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Last Call: Krash King Edition

Robert Emslie April 1, 2015 Last Call

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Print may be dead, but as proven by the action-packed cover of this vintage Hot Rod King comic, it didn’t go out without a fight. I can’t stop marveling at all that’s going on in this image – the flying helmet, the shredding tire, the expression on the face of the Betty Boop’s driver – it truly is a terrible-tempered tea kettle.

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. 

Nothing says old school like wearing a tee-shirt that says “Injection is Nice but I’d Rather be Blown.” These days – as so eloquently phrased by the taco ad girl – why not have both? Pretty much every car found last week was both blown and injected, however there was a notable exception, which we’ll get to in a moment. First however, this week’s challenge.

Today being April Fools Day, this week’s challenge is to find the most foolish car or truck you can. Whether it be a majorly and intimately personalized ride, or some sort of clown car used in parades, what I want are cars you would be embarrassed to be seen in. Oh, and while you’re at it, pull my finger.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve recently 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 lets put the pressure on.

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Hooniverse Asks: Should a New Engine Use Oil?

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You may on occasion ask yourself just exactly how much wood can a woodchuck chuck, and every once in a while I bet you question who it was that put the bomp in the bomp-shu-bomp, shu-bomp, but when was the last time you asked yourself just how much oil should my brand new engine use?

In discussion with a couple of my friends it has come to light that a number of their newish rides require topping up the oil, something I thought only happened with old cars whose owners hoped that Marvel Miracle Oil really is miraculous. I can attest to the new-car needing oil issue myself as the wife once had a 2001 Jetta that used  quart about every 1,000 miles. That was an alarming rate to us, but seemed perfectly normal to the VW tech at the dealer, who gave us the standard line that they all do that.

Since dumping the Jetta, we have moved on to cars that seem to be tea-totalers, never using a drop between changes, and that has made me wonder if it’s a manufacturer thing. In my mind, a new engine shouldn’t use oil. Hell, I have 135,000 miles on my daily driver, and it still doesn’t use any oil. And yet, my buddies have been requiring a quart here or there, and again, the dealer says it’s no big deal. What do you think, is it a big deal? Do you think it’s okay for a newish engine to use any significant amount of oil? More importantly, is it okay for the maker and dealer to claim that’s not a problem?

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Last Call: Bonham Behind the Wheel Edition

Robert Emslie March 31, 2015 Last Call

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Despite the one song mashing up an appreciation for cars and women, Trampled Under Foot, Led Zeppelin was never what you might call a “Car Band.” That’s part of what makes this vintage shot of John Bonham, the band’s legendary drummer, behind the wheel of a T-truck hot rod so incongruous. It’s still wicked cool however.

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Track Tuesday

Robert Emslie March 31, 2015 Track Tuesday

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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 cross-traffic!  Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Is the Average Modern Car Too Plasticky?

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I will readily admit that I am old enough to remember when cars made the inexorable switch from metal dashboards to plastic. You can even point to the models that effected this change – Ford’s Maverick/Fairmont switchover for example. It wasn’t just dashes, at the same time cars made a wholesale switch – grilles, hubcaps, badges, light-surrounds – from metal to dead dinosaur.

I fully get the weight savings afforded to such a switch, as well as the safety implications as I would far prefer to interact with a yielding plastic surface than one intended to stand up to such attacks as a knee or forehead. Still, If you’ve been in pretty much any mainstream car from that era to now, it’s almost always a plastic fetish’s dream come true.

Car makers have gone to great lengths to mask the plastics in their cars, offering textures that disguise, and colors that beguile, but truth be told, I find those even more annoying. In fact, even the leather seating on modern cars isn’t even leather anymore, having been imbued with a vinyl coating that may extend its useful lifespan, but still doesn’t feel like leather to me.

We get into and out of a lot of cars over the months, and I’m wondering if they almost all aren’t suffering from extreme plastic-itise? What do you think, are modern cars too plasticky both inside and out?

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Last Call: Getting Good Reception Edition

Robert Emslie March 30, 2015 Last Call

GM Tech Center

Inaugurated on May 16, 1956, the General Motors Technical Center in Warren Michigan was described by the company as the place where “Tomorrow Meets Today.” The building, which is the center of GM’s engineering efforts, is an eclectic Mid-Century design by noted modernist Eero Saarinen.

It’s home to more than 19,000 employees, and, as this 1956 promotional picture shows, features an entrance guarded by a receptionist whose desk looks like a giant bowl of soup. That modernist architecture stands in stark contrast to the ’55 Chevy and Rambler visible out in the parking lot, don’t you think?

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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Despite the best efforts form the likes of Quentin Tarantino and his ilk, the genre of sixties sexploitation films has never seen  a popular resurgence. Maybe that’s because modern film makers can’t hold a candle to the original master of boobs and brawling, Russ Meyer. Meyer’s destiny was set in motion at the age of fourteen when his mother pawned her wedding ring in order to buy him an 8-mm camera. Little did she know that selfless act would eventually lead to her son being crowned ‘the King of the Nudies.”

Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! is probably Meyer’s best-known work, and for us it’s his most notable effort because of the cool cars driven by the buxom protagonists, and on occasion also used by them as killing machines. The plot involves a trio of Go-Go dancers who, bored with their manic gyrations in the strip club not involving the maiming or death of others, break out and head for the desert. There they kill a dude, kidnap the dead dude’s girlfriend, and attempt to scam a cripple and his developmentally stunted but hunky son out of their secret stash of cash. All the while they kick up dust and mayhem in a quartet of sports cars- ’59 MGA, ’63 MBG, a ’65 Porsche 356 C and a ’58 TR3A.

Check out the cool cars,and well, other stuff (don’t worry, it’s pretty safe for work), in the trailer after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: The Porsche Boxster – Future Collectable or Future 924?

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Sometimes you get to ask yourself where should I put all this money? For most of us, being car enthusiasts means that the usual answer is to buy a car or truck that will, hopefully over time, appreciate in value. Some of the best investments of the past decade have been in air-cooled Porsches, the 911, 912 and 914 models having seen their values skyrocket in that time. It’s not just the Porsche name however, as while people have been fighting over the opportunity to throw cash at the air-cooled cars, the water-cooled Porsches haven’t seemed to enjoy the same attention.

In fact, while the 914 has seen values double in the past decade, the 924 – a car ostensibly intended as that model’s replacement – has tended to travel in the other direction, and in fact for a while the junk yards were littered with these unwanted models. Today, the older water-cooled 911s – the 996 model – track significantly lower in value compared to their immediate predecessors, the air-cooled 993 and 964. Step down a rung on the price ladder and you come to the subject of today’s question, the entry-level Boxster, which in its initial form shares much of the 996’s front architecture, its mundane dash, and water-cooling for its engine.

You can buy Boxters on the cheap today, usually way under ten grand. The question however, is should you do so as a good place to park your money and potentially see it multiply? Those who rolled the dice with the 924 never saw that rise occur, and the 928 has for some time been impossible to nail down with values all over the board. What about the Boxtser, do you think it is a future classic which makes it a good investment now? Or, is it a future 924?

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Last Call: Parking Lot in Life Edition

Robert Emslie March 27, 2015 Last Call

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Gesundheit.

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