Jack Stand Baller (JSB). Some Mitsubishi’s, while bristling with potential for excellence, spend extended periods of time up in the air. We know it has been a while since we have featured a jack stand baller, but believe us when we say, this JSB was worth the wait.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
Kevin Kovatch (greengoblin)
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I live in Eagle, Idaho where I do powder coating as a hobby job. Thanks to my wonderful wife, my real job is raising my kids. I feel you can’t get much luckier than I am.
What Mitsubishi is currently JSB? (Jack Stand Ballin)
My Jack Stand Baller is a 1995 Eagle Talon TSI AWD.
What happened to your Mitsubishi?
Many a DSM has reached JBS status due to mechanical failure, user error, etc. Mine had a similar fate. I picked the Talon up as a shell with no engine from the back lot of a shady used car lot, so I’ll never know what caused it’s initial demise. Since I wanted to do a complete ground-up build, for some crazy reason this was the perfect car more or less.
How long have you been JSB?
The journey started on 11/29/2007. We just crossed three years and 23 days.
How long before you see the Mitsubishi back on the road?
Haha! This is one of the most asked questions I get. I really have no idea. When it’s done, it’s done.
What’s keeping you JSB (other than time or money)?
Well you hit the two biggest hurdles. The total lack of suspension parts for these cars really slowed things down a lot. It required me to do a lot of research on what worked for other cars. I had to learn to draw blue prints, then have the prototype parts built, then test fitting, revising them if needed. It’s amazing how much time this took.
What’s your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi? How do you use it?
My whole life I was taught by my father and uncle to do things right the first time and only make compromise if there is NO other way to move forward. This is my number one philosophy when doing anything. So when I started my build on this car it was only natural to apply this doctrine. It can make things move slowly but I feel in the end it’s worth the results.
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
To have a really fun car to compete in time attack events as well as some of our local hill climbs. I’d love to have a feature in a major magazine too! I still have a very long way to go.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
Keith Kovatch (Father), Brandy Welch (wife), Kendall Kovatch (brother) and two of my very good friends Jake Spoor and Scott Moreno. Without even one of these people this build would not be possible.
Who do you look up to in the Mitsubishi community?
Dennis Grant, Andrew Brilliant, Charles Moss, Mike Welch.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
Road Race Engineering. I have had nothing but great dealing with them and they have always answered my questions. Not a shop per say but the guys at the FXMD Team, Fes and Ken are super bad asses. I would not hesitate to work with them on anything. Robert Young and Brian Wilson at Forced Performance have always been very helpful and build killer turbos.
Do you spend time on any Mitsubishi sites? Which ones?
Yes, I do spend time on several sites. More time than I should but they have tons of info and people who have helped me out immensely throughout my build.
DSMlink.com, Mitsu-Media.com, DSMtuners.com
Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Where can people find you online?
The best place to reach me is on one of the above forums, but I’m on Facebook too.