Mystery Car

Robert Emslie March 24, 2017 Mystery Car

It’s been getting hot around my neck of the woods, to the point where it’s not really even cooling down at night. Because of that, I thought we’d move inside for this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model while you’re cooling off, if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’re Some Good Tips For Apartment Dwelling Wrenchers?


I don’t mean to brag, but I presently have five cars in my driveway. There are three more in the four-car (or three and a lot of crap) garage as well. Yes, as you have discerned, I am a hoarder. The capacious parking afforded by my home is one of the reasons that I bought the property. My previous house had a much smaller driveway and a creepy little garage that just made me sad everytime I went in it. Now I have a garage with a fridge in it, and that fridge is filled with beer and pie. My life is, on at least one level, pretty complete.

Not everyone is me however, and for many a car enthusiast apartment dwelling is the what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those folks, doing any sort of maintenance or repair can be an adventure in frustration as they seek out power plugs for trouble lights, or even room to swing a jack! I’ve been there too, and I know a lot of you probably have as well. What we’re looking for today is what you might have learned from just such an experience. What tips can you give to the apartment-dwelling wrenchers in the Hooniverse universe?

Image: Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily

Last Call: If You See My Van A Rockin’ Don’t Come a Knockin’ Because I’m Murdering My Ex Edition

Robert Emslie March 23, 2017 Last Call

Van murals offer a rich tradition of individual expression, typically tapping into he-man fantasy or—my personal favorite—wolves baying at the full moon for their inspiration. Another subject that’s far less common is the ex-spouse, which also can be… I guess… a fitting tribute to… oh I don’t know… what once was? Seriously though, this Dodge Tradesman is why restraining orders were invented.

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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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 company engieered the first all-steel car body?

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

Hooniverse Asks: Do You Only Buy Cars Within a Narrow Color Spectrum?

I have an admission: I’ve never owned a black car. Now, before you label me racist please understand that I’ve only ever actually owned one white car. It seems however that, over the course of my auto-owning years, I’ve visited every rainbow hue in between. Right now my driveway contains a metallic grey car, a silver bullet, a deep blue crossover (don’t you judge me) a champagne van, a green wagon, an orange coupe, a primer’d convertible and the aforementioned white roadster.

That covers me and three other drivers, but with the exception of the blue Honda I’ve been the instigator for every purchase. That’s actually a somewhat empowering thought. For me color has always been a less import factor in a purchase decision, but for many, it’s a mantra. My in-laws for example love black cars and presently own five so painted, half their entire stable. What about you? Are you a proud member of the rainbow coalition, or have you limited your auto buying to just a certain section of the color spectrum? 

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Last Call: Alpha Romero Edition

Robert Emslie March 22, 2017 Last Call

I spotted this sign a few years back at the place of business of a friend of a friend, who was hosting a gathering of car folks as well as an impromptu garage sale. Now, let me be clear, the owner of the shop where this event was held is not just a car guy, he’s a well-respected car restoration guy which is why I’ve waited all this time to share it. I chalk it up to an unaware underling, but it still makes me chuckle nonetheless. And yes, that’s what dirty Borrani wires go for these days.

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.

What’s your favorite campfire song? Mine’s Kookaburra. Before we sing under the stars however, we’ll need to sing the praises of the compact campers you all came up with last week. Merit badges for all! That’ll be right after we get this week’s quest out of the way.  

Do you like cottage cheese? Yeah, not too many people do. What about cottage cars? You know, those built in small numbers by companies like TVR, Wiesmann and Panoz. That’s what we want to find this week—the best deals we can for cottage cars.

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 set up camp! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Could Electric Cars Bring Back an Age of RWD Bias?

One of the most amazing features of Tesla’s car design is the compactness of its fuel source and drivetrain. Having started with a clean sheet in the engineering of the Model S and its derivative X, Tesla was able to create one of history’s most space-efficient practical automotive systems. That’s what allows the cars to have both a rear load area and—in two-wheel drive editions at least—a capacious front trunk, and no I don’t use the term “frunk.”

As other car makers electrify their lineups they’ll need to take one of two paths: retrofitting existing platforms, or, like Tesla, ripping up the plans and starting fresh. In the case of the Chevy Bolt, which in case you haven’t heard is the new hotness, the engineers decide to take the first route, as the Bolt places its electric motor and transaxle in the front, driving the front wheels. That seems like a missed opportunity to bring back RWD, but perhaps the Bolt’s tiny size and position as an environmentalist’s best friend precludes driving in any manner that might make which end is actually doing the driving matter. That doesn’t mean that future electrics can’t take Tesla’s lead. What do you think, since we are on the precipice of a new age of electric cars should we demand that they drive like the sports cars of yore? Or, at the very least not suffer from massive understeer?

Image: Inside EVs

Last Call: How Cool? Edition

Robert Emslie March 21, 2017 Last Call

Oh sure, your bike’s badge may be cool, but is it naked Mercury holding a caduceus while riding a winged unicycle cool?

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

Robert Emslie March 21, 2017 Track Tuesday

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 a runoff that includes a river. Good luck!

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