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Post  Smus on Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:15 am

The site still has that new forum smell, so I figure I might as well get as much out of it as I can...

What do you guys drive in real life? What have you owned and/or driven?

My current car is a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/SC. Going to hit the 100k mile mark here in about a month or so...looking forward to the big day of course...when the resale value plummets...further than it has already.





Prior to that I had myself a 1999 Trans Am...loved that car...bought it in college and just couldn't afford it anymore. Of course as soon as I sell it, my course load lightens, I get more hours and I could have kept it. Embarassed Crying or Very sad Mad




Then before that, I was privileged enough to get my hands on an 03 MazdaSpeed Protege. Thing handled like a dream... #333 of 2500




For a bit during high school, my dad and I bought a 1966 Olds 442, never really worked on it like we should have, lost interest and sold it...neat car.



Coolest feature was the vacuum gauge






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Post  Simcik on Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:59 am

Oh, I love threads like this! I have had quite a few vehicles in my short "legal" time period of driving.

The first vehicle I drove regularly after getting my licence was my father's old 1969 Chevy C/10. Nothing special, the bigger of the 2 available I6 engines and a 4-spd on the floor. (Converted from the 3-on-the-tree it had originally.)

After that, it was a hand-me-down Dodge Ram. A 1997 Ram 1500 SLT Extended Cab. It has the 318 (5.2L) and a 4-spd auto. Nothing too special, but had everything I needed. When I got it, it had 208,XXX trouble free miles on it, and now it has 150,000 more with me behind the wheel. (That's 360,000 if you're counting.) No engine work, no tranny work, just maintainence. Regular fluid and filter changes, spark plugs and wires, and two water pumps (got a bad remanned one the first attempt). That truck has been amazing. It looks pretty rough now, but a rebuild is in the future plans (And possibly a 440 swap...)

While I had the truck, I occasionally drove our 1995 Intrepid ES. That thing was LOADED! And the 3.5L V6 was quite peppy. Those Intrepids did not get enough respect. I was home from the DMV (of all things) one day, and was forced off the road by a dually on a narrow stretch of country road. I caught the gravel, and the tail swung out. I was straddling the edge of the road, but headed for a warning indicator. Thinking it would be better to hit it with a glancing blow than head-on, I turned back against the slide, which ended up sending the car acrossed the road and eventually into a tree. I was not hurt, but the car was done (frame damage). The worst part was that when I got out, I notice the pole I had fought so hard to avoid was waving in the wind. It was fiberglass on a spring base... Talk about bad breaks.

After putting lots of miles on the truck, and wanting something a little sportier and economical to just run around in, the next vehicle I got was the first one I actually purchased. A used 2000 Sebring Convertible. Far sportier looking than it actually was. Why, oh why, did Chrysler think the 2.5L boat anchor Mitsubishi engine under the hood was suitable for such a heavy car? Anyway, it was a great cruiser. I drove it around for several years without any trouble, making small improvements along the way. On my way home from work one day, my serpentine belt broke, and decided to wrap itself around the crankshaft, breaking the timing belt, and causing the valves and the cylinders to get to know each other quite well. That did give me an excuse to do an engine swap though!!!



My Sebring on CarDomain

While the Sebring was down, I had an opportunity (through work) to purchase and newer truck, so I jumped on it. A 2005 Ram 1500 SLT Lone Star, this time a Quad Cab w/ a Hemi. Man, that truck looked good. Black and chrome, hard to beat that combo. I had planned on keeping the truck much longer than I did, but fate intervened.

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to upgrade from a 2005 with about 80,000 miles to a new 2010 for little more than I still owed on my 2005. I took the opportunity and purchased my 2010 Ram 1500. Also a Lone Star package once again, still with a Hemi, but in a 4x4 variant this time around, something I had really missed on my other Rams.



That truck is awesome! The look! The power! Everything! I love it!

However, it is not my pride and joy - that honor resides with a project car my father I have been working on (when we can find time and money) restoring. A 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. (Why is that not in Forza?!?) It's a 383/727 car that runs like no other. It will do 140 very, very easily, and the sound it makes is just amazing. Gotta love having the extra heavy feeling in the go pedal right before you engage the secondaries on the 4-bbl carb... It's about 75 right now. Life gets in the way of everything, it seems, so it is taking longer than I thought it would. It's a hell of a car...



