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Dodge Challenger Hellcat: Mad Max… the car

Yes, I know Mad Max drove an old Ford. It Mr. Mad were around in the modern era, there’d be no question about what he would driving; the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It’s a 707-horsepower, supercharged coupe, and you can have it with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an …

Project HoonTruck: Let’s take a look at what we’ve got here

I pulled up to the stoplight. Third gear was still a mystery to me, but I was working on it. I’ll figure this truck out sooner rather than later, but I was still stuck in the getting to know you phase of our relationship. The brakes were stiff, but I …

Podcast: Episode 90 – An Al You Minium Adventure

Chris Hayes and Blake Z Rong decide to take the podcast on the road for Episode 90. The two are stuck together in the cab of a 2015 Ford F-150, and are on the road to go pickup a new engine for Blakes Miata. This will be the third engine… …

Podcast: Episode 89 – The Future of Hot Rodding

Today we dive into some new car chatter. One of the main topics is the subject of the future of hot rodding, and how I believe it will be about electric cars, coding, and drive-by-wire adjustments. Additionally, there’s news of a purchase for the Hooniverse family. A new project car is arriving, …

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Publicity Photo of the Weekend – The New for 1977 Buick Opel (by Isuzu)

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Ah the 70’s, such a weird time for automakers. They were trying to sell cars anyway they could while dealing with Government Mandates on Fuel Economy, Emission Controls, and Federal Bumper Regulations. On top of all this, the US Dollar was losing value to the ever stronger German Currency, and the US Core Inflation Rate was hovering around 6% (which was down from only a few years before, as high as 11% for 1974).

So, what does General Motors do to combat both the lack of an affordable small car in their Buick Dealers, and take advantage of a venerable nameplate that has at least some built in equity? They introduce a hand-me-down small Japanese built car, slap an Opel name to the sides, and push in onto an unsuspecting public in 1975. This was the Opel by Isuzu, and it was only available as a two-door coupe for the first two years it was offered in the states. 1977 brought the only addition to the line in this sedate looking 4-door sedan.

So, do you remember these cars (I do, as I owned one from 1976 to 1981)…

Weekend Edition – A 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe V-8 with only 17,500 miles on eBay…

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with this… It os a 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe with the V-8 under the hood. The seller claims that this car only covered around 17,500 miles… Oh God, why is this car calling my name? It is the poster child for all that was wrong during this time period… Chevrolet Vega Chassis, Cramped and underpowered V-8, Velour Upholstery, Vinyl Top with Opera Windows, painted in earth tones… I’m sorry, but you will have to excuse me for a few moments…

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Last Call- Dog-canic Edition

Robert Emslie January 30, 2015 Last Call

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You still mot passing emissions? I’ll bet it’s the cat. Have you looked at the cat? I’m thinking it’s the cat, they’re always trouble. Also, I peed on the brake rotor just in case it needed that.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Hooniverse Goes To 034 Motorsport’s Open House

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Every once in a while, there are benefits to being on the e-mail list of aftermarket parts supply companies. In my case, I joined the mailing list of 034 Motorsport a couple of years ago when I purchased a coil-pack update kit from them for my I5 Turbo Audi S6. After enduring their advertisements for those 2-3 years, I got an e-mail that was relevant to my interests. 034 was hosting an open house event for VW and Audi enthusiasts to gather at their shop in Fremont, California. Drink some coffee, have some donuts, and look at some pretty cool cars all morning? I’m in! They offered a shop tour, runs on their dyno, and general camaraderie. It was worth the trip, and I’m happy I went.

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The News for January 30th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian January 30, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • McLaren is bringing Longtail back

  • Volkswagen reveals a super diesel wagon

  • Alpine shows off their crazy Vision Gran Turismo concept

  • Ford Shelby GT350R allegedly beats Z/28 on the ‘Ring

  • What was your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie January 30, 2015 Mystery Car

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Are you getting ready for Superbowl Sunday? No? You’re not into the big game? Well, how about Figure It Out Friday, and a more intimate contest we like to call the Mystery Car? There’s fewer commercials too, but you’ll have to bring your own cheerleaders. Make and model of the above please.

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2016 Mazda Miata Horsepower and Torque Specs Now Available

Alan Cesar January 30, 2015 All Things Hoon

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The spec we’ve all been waiting for is here. Mazda has been teasing us with details on the next-generation MX-5 Miata for months, first releasing a drivetrain photo, then the bodywork and a handful of details. Light weight was the first big news: Some purists decried the (modest) weight gain when the third-generation NC-chassis cars were released in 2006. Everyone is enthusiastic at the target weight of a metric ton, or 2200 pounds — same as the first generation. But how much power and displacement will it actually get? Hit the jump to find out.

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Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 60’s…

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Welcome to week two of our review of the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, and this time we are looking at the Obscure Muscle Cars that were produced during the height of the Muscle Car Era, the 1960’s. We are going to see what vehicles made it into the Garage from five American Car Manufacturers, and then I will pose a question at the end of this posting… Which one of these entries should be given the boot (or possibly none at all…). The 1960’s produced a wide variety of North American Built vehicles, including two totally brand new size classifications that included Compacts (Originally built to compete with the ever growing Imports), and Intermediates (Smaller than the Full Sized Cars, but bigger than the Compacts). Remember, this is the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, so there are no Pontiac G-T-O’s, Ford Fairlane 500’s, Oldsmobile 4-4-2’s, or Plymouth Road Runners. However, there were plenty of “Left-of-Center” nominees that were voted into the Garage, like the Big Mercury Marauder, the Small Studebaker Super-Lark, and the intermediate Rambler Marlin… So, it is now time for you to consider who to throw out. Ready? GO!

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Hooniverse Asks- What Modern Car Just Seems so Dang Old?

Robert Emslie January 30, 2015 Hooniverse Asks

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For the most part modern cars look pretty, well, modern. There are some that are presently in production however, that do seem like they are travelers from a past era. I’m not going to call out the ones that I think are so old school they’re still clapping erasers after class, I’m going to just leave it up to you and I expect that I’ll see them representing among your nominations.

What do you think is the modern car that just seems so old?

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Last Call- Tacked-On Tach Edition

Robert Emslie January 29, 2015 Last Call

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Do you remember how cool cars used to be? I mean, sure there are plenty of cool cars made now, but back in the day there was so much that you could do to make your car yours. Throw a tach on the dash, add a necker’s knob, and maybe some fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview, and man you were set. Try that today and you’ll just look like you’re trying too hard.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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