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Beasst1

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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"Rocksho" Bandit Returns!!!!!

By Beasst1

The time has come..................the Phoenix has risen from the ashes.......my modern day supercharged "Rocksho" Bandit returns home this week. It's balanced, blueprinted and BADASS!!!! Approximately 660 HP (525 HP at the rear wheels). Engine rebuilt with all new forged internals and a blower cam to hold the power. Time to go BANDIT RUNNIN'!!!!! Pics, engine specs and video coming soon!!!!

Input Needed

By Beasst1

The ideas are starting to roll in for the next edition of my Bandit. So far the ideas have been a 428 SD supercharged with an LS3 block or a 383 Stroker with an LS2 Block. Thoughts or opinions? I appreciate your help.

Rocksho Bandit to return to form in 2011

By Beasst1

Well the 2010 edition of the Bandit Run is in the books. I finished it. In a rented Impala but I finished it. Things will be different in 2011. I am currently working with someone who is putting my Bandit back together after some bad advice from my ex-mechanic. The car should have been strong and it wasn't. I was very disappointed after waiting a year for this event. With disappointment comes change.I am determind to make the 2011 version of my Rocksho Bandit truly the version I have longed for. It will be stronger, faster and better looking than ever before. I am assembling a group of people that have my common vision and best interest in mind and we will make this happen together. I am down but not out. Negative things like the past week only fuel my fire for a better day. I am thankful for my friends from the Bandit Run and the love and support they showed me through this unfortunate turn of events. I will give updates as the picture of what I am going to do becomes clearer. First on the list is to save up some cash. lol. This set back was not cheap.

Be Good To Each Other

peace

Manny "Rockshow"

Rocksho Bandit Update

By Beasst1

Well I rented a car and will be home in less than 2 hours. The car is in Acworth, GA. There was in fact more damage than first thought. Here's a summary of what all has or will be done in the coming weeks.

New head gaskets
Machined heads - the heads were warped
Forged pistons and rings


I am told that the upgraded parts will handle the 10lbs of boost from the pro charger

Also going to modify the tune for better performance.

I got exactly 1 year to make any changes, additions or other modifications.

I also going to lower the car

Hopefully I will get my Bandit back within 3weeks.

Bandit Runnin Day 3

By Beasst1

Well here I sit on the eve of the end of the Bandit Run. I have mixed emotions. I going to miss these amazing people very much. At the same time, I have to be honest and say this hasn't been the greatest run for me. Ok lets be REAL honest, it's been the worst. I stayed in the run for the people. The people are amazing. Just tonight I had someone tell me that it was good to keep seeing my face at the events (thanks Mark) and it meant a TON to me. I had another take my picture even though I was in an impala (thanks TAMatt79 and VW Penny79) and come over and shake my hand and say hello as they had read my post on motortopia about what had happened to my car. It's people like that that make all the difference in the world in this event. As a spectator this year I learned this event is not about the cars (although it sucks when you dont have one) it's about the people. I already knew that but this experience drove that point home all the more. I am sad for many different reasons. It was a double edge sword kinda event. I met people that I may or may not have gotten to know otherwise and for that very reason, the trip was well worth it. At the same time, I SOOOOO missed Bandit Runnin' with my friends. Everytime I started to feel like I was no longer a Bandit Runner, someone would come up and ask me how I was and provide words of encouragement. Thank you all so much. This honestly does feel like a family. Tomorrow marks the end of the 2010 Bandit Run. I waited a year for this and even though I could not run with you guys, I loved my experiences just the same. I can't wait to see you guys next year and hopefully my "Rocksho Bandit" will be ready to roll. Special Thanks to Aaron (for fixing my Bandit), Dennis (for connecting me to Aaron and being a great sounding board), Mark (who advised the car be driven no further and all the great words of encouragement), Tyler (for demanding that I rent a car and continue the run - you're an amazing man my friend), Ken (you're a great friend and thanks for the efforts you put forth for me on this trip), Sammy (I just met you last year but you are one of my favorite people out of this whole group, God Bless you my friend), Clint (one time rival and almost enemy turned into a great guy - thanks for your efforts and trying to keep me on the road - I wont forget your desire to help - Thank you), Dale (from Year One - Thanks for your efforts out on the road), Kevin King (for the center caps), Ron Franks (It's so great to see you every year - I love Bandit Runnin with you) and lastly but first in my heart Julia (my frog - You provided the encouragement and support I needed most when I was ready to go home - You are the light of my life and I love you so much). There are so many others whose names escape me at the moment but know that i sincerely appreciated all the words of encouragement and time spent chatting with each and every one of you. YOU guys made my run this year and YOU are the reason I will keep coming back each and every year. Thank you Bandit Runners. See you in 2011. Until then I will be "East Bound and Down........."