On occasion, I get to drive my father's 2009 Charger R/T, too, though that it not mine.

And through work I have had the privalge to drive almost everything Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge offer right now, plus many other vehicles, though not for the longest periods of time.

Oh, did I mention that I love Mopar?

I know, I know, I need more/better pics... I'll try to get those later.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:02 am

I started driving my dad's 1963 Studebaker Avanti just as I got my license in '95. Yep, I drove it to my second high school (parents separated and I spent 2 yrs. with one parent and 2 yrs. with the other. They only lived 45 mins. apart). While there I hung out and became friends with a guy who owned a '68 Chevelle. A friend from my first H.S. had a pair of '68 Mustangs. The Avanti was the reason I got bit by the muscle car/pony car bug and subsequently why I also like cars that corner … hard! I'm not a truck fan but I appreciate their capabilities. I have friends who did the Chevy C/K off-road thing, complete with the hacking and slashing of the truck bed to allow for more wheel travel and shocks which mount at roof level.

So anyway, our Avanti is the 25th built and came out of the factory as an R2 (Paxton supercharged Studebaker 289). Sherwood Egbert, the car's first registered owner and President of Studebaker, had bigger plans for the company. His plans started with this car. Studebaker/Packard (STP) had an "in" with the Granatelli family (Andy and Vince). The Granatellis worked their magic and turned our R2 Avanti into a prototype R3 Avanti. There were 9 official Studebaker Avanti R3 cars, ours is R3 #0 because those cars followed what was learned on the prototype. Our car had reworked motor mounts to drop the engine further into the chassis, factory R3 cars had shims installed to lift the body. These were ways of making the pressure box (you've seen one if you've seen a supercharged Shelby, they're the same boxes) fit under the stock hood.

Per recent phone calls and e-mails with Vince Granatelli, my dad has verified our car is what he and my uncle thought it was all along. It beat Hemi equipped Mopar cars in 1/2-mile drags. It held the 1/2-mile record at Riverside Raceway. The engine was routinely spun to and just over 8k RPM. Vince said car 25 was the hardest accelerating car they built. It was at Bonneville when Studebaker set 29 U.S.A.C. records, though it wasn't one of the top speed cars. Our car was the magazine test car and is featured in the June '63 issue of Hot Rod. The head work is as my uncle says, "Simply incredible." It's a freakin' drag race engine only mildly detuned for the street. She's a supercharged 299 cubic inch V8 running 9.6:1 compression and the camshaft has more than 50 degrees of valve overlap. The car shoots raw fuel out of the exhaust valve.

Her starting procedure is to pump the throttle about 12 times before doing anything else. While still pumping the throttle, turn the key. By the time you've pumped the gas about 17 times, hopefully a viable spark has been thrown into the pool of gasoline sitting in the carburetor … and then BOOM! Then, since the car only has glasspack mufflers and straight exhaust, two plumes of black soot shoot out behind the car.

The story above about trying to miss a fiberglass post on a spring sounds familiar. I was on a two-lane back road on my way to a college class and took the corner correctly (nobody on the road for miles) but my track-out point had my two left side tires get onto the dirt and before I knew it, I was backwards mowing down a farmer's barbed wire fence. My dad moved to Maine in '00 and took the car with him. I'll have to get back there and work on it.

Incidentally, when the Granatelli family had the car, they had a left rear tire fire during a drag race. Avanti #25 has had a rough life, been run hard and put away wet but she's still robust and is about a month's worth of work away (my dad and I are going to do it ourselves) of being road worthy. Vince has asked for it to be displayed in his museum, and I'd like to see it displayed in the Studebaker museum in South Bend.

My dad is the third owner. An engineer bought the car after Studebaker/Paxton/Granatelli were done with it. I guess there was a time in the early 1970s when engineers were getting fired left and right (as if Trump was in charge of them- "You're all fired!") My dad bought it from the then laid-off engineer.

I had an '88 Escort GT. There's a funny story about that one. The car was a 5-speed manual. I was on my way to a college class one day. No, really, this is different. I made a right turn and went to shift from first into second. In went the clutch. The shifter went into second. My left foot came back up. My toe caught the hood release. My right foot planted the throttle and the chassis weight transferred rearward … WHAM! The hood hit the roof and slammed back down.

