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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Meet the “Missing Linc”; A 1978 Lincoln Town Shorty…

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Every once in a while I come across something that is so bizarre, and so out there, that I have to show it to the Hoons that frequent this site, like this thing that is currently on eBay. This is a Customized 1978 Lincoln Town Car that has been shortened, and then was subjected to all sorts of styling modifications that are questionable at best. So, would you ever consider owning this Town Shorty?

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Fastback Friday – A 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype built from a 1971 Buick Riviera

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Well this story sure gets around the web fast… I saw this particular eBay listing last night (Wednesday) and it has since gone viral. Well, I’m going to write a posting about it anyway, because the car looked familiar, and it was from the pages of Jalopnik way back in September of 2007. If you want to read that particular post, just click here, scroll down to the bottom, and take a look for yourself. (By the way, it was at my suggestion way back then that Lieberman wrote this particular article… and you can see that he acknowledged my suggestion at the end of the article.)

Anyway, back to this particular eBay listing. This is a very bizarre vehicle, made from an equally bizarre 1970′s Buick. Is it appealing, or is it gross? Is is a keeper, of something meant to be junk? Who cares, as I thought this was the perfect Fastback Friday Feature for all of you to enjoy…

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Get Your Vintage 4×4 Fix for Cheap with this Scout 800A

1968 scout 800 for saleVintage 4x4s are getting more expensive by the day. This guy just got $31 grand for a ’69 Wagoneer (which puts the scheming portion of my brain into overdrive). Land Rovers, Cruisers, Classic Broncos and K5s are rapidly graduating to collectible status, with the accompanied price jumps. Bare-bones utilitarian vehicles meant for park rangers, selling as luxury items, huh. Luckily, Scout 800s are still widely acknowledged as being the crappy little 4x4s they always were. As such, they’re still available with prices like “will trade for 5hp chipper shredder”.

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This one’s a nice exception to the general crappiness of the 800, as it’s equipped with a 266ci V8 and a 4-speed manual. That said, plan near total dis- and re-assembly to get drain every fluid and replace every seal and hose. There’s more rust than we’d expect from an Arizona car, but it’s still on the low end for an ancient Scout. The nice part is you’re really under no obligation to restore it beyond grinding down the worst of it and getting the thing running. I’d keep it basically stock, save a grumbly exhaust and skinny mud terrain tires.

Opening bid is a mere $1500: 1968 IH Scout 800A for sale – eBay Motors


Kit that’s Not a Replica: 1970 Manx SR

Meyers Manx SR for saleWhat’s your take on kit/replica cars? Thankfully (sort of) we’re past the 70s-80s heyday of terrible fake Bugattis, Fieraris and the like, having moved on to actually well engineered Cobra, Shelby Daytona and GT4o Replicas worth a damn on a racetrack. Personally, the only kits that interest me are Miata-based Locosts and other “Se7en” ilk. These are already about as minimalist of a car as you can get, so there’s not much to “copy”. Meanwhile, driving a replica GT40 makes as much sense as walking around in a Batman outfit, expecting people to take you seriously.

Anyway, the arguable genesis of the “hey, let’s make a different car out of this car” movement was the Meyers Manx. As the knockoffs of Mr Manx’s Manx spread, he tried to evolve and differentiate my making the “Street Roadster” Manx SR. Unfortunately, the SR is a more complicated operation than the original Manx. In the end people still preferred the iconic dune buggy look, though not enough to buy the an original over a copy kit. Meyers sold everything and got out of the business, so the SR rights passed through a few different manufacturers, this one being made by Heartland sometime in the early 80s.

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As a general suggestion, leading with your car on a flatbed isn’t the best way to open an eBay ad. The seller gets points for honesty, pointing out that this is a total project that’s partially disassembled. Most interestingly, it’s never even seen the road. The kit was partially assembled, but never completed. Ever the optimist and bad influence, I’ll point out it’s a pretty simple collection of parts to be resurfaced, replaced and reassembled…not sure how that translates to the current $3,000 price tag, though.

Meyers Manx SR Kit for sale – eBay Motors

Weekend Edition – Two Distinctive Studebakers on eBay; South Bend Beauties

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Yes, it is the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I seem to highlight cars that are for sale around the country that are a bit unusual, quirky, and sometimes confusing. But I love to highlight the cars that were made by a former horse drawn Wagon Company from South Bend, Indiana… Studebaker. They were the next to last Independent car manufacturer to somehow survive the turbulent 1950′s only to see its prospects dim by 1964, and close down as an automobile manufacturer two years later. However, let’s take a look at a couple of Studebaker models that are currently for sale on eBay, and drink in all of their quirkiness to see how different they really were.

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Weekend Edition – Two Jeep J10 Pickup Trucks on eBay… What will it be, Customized or Original?

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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition in between posts from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and here are two Jeep J10 Pickup trucks that are about as different as they can be, yet still related. One is an all original 1978 J10 Levi Edition with only 2,300 miles on the odometer, the other is also a 1978, but it has been treated to a full-on customized restoration with new paint, a new interior, and much more. So, which one would you spring for?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE on eBay; Questions, So Many Questions…

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Welcome to another Weekend Edition of Quick Hits here on the Hooniverse. When you think of the Mazda RX-7, especially the first generation, you think of a lithe, agile, well balanced sports car. It has a screaming Wankel powerplant, near 50/50 weight distribution, and it is a modern classic of design. This one has been tampered with, but is it enough to scare you off?

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Datsun Roadster eBay Fly and Drive – Never but Always a Good Idea

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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.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – An Original 1962 Jeep Forward Control FC-170 Now on eBay…

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Here at Hooniverse Central we seem to go crazy for certain types of old vehicles… Station Wagons are a given, as is old Porsche’s, Vintage Honda’s, Post Modern Jaguar’s, and Vintage Utility Vehicles. Well, we also seem to go crazy over the Jeep line of Forward Control Trucks, like this spectacular 1962 model that is currently running on eBay. This one is very original (except for the new Stake Bed Body) and has covered only a little over 16,000 Miles!!!

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1973 Plymouth Duster on eBay that has something Unique under the Hood…

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend Edition, and I am going to start with a car that created quite a discussion within the Hooniverse Staff… This 1973 Plymouth Duster. You see, our Chief of Staff (Tim) called this car Very, very curious… And the discussions went on from there, primarily centering around a piece of kit found under the hood. You will have to make the jump to find out what it is…

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