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Unread 07-22-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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I'm in my early 20's. However, I have no interest in ricers. I just like the idea of BUILD not BUY. I've wanted a performance car ever since my 90's Corolla had to sputter up inclines (while flooring the gas) during a trip to the Rocky Mountains where I held up every car and 18-wheeler in the lane behind me. You betrayed me, Corolla.

I am sort of torn between building a sleeper (an apparently "stock" economy car from hell with 400+ horses) or an import tuner. Again, I don't want underlights, spoilers, or subwoofers, it looks like junk to me. That said, maybe a small change to make people take another look (in the paint job, for instance) would be great, as long as the car retains its simple elegance. The important thing is that it performs in all the right ways; a thoroughbred, not a theatric.

I know bit more than average about cars but I'd have to learn everything from scratch mostly. Of course I'd practice on my Corolla for about a year before buying something sexy. I think I'd be able to put $20,000-$60,000 into the car including cost of purchase, costs of ownership and garage tools. I'd eventually want to do most of the work myself, short of MAJOR modifications, and then take it to safe, legal races at car meets.

What do you think? Should I build a sleeper and fool everyone, build an import tuner and draw a little attention, buy straight-up performance and ditch the "tool time," or just buy a hatchback and save the money?



By the way, a shout out for my fugly, dented, POS Corolla that started all this. It gets me from A to B, most of the time, so thank you. Even though you come in an awful color.

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I'd buy a reasonable used performance car with an awesome aftermarket community and go wild. Sky is the limit.

I've noticed first gen CTS-Vs going for remarkably cheap. That'd make a great platform IMO. LS3 engine so infinite power mods. T56 manual transmission that can handle anything you can throw at it. A good chassis and RWD IRS for handling...and it's a Cadillac, so it'll look great.
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I'd buy a reasonable used performance car with an awesome aftermarket community and go wild. Sky is the limit.

I've noticed first gen CTS-Vs going for remarkably cheap. That'd make a great platform IMO. LS3 engine so infinite power mods. T56 manual transmission that can handle anything you can throw at it. A good chassis and RWD IRS for handling...and it's a Cadillac, so it'll look great.
t56s need to be rebuilt when you add power to them just like any other transmission.

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With the price range you are looking at you can do just about anything you want. I currently am building a 1974 daston 260z with a lq4 engine. My whole build will cost in the 15k ballpark and I will be making about 800whp. It will not look or feel like a ricer at all. You really have to narrow down what you want to do because with that type of budget you can have just about any performance you want and could even have a very plush performance car like a built audi or bmw.

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