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Last Call: Friday Weld Edition

Robert Emslie May 22, 2015 Last Call

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Walking the Cup is a method of welding that gives – to the highly skilled welder at least – an even overlapping bead that’s both functional and a work of art. If you’re interested in a lesson on how this is kind of work is done, check out this video by a self described TIG-certified socially awkward 20-year old.

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Last Call: Blueprint for Success Edition

Robert Emslie May 21, 2015 Last Call

Garage

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

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Image: Go Away Garage

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

Robert Emslie May 20, 2015 Last Call

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

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Last Call: McPhail’s Nail Edition

Robert Emslie May 19, 2015 Last Call

Kind of a Drag

Alternately called McPhail’s Nail and “Wild Thing” this oddball machine was built by one Angus McPhail as a contender for the three-wheel speed record. Who knew such a category even existed?

It was originally powered by a transverse Ford Kent four, supercharged and running on methanol, although later iterations mounted a Renault V6 behind the prone pilot. I don’t know if it ever achieved any speed records, but it does take the prize as the weirdest dragster you’ll probably ever see.

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Last Call: Steak Sale Edition

Robert Emslie May 18, 2015 Last Call

Los Angeles in the 1960s (1)

At first glance, this vintage picture seems to be of a somewhat nondescript Los Angeles parking lot, one of thousands that dotted the landscape back when the car was king and land was still relatively cheap. Actually, there are a lot of cool details in this image, from the Dodge Pioneer coupe in the foreground to the surprisingly contemporary looking simply say Delco billboard in the back.

Behind those are a couple of even more interesting L.A. icons. To the right sits one of the massive petroleum tanks that once were emblematic of Los Angeles’ booming oil extraction business. To the left of that there’s the Skelton Studios sign. Red Skelton was a beloved comedian and painter of creepy clown pictures. He successfully navigated Hollywood’s pitfalls for decades, featuring in film, and on both radio and television.  In 1959 he bought the former Charlie Chaplin Studios located on La Brea just south of Sunset. A decade after that it became the headquarters of A&M records. Today it’s the home of the Jim Henson Studios, and the Skelton Studios sign has been replaced by a statue of Kermit the Frog, decked out as Chaplin’s Little Tramp.

Image: Vintage Everyday

Last Call: Ripristino Alfresco Edition

Robert Emslie May 15, 2015 Last Call

Fiat

This is either the quaintest and coolest auto restoration in the world, or proof that you should always consult with your waiter when ordering lunch in a foreign country. Whatever it is, it’s a great start to the weekend.

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Last Call: Lamboat Edition

Robert Emslie May 14, 2015 Last Call

Lamboat

One of these things is not like the other.

The boat may look like the Lambo, but it’s not powered like it. According to CNN, the 15-meter wave crusher is instead sporting a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines. It’s more expensive ($1.4 million) than the car, and seats more too, but at least it is painted like its automotive idol.

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Last Call: Music To My Ears Edition

Robert Emslie May 13, 2015 Last Call

Musicians

I love musician jokes. You know, ones like why do drummers always stand outside your front door? Because they never know when to come in. Or, what do you call a beautiful woman on a trombonist’s arm? A tattoo.

The poor musician’s car is almost a joke in itself, usually an old van, or since those aren’t so common any more, a clapped-out hatchback filled to the gills with equipment. If you see one on the road, pass it with caution as you know the driver doesn’t have comprehensive insurance.

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Last Call: Puppy Love Edition

Robert Emslie May 12, 2015 Last Call

Cucciolo

One of the greatest challenges following WWII was how to get Europe mobile again, encouraging trade and jumpstarting the region’s economy. That was especially difficult with shattered infrastructures and a scarcity of raw materials, but engendered a lot of innovation in ways to move goods and people.

One of those innovators was S.I.A. T. A. which after the war started building the Cucciolo (puppy) motor that could be mounted on a bicycle, turning any of the Continent’s bikes into modest motorized transportation. So successful was the Cucciolo that S. I. A. T. A. went to Ducati for additional engineering and production capacity.

Until then, Ducati had been best known for their radio components, but in 1950, they produced their first Cucciolo-powered motorcycle. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Last Call: Project Run Away Edition

Robert Emslie May 11, 2015 Last Call

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All day you’ve been reading about our project cars, which I think is one of the cool things about Hooniverse; that most of us personally keep the hearts beating on our own old iron. That’s not always the case, as sometimes people just give up. When that happens the next stop is usually here – the wrecking yard.

That’s often a sad end for that particular project, but at the same time, it’s often a new beginning. From death comes new life, and for those of us with older projects, the junk yard is often the only place to find parts that are otherwise unobtainable. That thought always makes me happy, and I always like to see a car in the yard getting stripped bare. That’s because I know it will live on, helping another stave off the day when it too will have to give up itself so that others may go on.

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