Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Worst Example of Unnecessary Complication You’ve Ever Run Across?

Ahh, there it is in all its glory and denuded of its plastic frippery—the Audi 2.8-litre 30V  V6. Did you know that in order to replace the thermostat you have to pull the entire front end—bumper, lights and radiator—away from the car AND remove the timing belts? Yeah, don’t ask me how I know this.

Unnecessary complications, we hate ’em, right? What’s your favorite least favorite complex solution to a seemingly simple task?

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Last Call: Ironic Truck is Ironic Edition

Robert Emslie May 4, 2017 Last Call

Officer, if I had been able to see my trailer well enough to read it, don’t you think I would have also been able to see the fence?

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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Trunk du Soleil

I’m freaked out by the way the trunk lid wraps around the tail light lens of the BMW 2-series. I mean, how does that thing even open? Argh, it’s driving me nuts!

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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 is the origin of the related terms for road surfaces—macadam and tarmac?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump (or scroll your mobile) and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Do You Have Any Keepsakes From Cars You No Longer Own?

I recently discovered a long-forgotten Volkswagen key in a little-used drawer. As I pulled it out I asked my wife whether she thought it was for our old Jetta or our even older Golf, but she was of no help. I guess, seeing as it’s been more than 12 years since we’ve owned either it matters little which one it served.

It did get me thinking however, about vestigial artifacts that remain after a car or truck leaves our possession. I have a hubcap from my first car, a Chevy Corvair, and almost all the mechanicals from an MG Midget I bought and stripped. Sadly, I have no keepsake from either my MGBGT, Spitfire, or ’66 Mustang, three cars that I still remember fondly.

What about you, is there a treasure trove of parts from cars you once owned? To you keep them as talismans in the event that the car returns? What parts did you hang onto long after you let go the car from which they came?

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Last Call: Thrown For A Curve Edition

Robert Emslie May 3, 2017 Last Call

Sunny thought that the force field perimeter security system was an unnecessary expense when she bought her CR-V, but now she’s glad she’s got 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

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

Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Cummins, Chameleon… Last week we went looking for anything with a Cummins diesel, all comers all takers. We’ll see the smoking section in just a bit, but first this week’s quest.
This week we’re going to channel Steve Martin and… get small. That’s right, you knew it was coming: we want to find the coolest slot car racers and model cars money can buy. The only criteria is that they need to be used, and preferably sold by a private party.
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 bring the noize! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Come Across a Car or Truck You Used to Own?

I look at a lot of cars out there, and I am attuned to particular makes and models that I presently own or have owned. Every once in a while I come across one that I think might actually be one that I at one time owned. It inevitably turns out not to be the case, but my hopes are raised just the same.

Have you ever come across a car you once owned? How’d that feel?

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Last Call: LA River Racers Edition

Robert Emslie May 2, 2017 Last Call

Los Angeles County has always been plum full of surreptitious places where you could get your drag on. One of those was the concrete canyon that is the LA River just south east of downtown. Paved for much of its length after the devastating floods of 1938, the viaduct is now more storm wash than actual river, but in the 1950s, it became the hot rodders dream, and one the cops’ biggest money makers.

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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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

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 some kinks. Good luck!

And since nobody seemed to get last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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