Last Call: Wheelhouse Edition

When Giugiaro debuted the Maserati Boomerang as a static show car at the 1971 Turin Auto Show its trashcan-shaped instrument binnacle housed futuristic but non-functional dials that swept gracefully across its face. A year later when the company returned to the show with a running example of the car—now based on the Bora—those custom gauges had been replaced by off the shelf dials and switches, all surrounding a central tach, and contained within a deeply dished four-spoke steering wheel. It was still weird, but it wasn’t quite as wonderful.
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. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

    Does anyone else have a problem with the mobile version of Hooniverse not loading new posts on the Android internet app? It will update once if I delete my cookies, cache, etc, but then it won’t update any more.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      I just find I have to refresh the site for it to load new posts, but yes, wonky.

      1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

        I’ve tried refreshing it, but that still doesn’t work. *Edit:* I just tried it again and it worked. Now I feel pretty dumb.

    2. P161911 Avatar

      Yes, I either have to follow the e-mail link or search for the new story title.

      1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

        I do that sometimes, but they still don’t show up on the home page.

    3. dr zero Avatar
      dr zero

      I was having trouble a while back using Firefox on PC, but I got around it by finding the new stories on Disqus.

  2. JayP Avatar

    The kid is no help with finding the next ride.
    We went over a few 2010 refresh with the old engine but has the Tremec. A few are super low miles but are within a few $$$ of 5.0s with a 20k miles. Anything track pack is over 50k miles in that ballpark.
    If I’m willing to go cheap, 2007 CaliSpecial. That’d leave me enough to get the Brembos, track suspension and tires. My preference is to build one up again.
    Then he discovers the GT500s are not too far away. He’s hung up on the GT500. Because “supercharger”
    My pal has connections at a shop by the airport. They get in a lot of Mustangs and one pretty reasonable GT500.

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      This sounds like it’s been a pretty fun hunt, so far. How old is your kid?

      1. JayP Avatar

        He’s 14. So far it has been interesting. I see something and he shoots it down. He’s not paying the bills, is he?
        I stumbled on a 2014 Track Pack with recaros. Reading up, it’s essentially the Boss without the Roadrunner engine. It’s only 420. Same rear diff as the boss, same brakes. About $10k to $15k less than a boss. I’m putting a deposit on it of it looks good.

        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          It’s way more fun spending someone else’s money! I tell my boss this all the time, since I’m usually doing the research on what equipment we’re buying. (Small winery, so there’s plenty of stainless welding porn.)
          ETA: The only new car I can remember my parents buying was a first year Taurus wagon. My barely-licensed voice in favor of the 3-pedal variety was ignored in favor of the fully(ish, I don’t remember it being particularly plush, but my grandparents were Cadillac people) loaded V6 automatic version. It hauled ass & girls pretty well, so I was ultimately OK with it.

    1. Texlenin Avatar

      OMG How could one not want to drive it, just for the cluster alone??

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