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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s How To Replace A Motorcycle Chain

Ah, winter. The infamous off-season for many motorcyclists. Even if the icy weather doesn’t allow for riding, I still find myself hanging out with the bikes in the garage anyway. This usually ends up with me identifying something that needs to be fixed. This time around, my focus was drawn to the drive chain on […]

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Here’s How To Do A Tune-Up On A Modern Gasoline Car

Have you ever come across an ad for a used modern car that mentions the vehicle had just received a tune-up? What does “tune-up” even mean in regards to today’s cars? Well, in all likeliness, the seller of the vehicle in said advertisement doesn’t know what they are talking about. They probably just buzzword-bombed…Read more… […]

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Here’s How To Fix Your Broken Electric Door Lock For Free

Unless you’re driving around in some ‘80s econobox, chances are you have electric door locks in your car. As with anything, these electric locks will eventually wear out, leaving you to use a physical key to unlock the door. The horror! Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s How To Replace The Worst Type Of Ball Joints In The Automotive World

If ball joints are allowed to degrade to the point of failure, it can lead to a wheel separating from the vehicle while driving. That is… not good. The Dodge Ram that I bought a few months back ended up having some loose joints up front, and I certainly didn’t want a nightmarish scenario like […]

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Here’s Why You Never Want To See Your Old Vehicle Again

If I just hadn’t gotten on Craigslist today, my conscience would have been fine. I would never have known the tragedy that had taken place to a machine I once held dear. So much time and effort was put into that bike. My poor, helpless Kawasaki. What happened to you?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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I Bought Another Honda CBR900RR That I Can Actually Ride

The 1993 Honda CBR900RR that I’ve been writing about is almost too much of a unicorn. Low-mileage, near-perfect examples don’t exactly grow on trees. I want to preserve it. That doesn’t mean park it forever in the living room, but it does mean daily-rider duties are off the table. The bike doesn’t take up much […]

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I’m Going To Overhaul This Legendary Honda CBR900RR With Just 988 Miles

I’ve been trying to figure it out for some time now. What is it about early ’90s sportbikes that gives my stomach butterflies? Is it the round headlights, the voluptuous fairings, or the lack of electronics? Whatever the reason, there is one bike in particular that has been on my realistic must-have list for a […]

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