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strc09’s 1988 Pontiac Trans Am

Vader

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  • Nov 15, 2013

Modifications, Upgrades, and Repair...part twoTRAGEDY STRIKES...againIn May my car club and I got together with some other F-Body owners from North Carolina to cruise ou ... more

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  • Nov 15, 2013

Modifications, Upgrades, and Repair...part three**UPDATES (10FEB09)**I've been gone for a while so I haven't been able to stay on top of the updates to Vader as ... more

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  • Nov 15, 2013

These two photos were taken when I was TDY to Savannah, Georgia in June 2005. I was down there for a month teaching a class. One day after class I was able to sneak Vade ... more

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  • Nov 15, 2013

Vader's Heart:This is what the motor used to look like under Vader's hood shortly after I got it.  It was in dire need of a good cleaning for sure. ... more

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  • Engine Size
    383
  • HP
    273
  • 0-60 Time
    5.55
  • Weight
    3260
  • 1/4m sec
    13.7
  • Torque
    397
  • Top Speed
    154 mph
  • Exterior Color
    Gray
  • Interior Color
    Gray
  • Tires BFGoodrich Tires

    Date Installed
    Mar. 12, 2013

    Installed 03/12/2013

    The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 (KDW for Key feature: Dry and Wet traction, the "2" is our addition and identifies that this is the second generation g-Force T/A KDW) is the Ultra High Performance Summer tire that was developed to provide a blend of a dramatic-looking, ultra high performance tread design with superior dry and wet road performance. The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 is available in sizes for drivers of the world's hottest sports cars, coupes, sedans and light trucks. Like all summer tires, g-Force T/A KDW-2 tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. The g-Force T/A KDW-2 features large tread blocks to enhance dry road stability, handling and wear under high torque loads, while rounded shoulder profiles help provide feedback for the driver by communicating the tire's progressive and predictable characteristics as they reach their limits of adhesion. A silica-reinforced tread compound with wide circumferential and lateral grooves form a directional tread design to speed water evacuation, improve wet traction and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. Internally, the twin steel belts are reinforced by BFGoodrich's ETEC (Equal TEnsion Containment) System which uses spirally wound nylon strips to provide excellent strength, consistent footprint pressure and maximum contact area under Y-speed rated conditions while it reduces weight and helps provide more uniform ride quality. The g-Force T/A KDW-2 tires feature g-Control sidewall inserts to resist deflection and generate cornering force while rim protector ribs help protect alloy wheels from curb damage.

  • Tires BFGoodrich Tires

    Date Installed
    Mar. 12, 2013

    Installed 03/12/2013

    The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 (KDW for Key feature: Dry and Wet traction, the "2" is our addition and identifies that this is the second generation g-Force T/A KDW) is the Ultra High Performance Summer tire that was developed to provide a blend of a dramatic-looking, ultra high performance tread design with superior dry and wet road performance. The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 is available in sizes for drivers of the world's hottest sports cars, coupes, sedans and light trucks. Like all summer tires, g-Force T/A KDW-2 tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. The g-Force T/A KDW-2 features large tread blocks to enhance dry road stability, handling and wear under high torque loads, while rounded shoulder profiles help provide feedback for the driver by communicating the tire's progressive and predictable characteristics as they reach their limits of adhesion. A silica-reinforced tread compound with wide circumferential and lateral grooves form a directional tread design to speed water evacuation, improve wet traction and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. Internally, the twin steel belts are reinforced by BFGoodrich's ETEC (Equal TEnsion Containment) System which uses spirally wound nylon strips to provide excellent strength, consistent footprint pressure and maximum contact area under Y-speed rated conditions while it reduces weight and helps provide more uniform ride quality. The g-Force T/A KDW-2 tires feature g-Control sidewall inserts to resist deflection and generate cornering force while rim protector ribs help protect alloy wheels from curb damage.

  • Chassis & Suspension BMR Subframe

    Date Installed
    Feb. 3, 2013

    Installed 02/03/2013

    Camaro/Firebird 82-92 BMR Subframe Connectors-Bolt/Weld, Silver Vein (Black Hammertone) or Red powedercoated color. Shipping is not included. The Third Generation F-body needs all the help it can get with chassis reinforcement. Commonly known as one of the most flexible and "loosest" chassis ever produced we made sure that our subframe connectors were up to the task. As with most of our subframe connectors, they reinforce the rear control arm mounts with HD 3/16" plate and use rectangular tubing to join three areas: the rocker pinch welds, rear control arm boxes and front subframes. This ties in the entire floorpan of the car by joining key structural components, minimizing chassis flex and improving handling. BMR offers two versions for different exhaust combinations. Part Number SFC008 is designed for cars with full length headers and exhaust systems that run inside the frame rails. Part Number SFC009 is designed for cars equipped with the OE manifolds or shorty headers with OE exhaust or OE type exhaust that runs on the passenger side, outboard the subframe.

