Honcho 2

Jeep J-10 'Honcho'
Jeep J-10 ‘Honcho’

After many years of wishing and longing, I have now obtained a classic Jeep J-10 pickup, which is in the process of being restored and rebuilt by Hardcore Hot Rods in Sterling, Virginia. When complete, this will be a reliable workhorse, not a show-car, and it will be spectacular.

  • Model:
    • 1977 Jeep J-10 ‘Honcho’
    • Classic black
    • 6.6L V8 engine, AMC Tall-Deck 401
    • 3-speed automatic transmission
    • Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive
    • Manufactured by American Motors Corporation
    • Assembled in Toledo, Ohio, USA
  • Specifications:
    • Rated at 215 hp, 320 lb-ft torque
    • 10 MPG city, 12 MPG highway (EPA estimates)
    • Curb weight: 3,800 lbs (17.7 lbs/hp)
  • Customization:
    • Restoration and rebuild in progress by Hardcore Hot Rods in Sterling, Virginia, USA

Runabout

Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback 2.5i

Our Subaru Outback is the family workhorse. With all-wheel-drive and plenty of space, it goes wherever I tell it to and hauls whatever we put in (or on) it. It’s a no-frills, practical, solid car that does its job and does it well

  • Model:
    • 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i
    • Satin white pearl
    • 2.5L boxer 4-cylinder engine, EJ253
    • 4-speed automatic transmission
    • Symmetric all-wheel drive
    • Manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries
    • Assembled in Lafayette, Indiana, USA
  • Specifications:
    • Rated at 170 hp, 170 lb-ft torque
    • 20 MPG city, 26 MPG highway (EPA estimates)
    • Curb weight: 3,395 lbs (20.0 lbs/hp)
  • Customization:

Flyer

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru Impreza WRX

In lieu of a motorcycle, I picked up a used Subaru Impreza WRX sport wagon as my fast, fun car. It’s fairly high-mileage, so I also expect it to be a project car for tinkering, tuning, and learning more about automotive repair. It also gives me a chance to drive stick.

  • Model:
    • 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX sport wagon
    • Platinum silver metallic
    • 2.0L turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder engine, EJ205
    • 5-speed manual transmission
    • Symmetric all-wheel drive
    • Manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries
    • Assembled in Ota, Gunma, Japan
  • Specifications:
    • Rated at 227 hp, 217 lb-ft torque
    • 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway (EPA estimates)
    • Curb weight: 3,165 lbs (13.9 lbs/hp)
  • Customization:

Big Mini

Countryman Side
Mini Countryman S All4

We retired the Honda Civic, the first car we ever bought new, and replaced it with the moderately versatile (and incredibly fun to drive) Mini Countryman. It’s a great little car and, unlike the rest of the Mini product line, has all-wheel drive and enough space for four human beings.

This is mainly Melissa’s car, but I end up driving it now and then.

  • Model:
    • 2012 Mini Countryman Cooper S All-4
    • Cosmic blue metallic
    • 1.6L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder, N13 Prince
    • 6-speed automatic transmission
    • All-4 all-wheel drive
    • Manufactured by Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)
    • Assembled in Graz, Austria
  • Specifications:
    • Rated at 181 hp, 192 lb-ft torque
    • 23 MPG city, 30 MPG highway (EPA estimates)
    • Curb weight: 3,208 lbs (17.7 lbs/hp)
  • Customization:
    • General Upgrades and Additions
      • Reprogrammed daytime running lights
      • Removed speedometer fudge factor

Car Predecessors

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.