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Last Call: Hooniverse Truck Thursday

Hey all you new Moms and Dads out there in the Hooniverse….looking at you Bryan and Tim…..
Never Under Estimate The Power Of Children.
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By |2011-09-15T18:30:37+00:00September 15th, 2011|Hooniverse Truck Thursday, Last Call|20 Comments

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  1. tonyola September 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Young Clark Kent wasn't satisfied with toy trucks for Christmas.

  2. brazilreporter September 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Spinache is a hell of a drug

  3. Feds_II September 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    So tis been an interesting 1.5 weeks:
    Last tuesday I was driving home in my Pathfinder. Rounding a bend, I heard a big bang. I got out and checked, but didn't see any obvious damage. Drove the rest of the way home, then back to work on Wednesday. While the Pathfinder drove fine, it felt like something in the steering was grinding.
    Opening the hood, I discovered that the driver's side shock tower had rotted out, and it was now resting against the steering shaft! Fortunately, Nissan announced a recall on this in April. I took the car to the dealer last Thursday. They took one look at it, declared it un fixable, and put me in a rental (Altima, as it happens). The dealer said: Drive the car. Someone will call you in a couple weeks with a settlement. Got the call this week. My 13 year old, 140k mile pathfinder is apparently worth $5,300. Oh, and it's going to take 4 weeks to process the cheque, so feel free to hang on to the Altima.
    So far, so skippy. Especially since I was planning on replacing the Pathfinder in the spring anyway. However, I was planning on replacing it with a grey market Japanese import. This can take upwards of 3 months to get on the road.
    So here I am with a fat cheque, and a need to purchase a car that I am only going to keep for 3 months… What is a hoon to do?
    Of course, I took to the internets and got in touch with every seller of anything even remotely interesting who lived within 2 hours of me. After some close calls with old Grand Cherokees, Legacy Wagons, 2-door Monteros, and kl-ze swapped escort wagons, I came across something that I can only describe as the perfect winter car for a Canadian family of 4: a 1984 VW Rabbit Convertible.
    Bought some second hand snow tires today, so my total investment is up to $700, Taxes and tags will take it closer to a grand, but since that's Nissan's money, I'm not complaining. Plus, with the top down, it'll be dead easy to get the kids in and out of their car seats.

    • Thrashy September 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Are decrepit Volkswagen convertible for the dead of Canadian winter? You, sir, are insane, and I salute you. Have a metaphorical drink on me.

    • dead_elvis September 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      "it'll be dead easy to get the kids in and out of their car seats."
      And when they're frozen solid, they remove as a single unit. No need to wrestle them from the seats. Winning!
      Edit: it's ideas like these that keep me from being asked to babysit for my nephew, or any other kids.

    • Alff September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Excellent choice. Mine was the best snow car I've ever had, and those tops (assuming it's in decent shape) are good and thick.

      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 16, 2011 at 7:11 am - Reply

        My '03 Golf was great too, you did not really need snow tires, but all seasons had to have a lot of tread left, more than I expected one winter. My theory was that the front was too light too dig down far enough and it the front was skipping from side to side. That was a fun drive to work that snowy morning. The next Monday I had the (full size, yippie!) spare on front and a spare from a wrecked Jetta I got before it was hauled away.
        Do I want to know how you decided that the top was good and thick?

        • Alff September 16, 2011 at 7:48 am - Reply

          I don't know what you're thinking – VW bragged about the 5 layer insulated top in their convertibles. I used to ski dozens of times per year and found that car every bit as comfortable as any sedan.

          • mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

            I did not remember that, sorry. I hoped it was something like your roof rack on the minivan applied to the Rabbit you had tried long before.

          • Alff September 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

            I did a lot of naughty things in that Rabbit, but it usually required having the top off.
            Oh, and yes, I used to put the top down and use the rollbar as an ad hoc rack for bikes, surfboards and once, a rowboat.

    • OA5599 September 16, 2011 at 5:46 am - Reply

      I'd look for another beater 13-year old Pathfinder, this time with about 135K on the clock and a weak shock tower. That gives you about 5,000 miles to get the grey market car ready. When that Pathfinder fails, you can sell it back to Nissan, too, so you don't have to deal with the sorts of time-wasting bozos attracted by Craigslist ads.

      • Feds_II September 16, 2011 at 6:03 am - Reply

        The thought has crossed my mind more than once. I havent signed all the paperwork yet, so i dont know if there is a "one buyout only" clause or anything. Plus: creeping mortality makes me think twice about playing with my life for 2-3,000 bucks.
        If there is some money left after the vehicle "needs" get met ( I really need something bigger than a pathfinder, w/ 3 rows) I will be looking to pick a rusty one up as an investment.

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 16, 2011 at 7:18 am - Reply

          Good call (on the Rabbit too). The minivan my wife now has, it's a one year newer model replacement for the one we bought originally which the manufacturer bought back. Not too long ago my wife was saying how happy that coincidence was because of how she has a newer car with less mileage. I told her I was happy she did not creamed by a semi or something in the old one myself.
          Anyway I have decided this year I am riding my bike until Dec 15th pretty much arbitrarily and in a moment of bravado around my uncle, and you're right, it's sure to be easy to get the kids in and out. Maybe you could get two of those old style car seats that just around the back of the seat and just drop them in and lift them out?

  4. Number_Six September 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    "The Hitler Youth steroids program is progressing very well indeed, Herr Himmler."

  5. Alff September 16, 2011 at 4:10 am - Reply

    "Our trucks are so Falken light, a child can lift them".

  6. tiberiusẅisë September 16, 2011 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I can't put my arms down.

  7. nofrillls September 16, 2011 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I'm pretty sure there's a lever on the back of the truck that will quickly resolve this problem.

  8. $kaycog September 16, 2011 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Actually…..never underestimate the power of a woman.
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  9. Froggmann_ September 16, 2011 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I want that truck. That thing is awesome. Wait, what are we talking about again?

  10. Charles_Barrett September 17, 2011 at 8:28 am - Reply

    "Of all the Flintstones Chewable Multivitamins Plus Iron, little Olaf's favorite was Bamm-Bamm…"

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