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Kamil Kaluski June 15, 2018 Mystery Car

On June 17th we celebrate Bunker Hill Day, which is the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. “This battle, which occurred in 1775, was part of the Siege of Boston. This siege took place during the American Revolutionary War, which is also known as the American War of Independence” (). The Charlestown section of Boston celebrates it with a parade down Bunker Hill Avenue. There are cook-outs (don’t call them barbecues), prizes for kids, and towing of illegally parked cars. It’s all fun and games and someone always gets arrested. 

It would therefore make sense that today’s Mystery Car be British. But it isn’t. We’ve had too many British Mystery Cars lately. Make and model, please. This one should be relatively easy, I give it an hour.

Last week’s Mystery Car, a GAZ Chaika M13, was solved by , so please bow to him as he’s the Person of the Moment!®©

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Craigslist: 1989 Jeep Comanche Dually

Remember when small pickup trucks existed? The Jeep Comanche, somewhat based on the Jeep Cherokee, was one such pickup. There was no quad- or mega-cap option, only a regular cab, like pickup truck gods intended. But there was a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 driveline and a six- or a seven-foot bed. Over the years there were different engines but not much has changed over the seven years that the Comanche was made. 

Perhaps this is why people love to modify them. We’ve seen a quad-cab Comanche before and now we’re seeing a… heavy duty conversion! 

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski June 8, 2018 Mystery Car

The Mystery Car is a weekly feature here on Redusernab, unless I happen to miss a week. And that’s what happened last week. Oops, sorry. To make up for that omission, today’s mystery car feature is really not special at all. Make and model, please. 

But two weeks ago our own  supplied something that has stomped so many for so long. It took two days but  came up with the right answer, and even its full and proper name – Morris Marina convertible made by Crayford for W. Mumford Ltd. Now, wasn’t that simple? Congrats, Mr.Roadrage! 

If you have potential mystery car, send it in – [email protected]! The only requirement is that it is a photo that you took, an original! 

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Improving Jeep Wrangler JK lighting with Raxiom LED headlights

The beloved JK version of the Jeep Wrangler was in production for ten years. Being a somewhat primitive vehicle overall, the JK had many shortcomings. One of the biggest ones was its lighting. The factory headlights were as modern as disco ball and as bright, too.

Things got so bad that in 2016 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declared the Wrangler to have the worst lights in the industry. Next year Jeep made brighter factory LED lights available. But what about the other thousands of Jeeps out there?

Thankfully there’s aftermarket. is one the largest suppliers of Wrangler aftermarket parts. Jeeps are their passion and it shows in the products they sell and in the experienced technical support. I reached out to Extreme Terrain to see if they could help me upgrade the crap factory headlights on my family 2014 Wrangler Sport. Extreme Terrain sent me a pair of the new , which are direct replacement for stock 07-18 Wrangler JK headlights.

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Redusernab Asks: Ever been a victim of hit-and-run?

Afternoon rush hour. My wife was stopped at a red light in the middle lane of a three lane road after picking up my son from school. The left lane was for left turns only and the right lane was for right turns only. The left lane got an early green light for turning left. The line of cars in the left lane drove away as she waited for her light to turn green. The last car turning left side-swiped our 4Runner on its right and our left, and continued on its way.

My wife, and son in the back seat, were surprised by this. It was one of those moments were you don’t know what to do. In the mean time the left turn light turned red and her light to go straight turned green. She couldn’t go left after the car and the cars behind her began hoking, because that’s what the people who work in Boston and live in the suburbs do when they see something, anything, obstructing or delaying them. 

So, what do I do now? The damage is likely to be less than my deductible. The car that hit us is gone, unknown make or model. I, unfortunately, don’t have a dash-cam (yet). There are scratches on my driver’s door and front fender molding. Some will buff out, some won’t. There are tire marks on my beefy rock-slider, which I got just for such reasons. I hope the dickface bent his tie-rod or something. It was a smaller vehicle, so he/she likely has more damage than my 4Runner. 

I hate people. I’m getting a dash-cam so that I can at least get the license plate of the next dickbag that hits me and runs. Now I have to waste my time trying to make this look prettier. 

Quick Spin: 2018 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln brand was in trouble. The products were nothing but rebadged Fords or aging rebadged Fords. Lincoln had a choice: die or step-up. Ford wisely chose to put some money into the brand, develop a strategy, and slowly begin to execute.

