Project Builds

Follow me as i build project vehicles for PERRIN Performance and myself.

Nov 012012
 
PERRIN FR-S Build for SEMA 2012

So how does a SEMA car come together? The first thing is coming up with a design for the car, then trying to execute the idea so the car comes out the way you had envisioned it. Execution is the tough part because it involves many people and other companies suppling part. Add to that, most all the parts going on the car end up being brand new parts that may not be ready until the last moment. That is […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 1, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, Project Builds Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Sep 192011
 
Video Promo - PERRIN Stealth 2011 STI

Perrin Performance Promo from J. Christopher Miller on Vimeo.   A good friend of mine Chris Miller called me a few weekends back and said he had an opportunity to play with a really cool Sony F3 35mm HD video camera. This is one of those $20,000 cameras used in the film industry to make full length featured movies and commercials and what not.  He wanted to come by and shoot my STI (recently matte blacked) to do some testing […Continue Reading…]

Aug 082008
 
EVO 9 Stealth Build from JL

JOHN’S PROJECT IX – KEEPIN’ UP WITH THE JONES’ AKA JEFFS’ ’08 STI AND PROJECT X It all started back in March (2008) after trying a few other cars for a wile (mustang GT, BMW M Coupe) I just had to get back into and Evo.  So I was looking at the used ads for a wile without telling any one, then I saw this GG IX SE with only 10k miles driven by a girl.  This is every thing […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on August 8, 2008 Project Builds Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 252008
 
Project 15K, final test & tune 300WHP

Project 15K started life as a $10K 2002 WRX we purchased to show people how you can get great power from the older 2.0L cars.  The project car was purchased with a lot of miles, but also a few mods already done.  The Blaze yellow WRX had a catback exhaust, catless downpipe, huge diameter uppipe (huge is not a good thing) Version 1 AccessPORT, lowering springs and not to mention a sweet grounding system using  8 gauge near solid core […Continue Reading…]

Apr 252008
 
ALTA 2007 R56 Minis on the Dragon Build

The Story Well as many of you have seen, not all of the ALTA crew and vehicles made it to the Dragon Event.  We had some issues with our new GM 4500 truck. Cruising along down I84 at about 10pm it broke down.  We were about 100 miles from Salt Lake City, and got towed by an awesome tow truck driver (S&M Towing) to Tremonton.  You might wonder, what could tow a double stacker car trailer and a huge GM […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on April 25, 2008 MINI Only, Project Builds Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Feb 112008
 
2008 PERRIN STI, Stage 2 tune

We were the first to dyno the 08 STI, we were the first to bring you intimate pics of the car, and we were the first to tune the AccessPORT on the STI!  In stage 1 form (bone stock car), with some initial testing we did, we got great gains!  We saw roughly 40ft-lbs and 35WHP with nothing other than an ECU reflash!  Its not very often that you can get those types of gains from a bolt on/flash on. […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on February 11, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune, ECU Tuning, Project Builds Tagged with: , , , , ,
Nov 172007
 

Now that Project $15k has a healthy dose of power it’s time to put some focus on the suspension and brakes.   Starting with a car that has 110k miles on it probably means it has the original struts holding things together but not playing a big part in the suspension game any more.  We found this to be the case as they where worn out, rusty and leaking.  The springs have been changed in the past with some cool […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 17, 2007 Project Builds Tagged with: ,
Oct 232007
 
Project 15K gets rolling...

Selection Process and Cleaning Not too long ago we where talking about the older WRX’s and how inexpensive they are getting in the used car market. So after some discussions we thought it would be fun to find a good example and build it on a budget (about $15k including the car). What we expect in this project is a car that will be reliable and pass all emission testing. On top of that it has to be FUN not so […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on October 23, 2007 Project Builds Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 202007
 
2008 WRX GT3071R Dyno Test and Tune

Besides building a fast and cool looking 2008 WRX, we had a goal to showcase a turbo that I think should be the most popular for the normal guy thinking of a turbo kit for his 2.5L Turbo motor. The GT3071R!  This turbo gets overlooked quite often.  It easily makes 350WHP on an STI, and on race fuel/Water injection 400WHP can also be had easily.  The GT3076R (the more popular turbo) is also good for these numbers, but can easily […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on October 20, 2007 Dyno Test & Tune, Project Builds, Turbocharger Testing Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 172007
 
2008 WRX Hatch Build Up

It€™s a love hate relationship with any new model of car that comes out.  You either love it, or hate it, but eventually it grows on you.  I personally love the hatchback look from the side, and front, but the back is a little scary.  But a few simple things can fix that.  Getting rid of the chrome parts for painted or black out parts is a huge part of the formula.  Then lower it a bit with some nice […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on October 17, 2007 Project Builds Tagged with: , , , , , ,