Grandpa’s Probe GT

Written By: Ben Duen
Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, he was the scourge of the Jedi and a master of the dark side of the Force. Every time I see this car, I always think that if Darth Vader was ever to build a project and compete in the import/domestic tuner show circuit, it would look exactly like Mike’s Probe GT. It is the type of car that other cars don’t want
to be parked alone with on an empty dim lit street at night. “Straight up mean looking” is what most spectators describe it. The more I think about it, the more it boggles my mind. How is it that one of the meanest and original looking cars in the scene is also owned by one of the nicest and funnest (“funnest” is my creation- BD) guys around? Is there some sort of Freudian underpinnings here? If you ever get a chance to chit chat with “Grampa” at an event, have him give you 5 minutes of his time and at the end of those 5 minutes, you will want 5 more. The more time you spend with “Grampa”, the more you will start to realize that not only does he have an awesome sense of humor, but this guy bops his head to the beat of a different drummer. A cooler and a more original drummer that is. From the one-off custom front end conversion that is the offspring of two other front ends, to a complete revamp of his stock gauges and instrumentation in favor of a look that you would normally find in a… Tie Fighter, Mike’s ride is full of these “different drummer” ideas. The more you stand there at a show and look at it, the more you admire it and dare I say it, fear it. But don’t worry, that guy getting out is not Darth Vader, it’s just Mike… and to the best of my knowledge, he’s got no clue on how to use the dark side of any Force.

Mods and Specifications:


  • Name: Mike Lopez
  • Member Since: 1999


  • 1995 Ford Probe GT


  • Brospeed Headers
  • Greddy Cat Back Exhaust System
  • Hotshot Cold Air Intake with K&N Filter
  • NGK One Step Colder Plugs
  • NOS 50 Shot Dry Set-Up
  • Ported and Polished Throttle Body
  • Powder Coated Valve Cover and Manifold
  • PRD Fan Shroud
  • Racing Pipe
  • Rawpower Stage-4 Manifold


  • Intrax Racing Springs
  • KYB Struts


  • 18 x 7.5 ” Volk Challange
  • 225/40/18 Kuhmo Tires


  • Brembo Cross Drilled Rotors
  • KVR Carbon Fibre Pads


  • Carbon Fiber Vented Hood
  • Custom Faded Paint Titanium Gunmetal to Black
  • Custom Quad Headlight Conversion
  • Custom ZX2 Molded Bumper
  • FX Designes sideskirts and rears
  • M3 Style Mirrors


  • AC Shift Knob
  • Autopower Roll Bar
  • Cobra Clubman Series racing seats
  • Custom A-Pillar Gauge Pod
  • Custom Autometer In-Dash Gauge Cluster
  • Ichiban Aluminum Mat Plates
  • PRD Aluminum Door Sills
  • PRD Short Shifter
  • RAZO pedals
  • Scroth 4-Point Racing Harnesses


  • 0 Guage Tiff Wires
  • 2 Farad Capacitors
  • AC Plugs with Extra Outlet for PS2
  • Audio Control 60-Band EQT’s
  • Custom Door Panels with Plexiglass
  • Custom Sealed Box with Plexiglass
  • Eclipse 5 1/4 Mid-Bass
  • Eclipse 7002 CD 8-Disc Changer and Monitor
  • Eclipse Tweeters and Center Channel Custom In-Dash
  • JL Audio 10 W6 (3)
  • OZ Audio 5 1/4 Real Fill
  • SEGA Dreamcast
  • Stinger Accessories
  • Stinger Fuses
  • VCR and DVD player in a Custom Panel to Replace the Back Seats
  • X-Tant 10001 Sub Amplifier
  • X-Tant 4180 4-Channel Amplifier
  • Zapco EQ