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Seconds Saturday in Oakland, Because There Is A There There

Jim Yu March 12, 2012 Car Shows, Friends of Hooniverse 27 Comments

Stu_Rock‘s diesel Pug

Gertrude Stein once described her childhood hometown of Oakland as “There is no there there.”  Unfortunately, a complacent media, the Occupy movement, and not insignificant pockets of crime have painted the entire city as Robocop’s dystopian Detroit.  But that’s simply not the case.  Oakland has charming neighborhoods, a vibrant restaurant scene, and has even been touted as an overlooked tourist destination.

Oakland also has its share of obscure cars and independently owned and operated shops specializing in obscure cars.  Take, for example, Hanzel Auto Body Works, the host of Seconds Saturdays car meets.

Hanzel’s specialty is Citroens, but they’ll work on practically anything you throw at them. 

These DSes are definitely a fixture at the shop.  But the participants of last weekend’s Seconds Saturday brought their own diverse and eclectic fleet of cars and trucks.

In one shot, we’ve got a French car, a German car, two American trucks, an Anglo-American car (the Tesla), a Japanese car, and two Italian cars.  The white car on the bottom right hand corner is dwegmull’s Fiat 500 (the new iteration). 

This DS will one day be as good as new.  Its owner (this is his eighth DS) offered me a ride in it once the project is complete.  I think I’ll take him up on his offer.

Any idea what vehicle goes with this engine?

This old Chevy work truck had everyone scratching their heads.  The owner hypothesizes that this Idaho truck may have belonged to the U.S Forest Service.  It’s got a 216 c.i. inline six.  Curiously, but not surprisingly, the owner’s other car is a home-made, early generation electric Civic.  

This Ford Maverick got a lot of love.  No doubt it was brought out to promote the premier of HBO’s Game Change.

That mystery engine belongs to this 1961 Corvair Rampside.  Its owner, another Hooniverse reader, is selling it.  What better way is there to help your brother-in-law pick up that big screen TV at Best Buy?

Aside from gawking over the cars, it was also a pleasure to chat it up with their owners.  The Jeep in the foreground belongs to our very own Tim O.  The Jeep in the background belongs to our very own jeepjeff.  This was a very low-key, casual event with like minded car buffs.  If you live in the Bay Area or happen to be here, the meet is definitely worth a visit.

P.S.: A big thank you to vwminispeedster and his dad for hosting the meet.

P.P.S.: Stu_Rock’s pictures of the meet can be seen here.

Images: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Jim Yu

  • I heard that Tim wouldn't talk to anyone for more than 2 minutes. What a jerk!

    • jeepjeff

      I'm pretty sure I got a solid 124 seconds out of him when we were discussing the Buick 350 in his Wagoneer.

    • You gotta break up the conversation. I had three separate two minute convos with him.

  • dukeisduke

    I know I should be committed to an asylum, but I like those 505s.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Great turnout, looks like it was a wonderful event.

  • OA5599

    I can't wait for the second Seconds Saturday of the Second Season. Bring your $2 bills for postmarking.

  • That Rampside sure does get around:


  • whats that supra doing there!

    • craymor

      I don't know, but I'd like to see a bit more of the MR2 in the background of the lead pic….

  • craigsu

    That Pug will look bitchin' once it's fitted with that Corvette front clip.

    • vwminispeedster

      That corvette is gonna run like champ once we put the Pug's diesel power plant in it. 😉

  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    There is a sign in the electric Civic that ends in "Please." Does anyone know what it says?

    • I'm sure I'll bump into the owner in the future. I'll try to remember to ask for you.

  • Looks like a great event. It's events like this that make we wish I was in Cali.

  • Dat240zg

    In case someone else didnt get it, I think the panel truck is a pretty cool '41 delivery. Heres a link to a really nice one on BaT: http://bringatrailer.com/2012/02/03/tin-top-deliv

  • julkinen

    So much interesting stuff here. I can't get enough of those headlights on the 505; "Dammit, we'll fit US-regulated lights on it even if it'll take us weeks to work them on!" Also, that is an M badge on what looks like an E12…

    • Stu_Rock

      It seems that most US 505 owners want to switch to the Euro lamps, but I like the US sealed beam setup after some modification.

      From the factory, the surround is fitted with a 3 W lamp that illuminates with the low-beam headlamps. I put some 18 W bulbs in and changed the wiring so that they turn on when the parking brake is off. That turns them into decent daytime running lights, which I think are a good idea.

      For the headlamps themselves, it's best to put an axial-filament lamp in there. That can be done either by using H4 replaceable-bulb retrofit kits or by using the GE Nighthawk sealed beam lamp, which is basically a pre-assembled H6054 housing containing an H4 bulb.

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    Ahh, I wish I was close enough to attend one of these.

    I knew the Corvair engine straight away – I've gotten a good extended look at one in recent memory, after all.

  • TheFreedom25

    I knew the Corvair engine straight away – I've gotten a good extended look at one in recent memory, after all.
    Very nice.. paper plagiarism