I have owned two Volkswagen Rabbits, a 1980 and a 1983 GTI. The 1980 was modified with an '87 GTI engine/transmission before I bought it. The '83 was stock when I bought it though I modified it myself over the time I owned it. The '84 GTI in Forza 4 is close enough to my old one.

I had a 1969 Corvette which was a drivable project and finally sold it to focus more on school. Gran Turismo has featured a '69 Corvette in a few editions. Mine was a hybrid Corvette Wink The body is fiberglass and a normal '69 Vette has what's been termed a "tunnel back" rear upper deck. Someone decided they wanted to put the bubble glass rear upper deck from 1978-1982 Corvettes on that car. Mine was black when I bought it but it was LeMans Blue in 1969. I'll have to get another some day.

I now have a 1998 Volvo V70XC; oh how I enjoy Volvo wagons though I prefer the B.T.C.C. raced versions (740, T5, 850R, etc).

I also have a Laguna Blue 1994 Miata R-package, just like is in Forza. One of my two current cars will be sold and those proceeds will be to fix the Avanti.
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Post  TuxTshirt on Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:17 am

I don't have any pics to post, sorry. I drive a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L. I'm getting another vehicle this year, not sure yet what. I need 4 doors. Perhaps you guys can offer your opinions. I was either going to trade my current truck in on a newer, 4 door, Hemi powered Ram. Or, keep my current truck and buy a fun, yet practical car. I have some ideas ('04-'07 CTS-V, Hemi Charger or 300, Civic Si Sedan, SRT-4, something I can buy for 1k, etc.....etc....), but as you can see I'm all over the place. It's a fun "problem" to have.

My wife drives a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7L Limited. This is my weekend vehicle, as I drive whenever we're together. Fun car for being an SUV and it kicks ass in the snow! I frequently test its acceleration times.

As you all can probably see, I should consider something that gets better gas mileage. Which is why I'm leaning toward keeping the truck and buying a car to be my daily driver.

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Post  Ex US Squid on Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:14 am

I was super spoiled in high school and got to drive a Pro Street 70 Dodge Dart with a 340 stroker motor. My Dad and I built it up with a gutted interior, race buckets, 6point cage, narrowed and channeled rear end sporting 29x18.5 MT Orange compound street tires, 3 speed manual valve body quick shift 727, 4.56 gears and ran a fast of 11.87 on motor and with a 250 cheater NOS shot went 11.33.



But joined the Navy at 17 and the Dart was sold before I came back home with the means to take it off my Dads hands so now I sport a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab Short Box 4x4 with the 5.9l V-8, 130k miles of which I put about 97k on myself and from all the trail riding I also put all the scratches in myself haha. Truck has been bulletproof for me although I did exploder the Dana 60 ring and pinion once having a lil to much fun and now has 315/70r General Tire Grabbers on 17x10 Method Racing wheels. 4.56 gears and sports Oregon Ducks decal, Nebraska Huskers decal, Navy decal, and a #29 RCR Kevin Harvick decal in the back window.




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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:18 pm

Here are my photos.
#25 was painted Avanti Turquoise by the factory. When my parents were together there were also times the car was a project. During one of those times, my mom said she really liked a 1970s charcoal grey tone from Chrysler, so that's the color the Avanti was from that point forward. Sorry Chrysler fans, when I repair #25 she's going back to Avanti Turquoise.
There's a Ford connection too. Since 1960s paint companies were few and far between, early Mustangs had an eerily similar turquoise and I believe it's the darker of the two colors available on the in-game 1965 GT.
Speaking of GT, this picture has a Gran Turismo theme too. This photo was taken at the 1992 A.O.A.I. (Avanti Owners Association International) meet in Seattle. Remember the Seattle track? Reference the forward direction. The main straight came to an end where you'd double apex a right-hand u-turn and go under the overpass. This building is to racer's left a little before that right-hand turn.


