Hooniverse Asks- With What Automotive Accessory Kitsch are you Enamored?


When I was a kid one of the family cars that I remember most vividly was my mom’s 1960 Cadillac sedan. It was big, and white – my folks actually had it painted by the Earl of Scheib, I kid you not – and it had swoopy fins in the back. But what I remember most about my mom’s old Caddy was that in the very back, on the parcel shelf where today you might find the government mandated third brake light, she had a dog.

It wasn’t a real dog of course. First off it was way too small for that. At little over 8 inches long it was too tiny to even be one of those Chihuahua dogs with the bugged-out eyes. It was actually modeled to look like a German Shepard, and was made of either heavy plastic or perhaps some sort of ceramic. Covering its surface was a thin fuzzy layer which was black and brown, just like the real deal.

But the best part was the head. It had been hung from the top of the inside of the neck hole and was balanced in such a way that with even the slightest movement from the car, the head wold nod up and down, up and down. It was mesmerizing. It’s been a long time since we had either the car or the fake but agreeable dog, but I will always remember it with great fondness and perhaps someday will get a back window dog of my own. That’s a kitschy little auto accessory that helps express your personality through your car, and one that I dearly love. Which kitschy cool accessory do you really like? 

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64 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- With What Automotive Accessory Kitsch are you Enamored?”

    1. pj134 Avatar

      I don't know, they can work on a mid 60's vehicle in my book.
      <img src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b54/way2lo2/caminoc10c10/2013-08-06044434_zpsaa9e9fb4.jpg&quot; width="500/">
      If anyone want's to test the reserve…

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I'm partial to RWL tires, till sidewalls got too short for them.
      <img src="http://i50.tinypic.com/nrtid.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

  1. DonFehlio Avatar

    I bought a roof rack when I had my old Mercedes, but now I have a car which can easily carry my bike in the trunk. I still put the rack on, because 1) I don't want to put a dirty bike in my trunk, and 2) I like how it looks
    <img src="http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/7987/galantvr4009in9.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Just be mindful about parking garages. A friend told me a story once about going to a long-distance ride, and watch one of the competitors destroy two bikes, and damage their SUV, when they forgot.

  2. VolvoNut Avatar

    I am quite fond of my dashboard buddah. It's mounted with a square of velcro so I can move him between cars. Helps me to accept the check engine light, which is the same saffron color as his robe.
    <img src="https://sphotos-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/544354_10200279804773566_1595483997_n.jpg&quot; width=400>

  3. stigshift Avatar

    Fender skirts. I think they were gone from American cars after the '78 Chrysler New Yorker, until the redesign of the Cadillac Fleetwood in '89.

      1. stigshift Avatar

        Those are wrong on every level. I should have stated 'factory' skirts.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Well, they were probably built in a 'factory.'

    1. stigshift Avatar

      Welcome to my world of posting pictures on this site…

      1. mkep819 Avatar


      2. racer139 Avatar

        I want that for my rear window or a rabid stick pitbull.

    2. jeepjeff Avatar

      I see what happened. You spelled "src" wrong. Computers are the worst grammar nazis. Jerks.

      1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

        "Computers are like Old Testament Gods: lots of rules and no mercy."

    1. monkey_tennis Avatar

      Just the sort of thing you need on mornings when your 3rd Level (Riley) Elf needs to "roll 3d6 to save against traffic jams".
      It never works though.

  4. OA5599 Avatar

    Bobbing head dogs aree indeed high on the kitsch scale, but trumped by fuzzy dice.
    <img src="http://www.littlebeasts.com/assets/fuzzydice/beasts-fuzzy-dice2.jpg"&gt;
    My Eldo is starting to rust around the leading edge of the hood. Rather than replacing the hood, I'm tempted to fill the bad areas with fiberglass, spraybomb it, then mount a set of longhorns to distract from my repairs.
    [youtube bJ9r8LMU9bQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9r8LMU9bQ youtube]

    1. DonFehlio Avatar

      God, I love hood-mounted longhorns, but I'd get weird looks if I put them on my Mazda 6, or anywhere outside Texas.

      1. FЯeeMan Avatar

        That would be awesome on a Mazda!! Just make sure they don't stick out past the fender flares, you don't wasn't to get pulled over.

        1. Modeleccentric Avatar

          Somewhere in our boxes of stuff in the garage, my wife has the Mack Bulldog..That chromed bulldog is destined for the hood of her 88 Corolla..Full size..Chromed. Dang, i gotta find that.

          1. Vairship Avatar

            Full size, i.e. the size of an actual bulldog? That WOULD be awesome on a Corolla 😉

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      This reminded me to look up those new badges on Subarus.
      "Subaru Badge of Ownership" http://www.subaru.com/enthusiasts/badge-of-owners

      1. Modeleccentric Avatar

        Jeez…Merit badges. I've never seen one on a WRX. I see "Rally"..No "Hoon?"

