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Hi Everyone,
I've already been posting a little, but I'm Woody, nice to be here.
I haven't purchased my Veloster N yet, but I'm squirreling away money/buying lottery tickets and plan to pick up a Veloster N PP in Black this coming spring.

My local dealership has a non PP on the lot, and it's a VERY fun car, but I figure the $2000 markup for the PP model is well worth it with the extra added power, the better gear ratios over the non PP, and the eLSD.
I do love the Performance Blue, but I feel it's a little to "LOOK AT ME!" for my tastes, so I'm going with Black.

Planned mods are pretty minor. I'd like to add the Forge Motorsport intercooler to assist with keeping IAT's down as that's a known issue with these cars and heat soak, and that intake horn that you can add to the factory airbox to shove more outside air into it also looks good to me (in black/red of course to match the car).

I'm a long term car guy, been working on cars for 37 years since I did my first brake job on the family Oldsmobile at age 8 with my father's "supervision" (he sat in a lawn chair with a bottle of beer telling me how it's done and how it works, starting my long time desire to know how everything works and fixing my own stuff.

I am an IT guy by trade, adept at all manner of IT work, master of none. I started out as a hardware guy, building my first computer (a 386 20MHz way back in the 80's with a then gigantic 10MB Hard drive and *gasp* dual floppy drives, a 5.25" and 3.5"). I also learned Novell Netware at an early age, again assisting my father who was a computer consultant down in Houston, TX back then. I started by stringing co-ax cable for early networking in the summer in Houston (not a hard job, but the heat will kill you), started college for an EE degree because computer science was only for programming, not fixing. Ended up Moving to Ohio for school and worked in a TV plant on the assembly line in the early 90's while going to school and discovering that EE was not the right calling for me, so I bought a shiny new Windows 95 computer and used my old MS DOS knowledge/hardware knowledge to reverse engineer it so I could repair it. Also taught myself TCP/IP, brushed back up on Novell, and moved to Duluth, MN. Was one of three Novell guys in Duluth before Microsoft started offering so much more in a better integrated package for networking over Novell, so I brushed up on that, and am now a field engineer with 20+ years of experience and loving it.

For cars, I've had a few fun ones, a few not so fun, etc. Currently daily driving a 2003 Acura RSX base model that is fun to drive, but makes more noise than speed. It's quick handling, and on snow tires does very well in northern MN in the winter time. Currently tracing down a parasitic battery drain on it that seems to be coming from the dash wiring and is associated with the "backup" fuse which is apparently very common on Honda products.
My current toy has been in my garage in various states of build for a few years now, but it should be finished this spring and back on the road. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird with the 4.6 V8. It was already modified when I bought it, with later year model PI heads on the stock block, PI intake, enlarged MAF, 2.5" exhaust with a midmount Magnaflow crossover resonator and glasspacks at the exhaust tips. It was nice and rumbly but quiet at highway speed, but screamed like a beast at higher RPM. Sadly, I spun a bearing due to my not properly routing the lines to my remote mounted oil filter (Ford in their lack of wisdom put the oil filter behind the suspension, making it very difficult and messy to fish out. I also added wider wheels/tires and sadly rubbed the line. Live and learn, I needed an excuse to learn how to swap a motor. Anyway, the old motor was dynoed at 271 HP at the crank, a nice boost over the 205 factory. The new motor is an all aluminum block out of an 03 Ford Explorer, same bore/stroke so 4.6L. It has bowl ported heads, better cams to build low end torque and add a little top end power, an enlarged throttle body elbow, enlarged throttle body, chassis specific Kooks headers, and a few other things here and there. By my calculations, it should be making approximately 350hp at the crank, while still maintaining fun summertime driveability. The car also has four wheel disc, four wheel independent suspension (one of the hallmarks of this chassis), 18x9" wheels with 255/40/18 Z rated rubber, 1.5" lowering springs, aluminum one piece driveshaft, a "JMod" to the 4R70W transmission, and 3.73:1 TrackLoc rear end. She corners like a dream, nice and flat, gets up and goes very well for a 3700lb car, and is ridiculously comfortable. I'll toss some pics up when I get to my home PC. Future mods are a TR-6060 6 speed manual transmission and a fresh coat of paint.

Anyway, nice to be here. Looking forward to my N as my regular daily, and I'll update regularly/read and respond to threads as I see them.
 

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Welcome!!! :) Great read btw. You remind me of myself. Just a hunch, but I think when you do get the VN PP your gonna want to mod that more. Ha, ha.... It sure is a fun car!!!

Best regards,

-Mike
 
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My last two daily's were a 2013 2.0L modified Ford Fusion and a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP. That was a bad a$$ car. Heavily modified with a LS4 V-8. So fun, but after the 3rd blown transmission I had to get rid of it.

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Welcome!!! :) Great read btw. You remind me of myself. Just a hunch, but I think when you do get the VN PP your gonna want to mod that more. Ha, ha.... It sure is a fun car!!!

Best regards,

-Mike
Yeah, I will definitely want to modify it, but experience tells me to have one reliable car, one toy. :D Here's my toy. Has 91 SuperCoupe Seats that are like butt velcro, a mod I did on the intake to clear up a hot spot over cylinders 7 and 8, and all the fun stuff I listed before.
 

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Yeah, I will definitely want to modify it, but experience tells me to have one reliable car, one toy. :D Here's my toy. Has 91 SuperCoupe Seats that are like butt velcro, a mod I did on the intake to clear up a hot spot over cylinders 7 and 8, and all the fun stuff I listed before.

Very sweet. I love those cars. Such a sleeper!!! My Fusion was too. Sure was a fast Ford but the transmission started to $hit the bed so I went and got the VN. I'm glad it's a stick shift this time. lol...

Br,

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