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Podcast: Episode 69 – Fully Forged Power Bottom

Guest Abe Drimmer (Road & Track, TTAC, and a little site called Hooniverse) joins Blake and myself in the podcast palace. Topics range from a meager power bump for the Viper on to the introduction of the all-new Polaris Slingshot. The Mad Max Fury Road trailer comes up, as does the …

2014 X Games: The Practice Sessions

This year, the X Games entered the wonderful world of Austin, Texas to highlight a wide range of sports. We were in attendance to capture both the Global Rallycross and the Super Stadium Trucks. More and more automakers are joining the GRC fray, so it’s clear that rallycross is gaining …

24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ [LIVEBLOG]

[Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.] Happy Saturday from Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois! We’re here for the 24 …

Podcast: Episode 68 – Electricity, Hydrogen, and Atomic Betty

This week Jeff is out of town and leaves Blake and Chris to their own devices. They deliver a number of tangents cleverly disguised as segments including… Live TV Audiences So You Think You Can Dance Blake reviews the new Cadillac Escalade Android Auto & Apple Carplay Drunk Drivers vs. Texting Drivers Hydrogen Fuel …

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 2004-05 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a feature in which we try and introduce you to muscle cars you may have never considered Muscle Cars, and to try and convince you that they are… During this series of postings, I have tried to convince you that FWD Sedans with beefed up performance V-8 Engines are Modern Day Muscle Cars. They have engines that are pretty powerful, driving the Front Wheels, and with the correct electronic aids, they not only perform as well as some of the real Fire-Breathing Muscle Cars of the past, but they also handle pretty good. We have inducted the stablemate to this car, the Pontiac Grand Prix GXP (Just Barely), but rejected the very similar Chevrolet Impala SS, and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS (which lost by a huge margin). Well, let’s try a trifecta, er perfecta, or whatever… Introducing the Pontiac Bonneville GXP, with the Cadillac Northstar under the hood…

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Hooniverse Asks- Do the IIHS Crash Tests Impact Your Purchase Decisions?

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I have personally been involved in two auto accidents, both of which were low speed and one of which was my fault. Perhaps not having experienced a serious collision what makes watching the videos of controlled crashes undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety so butt-clenchingly frightening for me. I have to admit that I find the slo-mo replays to be an almost hypnotic ballet of metal and plastic exploding like a work of modern art. I especially like it when a tire is knocked completely of the rim. Call me weird.

A while back we queried whether or not an especially egregious performance in an IIHS test might cause you to discount a car or truck, and today what I want to know is whether the tests – which are far more strict than that of the Federal Government – really would weigh into any new – or almost new – purchasing decision.  No one expects to have a crash, and in fact I’ll bet you, like me, are of the mind that it’ll never happen to me, but in case it does, you want to know that you’ve made the right choice, right?

What do you think? We often tout performance figures to justify an auto’s purchase, or even mileage if you’re into that (weirdo). Rarely if ever do we espouse the number of airbags or computer-designed crumple zones in our backyard BBQ braggadocio over the purchase of a car. Do you think that should change?

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Last Call- Nissamaro Edition

Robert Emslie July 31, 2014 Last Call

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This Nissan 180SX drifter may be all that and an over-cambered bag of chips, but its most amazing feature is its modern-edition retro Camaro homage front-end, replete with bow tie badge. What do you think, sensational or sacrilege?

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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Project Civic Si(gh): Guess who’s back… back again

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The Civic’s back, tell a friend.

Yes folks, Project Civic Si(gh) has come home. It’s in full working order too. Richard worked hard to put it back together, and he’s done a pretty damn good job. I even took the Civic up to speeds that would get me a hefty fine, and the engine sounded great.

Want to see the engine? Hop over the jump for a picture.

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The Carchive:- ’71 Ford Transit

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On Tuesday, after leaving it safely locked down for a few weeks, I gingerly opened the gate to The Carchive, and out gushed a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa brochure. Well, it was lovely and everything, but it’s wasn’t really Hooniverse heartland stuff, now, was it?

Today we’re heading back into our comfort zone with the 1971 Ford Transit.

