Chris - Hyundai Coupe Siii v6
I always said i would do something to show how much he meant to his family and friends and decided on his 10 year anniversary i would unveil something,
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Hi there im Chris.
I'm 31 originally from Birkenhead but moved to Tidworth 7 years ago after joining the army.
Hyundai Coupe siii v6
My first car was a 1990s 1.6 fiesta zetec s, you know the typical boy racer ounces in dark blue with the updated bodykit front bumpers on out of factory, a fake fog light ect, yeah i was that kid
I've owned a few more cars since then but what really caught my eye is the one i own now a hyundai coupe siii v6 which i purchased in 2016, it's currently running around 180bhp on the stock engine after a few upgrades (not a massive improvement from the stock 167bhp), i've always been into cars from a young age but never had anyone around me in my family that was a car enthusiast or even mechanically minded so everything i've done to the car myself has been self taught
One of the reasons i chose my coupe is that i wanted to be different from everyone else at the time and they're not bad looking cars either, i wanted a car that handled great regardless of what bhp it had as that can always be changed further down the line (stay tuned to find out more)
So before i go into the build itself i thought i would share a bit of the story behind what i've done and why, back in July 2009 my brother Phillip Lawrence also known as Lenny to his mates was serving his second tour of Afghanistan with his regiment The Light Dragoons when his Scimitar CVRT went over an IED causing his heart to stop instantly. Phil was more than a brother to me; he was a role model. There wasn't a person that he knew or met that didn't love him
I always said I would do something to show how much he meant to his family and friends and decided on his 10 year anniversary i would unveil something, it took a while to decide what that was but as soon as i saw the coupe that was it, i knew i wanted to make a rolling memorial, unfortunately plans halted pretty quick whilst i was saving to put money into the remembrance build, i had installed my first mod, a K&N typhoon induction kit and a few weeks later i accidently hydrolocked the engine sending most of my rods though the block, i was determined to keep the coupe and get the build started and after searching for a donor car with a decent v6 engine in it (ended up having one with 20k less miles than the old engine) i started swapping the engines over myself even though I've never done anything like this before i just couldn't afford to spend money on paying a garage to do it. So with the help of my mate Callum Weldon it took us roughly 18 hours over a weekend to do it on the side of the road outside my house which was a challenge on it's own, nevertheless I was chuffed to bits when it started up first time round. This was in april 2019
And so now that the coupe had a new heart beating away i went off to see Bex White over at BexAirbrushing to get the first stage of the memorial paintwork started which was a portrait of my brother on the bonnet surrounded by poppies and soldiers walking across open fields, the rear wheel arches had poppies airbrushed onto them and the spoiler had a lest we forget artwork airbrushed on justin time for phils memorial on the 27th July 2019 back up north for friends and family
Ever since then i've continued to progress on the build going into phil southgate for tints and a lest we forget sunstrip before going back to Bed Airbrushing for more work to the rear bumper,boot lid and the front bumper and front wheel arches, i've resprayed my plastic interior parts black instead of the horrible factory grey, ive just had the engine covers back from bex with a whole war memorial paint job and fitted a new front strut brace which will be going in to get sprayed candy apple red to match the rest of the engine bay along with the red K&N Typhoon air intake and JS performance hoses in red, i've straight piped and dedicated the exhaust to give it the raw sound of a v6 back to it. I also wanted to give it a more aggressive look so i bought a carbon fibre look front splitter designed for the wrx sti but fitted it to the remembrance coupe, surprisingly it fit pretty damn well
I have a lot more plans ahead for the remembrance build with the likes of more airbrushing work to be done to both doors and something will be happening with the roof and a interior upgrade to refreshed the old red leather seats but not before it goes in for another engine transplant in the terms of a fully custom built k20 turbo build setup to be done by Matt at Tactical Racing and Gary at GM performance fabrications with the hopes of running around 390bhp, or potentially hitting over the 400bhp mark if we go for a sidewinder setup and with plans to boost even higher gains in the future following a future forging of the engine and better upgrades for the turbo ect, the engine will be getting painted in a candy red and black theme to match the rest of the engine bays theme along with a full suspension upgrade of megan racing coilovers and full top and bottom ultra racing strut setup to add to the shark racing front strut brace (passenger footwell strut brace, rear strut brace, anti roll bar and a lower front strut brace) complemented by a front Ksport Big Brake Kit setup and a rear Trajet twin piston brake kit all ready to start tracking the coupe at future shows ect
I'm currently a moderator for SouthMeets car group which is based in the wiltshire/hampshire area but i've been a member since september 2019, it was the people i met at TRAX 2019 like Char, Phil, John, Adam and Oli on stand with SouthMeets that really pulled me into the car scene and going to shows and meets. I've entered a few competitions with the coupe winning 2 awards at the 2019 South Gloucestershire Show for Pride of Ownership and Best on Stand and i came 3rd place in a show and shine comp thrown by Berkshire Street Cruisers in Basingstoke. I plan on hitting as many shows and meets as i possibly can, one being my second visit to TRAX this year and i'll also be on track at some point so keep an eye out for me on that
My main goal is to start raising charity for veterans and also families of fallen soldiers starting with the money we make from selling the old coupe parts that wont be used anymore such as the v6 engine, ancillaries and other parts being donated to a veterans charity personal to the fabricator working on the build this october/November time, by the time i've finished the build (hopefully before show season next year) i'll have put roughly 25k into the build from upgraded parts, the engine swap, airbrushing work and upgrading the leather seats to a different look which you can all follow the build and its progress on my insta account @the_remembrance_coupe
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