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11-29-2006, 05:37 PM
I know, I know. I did it in the wrong order. I'm supposed to make my newbie thread first, then post on other topics. :D Oops!

Anyway, My name is Joe, and I own a 2005, LS2, M6 GTO. I joined up here after meeting some of the SVT crew at the AutoRama, and wanted to pop in and say hello. I really love the SVTs, and I look forward to seeing more of your cars. I was so close to buying a Silver Terminator for my wife, but the deal I was able to make on her GTO was too good to pass up...Never know what the future holds, though. :)
Thanks a ton for the warm welcome I have recieved, and I hope to see ya'll out there on the roads!

Here's some info on my hooptie.

I did the Monaro Conversion on the car....for those of you who don't know, this generation GTO was based off of Australia's Holden Monaro. I bought all of the pieces from a Holden dealership to do the conversion, and those items I couldn't get, I had made (like the Monaro instrument cluster, for example).

Performance-wise, here's the breakdown:

"S-cam" from Horsepower Engineering (HPE) with supporting valvetrain mods
1 3/4 Stainless Works longtube headers and SW catback
Lingenfelter CAI
FAST90 intake manifold
underdrive pulley
ported TB (by HPE)
LS7 clutch and GMM Ripshiter
Harrop Performance diff support and X-frame bushings
DBA brake rotors and Bear PBR2 calipers
ROH wheels with Toyo Proxes T1-R rubber
BMR strut tower brace
With this combo, it made 451rwhp and 419rwtq on HPE's DynoJet. I have since tired of the N/A route, and I've been shopping for the best turbo package. I have it narrowed down to 2 kits....lol. One's a single and the other is twins. Both kits as-is are good for ~550-580rwhp.....just gotta finish my research on the best for my application before I pull the trigger. For how I like to drive the car, I'll probably choose the twins....

I'm not much of a drag racer.....much more of a twisties guy. But I did run it down the track once. This was before the FAST90 and ported TB...about 25rwhp/25rwtq less than my current configuration 12.505 at 115.5mph with a 2.1 60'. (don't laugh..lol) Launching this IRS is a serious PITA for me. I either wheel hop like crazy, spin the crap out of 'em, or bog. Eh, oh well.

Next on my list after the turbo(s) is suspension upgrades from Pedders, an Australian company that is well known for their Holden packages down under. The package includes all suspension bushings, struts/shocks, 1" lowered front springs, and 1/2" lowered rear, etc, etc.....I'm looking forward to hitting a road course with the car when those items are installed.

Here are a few pics and a couple of videos (if they're too big, lemme know and I'll re-size 'em):







Vid 1: A Houston Goat Herd Compilation I made- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKlBpkny9qI

Vid 2: A buddy of mine and I testing out my new bullet cam- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1041400760372334122

....Here's quickie pic of my wife's GTO. 2006 M6, Silver with Red interior. Not the best pic, but it'll do until I can do a full shoot of it:

I'm not just a GM guy, even though I work for GM. I've owned a Contour SVT (I absolutely loved that car) and a 1971 440 Dodge Challenger previously.

Well, that's it. Thanks for having me!

11-29-2006, 06:16 PM
Wow Joe...2 Goats in one family!!! Gotta love a girl who's into sports cars....:thumbsup:

Stick around Joe....you can come to a track event with some of the group. Till then I hope to see you out soon. :thumbsup:

11-29-2006, 07:26 PM
Welcome Joe :hello: Hope to see you around some time...Untill then happy motoring... :D

11-29-2006, 07:34 PM
also Joe....that pic of your wife's car is awesome....I really do like it man. :thumbsup:

11-29-2006, 07:45 PM
I think your car looks Great and impressive horse power also.

11-29-2006, 09:58 PM
Is that a real Monaro, or a GTO with the appropriate Monaro body pieces?

I really prefer the looks of the Monaro to the GTO, so if its a conversion that has to be the nicest GTO I've seen yet.

Edit - never mind, just re-read your post. Nice conversion.

11-29-2006, 10:32 PM
Thanks ya'll.... :)

11-29-2006, 10:55 PM
Most tastefully done GTO EVER!!! :thumbsup:

11-30-2006, 10:20 AM
Most tastefully done GTO EVER!!! :thumbsup:
Welcome Joe. Luv the color of your Wife's ride.:thumbsup:

Y'all did a great job with the cars.

Carl G
11-30-2006, 04:27 PM
Hi Joe I was the care taker for the Cobra R. Your clubs exhibit was verey nice and glad we got a chance to talk. Hope we can do some events together. I wonder how GTO's would handle open track :D

11-30-2006, 05:11 PM
Thanks again for the kind words!

Hope we can do some events together. I wonder how GTO's would handle open track :DI've wondered that myself. The car is pretty heavy, and has too much body roll, but the planned suspension upgrades will help with that alot. It has a bit of understeer, but the rear bar is way to soft from the factory.....SLP makes an adjustable one thats ~60% stiffer than stock at the highest setting. I'll prolly try that out and see if I can loosen her up that way. It'll be fun to find out. :)

11-30-2006, 05:13 PM
Welcome Joe. I actually have a pic of your Roush that I took at the Kemah meet.....I gotta dig it up. It's beautiful!!!

11-30-2006, 08:21 PM
Welcome Joe

Most tastefully done GTO EVER!!! :thumbsup:

I agree, very nicely done.

.....much more of a twisties guy. we have people here that enjoy their SVT's in lots of differen ways, so if you like twisties, you're in good company :) You should definitely check our open track event in 07. The IRS folk gotta have fun somehow :bounce: :D

12-01-2006, 10:24 AM
I actually have a pic of your Roush that I took at the Kemah meet.....I gotta dig it up. It's beautiful!!!
Thanks. :bounce:

The shop and i have some plans for Jackie - the Roush - and maybe have her at the Shows more often too. We want to turn her into a customized racer girl with all the Roush factory upgrades.