Last Call: Falling to Pieces Edition

GTO In Pieces
The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the world’s most coveted cars. As such, it’s also one of the world’s priciest – when one comes up for auction. You might be able to save a few bucks if you bought one – like in this restoration shop ad – with some assembly required.
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

    Reminds me of Patsy and Mazda.

  2. irishzombieman Avatar

    Just cooked bacon on a smoker.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Home made bacon’s not that difficult, if you can find a butcher to sell you a pork belly. We give it a week to brine and a day to dry out in the ‘fridge and then throw it in the smoker for some flavor. One time, instead of sugar and salt, I used Vanilla extract and Soy sauce, which turned out neither good nor bad, just odd.
      Other fun things to throw in the smoker are a dozen eggs and a block of cheap Costco Monterey Jack. If the cheese starts to melt, your smoker’s too hot!

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        We have a smoke house next to the boat house. Everything fish does nicely smoked, too! Especially mackerel, of course. A couple of hours with steady juniper smoke, and the fish will fall apart in contact with your tongue. When fresh, this is one of my absolute favourite food dishes!

  3. mzszsm Avatar

    I had that when I was a kid! The best part was that you had to hold the included screwdriver over the burner on your stove to melt some plastic, like for the lights. I burned myself doing that, but maybe that was for the gullwing kit. Also, pretty sure the seats were brown in mine.$_35.JPG

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      You should have held on to the result. I’m sure it would be worth a fortune now… 🙂

  4. ptschett Avatar

    Decided to take some photos of the new car today. I think the wheels are really nifty. Way better than the blocky chrome-clads on the old car.
    (Probably would be better without the distorted reflection of the fatass photographer in the center cap, too)

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Really pretty wheels – but the brake disc looks tiny!? I guess that’s more due to the size of the wheel than the size of the brakes?

      1. ptschett Avatar

        That’s exactly it (and my old car had the same problem). The brakes would be properly proportionate if that was an 18″ wheel, but it looks like the Challenger R/T only comes with 20″‘s now.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    Free Ninja: You’ll never break even unless something breaks!
    Breaking even on a vehicle is considered a success, right? If you sell it for as much as you put in to it, then all the fun and miles you get out of the vehicle are gravy. The dividend from your investment.
    Got the new clutch cable installed and took Free Ninja to work today. Left after dark and the headlight was being a little bastard. Kinda running hot ‘n’ cold, but mostly not working, except when the engine was off. Jerk.
    Rode to the pub and had a pint or two. Went to start up and heard the dread rattle of the solenoid starving for power. No sparks. Luckily, the pub is uphill from my house, so I bump started Free Ninja (sobriety verified) and hey, presto! the headlight came on! Bastard.
    Clearly not charging. Dash lights dimming in step with the very slow turn signal flash while I wait at a light that will never turn green unless a car comes to set off the trip circuit. (Irishzombieman has an elegant solution to this problem, but there’s not enough room to write it here.)
    Alternator? Regulation Rectum-Finder Regulator-Rectifier? Fuse? Will Batshitbox’s Free Ninja cross the $800 threshold between profit and loss? Will it ever go more than 20 miles in a single day? Find out next time on… Free Ninja!

  6. Manic_King Avatar

    Auto bild mag of Germany still dismantles every one of the long term testers they get, Lexus CT200:×800-ffcf9d81c87c5c96.jpg

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Also my first thought. It’s an odd, very biased paper, but their longevity tests are thorough.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        Still suffering the the same issue of all long term tests: sample_size=1.
        While general solidity impressions may be valid (e.g. worn-out button labeling after a year are a bummer), and if the car is eating a wheel bearing every 12k is indeed hinting under-engineering, it is hard to avoid jumping to conclusions (“the rear wiper motor is the weak point of all BMW, and it costs 800.- to replace it”) – especially for the core readership of the Bild franchise.
        The (formerly(?) manipulated) statistics of the german AAA equivalent, ADAC, had a better sample size, but these are covering only mainly major breakdowns, not the little annoyances a modern car has to offer. And: these statistics cover only cars a few years old (which makes sense, as the individual level of TLC is more important after 10 years than the initial build quality).
        The buyers’ advice sections in youngtimer mags are usually useful when buying a15+yo car – pity they prefer to look at coupes etc.
        Disclaimer: I made up all examples.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Lovely disclaimer. Axel Springer style?
          I totally agree on the sample size: For true reliability data, I stick to TÜV, Bilprövningen etc. The ADAC is a gang of crooks, more so than Springer actually (rigged crash tests etc). Yet the 100000km tests are full of proper insight on the product: Ergonomics that work or don’t work, tiny annoyances, the general harmony between motor and transmission. Also, foreign products that get a lot of flak in simple reviews, particularly when aligned with its Holiness the Golf, or its Grandness the Passat, might come off the hook nicely. I remember the V70 (or was it XC90?) long term test where it was stated that the car was the most popular for everyone: Photographers, family fathers, surfer/bikers etc. There’s no doubt about the immense reach of AutoBild, to say the least.

          1. nanoop Avatar

            Lovely disclaimer. Axel Springer style?
            Didn’t realize that, very funny indeed!
            (For the hoons not well anchored in the German newspaper scene: the Springer publishing house and it’s flagship franchise ‘Bild’ have a history of bad/manipulative/inventive journalism – biggest daily in Germany nonetheless)

  7. Marto Avatar

    Something that remarkably hasn’t fallen to pieces: here’s a Dodge Ram for sale with 6 MILLION miles on the odometer. Only $109,000.
    (I don’t know how to embed images anymore).

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Somebody fell asleep on their keyboard and made an ad in the process?
      Pictures: Just post the full URL/link, free of code, but including http://