Yes, it is a 1969 Corvette. The front fenders are those off a 1970-1972 (with the egg crate style louvers) and the rear upper deck is from a 1978-1982 Corvette. She too was blue from the factory. I found the paint tag (and remnants of the original paint) in the door jam; Le Mans Blue was its name. Forza 4 has a 1970 Corvette and I believe Mulsanne Blue was the corresponding color for that year. Forza 4 modeled a convertible Corvette with the hardtop equipped. The cars in that configuration are more aerodynamic than the standard coupe and these are how Chevrolet campaigned Corvette Racing in those days. The "tunnel back" rear upper deck is an eddy nightmare and this bubble rear window wasn't yet available.
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Post  TuxTshirt on Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Who's eddy? Laughing

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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:52 pm

I dunno, but I hear eddy's one sumbeeyotch.
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Post  shadow919999 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:47 pm

hey guys here are mine the 82 mustang i restored completely and the 69 bronco is a work in progress.
here is the build thread for the mustang http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthread.php?t=106023
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build thread for the bronco http://classicbroncos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196629
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Post  StalkerStang on Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:08 pm

Ok, I'll play too.

I have never owned anything but Mustangs. I don't think I have pics of all of them though....

This is my daily Stang. 01 V6, but it does what I need it to, and it looks good enough to take little hotties out Cool




Here is my toy, my 90 LX, its in a sad state for now.... Used to have a H/C/I 5.0, soild mid 12 sec car, but its getting a more serious motor soon...





Not fucking around this time...... 408 Windsor, big TFS heads, custom billet core cam, I decided to ditch the elbow, and will be running a 4150 style FAST throttle body.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:42 am

So here's where I share what I was going to do with the Corvette. It was a non-numbers matching car when I bought it (obviously) and there were 38,762 Corvettes manufactured that year so I didn't have a problem customizing it. N.C.R.S. really stands for National Corvette Restorers Society, but the guys on corvetteforum like to say, Non-Correctly Restored Stingray; I was going to be in that group.

Everyone here can probably sympathize with me. My problem, aside from owning a driving-project while in school, was telling myself I could settle for "decent" when "better" was like $800 more [per part]. Ha! Yeah, I have a sickness akin to what bit Jay Leno and Tim Allen.

The wheels and tires that came on the car were 295/50-15 × all four corners. My car had the Le Mans style rear fender flares and the rear wheels could have been wider as the width wasn't quite filled. The front tires stuck out so they needed to be downsized. One night I woke up with an epiphany. I'd shift 20mm worth of rubber from the front to the rear and upgrade to 17" wheels. My plan was to use 1990 ZR-1 wheels (since EVERYONE goes with the G.M. A-molds from the 1995 Z and 1996 G.S.) and wrap them with the 275/40-17F & 315/35-17R tires.

Initially I bought 550 lb./in. front coil springs and a 360 lb./in. rear monoleaf spring. Then a forum member was selling a "Vette Brakes & Products" dual mount spring which features adjustable rates. I bought it, dropped the rear crossbeam, mocked up the spring, drilled the holes and had a better rear spring installed.

This spring was cool. I thought, "Nice! I can dial the spring down to 300 or 330 lb./in. for daily duties and if I happen to auto-x or track the car at Infineon, I can increase it to 360 or 420 lb./in." Of course, you can't just have the rear adjustable spring, you need the matching "Vette Brakes & Products" pieces that replace the front coil springs to an adjustable transverse monospring. This gives C3, C4 and later front suspension technology. That's what I was saving for when I sold the car. Since I was spending time under the car, I bought Navy jelly (to fight rust), wire brushes and grey paint for suspension highlights and the frame. Blue + grey go well together; this will make more sense in a couple paragraphs.

Engine wise, a mangled crankshaft pulley keyway took me down*. A damn 1" long piece of boxed metal can stop a whole engine. What a crock! Okay, I couldn't build just another 350, I had to do a 383 stroker. Ultimately I bought an entire 2-bolt bottom end from a local C.M.C. competitor. Oh wait! What if I scratch using a gen. I block and build a 383 stroker out of a gen. II LT1? Then I could have aluminum heads and the benefits of reverse flow cooling. Or what if I could get a gen. III LS engine? Then I could have an all aluminum small block and save even more weight. The problem with the LS idea was, back in '05 was when guys were just starting to figure ways to adapt an LS into a C3 (and RX-7s / Miatas / Porsche 944s / whatever else they've found their way into by today). Mated to whatever I eventually settled on was going to be a Viper sourced T-56.

