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Haus of Guru: Project Creation-full disclosure by bmwguru
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Got my HP Tuners from AkursedX today!

New Jersey is expecting ANOTHER noreaster / possible blizzard THIS weekend!

I am now trying to convince Dave to move down to Houston and bring the car with him LOL. I just can't catch a (@*&$*(! break with this weather @*$#(*$.
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Trust me, I would love to sell the shop and take a few years off in a warmer location. I'd get bored really quick though and I'd probably have to go back to work to pay the insurance on my Ford GT or Audi R8.

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What's this white stuff all over the car?
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- j/k <--- spoiled from California.

In all seriousness, Dave, when are you going to move a little bit closer to the West coast, so I can actually do a road trip over?

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In all seriousness, Dave, when are you going to move a little bit closer to the West coast, so I can actually do a road trip over?



Houston is closer to the West Coast right?
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Too bad for you guys. I like him right where he is...now if he were to move to northern Virginia........
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Originally posted by mptighe:

Got my HP Tuners from AkursedX today!

New Jersey is expecting ANOTHER noreaster / possible blizzard THIS weekend!

I am now trying to convince Dave to move down to Houston and bring the car with him LOL. I just can't catch a (@*&$*(! break with this weather @*$#(*$.


Glad it made it to you in time!

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Joe, autox on a lake this weekend with the furrin group. Are you in?

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Joe, autox on a lake this weekend with the furrin group. Are you in?



I found out about Turk Lake too late and I wish it were Sunday. I am competing in the Detroit Indoor Rowing Championships on Saturday.

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Well it's cold and wet up there and they still don't know how much snow they might get from the sounds of it. I chose to be patient (and warm and dry) and wait until a more appropriate time to go get the car. That much power on summer tires during a time where the roads are cold and slippery would probably make a VERY SHORT test drive and I want the brakes to stop the car, not a light pole or another car. So I'm looking at the second week in March now. By then all that silly white stuff should be nearing an end and I should be able to at least get it on the road.

I did find a guy here locally that might be able to tweak the tune during the summer, but am still keeping an eye out. I have HPTuners now so I just need to find someone that's good and familiar with this.
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I did find a guy here locally that might be able to tweak the tune during the summer, but am still keeping an eye out. I have HPTuners now so I just need to find someone that's good and familiar with this.


It's NOT hard, and if you want to be more involved in the creation of your car then tuning could be your ticket.
I haven't turned the wrench much on my car but I can tune the hell out of it.
Turning a wrench is not rocket science either it just takes the correct tools and a few youtube "how to" videos, and "WTF, is this" type of questions on the forum.
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Joe, autox on a lake this weekend with the furrin group. Are you in?



It is fun to watch cars racing on the front lake at Turk Lake. That has been going on for a looonnnggg time. Well over 30 years. I lived just off the lake while attending college a long time ago.
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Right, so I'm making yet another attempt to go to NJ and see /drive the car. I'm waiting until the secondish weekish in March in an attempt to avoid any more snowstorms.Dave is going to check on shipping again for me so I know if it's gong to be more practical for me to ship it or drive it back. Since the weather is potentially going to be nicer, driving back is once again on the table.

On a side note, I'm going to try my hand at making a proper interior thread once I get it back. I'm also planning on getting a Deatschwerks 320 lph pump to resolve the issue that Dave encountered with mine. I don't need to get crazy but I'd really like to eliminate the weak link in my build. Since the tune will need to be tweaked for our weather anyway, why not?
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I vote for DRIVE IT BACK TO TX....but that's just me

NJ Turnpike to 95S to 66W to 81S to 40W to 59S to I-12 to I-10 (at Baton Rouge) then poof....back to Tejas!!!!!! Approximately 1900 miles. Makes for a great break-in and road trip!

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Well I'm here in New Jersey. Got in early evening and am getting ready to settle in. It's a little cooler here than home, but at least they cleaned that white stuff up a bit before I came. I'll be at the shop tomorrow (today technically) looking the car over. I'll try to update the thread as well as I'm able.