Be Good to Each Other

Manny "Rockshow"
Bandit Runner for Life

Bandit Runnin' Day 2

By Beasst1

Well we got up this morning and as I watched the Bandit Cars leave the parking lot, I reached a new low. I stood there and just shook my head in disbelief. Then a thought occurred to me. My very good friend Tyler suggested that I rent a car the night before and said I should finish the run. I never gave that a thought until I saw those cars leaving. I grabbed a phone book and started looking for rental car places which was easy cuz there were 2. Enterprise Rental had ONE vehicle which was a 15 passenger van. I called the other place which was a small local rental business and they had two cars. One was a Cobalt and the other was an impala. I explained I was on the Bandit Run and he sympathized. He suggested that he pick us up at the hotel and get us on the road. He arrived 30 minutes later, picked us up and drove us to his shop where I completed the paperwork and we were on our way after a short stop at Radio Shack for a GPS. We drove straight through to Daytona Beach where we arrived shortly before most Bandit Runners rolled in. The reception we received was INCREDIBLE. I cannot say enough about these people and what this event means to me. Word had spread about what had happened and we were well received by people we didn't even know. This is a VERY special group of people and I am SO glad we decided to re-join the group. I may not be in my Trans-Am but I am a part of this event and it feels great. Thanks so much once again for all the help we received along the way and for all the people that made our return possible.

Special thanks go out to Joe Walker at Walker Automotive in Tifton, GA for picking us up and ensuring that our journey continued. Top honors goes to the mechanic (who I only know as Aaron at this point) working on my hot rod so that I can be able to get home. Aaron, words do not express the gratitude I have in my heart for helping me out with this repair. You are a very special person who I owe many thanks to.

Right now the car is with Aaron and he is checking it out to see how much damage has been done. He will be calling me with the prognosis and we will go from there. Julia and I will continue forward with our fellow Bandit Runners and will finish this journey that has brought many challenges but at the same time has gone a LONG way in restoring my faith in humanity. Thank you one and all.

I left my computer in the car that had my SD card reader in it so I cannot upload pics. I am taking pics though and will share them as soon as I can.

Thanks Tyler Hambrick. You have provided words of wisdom to me on more than one occasion and I sincerely appreciate it.

Bandit Runnin' Day 2

By Beasst1

Well we got up this morning and as I watched the Bandit Cars leave the parking lot, I reached a new low. I stood there and just shook my head in disbelief. Then a thought occurred to me. My very good friend Tyler suggested that I rent a car the night before and said I should finish the run. I never gave that a thought until I saw those cars leaving. I grabbed a phone book and started looking for rental car places which was easy cuz there were 2. Enterprise Rental had ONE vehicle which was a 15 passenger van. I called the other place which was a small local rental business and they had two cars. One was a Cobalt and the other was an impala. I explained I was on the Bandit Run and he sympathized. He suggested that he pick us up at the hotel and get us on the road. He arrived 30 minutes later, picked us up and drove us to his shop where I completed the paperwork and we were on our way after a short stop at Radio Shack for a GPS. We drove straight through to Daytona Beach where we arrived shortly before most Bandit Runners rolled in. The reception we received was INCREDIBLE. I cannot say enough about these people and what this event means to me. Word had spread about what had happened and we were well received by people we didn't even know. This is a VERY special group of people and I am SO glad we decided to re-join the group. I may not be in my Trans-Am but I am a part of this event and it feels great. Thanks so much once again for all the help we received along the way and for all the people that made our return possible.

Special thanks go out to Joe Walker at Walker Automotive in Tifton, GA for picking us up and ensuring that our journey continued. Top honors goes to the mechanic (who I only know as Aaron at this point) working on my hot rod so that I can be able to get home. Aaron, words do not express the gratitude I have in my heart for helping me out with this repair. You are a very special person who I owe many thanks to.

Right now the car is with Aaron and he is checking it out to see how much damage has been done. He will be calling me with the prognosis and we will go from there. Julia and I will continue forward with our fellow Bandit Runners and will finish this journey that has brought many challenges but at the same time has gone a LONG way in restoring my faith in humanity. Thank you one and all.

I left my computer in the car that had my SD card reader in it so I cannot upload pics. I am taking pics though and will share them as soon as I can.

Thanks Tyler Hambrick. You have provided words of wisdom to me on more than one occasion and I sincerely appreciate it.

Bnadit Run Day 1

By Beasst1

I don't even know where to begin. I am so aggravated that words dont exist to express it. The car developed an oil leak EARLY in the run today. It's smoking like a chimney and i am losing oil. There are so many people here that have tried to help. I am very appreciative of them all. I have talked to the performance shop many times but there's only so much they can do over the phone. I am torn between going home or finding someone local to fix it. I have been told several times to just keep my foot out of it (cause the problem appears to be caused by the supercharger and the boost its producing) and just keep an oil on the oil level and enjoy the run. I don't know what to do at this point. This is a F**King disaster. I wait all year for this event and try to do something to make it a little more fun and it blows up in my face. I am so angry right now i can't stand it. I don't know what to do. Well that's it. I'll figure something out.

