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  • Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound – Surprisingly Great Off-Road

    Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound – Surprisingly Great Off-Road

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    The Defender 130 was initially the JLR truck that piqued my interest the least. That’s because the 110 is the perfect size for me personally. I don’t need or want a three-row SUV, but more cargo room is a nice thing to have. So, the arrival of the D130 in Outbound spec has caught my…

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  • 1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Pt 3: Removing the Transmission

    1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Pt 3: Removing the Transmission

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    I’m diving more deeply into any past project I’ve owned, at least while under my own supervision. My 1967 Ford Mustang is now separated from its radiator, starter, driveshaft, exhaust, and now the transmission. It took a few days of work, mostly because I’ve got a full plate of other work, a day job, a…

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  • 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive (psst… get the XRT!)

    2024 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive (psst… get the XRT!)

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    The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives with seriously fresh style, good power from the gas engine, and an almost shockingly good XRT off-road-esque model. In fact, taking a look at the full lineup; the XRT is the one to buy! [Disclaimer: Hyundai flew me to TN, put me up in a hotel, and fed me.]

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  • My Montero is back…

    My Montero is back…

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    It was dead… and now it’s not. That’s a nice thing about cars. As long as they’re not crinkled into oblivion, they can be brought back to life. Regarding the fate of my Montero, the cost of bringing it back from the brink was pretty high. But in the end, I deemed it worth it…

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  • 1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Part 2: Fluids Everywhere

    1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Part 2: Fluids Everywhere

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    My 1967 Ford Mustang project needs prepping before I can pull the engine and transmission. That means it’s time to drain fluids and start moving other parts out of the way. As you might expect from a project where I’m doing the wrenching, I am excellent at making easy tasks a bit harder. But things…

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  • Nissan Z Nismo – Is it enough?

    Nissan Z Nismo – Is it enough?

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    The Nissan Z Nismo is a 420-hp sports car with great upgrades for the track. But is it worthy of your money? Because Nissan is asking for a LOT of it… [Disclaimer: Nissan tossed us the keys to this Z Nismo and included a full tank of fuel.]

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  • NONWICK: My 1967 Ford Mustang Project – The Real Part 1

    NONWICK: My 1967 Ford Mustang Project – The Real Part 1

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    This is the real part one for my 1967 Ford Mustang. I’ve already introduced the car, but it’s time to actually get started. You can’t finish if you don’t start. So I started and I’m diving right the hell in… but ripping out the wiring. My plan is to rewire the car using the kit…

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  • 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road loves to play in the mud

    2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road loves to play in the mud

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    The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is a greatly improved truck. And one of the bright spots, at least for me, has always been the TRD Off-Road trim. The new engine delivers great torque, the seats are comfortable, and the entire thing has been brought into the modern day. [Disclaimer: Toyota tossed us the keys to the…

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  • DUHKAR: My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero is Dead

    DUHKAR: My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero is Dead

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    I love this truck. Of all the vehicles I’ve owned, I haven’t felt much of an emotional connection. I’ve enjoyed them, certainly, but when it’s time for one to shuffle off to a new owner, I’m okay with that. The Montero, however, is different. I’ve taken this one on adventures. My daughter has grown a…

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  • Nonwick and Duhkar: Updates on my 1967 Mustang and 1991 Montero

    Nonwick and Duhkar: Updates on my 1967 Mustang and 1991 Montero

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    The Montero is at the shop and my Mustang is in the garage. Only one of these was planned. About a month ago, I was heading towards Arrowhead in California. Before starting the climb up Rt.330 which would take us there, I noticed an unwelcome noise coming from the engine in my Montero. My wife…

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