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Car Projects

This page showcases the five cars I have owned so far. They all have been a project of some sort or other. Of the five, I currently own three: my 1962 Land Rover, my 1985 Toyota MR2 EV, and my 1967 NADA 109" Land Rover. The cars are listed below in the order that I purchased them.


1977 dodge ramcharger, my first car
1977 dodge ramcharger, my first car

1977 Dodge Ramcharger, AKA "The Antichrist"

The Antichrist, a 1977 Dodge Ramcharger, was my first car. I bought it with hard-earned lawn mowing money a few months before my 15th birthday. It ran well enough for my dad to drive it home 50 miles on side streets, but the engine had a loose rod and needed a rebuild. The plan was for me and my dad to rebuild it over the course of the time up until my 16th birthday. During college I converted it from an automatic to a stick shift, when the automatic started to cause trouble. Overall, it was a good truck, and served me well up until I sold it in 2004. I sold it because I did not figure on needing two 4x4's, and the by-then-running 1962 Land Rover was a more interesting truck.



1962 land rover, in meadow south of Mt. Hood, Oregon
1962 land rover, in meadow south of Mt. Hood, Oregon

1962 Land Rover, AKA "Mephisto"

I purchased my current daily driver, a 1962 Land Rover Series IIA 88" Station Wagon, AKA "mephisto" from a co-worker in 2003. It was very solid for its age, but needed major mechanical work before it could be driven. Little did I know what I was getting in to.


my 1971 BMW 1600.  A fun little car
my 1971 BMW 1600. A fun little car

1971 BMW 1602, AKA "Ruby"

I bought this 1971 BMW 1602 as an economical-yet-interesting second car in 2004 to replace the Dodge. I owned it for about two years, during which time I made some much needed, but mostly minor repairs to the suspension, brakes, and interior. I also performed some moderate body repairs and repainted it, but I did that work myself where I should have hired a pro, at least to do the painting part. Nonetheless, it was a much better looking and running car when I sold it vs. when I bought it. I sold it while downsizing, prior to moving from my First House to my South Park Triplex.



my 1967 NADA 6cyl 109 land rover.  A major overhaul project.
my 1967 NADA 6cyl 109 land rover. A major overhaul project.

1967 Land Rover Series IIA NADA 109" Station Wagon, AKA "Phoenix"

This truck is an Ebay boondoggle, dragged home from central Oregon in 2005. The truck is a rare (#473 of 811) North-American-Dollar-Area (NADA) six cylinder 109". It was meant to compete better with the more powerful american trucks of the time. I bought it for a low amount on ebay. While it is 99% complete including the rare NAS bits, the price reflected the condition. The frame is a total loss due to east-coast road salt. The truck hasn't been licensed since the 70's, when its engine failed due to a botched oil change. It currently sits in a cargo container, awaiting a full rebuild.


1985 Toyota MR2, as dragged home after purchase
1985 Toyota MR2, as dragged home after purchase

Toyota MR2 EV Project

I purchased this barely-running 1985 Toyota MR2 and converted it into a full electric vehicle (EV). Some people do EV conversions to make a political statement, others want to do it to help save the environment. Some people go drag racing. I did it for the technical challenge, and because I wanted an economical, low maintenance, yet novel 2nd car. You can read much more about my Toyota MR2 EV.