads in holes, even as large as spark plug holes, which is not seen in current aluminium cylinder heads.

                    An Audi engineer commented about the V12 engine, producing over 500 horsepower (370 kW), of an Auto Union race car of the 1930s which was recently restored by the Audi factory, that the aluminium alloy of which the engine was constructed would today be used only for lawn furniture and the like. Similarly, use of aluminium in automotive applications, particularly in engine parts which must survive in difficult conditions, has benefited from development over time. For instance, a high frequency of failure in many early aluminium bicycle frames in the 1970s resulted in just such a poor reputation; with a moment's reflection, however, the widespread use of aluminium components in the aerospace and automotive high performance industries, where huge stresses are undergone with vanishingly small failure rates, proves that properly built aluminium bicycle components should not be unusually unreliable, and this has subsequently proved to be the case. The strength and durability of aluminium varies widely, not only as a result of the components of the specific alloy, but also as a result of the particular manufacturing process; for this reason, it has from time to time gained a bad reputation.

                    Similarly, aluminium bicycle frames can be optimally designed so as to provide rigidity where required, yet have flexibility in terms of absorbing the shock of bumps from the road and not transmitting them to the rider. The aluminium chassis members and suspension parts of these cars have large overall dimensions for stiffness but are lightened by reducing cross-sectional area and removing unneeded metal; as a result, they are not only equally or more durable and stiff as the usual steel parts, but they possess an airy gracefulness which most people find attractive. The latest models of the Corvette automobile, among others, are a good example of redesigning parts to make best use of aluminium's advantages. The limit to this process is the increase in susceptibility to what is termed "buckling" failure, where the deviation of the force from any direction other than directly along the axis of the tubing causes folding of the walls of the tubing.

                    In this way, rigidity can be restored or even enhanced without increasing weight. Aluminium can best be used by redesigning the part to suit its characteristics; for instance making a bicycle of aluminium tubing which has an oversize diameter rather than thicker walls. To increase the rigidity by increasing the thickness of the walls of the tubing increases the weight proportionately, so that the advantages of lighter weight are lost as the rigidity is restored. Where failure is not an issue but excessive flex is undesirable due to requirements for precision of location or efficiency of transmission of power, simple replacement of steel tubing with similarly sized aluminium tubing will result in a degree of flex which is undesirable; for instance, the increased flex under operating loads caused by replacing steel bicycle frame tubing with aluminium tubing of identical dimensions will cause misalignment of the power-train as well as absorbing the operating force.

                    Therefore, although direct replacement of an iron or steel part with a duplicate made from aluminium may still give acceptable strength to withstand peak loads, the increased flexibility will cause three times more deflection in the part. The reduction by two thirds of the weight of an aluminium part compared to a similarly sized iron or steel part seems enormously attractive, but it should be noted that it is accompanied by a reduction by two thirds in the stiffness of the part. Improper use of aluminium can result in problems, particularly in contrast to iron or steel, which appear "better behaved" to the intuitive designer, mechanic, or technician. [1].

                    A brief historical overview of alloys and manufacturing technologies is given in Ref. Selecting the right alloy for a given application entails considerations of strength, ductility, formability, weldability and corrosion resistance to name a few. Alloy systems are classified by a number system (ANSI) or by names indicating their main alloying constituents (DIN and ISO). Aluminium alloys with a wide range of properties are used in engineering structures.

                    Aluminium is also a superconductor, with a superconducting critical temperature of 1.2 kelvins. Aluminium oxidises very energetically and as a result has found use in solid rocket fuels, thermite, and other pyrotechnic compositions. Synthetic ruby and sapphire are used in lasers for the production of coherent light. Aluminium oxide, alumina, is found naturally as corundum (rubies and sapphires), emery, and is used in glass making.

                    Some of the many uses for aluminium are in:.
                    . Telescope mirrors are also coated with a thin layer of aluminium, but are front coated to avoid internal reflections even though this makes the surface more susceptible to damage. In particular, nearly all modern mirrors are made using a thin reflective coating of aluminium on the back surface of a sheet of float glass.

                    These coatings form a thin layer of protective aluminium oxide that does not deteriorate as silver coatings do. When aluminium is evaporated in a vacuum it forms a coating that reflects both visible light and infrared. Aluminium alloys form vital components of aircraft and rockets as a result of their high strength to weight ratio. When combined with thermo-mechanical processing aluminium alloys display a marked improvement in mechanical properties.

                    Conversely, the term "alloy" in general use today usually means aluminium alloy. Pure aluminium is encountered only when corrosion resistance is more important than strength or hardness. Today almost all materials that claim to be aluminium are actually an alloy thereof. Pure aluminium has a low tensile strength, but readily forms alloys with many elements such as copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese and silicon (e.g.duralumin).

                    Whether measured in terms of quantity or value, the use of aluminium exceeds that of any other metal except iron, and it is important in virtually all segments of the world economy. It is the second most malleable metal (after gold) and the sixth most ductile. Aluminium mirror finish has the highest reflectance of any metal in the 200-400 nm (UV) , and the 3000-10000 nm (far IR) regions, while in the 400-700 nm visible range it is slightly outdone by silver, and in the 700-3000 (near IR) by silver, gold and copper. Aluminium is about one-third as dense as steel or copper; is malleable, ductile, and easily machined and cast; and has excellent corrosion resistance and durability due to the protective oxide layer.