Oh yeah, I gutted the whole interior of the car in my garage, took a paint scraper and started taking the interior down to fiberglass. I was going to install a new dash with custom fit Autometer gauges, Corbeau seats, new C3 carpet in grey, a one-piece smoked blue Thompson Astro top (t-bar remains, the top fits over it), and I had a rear upper deck cut off from an owner who was parting out his car. I needed to cut out my bubble window and glass in the new deck, complete with a new application of 1969 code Le Mans Blue paint. I had a spreadsheet of parts, ideas, etc. If I recall correctly, the list was over $20k in parts alone. I still have it if it's not on one of my fried hard drives. I'll have to search for that thing.

So yeah, I was up to my eyebrows in project C3. A majority of work was work I was going to do myself. I B 1 ov thos Jak uv awl trades kynda peple jocolor

*Incidentally that problem also took down my Miata about 2 years ago. Luckily my friend races Spec. Miata and his brother builds first gen. 1.6L and 1.8L Miata engines in his sleep.

I am kinda glad I got rid of that particular Corvette, not because of how much work I was going to do, I actually like doing that stuff. It was the time at which I owned the car. Today it's a lot easier to retrofit an LS engine in a C3. More people are doing it which has made the process less of a game of trial and error and closer to pay-and-plug-and-play. Also, LS9 wasn't out when I had the C3. All kinds of cool things have come out in the last half-dozen years, and the things which were out prior to then have gotten cheaper to manufacture and cheaper to buy.

A representative from Edelbrock would pop in at times and offer corvetteforum a group-buy deal. In one of those posts I suggested a carbureted intake manifold for LS engines. Many people balked at the idea. Why would anyone go away from fuel injection? I don't know but A) I like going against the grain and B) I like having some things look period correct, even if what's underneath is new stuff. About eight months later I was reading through the Edelbrock website and saw they were selling carbureted intake manifolds for LS engines.

Take a break for part 2.


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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:52 am

I have similar ideas for raping/mangling an Avanti II because purists hate when you hack up a real Studebaker Avanti. If I could pull an original one out of the crusher's grasp I would mod. one of those. Everyone needs a 2+2 sport coupe to go along with a sports car, right? Of course Very Happy

Studebaker cars were a blend of styles we know of today. They celebrated 100 years in 1962 and I think they did things first in some aspects. Since they bowed out and I'm not a true historian I don't know who adopted whose practices. Studebaker engines are laid out exactly like G.M. engines (odd bank, even bank), distributor to the rear, and have the same 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 firing order. When at a car show it's always interesting to tell those who ask, that it's a Studebaker 289 and watch them scratch their head. Look, the distributor is located in back you dipstick! It's not a Ford engine.

Studebaker didn't have small block and big block, they had one block regardless of internal displacement. Their block dimensions are bigger than a G.M. small block but smaller than a G.M. big block. Like my Ford friend says about a 351 Cleveland being about a 3/4 scale Chevy big block. The privateers who continued with the Avanti II really wanted to use Ford engines. G.M. is not favorable to the die hard Studebaker folks. When a deal with Ford couldn't be made, they reluctantly went to G.M. and worked a deal to buy Corvette engines.

Studebaker cars have the same wheel bolt spacing as Ford. Today there is a way to adapt '94-'04 Mustang GT (or Cobra) brakes to an Avanti. Avanti may have been the 2nd American car to have front disc brakes, but man, the rotors are not ventilated and are 3/8". Put it this way, I took our car's rotors to be turned and the guy told me, "I can't turn these, what car are they from?" Of course his reply to my answer was, "A what?" I had to tell him the car was fiberglass and the rotors had never been turned for him to do the work.

It shouldn't be too difficult to determine which one is a 1960s rotor and which is a 2000s rotor.


Of course with larger rotors, one must increase the wheel size right? When I get there I'll have to familiarize myself with Ford wheel options and see what kind of backspace and offset tricks I can pull to squeeze as much tire I can get in the stock wheel well.

