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Last Call- The Bull’s Ear Edition

Robert Emslie August 27, 2014 Last Call

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Lamborghini’s revered Miura is beautiful from any angle, of that there is no doubt. There are certain angles however that are not commonly explored, and one of those is the ascending line that defines both the top of the aft-of-the-door scoop and the outer edges of the engine cover. It’s like an animal’s ear, and in this particular vantage the car seems unfamiliar and almost alien. Can you think of another isolated line on the Miura that’s equally as beguiling?

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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What Is Behind the Name of Your Car?

Kamil Kaluski August 27, 2014 All Things Hoon

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The folks at Mojo Motors came up with another interesting infographic which deals with car model names. Specifically, they grouped many car model names in groups of: Location, Adventure, Nature, Cultural, Transportation, Power, Futuristic, Versatility, Speed, Musical, Human Names, and Technology.

Did they get them right? Is the Honda Prelude a musical or futuristic name? What about the Chevy Trailblazer, speed or adventure? Check out the full info image after the jump.

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Make this awesome Jeep bed!

Kamil Kaluski August 27, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Kid’s car beds have been around for a while and they vary from crap to awesome. This one seems to be push t he needle toward the awesome side. Unfortunately you cannot but it, but you can buy the instructions on how to make it!

Make a child’s off-road dreams come true with these Jeep bed plans. Includes 62 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions. Photos are of previously completed Jeep beds and a sample page from the instructions.

Designed for a twin sized mattress, this easy to build bed requires around $250 in material to make.

Sample of the directions is after the jump. My two year old son loves Jeeps, “peeps” as he calls them, and I’d love to have this for him. Unfortunately, I lack the skill to make it, but if someone wants to volunteer their mad wood working services to me, please, I’ll take on in military green.

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Wagon Wednesday: 1977 Polski Fiat 125p Kombi 4×4 Prototype

Kamil Kaluski August 27, 2014 Wagon Wednesday

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The problem with Eastern Bloc cars was not the lack of creativity or the skill of the their designers but rather political red tape. There were no budgets, no tooling, no R&D, no nothing. The engineers were told by clueless politicians to do this and that, and that was it. That didn’t stop those engineers from being creative and make lemonade from the rotten lemons that they had. While there were not many exciting new production vehicles, Poland’s FSO did have a few interesting prototypes, such as the above pictured 4×4 wagon.

FSO was making the Polski Fiat 125p kombi (wagon). Somehow, some way, the Warsaw factory managed to get a new Soviet Lada Niva, or at least parts thereof. Being that the Niva is based on a Fiat chassis, bolting up Niva’s 4×4 drivetrain was something that was probably rather simple. The end result was this awesome 4×4 wagon, an AMC Eagle-like creature. To say that I love this would be an understatement. Hit the jump for more pics.

All images came from Facebook’s Eastern Bloc cars group. Make to check it out and join.

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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

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Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse.

Beni, the guy who drove to my town a couple years ago with a blue Miata via Norway, is no stranger to wrenching on older, quirky cars, as he also owns an X1/9. This pretty much means he wasn’t afraid to set off to Germany, crossing the Alps, in the pea soup green 1100cc Fiat derivative. The thing even managed a comfortable cruise on the revered Autobahn. Joe Isuzu was nowhere in sight, though.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

If you shun alcohol you’re a teetotaler. If you find something that’s especially well suited to your lifestyle then that item might be described as fitting you to a T. Last week we drank in the marvelousness of cars that had both T-roofs and their slightly more open cousins, the Targa. We’ll open up on which one most fit us to a T in a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Fiat has had a bit of rough go of it here in the States as much of the baggage that was packed when the company abandoned the U.S. back in the Eighties has accompanied their return. The 500 is a great car to drive, and the Abarth example sounds like dirty illicit sex, but they still exhibit quality control issues an honestly, the bigger L model is a bit of a dud. They aren’t all that way and in fact they haven’t always ALL been bad. That’s why this week I want you to find old Fiats form the time before they left the U.S. That’s 1983 or older (although we’ll accept the later Bertone X1/9 and Pininfarina Spiders too). It doesn’t matter if the cars are presently offered in the U.S. or elsewhere, we just want to see if they’ve actually made it this far.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

If you’re good with that, let’s get on top of last week’s Ts.

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Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional

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If you have turned on your computer in the last two weeks, you have surely seen coverage of the Concours d’LeMons, which is a growing car show that celebrates “the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world. Another show, which you may not have heard about, is the Festival of the Unexceptional – a Concours de l’Ordinaire. These two festivals exist an ocean apart, but have the same misfiring heartbeat.

Click through for some truly ordinary stuff.

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Hooniverse Asks- Do You Ever Drive With a Pet?

Robert Emslie August 27, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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I have a friend who once made a move, picking up stakes in the LA area and dropping them about 200 miles north in bucolic San Luis Obispo. He sent most of the family’s treasured belongings along in a moving van, but there were certain things that had to be transported personally, and that included 4 travel-phobic felines. As the story was related to me, one of the cats spent the entire journey splayed out on the dashboard, while another two curled up into quivering balls of fur occasionally emanating mournful mews.

The last cat spent the entire trip alternating between my friend’s shoulders and the top of his head leaving him with battle scars from its constant repositioning. Of course chicks dig scars, and cats as well. My dog is far less of a danger in the car, preferring to anoint the window with his snot rather than test out the velcro-like effects of his claws on other passengers. We don’t take him on too many trips as we need a mop after any that are greater than just a couple of miles.

What about you, do you frequently drive with some sort of pet? If so, do you take particular precautions when you do? For many, our pets are like our children and we do need to ensure their safety in the car or truck just like we would any other member of the family. What’s your MO for driving with with one of our furry friends?

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Last Call- Duh-Duh, Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh,Duh-Duh Edition

Robert Emslie August 26, 2014 Last Call

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Billionaire philanthropist, masked crime-fighter, unashamed tight-wearer, and Triumph owner- Batman was the coolest of dudes. Me, I’d be worried about catching my cape in the spokes.

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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V.I.S.I.T. – BMW 733 Has Been Around a Time or Two

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I’ve always been attracted to the look of the BMW 7 Series E23 cars, especially the 745. To me, it combines the classic muscle car look in a contemporary German grand touring design. So when I ran across this 733 recently, I had to stop and get a closer look. … Continue Reading

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