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Old 05-28-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time - the inevitable fallout of all those years of me modding my TR coupe without so much as a, "Honey, hand me the torque wrench, please." I guess her standing at the garage door, watching forlornly as my buds and I heads/cammed, headered and regeared our rides ultimately forced her to go her own way.

Having recently acquired her own pristine example of a black C5, Mrs. Patches set out to put the hammer down and show me what's what when it comes to optimizing a stock machine.

She started by lowering it the max allowed by the factory bolts. Of corse, a drop of that magnitude requires some discreet protection so she added a set of Fatt Daddys from CCA and black Elite Engineering Rocker Rails with built-in jacking pucks.

First, to jack the vette up


No problem getting those rails and Fatt Daddys in.


Fatt Daddys in!


Rocker Rails are and subtle.


Next, Mrs. Patches decided a little performance upgrade was in order so she sourced a Blackwing intake from Corvettes of Houston for an excellent price. (Is that a hint of horsepower madness glinting in her eyes??? )


Protect those fenders! Apparently, she picked up a tip or two watching me prep for mods.


Pulling the stock airbox is a no-brainer.


Reconfigure the intake assembly with the new Blackwing. (Heh-heh, Patches will when I pull on his "fast" TR coupe. )


Pop that sucker back on the bumper mounts . . .


. . . reconnect the AIR hose and install the service indicator . . .


. . . check all connections and . . .


. . . Viola'! Instant hp!


Oh, here's this little mystery part everyone is always asking about on the forum. Mrs. Patches took it off when she pulled the radiator support to clean it since she was already in there (Ahg! Another Patches obsession!)


C'mon, guys - it's the A/C line protective bumper. Goes right here.


Got that, guys?

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Old 05-28-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hmm, got to do something 'bout that stock exhaust.


The Ti exhaust that Patches picked up from a froum member in the 4sale section for a great price. A little cleanup and . . .


. . . looks good as new.


Put the vette on the lift and get the Ti's on.


Tips look nice.


Finally looks "right"!
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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And So...It Begins
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
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Looks like a great day and some awesome mods
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Very kewl!

Owner maintenance nothing sweeter. Like the work boots and sign of a true vette mechanic, always wears a Corvette t-shirt whilst working on the Vette.
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Very nice! Got to love a woman that doesnt mind getting her hands dirty.
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Next she'll want her own BEND PAK HD9...
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She's a keeper.
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Lookin good, another fine ride in the Patches family!!
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Alrighty then...she had a great teacher>>>Mr. Patches...
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That's so cool Wish my gf liked cars
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Great work but you forgot something... It would seem there was a plate change somewhere in time that was not documented!!! Gotta give credit where credit is due!!
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You have done a GREAT job
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Great tasteful mods.

Thumbs up on removing the rear light louvers too, a much cleaner look!
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Ed,

Warning - you have succeeded in creating a monster - I know, the same thing happened with my S/O

Best thing to do - step aside
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It's got to be more fun the second time around.
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How did Mrs. Patches get the Ti Exhaust looking so good?
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