Last Call: Project Run Away Edition

All day you’ve been reading about our project cars, which I think is one of the cool things about Hooniverse; that most of us personally keep the hearts beating on our own old iron. That’s not always the case, as sometimes people just give up. When that happens the next stop is usually here – the wrecking yard.
That’s often a sad end for that particular project, but at the same time, it’s often a new beginning. From death comes new life, and for those of us with older projects, the junk yard is often the only place to find parts that are otherwise unobtainable. That thought always makes me happy, and I always like to see a car in the yard getting stripped bare. That’s because I know it will live on, helping another stave off the day when it too will have to give up itself so that others may go on.
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. mve Avatar

    I just happened to be flipping through the channels when I landed on Antiques Roadshow. I guess this project is a lot like some of the things you see on the show: most people love their stuff, no matter what it’s worth, but sometimes you have to let go of a project. So it is with our cars.

  2. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Why doesn’t one of our regular commenters have one of these?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I had this 1969 Sonett V4 for several years as my daily driver (i.e. as my only functional car for much of that period) but never a Sonett III:

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Of course!
        If anyone would run one of these it would have to be you. 🙂

    2. Alff Avatar

      Because my wife said “no”… then bought her own hot rod. I still see the one I would have bought around town. I suspect its day will come.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        While you still remain married?
        And to the same woman?

        1. dead_elvis Avatar

          Wife who “bought her own hot rod”? Sounds like there’s room for negotiation. Most likely she’s a keeper.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    Well, I finally have three, maybe four things that I never thought that I would after 25+ years of driving. A FWD car, a Japanese car (assembled in the USA), a leased car, and the maybe, an electric car. I signed a two year lease on a new Nissan Leaf. The $5000 Georgia income tax break made the economics work. If I can save $157/month on gas and maintenance the car will cost me nothing to own. Really hard to turn down a free car. The range is about the same as 1967 Imperial that I had. I was feeding the 440 in the Imperial out of a 10 gallon boat gas tank in the trunk due to a rusted out gas tank. Now I just have to see if the 110v charger will be sufficient or will I need to install a 220v charger.

    1. Mike England Avatar
      Mike England

      I admire your pluck, sir, to run the old Chrysler off the boat can in the trunk. You must be one stubborn customer when it comes to giving up on a project. I look forward to hearing how the electric car works out for you.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        The Imperial was never more than a toy. It was a convertible with very little top remaining. I was much younger then too.

  4. mike england Avatar
    mike england

    I think I’m going to be faced with a tough decision soon. I have a 93 and a 94 f150 – I drove the 93 for several years then bought the 94 as it had more than 50K fewer miles.
    I thought I’d drive the 94 til it caught up in miles and hope to have a new engine in the 93 by then.
    As it happens, the 94 did just turn over 171,000 and the 302 is a bit weak; at the same time I just picked up the 93 with a new engine. Coincidentally, the 93 had about 171,000 when the original engine failed.
    The 93 is a bit rougher and has fewer creature comforts but that new engine feels quite good.
    Now, I have to decide whether to keep them both.
    And, I have a 69 and a 79 f600. . . the 79 is pretty well sorted and the 69 LOOKs great but has some serious deferred maintenance issues.
    And, I have a 66 Mercury that is a hoot to drive.
    Soon, I guess I’ll have to decide whether to pass the 69 f600 along to some other sucker – er, someone with more time, talent, money, etc. to take it that last step. (that would be just about any talent, tools, time, or even a garage).

  5. salguod Avatar

    This was a fun series. Reminded me of the regular feature in Hemmings Sports and Exotic car. They list all the cars of the editorial staff with a green check if running or a red X if not. They do a write up on two of them each month as well.
    All car magazines and websites should do the same.

  6. karonetwentyc Avatar

    That’s quite the boneyard in that photograph. I’m seeing what looks like a Nash Metropolitan in the background along with what might be a Renault Alliance (possibly GTA) 2-door hardtop.
    Sounds like my kinda place.