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    Default Every boys dream - The Viper

    So... I bought one.

    Been my dream car for ever, don't know how many toy Vipers I had but more than I could count.
    I don't know how many times I've heard the story of when he first saw a Viper, and how awesome they are.

    So I've never driven one, I've never rode in one, hell I've never even sat in one until I went to look at this one.
    Long story short, most of you know that I've been working abroad for 3 years.
    Me and my first crush found eachother again and started a life together 1 year ago. I decided to quit working abroad because my company fucked me over in so many ways. Got a new job in a tiny company as Automation Engineer working with railroad power stations and water power plants (we deliver the control system).
    I was looking for a house in which me and my girlfriend could settle in, then I found this car for sale for a very reasonable price.
    My girlfriend was maybe a little bit sick and tired of my constant nagging about how the Vipers are the coolest cars in the universe, so she litteraly forced me to go check this one out by litteraly telling me that if I don't call the owner, she will.
    She also knew that I would probably end up buying it and she more happy if I bought the Viper instead of buying a house for us.

    So I bought it. The car I never thought I'd own, the car I never thought I'd afford.
    And I bought it on my 24th birthday.
    3 awesome birthdays in a row.
    2 years ago I bought my dream watch, a Rolex GMT-Master II on my birthday.
    1 year ago me and my girlfriend got together (9 days after my birthday to be exact).
    And this year I bought a Viper.

    I honestly can't believe it.
    I've worked hard, saved money which I barely used and finally I'm using them!

    Anyways, short story became quite long...

    The car!
    It's a 1998 Dodge Viper GTS.
    Silver w/ blue stripes. Although I'm suspecting the stripes weren't there from factory but if they were, it would be 1 of 21 made. I'm still investigating this part.
    36000km (around 25k? miles).
    Mods: Belanger headers, Corsa exhaust w/ race cats, BBS split rims 18x10 front and 18x13 rear, smooth intake tubes and K&N air filter.
    Just basic mods, how I like it.

    Lets just go to the pics shall we?
    Me, with the Viper the day I picked her up.


    The most awesome hood ever made...
    And it's quite a project just to open it




    Funny, my friend picked up his Nissan Stagea he imported from Japan the same day. Awesome car, estate version of the R34 Skyline!


    Those 335's in the rear are wide!


    And finally, a little taste of what it sounds like.
    Doesn't really sound like a tractor in real life like it does with the phone mic.
    And yeah, it's really f'ing loud. But not obnoxious while driving in highway speeds.
    https://www.facebook.com/tim.n.johan...type=2&theater


    Anyways, just wanted to share my new ride!
    The Thunderbird is on hold for now on. Sits quietly inside a barn. We'll see when I take her out again.

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    Awesome ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbird88 View Post
    I honestly can't believe it.
    I've worked hard, saved money which I barely used and finally I'm using them!
    Believe it. It's not like hitting the lottery. You work hard, and you reap the fruits. Enjoy!
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    I have always liked the looks of the Viper as well. I painted my tbird viper red and my buddies cougar viper blue back in the day. Congrats on the purchase and enjoy the hell out of it.

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    Nice...damned nice.

    Also, the SN95 isn't that big of a car...the Viper looks like a go kart next to it.

    And coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago, a co-worker and I were on our lunch break, we saw a GTS cruise the lot....damned things are actually not all that big. Pretty much a sexy go kart with a hell of an engine.
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    "still slower than your grandma's scooter"..

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    That's awesome. I'm with ya 100%, have always drooled over these since I was little.

    Is this your first position as an engineer? I remember you mentioning that you were a crane operator/tech something like that but that was a couple years ago..?
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    Aside from the Mustang crinkle headers, still looks like it's only 150 HP...
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    Nice! Enjoy it!

    So what no burnout pictures?
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    Man Im jelly! Diggin the Viper! And your buddy has a neat Stagea too, sure he's seen the double unicorn build by Marty, Moog, Turbo Yoda, and Mechanical Stig
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    Nice Viper. I once rode in a at that time new ACR Viper (early 00's), white with blue stripes IIRC. It was Crazy rare, like of of 10 made or something.
    '88 'bird, 1-family owned, original 302 converted to HO, T-5 swap, CHE upper/lower control arms, weld-in SFC's, BBK shorty headers & O/R H-pipe, Dynomax mufflers, fox GT tailpipes, Turbo Coupe 8.8 w/3.73's, 11" front brakes, lowered, Tokico Blue shocks/struts, Chuck W shock adapters and motor mounts, 15:1 rack & PS pump, custom alum. driveshaft, chrome '93 Cobra wheels, Falken tires, 20% tint, close to 190,000 miles!


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    22,300 some odd miles.

    I'm jealous.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity
    I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
    Hooligans!
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    1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
    1986 cougar.
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