My overall vision for an Avanti II is, "Go by Chevrolet. Whoa by Ford. Styling by Studebaker." I'll give it an LS engine backed with a T-5 and Mustang Cobra brakes.
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^^^ Daily driver when I'm not working. Front bumper I replaced, bought the car from my brother who drove it into a pole and then a wall, so front bumper was pretty mangled. He managed to blow the engine in the car at only 109k so I bought the car, put an engine in it, put a new front end on it, and drive it around. Fun, fast little car. 5 speed with a 2.2 DOHC. Gotta love it. (Current)



^^^ Work vehicle. Was also tow vehicle for my race car(s). (Current)



^^^ A Civic I bought. It was tan, I had this "Cummins Onan Green" paint in gallon form. Warm day, boredom, and plenty of time. Took 2 coats because birds felt the need to find the hood and crap all over it. So when paint and crap dried, I repainted the hood and parked it in the garage (painted it outside, dad's garage. He was pissed enough about the green square of paint in the grass), and had bird crap permanently encrusted under a layer of paint.



^^^ My Jeep. The only vehicle I have to date drifted on 2 wheels on an off-ramp.



^^^ Made the mistake of buying a brand new car. While living with my parents. Got kicked out 2 months later, ended up selling this thing for half of what I owed on it 6 months later. D'oh.



^^^ My race car. Well, my most recent one. '90 Civic, painted with a 4" roller. Ran Wilmot Raceway in '09 and half of 2010. Had an 'incident' one night, the one night my wife didn't come to the track, and while trying to repair it had an asthma attack. They had to call the ambulance to the pits for me, and some guy drove my car for the feature. Something happened, still don't know what, but basically the guy got wrecked, and then got into a fistfight with the other party, and was removed from the pits. And my car was damaged to the point of needing new suspension in the rear, and after all that my wife told me I had to sell it.



^^^ 1985 Toyota Supra. I bought this in September of '03 and sold it in April of 2011. Had a pretty good relationship with her, she treated me right. Got a cop to ask me my favorite question to date: "Is there any particular reason you'd spin your tires in front of a cop car?" to which I responded without thinking "I didn't see you." ... I got a fix-it ticket for my exhaust because he had to get me on something lol






^^^ One of the cars I modified a bit while owning and driving it. That's a custom intake made out of pipe, a Cadillac emblem hood ornament, and a skull in the air vent that the eyes lit up. Not pictured: spinner hubcaps, skull hood ornament after I got tired of Cadillac, and stage 2 weight reduction (removing anything not glass or metal behind the driver's seat)



^^^ Drove this for a day in Lake Geneva for my birthday. Just had to show it, top speed was about 45, which I was going in a 25 zone and I passed a cop. Whoops. Hard to believe you can speed in that thing! VERY unstable at speed, 3 wheels and a small motorcycle engine so it's pretty slow getting to unstable speed.






^^^ That's me. In my limo. Driving on the Milwaukee Mile. Yep.



That's just the pictures I have of cars I've owned and driven. Some others include: 70 Buick LeSabre (first car), 89 Honda Accord, 96 Dodge Neon, 97 Grand Prix, a pair of Geo Metros, 02 Silverado, Suzuki Sidekick, and while it's not a car, I have a 95 SeaDoo Sportster that I may be selling this summer.


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Post  Ex US Squid on Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:43 pm

Lol I know Avanti will love the crap out of you running a limo on the Mile! To funny. That color of the civic reminds me of Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear a couple years ago painted an Alfa Romeo the same color but he painted the tires and wheels along with some race stripes. It was a good episode.

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Post  TuxTshirt on Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:42 pm

Rem, you're freaking hysterical. I love your pictures.

I forgot that this was also a "what have you driven" thread as well. It would take me forever list everything I've driven as I drive other people's cars frequently.
Some notables: '99 Porsche 911, '12 SRT-8 Challenger, '04 Corvette Z06, '09 Mustang GT, '10 VW R32, various SRT-8 Grand Cherokees/300s/Chargers, '05 Audi A8, '09 Jag XKR, Crossfire SRT-6, '04 SRT-4 Neon, '04 WRX STi, '04 Lancer Evo, I'm sure I'm missing a few. I've been the passenger in a few Vipers. And coming in June, I'll have track time in a stock car on Pocono.