      2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
        Dean Bigglesworth

        I would buy a Love Cooking Animals badge. Or maybe Mechanical Environment Cooking.

        1. Vairship Avatar

          I want the bicyclist chasing/about to run over the running guy.

  5. Tim Hogan Avatar
    Tim Hogan

    Fuzzy dice and beer can radiator catch cans.

  6. jeepjeff Avatar

    <img src="http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp248/RiponredTJ/5BallInstalled.jpg"&gt;
    Pool Ball Shift Knobs! SO AWESOME.

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      A guy on ebay will drill and tap one for $30.
      I'd do it if I had a press, and a tap, and a ball.

      1. jeepjeff Avatar

        There's a dude on JeepForum who sells 'em for $15+shipping. OTOH, it's easy enough to get the nut, drill and epoxy the nut in. I haven't done anything to the interior, yet, though, so it's still down the list a bit.

  7. BobWellington Avatar

    <img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y205/rcmaster1029/WP_20130808_005_zps9bf1e6e5.jpg&quot; width="600">
    My rubber chicken. His neck isn't in the best shape, though. I had a smaller one, but his head fell off.

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      Man, they have pills for that.

    2. jeepjeff Avatar

      Wow, that's enough dashboard to label your rubber chicken as "Free Range".

      1. BobWellington Avatar

        Oh my…you win BobWellington's Reply of the Year award. Congratulations.

        1. jeepjeff Avatar
    3. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Is that the dash of a VLCC, or is that just the amount if oil necessary for all that plastic?

      1. BobWellington Avatar

        I'm not quite sure what you're asking. 😛

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    <img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_QXy4gjDrS0/TO1xYRC7weI/AAAAAAAABV8/gclLg79u0-E/s640/hula1.JPG&quot; width="600/">
    I do love me a Hula Girl. Yes, she's a Zombie Hula Girl, that's custom, yo! I actually owned this Hula Girl for almost 5 years before I could install her. (I was driving an IH Scout 80, and they notoriously have no horizontal component to their dashboard.) When I bought Steve The Unremarkable White Pickup it took a week or two before I realized I could install her! Sadly, Steve's 20 year old dashboard had become so brittle Zombie Hula Girl actually pulled the part she was glued to right out like a cork.
    I'm also a sucker for St. Christopher schwag. Mostly because he has been de-canonized and is more of a 'People's Choice' saint. A real American Idol. The '61 Scout had one of these clipped to the heater vent.
    <img src="http://www.patronsaintmedals.com/productimages/1019V.jpg"&gt;

    1. Neen85 Avatar

      Dude, Zombies don't Hula. They break dance.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        I can make her do the Brake Dance!

  9. MVEilenstein Avatar

    Did someone say little bobbin' dog?
    [youtube czjomds4Jq4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czjomds4Jq4 youtube]

  10. Bret Dodson Avatar

    I have been hunting for a vacuum operated dashtop hula girl. Has anyone heard of these? Under vacuum she stands up, open the throttle and she falls down.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Not a hula girl, but it's from the sexy minx on [REDACTED]: http://jalopnik.com/238353/if-you-cant-buy-it-bui
      and http://jalopnik.com/5387975/make-your-own-animatr

  11. SSurfer321 Avatar

    I used to carry Marvin around in my rear seat, but can't remember what ever happened to him.
    <img src="http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/d/w225/m/mTEuvOtSO9GbhvNJvh9Etog.jpg"&gt;

  12. mac350 Avatar

    I'm not sure if you can get these accessories at Pep Boys. They might be a little over-kill.Do you need a carry permit to drive this thing?
    <img src="http://www.geekologie.com/2012/07/02/black-knight-hummer-1.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. e46christopher Avatar

      I'm scared.

    2. Neen85 Avatar

      Yes but only a "certified competent reproducer" permit…

    3. Vairship Avatar

      No, because that's only a CONCEALED carry permit. Nobody will accuse this of being concealed, so no permit required…

  13. monkey_tennis Avatar

    No love for Garfield?
    <img src="http://www.moneysupermarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/garfield-window.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. dr zero Avatar
      dr zero

      Maybe he hates Thursdays?

  14. s.o.h.c. Avatar

    <img src=http://www.prettygreatfun.com/ebay/images/Shrunken_Head_Large3.jpg" width="600">

  15. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    I'm partial to John Prine, but this'll do in a pinch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHf7TD4qwjk

  16. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    [youtube GHf7TD4qwjk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHf7TD4qwjk youtube]