Podcast: Episode 154 – YouTube Comments Part II


Grab a beer. Sit back. Enjoy yourself… as we once again dive headfirst into the world that is the YouTube comment section. It’s time to walk through the minds of folks who should probably step back from their computers and take a breather.

Hooniverse – YouTube Comments – Part II

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2016 Volvo XC90 T6: A better Range Rover by way of Sweden

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Safe. Brick-like. Swedish. Volvo is still two of those three things, and the new 2016 XC90 is no brick. In fact, it’s a damn fine looking machine and it’s packing a twin-charged inline four-cylinder engine under the hood.

You have a supercharger and turbocharger playing nice with a 2.0-liter, and the result is plenty of power from its mini mighty motor. The XC90 is about way more than its dual forced-induction mill. There’s tremendous style inside and out, a great central touch screen, and a surprisingly sporty driving experience.

On top of that, in relation to the rest of the competition, it’s priced to sell. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is excellent… click play to find out way.

[Disclaimer: Volvo tossed us the keys to the XC90 and included a tank of gas. Soon after, I began trying to find 56k in my couch cushions to go buy one… no such luck.]

Your new old grocery getter, now in Ford V8 form


It’s a 1967 Ford wagon. There’s a lightly juiced up V8 under the hood. The patina is right, the wheels are right, and the price is under $7,000. You need to buy this now. Do it, and the Hooniverse Gods will smile down upon you for the next 1,000 years (which is how long this car can survive if you keep it in the right climate).

[Source: Craigslist]

Podcast: Episode 153 – Random Chatter


Chris and I return to the studio to talk about the Camaro SS, an LS-swapped Fox Body Mustang, the Lexus GS F, and about a few more YouTube comments.

Hooniverse – Random Chatter

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2016 Lexus GS F: Bringing balance to the segment

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The luxury sports sedan is an interesting beast. It has to appeal to many senses. You want the car to posses power and speed, and have both available at all times. You also want the interior space to be an enjoyable place to spend time.

The 2016 Lexus GS F isn’t the best vehicle in this segment. It might be the most balanced though, as it blends its power and performance with the typical Lexus level of luxury that we’ve come to expect.

[Disclaimer: Lexus tossed us the keys to the GS F and included a tank of gas.]

Show off your own video work in the OPTIMA Film Fest

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We love making video here at the Hooniverse. Pointing cameras at cars is fun, and we hope it’s been even a little bit entertaining for you as we’ve worked to grow our own YouTube channel these past few years.

Maybe you like making your own videos? The folks at OPTIMA want to hear from you because they’re putting together a film festival that seems to be a celebration of all things with an engine and wheels.

If you’ve got a video you think might be worthy, head to this page and submit your work. They’re not looking for Citizen Kane on Cars. Instead, this is about short-form work. Use your imagination and your camera to realize a vision and turn it into a contest entry.

Hurry up, because the festival deadline is the 20th. That means get out there and start shooting!

2016 Chevy Camaro: So much better than before

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I don’t care for the Camaro.

I admire the 1st-gen cars and am starting to like the 2nd-gen examples, but all of the other ones? Never really gave them much of a thought. Nothing against Camaro fans and their rides, mind you, it’s just a vehicle that was never for me.

Now the 6th-generation Chevrolet Camaro has arrived… and it’s a whole different ballgame. This 2016 Camaro SS rides on the new Alpha Platform, and it transforms the car. Weight is down, while power is up and the interior space is better as well.

The greatest enemy of the Camaro is the Ford Mustang, and that Blue Oval-badged baddie typically wins the sales war. The latest Camaro, however, should win everywhere else… especially when it comes to places with corners and lap times.

[Disclaimer: Chevrolet tossed us the keys to this Camaro SS and included a full tank of fuel.]

Recently Driven: Catching up on what I’ve driven in the past few months


There are occasions where I sit back and assess a bit of my work. On some of those occasions, I’m quite pleased with the way a written piece, a set of photographs, or a video has turned out. On other occasions, however, I manage to be quite shit at what I do. Sometimes that involves me rushing a video, hurriedly snapping pics, or simply mashing a keyboard until a few hundred words appear on my screen.

Other times, it’s simply because I didn’t have enough minutes or hours in a given week to properly record my time with a vehicle. This is the post where I set to make amends and record some thoughts on a few of those machines. Make the hop past the jump to hear about a Subaru, a pair of Audi products, a pair of Hyundai products, and one diesel truck from Chevrolet.

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HoonTruck: Ready, Set, Ignite!

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In life, they say that timing is everything. It’s certainly great for making balls of fire shoot forth from a carburetor sitting atop a 352 cubic inch V8 engine.

Why are we messing with the timing? Well, that’s because we are installing a new electronic ignition into the HoonTruck. I opted to swap points for the Pertronix Ignitor II ignition. I also purchased the hotter coil that goes with it.

My father-in-law and I installed this system, and it actually works pretty well on my truck. We were going to fix the brakes while we were under there but I found that I need a new metering valve.

Since we couldn’t do the brakes, we turned to the side mirrors. I ordered a set of 5″ round mirrors from LMC Truck to replace the single driver’s side mirror that the pickup came wearing. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet, but it is nice to have *some* visibility on that passenger side. Thumbs up for symmetry?

For Sale: Sinister CTS-V Wagon pops up on Craigslist

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On the list of Must Own cars, the Cadillac CTS-V wagon surely sits. Here’s an example from 2013 currently sitting for sale on Craigslist. It’s only wearing 26,000 miles on its odometer and it’s in the appropriate shade of mean. Sure, it would be nice to find a manual gearbox sitting betwixt the front seats but you’re still getting that 556-horsepower LSA planted under the hood.

So what say you, dear reader, is this a good buy at $55,000 asking price?

[Source: Craigslist]