Truck Thursday: An Ode To The Advance Design

My fellow Hoons, this offering by this olelongrooffan contains over 2,150 words and suffered through 40+ revisions. I might suggest finding a few minutes, a comfortable seat and a cold libation while reading about Bus_Plunge and Advance Designs. Or not. Anyways, thanks for staying tuned.

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So it’s been a while since this olelongrooffan has contributed anything here in the Hooniverse. Please note my fellow Hoons, it’s not for lack of interest; I mean I probably have six or seven draft posts together and in various states of completion. But every time I commence editing one of them, I will sidetrack off to read something by one of my fellow contributors and, somehow, my stuff just doesn’t seem to measure up to their lofty offerings. Maybe it is the six year itch setting in. Yeah, it was May 1, 2010 that this olelongrooffan was bestowed the honor of contributing here in the Hooniverse. But then again, maybe I am just indolent after all. Anyway, my absence has gotten so noticeable that even some of my kinfolk who this olelongrooffan didn’t even know read my stuff here have contacted me to wonder what the hell is up? As such, this olelongrooffan decided to get off my lazy, self critiqueing ass and actually post something before the Hooniverse Overlords yank the Key to the Vault that is Hooniverse from my grimy hands.

Anyways, my fellow Hoons may remember a post this olelongrooffan did a long whiles back about the short bus my brother Bus_Plunge owned for many years and ended up selling to another grandpa down Texas way. I am told it is a pretty good read and ole Bus_Plunge himself even mentions it to me from time to time. Now that old bus is an Advance Design style truck produced by the General from the 1948 through early 1955 model years (even though the Task Force redesign occurred in 55, it appears some early 55’s were 54 AD carryovers). And Bus_Plunge surely does like him some Advance Design trucks.

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Hooniversal Secret Ninja Claus Tell All: The Post Easter Edition

LongRoofian March 30, 2016 All Things Hoon


So since there has been the passage of at least three major holidays since the Hooniversal Secret Ninja Claus Holiday 2016, this olelongrooffan figured the time was about right for we Hoons to share what we received from our fellow Hoons this past Hoonimas.

This was the first year this olelongrooffan was fortunate enough to be the Secret Santa’s helper and man was it a project. But in the end, all was well. The final Hoonigift finally reached its destination in early February so the posting of this at the end of March only seems correct.

This olelongrooffan was on the receiving end of Hoonimas from a first time participant and was asked by my benefactor what I wanted? “Hell, Man, I don’t know. A couple Hot Wheels cars and a bag of Reeses? Whatever you want.” And that is just what this olelongrooffan found in my rural style mailbox just down the street from my cabin on Christmas morning as I was en route to NotSoLilJim’s hacienda for a kid filled Christmas day with 2 young girls and 2 teenage boys.

Thanks Man. I regifted that stuff and the girls loved the Reeses, even if it was 10 am when they got them and those boys? Well, NotSoLilJim and Bus_Plunge and this olelongrooffan educated them youngsters on the tradition of the old standby guy gift, Hot Wheels. This olelongrooffan doesn’t even remember what I sent off to my recipient for Hoonimas but I hope it was as appreciated.

So anyway my fellow Hoons, do you remember what you got? Let’s see.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2016/longrooffan

Just Cruising Out and About In The Ozarks

LongRoofian March 11, 2016 All Things Hoon


So, yeah, my fellow Hoons, it appears the Hooniverse Overlords have yet to pry the Key to the Hooniverse Vault from the grimy hands of this olelongrooffan so I thought (with sly encouragement from dukeisduke) I would pop up a few things spotted around these here Ozark Mountains over the past little whiles. As I usually do, this olelongrooffan often heads out to get myself lost and find my way back to the hacienda while simultaneously trying to find what I think is some cool shit to share with my fellow Hoons. I believe this day was no different. After all, when was the last time any of us have spotted a ’70 Thunderbird coupe live and in the flesh? With complimentary algae at no extra charge.

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Long Shots: 1985 Buick Skylark

LongRoofian February 12, 2016 All Things Hoon


So one of the things this olelongrooffan has been doing to keep myself out of trouble these days has been gathering up random images for freelance publication in some local print publications. The other day I happened upon the unloading of an old ferris wheel a local multiple go kart track theme park owning company has purchased for assembly on the grounds of one of their speed parks. This ferris wheel has been in use at the Chicago Navy Pier for the last 20 some years. The transportation of this 150 foot tall, 240 seat ride required the use of some 45 flatbed semi trucks which have been unloaded by that huge ass crane over the past week. It has been a pretty cool sight to see and I look forward to photo documenting the reassembly of this thing over the next few weeks. But wait, what is that even older ride seen just to the left in this image?

