Where are they now? Fast track to success Cody Loveland 2002 ERHS graduate
By - Sarah Ward, Staff Writer (March 06, 2014)
In 2002, Cody Loveland graduated from Elk Rapids High School with a love and appreciation for engines and a full scholarship to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. He didn’t know it yet but his love and appreciation for speed would bring him luck in many different forms. “I was always tinkering with engine parts and cars, and while I was going to college and working at UPS I built one of my first turbo chargers; I posted it on an Internet forum and woke the next morning to over 50 emails,” he explained of his start. It was then that he knew he would not follow the traditional path that includes college. He quit his job at UPS to keep up with the growing demand and started his own company, Lovefab Inc., in 2005, fabricating and creating performance modifications to engines, including his own LF1200S turbo. Lovefab also primarily builds turbo systems for Acura NSX vehicles, allowing them to achieve speeds up to 187 mph with 600 horsepower and 550 foot pounds of torque. The company provides custom parts for Ram, Subaru, Dodge, Hyundai, Honda and any modern vehicle including custom chassis, exhausts, suspension systems and whatever else one can come with to make engines go faster.
Cody, along with his staff, including certified diesel mechanic Dusty Hand (yes, that’s his real name) and brother Chris Loveland (welder), customize vehicles from all over the country, “We have customized several different types of cars from Jersey, New York, Ann Arbor and even as far as Canada by either going to pick them up or having them shipped to us,” explained Dusty Hand. His fabrications are completed in about three months and are then detailed by Travis Goin of Goin Detailing.
In Loveland’s spare time, he rally races with his fiancée Tabitha Lohr and spends time with their six-month-old daughter Vera. He considers himself to be extremely lucky, considering his near death experience in a horrific rally race crash in Pikes Peak a year ago. “I nearly died, but I walked away from the crash, with less of a scratch that I have on my forehead right now (a battle that I lost with an exhaust pipe)” he says of his good fortune. Loveland has found a way to make a living doing something he absolutely loves, which is hard for most people to say and for that he considers himself, yet again, a very lucky man.
Loveland proudly displays the custom LF1200S engine in his shop. Photo by Sarah Ward
(June 16, 2005)
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