The true first of the new era of Lincoln was an old model name – the Continental. This itself is a refreshing move from the alphabet soup that was the Lincoln lineup. First shown at the 2015 New York Auto Show as a concept, it quickly drew a lot of cheers. At least until everyone realized that it is based on the old MKZ/Taurus platform known as CD4, which drew some jeers.

So, is the new Conti a good car? Well, after spending some time with it, I need to tell you that that this is the wrong question to ask. The real question is; is the new Conti a good Lincoln?

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E.C.D. Automotive Design Modernizes the Classic Range Rover

E.C.D. Automotive Design, formerly known as East Coast Defender, changed its name because of this vehicle. The problem is that the Defender market is quickly becoming saturated, at least here on the Boston area. Old ones are constantly being overhauled and new old ones are constantly being imported. And then there is the new Jeep Wrangler, which should make potential overhauled Defender buyer really question their choice. I know this because I drove them both, and I’d take the Jeep for every reason except the nostalgic one. 

And that nostalgic reason is a biggie but it sure isn’t limited to the Defender. The long wheel base Range Rover now known as the Classic was introduced when I was in high school. I immediately fell in love with it. In the twenty years since I have looked at a few of those but never pulled the trigger, usually ending up with something less reliable and refined. Prices and conditions varied and there was never a time when a Rangie I could afford was in a good enough condition for me to own. And I am guessing that I am not the only one. 

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Quick Spin: Zenos E10S – British Track Day Option now in the Colonies

Zenos is the brainchild of some people who once worked at Caterham and Lotus. They decided to start their own car company, probably with blackjack and hookers, and the E10 was their first vehicle. But then some financial problems came up and the production has stopped. Since then Zenos has been bought out by AC Cars and the production has resumed.

To no one’s surprise the former Caterham and Lotus crew created the E10 as a lightweight, fun to drive, track-focused car like the ones they helped create in their previous lives. It comes in three versions, the base E10, the faster E10S, and the even faster E10R. Sometime ago, the company has begun the process of bringing these cars to the North American market, starting with the E10S. I just happen to know one of their first clients.

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski May 25, 2018 Mystery Car

Happy unofficial start of the summer weekend! Those of us in the northern section of country can now officially open our swimming pools, grill some dead animals, and wear khakis without judgement. And we can also drive with the top down and not totally freeze. 

Top-down driving is the theme of today’s reader supplied (thanks, ! and you’re automatically excluded from guessing, obviously) mystery car. Make and model, please. You can try bribing Mike for tips if you get desperate. 

It took yous a while to identify last week’s car but in the end someone named  prevailed. He even gave the proper trim and engine – Zenos E10 S with the 25ohp turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine. I’ll do an article on that vehicle shortly. 

Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Turbo things that aren’t turbo

What is so damn special about the word Turbo? It used to appear on everything in the 80s and 90s. One of my first computers was turbocharged – it even had a little flashing light when the so-called turbo would kick in. There are a million others turbo things, too. But this turbo phenomenon hasn’t gone away. Recently SiriusXM added a station called Turbo. It’s plays heavy rock from the 90s and 00s and it actually really great for those who grew up in that time and were influenced by that music. 

But still, turbo. It’s not like the 80s, 90s, or even 00s were the pinnacle of turbocharged engines. We have the more turbo engines available today than ever before. I’m even guessing that the amount of available new turbocharged engines might now outnumber naturally aspirated engines. And they’re better than ever too! The lag has been minimized and they don’t burn oil or blow seals on regular basis. Turbos owe direct-injection a great thanks, too.

Back to the point at hand. Today we want to identify objects, any objects, that are not even remotely related to cars and/or turbochargers, but are turbo or are in some way named turbo. 

The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • Said object cannot be a car or any part of a car. 
  • It cannot be a car name, or any part thereof. 
  • Exception – a car with the word turbo in its name that wasn’t actually turbocharged or supercharged. 
  • Don’t give us a damn lesson on what a turbocharger and what a supercharger is, or that even nitrous-oxide can be considered a turbocharger. If you’re one of those people who starts conversations with “well, actually…” please STFU. 
  • It’s got a be a full word turbo, not an abbreviation of any kind, like when Audi called its engine 3.0t when it was really supercharged. Lamers. 

Difficulty: 0.3 out of 11, faster with a turbo. 

How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates! Bonus points for adding photos.

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