We've been a two smart apartment since October now and personally, I love it. My girlfriend doesn't drive so both cars are mine. Not long after getting the 453, I also got an incredible increase in my income that has allowed me to go back to my crazy hobbies.
Since then, I've been buying iPhones, repairing them, then keeping or selling them...and so on. I haven't been this happy and free in a very long time.
However, I still yearn to get back to my long dormant hobby, modding smarts.
When I first got Phil (the 453), my plan was that I was just going to restore Tucker to factory condition. For the most part, I'm finished with that. He's running like a champ, I cleaned up the damage from last year, I even gave him a heavy detailing.
When I got my 453, I told myself I would keep it mostly stock. At the most, I would get cosmetic stuff, lighting mods, a blow off valve, and of course my signature shift knob:
My 453 is perfect just the way it is, no need to ruin it!
So, that leaves us with my trusty 451 that's somewhere near 130k with plenty of life left in him. Well, what should I do with him? Finish the projects I stopped in 2014? Try an engine swap? Turbo? No, I think I have something more fun and hopefully not incredibly invasive for him.
Last winter, I took little Tucker out ice racing a few times. I even got him out on some trails. I had a blast. Everyone else had proper cars for the job, but Tucker did his best...better than anyone could expect.
I want to capitalize on it. I want to make Tucker into a rally smartie. I've gotten together my parts list and even a phase structure so I don't bankrupt myself with excitement. I know, I could just fully restore Tucker to factory condition and be done with him. But seeing as I plan on keeping Phil close to factory stock, maybe I should do something fun and unique with Tucker? Modding has always been a draw for me.
So, with that out of the way, here's my plan.
Phase I - Cosmetic and Emergency parts.
In this stage, Tucker is going to get:
- Rally lights!
I’m finally going to get rid of that ugly front license plate box like I’ve always wanted to.
- Tow hitch spare tire carrier (with a spare, of course).
- A winch (if I can figure out how to make it work in a non-invasive way, still working on it).
- Roof rack? Not sure about if I want one yet or not.
- Maybe a jerry can and a tall antenna to compliment the look.
Phase II - Lift! Lift! Lift!
- Lift kit.
- Replace worn suspension parts.
Phase III - Rubber.
- Getting all terrain tyres, or offroad tyres if I can find them.
- Shaving the bumpers (if necessary).
- Other finishing touches.
I think I could totally do something like this and have it done before the end of the summer. Thoughts? Advice? Am I crazy and should just keep my little Tucker nice and stock?