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QuikZilver

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Lake Worth, Florida
United States

 
 

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Now ASE Master Technician

By QuikZilver

Well, I passed all of my ASE's and am now an ASE Certified Master Technician. I was subjected to work for a local Honda dealership as a Service Advisor from October 2012 till July 2013. At that point, I switched to Delray Buick GMC, and am their Internal Service Advisor, handling all new and used cars that come into the dealership. I am also starting to help them purchase used cars via auctions online.

Automatic Transmission & Steering/Suspension ASE's attained

By QuikZilver

Passed 2 more. 3 left before I get Master Technician status. Hope to have by the end of the year.

Passed 2 more ASEs Certifications

By QuikZilver

Just passed Brakes and Manual Transmissions. This brings my Auto Service total to 3, 5 total in all. The other ones I have are HVAC, Service Consultant and Parts Specialist.

Work being done.

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Current items in the works...
New interior
Vintage Air AC
Be Cool Radiator and electric fans
Long tube headers and new exhaust
New body mounts
New dash
New Digital Gauges
Re-wiring engine compartment and interior.

I hope to have this done and the car on the road by Thanksgiving...if the rest of the parts come in. Restoring a classic takes some sourcing...

Interior restoration

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Interior has been completely restored. I gutted the entire interior, replaced from the headliner to the carpet, dash to the rear deck. I still need to take pictures of the new interior. The next part is the body work...which will start shortly.

A lot has happen in 2 years...

By QuikZilver

Its been 2 years since my last Blog post and a lot has happened...
On the 2008 Corvette: Thanks to a puddle a little deeper than I thought, I hydrolocked the factory LS3 motor. Luckily, I was covered by my insurance company. I had a Texas Speed & Marine 418 stroker short block, large cam, long tube headers, 3600 stall converter and a line loc installed. The Corvette now runs 10.9 on oversized drag radials. It goes back to the shop soon for a cage, tune and new correct sized drag radials. Should run 10.2-10.4 once done.

I finished the interior on the 1986 Monte Carlo and 1986 Corvette. Shortly after finishing the Corvette, I sold it.

I picked up a 1987 Porsche 944 on a whim...had it for 8 months, donating it soon to Make A Wish. I will stick to American cars going forward.

I just bought a 2007 GMC Yukon XL SLT (need to take pictures and get them up here). This is now my DD, as my Corvette is becoming more of my race car.

The Monte Carlo will be getting paint work done soon. Then, back to change around the interior a little. End of this year I may be swapping to an LSx motor.

This Fall, I hope to register for auto mechanic classes and become a Master Tech in a year.

Well...that is all for now...

Work continues on the cars

By QuikZilver

I need to take some pictures of what I have been up to, but by the time I am done, it has been dark out. Anyway, this is what I have been doing:
On the 86 Vette - Did a full tune up, replaced the valve covers with some chrome valve covers and cleaned under the hood...now I have the stupid Check Engine light on, so I need to diagnose and replace whatever sensor went out on me.
On the 08 Vette - Installed the Callaway Honker Air Intake. WOW! What a difference!!! Anyone with a C6 should look at this intake. My Vette now wants to break the rear loose when I jump on it from a rolling start. I can't wait to get it to the track and see what improvement it will make there. I also picked up a pair of MT ET Street Radials that I will be mounting on a spare pair of rims for the 08. I still need to take it in to the dealership for some warranty work, but I will do that after the first race of the 2009 season at Palm Beach International Raceway on Feb 14th.
On the 86 Monte Carlo - I am getting ready to rebuild the carb and replace the 80gph fuel pump with a Carter 172gph fuel pump. These two together should solve my fuel issues...then I just need to get the transmission issue straightened out. I am continuing to work on the new hood and trunk lid for the Monte Carlo and am getting close to being able to paint the hood. Hopefully, this week, I'll be able to get most of the work on the Monte done. I would love to be able to bring all 3 of these cars out the the Challenge Series' first race of 2009 on Feb 14th.

Rear End and 100hp Shot of Nitrous Added.

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So, to get the Monte Carlo ready for drag racing, I didn't want to take a chance with the factory 7.5 rear end. That has been ditched in favor of a Strange Engineering S60 rear. Rear drum brakes were upgraded as well to Wilwood disc brakes. The nitrous is ZEX 100hp Perimeter kit with dual tanks in the trunk. To help heat up the MT ET Street Radials, a Hurst Line Loc has been installed as well. I am hoping to get into the 12's with the setup.

New Addition to the Stables

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Today, the Dodge Caliber (my wife's car) was traded in on a used 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. My wife now has the 07 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T as her everyday car and I am driving the 08 Corvette as my everyday car. The Corvette is loaded with every option available except the 4LT package. I am now going to look at selling my 1986 Corvette, as I only need one Corvette to race...and I used a lot of my mod money to buy the C6 Corvette. It is a blast to drive!!

