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eBay Motors looks to celebrate the MotorLife


eBay Motors is looking to celebrate what it calls the MotorLife. In its words it calls the idea “a celebration of the motorhead.” That is something we can get behind because it should cover some of the main bits of everything we love about our own Hooniverse. If it has wheels, we’re interested, and if it has an engine, that’s even better.

The goal of this movement is to, well the real goal is of course to get people to visit eBay Motors. I mean let’s be real here… it’s a marketing movement, but it’s one we can get behind if it really starts telling great stories that need to be told. The eBay Motors blog will be the hub of all of this action, where a number of folks while cover a wide range of events, project vehicle builds, and general automotive awesome.

Additionally, you can get in on the vehicular love fest by sharing your own stories on the eBay Motors blog comment section, through Facebook, and on Twitter. Yes, there’s a hashtag… it’s the hashtag era, get used to this. #MotorLife.

To prime the pump a bit, eBay Motors is having a contest. The prize is $1,000 to spend on parts on eBay Motors, and it runs each day through the 23rd of August (aka this Sunday). Head over to this Facebook page, post a picture, and tag it with #MotorLife and #eBayContest and whatever other zany/witty caption you can think of. Want to enter on Twitter instead? Go follow eBay on Twitter, then post a photo with #MotorLife and #eBayContest, and send it as a reply to @eBay. Non-Private Twitter accounts needed, please.

We know you need $1,000 to spend on parts, and maybe this is your ticket to getting that. Hell, some of you could find whole cars to buy for $1,000 (Helloooo LeMons!).

[This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay]

Review: The 1997 Rover 825Si- Rusty’s 500th Post Special Edition


This post marks my 500th published contribution to this hallowed web address, and as a very indulgent celebratory gift to myself I thought I’d run a full review of my own car. If any of you ever harbour unclean thoughts about owning a 1997 Rover 825 as a daily driver, the below will either encourage or discourage you. Read on and find out which applies in your case.

Of course, we all know the 800 is a spent force these days, appealing now to a very select minority and really only for reasons of morbid curiosity. By the end of its production run the 800 was bought new mostly by xenophobic businessmen and pensioners with British Leyland fixations, and the sphere of attraction has not broadened since then. But I still drive one, and I’ve not been sectioned for the good of humanity just yet, so there must be some appeal, surely?

Well I certainly think so. Let’s consider my argument for its defence.

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A Hoonette is Born!


Hooniverse and the Universe, please welcome Sloane Ellis Glucker!

Sloane arrived a few weeks early but both her and the mom are doing well. Congrats Jeff and Jenifer!

Our Cars: Suzuki Kizashi
Welcome The Town Cow’s Successor


From the time I formally introduced myself to the Hooniversalist faithful, my main ride has been a ’91 Lincoln affectionately dubbed the “Town Cow.” And along the way, I’ve chronicled its long, sad decline into beater-dom. I’ve also on several occasions expressed my unabashed affection for the underrated, star-crossed Suzuki Kizashi. Well, eleven days ago, I became the owner of a 2011 Kizashi GTS Sport, and my motoring world has pretty much been turned inside-out — in the best way possible. … Continue Reading

Project Car SOTU: 1984 Toyota Tercel 4WD

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When we purchased this 1984 Tercel for $1k back in 2011 I made a thread on FinalGear entitled “Restoration. How hard can it be?” Unfortunately Richard Hammond wasn’t nearby to shout “Don’t say that!” Still, even though the restoration isn’t anywhere near finished we have made some progress.

Only for it to be killed by entropy.

For example, the pic you see above is the one a less-reputable used car dealer would use to frontline an ad (or the one a writer would use to make a point). A cab driver had its way with the other side, because of course it did.

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Project Audinary- So close, So, So far


Last year you were introduced to my erstwhile daily-driver turned nothing-to-lose street weapon. Project Audinary, a 1998 Audi A4 1.8t that I have owned for seven years. It’s covered seventy thousand miles in my custody, and at 120K elapsed is due its second cam-belt change.

My intention was to kill a whole flock of birds with one stone.  I know there’s something awful going on concerning the oil and the coolant and the fact that they seem to be on rather better terms with each other than I’d like, leading to disgusting emulsified yellowness in the expansion tank. So I’d like to get to grips with this first, and the cambelt. Once I’m satisfied that the car is healthy enough to be a sensible proposition to have money thrown at it, I can start looking at far sexier things like remapped ECU’s, uprated injectors and higher-PSI turbos.