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I am waiting patiently for pictures and signs of approval.
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You would save at least a $1500 bucks if you drove it back I imagine.. Seems worth the time to me... getting paid roughly $80 an hour.
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My friend owns a hauling company and can haul the car for cheaper than the fuel cost of driving it
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Ok I'm here with Dave and the car. This is the biggest POS I've ever seen

More details later....
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Just kidding

The car is a completely different experience than what I'm used to now. I have to relearn just driving this car. It sounds mean as hell and has a ton of power. I had a smile stuck on my face the whole time, and Dave hit every mark I wanted.

Edit - I'm going to grab some pictures and try to get them posted up later. Sorry they won't be great pics as I had to leave the good camera at home. We're going to grab a bit to eat then I'll drive the car back to where I'm staying tonight and drop it back here tomorrow. Then Dave will get it ready for shipping.

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I still say drive it all the way back to TX and get it broken in
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Just kidding

The car is a completely different experience than what I'm used to now. I have to relearn just driving this car. It sounds mean as hell and has a ton of power. I had a smile stuck on my face the whole time, and Dave hit every mark I wanted.
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Nice to hear the good stuff!!
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Well that sounds like really good news for you. I'm glad to hear that you are pleased with it! After all this time, I'm sure it was a nice sigh of relief.

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Well it was a full day. I woke up, went to my friend's store, got picked up by Joey and went to the shop, went for a couple of rides in the car then drove it around a couple of times, went out to eat with Dave and the bunch, then came back to my temporary NJ home.

The test drives were cool. Dave and Ryan pushed it more than I did. I don't know the area well and kept getting into traffic, so I didn't have room to test it properly. It's a fun quick little car with the boost control off. At this level it's at 8 psi off the waste gate and is still well over 300 whp. At 12 psi it's faster than I could get into in traffic, but it pins you in your seat and you can't easily lean forward from when Dave pushed it. At 16.5 psi, let's just say the tires will never last and I'll only be getting into that level on a long stretch of highway when I'm already rolling.

I took a few pics, but I only have my tablet right now and I don't want to deal with photosuckit, so I'm going to wait until I get home. Sorry guys. I'm going back to Dave's shop tomorrow to drop off the car and arrange shipping. Oh btw, New Jersey roads suck. Just sayin.

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Oh and the car is NOT perfect. It's still a 25 year old car, even though Dave promised me a new one, and it's still red. I'm not sure how, but I think Dave ripped me off because of this

One thing is for sure, that interior had to go and I mean soon. It's hard to have a car with this much into it, and still have a crappy interior. Yeah I'll be starting my interior thread as soon as I get back.
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I was too busy laughing to take pics. Ryan mentioned a week ago that if I bought him a dress, he would wear it when he met Michael. So, I held him to it....he was working on a BMW crankcase vent valve in the dress when Michael showed up. Sadly, I think Michael didn't find it odd at all and kinda expected it...lol.



Then we put Michael to work and had him help us unload a ton of pellets for our pellet stove. Eventually, we took him out in his car and I showed him that the properly sized turbo for the application can make for a very fun ride. I don't think he was expecting the car to pull just like a supercharged 3800 and be as violent as it is.

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I was too busy laughing to take pics. Ryan mentioned a week ago that if I bought him a dress, he would wear it when he met Michael. So, I held him to it....he was working on a BMW crankcase vent valve in the dress when Michael showed up. Sadly, I think Michael didn't find it odd at all and kinda expected it...lol.



Then we put Michael to work and had him help us unload a ton of pellets for our pellet stove. Eventually, we took him out in his car and I showed him that the properly sized turbo for the application can make for a very fun ride. I don't think he was expecting the car to pull just like a supercharged 3800 and be as violent as it is.

