Christmas 05, you guessed it,from brother. I had a hard time Finding a spot under the hood that never gets wet to mount the relay.The contact points inside the relay were always getting corrosion from getting wet. fianally, I found a spot near the battery.I wrapped it in black tape,mounted it and called it good.
Modding is going slow. Still paying for those rims & tires plus 3 summer trips to Calli (Got to hone my skills on those twisting mountain roads,US 299 will always have a special place in my heart.)with Car payments rent and such,on a $15.60hr factory job making car components, mostly radiator frames.
This went on until the car market started to take a downturn. in the summer of 06. The rest of the world didn't feel it until 08. I got laid off and took a 12hr day job at a shampoo bottle factory as a "pack lead" for $11.00hr. Believe it or not this was not my darkest hour. Still making payments at this point. I was living off raman noodles and PB&J. I could only take those 12hr days for 9months. A lot of those days turned to 15hr days as "pack lead" I was the guy in charge of temps who were only making $8.00hr. So I did the cheapest mod that did the most good. The intake silencer delete with the velocity stack in the fender and a K&N drop-in
As soon as I heard of a job opening at a factory just down the street for $13.30hr making car components again and 8hr days I bolted. After A year and a half I'd worked my way up to almost $14.00hr.
The car finally got paid off!!!
Things were lookin' up! My battery went Kaput so I got me an Optima red top;
I started to get that modding bug again.
Now for my darkest hour... I gotta' one/two punch to the gut and groin. The bottom dropped out of the auto industry, I got laid-off again and my Mom, the woman that got me into Japanese cars and changed her own oil until she was 70 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She didn't make it.