Last Call: Peasant in a Jeep edition

Modern Jeeps are anything but cheap. It’s difficult not to spend over $50,000 on a new Wrangler or a Grand Cherokee. Over the last decade, if not more, Chrysler’s checkered reliability has been significantly improved. So now imagine driving three generations old Range Rover, which certainly has its issues, and thinking you’re somehow superior to… anyone.

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.

East Coast Editor. Races crappy cars and has an unhealthy obsession with Eastern Bloc cars. Current fleet: 4Runner, Integra, Regal, Lada


  1. It’s normal to see interesting old cars being driven and parked in San Francisco (we are, after all, a suburb of The Island That Rust Forgot.)
    So it shouldn’t surprise me that the abandoned cars are a cut above the usual; such as this 86’ed 96 that’s been on the corner of my block for the past week. It had a hood for a few days, until the scrappers figured out how to open it. It’s mid-60s and has the filleted windows.

    1. So, um, is that strip of trim on the left front fender still available? Maybe also the rear lights? Asking for a friend…

      1. You were my first thought. Sorry I didn’t post it before the hood went to a new home. The tail light lenses are pretty cracked up. I’ll ask Secret Santa’s elves to look into the chrome strips.
        (Really? You worked so hard to get your SAABs properly patinated, and you’re all about chrome strips?)

        1. Yeah, I was afraid the lenses might be in bad shape, otherwise whoever was serious enough to take the rear suspension and the fuel tank probably would have grabbed them. Still, if the reflector assemblies/bulb housings for the tail and reverse lights are decent, those themselves are worth saving.

          The real prizes would be the brake master cylinder and, since it’s a two-stroke, the temperature gauge (but only if the entire capillary tube and bulb assembly is intact) and the engine stabilizer brace that attaches to the left inner fender. I have to assume those are all gone, though.

          I’m surprised the windshield is still there. Does it have issues that aren’t obvious from the photo?

          As for patina, I don’t feel a need for the trim strips to be in good shape but it does bother me that my race car is missing just that one piece.

      2. That strip of trim is no longer on the left front fender. I pinched it.

        It’s on my kitchen table. Along with some holiday cheer.

      3. Whoops! That was the reverse side of it.

        Anyway, it’s in good nick.

        I will apply to the Hooniverse Overlords for a relay of contact information.

        This month I am mailing all of my spare Laverda parts to Australia, so posting a chrome strip to a geologist in The States seems tasteful and organic to the plot.

  2. Let’s continue this Swede Stampede with a question for the hive mind.

    The man in the pub said that his Volvo 1800 had interior door handles that were set high and really far back, to force drivers to use their right hand, reaching across the body. This was to encourage looking over your shoulder before opening the door. For, like, bicycles or some shit. Not like there’s a mirror for that.

    All the interior door pictures of Volvo 1800s I can find have the same door handle, looks like a kick starter and can operate the door latch in both directions. and it’s right there where your left hand wants it to be (or the right hand, on the ‘correct’ side.)

    But it sounds plausible. Did Swedish car manufacturers at one time put the door handles in an awkward place to encourage some kind of safety shenanigan?

    1. Looks like the Mini, in all its iterations, had a rear-set door handle. But from what I know about the British, safety is just a by-product of… say, ‘thrift’.

    2. That method of opening a car door is called the Dutch Reach but I’m not aware of any variant of the 1800 that was set up to encourage its use. Even the later cars with the redesigned arm rests still have the handle at the front, which I think was true for all markets. As far as that goes, my own Dutch-made Volvo 66GLs also have their door handles towards the front.

  3. Guys, gather ’round, we got ourselves a little miracle here. A company called MW Motors is building a 60 kW BEV based on the UAZ 469. Yes. They do. It’s crazy, I’m about to faint, and I love it. Two worlds combined to something utterly fantastic. Please, Greg, pick it up for the news.

    Homepage EV

      1. Didn’t someone try to sell UAZ’es in the US in the 90s? It could be possible that the platform is okay to import.

        Since the Czech Republic is in the EU, I could import it here and my local authorities would grudgingly have to register it. But it’s priced like a Kia e-Niro, meaning it would consume our entire car budget. Hard veto from my wife already (yes, she’s the smart one).

        1. Yeah, the price is the sticking point for me, too. That’s about $45k here in the U.S., and that’s without delivery and import fees, etc. My tentative budget is reserved for a base-model Bronco, and it’s difficult to compare something so spartan as the Spartan with something as relatively modern as the Bronco, with similar capabilities. Granted, the Bronco isn’t an EV, but at this stage I’m not willing to pay a big premium JUST for an electric motor. I like the simple aesthetic of the converted UAZ, but it’s hard to justify that price. I could probably find an old FJ or Landy and convert it to EV myself for far less than that.

  4. Dæng, if I was closer, I’d show up at your door with some rickety piece of cool wheels, point at it, and shout: “Electrify!” after your last sentence. At the bare minimum, those would be some entertaining cans of beer.

  5. I’m bad at picking out what model year that might be, but I’m guessing you could get two of them for the price of a Wrangler Rubicon.

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