Additional work in progress

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With me retiring my Daytona R/T from drag racing, I am concentrating on making my Monte Carlo SS and my Corvette into my drag cars. For the Monte Carlo, to be a stronger contender in the GM Challenge at Moroso Motorsports Park, the shop is finishing up the installation of a Strange bolt-in rear end with 3.73 gears and a 100 shot of NOS using the ZEX perimeter kit with dual bottles. I am hoping to be able to run mid 12's on Nitrous with the Monte Carlo. April 19th, will be my first run down the track in it.

Finished Interior Restoration

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After 5 full days worth of work over the past 2 months, the interior of my Corvette is complete. Check out the photo album for more information. Now, it is ready for the shop to take and drop in a 434, racing transmission, solid rear end and a 6 point roll bar! Will become a 10 second quartermile car.

The Big Plans for the 86

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I purchased this 1986 Corvette for one big reason. I wanted to get back into drag racing at Moroso Motorsports Park with my friends in the Corvette Challenge. I have been running my 07 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T, but I miss driving a Vette. My plans for this car are:
434 Forged Stroker
Solid Rear End with spooled 4.56 gears
Upgrade brakes
Upgrade suspension
Add 6 point cage
Redo interior to black and red
The Vette is scheduled to go into the shop in March. Should take 2 months before it is ready for the strip. I can't wait!! I want a mid 10 sec 1/4 mile car...that I can drive up to the track.

Sad news

By QuikZilver

Sadly, on October 26, 2007 in North Carolina, my father, Thomas C. Simon and my in-laws, George Wiggins (my wife's step-father) and Mary "Johnnie" Wiggins (my wife's mother)were killed when a tractor trailer coming down the mountain struck my father's 2004 Avalanche. My mother, Cheri Simon, spent 13 days in ICU at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, before passing from complications due to injuries received in the accident. My wife and I lost 4 parents in the blink of an eye. Right before this accident, my wife and I had finished the last interviews for us to adopt a child from the State of Florida. This child would have been the first grandchild the 4 of them would have shared. We are still going through with the adoption, because they would have wanted us to.
I haven't really done much on here, or kept up with anything here, due to this tragedy. Hopefully, I will be able to get back to my passions and start working on the restoration of the Monte Carlo SS and the further modification of my Charger.

B&M Hammer Shifter Installed

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Due to the factory cable separating, it was a good opportunity to install the B&M Hammer shifter I had purchased previously. Originally, this project was going to be done when I did the interior. The Hammer shifter allows for ratcheting action from Drive to 1st gear. Installation isn't too hard. Most time consuming parts are adjusting the cable correctly and making sure the reverse light switch was properly alligned.

Made it to Second Round of local Corvette Challenge.

By QuikZilver

Yep! I got to Round 2. The new slicks and line lock really helped the rear grip and throw me down the track. The new Bilstein shocks kept the rear planted (ie. NO WHEEL HOP!!) First time run out and beat my best time...13.029 seconds in the quarter at 108 mph. Next two runs were close, but not quite as quick. Now, I just have to shift faster and should be in the mid 12's (was doing the granny shifting...didn't want to break anything). Unfortunately, a light mist of rain started to fall before the start of Round 2. Track ended up closing. Next race: February 17! Can't Wait!!!

Mods have started on the Z06

By QuikZilver

For pictures, please check out my Updated Photos Album.
Installed new Corbeau A4 Leather Seats on Saturday along with an Oil Catch Can for the motor. Drag racing season is starting soon for me, so while I was going through the car, I found that there was a slight transmission oil leak. So, my Vette is going into the shop next week for a bunch of stuff:
1. Replace leaking gasket
2. Hardened Output Shaft
3. DTE Transmission Brace
4. Steel Reinforcement Plate
5. Remote Clutch Bleeder
6. Line Loc
Yep, getting a Line Loc installed! This is due to me picking up a pair of slicks!!
Along with all of the stuff above, I am waiting for the following parts to come in:
1. Simpson 5 point belts
2. Arizona Speed Harness Bar
3. Fire Suit & Gloves (even running 13's, I want to be safe)
4. Fire Extinguisher
I can't wait to get all of this stuff and get it installed in my Z06. Then, off to the track on January 20th to see if I can get down in the low 12's...which should not be a problem with a Z06.

Monte Carlo SS and Corvette Z06 projects on hold for moment

By QuikZilver

Well, this Friday, September 29th, my wife and I close on our first house. Due to the funds needed at closing, any projects for the cars are on the back burner. Once we are in, I will reinstall the shift light in the Corvette, as the first one had the "hundreds" section of the RPM gauge burn out. Then I will be taking back to the track in October. October 15th, as part of their All-Ford Weekend, they are having our local Corvette Challenge come out and bracket race Mustangs. Hopefully, I can get out there for this race. With us still unpacking at that time, it will be a little tight. But, I will get out to Moroso for our next points race on Saturday, October 21st. Anyone in South Florida, with or without a Corvette should come out. There are a lot more races going on than just us. Well, that is all for now...trying to rest my hand for Friday's piles of paperwork to sign.

