Well boys and girls... I'll try to sum up the past years...
As was previously noted.. I did attend Cop school for about a semester
or so.. That is until Physical Training and my knee decided that they
did not get along so well. It is not fun being on a 6 mile run on
asphalt when your MCL decides to not hold your knee together and you
get a face full of pavement. After awhile of debates on what to do, I
switched majors to Computer and Voice Networking. I loved the Comp.
Networking aspect of it, especially the Cisco programming. But I had
a large beef with the Voice side of it, and it truly made me loose
interest in that program.
After 1.5 years in that program and a few more knee injuries, I felt
it was best to quit that program, take what credits I had and move
on. I ended up moving back home for knee surgery and the plan was to
then switch schools that had another Networking program that I felt
was better suited to what I wanted to eventually do. (Though they did
not have a Cisco academy there, which kinda bugged me).
During my time at the new school and in a new town, a friend of mine
and I started working on Cars almost every weekend and doing mods for
people. We then decided to go a bit further on it and basically
started up our own business. So for about a year or so I juggled
going to school full time and traveling back home on the weekends to
work on cars. Now keep in mind that this isn't just tossing a set of
rims and tires on and calling the car "modded". We were actually
doing some nice custom work along with quite an elaborate number of
bolt on engine/suspension mods. Towards the end of my time at this
last school I had two classes I needed to finish my degree. The worst
part of that was that I had also taken on a project of in my opinion
massive proportions for myself alone to take on in terms of a car.
(more on that later). I worked out a "test out" procedure for my last
two classes with the professor. All would have been fine and dandy if
I would have been able to get in contact with the professor more often
in reguards to the software trouble I was having with the way he
wanted me to test out. BTW these were MCSE Classes covering Microsoft
Server 2003. He wanted me on a virtual machine, where I wanted to
just do the damn thing on my own box and bring it in.
To cut this long story short, I was unable to finish my testout and I
had made the decision to put myself 100% towards the business of
modding these cars. And especially this project car I had to work
on. Along with working on my own car which I had basically turned
into a test bed for new parts that I wanted to R&D.
www.gppimp.com should have a relatively updated mod list of what I
have done to my car.
The large project car I had undertaken is at the following links..
feel free to browse through them.
So its been about 2 years of those two projects, my car has been an
utter pain with more problems and issues than anything. Seems like
when I trusted other vendors to supply me with parts I only ended up
with problems. Though I blame myself fully for that as it is a custom
The maroon 4 door car is the 2 year project car that I did. There are
more custom parts on that car than I care to think about right now.
It basically was torn down to a shell, full custom air suspension was
put in, a whole custom stereo was put in, along with what is a very
powerful 3800 V6 that WILL set the world record for power made with an
Eaton/Magnusson blower. As of right now that record stands at 411 whp
on a dynojet. We have already dyno'd it at 375whp on a mustang dyno
(10-15% lower results than a dynojet). But due to an inefficient
intercooler setup that we had on the car (that has now been rectified
by a bunch of custom stuff I spec'd from BeCool) and alot better tune
we feel we will have NO problem busting that record WIDE OPEN. The
best part is... we've done this on a stock bottom end, stock valve
heads, 8.5:1 compression and a normal harmonic balancer (no overdrive
there, only the blower is overdriven a bit :) ) The current record
holder used all the other tricks (more compression blah blah blah).
But with all the weight in the car and all the power, we have had more
than our fair share of transaxle problems. As of right now with some
parts direct from GM Racing we hope to get the trans rebuilt within
the next month or so and get back on the dyno to prove what my ass
(dyno) already knows.
And then theres the issue of getting my car on the road too :)
Other than that I am on the decline of accepting projects now, going
to finish up my car, finish up a few obligations I had made. And
hopefully by late spring I will be back to a normal job and saving up
money to finish those last two classes, and then get into the IT field
where I eventually want to becomes fully cisco certified and start my
own contracting firm.
Hope that catches you guys up on what I've been doing.
So what have I all missed since i've been gone from all of you. I
have talked to nate here and there so I know what he's been up to.
So lets hear from you guys.