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Truck Thursday: Topkickurban

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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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Long Shots: A Goat and A Mini Moke

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So the other day this olelongrooffan was out and about just Hooning around seeing what could be seen. I was down at a fairly cool car target rich environment and out back was this cool Mini Moke. I spotted a red one of these many moons ago while working with Manuel Labor up there in the Birthplace of Speed. I remember they had it for sale and the going price was $12,500.00

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Someone in Poland drives a Lamborghini LM002 daily

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You know those series I do about the various cars in Poland? Yes, that one. And that one. And many others. Well, I do them because each time I see something that just blows my mind, and today is no exception. Someone sent me a link to Polish blog that posted the images of this Lambo. It started a conversation on the Polish reddit, known as Wykop.pl. There the commentators found out that it was registered as a farm machine, which I guess it could be. And which I guess is a bit of a sneaky to avoid some taxes, I’m guessing.

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Truck Thursday: 1979 Datsun 1500 Truck (620)

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It’s a pretty handy coincidence, after running a Datsun-Nissan weekend edition and including a photo of the exact same kind of 620-series truck, I noticed this one parked at a service station close by.

It’s not exactly a common sight here, as most of these were probably run to the ground before the mid-1990s and replaced with a King Cab of some sort. This truck has slipped through the crusher’s fingers and dodged the tin worm the best it’s could.

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Truck Thursday: UAZ 469B

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So a few weeks ago this olelongrooffan attended yet another car show, this one was the annual AACA show at the Naples Depot. When I left, after getting some cars in the lot images, of course, I decided to head down this small alley on the way home and see what one of funky cars lots (you know the one I’m talking about, every burg has at least one) I check out every so often had around back. Well my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan was sure surprised to see what they had out back that day. But a jump will have to be made to discover its identity.

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Submission Thursday: A Whole Bunch of Unimogs!

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Hollis writes:

Hey, I figured you guys might be interested in seeing these pics.

I was driving through La Junta, Colorado (generally a less than remarkable town on the plains of eastern Colorado) yesterday, and I passed a dozen or so Unimogs in one place. Naturally I had to stop. Turns out the guy who owns the place runs a Unimog dealership/specialty mechanic. He imports some of them, and others he buys already imported. He said the 02-06 are easy, because they were made available for US import (I didn’t know that), but that he gets quite a few that aren’t 25 years old but have been able to get around that rule and are road legal with titles. Inside the shop was his personal collection (I didn’t get any pictures…), he had a 63 Unimog, another one from the 70s, as well as a Lamborghini Diablo and a beautiful 56 Studebaker Golden Hawk. The Hawk was actually the guy’s grandmother’s, and when she passed away in the 60s his dad got the car, and then sold it in 69. This guy found it 5 years ago- the same exact car, and bought it.

The one that intrigued me the most (me being a firefighter) was the Unimog turned fire engine. The owner said that the BLM in Nevada had six or so Unimogs they were trying out. I don’t know if they still had any, but this guy had two of them (the other one is the one in lime green with no back- the whole fire engine body had been removed). The one still assembled was fully functional, and he was trying to sell it to a fire department. One cool thing was that it had a dozer blade on the front, so not only could you flow some water from the engine, but you could cut some serious fireline with it. That’s a pretty rare combination- usually engines and dozers are two separate pieces of equipment.

The guy was pretty cool and seemed happy to take a few minutes to chat to someone else who at least knew what a Unimog was. So if anyone is ever passing through La Junta, I would encourage them to stop it. The shop is right on US-50, just look for all the Unimogs, you can’t miss it.

Anyway, sorry for some of the pics being lousy, all I had with me was my phone.

Hope you like them, feel free to use them and anything I’ve written for the site if you want to.

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1962 Ranchero Makes a Predictable Entrance to the Hooniverse Fleet

1962 ford falcon ranchero project car lemons hooniversePlease welcome my new 1962 Ford Ranchero to the fleet! The image you see above marks the fourth vehicle that’s been towed to my driveway in the last four years. This fine example of the Falcon platform’s versatility sports a 170ci straight six, a three-on-the-tree and…not much else. Power nothing, non-functional window rollers, rusted-out floors and a few good dents in the body. However, it only weighs about 2500lbs and shares a number of key parts with all other Falcons, Mavericks and early Mustangs.

