Hooniverse Asks: What Dead American Car or Truck Brand Should we Most Memorialize?

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Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. of A., and that means flags and parades, barbecues and beers… Well, that’s pretty much how we all celebrate it, but the real meaning of the day is a remembrance of those who have fallen in the service of the country’s armed forces. Those of you who have served your country and are still alive don’t have to wait until Veteran’s Day in November for your acknowledgement, we’ll give you a hearty handshake and a thank you today as well.

The holiday began in 1868 as Decoration Day when the graves of those who died in wars would be decorated with flags and flowers. Not to insult or undermine the solemnity of the day, but this being a blog about cars, I thought that we could as well consider the makes that have sought to serve our motoring needs here in the U.S., but are now no longer with us. I wonder, which of those – Oldsmobile, Hudson, Bricklin… the list is seemingly endless – is most worthy of memorializing, or at least raising a  beer in its honor?

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Last Call: Friday Weld Edition

Robert Emslie May 22, 2015 Last Call


Walking the Cup is a method of welding that gives – to the highly skilled welder at least – an even overlapping bead that’s both functional and a work of art. If you’re interested in a lesson on how this is kind of work is done, check out this video by a self described TIG-certified socially awkward 20-year old.

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 May 22, 2015 Mystery Car


Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on this date in 1967. I don’t know about you, but I consider Fred Rogers as the epitome of how a human should act, and comport themselves.

I’m sure that if you were perhaps flummoxed by today’s Mystery Car, Mr Rogers would have consoling words that would make everything all right. If you in fact know the answer to this week’s contest – make and model, the whole ball of wax – then he’d let your know how proud he was of you, and how everyone else should be proud of just trying.

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About Last Week’s Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 22, 2015 Mystery Car

Mystery Car Answer

You know, I thought last week’s Mystery Car would be a slam dunk, but I guess I was mistaken. Here’s a little more of that one for you, another layer of the onion peeled back, as it were. I’m pretty sure each and every one of you will get it with this much exposed. If you’re now hankering for another challenge, don’t worry, a new Mystery Car is right around the corner!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Era of the Automotive Age Interests You the Least?


It’s undeniable that the Automotive age – all 125-years and counting of it – is pretty easily to segment into specific eras. There’s the Brass Age, The Deco Age, Rocket Era, Aero Age, etc. And it further goes without saying that some of these eras are of more interest to some than they are others.

That’s right, being a car enthusiast doesn’t necessarily mean that you love all cars from all eras. It’s okay to think that perhaps you might not be as interested in something with a top speed of 18 miles per hour and brakes that still make it dangerous even at that low speed than you would be about Boss Mustangs. I may be a notable exception to this rule as I have an interest in cars from all eras, however my main enthusiasm for ’60s sports cars does tend to temper the attention I can afford to others.

What about you? Are you like me and have more or less focal challenges when it comes to cars? Or is there a particular automotive era that just plain holds no appeal to you?

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Last Call: Blueprint for Success Edition

Robert Emslie May 21, 2015 Last Call


The only things missing are the overhead lift and the mechanic’s pit. And that’s just in the bathroom.

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Help a Hoon: Suggestions for a Replacement Heater Valve


Hey everybody, I need to engage the awesome power of the greater Hooniverse in finding a replacement part for one of my project cars.

My Jensen Healey got a handsome new radiator yesterday, one I picked up on the cheap at last month’s Queen’s English car show. It was while testing and installing the radiator that I discovered that the heater valve has apparently been keeping company with Greek wine amphora in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean. At least that’s how it appears.

The valve is vacuum operated and has 1/2-inch connections on either side. I’m sure that there’s an exact replacement option that would keep the car OEM and my wallet all the emptier, but that’s not my goal. What I want to do is find the best replacement that won’t clean out the kids’ piggy bank.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to an alternative valve that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? So far I found one – for a Porsche 928 or all things – on PartsGeek that runs $22.99, but I’m not sure if the connections are the right size on that one.

Does anybody have any ideas?

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Thursday Trivia

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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 is the origin of the name Corvette?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Car or Truck are You Just Tired of Seeing on the Road?


How many Teslas have you seen on the road? If you live in the L.A. area like I do then it’s a multiple times a day experience. I mean it’s like you can’t swing a dead cat but hit one of the electric wunderkinds out here. I can tell you, they’re starting to get so ubiquitous that their constant presence is also beginning to become kind of annoying.

Some cars are so rare that a sighting is almost an event. I saw a nice arrest-me red Alfa Bertone GTV the other morning and it really made my day. That was of course among all the Camrys, Accords, Focuses and other whatnot that seem to clog the roads and all the senses. If I don’t see another F150 on the freeway, it’ll be too soon.

How about you, is there a particular make or model that you are so done with that you simply try and block them out, or worse, wish their unimaginative owners bad tidings? Is there a car or truck that you’re just completely tired of seeing on the road?



Last Call: One if by Land, Two if by… Edition

Robert Emslie May 20, 2015 Last Call


I don’t think the WAZE app even has a category for this kind of road hazard.

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