Thanks for all the positive response (I love my car too).
I'll answer your questions first, the shifter on my car does come up that high and the knob is on all the way but the previous owner put an M knob on it so that might be responsible, and yes those are my pale, pale feet. I'll definitly be checking out a junkyard for those bumpers and fenders I want to keep this looking as stock as possible.
Can't wait till the next meet, I really want to see another iX do you guys know if there's another on the forums I havn't found one.
and last but definitly not least next year when I have more money and so does Hutch I plan on putting his E36 M3 engine into my car
I'm curious to what you guys think about that as I do'nt know the weight of the engines and how it would affect the car other than a 100 hp increase and I'm also nervous about doing it to a car that is such a classic and a rare iX at that.