The LUV has been resting comfortably in the garage while I’ve found very little time to devote to it. I have big plans for it, I just don’t know exactly what they are. That’s the beauty of a project car though, isn’t it?
Got your eye on a sweet classic on eBay? It’s only 500 miles away? 1000 miles? Shipping costs are roughly $1 per mile. You can fly in and drive it home for less than that, right?
No. You can’t. It will always cost about as much to fly-n-drive as it will to have the vehicle shipped. If anything goes wrong and you have to rent a U-Haul and drag it home, you’ll be looking at a total cost of nearly 3 times as much as the shipping costs. So, when you are considering a fly-n-drive, it’s never but always a good idea. You will spend time and money – perhaps far more money – getting that old heap home, but you’ll never forget the experience. The fly-n-drive can make for epic stories at parties for the rest of your life. If you break down along the way, all the better. You will spend time, you will spend money, and what you will gain will be the awesome memory of that one time you did something your friends would never dare.
There are certain events that have an expected overlap between their participants. For example, a monster truck show and an NASCAR race will have some overlap in attendees. Bridal conventions and The View might be another example of overlapping clientele. These are expected. The 24 Hours of Lemons and Ferrari of Salt Lake track day on the other hand? Who would have expected a common thread? That thread?
I went from losing wheel bearings and breaking half-shafts in a half Corolla/half MR2 to screaming around the track in a beautiful, hand-crafted Italian sports car. It’s been a good month.
Some of you know that I am a mini-truck enthusiast. I have lamented the passing of the compact pickup on the ‘Verse before. So, I’m always on the lookout for nice examples of older trucks. For me, the trucks from the ’70s and early ’80s are the cream of the crop. As I cruised around craigslist last week, I found this 1976 Chevrolet LUV Mikado, only 500 miles away, in Reno. Immediately, the words of our own Ray Lindenburg leapt to mind, “Never let an undeserving clod get between you and something you want.” So, off I set, to bring this sweetheart home .
Upon closer inspection, the truck is almost as nice as hoped. The body is amazing for a LUV. (My family had one in 1986 or so, and it was already rusted through.) The interior is decent, and the tape stripes are totally boss.
In the late ’80s two different manufacturers were making two very different two-seaters. One was a cute roadster with a small engine, light curb weight, a manual transmission, and rear wheel drive. The other was a shortened, hand-made version of a larger product with a healthy V6, leather seats, and an automatic transmission. Certainly, these two cars were aimed at different audiences.
So why are they here on Hooniverse together today? Because they are both up for sale for around $10,000 and they are both extremely nice, low-mileage survivors.
This is a Google Maps photo of L&L Classic Auto in Wendell, which is currently on the market for the low, low price of $3,000,000.00. Only three million dollars to to turn your life around! What do you get for that investment? You get 80 acres of lush, potato-adjacent, Idaho countryside and, more importantly, you get over 8,000 salvage cars – most of which are classics.
I don’t know how to define the Hooniversal Car of the Year, but I know one when I see one. Especially when it’s one that used to be two. You see, this Toyota used to be an FX16 and an MR2. Now, this beautiful amalgamation is a veteran of three Lemons races, a winner of one Lemons race, and is the only Lemons car to have ever driven back to the pits under its own power after a rollover accident.
In other words, it’s a Hooniversal Car of the Year. Check out more of my lobbying, and a video of the build, after the break.
Several years had gone by since I picked up a rusty old trunk lid for a 1963 Nova. It was in pretty good shape, and the one I was using had been hit, straightened, and repaired with plastic body filler. It was all done with good intentions. Years later, the trunk lid was languishing in the elements behind the shed out back. The Nova project had been on the back (back) burner, and the itch to be creative came over me.
Sometimes you need to scratch that itch…
If you are a proper Hoon, you will eventually find yourself taking some car apart and painting it, or part of it at least. In order to properly paint anything, you’ll need to prepare the surface by sanding it. 3M recently offered Hooniverse an example of a new product designed to take the mess out of sanding.
Dubbed the Clean Sand System, it is a hollow sander with holey sandpaper and a hose that will attach to any vacuum to collect the dust as you create it. Keep on reading to see if it actually does that.
Everybody’s favorite Toyota FX with an MR2 shoved up its backside has done something unprecedented. It is the first twin-engine, four wheel drive car to actually win at a Lemons event. Somehow this little gem - which was built in a mere three months’ time earlier this year under Hooniverse’s watcful eye – not only ran under full power for a whole race, but won its class.
Click through for more incredulity.