Manny

My Bandit is ready...........one more thing to do

By Beasst1

FINALLY!!! I got my Bandit back today! This thiing is a MONSTER people. I love it. My "East Bound and Down" (actually south bound and down) trip just got a little bit more exciting. Here is the laundry list of mods for you techies out there.

- F-Body Race Kit (Pro-Charger D1)with Twin High-Flow intercoolers and 8-rib belt/pulley Kit
- 60 lb injectors (mototron)
- Methanol Injection Kit Stage 3
- 3-Bar
- Dual Pillar Pods
- ES Series Fuel Pressure Gauge
- Boost Gauge
- New high-flow fuel pump
- 3" Electric Exhaust Cut-Outs

I don't even know what half of that means but I do know that I can turn the tires at just about any speed!! Here are some approximate numbers as I did NOT have the car dyno'd but the speed shop where I had the work done did a car with the same mods I have (F-Body Camaro) and they DID dyno the car and came up with the folowing ratings:

Horsepower: 685 (570 at the rear wheels!!!)

I don't need anymore horsepower than that. I think Im good.

The ground shakes when the 3" electric cut-outs are open. Might be a little TOO loud but it's cool nonetheless. This thing sounds like a stock car on steroids.

Now I just need to find a place that sells methanol so I can bring some extra for the trip.

The car is now at Midwest Auto Pro being detailed. These guys do exceptional work and I look forward to seeing it when it's done. I plan on competing in the Ban One car show near Atlanta before the run starts.

I will post pictures of my Bandit when I get it back from the detailer and before my trip as I usually do.

It was a long way to go and it surely wasn't a short time getting here but my Bandit is finally done! Whew........thank God. I now have a modern day interpretation of what the final Trans-Am SHOULD have been and the car that has fasinated me since seeing Smokey and The Bandit when I was 9. What started out as merely a father taking his son to a movie has grown into the passion I feel for this car today. Thanks Pop.

I leave in 7 Days. Bandit Run 2010..........BE THERE!!!!!!!!!

"East Bound and Down..............loaded up and truckin......................."

Be Good to Each Other

Peace

Manny "Rockshow"

Further Delays for the Bandit

By Beasst1

Well I got the news today that it will be Wednesday before the car is done. That gives me 7 days to identify and fix any "bugs" in the new system. This is bad news. Also, they talked me out of getting some horsepower readings on the dyno. "It's hard on the car to do a dyno" is what I was told and that is it really worth it to be able to cite a horsepower rating? Well............yea.....it IS as it turns out. I want to know how alll these mods have ultimately affected the car. They are telling me that they did a very similar Camaro as the setup I have and he has 550 horses at the rear wheels. He said I may have a little more by maybe 10-15 horsepower. That makes me short of the 600 I had hoped for but it is what it is I suppose. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that the car is actually done on Wednesay. The departure date is coming up fast!!!!

Manny

Modern Day Bandit Final Phase

By Beasst1

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Well since no one is using MySpace anymore, I guess I'll move my blogs here. Too many to move so I am just going to move this one. I posted this on April 13th which was the day I dropped my car off at Speed and Specialities for the Pro-Charger and electric cut-outs modifications. Enjoy.

Ok today I dropped off my Bandit this morning at Speed and Specialties for one last modification. This has been a multi-year process and it all comes down to this. Actually I am doing two mods for the Grand Finale. First will be electic cut-outs for the exhaust. This will make my Bandit even LOUDER than it is now and most certainly will get me into trouble so for that reason alone it's a good mod. When opened the exhaust will exit right behind the header which will make this thing sound like a stock car. When closed, I will maintain the nice throaty sound of an LS1 engine and still sound intimidating. This should really be a cool mod since I will have to ability to open or close the cutouts from the "pilots seat".

Mod number two is the grand daddy of them all. A Pro-Charger Supercharger running about 10 lbs of boost (i know that's not alot but I need room to "grow"). Yea my Bandit will have that all too familiar whistling noise that says "Don't tread on me" to all on comers and would be challengers. This thing is gonna be a MONSTER with this supercharger. I am not sure on how much horsepower I will be making until we dyno the car after it has been set up and tuned but I am hoping for 600 horsepower at the rear wheels or somewhere near that. My only hope is that I can still control this thing when all is said and done.

This project started with switching from a Black/Silver themed Trans-Am to the Black/Gold Modern Day Bandit Theme
I have now. I have upgraded the graphics, the stereo, the suspension, the exhaust, headers, cam and now added a supercharger. I am a LONG way from where I started and it feels good to have my own interpretation of the original Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am to drive and enjoy. Thanks to all of you that have been "along for the ride" and have follwed me through the years on The Bandit Run. This year should be amazing. Stay tuned.

So there you have it family and friends. Bandit Run starts on May 14th.............BE THERE!!!

Be Good to each Other

Peace

Manny "Rockshow"
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