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… by the way.

Here’s the full description from Producer Chris:

This week Blake and I decided to record an episode inside the 2015 Ford F150 Ecoboost whilst venturing to the wilds of deep Corona California to pick up his freshly built Miata engine. This week we cover the Ford GT, Buick’s lack of direction, chassis stiffening, mid-engine Corvettes, the Mercedes SLS + AMG GT all under the veil of imminent road rage.

Please excuse some tapping noise at the very end of the episode as our microphone mount became loose.

Hooniverse – 2015 F150 now with optional podcas studio.

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Introducing Project HoonTruck: My “new” 1965 Ford F100

Jeff Glucker January 22, 2015 Project Cars

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The time has come to begin a new project journey. For some reason that I can’t fully explain, I’ve had an itch to add a truck to my life. It had to be old, and it had to have a bit of style. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to my 1965 Ford F-100… Project HoonTruck.

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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, and you can learn more about it by listening in.


Hooniverse – The Future Of Hot Rodding

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Volvo V60 Polestar: High Performance Conflict Resolution

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You need a car that can handle the load of your daily life. You also need a car that’s going to make you smile when you drive it. Enter the Volvo V60 Polestar; a premium, compact wagon with a racing background.

It’s limited. It’s packing 350 horsepower. It will run from 0-60 miles per hour in under five seconds. It can do all of this, and it can also transport your family comfortably and safely.

This is another shining example of the awesomeness that is the wagon.

[Disclaimer: Volvo/Polestar tossed me the guys to this bright blue wagon for a few days, and included a tank of gas. I wish they would toss me those keys and let me keep it forever… such a great car.]

New Project: A Buyers Dilemma

Jeff Glucker January 19, 2015 Project Cars


I’m very close to adding a new project car into the Hooniverse garage. Ever since I’ve sold the Civic, I’ve been looking for something to fool around with at least until The Wombat is ready to roll.

I’ve got two choices on my plate this week, and I’m interested in both. One is close to what I’ve been looking for while the other is a total monkey wrench. I’m going to share them both with you, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Dodge Challenger Scat Pack: A Half-Price Hellcat

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The name isn’t great, even if it’s rooted in history. All is forgotten upon a press of the start button, however, because the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack is a ridiculously fun machine set at half-Hellcat pricing.

Under the hood is a 485-horspower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that enjoys ruining any relationship it may have had with its own rear tires. Inside is a cabin that is actually from the 21-st century. Outside is retro styling done right, with a clear nod to the past mixed with modern touches.

It’s not perfect, but that makes it even more of a muscle car, and that’s part of the reason that we love it.

Just know that everywhere you go is now a Smoking Zone…

Podcast: Episode 88 – Assistant to the Regional Curator


Blake and I are back in the old-school Podcast Palace of Love in this episode, and there’s a lot to talk about. The 2015 Detroit Auto Show just took place and the reveals were pretty awesome. Ford killed it, Buick surprised everyone with a lovely concept, and a handful of other automakers showed some great products.

Beyond the new car news, Blake has a bit of news of his own. He’s got a new gig, and it’s pretty damn perfect for him. Listen up!

Hooniverse – Assistant TO the Regional Curator

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Dealer Crackpipe: An $80k 2015 Ford Mustang GT

2015 Ford Mustang GT 50th Anniversary

Man that new 2015 Ford Mustang GT is pretty sweet right? Did you hear that Ford is making a limited-edition version, seeing as this is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang? Right, I know, technically last year was the 50th anniversary but shut up for a second because have I got a deal for you.

Kearny Pearson Ford in San Diego got their hands on one of the 1964 copies being offered up. These limited coupes start off with a base MSRP of just under $47,000. Somehow this one is apparently optioned up to have a price tag of just over $58,000. From there, the dealer felt that another $20,000 on top of the asking price should just about cover it.

If you’re curious, there are plenty of actual 1964 Ford Mustangs in excellent shape… and you could buy two of them, and have nearly enough cash left over for a Fiesta ST.

Dealer markups are a ridiculous practice, and I’m happy to point any and all of them out here on Hooniverse. If you pay this much for a car like this, you’re just as ridiculous as the dealership.

Enjoy the automatic gearbox that it’s equipped with…

[Source: Autotrader]

Craigslist: A Defender 110 Priced Remarkably Well


The Land Rover Defender 110 can be found for sale in a variety of pockets throughout the country. The average asking price hovers somewhere between “Are you serious?” to “Man that’s some great crack you have!”

This 1985 Defender 110 being sold on Craigslist manages to find its price tag firmly in the realm of “…huh, that’s actually a great price.”

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Podcast: Episode 87 – Back to work


The holidays are over, which means it’s time to get back to work. I’m joined by producer Chris Hayes to chat about what we’ve been up to. Also, it’s time to dive into some new car news before we take a lookat our own cars.

As you know the Civic Si is gone, and so I talk about what I’m looking to find to replace the Honda. I’m going in quite a different direction.

The new car news ranges from Audi running an autonomous car between San Francisco to Las Vegas before switching to chatter about possible Porsche name changes.

Hooniverse – Back to work

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