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strc09's 1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM GTA
Grand Turismo Americano
Code Name: Vader

THE BASICS (stock):
1 of 930 Gunmetal Metallic (RPO 87U) Exterior Color
Medium Gray Cloth Interior
Digital/Electronic dash package
L98 (5.7L) Tune-Port Injection 350ci motor
TH700-R4 Automatic Overdrive Transmission
Borg-Warner 9-bolt positrac differential with 3.27:1 gears
WS6 Performance Suspension Package

PERFORMANCE MODIFICATIONS:
- 6.3L (383ci) Tune-Port Injected Powerplant
-- Eagle Cast Steel Crankshaft
-- Eagle 5140 Steel "SIR" Lightweight Connecting Rods
-- Keith Black Hypereutectic performance pistons & piston pins
-- Premium moly piston ring set
- 113 Casting Aluminum Corvette Heads
-- Machined to 56cc with 10.5:1 compression
- C&C Motorsports 1.6 Aluminum Roller Rockers
- Comp Cams Camshaft
-- Intake Lift: .520, Duration @.050: 212*
-- Exhaust Lift:.528, Duration @.050: 218*
-- Lobe Seperation: 110*
-- Intake Centerline: 106*
- Cadillac Racing CTS-V LS7 lifters
- Ported Edlebrock High-Flo TPI Aluminum Baseplate
- Ported SLP Runners
- 58mm Polished Throttle Body
- 26lbs./hr. Accel Fuel Injectors
- Billet Aluminum Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator
- 160* Thermostat
- Smog pump delete
- Full AC Delete (with 1LE Heater Box)
- Full emmissions delete
- "Free" Mods (Throttle Body Coolant By-pass, etc.)
- Double Roller Timing Chain
- K&N Cone Air Filter
- Custom built polished aluminum Cold Air Induction system
- MSG Pro-Billet Distributor/Cap/Rotor
- MSD Blaster GM Coil
- MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Plug Wires
- NGX Spark Plugs
- Hooker Competition Mid-length Ceramic Coated Headers/Y-Pipe
- Flowmaster American Thunder 3-inch cat-back w/convertor delete
- CAT Underdrive Pulley Set
- Borg-Warner T56 six-speed w/Stage II build by Tick Performance
- RAM Cluthes HDX Clutch and preassure plate
- WS6Store.com Aluminum Short Stick
- Motive Gear 3.70:1 ring and pinion set
- TA aluminum rear differential cover
- Custom PROM tuned by Alvin Anderson from PCMforLess

SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS:
- BMR Silver Vein Strut Tower Brace
- BMR Steering Brace (Wonder Bar)
- BMR Sub-frame connectors
- BMR Non-adjustable Panhard Bar
- BMR Non-adjustable Lower Control Arms w/Relocation Brackets
- BMR Non-adjustable Torque Arm
- Energy Suspension bushings
- Eibach Sportline Springs
- Tokico Shocks/Struts
- Upgraded GM front-end rebuild kit w/ball joints
- Drilled/Slotted Front Rotors

APPEARANCE MODIFICATIONS:
- Billet Aluminum "GTA" Throttle Body Plate
- Billet Aluminum Flame embrossed centerbolt valve covers
- Pioneer DEH-3700MP Head unit
- Pioneer 4-way speakers (front and rear)
- Custom "Warning" Visors Labels
- Custom rear bumper "PONTIAC" logo inlays
- Fiberglass Ram Air I Hood from Hawk's Third Generation
- SLP Badge
- Grant 870 Steering Wheel w/Pontiac logo button
- Leather-wrapped Hurst shift knob
- 97-02 GenIV Console Swap (in-progress...slow, but in progress)
- Body colored tail filler
- Wire clean up under hood (hidden wires/looms)
- Boze Forged Wheels w/black centers
-- 17x8 front w/BFG KDW2 g-Force T/A 245/45ZR17 tires
-- 17x9.5 rear w/BFG KDW2 g-Force T/A 275/40ZR17 tires

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS:
- Fiberglass replacement aero wing
- TPIS MiniRam Intake
- DART Performance Heads
- Finish MSD Ingnition System (Add 6AL Box)
- Carbon Fiber Dirveshaft
- Upgrade Stereo System
-- Convert rear 6x9s to 6.5 diameter
-- Custom kick panels
- Custom embroidered GTA floormats and rear cargomat
- Custom body work

AWARDS and HONORS:
Third Place - 2d Annual Overhills Car/Truck Show (Sept. 2006)
October 2006 Car of the Month - Third Generation USA
October 2006 GTA Spotlight - The GTA Source Page
SICKRIDEZ - DropJawMag.com Winter Tour Cruise (Jan. 2007)
"Top 30" - 1st Annual Spookarama Car/Truck Show (Oct. 2007)
SICKRIDEZ - DropJawMag.com Winter Tour Cruise (Feb. 2008)
Best GM 1987 & Newer - 2d Annual HMC Car/Truck Show (Apr. 2008)
May 2008 F-Body of the Month - F-Body On-line
August 2008 F-Body of the Month - Fayetteville F-Body
CarDomain "Show off of the Week" Top 25 - Feb 9-15 (#17)
CarDomain "Show off of the Week" Top 25 - Feb 16-22 (#20)
Best GM 1987 & Newer - 3d Annual HMC Car/Truck Show (Apr. 2009)
"Top 50" - Overhills Car/Truck Show (May 2009)
#1 Trans AM for Suspension Setup on CarDomain (Jul. 2009)
#1 Trans AM for Restoration on CarDomain (Jul. 2009)
#2 Overall Vehicle for Suspension Setup on CarDomain (Jul. 2009)
#2 Overall Vehicle for Restoration on CarDomain (Jul. 2009)
#1 Overall 1988 Trans AM on CarDomain (Mar. 2010)
"Top 70 Cars" - Norwood Arbor Day Festival Car Show (Apr. 2010)
"Top 30 - 1987 & Newer" 4th Annual HMC Car/Truck Show (May 2010)
"Top 40" 4th Annual New Life Baptist Church Open (May 2010)
A handful of additional awards between 2011 to present...
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Author Comment Date
hoss88 very nice 03-07-2010
Timbo89GTA Nice car looks like mine lol hey do you belong to the 501st? 05-06-2010
strc09 @ Timbo - No, I don't belong to the 501st. Thought about it, but never have. 11-27-2010
Jackyl Great job,I know it aint easy to luv up or muscle up a true GTA like urs.I never have done any shows yet cause i aint done with her makeover.But i put many to shame @ the burnout contests.Nothing better than hi-octane exhaust n smoken rubber. 01-30-2011

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