Last Call: Gator Bait Edition

I don’t normally like automotive murals not involving wolves and the full moon or Conan defending scantily clad princesses, but this 3D hood gator is an exception.

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22 responses to “Last Call: Gator Bait Edition”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    I got nothin’
    Here’s a song by (The Mystic Knights Of The) Oingo Boingo (Who performed one of the best acts on The Gong Show, before Danny Elfman took over from his brother, Richard).
    I passed over Tegan and Sara’s “Alligator” and Shriekback’s “The Reptiles and I”

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Mounting it to the front of the car is in compliance with good driving practices.
    Tail gators are more likely to cause accidents.

  3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    It’s as incredible as it is ridiculous. I wouldn’t want it on anything I drove, but the effect is cool.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Also an example of how people spend what must be decent amounts of money on airbrush art on otherwise unremarkable vehicles

  4. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Well let’s lead this into tomorrow with a picture I’ve posted before but that fits the topic of the day.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Without googling the image, I can only guess it’s Gordon “Sting” Sumner on a GS500E powered Suzuki Burgman at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        I was thinking maybe Rob Halford had decided to ride something he might not fall off as easily.

        1. Alff Avatar

          You got another thing coming.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’m so rarely even close to new cars, but had this random question in my mind for days: Has it become standard for car hoods to hold themselves up? Somewhat annoyed by cars that don’t.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      My ’83 P-car has gas struts, which did their job as soon as I replaced them; my ’11 Roomster hasn’t – I guess it’s a question of price, perceived quality, and weight (which are all somewhat connected).

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        My ’70s Volvos had gas struts, too, but my ’02 Honda hasn’t. I just thought that with all the weight and dazzle of electric comfort gizmos added everywhere, something as simple and well-proven as this would become the norm. On the other hand, the owner is probably not expected to open the hood much nowadays anyway.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Looks like a marketing artifact…
          70ies Volvo: spartan luxury and high build and engineering quality. You bought one instead of a Mercedes.
          Millenialian Honda: Luxurious spartanity, at a price point. You bought one because the Voyager had “fluctuating quality”.

          1. JRise Avatar

            Mondeo mk3 had them, but mk4 hasn’t. Strange. Same demographics intended on both models, I would presume.

    2. caltemus Avatar

      Lets see, my 94 and 95 volvos, my 90 firebird, and my 91 lumina euro had working gas struts or spring mechanisms. My 01 outback had a stick, and my 89 town car had shot gas struts.

    3. P161911 Avatar

      Nope, if anything the trend is going the other way, especially on American cars. Forever, all the decent cars from the Big 3 had hoods that would hold themselves up. Our 2004 Trailblazer, with a stick price of over $30k in 2004, uses a little metal stick and doesn’t even have a hood light. My 2011 Silverado does have springs to hold the hood up. 2014 Volt has a metal stick. 2015 Leaf has a metal stick. I personally think that is a disgrace not to have a hood that can automatically hold itself up on any car that cost more than $25k. Ironically, in my fleet the Silverado had the cheapest sticker price (Work Truck model).

    4. salguod Avatar

      60 Thunderbird has springs to hold the hood up, 96 318ti has gas struts, the 07 Prius (aluminum hood), 05 Mazda3 and 98 Escort all have prop rods.
      Most cars I’ve owned have had prop rods (03 Protege, 99 Odyssey, 93 Escort, 92 Saturn, 88 Caravan, 88 Subaru, 88 Pulsar, 88 Nova, 88 Celebrity, 80 Monza).
      The 76 Camaro did not and maybe the 10 Outlook, I don’t remember.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      How utterly Italian.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Not really that impressive when you see the kickstands… should have airbrushed those out (and the tire tread)

  6. cap'n fast Avatar
    cap’n fast

    noot just paint, but art

  7. Tiller188 Avatar

    My only disappointment in this is that the gator head is not also a hood scoop.

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