Category Archives: On Cars

rod knock

Rod knock, valve clatter, oil pressure, engine compression and mental health

If you have been watching my YouTube channel your probably now that my engine developed a weird noise and failed. It’s time for that information to hit the blog and I tell you the long story of my engine’s failure.

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The champion is chosen

The first car from this list in the previous post (see the list here) I checked out was a British racing green MX-5 NB. It had the 1.6 110 hp engine. I checked this car out before I had the mini, and when I was selling the Golf.

I didn’t want the 1.6 engine, but I went to take a look anyway. Just to get a general idea of what it’s like. The owner let me take it for a spin around the block on my own. Continue reading The champion is chosen

A time and a place

Ok……the dream car. As promised. Well I have to be honest, there never was a single shinning dream car invading all my automotive dreams. The cake is a lie.

However, there is a land and there is an era from which all the cars that I am genuinely fond of come from. That narrows it down a bit right?

You could never guess it from my track record of car ownership (very Teutonic I know) but the land is Japan and the era is the 80s and 90s. Classic Japanese sports cars are my poison and have been so since the first days of my gearhedness, and probably even earlier without me being aware of it. I was just too much of a chicken to buy one. Continue reading A time and a place

Why I love cars

Before I finally break the suspense (oh who am I kidding, no one is reading this) and tell you more about my dream car, let me first bore you some more and tell you how and why I got into cars, and why I think anyone gets and keeps being into cars. Somehow I think that matters.

Cars are glorious. They are so much more than the sum of their parts. So much more than steel, aluminum and plastic (and leather for those better equipped).

They are companions that you get attached to. You relate to your car. From another point of view they are more like women. The better you treat them the happier they are and the better they repay you. Continue reading Why I love cars