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Weekend Edition: Getting to grips with the Peugeot 405 Mi16

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There are two ways to refer to this car. A simple, non-sugarcoated one is to say I have a French car with peeling paint and leaking coolant. The other, a more sympathetic way is to declare that I drive a 1992 Peugeot 405 Mi16 that isn’t yet as good as it could be. Both sentiments are true, but it’s the latter that drives me forward. As does the Mi16, whenever I need it to.

Does it sound like a motivational Facebook poster image yet?

After the previous, introductory post, the Peugeot spent a couple months at the local vocational school’s auto shop. During that time, it received a new cambelt + waterpump combination, along with the strut mounts getting replaced with new OEM ones, as the old ones were just crumbling rusty discs that resembled Finnish rye bread more than anything holding a strut to anything. The shop also noticed the alternator was way past its prime, and proceeded to order one and fit it. A couple weeks ago, I got the car back and felt tremendous relief to actually be able to use it.

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Weekend Edition: Winter Sports in the 1993 Mazda MX-5

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Winter is both awesome and terrible. Spontaneity goes out of the window as cars need to be pre-heated for an hour or so, you have to consider wearing adequate clothing like long johns and then there’s the matter of the white stuff getting absolutely everywhere. Door locks and seals freeze and windows become opaque. With a little planning, none of these things are an issue, but at -25 °C you just can’t fool around like you’ve used to.

It gets a lot easier when it warms up by almost 20 degrees Centigrade. This means it doesn’t feel like a terrible idea anymore to get the German import Japanese roadster out of the shelter, as it doesn’t have a block heater and the battery is fairly small. But with a recent enough tune-up and good quality coolant in the cooling system, you can rely on it not being a block-splittingly bad idea to awaken.

Just make sure you have the Steve Martin comedy album ready for your outing. How’d you get so funky?

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Weekend Edition: Giving Up the Ghost / Mongrel Meets His Maker

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The new year is off to a good start. My little Volkswagen Polo has become a running, driveable car instead of a 60 euro paperweight, and with the newfound will to sort out all the loose ends, I’ve now sold my Ford Sierra that has hung around my neck. It’s another tale of a project car not going where it should, until it’s gone for good.

You might remember the burgundy Sierra from these pages. I bought it in the summer of 2014, as I had sold the Saab and the Xantia was on its way out, and I figured I’d try my hand in resurrecting a long-dormant car. The Sierra had sat for a decade in a cold garage, and it had barely passed the 100,000 km mark. Of course, it was a very basic car in every sense, with very little power from its 1.6-litre CVH engine, and the driving thrills were few and far between. But still, I saw something in the bulbous old hulk.

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Weekend Edition: Is Climb Dance the best rallye video so far?

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It’s pretty much as simple a film as C’etait un Rendezvous, even if it’s not exactly shrouded in mystery. But the beginning of Climb Dance is brilliantly cut, with scenes depicting the clouds of dust as Ari Vatanen’s Peugeot 405 T16 has just roared by, with a ghostlike presence there.

The material that ended up on the 1989 short film showcasing Vatanen’s 10:47.220 Pikes Peak effort – with a bit of Robby Unser’s driving spliced in – is some of the most daring driving caught on film, with the 405 making its way up the mountain in blinding sunlight, steered with one hand on the wheel. It remains captivating and no matter how many times it gets posted on the Internet, it’s always worth celebrating.

 

Weekend Edition: Bilenkin Vintage re-imagines Volga with BMW tech

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With a number of Weekend Editions dedicated to old Soviet and Russian automarkers, I welcome this re-imagining of a USSR personal luxury coupe built on modern BMW mechanicals. The Bilenkin Vintage combines intricate mid-1900s detailing with a stout BMW 4-series coupe base, and the end result is… imaginative.

Behind the project, unveiled at Dubai Motor Show, are Moscow-based car designer Kirill Bilenkin and a car customizer house called CARDI. Check out more photos after the jump.

