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Hooniverse Asks: Did you give or receive anything car related this Christmas?

Jeff Glucker December 26, 2017 Hooniverse Asks 46 Comments

Wagoneer with christmas tree

The holiday season is inching closer to its finally. A new year is nearly upon us. Looking back before jumping forward, we wanted to know if you got anything car related as a gift this holiday season. Or maybe you gave a car-related gift?

Share your holiday handouts in the comment section below. 

  • Smaglik

    Nothing car related, but I did clean two cars outside in a t-shirt and shorts, when we should have had several feet of snow already. I guess that doesn’t count.

    Happy Boxing Day.

    • Victor

      Boxing up all the cares and troubles of the past year and tossing them out.. Boxing Day..

    • Sjalabais

      Boy, you’re lucky. We have had the third “extreme weather warning” this month, one day last week with 93mm of rain – new record for December. Today, the family left, and just one of the four main roads over the mountains was open due to heavy snowfall.

      There was little car related here this Christmas. It’s mostly my five year old boy that got uncountable wheel based toys thrown after him.

      • Smaglik

        I’m worried. We normally have 2 feet of snow by now. We normally have had about 5″ of precipitation since September. We’ve had 0.01″. If it doesn’t change soon, we’re gonna burn bad next year.

        • Sjalabais

          Is this California? Climate change has pretty strange effects around the globe. For us it’s warming + more precipitation. Lots of floods.

          • Smaglik

            Flagstaff, AZ.

        • KentMB1

          Send some of that shit up to the midwest and the East coast. We could use some of that global warming up here. The inside of my freezer is literally warmer than it is outside.

          • Smaglik

            I’d prefer that over a fire season 50% longer, not to mention more intense. Turn up the heat.

          • LeaksOil

            I’m on the east coast. It’s 45° here, which is on the chilly end of things. I’m guessing your closer to mid-Atlantic or are NorthEast.

            We get warnings the few times it might dip down near freezing temps.

  • hogymástnemondjak

    two slaps in the face counts? 🙂

  • 0A5599

    My son’s truck had worn out shocks. I bought him a set of Bilsteins and some poly swaybar bushings, though I didn’t put a bow on the packages.

  • P161911

    Got a new head unit for my truck. The 3.5mm input on the factory one was going bad. Also, more importantly the new one has Bluetooth. So I can charge my phone and listen to Audible without engine whine. Also got a dash can. Just need to get it all installed now. Turning my truck into a long commute vehicle. Still need to get the backup camera I got for Christmas a couple of years ago installed.

  • Brandon

    Got a really nice gear shifter pen. WorpsWoodShop on Etsy.
    https://img0.etsystatic.com/186/0/15910470/il_570xN.1335120170_knxg.jpg

  • Victor

    Got a couple neighbors to push so I could get the hell out of the driveway. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db0899eb2179085c1bee1ab27c9595849e1723a9f42e30eb0d1124a29423a4dc.jpg

    • Rover 1

      I see that the smaller cars live a privileged existence inside a garage.

      Merry Christmas! 🙂

      • Tendency to leak (from above; they all leak below) is also a consideration.

        Happy Boxing Day!

      • cap’n fast

        perhaps because smaller cars can achieve a higher packaging density inside the garage(six fiats in one rolls royce parking space.)

  • Alff

    I gave and installed four pairs of shocks, a new battery, a blower motor, a starter, three pair of wiper blades and provided a five hour round trip tow.

    • With all that, did you find time for anything that wasn’t car-related over the holidays?

      • Alff

        I did get to make Christmas dinner for 15 followed by a 10 hour bender with the same crew. Even managed to convince the kids to postpone “Christmas morning” until the 26th. Having adult children is kinda fun.

  • My youngest got her driver’s license. I also got a bunch of spare parts from my cousin, who was the prior (and only other) owner of my RSX. Haven’t had a chance to inventory them yet. Factory jack, lug wrench and bag for one and a bunch of other small Honda OEM parts.

  • I got a ScanGauge II, which is handy for adding instruments that Toyota either decided weren’t needed, or (in the case of the battery state of charge indication) didn’t need to be accurate:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19aabe5d3a28aceeaa1f0d28996e152f774658f901556de1920158a3aa2fe10d.jpg

    And, while it’s not exactly a car thing, it is a vehicle thing – gave my dad a folding bicycle, which he’d been looking at for a while as something that would be useful when traveling.