                    Pure aluminium has a tensile strength of about 49 megapascals (MPa) and 700 MPa if it is formed into an alloy. Aluminium is nontoxic (as the metal), non-magnetic, and non-sparking. Aluminium is a soft and lightweight metal with a dull silvery appearance, due to a thin layer of oxidation that forms quickly when it is exposed to air. .

                    Structural components made from aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and very important in other areas of transportation and building in which light weight, durability, and strength are needed. Aluminium is used in many industries to make millions of different products and is very important to the world economy. Aluminium is found primarily as the ore bauxite and is remarkable for its resistance to oxidation (due to the phenomenon of passivation) and its light weight. It is a silvery and ductile member of the poor metal group of chemical elements.

                    Aluminium or aluminum (see the spelling section below) is the chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Al and atomic number 13. In the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty devises the fictional material transparent aluminum. The aluminohalides have a similar structure. It has many uses in organic chemistry, particularly as a reducing agent.

                    It decomposes into lithium hydride, aluminium and hydrogen when heated, and is hydrolysed by water. Alumino-hydrides of the most electropositive elements are known, the most useful being lithium aluminium hydride, Li[AlH4]. They have some uses in organic synthesis, for instance trimethylaluminium. Organo-metallic compounds of empirical formula AlR3 exist and, if not also giant molecules, are at least dimers or trimers.

                    The other trihalides are dimeric, having a bridge-like structure. It is very inert. It consists of a giant molecule which sublimes without melting at 1291 °C. Aluminium fluoride, AlF3, is made by treating the hydroxide with HF, or can be made from the elements.

                    It is polymorphic. Aluminium sulfide, Al2S3, may be prepared by passing hydrogen sulfide over aluminium powder. It exists in various crystalline forms. It is amphoteric, being both a very weak acid, and forming aluminates with alkalis.

                    Aluminium hydroxide may be prepared as a gelatinous precipitate by adding ammonia to an aqueous solution of an aluminium salt. It is almost insoluble in water. As a gemstone, its hardness is only exceeded by diamond, boron nitride and carborundum. Aluminium oxide, Al2O3, occurs naturally as corundum, and can be made by burning aluminium in oxygen or by heating the hydroxide, nitrate or sulfate.

                    Aluminium phosphide, AlP, is made similarly, and hydrolyses to give phosphine. It is hydrolysed by water to form ammonia and aluminium hydroxide. Aluminium nitride, AlN, can be made from the elements at 800 °C. The acetylide, Al2(C2)3, is made by passing acetylene over heated aluminium.

                    The pale yellow crystals have a complex lattice structure, and react with water or dilute acids to give methane. Aluminium carbide, Al4C3 is made by heating a mixture of the elements above 1000 °C. It can also be prepared by the action of aluminium chloride on lithium hydride in ether solution, but cannot be isolated free from the solvent. It burns explosively in air.

                    Aluminium hydride, (AlH3)n, can be produced from trimethylaluminium and an excess of hydrogen. The salts of strong acids, such as nitrate, are stable and soluble in water, forming hydrates with at least six molecules of water of crystallization. The hydroxide is a weak base and aluminium salts of weak bases, such as carbonate, can't be prepared. Fajans rules show that the simple trivalent cation Al3+ is not expected to be found in anhydrous salts or binary compounds such as Al2O3.

                    Aluminium suboxide, AlO can be shown to be present when aluminium powder burns in oxygen. AlF, AlCl and AlBr exist in the gaseous phase when the tri-halide is heated with aluminium. The selenide is made in a parallel manner. It quickly disproportionates to the starting materials.

                    Al2S can be made by heating Al2S3 with aluminium shavings at 1300 °C in a vacuum. Al2O is made by heating the normal oxide, Al2O3, with silicon at 1800 °C in a vacuum. AlH is produced when aluminium is heated at 1500 °C in an atmosphere of hydrogen. Galvanic corrosion from the dissimilar metals increases the electrical resistance of the connection.

                    Pure aluminium has a tendency to "creep" under steady sustained pressure (to a greater degree as the temperature rises), again producing a degree of looseness in an initially tight connection. The greater coefficient of thermal expansion of aluminium, causes the wire to expand and contract relative to the dissimilar metal screw connection, eventually loosening the connection. Copper heat sinks are smaller although more expensive and harder to manufacture. Most modern computer CPU heat sinks are made of aluminium due to its ease of manufacture and good heat conductivity.

                    Anodised aluminium is more stable to further oxidation, and is used in various fields of construction. Aluminium flakes may also be included in undercoat paints, particularly wood primer — on drying, the flakes overlap to produce a water resistant barrier. Powdered aluminium, a commonly used silvering agent in paint. Super purity aluminium (SPA, 99.980% to 99.999% Al), used in electronics and CDs.

                    MKM steel and Alnico magnets, although non-magnetic itself. Machinery. Electrical transmission lines (aluminium conductors are half the weight of copper for equal conductivity and lower in price[1]). Consumer durable goods (appliances, cooking utensils, etc.).

                    Construction (windows, doors, siding, building wire, etc. Water treatment. Packaging (cans, foil, etc.). Transportation (automobiles, airplanes, trucks, railroad cars, marine vessels, etc.).

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