FrankenProbe

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The owner of this car seemed kind of weird. He was nice, but it seemed like he was really downplaying the car for some reason. I can’t understand why though, it sure seems pretty impressive to me. I mean, there’s a fucking gigantic hole cut out of the hood. I found a video on Youtube of him running a 10.24 in the 1/4 mile. That’s seriously fast for a car that starts out life as well, sorry to any of you MX-6/Probe fans, a little bit of a turd.

Well, it’s pretty clear that the secret to Frankenprobe’s speed is lots and lots of boost. And money. After hearing the owner talk about the car, I came away with the idea that he just kind of slapped an eBay turbo on the stock motor and hoped for the best. Then I found videos of him showing off the motor in his garage, and a thread on a Probe forum where he is talking about designing his own transmission gears in AutoCad. Obviously, this build is a lot more in-depth than he wanted me to believe that night.

He was really adamant that I not shoot his license plate when we saw him at the Pavilions (which I never do anyways, unless I plan to blur it out), which led me to believe the car wasn’t registered or something, but then later that night we actually ran into him again, near 51st Ave and Bell. If he was able to make it from Scottsdale to all the way to west Bell with no tags and a paint job as goofy as that one, without getting pulled over, that would be more impressive to me than making a Probe run 10’s. I’m thinking the car actually is registered and he’s just one of those tin foil hat guys or something.

This looks the perfect setup for taking videos of other people’s license plates

Aside from the weird vibes I picked up about the license plate thing, I still really like the car. Obviously, a tremendous amount of time and effort went into it, and I think it’s an awesome machine.

Check out the pictures of what is most likely the fastest Probe around, and if you want more information, try searching Google for “frankenprobe”. It turns up all kinds of stuff.

P.S. If you don’t want word of your car spreading around, it’s probably best not to name it something really memorable.

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About Mike Ross

I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I'm working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80's and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4x4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I've already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it. Okay, my head hurts, never mind.

11 thoughts on “FrankenProbe

  1. This is not the 10 sec car you saw on YouTube . The owner parted that car out and mike bought the shell. However its still an impressive car. It’s fast just not 10 sec fast.

  2. The actual Frankenprobe was a legend in the probe community for close to a decade. The owner parted the car out a few years ago and the only thing “frankenprobe” in the current iteration is the decal on the side and what remains of the paint job.

    The current owner uses it to experiment on all kinds of random combinations of junkyard parts in hopes to finally find the secret sauce to make the car go fast on a budget but to date has yet to find the right combination. The car currently runs about the same times as a stock motor probe with an eBay turbo kit and a decent driver.

    Hopefully all his experimentation and enthusiasm pays off one day.

  3. Im not sure where calling the second gen probe a ‘turd’ came from, it was named Motor Trends car of the year when it was released.
    Anyways, this car is a stock KL running an old turbo on pump gas.. definitely not running 10s, more like 12s. The original FrankenProbe (before being parted out) ran 10s but that was strickly a 1/4 mile track car, never street driven, always trailered. The parts from FP are spread throughout many people in the probe communities builds now, this car is just the shell of FP.
    And I geuss I should wear a tinfoil hat too because I dont want my plate posted all over the internet either.

  4. Wow, I never would have expected such a response to this article. I appreciate the insight on the history of the car some of you have posted, it answers some of the questions I had about the history of the car that didn’t seem to make sense.

    And guys, I’m sorry if the “a bit of a turd” came off a little harsh. I was trying to illustrate the fact that some serious effort and money went into making the car so fast. I don’t consider a fwd car that runs in the 15’s to be an excellent starting point, so that makes the achievement more impressive. I’m sorry if you didn’t pick up on that but it seems like some of you didn’t read the article past the “turd” part before getting super defensive. In case you missed it, there’s a part where I say

    ” I still really like the car. Obviously, a tremendous amount of time and effort went into it, and I think it’s an awesome machine.”

    But whatever.

    I was offering my take on a car I saw at the Pavilions, nothing more. If that makes me a douche, well, shit. Oh well.

  5. Nice to see you did a review on my car, I remember you that night you were taking pics. All the comments above are true depending who you ask. I wasn’t to sure who I was talking to when I met you but anything I told you was true. It doesn’t take money to make these cars go faster in a strait line, just a wrench, laptop and seat time to for starters. And I guess I didn’t mention that this car is solely street driven. No aspirations to break track records, not looking to be a sleeper, it looks the way it does cause of how my priorities are set, but chances are it will always hurt somebodys feelings if mistaken for just another modded car on the road with a PSsshh sound.

    Tell you what, I like this article so much that next time you see my car we can take some more pics and even go for a quick ride down the back roads. Just a quick 40-120 romp, nothing out of the ordinary.

    Once again, thanks for the article.

  6. Thanks for responding Mike, and I’m glad you liked the article. We never know how the owner of the car will respond when we do these types of posts but thanks for being cool. I definitely plan on taking you up on the offer next time I see you.

    Take care.

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