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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it?I've been a long time owner of various 3000GT's... My first was just a SL similar to this, that was modified to make the most power out of what it had naturally aspirated. It was pretty well known for the power it was making.Unfortunetly at the time I was still pretty young, and alot of older members talked me into putting it up forsale and buying a VR4, I have regretted this decision since the day I watched that car drive away, and ever since have wanted to buy another one, and do a build like I always dream about.Ultra Lightweight, High Power, High Revving, Naturally aspirated 3000GT Weekend Street car, and recreational Race car.This car belong to a well known 3000GT Member in Texas who is no longer with us (RIP Don) It is known for being one of the fastest Naturally aspirated 3000GT's out there, Straight line, in corners, Raw power etc. His son couldn't take on the car as it was still a big project so he listed it for sale. As soon as I heard it was for sale, I hopped on a plane to texas and bought it. I drove it all the way back home from Texas to Wisconsin. Since that time I have gone through the car, and done various modifications to it, cleaning it up, etc. While retaining what it was originally and what Don had intended for it which was a lightweight, all motor street driven track car.My goal for this car is Embarrass NSX's and Chase down 996 GT3's at the track. The 3000GT has always been neglected for its weight, and deemed poor handling. I'd like to go against the grain for both of those, while being a streetable Made for the Track car, that won't just flat out exhaust me after spending an hour or two driving normally. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it?Mostly, I've just cleaned the car up, dialed it in further, and squeezed more power out of it. I added portions of the interior back to it, while keeping the wait down. When I got it, the car was straight gutted, didn't even have a dash. It weighed low 2700lbs, now it weighs 2880lbs as it sits.Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck?Either the Cams or the Intake.... Dialing in the Camshafts with the adjustable gears really helped motivate the power band to make peak power in the higher RPMS, keep in mind this car is revving 1100RPMS higher then the factory redline...But Don the original owner was being limited at high RPMs on a modified factory size intake. Upgrading to this 4" Intake really opened up the power band, and gained quite alot of power to the whole car. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share?I tried to keep things basic, do what I knew work, not over complicate or over build things, and always put maintaining the car as my first priority.What are you planning next?Cutaway at the aggressiveness of the car, Make it a little more comfortable to drive on the street, while keeping the weight down.It has Megan Coilovers on it right now, which are just flat out terrible if you are in any type of corner that is not flawlessly smooth... The car becomes unpredictable, and can hardly maintain grip.... I am planning on returning the car to struts with some Re-Valved Bilsteins I have, and a 1 off set of springs... I have a similar setup on my 3000GT VR-4What’s been the biggest challenge with this build?There is a very small aftermarket for these cars when it comes to FWD's and Non TurbosMostly because most people end up with this version of these cars because they could not afford a Twin turbo/AWD... Which means they can't exactly afford to modify them either.So alot of parts have to be custom made, and there are alot of unknowns with what the response of X modification or part will be...
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