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Post  Remaggib on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Shoot, you know what, how could I have forgotten that?





My wife and her family got me a NASCAR driving experience for Christmas in 2010. Got to drive the Milwaukee Mile in this stock car in June of 2011. Funny thing about this is that the staff were asking me how it was, and I was telling them I could have gone much faster but the car was governed. I found out later I had the fastest student car available, and that if I do this experience again I could tell them I've done this before, and they might adjust a car for me to go faster in. Mwahahaha!
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Post  ceet34 on Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:15 am

well lets see here i dont have any photos on this computer but i do have a sick obsession with buying vehicles so i will start at the beginning...im going to include the cars i have bought for my wife since i beat the %*$# out of those too haha. 89 beretta 2.8, 88 lx 5.0 mustang (low 13 second car), 97 ford taurus sho, 03 ford focus with around $8k in stereo stuff (148.5db with audiophile sound quality) and every conceivable bolt on possible(and still slow as shit) i suppose 200lbs of subs in the back didnt help lol, 03 kia spectra(around $4k in stereo stuff 140s db), 04 neon srt-4 with minor bolt ons (totaled with 13,500 mi. lady turned in my lane and hit me doing 45mph head on), 2005 neon srt-4 acr (mopar stage 3, 390whp!), 2005 kia sportage (transferred stereo crap), 1999 jeep cherokee classic (winter car), 2008 caliber srt-4 (290whp just minor bolt ons), 2009 kia borrego (wife loves those damn kias), 2010 subaru wrx, and last thursday i picked up a 98 mustang gt with 100,000 mi in great shape that im gonna build into a 450whp autocross car if all goes accordingly (now where did i put that tremec tko600?). i guess ill throw in ive had an 08 suzuki sv650sf, an 06 yamaha fz1, and currently sit on an 07 kawasaki zx14. some notables that i have driven...86 300zx turbo (brothers car very quick!), 98 svt contour, srt-8 cherokee, srt-8 magnum, srt-8 charger, srt-8 300c, srt-6 crossfire, srt-10 viper, 1999 porche 911 c4 (boss' car), 2007 ferrari f430 convertible (boss' car and video on youtube Very Happy ), 2012 cadillac cts-v coupe (boss' car and another youtuber Very Happy ). and i think thats it
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Post  Josh on ze bass on Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:42 pm

My previous vehicles aren't relevant Smile Just my current bronco. 95' Bronco.
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Post  sbclowrider on Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:50 pm

Well I guess it's my turn. My first car was actually a truck. A 1991 Chevy S10 regular cab short bed rust bucket with a 2.5L Iron Duke and a 5 speed that I bought from my grandfather. I wrecked that one when a "mouth - breather" pulled out in front of me and stopped dead in the road.
then I bought another truck this one a 1992 GMC Sonoma reg. cab short bed. It had a 2.8L boat Anchor and a 5-speed. Loved that truck. Sold it to my grandfather (same one that sold me my first one). Next was another S10 a 1988 Extended cab short bed 2.8L auto. Good running truck body was rusting out so I sold that one to my brother. Then I bought a 1992 GMC Sonoma (I see a pattern here) It was extended cab short bed. After I put two transmissions in it I pulled the 4.3L out to put a built 350 in. That truck is sitting at a friends house right now waiting to go to the scrap yard. was working on it and found a lot of rust. I don't know what was holding the thing together. I bought another one a 1989 GMC S15 reg. cab short bed. Drove it home and pulled the motor the same day. I'm almost done building the 355 for it. It's getting a ford explorer 8.8 rear diff. with disc brakes. Getting 1998up F-body front disc brakes and a 5-speed. That is a work in progress. My DD is a 1993 GMC Jimmy 4x4 love that thing. I have a 1985 honda nighthawk 450 and i'm getting a 2012 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom soon. And last and very least my wife drives a 2007 Chevy HHR. Now for the pics.

This is the third truck I bought. Now my brother's




Fourth truck awaiting scrapyard



This is the project truck and some go fast goodies. I have $6000 in parts and the thing still does not run.