For now, I’m having a go at walking before even attempting to run.

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The Aston Martin Vulcan
An 800hp Carbon Fiber Track Assassin

Jeff Glucker February 24, 2015 Announcements

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You know I love the Aston Martin brand. I’ve been fortunate to drive pretty much every vehicle they produce in a variety of driving situations. It’s not a stretch to say that I’ve become quite acquainted with what’s possible when behind the wheel of an Aston Martin vehicle.

Well, there’s a new Aston Martin model… and it should warp anything that I thought was possible when piloting a machine wearing the AM wings. It’s called the Aston Martin Vulcan, and it’s here to steal your heart while devouring your soul.

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Submissions Thursday: Back from the Dead

Tim Odell February 12, 2015 Announcements, Featured

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Hooniverse‘s all-amateur cast gives us our unique character, but limits us as well. Simply put, we’ve only got so much time for the site. We tend to go with what we know: I’m all about my projects and your future projects, for example. It’s a good mix, but even the tastiest smoothie with the same eight ingredients gets old after a while. That’s where you come in. Maybe you have aspirations of making several dollars as an automotive writer or maybe you went to a cool car show and took some pictures. It’s not uncommon to think you’ve got a whole blog’s worth of writing in your head, but run out after only a few posts. Either way, we’re interested in what you have to share.

…but that doesn’t mean we’ll write up just anything you send in. A few tips:

Car show pictures: get there early for good lighting and fewer people. A bunch of shoulder-height, 10-feet away shots of a cool car with a crowd around it doesn’t quite cut it. Get down on one knee, frame the shot, capture the details and try to talk to the owner about the car.

Skip the rant: we’re not interested in your 1200 word tirade on how BMW’s lost its way or Kids These Days do/don’t care about cars. Framing your rant around some personal anecdote doesn’t change its ultimate destination (falling off the bottom of the inbox, unread).

Builds: Love them. If we had a real budget, I’d do nothing but build awesomely perverse cars all day.

Ownership experiences: Great. Nothing deflates Forum Logic(c) quite like a well-reasoned ownership report from someone who actually owns a car and actually uses it.

I Did a Thing!: This gets tricky. I date myself with the phrase, but we don’t want the car blog equivalent of flipping through someone’s vacation slides. Point is, your coast-to-coast roadtrip might’ve been an incredible experience…but there’s no guarantee reading about it will be. (Presumably) no one’s assigned to read Hooniverse, so be sure to write it up in a way that gives readers a reason to keep reading.

What’s in it for you? A lot of people just love the ego/portfolio boost from having their stuff published. We love those people too. If the intangibles don’t quite do it for you, we’d be happy to throw some swag your way, courtesy of the miscellaneous stuff our PR friends send us or maybe a Hooniverse decal or shirt.

If you’re interested, hit us up at submissions@hooniverse.com

(Picture completely unrelated aside from being awesome. Copyright Daisy Odell/Hooniverse.com)

Win a Jeep offroading trip to the Rubicon Trail


We here at Hooniverse like to think we’re capable of anything and we like our vehicles similarly capable. We also like working with our partners and friends from the web when they have a sweet contest involving extremely capable vehiclse that might appeal to our favorite Hoons (That’s you!). In a perfect world, this would involve traversing the Mecury’s dark side in a Willys MB, trying to stay in the shade of the impossibly close Sun.

Unfortunately, nobody’s sending a war-surplus Jeep to Mercury yet (Please call us back Elon Musk; it’ll work), but we’ve got the next best thing from our friends over at Jeep Wrangler aftermarket specialists Extreme Terrain: the chance to win a three-day, expenses-paid guided offroading trip for two on California’s Rubicon Trail in a custom Wrangler. Follow the jump for more.

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In Memoriam Of One Of Our Own

Deartháir February 2, 2015 Announcements, Featured
Joe Lynn, aka chrystlubitshi.

Joe Lynn, aka chrystlubitshi.

We have a sad announcement to make from behind the scenes at the Hooniverse-Atomic Toasters Galactic Central Command. We have lost one of our own. One of the original group of commenters who followed us here to our new corner of the internet, back when we first started Hooniverse so many years ago, has passed away at a very young age.

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