Tazman (Frank Nunez)
Ride of the Month Submission 3000GT/Stealth International March 2006
- Ultimate performance dress up kit
- 3Sx chrome covers
- Polished radiator bracket
- Polished 3000GT spark plug cover
- Chromed A.C. brackets
- Chromed battery bracket
- Killerglass radiator hose
- Powdercoated, polished and chrome parts
- Deftracing fiberglass 575 hood
- Aerocatch hood pins
- Molded Xtreme bodykit
- '99 sails
- Smoked tails and corner lights
- '99 rear garnish
- Robo mod headlights
- Rear wiper delete
- Working power antenna
- Aftermarket side mirrors
- Leatherseats.com red/black seat leathers
- Two seat conversion
- Momo steering wheel
- Mitsubishi logo ashtray plate
- Custom headliner and sun visors
- Two gauge pillar pod
- White faced gauges
- JDM single DIN storage bin and drink holder
- JVC headunit with iPod control
- Rockford Fosgate component speakers, rear speakers, fuse holder
- Stinger Battery terminals
- Two 10" Infinity subwoofers
- Memphis mono amp
- 1.5 farad capacitor
Wheels and Suspension
- Konig Illusion red/black rims
- Intrax lowering springs
- Front and rear strut bars
About my Car (2010)
I bought it in 2001, while on a Western Pacific deployment, from a dealer in Clovis, NM. I took possession of the car in August 2001. I competed in my first car show at Extreme Autofest 2006 in San Diego, and took Second Place "Best 3000GT." I took First Place "2nd Gen" at WCNC 2006 in Las Vegas. Due to being deployed, I was away from the car show circuit until 2010, where I competed at the RPM car show in Irvine, CA. I took Second Place "Best Daily Driver" in a pretty large field of cars, including all makes and models. Love this platform, and although I don't have the speed of the VR-4's, I do have the reliability and peace of mind. In April 2007, I drove the car from San Diego, CA to Newport, RI and back, without incident!
This has turned out to be a great hobby, and I'm glad I have my dream car!
About my Car (2006)
I was deployed on a ship in 2001 in the Persian Gulf when a new guy came to work with me. He mentioned that his dad owned three dealerships in Clovis, NM. I went to his dad's website, and saw the car. His dad offered it to me at wholesale. I applied for a loan online, and sent him a check. I bought the car unseen (other than a picture), and undriven. I made about six loan payments before I was able to drive the car. I just had a gut feeling that this was a good deal.
In any event, his dad emails me that his son said that I was a good guy, and that I was taking good care of him, who had just joined the Navy. Because of that, his dad decided to put some chrome rims on my car (I’ve since sold those rims).
We returned to San Diego for five weeks, and had to leave again for Adak, Alaska. I told his dad that I couldn't come get the car until we returned, and he said that it wouldn't be a problem, and he'd make sure the car got tuned up and detailed before I picked it up.
Shortly after returning to SD, I flew to Lubbock, TX (about 2 hours away from Clovis), spent the night at a hotel, and his dad came and picked me up the next day (mind you, he owns three dealerships, and could've sent one of his employees).
So I see the car, and got excited. Signed the paperwork, and he let me register the car in New Mexico, thus saving me big bucks on the sales tax (and NM doesn't require a front tag). Spent the second night at his dad's place (a nice, two story house right off a golf course). Next morning, bought a case of water (in case something happened while I drove across the desert), and made the trip back in two days.
I finally have the opportunity to work on my "dream" car. It's pretty cool when I get compliments while I'm out and about driving, or cleaning up my car. It's my hobby, my passion, and my way of relieving stress... (believe it or not) I’ve had the pleasure to meet like minded enthusiasts on 3Si and SoCal3S! Gotta love how these cars look!
- 1st Place “Best 2Gen” at WCNC 2006
- 2nd Place “Best 3000GT” at Extreme Autofest (Oct 2006)
- Shown in Cool Cat Mag (Oct 2006)