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Cani Lupine
11-28-2012, 03:12 PM
From shadetree mechanics to tuners, tinkerers and drivers alike, who here also shares a love of automobiles? My ride is a 1996 Ford Aspire 5 door, modified for handling and fuel efficiency. Not much in the way of power, but it's frugal and fun as hell on the downhill. :)

AtomiKamikaze
11-28-2012, 07:01 PM
Same here, slowly learning more about mechanics, but it's fun. :D My baby's a 2001 Toyota Celica GT. "Rescued" (bought legally of course) him from previous drivers who never washed the bird shit off until it ate the paint, and never changed air filters, batteries... so now regular oil changes, checkups, and the battery and filters all are replaced. (EDIT: Now all 4 spark plugs are replaced. And they were the original NGKs from the factory, 11 years old. How my car is still roadworthy is beyond me)

4 cyl. engine and not very good with hills or off-road driving, but fun to drive and got a long life ahead. C: (And a good friend/zen place). I do plan to mod the car later on body-wise as well as extra fuel efficiency, but not enough money right now.

Cani Lupine
12-04-2012, 10:56 PM
Ah, I know how that goes. The deeper you dig, the more you shake your head and wonder how it still ran before. I'm a HUGE advocate for basic preventative maintenance, and I personally think understanding how a car runs and how to at least check the basics should be a requirement for getting a driver's license.

Melzi
12-30-2012, 01:04 PM
Gearhead here!
Worked for a drag racing shop, building and traveling to races. I've gone as far as Las Vegas, and Florida. As soon as you get bit by the racing bug, there is no going back.

Owned a 1989 s10 with a 6.0 LS motor, original wiring harness, Holley carb. stalk ford rear end leaf springs. Had to sell it to afford welding school.
Now I just have a little 2009 Ford Focus, 2.3 Manual trans :<

Cani Lupine
01-28-2013, 10:08 PM
Well, had my first "accident" of sorts last night. On the way home from visiting a friend in the mountains, the pass was covered in snow. Hard pack around the top, to slush near the bottom. 11 miles of 6% downgrade included. Went to pass a guy that was going too slow and had me riding my brakes nonstop, but what I THOUGHT was a straight ended up being a really short one. Didn't see the oncoming curve until it was too late. Locked up the wheels in the slush trying to slow down and fishtailed. JUST got it under control as I got into the corner, but didn't have enough road left, and I slid straight into the shoulder and the hillside. Busted my homemade airdam and undertray, but thankfully it protected everything else. The guy behind me was a truck with a winch and pulled me out.

Aden
01-29-2013, 12:00 AM
Boyfriend and I own a Mitsu Lancer together. It's only a 5-speed, but it's very fun to drive. We never learned how to do hardcore repairs/mods - biggest alteration we've done is a new intake. I just like driving!

foxyallyx
02-15-2013, 10:28 AM
Fellow gearhead and car enthusiast here. I used to have a '70 Chevy C-10 pickup turck that I was gonna fix up, but I had to sell it.. Maybe one day I'll be able to get another project.... *sigh* For now I have a 2008 Jeep Patriot, (front wheel drive, not even the 4x4 model... and I hope I never have to work on that CVT transmission. that thing is... wierd.)

Pizza Wolf
02-17-2013, 11:41 AM
yus...I have a B**chy 1985 pontiac trans am with T-tops, faded peeling paint and the 305 TPI 700R4 combo. by the way, im in the market for a small block 350 at the moment. i would love to swap a LT1 and T56 into there but funds are limited.
my first car was a 1988 RX7. i was hooked after that.

Lava
02-20-2013, 04:17 PM
I'm a fellow gearhead. The most fun car I ever had was a 2000 Celica GTS. I would list all the performance parts I had on it, but only if people really want to know. Every day I want to punch the old lady that t-boned me. I'm currently looking for a new car since the transmission just broke on my crappy hyundai accent and I don't really think it's worth it to try to fix the car. I'm awfully tempted by the ford dealer that has an 89 turbo Supra with 57k on the odo, though I'm really looking more for practicality right now. So much for saving up for an FR-S.

spinout87
11-16-2013, 03:07 AM
Right now I own a 03' Ford Mustang gt. It has a touch over 54,000 miles on it. Have a few cosmetic stuff done to it, nothing performance yet. First car was a 81 AMC eagle sx/4, then a chevy cavalier. Bought a 92 civic hatchback that had a si swap with cai, racing exhaust and a chip tune. After that I owned a 02 Saab 9-3. Always did my own maintenance. Never trusted shops.

coyttl
11-16-2013, 11:02 AM
Oh, I love driving.

