So if I was to do an “about me” page, it would most likely be more about cars and less about me. Witht hat said I’m going to give you a biography of my car culture.

In the beginning…

The year was 1989 and I was swimming in my aunt and uncles pool the first time I saw one of the sexiest vehicles I had ever seen. What I saw was beyond the shiny paint, sleek body, and hide away pop up headlights. I saw a block of clay, waiting to be turned into a beautifully sculpted work of art. I saw a car that seemed to take a wrong turn in time and ended up decades before it’s time. I saw a sleek sexy bitch just waiting to woken up by the right hands. (I was only 9 years old, some of this is translated from my memory as how I would explain my feelings in present day.)

I saw the car pull past the house and I expected to get a good look at the rear end before it disappeared out of my view forever in all of it’s cherry red pearl (AH3 paint code) glory. I waited for a few seconds and then a minute passed by, and nothing. I distinctly remember asking my uncle who was outside with me if he had seen the car and he replied simply “no”.  I instinctively jumped out of the pool to see if it had really pulled into the driveway. Sure as shit when I got around to the front, there it was. My cousin who was quite a bit older than me had bought her first new car, and later would pass it on to me when the time was right. The rest is history.

 

We will skip to the relevance …

I had my first son when I was 25 years old. I also still owned my 1989 S13 fastback which at this point had a stocker ka24e with no real mods to the engine but a boat load of mods everywhere else. Tien adjustable coilovers, Nismo 1.5 LSD, Short throw shifter (ebay) FN01RC’s in bronze and a fresh coat of paint.

While all of my buddies were really getting into the SR swaps I went in a different direction, especially since they were giving me perfectly good engines for free (the KA) most SOHC’s but one DOHC. I built a manifold from elbows and strait pieces of pipe to emulate the log style stock SR manifold and even used a t25 off of a Z31 with a cut stock Z31 downpipe refitted to my S13 chassis. I first realized my injectors were maxing out at a poultry 5psi (internally waste gated for 6psi on the Z I believe) so I decided to reinvent the wheel. I went to my local machine shop and had a top mount fuel rail that would accept 550cc RX7 injectors made. This was foolish as I found out that my rail would accept the RX7 injectors with NO modifications to speak of. I bought an Safc and went to work on the road until I had a consistent power band with only a few hiccups. I then took it to a dyno and had it tuned a bit more. I ended up running 10psi on a stock block and put down around 250hp to the wheels through a stock SR side mount IC. This was about 50 more H than most of my stock SR buddies were putting down, This was when I realized that the SR was an amazing engine but so was the KA and as long as people were going to throw them away I was going to build them. I went through a few SOHC’s before setting my goals to the DOHC. I eventually sold the car and moved on to a 2002 Sentra Spec-V because a 2 door sucks for a car seat.

 

I stayed out of the car scene for years and then the S12…

I stayed active on forums I frequented and tried to keep up but not really having an S13 I kind of faded into obscurity. Until I found my 1987 S12 SE V6. This fucking car was a beast from the factory as far as I was concerned. Up until the point I waited for boost to make power, this was no longer the case. When I stepped on the gas, my pedal movement instantly translated into torque and speed from first through 4th gear. I played with the car quite a bit as far as engine mods went going as far as installing Isky cams, headers, 6 puck unsprung clutch, Euro spec springs form Nissan (cut for effect) essentially turning he car into harsh riding, good handling, driftable car. This car stayed with me for a few years until I once again had to upgrade to a more reliable car for work, and as soon as I had gotten back into it I faded into obscurity once more. (PS my love for the S12 is just as great as my love for any S chassis because of this car)

 

To the present…

Because I had kids, and got married early in life, it has changed my generation of tuners. I was an original that had to stop early and as such have been able to start back early. What this means? Most of the people that I remember tuning, are now going through my young kids and marriage stage while my kids are 11 and 13 at this point. I am able to pass on my knowledge to my sons while still being young enough to enjoy the culture. Has the culture changed? Absolutely, but it is still recognizable. Ricers are still ricers, purists are still purists, hybrid builders are still at it, and people like me (the guy who gets it all) are still doing what they can to keep the peace.

 

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