Hooniverse Asks What Car or Truck Were You Glad to Get Rid Of?

So, big news people—I am no longer a Volvo owner. That’s right, I have sold the ’98 V90 that I had bought tow years ago for my daughter, and which became her beloved ride. A blown head gasket and a series of related events drove that decision, but never fret, it went to a good home.

I wan’t too keen on dumping the Volvo, but that can’t be said for many people selling cars. In fact, getting rid of an unwanted ride is often times a perilous task, as if you don’t want it, there’s little likelihood that miraculously someone else will. Have you ever run into a situation like that? How’d it end up? Was there ever a car or truck you were glad to be rid of?

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Last Call: Low Flow Edition

Robert Emslie June 7, 2017 Last Call

Either this petrol is exceedingly heavy or my springs are totally shot.

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. 

Wait, was last Wednesday actually Two Wheel Tuesday? It might have felt like it since our quest was for motorcycles for sale that you yourself might actually want to have. We’ll see what  kind of bikes you all like the most in just a sec. First however, this week’s quest.
This week, we’re going to get prepared. You know, things seem to be a little out of control in the world right now and so it’s time to start thinking that maybe those crazy preppers were right and we should start stocking up and getting ready to move off the the grid. That’s why this week’s quest is for… that’s right, Prepper Trucks. Hell, prepper cars are okay too, but I’m guessing we’re going to need something with a little off-road-ability and room for MREs and Sudoku books. 
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 it’s imaginary purchase time—bike edition!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was the Most Successful Automotive Repurposing?

Whether it was the AE86 tail lights that found a new home on the back end of the Lotus Esprit, or Henrik Fisker leveraging models from two different car makers for his short-lived coachbuilt Latigos, the repurposing of cars and parts is an endeavor as old as the biz.

What we want to talk about today is Scirocco tail lights on Aston Martins and Matrix instrument clusters on Pontiac Solsti. What do you think is history’s most successful automotive repurposing?

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Last Call: Don’t Want to Burst Your Bubble Edition

Robert Emslie June 6, 2017 Last Call

Rohm & Haas introduced Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to the world. You might know it better by its more common name, additionally coined by Rohm & Haas: Plexiglas. It’s commonly believed that R&H built the famous Pontiac “Ghost Car,” however, while it was made out of Plexiglas, it was constructed in-house at Fisher Body.

In the 1960s Rohm & Haas embarked on a series of one-offs that demonstrated the unique properties of the company’s plastic products. The second of these—the Explorer II—was based on a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette and featured a one-piece roof/rear window and clear headlamp covers in place of the flip units.

I don’t know about you, but I’d want to check on the Corvette’s A/C capacity before taking any daytime trips in 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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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, we’ve got a water feature. Good luck!

And, since no one guessed last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: What was the Coolest Aftermarket Convertible?

Ferrari only ever built 123 drop top editions of its 365 GTB4, otherwise known as the Daytona Spyder. That wasn’t enough apparently, leading a number of coupe owners to throw copious amounts of money at coachbuilder Richard Straman who cut the roofs off of about 28 more before the Italian company made him stop.

Straman was once one of the preeminent aftermarket top droppers. Whether countering the issue of not enough or not at all, the aftermarket filled a void that automakers seemed unwilling to address. That means there have been hundreds of models over the years that have seen their original intent as closed coupes (and maybe sedans) taken to task after having left the factory. What we want to hear today is your choice for the best one there is.

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Last Call: Volksception Edition

Robert Emslie June 5, 2017 Last Call

Yes sir, the entrance fee is $15 per car so your total comes to… $360. Yeah, I saw the ones in the glovebox too.

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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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Vicariously Assemble a Porsche 914 Engine

If you’re anything like me then you no doubt find engine assembly a fascinating endeavor to watch. Here we’re seeing a pretty unique effort take place, the assembly of a VolkswagenType 4 engine. A few factors make the flat-four engine design different from most others. First off, there’s the split crankcase which holds the crank and cam shaft but is separate from the bores. That requires a joint—and hence an opportunity for leaking—across the center of the sump well. There’s also the factor that the Type 4 is air-cooled, which means fins on that sump and even more on the individual cylinders that you’ll see assembled in part deux after the jump. All in all, it’s not something you see every day anymore.

Have a look at this time shifted assembly and see if anything stands out to you. Do you agree with his technique? Does the need to install the pistons after the rods have been secured at the big ends and sealed in the block freak you out? Or, just enjoy a little quiet time watching someone else do some interesting work for a change. After all, it’s Monday.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was History’s Greatest VW Beetle-Based Kit Car?

Have you ever seen people try and reinvent themselves when going away to college. Maybe they want to erase an embarrassing chapter of their life that spanned high school, or maybe they wish to set the stage for anonymity so they could mastermind crimes down the road.

There was an era—one that peaked in the late 1970s—where a lot of Volkswagen Type 1 owners attempted to do the same thing with their cars. Well, maybe not the whole crime spree thing, but you get the idea. During the golden age of the kit car you could have turned your VW Beetle into anything from a faux MGTD to the most flamboyant-looking supercar imaginable, and pretty much everything in between.

What we’re interested in discussing today is your opinion as to which of those VW-based kit cars was the best, and by best I mean—in some way—most desirable.  What do you think, what was history’s greatest VW kit car?

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