I was born in Encino California, but never lived there, thank goodness!! Raised in the greater Los Angeles area.
Acquired my 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 in November 2017. It had not been loved when I got it. But with no rust and just under 100k miles on it I figured I could bring it back up to snuff.
I drove it back to LA from Kingman AZ, blowing coal the entire way. That's how it was named The Dragon!
For the most part, the black smoke is minimal now. I try to do as much of the work on it myself as I can.
Discovered this site several moths after the purchase and after doing extensive research on a source of information for my truck, I concluded that this is the most credible site for support and information for my truck. Lucy find!!!
I live in the Santa Monica mountains at 2200ft above sea level.
This automotive equivalent of a wheel barrow (1991 Honda CIVIC VX) is my daily driver. That being said, it's a blast to run around in the canyons around here.
One of my hobbies is to bruise the egos of people who come up here for a spirited drive, with their fast, fancy, expensive cars, and catch them in this little old bucket of bolts. Not a fast car but it can out corner just about anything.
It's not what you drive that matters it's how you drive it!