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Weekend Edition: 417 Cars and Coffee – 2015 Wrap-up, The Sequel

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So last Tuesday, fellow Hooniverse contributor and also fellow Ozarkian, Marcal Eilenstein posted his wrap up of the final 417 Cars & Coffee of the 2015 season. If my fellow Hoons missed it, you should take a take a look at it here. Marcal and this olelongrooffan have similar posting styles in that we often take an event we have attended and break it into different segments….my recent Branson Auctions posts come to mind…and he had broken his attendance at this event up similarly. But as to fact his post was the Wrap-up, I can only presume fellow Hoon Marcal has forgotten this olelongrooffan is a member of the Slacktivism group over on that Book about my Face. I do, however, find it interesting to see what two Hoons attending the same event find to be notable and worth sharing. Click on through to see what this olelongrooffan found worthy of sharing.

But first, the obligatory ’55 Chevy Belair Hardtop, seldom noted by this author and the only Tri 5 spotted that day by this olelongrooffan.

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Weekend Edition: A look at Eastern Europe, 1985-1989

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This Sunday is Father’s Day here in Finland. It seems fitting to contribute an article consisting of photographs taken by my dad way back in the mid-to-late 1980s, as he travelled to East Berlin, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and so on, with a group of other Finnish teachers. I got this stack of travel photos from him last weekend, and we leafed through them.

I cannot provide a point-to-point narrative for them, as some of them are out of sequence by now and even the chronological order is sketchy at best, but what they do is provide a look into countries that do not even exist anymore. After these photos were taken, Eastern Europe faced years of change never even thought possible, and even the next five years were a tumultuous time for those countries. Germany, separated for decades, became whole again and these street scenes captured from a tour bus would never be the same. Trabants, Wartburgs, Skodas fill the parking lots, almost the only bright spots in towns and cities consisting of grey and brown, the early wintertime having stripped the trees of leaves and the ageing photographs exaggerating the muted colour palette.

The Berlin shots are from December 1985, and the Hungarian scenes have been taken as late as 1989. Everything here falls in that time period beginning 30 years ago, as my dad was roughly the same age as I am now.

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Weekend Edition: Finishing Up At The Branson Auction

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Just to finish this olelongrooffan’s sharing of the stuff I saw while out at the Branson Auction a whiles back. If my fellow Hoons believe that General Motors is the only manufacturer to build a Super Sport you would be sorely mistaken. This 1951 Crosley Super Sport precedes those GM products by at least four years. And this wasn’t included previously in my Detroit Steel post because these were built in Marion, Indiana. It was a cute little buggy and sold for a fee inclusive $9,180.00. I would call that well sold. Click on through to see a couple more, if you like.

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BTTF II Weekend Edition: Down on the Hill Valley Street

Antti Kautonen October 25, 2015 Weekend Edition

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In addition to the concept cars, Back to the Future II featured a lot of regular everyday cars dressed up for the movie, as well as proper proppy props that were designed just to do their thing for five seconds and not much more. This post handles both.

The first one is the Foxbody droptop Mustang that has a similar retro-fitted hover car setup as Biff’s BMW 6-series choptop. It’s a 1987-1989 Mustang GT, and it has to be said current ’80s Mustangs are definitely lacking in the enormous rear spoiler department. Probably because they are grounded to the ground.

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BTTF II Weekend Edition: The Pontiac Pursuit Concept

Antti Kautonen October 25, 2015 Weekend Edition

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Another General Motors concept that can be seen down on a 2015 Hill Valley street is the Pontiac Pursuit from 1987. Unlike the Chevrolet Express, it’s not a gas turbine vehicle, but it still looks kind of trippy inside.

The Pursuit, its computer mouse styling aside, was quite believable in terms of tech, as it had a turbocharged 200-horsepower four banger up front. Sounds like a very 2015 engine.

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