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Just Cruising Out and About In The Ozarks

LongRoofian March 11, 2016 All Things Hoon 11 Comments

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So, yeah, my fellow Hoons, it appears the Hooniverse Overlords have yet to pry the Key to the Hooniverse Vault from the grimy hands of this olelongrooffan so I thought (with sly encouragement from dukeisduke) I would pop up a few things spotted around these here Ozark Mountains over the past little whiles. As I usually do, this olelongrooffan often heads out to get myself lost and find my way back to the hacienda while simultaneously trying to find what I think is some cool shit to share with my fellow Hoons. I believe this day was no different. After all, when was the last time any of us have spotted a ’70 Thunderbird coupe live and in the flesh? With complimentary algae at no extra charge.

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That old ‘Bird was spotted outside a shop that was plumb closed up on that weekend day. The best this olelongrooffan could do was to check out what else was hanging around outside while banking away its location for a V.I.S.I.T. in the not to distant future. Well, after spotting that 7TBIRD out front, I had to meander around the side of that structure to see what was parked in the field next to it. And this olelongrooffan was not disappointed. Yeah, along with a couple covered up boats, there was a trio of sweet rides that appear to be in various states of renovations including a highly desirable W123 W114 (thanks Man!) coupe, a gorgeous Alfa Romeo and a quasi desirable Isuzu Trooper. Or is that an Acura SLX?

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And what about the parking lot on the other side of this shop? Well, it was there this olelongrooffan spotted this rusty E Type just awaiting some attention from the body repair dude this shop undoubtedly has to have in its employment. And, yes, bonus points were awarded for the vintage Antique Vehicle Virginia license plate adorning the ass end of this sweet fastback.

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But Wait! An E Type without wire wheels? This is possibly the first E Type this olelongrooffan has seen with old school chrome wheels and poverty hubcaps. On every day run of the mill XJs? Sure, but never on an E Type.

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And if the amount of rust permeating this E was not visible to the naked eye in the image of that fastback with the cargo style door opening hatch, it certainly is visible in the image above. But damn those wheels and hub caps are sweet. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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But by far the coolest thing this olelongrooffan spotted out and about at that shop that day was the derelict metal parts bin out back.

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Yes my fellow Hoons, that is a racked up old school Ford Cortina serving up a second life here in the yard at this shop smack dab in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. This olelongrooffan can’t hardly wait to get with the dudes who run this shop to ascertain its origins and just how the hell it made its way to this slice of Heaven.

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And if my fellow Hoons believe this olelongrooffan always hangs out under the radar, this is what I spotted rounding the corner while heading back to my longerroof. Undoubtedly time to beat it the hell out of here.

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Only to head on to another day’s adventure here in the Ozarks. Stay Hooned.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2016/longrooffan

  • desmo

    This is how 90% of all classic cars are ruined.
    A messy type “expert” collecting them and kill them in the process.

    P.S. That Merc is a W114 Coupe. Wrong wheels as the Jag.

  • stigshift

    There’s a ’70-1 Thunderbird fastback a half mile from me. In a trailer park. I’ve seen the car around town before, but never there. All black, slicktop. I’ll try and post a pic tomorrow.

    • Rover 1

      I’ve never seen that model unadorned like that.. 5 mph bumpers sure did wreck the styling on lots of cars then.

  • Van_Sarockin

    You can tell it’s a Jaguar, from the way the aluminum hubcaps have rusted.

    • Aluminum doesn’t rust like that. They probably went cheap and used aluminium instead.

  • oocman

    WOW! I just had a shudder! That Thunderbird could easily be my Aunt Glynn’s old car except hers had a black vinyl roof. I’m from West Memphis Ar. My brother had that car for a few years then sold it. Now, I may know where it ended up. Always loved that car. As a kid I used to say it was always “flyin’ low”.

    Memories…Thank you.

  • Wayne Moyer

    That air raid siren is in good shape and I am sure a local fire department would love to get their hands on it.

  • dukeisduke

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Beakbirds, as an aunt and uncle owned a ’70 in Medium Ivy Green with a matching vinyl top, with the mag wheelcovers that had the little convex mirror centers.

    http://hubcapsonwheels.com/images/689B_Ford_F100_Pickup_E100_Van_hubcap.jpg

  • mve

    Good stuff, John. I need to get lost in the Ozarks more often. I’m always glad when I do. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • bus plunge

    For some reason I thought Leroy’s XKE had steel wheels. It didn’t.