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Last Call: See What We’ve Become Edition

Robert Emslie February 24, 2017 Last Call

North Carolina likes to have First in Flight on their license plates, touting the Wright Brothers’ work at Kitty Hawk on the state’s outer banks. This Viper is apparently licensed in North Carolina, and I can’t think of anything that could cause a faster flight away from the state than this.

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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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie February 24, 2017 Mystery Car

Poof, and just like that, February is almost all over. Before we say goodbye to the month that never sticks around long enough for us to get to know, let’s give it up for the last Mystery Car for Feb. Make and model of the above if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Once Common Car Do You Think is Now Completely Extinct?

Robert Emslie February 24, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

There are only about 26,000 polar bears in existence right now, and many in the scientific community think that they are in danger of going extinct within the next 100 years. That would be a major bummer—especially if you are a polar bear—but in fact the polar bear is a fairly recent addition to the genus, arriving only about 150,000 years ago. Ursidae as a whole are thought to go back millions of years. What is it they say — live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse?

Cars are like bears. They’re big, sometimes dangerous, and some are gone before you even know it. That’s just what we’re interested in today—cars that seem to have gone extinct on the road. I don’t mean ancient iron like Duesenbergs or Hispano Suizas, I mean regular cars that you’d still expect to see every now and then.

 When was the last time you saw a Renault Le Car trundling down the street? Or how about Korean-sourced ’80s Pontiac Le Mans? Maybe these, and others like them, have seen their time come and go? What do you think, are there any cars that you can think of that while once common, might now be totally gone?

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Last Call: Small Wonder Edition

Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Last Call

While the current Fiat 500 is small by today’s standards, I think it’s a shame that it’s nowhere near as small as its forefather.

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Review: 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit

If you have a car or truck with plastic headlamp covers then you know that their inevitable yellowing with age is both an aesthetic and a safety issue. You could spend hundreds having a dealer or bodyshop gouge you with their “headlight rejuvenation service,” or with a product like the 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit you could easily and quickly do it yourself, at a fraction of the cost.

Full disclosure: 3M wanted me to test their Headlight Restoration Kit so much that they sent me a sample. I just so happened to have a car that was in need.

The question is however, could a DIY kit do an acceptable job, or is it just a hold-off of the inevitable big money outlay? Let’s have a look at the job it does, and what it entails, after the jump. … Continue Reading

Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Thursday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars! 

This week’s question: What brand had the best selling station wagon in the U.S. in 1948?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Boring Car Had the Coolest Wheels?

Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

In the culinary world catsup can cover a multitude of flavoring sins. When it comes to cars, sometimes it’s hard to get excited, and in a day and age when performance mods are either illegal or highly expensive, sometimes you need a little catsup of your own. That’s where wheels come in. One of the most easily alterable parts of a car—owing to their literal bolt-on nature—wheels have gone a long way in sprucing up what otherwise could be construed as a boring car.

They don’t have to be aftermarket wheels either. In fact, what some call “rims” are one of the primary ways that manufacturers have gotten us all to ignore other aspects of tepid cars. What we want to know today is your opinion on which of those tepid cars had the coolest wheels. Also, ignore that man behind the curtain!

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Last Call: There’s no “i” in Tire Edition

Robert Emslie February 22, 2017 Last Call

I have come to the realization that my knowledge of tire brands and models is sorely lacking. It’s also dawned on me that the idea of other companies jumping on the Apple i-something bandwagon is getting seriously tiring. Bring those two disparate elements together and you have my confusion/resignation at the sight of iMove® tires on a Tahoe sitting next to me at that gas station. It turns out that iMove® tires are actually a recently introduced model of tire from the Ironman® brand—which I’ve also never heard of—from Hercules Tires, which… yep you guessed it, is also new to me. Luckily, now iKnow.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

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

Last week we went looking for the oldest new cars the classifieds can offer. Just like fish and guests some cars stay around stinking up a dealership since nobody else seems to want them. We’ll see what’s old news in just a sec, but first this week’s challenge.

This being Presidents Week and there being no cars named for Washington, what we want are the best deals in Lincolns you can find. I know the marque has been on the ropes for some time, but boy did they build some wonderful iron in the past. Let’s see which measures up to Honest Abe’s standards.

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 see what old that’s new! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Gotten Into The Wrong Car Thinking It Was Yours?

Robert Emslie February 22, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Okay, so this happened to a work friend of my wife’s years ago when she was cashiering at a grocery store. Her friend walked out to his car after having finished his shift. It was dark by then and he was a bit beat from having put in his daily eight. He got in his Mazda RX7 and as he was preparing to buckle the seat belt he noticed belongings in the passenger seat that weren’t there when he left the car that morning. Checking out the rest of the car he started noticing other discrepancies—a tape in the cassette deck that he didn’t use, a parking sticker on the windscreen, etc.—and realized this wasn’t his car.

He got out and looked around. To his surprise, he discovered that his car was in fact parked directly behind the car he had just been in, and that miraculously they were virtual twins. The wildest part of this story? The cars were both locked and, owing the wear on the locks, his key fit them both.

So, has anything like that ever happened to you?

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