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Old 01-23-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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Hello all.
As the title says, long time lurker here. First time poster.

A little background on myself:
I'm a mechanical engineer with over a decade of military service in aircraft maintenance and operations.
Currently designing custom gensets for Caterpillar (used to work in their marine dept) as well as some work for Cummins and in the rail industry in addition to my tinkering/fabrication at home.
I've been turning a wrench my whole life and my friends call me the "jalopy jedi" because I've managed to jerry-rig (or engineer as I prefer...lol) enough things when stuff breaks down over the years and manage to get myself or others home safely.
I run a part time auto shop out of my back yard and garage. I couldn't do it for a living, because I normally only ask for pizza and beer for payment...lol




I've got a 99 SL2 5Spd that I picked up for $500.00 with 196k on it april of 2013. Just cracked 263k this week and will tentatively hit 300k by the end of the year.
Put a new starter, water pump and fan motor on the first night I got it then new brake pads a couple days later right before driving it 500+ miles for military duty on bald tires.
managed right around 46mpg (also barely ever went over 65mph for the whole trip which helps)

2 weeks later, I put new tie rods and tires on it and haven't seen 40mpg since




I'm a GM enthusiast, primarily a camaro/corvette guy (I'm also a moderator on a couple other auto forums - Camaro5.com and Corvette7.com - S/N CamaroSpike23).

Also have an 06 silverado 2500HD, a 78 camaro (my first car...lol), and an 03 Jeep Liberty in my driveway atm.
Previous cars have been 86, 94, 95, 96, 98 camaros (see a trend yet...lol), 98 F150, 02 Volvo V70, 09 Jetta, and a dozen other cars that I've lost to the years.


as far as my SL2 goes, mostly stock besides new coils and plugs and a semi-custom CAI. will be changing the timing set out this weekend as well as some other little stuff that I've been putting off.

Future mods include the 5th gear swap (Shawn... you still selling those? ) in a few months as I'm driving 70 miles one way for work atm and even tho I'm still getting ~32mpg @ 80mph, I know I can get better cus gas prices won't stay low forever.


Anyway, just wanted to say hello and give you some info about myself.


Spike.

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