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Classic Captions – The 1959 Plymouth Fury Convertible Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. So what’s with the Plymouth running with a bunch of Thoroughbreds? We will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Young Couple looking into a house, and the captions were fun for the most part… The runner up caption was by Devin, and it was very funny in my opinion “It took Jim and Cathy a surprisingly long time to realize that the blinds were closed.” Short and to the point, and oh so close to winning, but there was one just slightly better.

And the winning comment was from Tanshanomi, and it was the very first one: “See? I told you it was my parents’ Skylark. But what are they doing way out h—…wait, THAT’S NOT MOM!” Yes, finding out your parents were in fact human is the stuff of comedy, so congratulations on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, this particular print as for Plymouth is very interesting. This was for the 1959 Plymouth Fury, and it seems to be taking place at a racetrack for Thoroughbreds. The ad copy is rather interesting, and goes like this: “Full of Fury, and Eager to Run! And they’re off! The sleek, sure-footed Plymouth Sport Fury steps ahead and stays ahead.” Other tag lines include “…all the “horses” you could want for modern driving.” and “You’ll learn why the smart money’s riding on Plymouth for ’59.” Well, when they think up a theme for an advertisement, they certainly stick with it. Is this really a way of selling a car during this time period? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (I wonder if the horses were spooked during this photo shoot…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this dog-gone image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition – Two Wagons from the Same eBay Seller; Are They Desirable or Not?

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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition,and I thought I would share a couple of unique Wagons that are currently on eBay, and they are both from the same seller. They are both part of a fleet of Wagons that come from Speed City Cycle, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since the shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays (!), I will try and get the back story on these (and other) Wagons that the currently have. I love vintage wagons, and I even nominated one for HCoTY, so let’s discover two of the most fascinating wagons currently on eBay…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Mint 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar Van now on eBay…

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It is the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and in conjunction with Eric’s Liveblog at the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet Crapcan Race, I thought i would highlight some vehicles that you can acquire to either tow your racing heap, or at least crash in the pit area while you’re rebuilding you magnificent machine. This Greenbriar Van falls into the latter category, as a Corvair Flat 6 may be perfect for racing, it’s not quite set up to tow anything. So, could you see yourself piloting this forward control van?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – The Single Most Awesome K20 Diesel Suburban on the Planet…

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Here we are on the last weekend of July, and in celebration of the Live Postings Eric is doing for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet Crapcan race, I thought I would continue with highlighting some Tow Rigs you may want to use to haul your team’s prize winning “Race Car” to and (not always) from the track. And look what I found… I can only describe it as probably the single greatest K20 Diesel Suburban in existence, and you can own it…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1992 Dodge Ram D-350 Diesel Cabriolet; Tell me this wouldn’t make a great Racecar Hauler

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So, in honor of Eric’s Weekend of covering the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet crapcan race, I thought I would throw out a few vehicles that you can possibly use as either tow rigs, or living quarters if you ever want to get into the league of other disturbed individuals who frequent these venues. Everyone knows that after you spend your time and hard earned money on a $500 Racing Machine for either the 24-Hours-of-Lemons, or the other $500 racecar series that is ChumpCar, you need a tow rig to get your crapcan to the race (getting it back is a whole different matter). The LUV Pickup really wasn’t a tow rig, but this is; Introducing a low mileage Dodge Ram D-350 Cabriolet Conversion…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Remarkably Intact 1980 Chevy LUV Truck on Craigslist…

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with one on my Quick Hits, in which I find something interesting that is currently on Craigslist, and here is a fine example. This is a 1980 Chevy LUV Pickup that is not only running, but a lot of work has been done to the engine. So, do you think you have what it takes to finish this project?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1984 Ford Sierra XR-8

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a feature in which we try and introduce you to muscle cars you may never have known about, as well as re-define what a muscle car can be. As we all have discovered during this series, fire-breathing V-8 Muscle Cars are not the exclusive property of the States. Some great examples include the Chevy Firenza Can Am, as well as the Ford Capri Perena, both built in South Africa during the early 70′s. However, Ford of South Africa built a series of V8 powered Muscle Cars that were available to the South African Enthusiast, like this one. Introducing the Ford Sierra XR-8.

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Classic Captions – The 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. Here we have a young couple doing a little House Hunting, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Toy DeSoto, and the response level was dreadful, and I really don’t quite know why… However, let’s see how good the captions were. The runner up caption was actually my favorite this week, and it was by mkep819, and it was perfect for the time period: “Unfortunately for Johnny, Betsy knew that he forgot to check off the “Cootie Protection Package” option, when ordering his new ride.” Ah yes, I remember the term “Cootie” when I was a lot younger than I am today, but there was one that you guys seemed to like better…

And the winning comment was from Number_Six, but there was a small mistake buried within the caption: “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.” – A young George Lucas gains 40 years of material in just one outing with his pedal-powered DeSoto. Um, Number_Six, this car was actually powered by a small Briggs & Stratton Engine, but the caption was still funny, so congradulations on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I’m going back to standard Automotive Advertising Images because you guys seem to respond to them better. This particular picture is part of an advertising page for the 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible, with a bright young couple looking into a house that sports a simple “For Sale” sign. The House itself looks rather ramshackle, but you never know what treasures you might find inside. The ad copy is rather interesting, and goes like this: “Find secret places… In the adventurous new Buick Skylark. Powerful Aluminum V-8 engine, choice of 3 silk-smooth transmissions. Dashing bucket seat interior. Despite its modest price, a “limited edition” car, every inch a quality Buick”. What the hell were the ad-men thinking when they came up with this drivel? What is a Modestly Priced, Limited Edition quality Buick anyway? And is this really a way of selling a car during this time period? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (The couple almost look like they are trying to break in…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this dog-gone image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – An Original 1960 Valiant Suburban Wagon located in Arizona…

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This will be the last post for the Hooniverse Wagon Sunday, and I thought I would go out with a bang… With this Chrysler Valiant Suburban Wagon. Now, 1960 was the debut year for the Valiant, and it wasn’t badged as a Plymouth… No, this was set up to be sold at all Chrysler dealers, once they signed on as a Valiant retailer. It was only the next year that they were identified as a Plymouth, only after the Dodge Boys received the identical Lancer variant. So, this is an original Valiant, with the famous Slant-Six, and a floor-shifted Manual.

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Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – A 1969 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon; The Other Vista Cruiser…

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The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser is an iconic piece of Americana that is easily recognizable as a milestone vehicle today. There may have been other wagons through this time period that sold in greater numbers, buy none were more memorable. And that is really a very sad thing when it comes to our next featured wagon because it had all the styling hallmarks of the Vista Cruiser, including the “Vista” Roof Windows. Presenting a very well maintained 1969 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon, the other “Vista Cruiser”…

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