so we are in chat now and decided we need a car thread so... here it is!
just a place for fellow gear heads to discuss all things motor.
here is a bit of my background:
dad was always a gear head, muscle cars in his youth and still intrest while i was a young buck that led to my current obsession.
i was bitten by the import craze of the 90's, as thats when i got my license and it was the "cool" thing to do. grandpa had a '65 el camino he bought new and saved for me when i turned 16. mom called it a "death trap" and didnt want me driving it. i told her i cant afford a car, so she bought a newer car for me. gave the el camino to my dad for better care and keeping it a proper hierloom.
mom got me a 1989 civic hatchback. it was great until i realized it didnt have the hot motor of the Si model. i later blew the engine ( ) and replaced it with a nice japanese only 1.6 twin cam "ZC". it ate the newer b16 vtec civics for lunch.
fast forward to 2001, i had joined the navy and bought myself a "drift car" after watching a bunch of japanese vids of the sport. 1991 240sx was my weapon of choice.
did a few mods, nothing major. springs, shocks, intake, exhaust. then i decided i really wanted a 1986 toyota corolla GT-S (AE86). legendary drift car. its what all the pros started with. by the time i was done with it, it handled like a go-kart (and had similar horsepower numbers lol). started drifting at events called "Drift Day" at irwindale race park in southern california (now world known as "the house of drift").
AE86 when i got it
and after i spent some time and money...
fast forward to 2005-2008, i moved to japan and got myself a 1995 silvia (same as a 240sx but a much faster turbo engine). this thing was fully built with 400hp, full suspension, roll cage, 18" wheels... the works. i was bummed i had to sell both of the other cars when i left san diego, but it was worth it. i picked up the silvia for a steal at $6k.
and here is a vid of me getting sideways at ebisu circuit in japan. she was a beast!!!
2008 i left japan with all of the parts form the silvia (if it unbolted i brought it!), and rebuilt it with a base model 1995 240sx. everything is a direct bolt on. and i mean ALL of the parts. the only difference by looking at the two cars was the japanese one had the steering wheel on the right.
then i sold the 240sx because i was getting tired of the stiff suspension beating me up and scraping on everything. and because it was time to embrace my family heritage.
i got myself a 98 camaro z-28.
it was as close as i could get to a 2010 hahaha
she has 400 LEGAL horsepower, drives like a champ, and drifts like a big fat lazy pig hahaha its got some suspension under it but just not stiff enough for drifting. it was built for autocross and fun daily driving. and it doest the later like nobody's business haha
things i will take care of next are replacing the seats with better, "not worn out and ripped" upgrades. wheels need to go wider, as the 17x9.5 chrome is not wide enough to fill the fenders or fit enough rubber to hold that 400hp. plans are 17x11 all the way around. MAX GRIP! oh and of course i need to order some stiffer springs. the koni shocks should be able to take it just fine. will keep updates as i make progress!
discuss! what is your automotive addiction? american muscle? german tuners? japanese domestic market? its all good here!