Last Call: Baby On Board Edition

See, I told you the baby’d like riding up there. Five miles on the freeway and not a peep out of him. I’ll bet he never even woke up!
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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  1. Time to capitalize on the fear of the future.

    (I know it’s 2 months old, but I only saw it yesterday…sorry if everyone knows this already)

  2. So you’re haling a uhaul but you attach it to your Prius? Well it makes sense because you wouldn’t want the trailer to get damaged and then have to pay the deposit on your cast iron convertible bed.
    I really want to get hybrid drivers the benefit of the doubt. I mean I’m looking at getting a hybrid as the first car for my daughter. Something like an Insight but this isnt helping.

  3. In the last 48 hours we lost Adam West, Vic Edelbrock and the guy who invented Hawaiian Pizza. So many great minds in such a short space of time.

  4. I saw some traction engines today- both real vintage ones and modern 1/3-scale replicas, which were adorable. The steering mechanism was interesting- it looked like this:
    The shaft that ends in the worm gear is connected to the steering wheel. That drum has two chains wound around it in opposite directions, one connected to each end of the front axle. Turning the steering wheel hauls in one chain and lays out the other.
    It’s *Many* turns lock to lock- apparently when it’s set up correctly there is enough slack in the chains that the steering wheel can be turned one full turn in each direction without affecting the way the front axle is pointed…

    1. Coincidentally, I saw a heap of steam engines too, plus stationary versions and steam rollers. One of the latter had been retired to a park as a piece of play equipment for many years until a club asked if they could purchase it to restore: “if you can take it away you can have it” was the remarkably cooperative response.
      The steering sounds a little like the “sneeze factor” that manufacturers used to talk about (imagine what a modern Alfa would be like with 2 turns lock to lock!), but a whole turn is probably overdoing it. Mind you, of the traction engines had a top speed of 4 mph so the steering response would be suitable for the requirements.
      Amusingly, one of the large, black traction engines was named Tinkerbell!

  5. Brand names on pickups: Monday morning pondering about the “Toyota” text on a Hilux in front of me. Assuming the second, bigger “Toyota” is for advertisement, and that buying a pickup as opposed to a van or commercial truck, at least in my neck of the woods, is 50% brawn anyway, why wouldn’t one use the available width of the rear gate for the brand name text?

  6. I’ve moved a crib 4 hours on the highway on a roof rack before.
    Granted, it was dissembled, laid flat and strapped down really well ,…

      1. I would imagine that going up even a slight incline would prove challenging too. At least they considered pedestrian safety by installing a prop protector out of what looks like coathanger wire.

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