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SkyPilot 04-18-2009 01:30 PM

4 Years ago today, I bought a Focus! timeline 56k no way
This is the Former focusman6297, i changed my SN to reflect what im doing with my life so intro SkyPilot!

4 years ago today on April 18, 2005, I bought a focus!

It was a 2004 Focus SE, that I bought from Hertz rent a car. The car had 27,000ish miles on it, and I got it for $9995 which was a deal I couldn’t pass up.

Here are some pics still on the lot.
A few months after owning the car I did my first and still favorite mod, VOLANT FTW!

The mods came slow, as a poor college student I did what I could, the next mod was 35% tint all the way around.
Somewhere there after I added a Red Focus Central Spark Plug cover, which I later traded for a blue one.
Next Came the rims! I bought theses of a forum member and instead of driving to get them or have them shipped, I flew myself (Im a Pilot) and my mother on a 4 hours round trip in a Cessna 172/n to Kingston NY to get my SVT 5-Spoke rims, here are some pics from the trip.
Landing in Kingston NY
At Kingston
Taking off From Kingston

After I got some tires and installed them, this was the end result.
A few months after that from my 21st Birthday I got a MBRP cat back!
Mom trying to hide the box
The Install!

and on one cold December day in installed a rear dome light and kicker components in q-logic kick panels with leds!

Then Finally the DROP! For Christmas 2007 I got a Roush Stage 2 suspension and this was the result after I put my svt rims back on

Less then a week later the car was packed and my dad and I drove west, I was moving from New York to Arizona for flight school, a 2500 mile trip was done in 2 days, 16 hours the first day and 18 the next the car did it like it was nothing.
While in AZ I was able to get a set or REAL TYC Sedan tail lights

A few months after I was in AZ and school was done, I met up with other focus guys for a long 300+ mile run to fragstaff az for lunch!
And in the following months I added things like the dash with a tach, and speedhut gauge face, a 65mm tb, and focus door sill plates.
One day back in October we did a run up south mountain in phoenix.

A few days after that my stock horn died, so Tom and I installed some air horns!
YouTube Video
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And the most recent pics are from a night out a Buffalo Wind wings a few weeks back, notice no more front license plate!

And Just a few days ago this happened

And that it, the 4 year history of my Focus, she has been a great car and has given me all trouble free miles, I just installed EBC sport rotors and Hawk Pads the other day as well and painted my calipers Ford Blue, Updated with pics!

And I have an SVT header that im waiting to get the rest of the parts for so I can install it, and then she will be done. Hope you enjoyed this long timeline of my Hertz Focus!

matt_chromefocus 04-18-2009 01:36 PM

cool car like wht your ve done


Executionerhk 04-18-2009 01:48 PM

congrat on the worry free owning experience
and it is going to keep going that way!!

dang thats pimpin man, flying to get a set of wheel!! LOL
that is great!

ChuckDee 04-18-2009 02:13 PM

that focus has came a long way man, great progress over the years man and i love how it looks. great timeline [thumb]

norcalfocus01 04-18-2009 02:21 PM

very nice. i enjoyed reading the whole post. flying to pick up wheels is straight up pimp style.

zx360 04-18-2009 04:25 PM

flying to pick up rims is badass at its best! car looks nice

GodLovesUgly 04-18-2009 05:38 PM


dawssvt 04-18-2009 05:41 PM

Your car looks 100x better now than it did when you got it. Nice work [:D]

captcurt_18 04-18-2009 06:08 PM

sick. thats cool that you flew to get your rims.

ShamrockSVT 04-18-2009 08:42 PM

Great post James!
And beleive me guys, the car is sharp in person and a ton of fun to drive, great combination of mods with crazy throttle responce.

Kinda funny to see the "transformation" my car made between the flagstaff run and south mountain, lol. But you have definatley put more time money and work into your car than I have, Kudos to you!

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