We are introducing a special segment of our Reader's Rides section dubbed "Extreme Exposure." This lead-off hitter of "Rides" will feature bigger photos, more pages and more exposure than our conventional Rides entry. To attain this high-level of exposure one must have a worthy car, clean photos (preferably slides) of the inside and outside details of the car and enough info to make it all happen. We are trying to increase the quality of Rides and this section could easily see a vehicle graduate to full feature status. The most determining factory for such an upgrade is photography. Please don't use disposable cameras. The number and quality of the entries will determine how often Extreme Exposure will appear.
1987 BMW 325IC/M3 Hybrid
Judging by Jose's spec sheet he is twisted. Here's a quote, "Twas a dark eerie night when Jose Ramos began building his BMW monster. Jose had dreamed a building a phat Bimmer that would prowl the town and devour unsuspecting V8s." Judging by his seductive M3 conversion he twisted in the same manner as we are. Jose strated out with a 1987 325CI and "thus began his diabolic plan to terrorize the streets of Connecticut." One of his first stops was at Don Mecca's Fiber Artz shop to acquire one of the company's trick fiberglass M3 conversion kits. Impressed with the fit and strength of the pieces he returned to his lair at JC Auto Body and installed the kit. "The monster began to take form, but now it was time for a heart." Jose upgraded the engine with a 1996 M3 powerplant. The block was overbored and stuffed with JE pistons and the head was ported and polished. These mods lowered compression to 8.5:1 and Jose knew what that meant, boost! A Turbonetics T3/T4 hybrid turbo was employed to pressurize the M3 engine. A custom manifold fabricated by APZ Auto in Port Chester, New York (914) 935-3272 positions the turbo right behind the headlamp. A Deltagate regulates boost and an air-to-air intercooler from a Buick Grand National chills the charge. The rest of the driveline is also M3 spec so it can handle the power. The BMW runs 17-inch Konig GTR wheels, Suspension Techniques coilovers and bars and low-profile performance rubber. The interior was wrapped in black leather with yellow piping and the gauge cluster has been enhanced with Auto Meter readouts.
Once on the road, the V8s were removed from the top of the food chain as Jose made quick work of the Stanford population. Future plans call for the addition of an Electromotive TEC-II engine management system and an increase from the current nine psi. You go Jose.
Alexis Bove, Allentown Pennsylvania
'98 Plymouth Neon
Alexis has enhanced the performance of her Neaon's 2.0-liter DOHC engine with the addition of a Remus exhaust system, an Iceman intake with K&N element and Magnecor plug wires. For looks, the Neon sports clear taillights and corner lenses, Eibach Pro Kit lowering coils and 16-inch TSW Imola alloys encircled by Nitto rubber. Other additions include Razo pedals and JVC head unit, white bulbs and the correct attitude.
Fred Gatlin, Newark, Delaware
1979 Mazda RX-7
Fred has owned his RX-7, dubbed "Strictly Street" for 15 years. Just after acquiring the car he had the IMSA-style body kit installed and the Mazda has recently received a fresh coat of paint, Sikkens "Special Effect" Frazee Red.
Motivation comes from a street-ported 13B built by Hayes Rotary Engineering. The engine has been boosted via a Corky Bell intercooled turbo kit. The Wankel runs a Mazda electronic distributor, MSD Blaster II coils, Magnecor wires and NGK plugs.
Fred pilots the RX-7 from a Konig bucket seat and a 250-watt, 10-speaker stereo makes the miles roll by quickly. A gaggle of gauges from Auto Meter are on call keeping Fred informed about the status of the rotary.
The RX-7 hugs the pavement via Yokohama AVS Intermediate tires wrapped around Weds wheels. For added traction a limited slip differential from a 1983 GSL has been swapped in.
Peter & Kisha Salcedo
(Stationed in Ramstein, Germany)
1990 Honda Civic DX
Peter and Kisha are spearheading the Honda movement in Germany with their tricked out '90 DX. The car's 1.5-liter engine has been pumped up with a RS Akimoto Funnel Ram intake, HKS cat-back exhaust, NGK 8mm plug wires and dressed up with an oil cap and battery tie down from DC Sports. The rides low thanks to Ground Control coilovers that utilize Tokico shocks. DC Sports strut tower bars, Energy Suspension bushings and Suspension Techniques anti-sway bars add to the handling equation. Adhesion then falls to the rolling stock that consists of chromed Konig Cobra wheels and Nitto NT-450 tires. Outside the car has received the European touch while the interior is adorned with a Hurst short shifter, Isotta shift knob, an Auto Meter tach, Momo steering wheel and Civic Type R seatbelt pads. A Kenwood based stereo provides high fidelity tunes.
Clay Sutherland Fraser Lake, British Columbia
1989 Toyota Supra Turbo
Clay has been around the block more than once in his Supra. He purchased the car in 1996 drove it for a few months then parked it for the winter. When the weather warmed up he added an exhaust system and hit the roads. Unfortunately he was involved in an accident soon after the thaw. As Clay puts it, "I got into an accident involving bald tires, wet roads and the turbo kicking in while passing a bus, not a good combo." The results of this combo can be seen in one of the accompanying photos which shows the front end removed from the car. Since that fateful day the Supra has made a comeback and then some. In the interim the Toyota has received a modified front fascia, Veilside-style rear wing and a healthy dose of yellow paint. The engine sports a ported and polished head, upgraded head gasket, Spearco intercooler upgrade, K&N filter set-up and a custom three-inch exhaust. The suspension has been tuned with Intrax springs that drop the car 1.5 inches at the corners and Koni adjustable shocks. The Supra flexes an 18-inch wheel and tire combo consisting of ROH Azzurro wheels and Pirelli P7000 rubber. The next time the ice comes, Clay plans to do a performance build-up on his 7M-GTE engine. Stay warm, Clay.