grand am got t-boned and i needed a vehicle for work.....
while driving with my dad one day...saw a guy loading a junker (1st gen) onto a trailer
stopped and asked him what was wrong with it to see if it was worth it....he showed me $450 worth of receipts for new brakes and exhaust, only to have a piston explode and he was taking it to the j-yard for scrap
i gave him $450 cash about 3 days later and drove it home.....barely
had a little extra cash saved up and built a cheap high compression motor.
found a 2.0 block....2.3 hydraulic roller mustang head....cam....port-polish....trimmed the head about .030"......it was ****
btw...straight pipes with an aggressive cam, spit flames when you rev above 5k
Ricers at high school hated me cause my little ranger was louder and faster off the line than their POS jap turds....
it made me happy....and the rest is history
after Stig 1.0 got was destroyed i found a guy who's son just got back from fighting overseas and bought a Toyota.....and didn't need his little ranger any more.
Stig 2.0 came home with me