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Last Call: Blueprint for Success Edition

Robert Emslie May 21, 2015 Last Call


The only things missing are the overhead lift and the mechanic’s pit. And that’s just in the bathroom.

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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Truck Thursday: Topkickurban


You know what my fellow Hoons? Sometimes having an old school Suburban in your livery is just not quite enough. I mean you can drop the shell on a one ton chassis with added fender flares out back. You can even lift it several feet, even put obnoxious stickers on the rear window and it still isn’t enough.

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Help a Hoon: Suggestions for a Replacement Heater Valve


Hey everybody, I need to engage the awesome power of the greater Hooniverse in finding a replacement part for one of my project cars.

My Jensen Healey got a handsome new radiator yesterday, one I picked up on the cheap at last month’s Queen’s English car show. It was while testing and installing the radiator that I discovered that the heater valve has apparently been keeping company with Greek wine amphora in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean. At least that’s how it appears.

The valve is vacuum operated and has 1/2-inch connections on either side. I’m sure that there’s an exact replacement option that would keep the car OEM and my wallet all the emptier, but that’s not my goal. What I want to do is find the best replacement that won’t clean out the kids’ piggy bank.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to an alternative valve that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? So far I found one – for a Porsche 928 or all things – on PartsGeek that runs $22.99, but I’m not sure if the connections are the right size on that one.

Does anybody have any ideas?

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Hooniverse Asks: What Car or Truck are You Just Tired of Seeing on the Road?


How many Teslas have you seen on the road? If you live in the L.A. area like I do then it’s a multiple times a day experience. I mean it’s like you can’t swing a dead cat but hit one of the electric wunderkinds out here. I can tell you, they’re starting to get so ubiquitous that their constant presence is also beginning to become kind of annoying.

Some cars are so rare that a sighting is almost an event. I saw a nice arrest-me red Alfa Bertone GTV the other morning and it really made my day. That was of course among all the Camrys, Accords, Focuses and other whatnot that seem to clog the roads and all the senses. If I don’t see another F150 on the freeway, it’ll be too soon.

How about you, is there a particular make or model that you are so done with that you simply try and block them out, or worse, wish their unimaginative owners bad tidings? Is there a car or truck that you’re just completely tired of seeing on the road?



Last Call: One if by Land, Two if by… Edition

Robert Emslie May 20, 2015 Last Call


I don’t think the WAZE app even has a category for this kind of road hazard.

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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Seeing Red: A Tail-Lamp Design Rant


When a car first finds itself being dreamily outlined on a piece of designer’s layout paper, it will inevitably begin life as a series of swoopy lines. The general aesthetic concept will go through a whole series of disposable sketch stages before one of them is thumb-upped for further evolution. A long way down the line some engineering-type folk will set about converting that flight of fancy into something which can actually be produced.

Sometimes it’s easy see where the final build has had to be “fudged” a bit to comply with the stylists imaginings. A prime example can be found in the front and rear light units on a car, which are often contrived to be a certain shape whether there’s any legitimate justification for it or not.

Being able to see where this has happened has become my new design pet hate.

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An Afternoon With TheKenMan: The Second Edition


So after lunch was finished up over at that park with the big lake and we had had enough of the guitar serenading dude, TheKenMan, this olelongrooffan, and many of the Cool Cruisers headed over to that parking lot adjacent to that place with the big golden arches for the final, full attendance, car cruise of the Spring 2015 season. Many of the members of this club were headed back to places north in the next few days and they weren’t quite ready to let another year pass through their lives.

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The parts bin is why you should buy that quirky Saab


As auto enthusiasts we decry the use of the parts bin and shared DNA between the range of models that auto manufacturers offer. The most recent case is the Maserati Quattroporte, many reviewers decried the use of lowly Dodge Dart window switches and Caravan navigation in the luxury sedan. I am in the opposite camp and will gladly support the parts sharing because discontinued models like the Saab 9-3 Turbo X will get to live on from the General Motors parts bin.

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Hooniverse Podcast: Episode 104 – Matt D’Andria on Paul Newman


On this week’s episode of the Hooniverse Podcast:

1. Matt D’Andria from CarCast graces us with his presence, as well as the spectral energy of Paul Newman: D’andria has spent the better part of the past two years working with Adam Carolla on Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman. And it hits the Internet’s on-demand services on May 22nd: iTunes, Hulu, Google Play. (It’s already available on Xbox, Amazon, and iTunes.)

There’s no excuse not to watch it, then. I did. And it’s fantastic.

The documentary does a great job portraying Paul Newman as the greatest American who ever lived short of the guy who invented the NACA Duct. We basically conclude that Newman must’ve not paid some parking tickets or he once hugged a puppy slightly too hard.

2. Producer Chris and Matt talk about Corvettes, because Corvettes are neat. Especially the Z06.

3. Blake “ZZZap!” Rong agonizes over what car to replace the Miata, and nearly makes a deal on the spot…

Hooniverse – Matt D’Andria on Paul Newman

As always, enjoy Episode 104 of the Hooniverse Podcast, and go support our friends at CarCast.

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. 

Last week we went looking for cars that you could potentially sleep in, perhaps in an emergency, or in lieu of having to wrangle a full-on RV. We’ll get to Lincoln, Blynken and Nod in just a sec, but first, I want you to get my drift.

Drift cars are this week’s quarry, whether already set up for the track attack, or cars that you think would make excellent side-ways racers. The only codicil is that they need to come in under $3,000.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s get 40 winks.

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