My two year old at age one driving my truck



my 1985 Honda night hawk 450



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Post  HarlenAss on Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:02 am

Guess i'll sound off to. No really fast cars in my ownership. First car I owned was a 66 Corvair Corsa 140 HP four speed. Should have hung onto that car, it was a blast to drive and could out run a lot of Triumph and assorted imports. Dusted a 56 corvette once, boy was he stunned. That car could four wheel drift through a corner like none other. Ralph Nader's opinion of the car sucked. Next was a 72 Chevy 454 Cheyenne. Let that go a few years later cause gas prices were killing me. Got married a bought a 80 Chevy Malibu with a small V8, I believe it was a 285 CID. Owned couple of mid 80's Ford LTD's . Also an 86 Dodge Caravan 2.8L. Company I work for has provided me with three brand new trucks an 85 Silverado, 03 GMC Sierra, currently operating an 08 Ford quad cab F150. Notable cars I've driven 68 Camaro RS, 68 Mustang, 73 GMC Sprint (El Camino) 454, 69 454 Corvette. Girlfriend had a 73 383 Plymouth GTX. Present car is an 03 Bonneville. All my go fasts have been motorcycles, a 73 Honda CR 250 motocrosser, 80 Honda CR 250 and a 75 Kawasaki Z1 900 (still got, still quick as hell). I've also got to do a NASCAR driving experience around Kansas Speedway, 2nd fastest man of the group of 30 guy's. It was all over in a blink of an eye. Only got 8 laps in wished I could have spent all day. Been tossing around the idea of a new ride, I want something cool and fast. Possibly a Mustang or Camaro or a CTS-v. I don't know what to do. Who wants payments and poor gas mileage in today's economy. Bonnie gets me around just fine with 26 miles to the gallon to boot. I may try an Mecum auction sometime soon for a vintage Camaro. After all company vehicles have saved me tons of money and insurance that I could spend on a splurge.












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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:58 am

Hey Harlen, great to hear from you. Your list of transportation (owned and/or driven) is impressive. I agree, Ralph Nader's opinion of the Corvair was abysmal. The car was better than he said.

The Mecum auction route sounds pretty cool though if you go that route, stay away from Wayne Carini. He is on a few Speed Channel shows about selling classic cars. He's a retard who seems to think every car he gets involved with is solid gold. There seems to be a huge disconnect between our post-2008 economy and Wayne's brain.
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Post  Ex US Squid on Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:13 pm

hate to go political but Nader was and will always be a massive tool. I agree the Corvair deserved way better.

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Post  C4PT41N SL0W on Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:21 pm

My parents bought me a 79 Camaro when I was 17, my bro kinda bought it off them a few years later because I couldn't afford to keep the thing runnin'. Hell, I can barely afford to drive my 93 Accord these days..... the economy has not been good to me lol
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Post  Sorta05 on Sat May 12, 2012 2:41 am

First car was an 84 Chevy Cavalier... it sucked but I only paid $100 for it.

Next car was the one me and my Dad built together a 1983 El Camino (which I still have):



Dad then bought a car from a friend of his for me to learn stick on:



It made a modest 285hp at the wheels and we could only manage a 14.1 @ 101 out of it due to traction problems off the line.

I then moved up in the world my last year in college with a 96 formula:

With a few minor mods I was able to get into the 13's for the first time. At this point I had done auto cross with the last three cars (that's right I auto x'ed the Camino too).
After working for a couple of years I figured it was time to move on to the ls1:

I'm still rocking the TA, with a best of 13.2 @ 109mph... with a couple of track days at willow springs:

I've had a couple of trucks and beater cars with all these as well but my latest addition and so far my ultimate dream car and mid life crisis addition is:

That pretty much sums it up.


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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Sat May 12, 2012 3:42 am

The first of the late model ZO6 happens to be the Devil's 'Vette 2006 C6 ZO6 Twisted Evil A friend of mine had one and took me on a local expressway. He knew the car, as he'd owned it for about a month prior to taking me with him. He gently accelerated away from one light, and as soon as he knew he could nail the throttle in 1st without the wheels spinning, he did. Holy crap that car will accelerate hard. I can only imagine the feeling in something like the ZO6 Carbon or the ZR1.

Willow Springs & Buttonwillow are pretty awesome little club tracks in southern CA. How did you like your Willow Springs track day?
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