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Truck Thursday: Dale Jr.’s Replica Show Car and Truck

LongRoofian February 11, 2016 All Things Hoon


So a whiles back this olelongrooffan was cruising up (or is it down) the Strip here in the Music Capital of The World and spotted this ride in the parking lot of one of the literally hundreds of live music theatres along this strip. Of course I had to whip a Ueee to further check it out. While appearing to be authentic, something about this Pace Car just seemed a bit off. A cursory search of my image library failed to gather up an image of one of these similarly set up. The Z06s I have documented over the years have all been multi colored but, quite candidly, it is okay. Just the sight of it made me a bit homesick for my old stomping grounds. And the sighting of what was seen after the jump didn’t help a whole lot to diminish those feelings.

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The Car Sara Bought

LongRoofian February 2, 2016 All Things Hoon


So it was a whiles back that this olelongrooffan posed the question “What Car Should Sara Buy?” to my fellow Hoons. And while I posted a bunch of white cars in that post, none of them really met with the approval of my fellow Hoons. With the exception of one. And it was suggested not to get a white one. Feel free to click on through to see which suggestion by my fellow Hoon that Sara chose to follow.

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Weekend Edition: Long Shots: 1960 Ford F100

LongRoofian January 23, 2016 All Things Hoon


Sold this old truck last month for my sister and her husband’s company. Got a great price for it and just received a text from the buyer up near Kansas City. (About 3 hours away). “Made it home no problem. Truck’s great. I appreciate doing business with good honest people. Thanks.” Of course I replied back with a thanks and “Honesty is under rated these days.” What does this have to do with a 1960 Ford pickup, longrooffan?”  Well my fellow Hoons will have to make the jump to find out.

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Weekend Edition: Long Shots: 1970’s Pontiac Ventura and A Bonus Dam Image

LongRoofian January 23, 2016 All Things Hoon


So this olelongrooffan knows it has been a while since anything has emanated from my trusty laptop to these pages, something blatantly pointed out earlier this evening by Bus_Plunge. Well my fellow Hoons, that is something this olelongrooffan plans on changing up, post-haste.

Over the New Year’s weekend, the Ozark Mountains got hit with about 20 inches of rain and every creek, river, pothole and lake was flooded beyond its borders. This is the Corp of Engineer’s dam that forms Table Rock Lake about 15 minutes from the cabin Bus_Plunge is so graciously allowing this olelongrooffan to utilize until I can once again get my shit together. (Don’t hold your breath my fellow Hoons.) These spillways rise up 252 feet from the surface of the old White River, now known as Lake Taneycomo. You see that lake is in Taney Co Mo. This is the first time since 2002 that the Corp has displaced so much water across its ten spillways. Yeah, 72,000 cubic feet of water per second. That is a helluva lot of water folks. It was a pretty cool sighting, one this old Hoon has never seen previously, well certainly not in a long time.

But enough with my ramblings about this old damn dam. If my fellow Hoons are so inclined, feel free to make the jump to see What Else I Saw That Day.

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HCOTY Nominee: A Multi-Generational 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo



Well my fellow Hoons, it is that time of year once again and this olelongrooffan is not talking about cold weather, long johns and hot cocoa. No, it is time once again for the Hooniversal Car of the Year nominations. While I was putting this together, I researched my past nominees (curiously absent was a winner) and with the exception of 2012 when I nominated Ralstig’s Miata RaceCar, all of my nominees have been longroofs. Anyone surprised? Well, this year this olelongrooffan is going to nominate yet another longroof, albeit one with a longroof family connection.

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Bonus Hooniverse Asks: What Car Should Sarah Buy?

LongRoofian December 4, 2015 All Things Hoon


Bus_Plunge’s 35 year old unmarried daughter is looking to purchase a “fun car” for her to use when she is not toting all of her horse shit around in the bed of her late model S10 truck. Earlier this week on that book about her face, she posted that she was looking at a G35 coupe for her budgeted $7,500.00. Of course, when her Uncle JohnJohn vetoed that one based on the fact it was showing 140,000 miles, 3 previous owners, plus it had been lowered and stanced and had some “engine mods”, I was delegated to the basement for not agreeing with my niece on her choice. Sarah is not the nicest to the vehicles she drives so I am encouraging her to find one that is stock, somewhat low mileage and if possible, adult owned as Bus_Plunge and this olelongrooffan will be her rescue squad when she needs one.

Today on that book about her face, she posted a list of acceptable cars she would like to get for her budgeted $7,500.00. As none of these are longroofs, they hold little fascination for this olelongrooffan. But I suspect her $7,500 won’t go far in the purchase of one of these. I gathered up these images from around the web so one might be a 2015 while another may be a 2008, I just don’t know. Oh yeah, no automatics.

Anyway my fellow Hoons, take the jump to see her list of desirables and sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on what she should get. My fellow Hoons have a lot more credibility than Bus_Plunge and this olelongrooffan. Thanks.

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