: New guy saying hi



Famous556
04-22-13, 06:09 PM
Hello everyone,

I've been reading on here and ls1tech for a little while now and picked up a V1 myself about a month ago. I figured it was time to say hi.

Bought the car with 51k on it. It's an 07 and was purchased bone stock. An interesting note is that the carfax showed the first owner as a "corporate fleet vehicle" in Michigan near Lansing where these cars were built. As I can't see too many corporations using this vehicle as a fleet I believe it to be a GM fleet car used by an executive or some other person important enough to be given a V as a fleet car. After 6 months the car went on the private market and was sold to a gentleman in KC, then purchased by another gentleman in Oklahoma who I purchased the car from.

The car has FG2's, and so far I've done a skip shift eliminator until I get it tuned out, Volant intake, CS diff bushing and insert, and new tires 275/40/18 all around. Also did a muffler delete on the otherwise stock exhaust with some nice 4" stainless tips.

This is the first LSX car I've owned. When I was a teenager I used to have a 1994 Caprice with an LT1 3.73's and a stall that would do a 14.0 in the quarter and thought that car was sweet back then. Since selling that car I have been out of the V8 car game and have just owned boring commuter cars. I bought the V as a present to myself for graduating nursing school (in May). The V is an entirely different beast than the B body was. The B body was good at turning a good 60' time and going down a straight track for its power and size. The V does everything so much better than any car I've owned to date.

The V is a fantastic car and after a month of ownership I'm still very happy with the car every time I get in it.

I'm looking forward to more reading here and continued learning from everyone's experiences.

Thanks for looking,
Here are some pics for all of you to enjoy.

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w606/famous556/IMG_2168_zpsd41db80f.jpg (http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/famous556/media/IMG_2168_zpsd41db80f.jpg.html)

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w606/famous556/IMG_2174_zps42593b27.jpg (http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/famous556/media/IMG_2174_zps42593b27.jpg.html)

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w606/famous556/IMG_2184_zps80273a6d.jpg (http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/famous556/media/IMG_2184_zps80273a6d.jpg.html)

ImEpayne
04-22-13, 06:58 PM
Welcome, I'm fairly new here as well. you will find tons of help and advise here. Just be sure to use the search before posting about something.

Congrats on graduating

alradco
04-22-13, 08:04 PM
Congrats on the V. Looks like it's in great shape.

PISNUOFF
04-22-13, 08:15 PM
Congrats. I bought mine as a 'PEP' car as well. I worked for GM at the time so I realized the initial discount in price.

Scott2012
04-22-13, 09:00 PM
Welcome!! thumbsup:

Choppa'
04-22-13, 09:58 PM
Do you live in Oklahoma?

Famous556
04-23-13, 12:09 AM
Negative, I live in Omaha, Nebraska. I don't know that I've ever seen another V1 here except on a dealership lot, but I'm sure there are a few on the road here. The V is in fantastic shape, definitely a sweet ride.

D3l7a3ch0
04-23-13, 02:11 AM
Excellent find!!!

http://i.imgur.com/T1YSQVV.jpg

"ONE OF US" lol

wait. did you say you're a murse?

teasing.

(D3l7a3ch0 <-former Army medic)

Famous556
04-23-13, 10:59 AM
Excellent find!!!


"ONE OF US" lol

wait. did you say you're a murse?

teasing.

(D3l7a3ch0 <-former Army medic)

Lol yes gonna be a murse. But I've been a paramedic for the last 6 years so I get to choose either when people ask me what I do... I guess I was just looking for a change of venue, being a paramedic is great work but the pay and advancement opportunities are just not there. After getting my RN license I'll probably continue to volunteer as an EMT-P with my local fire dept.

I was just talking to one of my buddies who just went through 68W school through the national guard I believe. Sounds pretty neat really. Once out of school he gets reciprocity for a NREMT-basic license so thats not a bad deal.

2005_CTS-V
04-23-13, 12:49 PM
Welcome!!!... You'll Find Great People And Excellent Advise On Here!!!...

D3l7a3ch0
04-23-13, 01:52 PM
consider me impressed that you are a paramedic! my NREMT expires in May. I never made use of my EMT as a civilian, that's a whoooole lotta "nope"

accidents would be awesome, but at the same time not. and then there's the scrutiny... and the pressure. I left the military to unwind. I'm a full-time student now

double welcome... this is quality right here

PS i'm surprised to hear the pay was not there. (really?)

Fleetwood Greg
04-23-13, 04:37 PM
consider me impressed that you are a paramedic! my NREMT expires in May. I never made use of my EMT as a civilian, that's a whoooole lotta "nope"

accidents would be awesome, but at the same time not. and then there's the scrutiny... and the pressure. I left the military to unwind. I'm a full-time student now

double welcome... this is quality right here

PS i'm surprised to hear the pay was not there. (really?)

My sarcasm meter is broken today so forgive me if youre being fasecious. Where I live an NREMT-P can expect to make about 25k-35k gross based on experience. Fire departments pay a little better but I myself was never big on the paid FD politics and union crap... a lot of shady things go on with the paid fire departments in my area. RNs make 40-50k right out of school and the benefits dont even compare. Not to mention the opportunities for advancement within the nursing field are endless. My ultimate plan is to get some ICU/critical care experience and then head off to CRNA school and be a nurse anesthestist. Every single one I've met or worked with raves about how much they love it.

ETA: Famous556 posting. I'm at my parents house today and logged in as my father apparently.

rand49er
04-23-13, 05:31 PM
Dang, OP, your car looks new!

Nice!

Famous556
04-23-13, 06:12 PM
Well thank you! It's very clean and by far the cleanest car I've owned but its far from perfect. I've found that silver is a good color for hiding minor flaws. This picture was after a fresh wash and wax and the lighting in that building really makes cars look good.

