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This Rampage is Trying Way Too Hard, But We Love it Anyway

1984 Dodge Rampage for saleThe Rampage joins the Plymouth Scamp and Ford Durango at the bottom of the Car-Truck notoriety scale. Based on the Mopar L-Body platform, it’s by the Iacocca-era 2.2 four cylinder engine. Fortunately this particular example comes with three pedals and five gears as well. However, unfortunate are a number of stylistic choices the owner has made.

The 19″ wheels stick out most of all (literally and figuratively). While the stock 14×6″ styled steelies never got anyone laid, maybe there’s a more reasonable middle ground at 15 or 17″ that’ll actually allow more than a 12 degree turn of the front wheels. The brown-over-black (primer?) paint isn’t so bad, but that faux carbon fiber wrap on the tailgate…why? Most terrible (but most easily fixed) are the PepBoyZ special pedal covers, steering wheel and shifter. I actually like the “angry eyes” headlight things. Don’t judge me.

Un-dumbed, this could be a decent little runabout as a shop vehicle or something. Based on the number of swaps I see and literally two minutes of skimming forums, it appears raiding the 80s-90s Chrysler and Mitsubishi parts bin enables reasonably straightforward swapping of later triple-digit horsepower DOHC or even SRT Neon motors. Torque steer for days.

Anyway, the auction ends later today and as I type this no one’s taken the seller up on his $4200 opening bid.

1984 Dodge Rampage for sale – eBay Motors

Hooniverse Asks: How Far Do You Usually Go On a Tank of Fuel?


With all the talk of late about how Teslas are able to go 200+ miles on a fully charged battery and how other companies have set that as a benchmark for future all electric fare, I got to thinking, just how does that compare to the gas (and diesel) engined cars and trucks the rest of us riff-raff are consigned to pilot?

Fuel economy and gas tank size vary wildly from car to car, but I think that there’s about a 250-mile expectation of most of our daily drivers. What about you, is that your expectation? How many miles on average are you getting out of a tank?

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Last Call: A Model Citizen Edition

Robert Emslie May 4, 2016 Last Call

Lotus Model

I don’t know about you, but I think that a Tamiya Super Seven would be just about as rewarding to build as a real Super Seven.

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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For Sale: Sinister CTS-V Wagon pops up on Craigslist

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On the list of Must Own cars, the Cadillac CTS-V wagon surely sits. Here’s an example from 2013 currently sitting for sale on Craigslist. It’s only wearing 26,000 miles on its odometer and it’s in the appropriate shade of mean. Sure, it would be nice to find a manual gearbox sitting betwixt the front seats but you’re still getting that 556-horsepower LSA planted under the hood.

So what say you, dear reader, is this a good buy at $55,000 asking price?

[Source: Craigslist]

Podcast: Episode 151 – Race Recap 3


The Motorsports world is in full swing so Duncan Ende and I sit down to recap what the hell is going on out there in some of our favorite racing series. Duncan takes the lead this week and we chat about Formula One, IMSA, IndyCar, and a few other bits and pieces.

Hooniverse – Race Recap 3

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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. 

The rotary engine may not have ever caught on the way Felix Wankel had hoped, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its fans keeping the flame alive and the wankels a-wankelin.’ We’ll see which rotary most got our heads spinning in a sec, but first this week’s challenge.

Hey, how do you roll? If you said old school then we have much to discuss. This week we want to find the best pre-war (that’s WWII to you young-uns) cars and trucks the classifieds have to offer. Now, he only rule here is that we want to stay out of the classic car sites—OldCars.com and the like. They’re great and all, but what’s the challenge in that?

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 hum a few bars.

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Dear Jeep: I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed

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Source: CNN Money

Jeep and the 2016 NYIAS: from WK2 to JL and everything in-between

Let me be clear from the start: I love Jeep. I love that they have heritage built-in. I love that the names all have historical relevance. I love that the vehicles are so off-road capable. I love that there are Easter Eggs hidden in each new model, and I love that the vehicles themselves ooze encouragement for outdoor activities. But what I don’t love is the ensuing letdown following an event at which you had hoped to see the unveiling of an important and exciting future product, with the mention of such entirely absent.

Specifically, I’m referring to the rumors of the so-called Trackhawk Grand Cherokee. I’m also referring to the upcoming “JL” Wrangler and the pickup on which it’s based, and how if there was likely an event at which this could have debuted it was the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Yet it simply didn’t happen.

This is going to sound very “dad” of me (which is weird, since I don’t have kids), but it has to be said: hey, Jeep—I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was The Most Aesthetically Unsuccessful Factory Paint Color on Any Car?


The color, texture and fabric choices that the automotive industry uses is derived from the fashion industry, and typically follows that category by about five years. That’s why we saw so many brown cars in the late Seventies, a short time after Earth tones had fallen from favor in the halls of haute couture.

We all love brown cars, don’t we? I don’t know why it is but that Gaia-grain looks pretty good on pretty much any car you can so swath. May be it is a race memory, recalling our original evolutionary march out of the dirt.

Whatever the reason, it’s usually a solid choice for a car, although over the years there have been many other hues that have attempted to usurp Brown’s position, and have failed fitfully in doing so. What we want to know today is, which of those do you think was the worst, most abject, failure in a factory color scheme? Hopefully someone won’t offer your choice before you, making you see red, and then be green with envy until you feel blue.

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Last Call: Not So Tachy Edition

Robert Emslie May 3, 2016 Last Call

POrsche Tach

Show of hands, who knew that Porsche’s 356 had a 5,000-rpm redline?

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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Twin-Rotor Tuesday: Brit Madman Builds “Hoverbike”

English plumber-turned-Youtube sensation Colin Furze built a hoverbike. The contraption you see above kinda-sorta works, which is amazing given how difficult getting the thrust and center-of-mass balance on a thing like that can be. Hopefully he continues to play with it to put it to good use…whatever that might be.

Click through below for a three-part building series on how he did it. His contraptions are great, but the literal “guy in a shed” building/fab tips he has are great.

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