Last Call- Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys Edition

They say you can separate the men from the boys by the price of their toys.
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  1. Rover_1 Avatar

    OK. I'm stumped.
    What is the mystery helicopter?

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

      That looks like a Mosquito XE; it appears he didn't go for the turbine powered XEL kit.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Scavenger's Boon: EX 500 Edition
    A friend of mine that I had done some motorcycle favors for offered me a free 1994 Kawasaki EX500 (a.k.a. Ninja 500). Ran when parked, stored indoors, some title issues. But, hey! Free Ninja.
    I get it in the garage, on the battery charger, and begin to check CL for an approximate value. First EX 500 ad that pops up?
    FREE Motorcycle Parts – '91 Kawasaki Ninja EX500
    Huzzah! It's not Friday The Thirteenth… it's Free Ninja Day!!! I e-mailed the person with the pile of ninja, just for kicks (and because they had a clear title) and they said some other fool was in line ahead of me. I should know by the end of the night how much EX 500 trouble I'm in.
    The 1994 won't start. Cranks (with some starter clutch grumpiness), won't fire. Runs on starting fluid for a few seconds, but won't take fuel. I put a fuel bottle on it with fresh premium but no go. Maybe some really seized floats? New sparks tomorrow.
    Other than that a very nice EX 500 with 21,000 miles, no crash damage, two dings on the tank and a busted side cover where the screw goes in to the frame. Worth about $900.

    1. Wildcat_445 Avatar

      Not that I'm any type of motorcycle expert, but if fuel sat in the carb long enough, the whole thing may be gummed up with varnish. Happened on one of my snowblowers–one got so bad that it would only run (weakly) with the choke fully on.
      Good catch on the Ninja!

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Supposedly only stored for 8 months. The last title transfer was about 2-1/2 years ago, and the tires are only 5 years old. I'm not sure if that's typically long enough to gum up a carb, but California gasoline is a strange substance. I know on my other bike I've left fuel in the Dell'Ortos for years and it's at least started; this thing won't even burp.
        Oh, and the other fool got the pile of ninja. Best of luck to 'em.

        1. Lokki Avatar

          Fuel goes bad really really quickly these days. Old gas would last for years. New gas lasts for months.
          This is worth a try.

          1. TheOtherMacLeod Avatar

            Yeah, I worked at a motorcycle shop in NM and can absolutely attest to this. It's less varnish these days and more the waxes that precipitate out of the ethaanol. Bust those carbs apart and give them a good cleaning and it should run like a champ!

    2. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      Free Ninja Day. New holiday from this year forth.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Huzzah! I have made it run!
        Dropped the float bowls and cleaned what looked like beef broth out of them. Blasted some carb cleaner up there and thoroughly cleaned the gas tank with POR-15 Marine Clean. Oh, and the carbs didn't need balancing.
        Even with all that, the carbs just didn't want to wake up. It would sputter if you opened the throttle. After a while I got the choke in just the right position so I could rev it up and they began to come back. I drove it up and down the block and it was still kinda stumbly, but after a couple quarter mile runs (hey, wow! 6 gears) it was alive and kicking. Italian Tune Up works again.
        Good little scoot. Looks like it might have tipped over once onto the right side, cracked a side cover but that's it. I'm thinking of trying to trade it up to a Yamaha WR250 dirt bike for honey bunny.

        1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

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        2. nanoop Avatar

          This is the first time I hear that someone is using carb cleaner for cleaning a carburetor, btw.!

          1. Batshitbox Avatar

            That's nothing. Last month I used Bra-kleen to clean my brake cylinders. An I even once used WD-40 to displace water. Yeah, I play by the book, me.

  3. ratpatrol66 Avatar

    He's just a show off. I got me this Corvette and I'm hauling my helicopter. Ha look at these losers around me!

    1. Wildcat_445 Avatar

      At least he is color-coordinated!

    2. Lokki Avatar

      Ah, Hell, you're just jealous. If you had to money to have toys like that you know you would. I would., for sure.

      1. ratpatrol66 Avatar

        No I'm not jelious. I own a Model T and A, Pontiac GTOand LeMans, Nissan Patrol and a few other cool cars. Just think this guys an attention whore. Look at me I'm an attention whore!

    3. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      true! a stealthier man would have carried the Corvette with the helicopter, where far fewer would have noticed.

    4. joshwebster84 Avatar

      I'm with you. Only an asshole would use a C1 'Vette as a tow vehicle for anything, let alone a damn helicopter.

      1. ratpatrol66 Avatar

        I glad someone else besides me gets it!

  4. craigsu Avatar

    Saw my first Citroen Ami 8 ever today, in Charlotte, NC, of all places. Unfortunately, we were across the intersection from each other in opposing turn lanes. Given that the Ami 8's engine maxed out at 32 HP I probably could have caught him even though it would have required me to go half a mile before executing a U-turn. Gotta love the French…
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  5. nanoop Avatar

    That car… is also the Mystery Car this week?

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    I'd be reluctant to invest the necessary money in a 1:18 scale rig similar to the above…but then, I'm not too affected by what "they say" anyway.

  7. Maxichamp Avatar

    I saw an Aston Cygnet on the streets of Paris!!!

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      when in Paris, there's a fun game to play: Spot The Car With No Body Damage
      nobody has ever won this game