    • Scoutdude

      It isn’t that Toyota didn’t think the battery SoC needed to be accurate, they just want you to think what they want you to think. Look at indicated speed on the scan gauge vs the speedo, fuel level sensed vs displayed as well as actual distance to empty vs what is shown. Not that it is a Toyota only thing, on our C-Max the real distance to empty usually shows up with an extra ~8-10 miles that what is reported. The speedo will indicate +2mph vs actual, Fuel level will be overstated in the upper 1/2 of the tank and understated in the lower half and really understated in the last 1/8. Ford is good though on their temp gauges that do indicate small differences vs many that will show the same reading over a 20 or 30 degree range.

  • jeepjeff

    I gave a friend her first couple lessons on working on cars. She bought a Volvo 940 this month. A tune-up, fluids and belts later, it’s not nearly as neglected as when she signed the title. Also, it was kinda fun to point out what to do and step back and watch.

  • Victor
  • caltemus

    I got a copy of Engineer to Win by Carrol Smith, so that was nice. It’s got nice hand drawn diagrams

  • Dutch

    I gave both my son and son-in-law the Rodders Journal calendar. Got one for meself as well!

  • oldcarjunkie
    • Maymar

      A friend of mine got the exact same pair – one of his first cars was a 5-speed Caravan, so he’s ecstatic. I’m a little surprised he couldn’t overlook his distaste for The Black Keys, just to get the minivan poster that came with El Camino.

  • As mentioned in some Friday News, I got myself a short shifter kit. What’s more: On the 2nd Christmas day I also got a pep talk about getting a cheap welder and just fornicating start using it – the day I HAVE to, I’ll be ready…

  • Fuhrman16

    I haven’t gotten anything car related of Christmas (my family isn’t exchanging gifts until next weekend), but I did send out my Hoonimas Secret ninjaclaus gift the other day.

  • tonyola

    Last month I bought myself a present for $85 from an onsite friends-of-the-library seller. I got the massive two-volumeBeaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile in surprisingly good condition considering these were library reference books. The next few weeks are ruined.

  • Sjalabais

    Something weird happened today. We went up the mountains with our family of four, sliding all sorts of ways on a road shifting between ice and snow. Upon parking the car and getting out our ski, a truck came passing, throwing gravel onto the ice. We all simultaneously uttered a heart felt “oh no”.

    My family has suddenly accepted my hoonery.

  • Roland Alfonso

    Yes, I did. My neighbor three houses up gave me an ArmorAll Car Care Gift Pack because, he said, he knows how much I care about my cars. It was very thoughtful and appreciated.

  • dan0

    I got Home Depot gift cards that I’ll use on finishing off the interior of my minibus that is turning into a camper / mobile motorcycle garage.

  • NapoleonSolo

    Got my son a decent tire changing kit. Harbor freight 18″ breaker bar, a couple of the HF triangle-shaped LEDs lights that flash bright red or white or constant white. Got him a nice 3-size set of wheel bolt sockets that cover his oddball 17mm BMW lugs and those of anyone he assists. Some handy nesting wheel chocks. A quality heavy snow removal tool for Cleveland winters. And of course a bag of tie wraps.

  • Fresh-Outta-Nissans

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3c504a1fefbea96013cdd7259c29627f10bad17563b2a1bd202edebbe043b06.jpg

    My stepmom went on eBay, and found me a Miata ad and a Saudi Arabian (?) Isuzu dealer ad, and had them framed. I like her.

  • Zentropy

    My son (via my wife) gave me a $200 gift certificate to Ireland Engineering for some much-needed suspension parts for my E28.

  • cap’n fast

    I received a replacement side glass for the Mark VIII which some ill mannered lout broke out while it was at the curb. My oldest brother is very conscientious about returning goods borrowed is the same shape it was received. I gave him a NIB Remington R1 in .45APC which could be modified into an excellent gear shift knob by threading the barrel to fit the gear lever. If he so desires.
    and so, my annual bucket list is completed.