Catching a Brake: An Intro to Brakes

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Brakes. When it comes to performance upgrades, they are often one of the most misunderstood or misinformed portions of the automotive world after aerodynamics. It’s also a universal upgrade from off road to track days to even drag racing. Once you get going, you need to stop somehow. This article will touch on some of […]


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Project 3323 – The Carbage 2000 Nissan Pathfinder Project

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While this will be an introduction, well, an official introduction, to my 2000 Nissan R50 Pathfinder, there is also a bit of a story to be told. One of why I’m so tied to this truck. It may seem like a pity story, but it’s far from that. Rather, I want people to be encouraged […]


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Compact Crossover Shootout

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There are many people in the SUV and Truck worlds who look down on the compact crossover – a car-based sport utility vehicle. Even I had my doubts but the more I drive them, the more I start to understand their appeal. You get the comfort of a small sized car, but you don’t look […]


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The Camfather – A Brief History of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian

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A World War II veteran and innovative valvetrain builder, Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is a legend among hot rodders around the world. The name sparks up images of fast Flathead Fords, engines producing 1-horsepower per cubic inch or better and leading the way hydraulic lifters with the first anti-pump-up lifters. “Mr. Isky” has been making cars […]


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A-Trac-Tive – Paul Mooney’s 1925 Model T Roadster

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In the 1940s, Fay Mooney, Spud Simkins, Johnnie Johnson and friends built a roadster from a 1925 Ford Model T. The car was completely hand fabricated and painted at the Mooney Brothers Body Works in Bakersfield. It looked like an awesome race car but with such clean lines and paint, it was hard not to […]


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A Wrangler TJ Crawlin’ on 40’s with a 2.5-Liter

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To be completely honest, I’ve never driven a four-wheel-drive with anything less than six-cylinders. So, when I was chosen to drive Cameron Harris’ Jeep Wrangler TJ, I figured it had to have at least an inline-six. Then I fired it up and realized there were two cylinders missing. During the Yokohama Geolandar X-MT debut, test […]


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A Test of the Yokohama Geolandar X-MT on the KOH Course

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When you pair up with a Jeep legend like Tony Pellegrino and the GenRight Family, there is only one place you can go to debut a tire: Johnson Valley OHV Park and the Hammers. He knows the trails and took a group of us out along the 2018 KOH course, so we could not only […]


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Jimny Cricket – The Suzuki Jimny LJ20

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By putting Suzuki on the market as a global success, the Jimny is a compact off-roader that continues to this day. However, it didn’t start off as an original Suzuki design. The original LJ-chassis Suzuki Jimny was introduced in 1970 as the LJ10, however, the design the LJs were based on was created by Hope […]


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Down in the Vault – A Tour of the Petersen Vault

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It’s rare, but the Petersen opens its vault every so often to allow the media a chance to photograph automotive history that isn’t present in the main exhibits. This was one of those times and Carbage was there to get it. The Petersen Automotive Museum Vault is legendary due to the amount of automotive history […]


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Nissan Monozukuri History

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I am an old fan of Nissan and Datsun thanks to some accidental influence by my father and his customized Datsun 720 pickup and my own Nissan 720. Thanks to the Petersen, I get to talk about my favorite Japanese brand. So, I want to share some of the glory and history of Nissan and […]


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