Dave





Atleast you enjoyed the car, hopefully you can get a nice piece of asphalt back in texas to open it up. like a track, with a slip for all of us to see. Be sure to share that Interior thread here. What were you thinking? firebird, or a pisa?
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I was too busy laughing to take pics. Ryan mentioned a week ago that if I bought him a dress, he would wear it when he met Michael. So, I held him to it....he was working on a BMW crankcase vent valve in the dress when Michael showed up. Sadly, I think Michael didn't find it odd at all and kinda expected it...lol.



Then we put Michael to work and had him help us unload a ton of pellets for our pellet stove. Eventually, we took him out in his car and I showed him that the properly sized turbo for the application can make for a very fun ride. I don't think he was expecting the car to pull just like a supercharged 3800 and be as violent as it is.

Dave


Yeah I wasn't really surprised. I would have been more surprised if you hadn't have done something like that. I think this means Ryan and I are somehow going steady in some states, but I'm not too worried about it. I should have demanded he wear the dress for the test drive.

Dave, Ryan, And Nesbit are good guys and seem to have a good time doing what they do. It would be nicer if they did what they do in a slightly warmer and closer area though (nudge nudge wink wink).
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Atleast you enjoyed the car, hopefully you can get a nice piece of asphalt back in texas to open it up. like a track, with a slip for all of us to see. Be sure to share that Interior thread here. What were you thinking? firebird, or a pisa?


Firebird. I already have the interior out of a 2001 sitting in my garage. It's ebony, so I'll be painting / dying any existing interior pieces to match. I also REALLY need to either get a new headliner or have mine redone. Then there are all the rattles and such that will need to be addressed while the interior is apart. I don't expect a new car, but damn that thing makes a lot of noise when it's driving.

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The only part of that pic that bothers me, are the latex gloves.

Congrats to all involved. It is great to see a story end up this way.
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Sitting at the Newark airport waiting for my plane back home. I never got to really test out the upper range of the car, as I was always in some form of traffic. The shipping company is scheduled to pick up the car a week from today. I didn't ask them how long it would take, but I'm hoping to have it Friday or Saturday. I'm still kind of in disbelief that it's coming home.

It rained most of the day yesterday, which reminded me in full force how badly the t-tops leak. I don't know why I spent almost $1k on new seals, you'd never know. I'll be glad to get it on a long road, in a warm dry climate. I'm also looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. My friend and I grabbed a slice yesterday, followed by Indian food later, then wedding a pub crawl and were out until about 2:00 am. I don't drink but it was still a long day and the different foods didn't exactly mix well. Yeah I'm passing out when I get home.

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Made it home. Die first, pics later

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Made it home. Die first, pics later



Good to hear....supposedly someone slipped a little surprise into your screen saver on your laptop while you were here.

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So I found the "surprise" on my netbook. I'm a little unsure how I feel about it, but it's all good. I'm not going out drinking with these guys if we ever get together again, as I'd be afraid to pass out in their presence.
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Here is the car after I brought it back from the test drive...



Love these tail lights, but might find a yellow set of LED's to use for the signals...



Here's the trunk I paid a fortune for..



And of course the real reason for having Dave do the car...



Sorry I didn't grab more, but it will be home in about a week, so I'll get plenty of pics then.

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Uh, and someone stole half of it?
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Uh, and someone stole half of it?


Yep, the exhaust did. The plan wasn't to reinstall a full trunk, just a functional one.
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The last shop that thought it was a great idea to cut the trunk completely out upset Michael. He had lost his t-top storage. We bought a junk Fiero and cut the trunk out and reshaped it to hold the tops (or a petite dead hooker) depending on Michael's taste. The carpet isn't great, but an upholstery shop can get that looking pretty.

The car performs really well and Michael had a weekend to nitpick my work, but everything met his expectations.

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had a weekend to nitpick my work, but everything met his expectations.

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I've been nitpicking your work for years and still haven't found anything I dont like. BUT - I'm a little upset about not being offered the petite hooker storage option.
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I've been nitpicking your work for years and still haven't found anything I dont like. BUT - I'm a little upset about not being offered the petite hooker storage option.


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