Here is the rundown on all the cars I have owned.
– 2005 Infinti G35 Sedan 6MT – I’ve made it as fun to drive as the 350Z, but a child safety seat fit in the back, so it was the replacement.
Mods: Hotchkis sway bars, Top Speed chassis braces (front & rear), Poly and aluminum bushings, 350z springs (fr), G35 Coupe sport springs (r), Stoptech slotted rotors, Stoptech brake pads, braided steel brake lines, short-ram intake, Borla true dual cat-back exhaust, Coupe 19″ Rays Engineering forged wheels.
– 1972 Chevy Blazer 4×4 4spd – I learned to drive a manual transmission in this truck (granny gear + gravel = perfect learning experience). I acquired it from my dad in May 2016 and drove it back to Texas from Colorado via an entire day spent exploring the plateaus and ranch country of New Mexico.
Mods: sweet canvas soft-top, Sanyo radio/cassette player (present when my dad purchased it), and recently 32″ BFG MT2s. The mod plans are infinite.
– 2003 Nissan Xterra 4×4 Auto – I started getting very restless having 2WD in the 2008 Explorer, as we kept it when we bought the new one, so this was it’s replacement. I very quickly realized I had a giant hole inside myself which this truck started to fill. My childhood was full of yearly (at least) trips to Colorado…beginning in a van and tents, motorhome, and eventually living there a year and my parents never selling the house. Adventures in the below K5 Blazer became commonplace. This Xterra brought back all those wonderful memories with a vengeance. Time to explore!
Mods: 4X4 Parts Leaf spring shackles in back and upper control arms in front for a 2″ lift, 15″ Frontier Desert Runner wheels, 32×11.5×15 BF Goodrich A/T KO2 tires, Dephep low-profile roof rack, running board/step delete, intake baffles delete
– 2013 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD (pic soon) – My wife, Amy, faithfully drove that 1998 Explorer for almost 200k miles. She deserved a new one. It may not be truck-based anymore, but that’s probably why she loves it so much. It rides like a dream and feels like a spaceship inside compared to the G35 and Xterra.
PAST VEHICLES (first to most recently)
– 1984 Toyota Corolla SR5 Coupe (AE85) Auto – The only car I regret not keeping. lightweight, RWD, sunroof, pop-up lights. Too bad it was an auto. Not as much of a classic as the AE86, but still a lot of fun. This pic isn’t my car. Mine had the standard 13 inch alloys, but was the same two-tone color(s). Mods: none
– 1989 Mazda MX-6 5spd – I put 150,000 miles on this car. It was a lot of fun. This shot isn’t my car, as mine was silver. Mods: aftermarket head unit
– 2000 Suzuki SV650 – This bike was a ton of fun. I kind of wish I kept it, but with dead air conditioning in the Mazda and 100 degree Texas summers, both found themselves sold for the next car. Mods: none
– 1997 Honda Prelude 5spd – That VTEC motor screamed. This is the car which got me into autocross. Mods: short-ram intake, aftermarket head unit.
– 1994 Saturn SL1 5spd – Gutless and boring, but it was cheap and reliable…two things I needed at the time. Mods: You’re kidding right?
– 2000 Nissan Altima SE 5spd – It was practical but still fun. Mods: just a K&N filter
– 2006 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring 6pd – An absolute blast to drive. I do miss the open air a bit though. Our baby boy came, and this baby went away. Mods: short-ram intake
– 1998 Ford Explorer 2WD 4.0 XLT Auto – I inherited this when I married Amy. I wasn’t a big fan of it, but it was reliable. 223,000mi and still going strong when I sold it. Mods: K&N filter, 4×4 shocks