Custom cars are a purely passionate endeavor. There is no rational reason to spend thousands of dollars on aesthetic mods to a car, nor performance upgrades on a car used for the daily commute, but there is a particular type of person that is still drawn into the expensive, frustrating, unjustifiable and unreciprocated love of cars and against the odds finds happiness there.
Passion can only exist in the absence of reason, and so as car lovers we have to applaud when someone forgoes all reason and delves irrationally deep into the world of customization.
Kendall White is one of those people. He clearly has a passion for his car that goes beyond the simple pleasure of having a good looking automobile in his garage. The owner of the Stay Minty FR-S isn’t a wealthy car collector who had the car built on a lark, he works 6 months away from home at a time to afford his Ahabian quest for the perfect FR-S.
Case in point: I asked Kendall for a little bit of information about himself and the car and his mindset with the build and he sent me back this awesome, expansive story. In addition to building an awesome FR-S, he makes the writer’s job easy. What better way to learn about someone than in their own words?
My name is Kendall White, I was Born and raised in a small area around Taberville Missouri. Don’t try and look for it on a map because you probably won’t find it (laughs). With being from a small town I have a lot of respect for everything that I deal with. Not only do I give respect I get respect in return for being so young in a community that worships custom car builders such as myself. When I was a boy, I started my life out having dreams just like every other small child does. But I felt like my dreams were different. Every time I turned around I found myself into something automotive. It came from a family aspect judging by the preferences that they had in their dreams, I look back and they were all in to cars also. So I do believe my family history had to do a lot with it.
The beginning of my automotive loving days was when I turned seven years old. Not only because of hot wheel cars like everyone else but when I had first got a hold of my first copy of car and driver magazine. That was a big part of my childhood Memory. Imagining myself building and driving the most amazing car’s that there were back in the 90s. Didn’t matter if it was drift, rally, or even stock car racing the point is I was hooked. From then on out I found my calling.
Throughout school it was hard to decide what I wanted to be in life. I had various jobs, such as farming, Industrial and retail, but at that time I was never really interested in anything like that. In Missouri where I was from its very hard to find a job that you can make enough money to build your dream car. From there I decided to join a company that was something new to my liking. It was an oil field job that my family has worked at for decades. Not knowing what I was getting myself into. I went ahead and started right away. Working away from home 6 months at a time is a very hard task to take on but I did it anyways. From My first day at Work up until now I have accomplished a lot. Even my self-saying that I believe it. My career has relocated me to Lumberton Texas where I have settled down and have taken my custom car building to an all-time high.
*In today’s Scene we have multiple types of vehicles, people and personalities. Anywhere you look competition is everywhere. Not like it was when it first started.
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*From day one of making my mind up on buying a new concept of vehicle like the Scion FRS I knew I had the build planned before I even sat in the driver’s seat.
June 2012 was a special time of year for me, I pre ordered my Firestorm Scion FRS. I was absolutely excited to see what this new concept of vehicle would be like. With me pre ordering an FRS so early in the year I had to wait Six weeks for it to be delivered, which was the longest wait ever. I still can’t believe that I actually put money down on a car that I never even seen before in person (laughs). It was down to the point where I was calling once a week to see if the dealership knew where it was located at. Six weeks waiting the day was finally here, the dealership called and told me that my car was there to pick up. Was one of the most exciting days ever. My first time approaching the car was a moment to remember. The body lines were perfect for what I was planning on doing with the car.
*From the First time I drove this immaculate car up until now I wouldn’t have changed my decision one bit about buying it.
So the build starts
Knowing that I wanted to build something so perfect into the best show car possible to the best of my ability. I knew that I would have to custom build and design everything. Knowing that a lot of cars were planning on going wide body. I wanted to keep it original, with that being said I wanted something that wouldn’t be overly done but just right. With the FRS body lines you have so much style you can work with. But then again, like I said not overly done. Building a perfect Built to park vehicle is not easy. But I knew I was going to make it easy. At least that’s what I had in my head.
From the start of my build to the time I showed the car at Sema was the best accomplishment I have ever had.
Originality is the key when I was building my FRS, I wanted to change everything to make it unique to my liking. Everything from exterior, Interior, Engine/Performance to wheels. So what did I do, I sat back and made a list of everything that I wanted to do to the car. Every upgrade, every custom part and even down to the color of the decals I wanted.
The first steps were easy, it was some cosmetic work and such as installing Seibon carbon fiber parts to the body to make it look more in depth to a show car. Every time I thought about suspension work I was undecided between Static or bags not knowing the bagged lifestyle I wasn’t so sure if that was the right first steps to go. But I took a chance. With my car being a show only vehicle I wanted to have the best fitment that could be possible.
After the Minimal steps were done I figured it was time to totally redo the interior. This is where JPM Coachworks came into play. With them having such a big representation in the Upholstery field, I figure they were one of the best shops to go with. This had me completely stripping my whole interior and sending it half way across the country. But in the end it was worth it. The custom stitched Sparco Evo lll seats make the whole interior. I couldn’t be any happier with the work.
With the FRS coming from the factory with a 2.0L Boxer FA20 I knew the power would have to change. Nothing could be better than Huy at Inline Racing in Houston Texas building my built to park FRS with a custom turbo kit. Driving this perfect balanced car turboed after N/A is a completely different game. It is so amazing to drive a so light weight car with so much power down the street.
The last steps of my build couldn’t be any perfect. CVT Designs in Houston Texas couldn’t of made the trunk set up look any better with the beautiful work that they’ve done. Dual tank, dual compressor with custom copper hard line set up couldn’t have been a better choice, it really makes everything flow together.
My car has been majorly updated from start to finish ranging from carbon fiber, custom upholstery, performance and management, wheels, to the smallest little things you couldn’t imagine.
Every little detail matters to every car enthusiast, it doesn’t matter what kind of car it is. It just matters how share the whole scene and culture together. That is how the scene has become the way it has today. The car scene has become a Family and we have to grow together!
Throughout my whole build from start to finish it, from show to show, it really has changed my life. Not only just as a car enthusiast but as a person. Every detail of my car comes from the heart. Because if you didn’t build a car from your heart then it won’t look as perfect as you want it.
Always try to build your dream as best as you can and you will succeed.
Stuff that makes me stand out from the others, would be. Being respectful to everyone that I meet that is car enthusiast.
The paint of course. I have done everything to this car. so i am safe to say that this car was built and not bought, I take pride in everything that I have done with the frs. Because it was my own inspiration to keep building.”
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