Archive for July, 2019

Quick Retreat: Exploring Southern California with Vigor [Featuring the Honda Museum!]

Posted in California, Road Trip, SLX, Vigor on July 17, 2019 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Vigor):  114,000

Trip Distance:  856 Miles

I was pulling up to the emissions check station for the 2-year smog check in the 1994 Vigor this morning when the odometer turned exactly 114,000.0 miles.  Small miracles like that have a way of making my day.

Then I extended my arm to rest my elbow on the window sill while waiting for my turn.  I’m pretty sure I got a second-degree burn from the temperature of the surface.  This Phoenix heat doesn’t mess around:  It’s like opening up the clothes dryer, crawling inside, and setting the timer for 40 minutes of permanent press.  But that’s OK.  We have the refuge of various refreshing beaches within a half-day’s drive.

My friend Dillon was paying us a visit from the east coast, all the way from North Carolina.  Dillon is a long-time friend and fellow automotive enthusiast, so he was a great road-trip companion for the roughly 900-mile weekend trip to Southern California.

Our trip took us first to the exclusive and private Honda Collection Hall, located just a block from the American Honda corporate office in Torrance.  I’d heard that it would be open for an informal open house / reception, and since Dillon and our other accompanying friend Joseph had never been inside, we decided to check it out.

My favorite artifact in the museum was the Laurel Blue Metallic 1990 Accord LX on display with over 1 million miles on it.  That’s right – we were in the presence of high-mileage royalty:  “Million Mile Joe’s” car, which made it that distance on its original engine and transmission.  Joe was recognized with a parade and a free car, but unfortunately has since passed away.  His Accord lives on under the caretaking hands of the curators of the museum.

Here is a video on the MMJ Accord.

No trip to CA is complete without its share of traffic, and we were dealt a hefty serving of it.  It took us about 4 hours to go the < 200 miles from Los Angeles to San Diego where we’d be spending the remainder of our weekend.  But the company was enjoyable and the cooler temps made for a prime opportunity to put the windows down and enjoy the scenery as we rolled southbound, with occasional views of the Pacific Ocean from Interstate 5.

We met up with another Vigor owner, Ryan, for lunch on Saturday as well as Mike with a Mustang and Jason with a Civic.  It was a rare sight to see the 3 Acura Vigors in one parking lot together, and in fact, during some photos at the stadium next door after lunch, we even (unintentionally) parked them in proper order, from model years 1992, 1993, and 1994.

All said and done, the trip was just what the doctor ordered to cool us down a bit.  Here is a 9-minute video celebrating the 4 years I’ve owned my Vigor (since 4th of July, 2015) as well as highlights fro the California adventure with Dillon and others.  And below are some other news updates from in and around the garage.

In other car updates, the RL got a wax job and is looking great for 210,000 miles.

Recent visit from a few friends.

Supporting my friend Ethan from Hello Road with a T-shirt.  Give his channel a look!

I loved this del Sol ad that I found on Facebook.

Cruising the ‘Sol with my buddy Kurt.

Musical cars.

RL at a housing development called “The New Legend.”  Fitting.

Tail end of Joe’s car

A couple great cars in the museum

Beach time near Belmont Park

Dropping off Dillon at Sky Harbor on Monday night

The ‘new’ (red) SLX is coming along.  I’m getting mixed reactions from followers who have kept up with the progress so far.  A few have said that the vehicle would be better suited as fire kindling in the backyard given its condition.

Others are 100% supportive of continuing with restoration efforts to see what I can make of it.  I don’t intend to go all-in with effort & expense.  At this point the objective is just to ensure roadworthiness and make it look decent enough for a Radwood car show.  I’m pretty much there.  I showed it for its first time two Saturdays ago, at the Scottsdale Pavilions show on July 6.

Dining out while at the show.

Here are 2 more episodes from my YouTube if you haven’t seen them already.

Engine detail

Nice results!

New wheels

12+ new hoses thanks to Hon-Man

Should I have gone this direction with the rebuild?

For Sale: Arshaad’s 1995 Legend LS Coupe 6-Speed Cayman White Pearl

Posted in Legend on July 11, 2019 by tysonhugie

Every once in a while, I’ll help a friend sell a special car.  This one is worth a post.

I’m about to load up my car (which car, you’ll find out later) and head to San Diego tomorrow for the weekend.

In the meantime, here is a car you might want to buy:

Arshaad’s 1995 Acura Legend LS Coupe 6-Speed

  • VIN JH4KA8170SC001147
  • 3.2 Liter Type II 230 HP
  • Cayman White Pearl on Type F Ivory Interior
  • 167,000 Miles
  • Long Island, New York
  • $10,000

He has a Google Drive with about 40 pictures, a copy of the Carfax, and the maintenance log.

In the last 2,000 miles alone it’s had over $7k spent in cosmetic & mechanical restoration, shown below.

Contact:  arshaad.yar@gmail.com

Recent Service History
 

Date

Description

Mileage

Cost

6/1/2014

Front Seat Refresh

164,305

$850.00

5/23/2015

Mechanical Overhaul – Timing belt, water pump, thermostat, tensioner, drive belts, front & rear brake rotors & pads, caliper rebuilds, alignment, A/C compressor rebuild, power steering switch

164,532

$4,280.91

6/1/2016

Full Fluid Change

166,312

$390.00

3/22/2018

Clutch Slave Cylinder

166,503

$280.00

6/15/2019

New Tire Set

166,630

$540.89

7/10/2019

ABS Module + Suspension

166,895

$967.90

TOTAL

$7,309.70

Known issues:

– Radio display does not fully illuminate
– Acura CD Changer not working
– OEM Rear deck speakers need to be refurbished
– Power Antenna does not go up and down
– Windshield washer pump has low output power
– Wood Grain on Shift Console Cracking