D3l7a3ch0
04-23-13, 06:12 PM
Hah no, I had no idea. I was sharing my thoughts to get you out of your shell, so to speak.

My aunt is an RN, and has been for the longest.

Did you put yourself through school? That's quite a bit of drive. I met with my counselor this afternoon and we hammered out 6 semesters of classes I need to transfer (mechanical engineering). So. I can relate. Even more so as the semesters go by.

What type of institution did you study at? The annual training requirement struck me as... a major task. Lucky for me, they're handled consistently in the army as part of training. Another reason I'm surprised the pay isn't better--it's a lot of ongoing education.

(Imo introduction threads are out of bounds for trolling... And at least a couple more weeks outside this thread. Splash damage is still possible, though) :)

Famous556
04-23-13, 06:38 PM
Hah no, I had no idea. I was sharing my thoughts to get you out of your shell, so to speak.

My aunt is an RN, and has been for the longest.

Did you put yourself through school? That's quite a bit of drive. I met with my counselor this afternoon and we hammered out 6 semesters of classes I need to transfer (mechanical engineering). So. I can relate. Even more so as the semesters go by.

What type of institution did you study at? The annual training requirement struck me as... a major task. Lucky for me, they're handled consistently in the army as part of training. Another reason I'm surprised the pay isn't better--it's a lot of ongoing education.

(Imo introduction threads are out of bounds for trolling... And at least a couple more weeks outside this thread. Splash damage is still possible, though) :)

Put myself through medic school when I was 18-20. I studied at a community college and the coursework was a little over a year. Two 8 hour lecture days a week and at least two 12 hour clinical/ride along times each week... (nursing school is less than half of this each week) It was like having a full time job. I already had my EMT through the local volunteer fire department that I joined right out of high school. I went straight to medic school after getting my EMT license.

The best thing about national registry is that they allow you to challenge the written test at the paramedic level... that is, you do not have to do any continuing education if you can still pass the written test and prove your competency that way. This is really nice to avoid having to document a lot of hours doing continuing education. Of course both the fire department I volunteer with and the company I work for have a plethora of con ed, but it's hard to fit it into the mandatory categories to satisfy national registry as I'm sure you've found. My Nebraska license has automatic reciprocity with National Registry so as long as I keep NR happy then the state is happy too. Work makes me keep active certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric advanced life support, and a pre-hospital trauma life support cert so those are difficult to juggle when they all expire at different times.

I've worked full time through nursing school and it's been real rough, but I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I decided to get an associates degree in nursing because I have a lot of gen ed credits at the state university that will be accepted by any institution when I go on to get my bachelor's degree. Since I have most of the gen eds out of the way, I should be able to attain my bachelors degree in about a year from now.

As far as paying for ongoing education luckily a lot of it is paid for by either my work or my volunteer department, so that part is nice. Most departments or agencies around here are more than happy to pay for any continuing education, so all it costs you is your time.

On a side note, I've noticed that there are quite a few engineers that own V1s. It could just be my imagination but it sure seems that way. Good for us as they help to fix what the factory should have done better with!

D3l7a3ch0
04-23-13, 09:03 PM
civilian EMT smelled like one of those jobs that leave you chewed up. I'm not sure
there are any dues to pay in doing it, but maybe the real benefit of holding the meat
grinder type jobs is realizing what isn't going to work in the future

before my stint as a medic, I was a mechanic (3 years Air Force, 2 years civilian),
and I think the V1 is not only handsome and fast, it's also a good idea
maintenance-wise. straightforward by the standards of any car.

as soon as this semester and my CAD class ends (or I get the chance and I feel
like I understand machining standards well enough), I think I will have some items
machined out for the V1...

as my physics and CAD classes progress, the parts I see in my head become clearer...
these are basically the things I daydream about in class.

-shift linkage with roller bearings, fully adjustable for throw and length (I already
found a local bearings distributor)
-strut tower brace with integrated motor braces to alleviate some of the stress
from the motor mounts
-front bumper air splitter
-track towing point
underbody cover to
-a hood with engine vacuum-activated vents that open at a stop and during
braking, and maybe an intake scoop (that both stay stationary when the hood is
opened, and would require modification of the stock hood, rather than replacement)
-brake cooling ducts that make use of the fog light openings
-spindles to handle V2 or 5-lug brake rotors and wheels
-rear shock mounts that will accept more commonly-sized Bilsteins/conventional
shocks (will probably stick out of the rear window mat, but I feel it would be
worth it as long as it's machined nicely)...
-rear shock mount braces

the spindle and rear shock adapters to liberate the V1 from the six-lug wheels
and odd shocks

there's also a hydraulic sway system rolling around in my head. it's going to be
sick. all the anti-roll you could want, adjusted by a pressure relief spring. no
torsion on a sway bar or on the frame--as one side compresses, the other
side will lift itself with excellent mechanical leverage against the control arm...

front and rear also linked to prevent rotation during braking and launch/acceleration...
draws on some things I saw during my time as a diesel/construction equipment mechanic...
basically, when you brake, the ass end won't lift, and when you launch, the nose stays down

//*no i'm not selling them. for the vital bits like the spindles I will leave the CAD files
on some russian website and post about a cool link I found on the internet. take them
down to a machine shop and have it made according to the bill of materials at your own risk

------------------------------------------

without the parts and maintenance support, V1 owners would be left on their own.
(and bound to restrictive/expensive parts such as odd shock dimensions and six-lug)

but this car is worth keeping alive, I think.

I think everything in the middle of the dash needs an update, as well.

...GOT ANY PLANS FOR THE V?

//update: 4/25 it seems I've chased you off.