All Wheel Drive Civic Hatchback with a 4G63 Turbo Swap

Yes, this is real life. Right now on Craigslist, there is a guy trying to sell his 1994 Honda Civic Hatchback for $7500.  Why so much? Well, because it has an all wheel drive swap and a 4G63 turbo engine (from a Mitsubishi Eclipse).  I got a screenshot quickly just in case it disappeared into history without being documented.

Here is the Listing on Craigslist. Catch it while you still can!

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6AM in New England During a Snowpocalypse

This is what driving in a snowpocalypse looks like.

You may have heard a rumor that the New England area is getting riggidy-rocked by a snow storm right now.  I would like to go ahead and confirm that rumor.  I know it’s true because I was outside in my dark driveway pegging my snowblower off the rev limiter at 6am.  Luckily, my neighbors like me……well, they used to at least.  Anywho, I assume that some of the 1A Auto blog readers are probably sitting on the beach right now in the hot sun with a margarita in 1 hand laughing at us New Englander’s, and I wanted to show off how much fun snow is.  Please excuse the dark pictures. Again, it was 6am and I’m not 100% sure that I was even awake when I took them.

So that is what about 6-7 inches of snow looks like, but its raining down on us at an amazing rate.  By the end of today we will have to dig 15 inches down to find the earth again.  I’m just hoping that it stops before I clean my driveway again so that I won’t have to do it tomorrow morning as well.

Yay snow.    Ugh….
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Tucker:The Man and His Dream

If your a car nut and enjoy a good movie,and if you still haven’t seen it Tucker:The Man and His Dream, is a great one to watch.

The movie is about the life of Preston Tucker, and a dream to build an automobile that was way ahead of it’s time that the average person could afford.The cars were to be built with features such as a rear engine,disk brakes,a water cooled aluminum block,seat belts,and a third headlight that turned in the direction of the car enabling you to see better at night. Continue reading Tucker:The Man and His Dream

The Great Race from New York To Paris in 1908

The Great Race from New York To Paris in 1908 was a publicity stunt dreamed up by the New York Times. In 1908 6 cars left Times Square in New York city at a whopping 35 MPH heading to Paris from NY. Back in 1908 there were not to many cars and there were no roads as we have today, so these six cars drove through conditions beyond extreme.

The cars were bound for Alaska but when they got there the travel was impossible due to deep snow and melting rivers.With this obstacle in the way the cars were shipped back to Seattle,and them shipped to Japan to continue the race. Continue reading The Great Race from New York To Paris in 1908

The Bodacious Blue Delorean: What’s The Story With It?

Today I received a text message from a friend with a great picture attached.  It was the blue painted Delorean seen here.  Apparently a friend of a friend bought it recently and is going to be stripping the totally tubular 1980’s blue paint off it in the…… future.

I then did a little research on “The Blue Delorean” (how many can there possible be?) and found an eBay listing that flew under the radar a few months ago. eBay Item # 290503186893.

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Did You Know: That Toyota Tundras Have 4 Piston Calipers?

Recently, I did some work on a 2001 Toyota Tundra because it had begun spitting antifreeze through the grille with the force of 1000 agitated llamas.  I swapped out the severely cracked radiator and took it for a test drive to make sure the thermostat and heat were working properly again.  Fortunately, the heating & cooling system worked flawlessly.  Unfortunately, somebody had replaced the brake pedal with a partially deflated water balloon.  It quickly became apparent that braking was not one of this truck’s finest features.  It didn’t grind, but it didn’t stop either.  I ever so gently coasted it back to the garage and pulled the wheel to see what what the rest of the night would look like for me.

What did I find you ask? Well, two things actually.

1) About 1/3 of the brake pad surface still touching the rotor and an inner pad that was almost down to the metal. Fun times.

2) Hey look! 4 piston calipers and 12.5″ rotors!!  Sweet!

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