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Hoonivercinema Bonus Music Video: ‘I’ll Be Your Mechanic’

Eric Rood July 31, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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At a time when it wasn’t cool to do so, Adam Franklin wrote rock songs for petrolheads, but not in the traditional style of “the rock ‘n’ roll car song.” Franklin’s band, Swervedriver, hardly resembled Jan & Dean or even The Reverend Horton Heat. Instead, the British quartet was influenced by the their British shoegazer predecessors, but they mashed it up with faster tempos, Franklin’s signature layered guitars, and kickass lyrics about cars, motorcycles, and the Last Train to Satansville. It was unique and perhaps because of its oblique nature, Swervedriver’s music unfortunately lingers in relative obscurity with contemporary American bands like Hum and Failure.

Swervedriver broke up in the late 1990s and while they’ve reformed, Adam Franklin’s post-Swervies career with the Bolts of Melody has been nothing if not prolific. The music’s a bit more chill, but the guitarwork is unmistakably Franklin’s and the songs, well, they still tread the same rubber-marked pavement. Follow the jump for the Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody music video (in glorious 240p) for “I’ll Be Your Mechanic,” complete with some sweet mid-1960s footage culled from Prelinger Archives and from Claude Lelouch’s classic French film Un Homme Et Une Femme (“A Man and a Woman”).

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Junkyard Benzamino Verdict is in…

mercedes benz 220s junkyardI stumbled across this 1965 Mercedes Benz 200-amino while using Row52 to hunt for an alternator donor for my Falcon. With only one picture to go by, questions outnumbered answers 10:1. After pulling the alternator I needed from a 1970 Fairlane wagon and a 10 foot battery cable from an e30 BMW (for future trunk battery mounting), I burrowed deep into the SUV section of the yard to find our subject…

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Thursday Trivia

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This Week’s Question: Which was the first U.S. Automaker to introduce flashing turn signals as a standard feature?

If you think you know the answer, flash on over the jump and see if you are correct.

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Volvo V50 T5 MT AWD Flood Car is Quite the Swedish Siren

volvo v50 for saleIn the ’00s Volvo went through an awesome phase, moving on from all FWD automatics to offering a few great vehicles in turbocharged manual transmission AWD form (see also: V70R). Alas, People in General have terrible taste in cars, so very of them were willing to plunk down Volvo’s painful asking price for three pedal turbo wagons (Three Pedal Turbo Wagon: also a great band name). That’s why the $3500 price on this ’07 V50 (T5MTAWDFTMFW) had my jaw on the floor. Then I noticed the picture set has copious amounts of snow in the background. Cars with months-old pictures usually have a back-story. In the case of this Volvo, that back-story involves a big girl named Sandy and an influx of saltwater up to about the level of the shifter.

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The seller does a good job of listing what’s known and unknown in terms of electrical system corrosion, highlighting some major hurdles in the project to turn this back into a runner. Specifically, the main fuse box (which is apparently so over-engineered it needs dealer reprogramming to work again) will need replacing, along with most of the interior electronics. Based on the description, I can’t help but think this would be a great candidate for race/rally car conversion. Gut the (dried out, but suspicious) interior, replace the destroyed circuitry with something simpler, add a megasquirt or other stand-alone ECU and head for your local rallycross event.

On the other hand, why not pull the drivetrain and make the world’s most awesome Pinto Cruising Wagon?

2007 Volvo V50 T5 AWD MT for sale – eBay Motors

Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Coolest New Micro Hot Hatch?

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I don’t know if you have noticed, but small cars are once again a big thing here in the States. Not only are we getting tiny rides that other nations take for granted, but on occasion we’re getting the rabid editions too! I know, I’m as shocked as you.

Small hot hatches, such as the Ford Fiesta ST, John Cooper Works Mini, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Aston Martin Cygnet are all really small and really hot. And they’re all hatchbacks! Okay, truth be told, I threw the Cygnet in to try and get you to spray coffee all over your screen.  How’d I do? Tiny hot hatches are all the rage, not just here in the U.S., but also in Asia, Europe, South America, and certain parts of Antarctica, or so I’m told. This is a category of car that I think we all can get behind, or at least squeeze into.

If we’re seriously going to get behind those tiny hot hatches, then we need to pick a leader- a William Wallace of little cars if you will. Considering all the breathed-upon diminutive dynamos out there, which do you think is the coolest of all the micro hot hatches?

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