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First published on autoshopper.com on July 15 2013, worthy of a rerun since the Honda has just left us Since publishing this, I discovered James Ruppert is still using the Bangernomics handle I remember from my teenage years – imitation sincerest form of flattery etc In this culture of...

Hello, 2016 Ford Fiesta ST; Goodbye, 1996 Honda Civic Jul26

Hello, 2016 Ford Fie...

42 miles: Pick up, at a Starbucks in Redwood City. We met them there to minimize the miles driven by someone other than me. Handbook recommends no running in period. I set a 4k rev limit 82 miles: Noted a “birth mark” paint blemish in the hood. Probably picked it up sitting in...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 6: ’51 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Mar16

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1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan 5.3 litre / 331 CI V8, 4 speed column shift automatic (bizarrely, a GM hydramatic unit; Ford didn’t have a strong enough automatic transmission for the mighty 160hp of this, the last and largest Ford Flathead motor) 160hp Bought 2009, Monterey Park, Los...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 5 – ’91 Ford Econoline Van Feb08

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1991 Ford Econoline E150 Clubwagon 5.0 litre V8, 3 speed column shift automatic 1xxhp Bought 2009, Stanford surplus property auction Present As can be seen from the pictures here, the van, for so long a daily driver, is now off the road, and in long term storage. As I look at pics from when...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 4: ’96 Honda Civic Jan20

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1996 Honda Civic 1.6 litre inline 4, 5 speed manual 130hp Acquired 2015 In 2013 The Cyclist offered me use of his Civic while he was abroad for the summer working. I put more than 2000 miles on it, and it won me over by its astonishing minimalism. Let me clarify what I mean by minimalism...

Scuderia Mugshots, Part 3: Fox Mustang Jan05

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1987 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 litre V8, 5 speed manual 2xxhp Bought 2013 The story of the acquisition is here (link). Since then, it has become something of a red headed step child, hated by the Boss (to be expected) and the Fabricator, who couldn’t understand why I had bought such a...