What's the story behind your user name/avatar?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:02 PM
I've owned Corvairs ever since November of 1980, when I bought one as a used car to get myself and my wife and baby daughter around. It seems that the '65 Chevy II 4-door I had died and I needed to replace it. I wanted a fun-to-drive car that would be decent on gas... and it just about had to be a Chevy! (I was raised on Chevrolets and, car guy that I was and am, I was and am fanatical about Chevys!) I found a guy advertising a pair of Corvairs in the Philadelphia Inquirer, so I made an appointment to check them both out. After a 10 minute test drive in a dark green 1965 Monza coupe with a 4-speed, I was sold on it! Over the following decades, I've owned about 10 more Corvairs, everything from a 1961 Greenbrier window van and a 1961 Lakewood station wagon through a 1965 Corsa converible. My most recent one, which I had to sell for economic reasons (###### this economy!) was a '66 Monza coupe with it's factory 140 h.p., 4-carb engine worked to the point that it put over 220 ponies to the rear wheels, enough to flat run away from just about any 5.0 Mustang.
Anyhow, with this background, my screen name on every website I'm on and e-mail have been CorvairJim just about ever sinced I first went online in the mid 1990's.
My avatar is just an image I found on another website I'm on. It's actually the avatar of a fellow member of that site, but I liked it so much that I got his permission to use it myself on any site he's not on himself. I might start changing it up every now and then too, to show off photos of my '66 Monza.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:13 AM
Ed your name plaque is cool, I am sure I would look twice if that was ever on a office door.
Steve, be glad you weren't the first Security Guard that asked to see my company ID and saw it!
Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:34 AM
i didnt have any money to make any modifications so i made do with cheap junkyard parts that i modified myself (Do It Yourself)
so when i joined the mirage performance forums i came up with the screen name DIYmirage
heres a shot of the car, hood scoop from a subaru impreza
front bumper from a mitsubishi eclipse (had to resculp the headlight sections of the bumper to make it fit)
aftermarket side skirts from a 97 eclipse, also needed some extensive fiberglass work in the rear section
not that i was new to this home made car modding, before the mirage i owned a opel kadett (pontiac lemans) with a homegrown sheet metal body kit and hoodscoops from a rover
as for my avatar, that a model car i build for the wife a few years ago (thats her on the hood)
Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:50 AM
as for an avatar---haven't found one the suites me yet
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:27 AM
My screen name comes from the beginnings of the internet when I suddenly needed a name .. I was working at a Resort called Foxhollow and took that for many years. When I started playing Everquest, someone already had the Foxhollow name (grrr, the nerve!) so it somehow became Foxer and I've used it ever since. THIS site is the first place online that I have ever added my real name on line! That says something for Gregg and everyone on here. ")
My avatar is an engine shot of a Porsche 944 I built while the 1:1 was out in the garage.
Edited by Foxer, 02 March 2012 - 03:27 AM.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:41 AM
My avatar picture, well my First car when i was15 was a 63 Vw bug, Then i had a 64 covertable And now I have a 59 vw bug that i am working on..
Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:52 AM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:17 AM
Very cool idea. All this time I thought you had customized your Roomba.
Don't give me ideas!!
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:44 AM
The odds are that most of the builders here have used decals I drew, even if the sheet did not have the logo on it.
Most of the artwork I have done was for production kit decal sheets, and quite a few aftermarket sheets. While cars are my passion, I also do aircraft. I also create the art for tampo printing and paint masks for production die-casts (of all sizes) and the AFX slot cars.
It is in no way a commentary on how I view myself or my modeling.
The avatar is a shot of my most comprehensive build to date. The “Superb 7”.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:00 AM
Always love the Strongbad references!!!
Do you spend you free time burninating the country side?
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:14 AM
There is also a real racer named Nitro Neil - I ain't him.
My avatar is a model of a AA/Fuel Altered I built a long time ago that I still think is the best thing I have ever built.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:15 AM
My avatar, well I am a Ford Fan, love those 70's Pro-Stocks, (grew up looking at them in the magazines), and The Tijuana Taxi I still think it is the koolest Pro-Stock I have seen.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:45 AM