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Hooniverse Asks: What Common Car Mod Makes You Cringe?

Yesterday we talked about window tints, a mod that some people like, and others find distasteful. Today we want to build on that latter theme and discuss other common car mods—factory or otherwise—that raise your rancor. What common customizations really make you cringe?

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Last Call: Wolf Among the Wolves Edition

Robert Emslie March 6, 2017 Last Call

Have you ever played one of these things is not like the others? That’s sort of how I felt finding this sweet 1954 Lancia D24 in the middle of a Ferrari fest.

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 Watch This Couple Restore Their VW Type 2 Camper


It’s fun to watch people who know what they’re doing take on fun and challenging projects. It’s sometimes more fun to watch inexperienced folks try to do the same thing. This pair of videos (the second is after the jump) is by a couple of bloggers who are documenting their attempt to bring an early VW T2 camper back to life. The husband and wife title their tribulations Underwood Garage and have a nifty spark plug logo, which means they probably aren’t looking to do bio-diesel or anything despite their hipster millennial vibe.
Check out their adventure and if you like these maybe we’ll check back in on them again in the future.
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Hooniverse Asks: Do You Tint Your Windows?

The sun: life giver, tan-line maker, afternoon squint inducer, it’s literally the center of our universe, or at least our soar system. The thing is, the sun really doesn’t like car interiors. For years car makers have strived to make interiors out of materials that will stand up to daily exposure to things like the Sun’s damaging rays, inadvertent entry of rain, and even denim clothes. They’ve done a pretty good job but there’s only so much you can do, and sometimes car makers screw up. One of the most famous instances of this was when the British car maker Rover sold a bunch of Sterling cars here in America with grey leather interiors that within a little more than a year turned a sickly green.

How does a car owner fight back against so uncompromising a foe as the Sun? Usually with window tint. Illegal in some areas, and required in others, the demand for aftermarket tint has engendered a booming business as it seems many car owners like wearing car-shaped sunglasses. We’re curious if that audience extends to you. Do you tint your car or truck’s windows? If you do, how dark did you go, and did you do it for aesthetic or practical (like living in Phoenix) reasons? 

Image: Kustom Works Buffalo

Last Call: Autographic Edition

Robert Emslie March 3, 2017 Last Call

The modern Mini may still have a John Cooper “Works” edition, and that is pretty cool. It will never however, be as cool as an old school Mini Cooper with John Cooper’s own autograph stylized on a stripe on the hood.

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 March 3, 2017 Mystery Car

Welcome to our weekly Mystery Car contest, this week brought to you by the letter J and the number 7. No wait, that’s Sesame Street. We don’t actually have anybody sponsoring the Mystery Car and that’s a mystery to me. Oh well, enjoy it until we sell out. Make and model if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Size Car Do You Think is Too Big to be a Stick?

See that BMW up there? That’s an E38 740i that I featured on NPOCP over on Jalopnik a week ago. It’s one of the biggest cars that BMW has ever made and it has been converted to a stick shift. That got me thinking, as many things are wont to do, that maybe there’s a practical size limit to cars that should carry a stick.

Now, BMW did sell the E38 in a number of markets with a stick, a fact that made the conversion of this Canadian sedan reasonably easy. Still, if I’m cruising in a car of this size, I don’t know that I want to be doing all that work. I’d rather ben enjoying myself with one hand at six o’clock on the wheel and the other lazing out the open driver’s door window.

That’s just how I roll, and in cases like this your mileage may vary. In fact, just how big do you think is too big for a car with a stick?

Image: Craigslist

Last Call: Bullet Cat Edition

Robert Emslie March 2, 2017 Last Call

Have you ever gone to a car show or Concours d’Elegance and found a car that forever-after just haunted your dreams? A Jaguar D-Type is bewitching enough to have that effect. Trust me, I know.

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 model of car was involved in the accident that inspired John Lennon to write A Day in the Life, which contained the verse: “He blew his mind out in a car; he didn’t notice that the lights had changed; a crowd of people stood and stared; they’d seen his face before; nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords…?”

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Last Call: Feeling a Little Blue Edition

Robert Emslie March 1, 2017 Last Call

Maybe you could cheer it up by putting it on a silver car.

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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