My first car was 8 years old before it was totaled (Aunt hit a cow.) It has 350k miles on it. After that, I got a 1st Gen BMW MINI Cooper. Took a couple offensive driving classes, and participated in a few rallys. A couple years after I got that MINI, I got a classic Mini (1972). The BMW MINI was sold after 250k miles. Still have the classic, though. :)

Mayhem
11-19-2013, 05:38 PM
Currently we are working on my wifes 78 el camino, which she is totally into it too.
Soon as I get a little extra saved up to start my project i am going to make a rat rod, cant tell you anything about it cus I am not looking for parts yet, but then again there is a tractor across the street overgrown with weeds....maybe a few parts there, and there is another el camino sitting in someones yard with Peecocks of all things running around it.

SprinkTac
12-11-2013, 01:59 AM
over the last few months i have been rebuilding a 1989 GMC Jimmy, as an ofroading and hunting rig. got dat GMC 350 engine pushing 210HP at 5.7L and its pretty ballsy. once i get all the electrical issues sorted out it is going to have a 4" lift, 33" toyo knobbies, and an 8 point rolly that i will be welding out if 1/4" thick tube steel. thing didnt even start or roll right when i bough it, it was a farmerized rig and sat in a field for about 3 years. my initial cost was 700, but im about 2600+ worth of parts and 150 hours ish of work in on the thing. done everything including the transmission work at home in my shop. currently im trying to trash the current suspension since its almost already gone, and i have already jumped ditchline to ditchline across a few dirt roads out around where i live. lets just say that a powerful truck and now boundaries as to where i can thrash around is just way too fun lol.

Cani Lupine
12-17-2013, 01:38 AM
How about some pics? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BX3M1YgCAAAS6QB.jpg

Raddy Fox
01-03-2014, 08:45 AM
I love tinkering!

I have a load of road going, fuel powered wonders, but most only have 2 wheels. To list them, theres 2 Honda C90 Cub E's, one from 1999, the other 1997, not sure on the milage because I keep changing clocks and engines, a 1981 Honda CD200 Benly with 20K, a 2009 BMW F800r with 21K, and my current love and most recent purchase, a 1992 Vauxhall Corsa 1.5 TD with 98K, with a bit of modification to run on old chip oil. Its like a mad science experiment:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BcbjMjDIAAAVbrt.jpg:large

I adore them all, and been a typical Yorkshire fox I'm no stranger to getting oily paws!

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I'm a HUGE advocate for basic preventative maintenance, and I personally think understanding how a car runs and how to at least check the basics should be a requirement for getting a driver's license.

But duck tape o.o

Ritty
01-06-2014, 10:32 PM
I bought a piece of junk Mazda MX5 1990 (Miata to you Americans) and it was full of rust and it blew a head gasket and the cooling system was blocked solid and the idle air intake mechanism was buggered and

i fixed all of it despite never having touched a car for maintenance before in my life.

Natural born.

RainWizard
01-07-2014, 07:18 PM
God do I love driving. Got myself a Focus ST to replace my Alfa ealier in the year, have yet to really push it though. Luckily, there's some fantastic mountain roads up by me to unleash the beast below the hood >: ]

Llama
01-18-2014, 05:46 AM
I currently drive a 1997 Honda Accord EX with a 2.2L VTEC and a 5 speed. I got it in August of '07 with about 104,000 miles on it, and now I've just about doubled that. We've been through a lot, but she still runs good.

YukiPony
01-19-2014, 04:45 AM
Bit of a gearhead myself. Been into cars since the day I opened the pages of Car Craft magazine. Used to go to the drag races in Atlanta, and recently I've been really getting into watching circle track racing as well.

Currently drive an 03 GT mustang, 5 speed, 62K miles, with headers, underdrive pulleys, K&N CAI/filter combo, superchips tuner, Roush short throw shifter, and Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust.

Rory
01-19-2014, 05:10 AM
Bit of a gearhead myself. Been into cars since the day I opened the pages of Car Craft magazine. Used to go to the drag races in Atlanta, and recently I've been really getting into watching circle track racing as well.

Currently drive an 03 GT mustang, 5 speed, 62K miles, with headers, underdrive pulleys, K&N CAI/filter combo, superchips tuner, Roush short throw shifter, and Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust.

Ahhhh, I want to drive a Mustang, even just a test drive! You should post a picture. My old roommate used to crap on me all the time for liking them, though, and right now I'm driving a workhorse Volvo anyway. I'm starting to become a gearhead, but until I get a car I can really work with someday (you can't do anything to modern Volvos past the legendary 850s), I can't really call myself one.

Brace
01-19-2014, 03:24 PM
I've tinkered with my motorcycle a bit. Wishing I had it here, but there's no parking here.

Rukh Whitefang
01-23-2014, 07:29 PM
I am building/restoring my 1986 Iroc-Z28 Camaro. Eventually I want to find a street rod from the 30s, 40s or early 50s.