Just wanted to stop by and introduce my newbie self.
I grew up loving Chevrolets. I lusted over the old muscle cars, thanks in part to my gear-head father. My dream car growing up was a '88 Monte Carlo SS Aero. As I came of age to get my license and purchase my first car, I knew I wanted a Chevrolet. My heart was set on some powerhouse, but my ma had me settle for a '96 Cavalier LS coupe. And that is when the bug bit me. Small cars with the potential of being quick and nimble. I was forever under the hood of that Cavalier, trying to learn how to make it faster. Of course, as a teenager, you're not really smart and I didn't even know the world of Google. For me, it was tagging along with my Honda friends, watching what they did, and copying them. I was the only Chevy in a sea of Hondas. In 2004, I caught sight of my first Cobalt SS. Sunburst Orange. The curves, spoiler, and wheels had me hooked like a tracker beam. I had to have a Sunburst Orange SS. Along came the Fast & Furious franchise, and suddenly, my Cavalier was looking more like a ricer then what I envisioned. The loud annoying exhaust, flashy lights, abnormally large body kits that just never seem to fit properly. That Cavalier lasted me through my teenage years, and then it was scrapped to a small racing company who turned it into a autocross car.
I left Chevrolet afterwards, bouncing around in some Hondas, Fords, and other GMs. Eventually, I found myself in a K5 Blazer, and I remembered why I loved Chevrolet so much. Reliability. This old beast NEVER died. It ended up being traded for an old square body Suburban K2500, which rusted to pieces, but still ran and drove like new.
Flash forward to my adult years. I financed my first car, a beautiful Imperial Blue Metallic 2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ. And suddenly Sunburst Orange took a backseat. There was just something about that color blue. It was desirable, like a teenage pimple faced boy looking at his first dirty mag. I bought the Impala, affectionately named Selene, in 2011. I took her everywhere, and for a big car, she was such a road hugger. Unfortunately, she wasn't big in the modifying department. Basic bolt-ons, some nice wheels, suspension upgrades, but that's about it. My fiance ended up taking over the driving rights of that car, so I was in the market for my old little project. I came across my LS on my way home from work one day. She was sitting in a used car lot, and she was in rough shape. Cracked windshield, smashed headlight, dings and dents. A plain Jane LS, no frills attached. But she was a five-speed, something I had been missing for a long time. I walked in, asked about it, and the saleman looked surprised. There were no inquiries for the Cobalt. Mainly, he said, because it was a five-speed. Well, after some not-so-hard negotiation, I walked away with my Blurple LS, named Veronica, for pocket change. Blurple came from my fiance, when she first saw the Cobalt. She said it looked like blue-purple, Blurple.
I immediately wanted to see if the LSJ FI could be converted over to my L61. I Googled it, and came across this site. So, that is how I came about here. There are some good write-ups on what I'm looking to do with Veronica.
My plans for my Cobalt are pretty simple. I am a simple guy on the exterior. Gone are the days of obnoxious body kits, fart cans, and flashy lights. I plan on doing a full respray of a two-tone, Onyx Black over Dark Silver Metallic. I found that I like the SS front bumper more then my boring LS one. I also found a Duraflex hood called the Stinger I like. Other then that, I like rear bumpers that hug the exhaust tip like my 06 Impala does. Definitely want the SS spoiler. Everything else is going to be a properly built SC 2.2, tighten up the suspension, and maybe a few interior upgrades. That's about it. She'll be my daily driver that I can have some fun on the track should I want to get to that moment in my life.
Sorry for the long introduction. If you made it this far, awesome!