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Old 01-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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BlackbirdWS6's Blown 1997 Firebird TA WS6 Convertible 6spd

There is a build thread documenting most of what occurred while building the car however it got a bit lengthy. This is the consolidated thread for those interested in just the details.

As some of you know, much of this would not have been possible without the help of the JSFBOA, other friends, and my wife. The build was certainly not a walk in the park but when I'm older and look back, it will give me a ton of fond memories. Everything was built in-house aside from the exhaust from the headers back. The roll bar was welded at a friends shop.

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1997 Firebird TA WS6 Convertible 6spd
GMHTP Feature - January 2012

Performance:
709RWHP / 616RWTQ - Dynojet/tuned by RPM
11.3@131 on 2.0 60' - Will be working on this next season

Mods:

Engine:
350 block bored 30 over and clearanced for a 3.75 stroker crank
4-bolt splayed mains - ARP hardware
Callies Dragonslayer Forged Crank - 3.75 stroke
Callies Compstar Forged 5.7 Rods
JE Forged Blower Pistons -31cc
Clevite H-Series Bearings
LE 21 deg Trickflow heads (300+ CFM intake @ .600 lift)
LE Ported Intake
LE Blower Cam - Mild
AS&M 58mm TB
Comp Ultra 1.6 RRs
Comp Hi-Tech Pushrods
LS7 Lifters
Cloyes Double Roller Timing Chain
ATI Superdamper
LPP LT Headers, Mufflex Custom Y, Mufflex 4" single-in/out 4" magnaflow

Power Adder:
Procharger F1-A 12-rib race kit, 15lb pulleys, twin 3.5" intercoolers
Custom Machined Crank Pulley Spacer
ATi Big Red Open Bypass Valve

Fuel:
80lb High Impedance Siemens Injectors
Lonnies Double Pumper Fuel System
Snow Stage 2 Meth

Drivetrain:
Tick Level 3 T-56
McLeod Street-twin Clutch - Steel Flywheel
Strange Chromoly Driveshaft
Strange S60 Rear - 3.73 Gears/Tru-Trac

PCM:
EFI Connection 24x LS1 PCM Conversion
Custom engine harness

Suspension:
Kenne Brown Double Diamond Subframe Connectors
Strange DA Rear Shocks
RK Sport Panhard Bar
UMI Adj. LCAs
UMI Chassis Mount Torque Arm
UMI LCA Relocation Brackets
Wolfe 6-point Roll Bar

ICE:
Alpine Headunit
Alpine CD Changer
JL W1 10" Subs

Wheels/Tires:
18" AR TTIIs - 18x8 Front / 18x10 Rear
BFG KDW2 - 245/40 Front / 295/35 Rear

Custom Stuff:
LEDs used nearly everywhere
BLS Bi-Xenon Projector Headlight Kit
Stainless Emblems, Ram Air Grills, Etc
Some custom interior bits here and there
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17 Sierra 2500HD Dmax
81 Turbo TA

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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17 C7Z - 10.83 @ 128
17 Sierra 2500HD Dmax
81 Turbo TA

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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17 C7Z - 10.83 @ 128
17 Sierra 2500HD Dmax
81 Turbo TA

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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17 C7Z - 10.83 @ 128
17 Sierra 2500HD Dmax
81 Turbo TA

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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17 C7Z - 10.83 @ 128
17 Sierra 2500HD Dmax
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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Inspiring !
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for anyone on this site that hasnt seen this thing is person... you have no idea what your missing. i think its cleaner now than it was when it rolled off the show room !
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What kind of wheel studs does this beast run?
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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Inspiring !
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for anyone on this site that hasnt seen this thing is person... you have no idea what your missing. i think its cleaner now than it was when it rolled off the show room !
Never good enough for me but thank you.

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What kind of wheel studs does this beast run?
Small ones that will be upgraded to larger ones in a couple weeks.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #12
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wow i didnt know it a FULL INTERIOR car! that is amazing, i hate gutted cars lol
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By far my favorite LT1 car out there. Still waiting on that ride tho...
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:37 PM   #14
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i love you car. looks and sounds great
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #16
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Thanks guys. Should be a good season to enjoy it much more. Finally got the tune where it needs to be for basic driveability and cooling situation is now under control.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:22 PM   #17
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Holy **** Nutz, thats SICK!!!! Love LT1 drop tops, i regret selling mine, DAM THATS HOT!!!!
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:13 PM   #18
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so when does the new pulley get ordered?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #19
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so when does the new pulley get ordered?
When you order your nitrous.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #20
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When you order your nitrous.
You wanna race to the nines?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #21
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You wanna race to the nines?
Nah, I like my bank statement. Rather keep mine from catching flames plus I need to get to this 10 sec nonsense first.
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10s are overrated. A low 6 sec 1/8th is a better goal
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #23
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10s are overrated. A low 6 sec 1/8th is a better goal
One thing at a time.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:56 PM   #24
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I wonder how this shifter & boot would look in between some tan Corbeaus...

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #25
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It would stick out like a sore thumb. Looks nice in the pic because the interior is dominated in tan leather. This is not the case in the bird.
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