Suspension Mods Completed

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Just got my SS back from the shop. Suspension work is now done, as well as new steering components and rims and tires. Updates to the suspension:
Eibach Pro Springs on all 4 corners
Edelbrock Rear Lower Control Arms
Edelbrock Rear Adj. Upper Control Arms
Bilstein Shocks
Hotchkis Sway Bars - Front and Rear
Steering:
Moog Inner & Outer Tie Rods, Center Link and Idler Arm
Edelbrock Tie Rod Sleeves
Tires:
Cooper 275/40/17's in the rear, Cooper 245/45/17's in the front
Wheels:
SLP Performance 17x8 ZR-1 Replicas

New Shift Light Installed

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Over the past weekend, I got my new Autometer Cobalt Stage II Shift Light, Autometer Ultra-Lite D-PIC (this gauge came out of my SS, replaced it with Water Temp gauge in the SS) and Dual Gauge Pod. Installation of the Shift Light was very easy, thanks to a post on CorvetteForum.com. Took about 30 minutes to install both gauges and the pod. Everything was working great, but now the "Hundreds" position does not show, so I will have to yank it out and send back to Summit Racing to get a warranty exchange on it. Won't take much more than 10 minutes to pull it back out and another 10 minutes to put the new one in.
I do like the light a lot (even with the problem I am having). This light is easy to set up for whatever shift point you want (under 10k). It also features different colors for the shift light. There are 5 different colors you can set it for. There is also a feature that will light the shift light when you are getting close to the shift point set in a different color, so you can be prepared to shift when you hit your mark. (I have not gotten this to work on the unit, but I hope the replacement will). Pictures are the first 2 on the attached album.

About my Garage

By QuikZilver

My current garage contains my two current cars and one past car. My current cars are a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, purchased in July 2004 and a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, purchased in January 2006. The Monte Carlo SS is now my daily driver, to save miles on my Corvette. Although, if gas prices continue to rise, it might end up the other way around. The 1993 Chevrolet Corvette was traded in on my Z06.

Suspension Mods - Updated

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4th of July weekend looks like a busy car weekend for me. July 1st, in the evening, is the 6th race of the season for the Corvette Challenge I run my Z06 in, at Moroso Motorspeedway Park in Jupiter, FL. Of course, the weather guys are calling for rain that day, so please keep your fingers crossed that it will be a dry day.
As for my Monte Carlo, I also plan to get a lot of stuff done Saturday and Sunday on it. I have a lot of new parts on order and will somehow shove them all in my Z06 on Friday (my SS currently has a thorn, aka Screw, in a rear tire that needs to be patched on Saturday morning). My list to get done:
Rear Suspension:
Edelbrock Adjustable Upper Control Arms
Edelbrock Boxed Lower Control Arms
Edelbrock Trailing Arm Braces
Eibach Springs
Bilstein Shocks
Energy Suspension Sway Bar Bushings
Front Suspension and Steering:
Moog Idler Arm
Moog Inner and Outer Tie Rods
Moog Centerlink
Edelbrock Tie Rod Sleeves
Eibach Springs
Bilstein Shocks
Energy Suspension Sway Bar Bushings & End Links
Once all of this is on, then it is off to the tire shop, hopefully on Monday morning, for an alignment.
I also have ordered new rims...SLP Performance Hyper-Black 17x8 ZR-1 Replicas. So, next weekend, it will be back to the tire shop for all new rubber, mounted and balanced and installed. Should give a whole new look to the MC SS.

Update: July 5, 2006
Well, went out in first round at the Corvette Challege...lost by .1114 seconds. Getting better, hopefully Sept I will get to round 2.

As for the suspension work...I spend 8 1/2 hours and got the rear springs and lower control arms in the rear replaced. After spending that much time under the car, I came up with a couple of issues I was having:
1. Couldn't get the car up high enough
2. Didn't have all the tools I need to do suspension work
3. I am not as young as I thought I was
Due to these 3 reasons, I have made an appointment at my shop for next week for them to do the rest of the suspension work when they mount the new tires. Pictures will be coming soon...

AC Work Done - Updated

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After a compressor failure, I have the AC back up and operational. I converted it to R-134a. I think it is cooling better now than it ever did with the R-12. My AC temp gauge was reading 34 degrees last night. This morning on the way to work it was at 38 degrees (just over 90 degrees outside). It was so cold that the area around the vents had condensation building up. Now to get the windows tinted...will be nice and cold inside then!
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