Last Call: Reflections of my Mind Edition

Robert Emslie June 29, 2016 Last Call


Mirror, mirror on the lot, which’s the shiniest car I’ve got? Any idea what car that is? I already have it.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Anonymity is a precious commodity in today’s interconnected, warrantless wiretapping, kiss-cam world, but that doesn’t mean it’s unobtainable. Just last week in fact we went looking for cars that would let us blend in—the most anonymous rides the classifieds had to offer. We’ll disappear into the faceless crowd in just a sec, but first, this week’s ultra-patriotic Independence Day-themed quest.

We’re closing in on the long July 4th holiday and that means barbecues, parades and red, white, and blue bikinis. It also means a little celebration for a place I like to call home, the United States of America! Let’s give it up for Uncle Sam, freedom, and two-dollar a gallon gas. While we’re at it, let’s find something to burn that cheap fuel in, and in fact let’s see if we can’t find some examples of what in your opinion is the most american car or truck there is for sale.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, Now, let’s get anonymous.

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Hooniverse Asks: Are Modern Headlights Too Damn Expensive?


As I noted in my introduction of our family’s new/old Audi, one of the first things I did upon taking ownership of the car was to polish up the covers on those handsome composite headlights. No such action was needed on our old Volvo. It still has crystal clear headlamps seeing as they’re made out of glass. The lights on the Audi however, which is one-year newer, looked like underwear you’ve finally given up on. A half an hour of elbow grease per side and they were good as new.

The thing of it is, that’s just a fact of life with the current crop of aerodynamic headlamps. And that’s just one aspect of them. If one of the bulbs burns out the replacements can be pricy, especially if there’s some fancy element in their name. Back in the day, before these lights were made common here in the U.S., you could pick up a sealed beam just about anywhere for anywhere from eight to twelve bucks. Now if you are unfortunate enough to have a lens broken by road debris or a spiteful ex then expect to shell out ten times that at the least.

That kind of sucks and maybe it’s gotten a little too out of hand. What do you think, are headlamps today too expensive and if so, what could be done to counter that?

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Last Call: Per Lo Scooter Edition

Robert Emslie June 28, 2016 Last Call


If you ask me, vintage ads for scooter tires are the best ads.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s kind of a dewlap. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Would You Pay $500 For an Aftermarket Back Up Camera?

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The Department of Transportation has mandated that starting in 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds sold in the U.S. will need to be equipped with a back up camera. That’ll be all well and good for the Richie Riches of the nation who can afford things like new cars and clothes that fit, but what about us poor schlubs who for no fault of our own drive around in older cars?

Thankfully there’s the aftermarket and in that marché of all things after there do exist a number of add-on rear-view cameras. To be honest with you, most of those are pretty terrible. One that’s supposed to be not-terrible comes from a new start up, founded by a bunch of ex-Apple employees, called Pearl. They have developed a license plate frame back up camera that gets its power from batteries charged by the sun and that sends its images to your smartphone via an included OBDII port connector.

The two-camera RearVision frame offers a 180° view and can turn on and off as the car is moved into and out of reverse. It offers audible obstacle warnings and can switch to a map view when moving forward. It also has a planned cost of $500. People say that hindsight is 20/20, but that’s a lot of Benjamins just to see where you’ve been. What do you think, would you pay that much for a back up camera, no matter how fancy?

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Last Call: Angle of the Dangle Edition

Robert Emslie June 27, 2016 Last Call


Did you ever patronize a video store like Blockbuster? If so, do you recall leaving there with not only a Hollywood hit but also a crick in your neck from having to dog-twist your head to read to vertically-aligned titles? Well, you might have to do that again with the above pic. Sorry about that.

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Because it’s Monday: Here’s Truckfighters Playing Desert Cruiser Live

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The Swedish band Truckfighters have been alternatively described as heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and classic desert rock. I don’t like to pigeonhole people so let’s just say that this Örebro-based trio is a kick-ass band.

Desert Cruiser is probably their best-known song. It’s full of fuzz and sweat, and it sounds great live, like here at 2014’s Best Kept Secret festival. It’s also a great way to start the week, so make the jump, turn up the jam, and start cruisin’ in your Mustang ’68. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Best Paint Treatment for a Hot Rod That Isn’t Flames?


When it comes to hot rods—whether an un-fendered Deuce, shaved ’50s coupe, or whatever—what first comes to mind? Is it fuzzy dice hanging from a rearview mirror? Or, is it a paint job that’s come to define the genre; the classic flowing flames?

Painted flames look awesome on generally anything; witness Alton Brown’s stand mixer, or this place to drop another kind of deuce. The thing of it is, maybe flames are a little too played? What do you think, if not flames, what’s the best—at least until it also gets overused—non-flame hot rod paint scheme?

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Last Call: Competing Edition

Robert Emslie June 24, 2016 Last Call


GM introduced the Saturn brand in 1985 as their way of proving that they could go toe to toe with the Japanese when it came to profitably building a desirable small car. Saturn didn’t really fulfill that promise of competing with the imports, except that is, in this junk yard where they do.

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