Last Call: Ripristino Alfresco Edition

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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  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    This is a little too al dente for my tastes.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      The classic “hair in the soup”-issue is on a whole other level when you’re talking about “oil in my coolant”…

      1. Vairship Avatar

        In this case the coolant is air, so the effects are less dire…

  2. mve Avatar

    One of my favorite things to do on Last Call is to rant about drivers, and now that I’m in Missouri, I have a whole new bunch of them.
    What is with drivers and merging onto the interstate? There seems to be this unspoken rule that the car with the absolute right of way – the car on the interstate – has to move over, slow down, and yield to the car merging from the on-ramp. It’s absolute madness, and I’m going to run somebody off the road one of these days. I get why truckers would move over; they don’t want to break their momentum. I’m not a trucker, though, and I’m not moving.

    1. Alff Avatar

      You may find, as I did when relocating from Seattle, that Missouri drivers tend to be too polite in the sense that their consideration upsets certain unspoken rules of the road that help things flow efficiently. Two lanes merging into one becomes an exercise in frustration as the merging lane vacates at some ambiguous point a half mile ahead of the actual merge. Twenty years on, I still stick with merging where the lanes do.

      1. mve Avatar

        I will not hesitate to go around all of them. That unfortunate phenomenon, though, is not confined to Missouri roads.
        It’s probably true that my driving habits have changed over the years, but I don’t remember this expectation being so, er, expectant. People come barreling onto the freeway at full speed and look genuinely shocked that there could be a car in the right lane. When I merge, I always, always, check my mirrors and join the flow where I won’t be in the way. After that, we can argue about who’s in what lane.

        1. danleym Avatar

          I lived in Missouri for a while, but I was in St. Louis, where the big city-ness may overcome some of that polite driving. That said, I’m all for getting over and giving the guy who’s merging a little space- if I can without upsetting traffic. If the next lane over is wide open, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t get over. If it’s full, well, too bad, you’re the one merging, so you need to figure out a way over.

          1. mve Avatar

            There’s a difference between being polite and being obligated. I tend to think of myself as a pretty good driver, but after the last two weeks, a stranger would think I’m out to side swipe every car I see. Really, I just want everyone to follow the rules and let us all get where we’re going.

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            Be honest, you’re just another Mad Max promotionist…

          3. dr zero Avatar
            dr zero

            Well down in Mad Max-land, they changed the rules so that you have to give way to anyone in front of you in a lane that is ending, which also applies to merging onto the freeway.

          4. spotarama Avatar

            speaking as i am from down in Madmax land, i’d just like to say i’d happily kill the morons who, every morning on the way to work, think its appropriate to wait until they’re actually merging onto the freeway to accelerate up to freeway speed, apparently its a good thing to merge with 65mph traffic at somewhere around 30ish

          5. Sjalabais Avatar

            Now that’s harsh.
            Though I can’t deny to have thought of applying one or another Mad Max/James Bond feature myself…
            I think it makes sense to give way to anyone in front of you in an ending lane. Common sense should require them to accelerate to an appropriate speed, but there will always be some slow people.

          6. Alff Avatar

            Mad Marxists

        2. theskitter Avatar

          I think you should be grateful that they do merge at full speed, as opposed to braking down to or never exceeding half-speed. That way it should only take minor adjustments on both of your parts (no side-by-side pacing). Personally, I move over a lane if someone is merging, because I am almost always moving faster, and don’t want to break my own pace.

    2. greggbc Avatar

      All GOOD drivers will, if possible, move left one lane to let the merging vehicle enter the freeway. Do not slow down while doing this. The real problem is merging cars that do not speed up to match the flow of traffic and enter too slow. I have seen people slow down and even stop on the entrance ramp.

    3. spotarama Avatar

      yi’m feeling better now,having got that rant off my chest last night, so i thought i’d inject a little bit of Mad Mokes action in here, having forgotten to put it on the car song thread thats gone over the page now.
      everybody needs to see this, its a way cool song off a great kids song album, the whole thing is songs about toy cars

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’ll be damned. My ’71 145 is up for sale again, it didn’t pass tech inspection at the new owners. Looks crappier than ever. How hard can it be to do some rust repair…?

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