That parts interchangeability should come in handy as we build it out to be our next LeMons racer. Things than many people throw away (like 200 and 250ci I-6s, 8″ rear axles, floor-shifted three speed transmissions and drum brake spindles) constitute upgrades for us. Not only that, but it can haul its own spare parts!

Well, it could, once it’s running…

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The Problem with Wagoneers, As Illustrated by Two eBay Examples

Classic 4×4 continue to rise in value. Boomers with money bought up all the mainstream muscle cars and the metrojack movement is nearing its zenith, meaning those withing to co-opt some classic style are looking to Land Rovers, Land Cruiser Wagons and Wagoneers to match their overpriced under-muddied boots. Blazers, Broncos and CJs are just too accessible and everyone forgets Scouts exist. Land Rovers and Cruisers were made in few enough numbers and were genuinely crappy enough to make ownership challenging enough to feel special. Ambitious sellers are attempting to move top-condition Wagoneers in that over $20k (and up) market, but how can that work when they’re still thick on the ground under five grand?

I’ll admit in advance that this comparison is unfair. Exhibit A may well be the best-kept early Wagoneer in the country, a ’66 with 327ci V8, automatic and vinyl interior. The condition’s damn near perfect and nearly as original. The odometer reads 17,000 miles, which aligns with the condition (or a 6th-digit rollover and a massive restoration). Notable visible flaws include hacked-in extra gauges cut into the dash, a rattle-canned (?) instrument cluster and a giant CB antenna attached to nothing. There are no pictures of the undercarriage, which is concerning on a midwestern example. Speaking from my own example, the clean metal dash and instrument cluster are major aesthetic selling points, which are screwed up in nontrivial ways here. And yet: $60k Buy-It-Now.

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Meanwhile, this ’66 in Riverside is selling with a $3,600 opening bid and no reserve, meaning the seller’s willing to take $3,601. Obviously it’s several condition notches down, but certainly not $56,000 worth of work away from Exhibit A. It’s got the same V8, a preferable manual transmission, a better/more intact dash and the seller’s actually included pictures of the undercarriage. Compared to the wannabe museum piece, this one’s driven regularly and isn’t sitting on unusable antique bias ply whitewalls.

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While this is an intentionally extreme example, it seems the same story plays out through the middle of the spectrum as well. For every example that some dude’s trying to sell for $20k, there’s a slightly scruffier, functionally equivalent example for less than half-price. Hell, I could’ve met my needs for half the $8k I paid for mine. Given how most of these will be used (beach cruiser, hauling, camping, etc), the last 20% of the aesthetics aren’t all that critical.

I suppose I could conclude by congratulating myself on for constructing a nice “Don’t Buy and Expensive Wagoneer” PSA (again), but maybe there’s something I’m missing. Is there some confirmation bias that the buyer of a super-expensive vehicle adopts? “It’s good because it’s expensive”, rather than the other way around? Obviously Wagoneers are in my wheelhouse, but maybe you know of other vehicles where some examples pull ridiculous sale prices for no good reason?

 

For Sale: Bimmerworld 1999 Volvo VNL 420 with Great Dane Transport Trailer

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The problem with owning a race car is that race cars are not street legal and need to be transported to the race track. But if you’re serious about racing you will want to transport more than just your race car. For each race you will need tools, jack and stands, spare parts, and extra wheels. Then you have to deal with logistics stuff; food, drinks, water, clothes, possibly camping equipment. Anyway you look at it, it’s a lot of crap to haul to weekend race and clearly you will need a truck.

Have you seen current truck prices? You need fifty grand for a decent heavy duty pickup truck. You can save some money by buying a used and abused one, but it still isn’t cheap. Then you will need a trailer. Open trailers are cheaper and lighter but then you have to pile everything into the truck. Enclosed trailers are a cool option but that price creeps up quickly and you’ll definitely need a bigger truck.

But now there is this, and any serious budget focused team should take a long hard look at it:

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Truck Thursday: What the hell kind of a Land Cruiser is this?

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My Ariel Atom owning/selling friend sent me this picture. He saw this weirdness on his way to work this morning, somewhere on Route 93, north of Boston. What the hell is it?

Is it an new Toyota chassis with an old body on it? And if so, what they hell were they thinking with those taillights?

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