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Definition of Hoopty:
Basically, a piece of sh## car. Usually cheap and/or broken down. Can be any size, make or model, but must (or should) be embarrassing to drive for some reason.
I was just thinking back to a few of my old cars I have owned. Oh I have owned my share of Hooptys.
The last one I owned I just unloaded a few months ago. It was a 93 Ford Explorer (Exploder) It had 243,000 miles on it. They were not all my miles mind you, but many many were.
Allow me to tell you a little about this vehicle.
Each morning as I went out to my vehicle I was greeted by a new puddle of both transmission fluid and oil under the truck. It leaked fluids like a collander. It was rusted all the way around the bottom, and the running boards had fallen off as well as the muffler many moons ago.
Next, I would go to start my vehicle. This would more times than not require me to have to open the hood and give it a jump. I refused to buy a new battery as the cost of it would of been more than the vehicle was worth. :-\
Okay, were in, and it's running. A little loud, but not bad, and besides, the neighbors need to get up anyways.
The interior was not too bad except for the occasional rip and numerous stains that every car gets after a certain age. What the main problem was, were the "gauges."
Long ago the check engine light came on, and had remained on for the last 150,000 miles. The seatbelt light remained on even after I buckled up. The gas gauge always read 1/2 tank, regardless of if I just filled up. ( I never did much as I was afraid it would quit on me and I would waste the gas) The temperature gauge quit working around the time the check engine light came on. The oil gauge didn't work ethier.
Down the road I go. The expressway was out of the question. If I went above 60 in this thing it shook me to pieces, and left parts of itself in the roadway.
When applying the break, it shook and wobbled upfront, with a nasty clanking noise at the end of each complete stop. I would fix this problem by turning up the radio. Can't hear anything over the radio on 10.
I was usually alone in this vehicle. NO ONE would ride with me. Besides, I was pretty much the only one who knew how to operate this thing. Step on the gas, but you have to leave your foot on the brake until just the right moment, or it may stall.
( I also noticed people in other cars around me giving me strange looks. They must of been jealous I owned such a classic. )
Hey, on a good note I never worried about anyone stealing this thing, and I could park anywhere and not worry of new dents or scratches.
Anyone else own a HOOPTY?
All in fun: PMM2008
- I saw this and laughed.
My "Best" Hoopity was a 1965 Dodge Dart with...(Here it comes)..a PUSH BUTTON TRANSMISSION...
My older sister thought that was the funniest thing she'd ever seen on a car. Until I got a bit tanked one night and had a handful of those vinyl letters to stick on. (Hey, I had the winner of the "Fishbait 500" (Thank god for tow trucks)) emblazoned on the back of the car..
The car rode low..A bit too low as 4 cops in 6 months told me after they stopped me.
The exhaust manifold was broken..(A bit) Mom always knew when I was coming..Sounded like a B-52 landing out in the yard.
At the same time, I also owned a 1966 Chev 1/2 ton which had straight pipes. I had to move Moms car to get the dodge out and also my Truck.
The neighbors were a tad miffed. One called my Mother who simply said. "You want to talk to my son? He's here" They hung up...chicken!
The car was a beater, but I'd almost give anything to either have it or that truck back.
With tires, the truck sat about 2' higher then normal and with a nasty looking front and back bumper, you kind of stayed AWAY from me. One guy (In a Mercedes) learned that which almost got his car smashed..(Oh yeah?, try and cut ME off??? (vvvrrroooommmm!!!!)
- Pam..that is sooooooooooo awesome...an hoopty..what a great name!!
I have a hootpy story, but I have some gambling priorities tonight..I'll get back to ya!
It's a long one!
And Gene..that Dodge Dart..HA..funny! my mom bought the same car for a dollar, we called it mom's taxi!!
hoopty..hoopty..hoopty..love this word..hoopty..hooptydoo..woohoo
going to win some money..hoopty doo..woohoo...
- I am glad people are finally responding to this post. I was beginning to believe I was the only one in the world who owned a crappy car before.
Had a car that the bumper fell off on one side, stayed connected on the other, and I dug a trench on the side of the road dragging it home. I ended up using a bungy cord to put it back in place. HAHAHA It would wobble as I went down the road.
Had another car the horn got stuck in mid honk, and kept on honking till I cut the damn wire. Never worked after that.
Had a car and I can't explain what was wrong with it, but it smoked like it was on fire when you sat at a light. Your miding your own business but all the sudden this gassy fog begins to surround you, and it stunk too. Talk about piss people off. They would look at me from their Lincolns, and BMW's and wave their hands in front of their noses. I sat there embarrassed as hell, but smiled none the less.
"Hey, My beamer is in the shop" I'd say."
Oh , what would life be without owning a Hoopty at least once.
- How can we ever forget the days of Hoopty.. those were the amazing times.. the days of REAL friendship and endurance....
Look my friend ill ride along just for you... and i'll even pull the monkey wrenched windshield wiper rope for you if it rains... cuz when i'm with you i look good anywhere and anyplace i be, even if we in this hoopty ride...
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