  • Chassis & Suspension BMR Torsion Bar

    Date Installed
    Feb. 3, 2013

    Installed 02/03/2013

    Camaro/Firebird 82-2002 BMR Full Length Non-Adjustable Bolt In Torque Arm-Factory torque arms do a great job at robbing horsepower and torque and "dissolving" it into the chassis. Replace your weak, flexible stamped metal torque arm with a rigid BMR tubular version and put that power where it is supposed to be - the pavement! Made from MIG welded 1.25" x .120" tubing with heavy duty 1/4" mounting plates. Bolts directly in place of factory torque arm using all factory mounting locations. Requires no welding or drilling and clears all factory or aftermarket exhausts. The adjustable version comes equipped with a rear adjuster for adjusting pinion angle while the non-adjustable is preset at the optimal -2 degrees(in stock height applications). Both versions (adjustable or non-adjustable) come with a new, low deflection polyurethane front mounting bushing. 1982-2002 V8 F-Body('82-'84 requires purchase of '85 or newer torque arm "clamshell" mount). Also fits all V6 F-body with one piece driveshafts.

  • Chassis & Suspension BMR Steering Stabilizer

    Date Installed
    Feb. 3, 2013

    Installed 02/03/2013

    82-92 Camaro/Firebird Steering Brace (aka Wonderbar) BMR- This brace is designed to stiffen the front subframe assembly and reinforce the steering box mounting area on the 1985-1992 F-Body. Results: crisper steering response, a must for any 3rd Generation F-Body!

  • Chassis & Suspension General Motors Steering Assembly

    Date Installed
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Installed 01/23/2013

    Camaro/Firebird 82-92 Front End Rebuild Kit, shipping is not included. This front end rebuild kit includes: •Centerlink •Idler Arm •Inner Tie Rod Ends (Qty. 2) •Outer Tie Rod Ends (Qty. 2) •Spohn Extreme-Duty 4140 Chrome Moly Tie Rod Adjusters(Qty. 2) Option: We did add precision front lower ball joints an option as those getting tubular a-arms will already have them.

  • Chassis & Suspension Energy Suspension Bushings

    Date Installed
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Installed 01/23/2013

    Front Sway Bar Bushing Set, Camaro/Firebird 82-2002 Energy Suspension, shipping is not included. •Your vehicle's sway bar system will work at its maximum efficiency! •Replaces that original, short lived and too-soft rubber. •Easy to install with basic tools. •Made of rugged Energy's HYPERFLEX performance polyurethane material and the hardware is heavy duty for lasting durability.

  • Chassis & Suspension Energy Suspension Bushings

    Date Installed
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Installed 01/23/2013

    Front End Links, Camaro/Firebird 82-2002 Energy Suspension. Select application. Shipping is not included. Polyurethane Front Sway Bar End Links Improved handling, low cost, and easy installation are just some of the reasons these components are so popular! Polyurethane Front Sway Bar End Links •Your vehicle's sway bar system will work at its maximum efficiency! •Replaces that original, short lived and too soft rubber. •Easy to install with basic tools. •Made of rugged Energy's HYPER FLEX performance polyurethane material and the hardware is heavy duty for lasting durability.

  • Chassis & Suspension Energy Suspension Bushings

    Date Installed
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Installed 01/23/2013

    Rear Sway Bar Bushing Set, Camaro/Firebird 82-2002 Energy Suspension Complete, shipping is not included. Polyurethane Rear Sway Bar Bushings Improved handling, low cost, and easy installation are just some of the reasons these components are so popular! Polyurethane Rear Sway Bar Bushings •Your vehicle's sway bar system will work at its maximum efficiency! •Replaces that original, short lived and too-soft rubber. •Easy to install with basic tools. •Made of rugged Energy's HYPERFLEX performance polyurethane material and the hardware is heavy duty for lasting durability.

  • Chassis & Suspension Energy Suspension Bushings

    Date Installed
    Jan. 23, 2013

    Installed 01/23/2013

    Tie Rod Dust Boots, Camaro/Firebird 82-2002 Energy Suspension. Shipping is not included. Polyurethane Tie Rod Dust Boots At last it is possible to replace a damaged tie rod dust boot without having the expense of buying an entire new tie rod! Includes 2 Per Set Polyurethane Tie Rod Dust Boots •Repair torn and worn-out boots of suspension tie rod ends without having to buy the entire and expensive tie rod! •Adds durability surpassing most OEM rubber boots. •Exclusive 5 point sealing action. •Resist damage from rocks, sand, water, road salt, and oils better than many other O.E.M. rubber boots. •Made of Energy's HYPERFLEX performance polyurethane for added performance and durability

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  • heavychevy454
    Thats one sweet T/A CLEAN. 5 stars. Check out my chevelle if ya want.
  • slocmfrtblscru
    mine is an 87, with the exception of the dash, mine is identical. 5 stars to you bro. Texas here.
  • boxmonkeyracing
    hey followed your link over from fayetteville F-body. very nice car.
  • 944boymn
    Very nice balanced car. The color looks amazing too. Check out my beetle if you have time.
  • BirD666
    Very nice 3rd gen. Good work. Come check out my 3rd gen if you have time and sign the guestbook!
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