Green one was the donated one I sold and replaced with that white one..
I always wanted to be into fast cars but new NOTHING about them.. I had a 15 second eclipse and thought it was fast.... Well my mother had a 99 regal gse that she gave me with 250K miles on it and i was instantly hooked.
I just didnt want to mod a car with that kind of miles and she always drove it with 87 octane.
The day I bought it.
Let the shopping begin, I joined the club and read about regals etc and decided I had to have a GSX or JA.
I had liek a 5-6K budget and could not find a 03 or 04 and I wanted it to be from a dealer (I dont know why next time I wouldnt) so with my budget 2002 was about all I would get. I ended up finding a White JA with two tone leather and was instantly hooked. The two tone is marvelous andthe joseph abboud I think is harder to clone and either way I had larger aspirations than simple GSX mods so JA was perfect for me.
87,000 miles ZERO rust florida old lady car with rubber undercoating and perfect body interior. She must have been a widow because the rear and passenger seats have never been sat in.
FIRST MOD some local CGPer met me one day and donated a drop in KN filter... Remember I am new to cars so I decided plugs would be next. OMG you have to ratchet forward the motor or do some weird ebrake trick this is way over my head hahaha...
Second MOD I bought AL 104s and 180 Tstat, finally did plugs myself but could not touch TSTAT way to scary and possibly messy (What if I do it wrong).
Ok I am now hooked I must must must get faster. I decided on headers and I wanted the best so i found a great set of SLPs from Oakleafresin and they arrived ceramic coated and beautiful. (I was pretty scared paypaling a lot of money to stranger but he was great).Ok now that they arrived how the F&^k will I install these. In walks BillBoost into my life. He says he will help and he isnt to far, but do I want to let some stranger touch my car. I askedh im things like well what if you strip a bolt how can u be prepared to handle that... lol Little did I know he is the Chuck Norris of 3800s.
So first trip to Bills house. I purchase a 3.4, mps from Bill install headers which went very smooth (dropped cradle a touch), swapped to K&N HAI Cone I had found cheap like $15 bucks. We spoke at length about tuning and dangers of not tuning and need for better brakes and all the cool mods to come. Bill is a super nice guy and upon meeting me let me borrow his aeroforce nad drive 2 hours home with it for a few weeks. On the way home an older vette mouths to his girl watch this and she looks over smiling at me ready to see me get embarrassed.... Little did they know - he punches it I punch it we are neck and neck from 45 -80 by 90 im infront a little nad he slows WAY DOWN - she looks completely shocked and confused. I AM HOOKED... I slow down and F&^k with them for 10 more minutes and they wont break eye contact with the road in front of them haha did I mention I am hooked.
So I purchase an areoforce since Bill has been so kind and I kind of borrowed it longer than I should have he was understanding..
Next mods 12 inch brakes, aeroforce, and I am thining about a shelf tune... oh yea managed to get upper poly mounts for free form a WBS special and picked up two STBs at the same time (installed the back my self with a dremel - very proud).
Since I am still afraid of car work back to Bills for brakes and a special treat which requires an overnight stay. Met a few guys while there working on their cars one I think did a gen V swap and was quite pleased. We got to my car late but I learned to do brakes while doing it, and the special treat we installed a Head Up Display from a bonneville. At this point I switched guage pod form apillar to hud attachment also. I also bought a few dif intakes (3 or 4) and settled on wizair
So now I head home and slowly into the winter.
3.4 pulley (3.5 in winter), WizAired, SLP Headers, Aeroforce, 12"brakes, Poly mounts, STBs
I spent the winter buying and selling some parts getting very familiar with the pricing things go for on different sites and making a few hundred every month. On a personal note I now change brakes oil tranny fluid etc etc on all my cars and family cars and some friends.
Edited by TeacherCreature, 05 September 2011 - 07:29 PM.