Last Call: Detail Edition

The only thing left to figure out is where you hang the little pine tree air freshener when you’re done. Choose wisely.
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. JayP Avatar

    Focus ST.
    This is the most bipolar thing I’ve ever owned.
    Coming up to a year of ownership I’m at a tipping point. With less than 10k miles I realize I could have leased a far better car. On little backroads this car is a f’ing party. On the highway it’s a pain in the ass. Electric steering makes the highway an aderall affair.
    I still have the truck for DD. The Mustang for being loud and hot.
    The ST isn’t working out.
    I have an appointment tomorrow to check out 2 cars.
    1: Challenger RT to lease.
    2: Mercury Grand Marquis to buy.
    Both highway machines. One I”ll pay more for gas than car payment. The other the residual is so screwed that I’d buy a 3 yr old RT for $18k.
    I’m leaning one way already…

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Batshitbox is on vacation. Please consult Scoutdude for all IH related topics. Please consult Irishzombieman for all streamofconsciousness rambilngs, non sequiturs and spurious factoids.
    Please Hoon responsibly, unless that gets to be a pain in the ass. Please give Tuesday’s answer whenever possible. Or Lunar Rover, that always works.
    Batshitbox will not be completely off the grid, but then, I was never completely on the grid anyway. Expect the usual level of commentary to resume around Labor Day. No, I’m not going to Burning Man. I’m going back to northern New England, pretty much the opposite of Burning Man.
    (Ohmigod! I’m totally going to take the longest shower I can and not worry about California’s drought! I’m gonna water someone’s lawn for an hour and a half! I’m going to swim in an ocean that won’t induce thermal shock! Maybe during a rainstorm?!? GAAAH!)

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Have fun and stay safe, man! That dihydrogen monoxide can be dangerous stuff. It’s a good thing the government of California is finally putting limits on its use.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    One can only assume that certain details of the camel will enjoy polishing more than others.
    Winter is coming. So I’m thinking about rally lights again. My Honda in all its eggshaped gloriousness has no “good” spot to put them. Since I don’t have fog lights, I’ve been thinking to Subaru-ize the front fender. But is there any way to cut and fix it elegantly? I’m afraid if I start doing this, the whole thing will look like a teenager ran amok.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      If you like the looks… one would prefer high beams rather high up for range and illumination quality. And get the tiny oval ones, the biltema 9″ are rather teenager-y.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        My neighbour has an unused set of big Hella “tusenmetere” – I was wondering if I should take them off his hands. But you’re probably right…since the car has no real bumper, I’m just unsure where to put the extra lights.

    2. Lokki Avatar

      Fogs or driving lights?
      Couple of thoughts – Cutting plastic isn’t hard if you use an adjustable hole saw to make sure your holes are perfectly round and drill slowly. Harbor Freight has them, of course.
      Naturally, measure three times and do a visual mock up with coffee can lids (or better yet the actual lense covers) cause there is no going back and you will see it every damn time after you get it wrong.
      Finally, just go ahead and pull the bumper cover before you actually drill the holes. Finding something you can mount to is always the biggest headache, and you may have to do some cutting to get the lights close to a flush mount.
      A really smart man junkyards a replacement cover before he drills the holes, but, hey! I never do; I just talk about it.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Thanks for good advice! I’ve been looking for bumper covers for a while, but there are only 148 cars of this kind in the country. Choosing weird over your neighbour’s car has its clear downsides.
        The idea is to have them as driving lights. I am fortunate to drive a lot on winding, dark roads, more or less without traffic. Compared to our other car, the high beams on the Honda are not too good. I’m especially concerned about deer close to the road.
        I guess I’ll do some more thinking and I will be looking at what options I have when it comes to light size. My wife even threatens a house council veto, so the proposition should be rock solid. Yeah.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Where could you get hold of that number, SSB?

    3. David Buckley Avatar
      David Buckley

      These work well. Choose lights to match the car, and drill for stiff mounting & to suit your lights. even make your own. (lightweight is better) I cant bring myself to cut our old Alfas, and they dont vibrate at speed now they have short spotlights & 6 screws behind the licence plate. Looser and taller makes things more wobblier. *-)) Have fun.

    4. Vairship Avatar

      On the roof is clearly the way to go!
      However, I’m not sure that’s allowed on public roads in Norway…
      But seriously, if you mount them on a (removable) roof rack (or even something you can temporarily clamp to the grille/hood/front bumper) you might be able to get it past honey dearest more easily too…

  4. Alff Avatar

    That shop looks like a good place to get a camel tow.