So it has been quite a long time since I've posted any updates about my car or my driving so now with my first event in 4 years nearing, I figured I'd give a little update on whats been going on.
So 6 years ago I went to FD pro-am
I didn't do so hot and got really bummed. Didn't place.
So a few months went by and I was a bit depressed and whatever until I found out the guy who brought my car out to Cali actually drove it before the event and gave it rod knock. After we disassembled it, found that indeed the rod bearings were shot among many other issues. Being that it was a hard driven stock motor with 150k, it wasn't surprising, however it made me really angry that it wasn't me who did it and it really hurt my performance at the biggest event of my career.
After tear down, THMotorsports and Project X started working on the car getting it ready. However with my lack of funds and recent marriage, I took 2011 off.
2012 came around and finally had a car together. Made it out to MDU round 1 with a brand new engine. This time with a turbonetics single turbo
The event went fairly well for a brand new setup. Had some issues, but placed 5th or something. I can't remember.
Much street driving later, I wasn't happy with the motor. Something was wrong and one night... rod knock. Again...
So I parked it
I was beat. Felt like I was getting messed around with and nobody wanted to take responsibility, so I took it upon myself.
Decided after about a year to get another motor and leave it stock, slap the turbo kit on it, and drive. However, when I took the oil pan off guess what I found... rod bearing shavings. Fantastic.
Called up Nissan to get bearings to toss in it. Turned out I needed a VIN number to just do bearings and I didn't have one. I was tired of trying to pay others to do a job just to get shafted so again, I sat on my hands.
About another year later my friends told me of a once good friend of theirs, who had been working at an engine shop, was going on his own. I decided he had backing from my friends, so after talking to him for a while, settled on a price and a date.
Little did I know, he was not so trustworthy. I gave him 5 months to complete it (way, way too much time, but I didn't need it quick. It was winter after all). After more than a year of getting dodged and lies, I finally got a block with boxes and boxes of parts. Yay.
So last fall I started assembling the engine. I got it in the car right as winter hit. Lame.
Now its spring. Car is in the same location because I have lack of motivation to work on it. Then I go and crash my daily driver
On top of this, my wonderful marriage came to an end, my father got really sick, and money is super tight. Yes!
So I need a car. I find a 08 g35 S. After a day and a half of owning it, I put some spare parts on it.
Then I manage to do a little driving
So I've fallen in love with this car. As some of you may know, I've always been fond of VIP style
(Daily before the FR-S)
But the VIP style cars I've had were automatic and boring. So this time, I feel like I can do a little bit of both.
I've only had the V36 for about a month. But already its got
XXR whatever wheels
Competition Clutch and Flywheel
Project Mu shoes
And soon nismo 1.5 GT lsd
After this I want to try and fit my old sway bars that weren't used, get a steering wheel in it, get some cool aero and a different set of wheels. Probably some camber correction for the rear and if I can find a set of inner tie rods, that would be rad.
I do not have any intention of doing competition again. I want to keep this car pretty much stock power and just have a really cool street car to drive to events, drive all day, then drive home.
As for the Z. I'll finish it. Probably take a few months. Once it gets consistently warm here, I'll start piecing together odds and ends that it needs. After its together, probably just going to drive it a bit then kick it down the road. I kinda want a different car because this one just carries too much weight in memories alone. Some bad, most good... but memories I want to just access through the memory banks in my head.
Anyway. I'm finally excited about drifting again and just wanted to share in case anyone remembered and/or cared.