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1999 Trans Am
« on: August 01, 2016, 12:25:58 PM »
Picked this up Friday.
Remains to be seen what I do with it. I threw it on ls1tech to see if anyone has an equally clean M6 car they'd want to trade for it but pretty sure I'm not letting this one go any time soon lol.

I'm dealing with a bad broken foot (2 shattered bones, surgery, wires running through my foot/toes,etc. Also 3 fractured toes) so I'm enjoying being able to drive it. Besides my shitbox beater all my other vehicles are manual and I can't drive them.

Otherwise the plans are cam/intake/exhaust. Simple and fun. Maybe some 243 ported heads just cause a buddy is offering them to me for $500 and they're 0 mile from the machine shop, ported, surfaced, valve job, and have isky dual springs in them already and also with them would come his injectors. Think they're only 42lb but still an upgrade.

Goal is 11.5-11.7 on motor. Buddy ran 11.7 years ago with his on similar setup but I'd have a few improvements and better tires. My idea would be to do the build over winter.

Until then the only plans are to enjoy driving it - going to go ahead and throw a catback, slp lid, and racestar dark star wheels on it. If I get really bored maybe I'll go ahead with the longtubes, y-pipe, stall, and shiftkit.

Otherwise loving it. Clean title, everything works. Car is like new. Got it with 57k on the clock for 7500














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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2016, 01:18:57 PM »
Wow that is clean.  Didn't think there were any left that nice.  I'd love to get another F-body again.  Just too cheap not to. Great find.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2016, 05:16:32 PM »
That's an amazing price. The auto is boring (your situation is different) but it's rare to see Trans Ams for under $10K even if they have 100k+ miles.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 05:46:44 PM »
Definitely is rare to find them like this anymore.

I've been hunting pretty hard for a good priced c6 or even very nice c5's.
I like 4th gen fbodies but I cant justify how much they've gone up in value since I hate working on them, their interior quality is crap, and since any more for a decent one you can spend just a couple thousand more in most situations and get a vette. This one though was definitely a deal to take advantage of.

I'm going to give auto a shot. I feel like I'll enjoy it a lot more when I get a stall and shift kit in it. Definitely wish it was a 6speed car though.
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2016, 08:45:30 PM »
Holy shit how did you fidn that around here for that price>?

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 09:03:16 PM »
Holy shit how did you fidn that around here for that price>?
In the middle of a cornfield?

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2016, 12:49:59 AM »
She popped up on CL last wednesday. I posted it in in the FB Car group my local buddies and I all are in for anyone who might be interested.

Well then Thursday I started thinking about it. Started messaging the guy said he had two people coming that night otherwise I was first in line for Friday if it didn't sell. Well it didn't sell so Friday I left work early and went and bought it. One guy thursday hadn't shown up and the other only brought $7000 and the guy was rock firm at $7500 and I don't blame him. Books at a lot more than that and the car is literally mint.

I'm going to St Louis on Sunday to buy some genuine T/A wheels, a WS6 hood, and an LS6 intake.

Gave a buddy the car tonight, he's going to put on the catback for me while I'm at work tomorrow since crippled me can't do shit.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2016, 09:08:56 AM »
Not the WS6 hood!  I was going to comment before how nice it was to see a clean non WS6. Oh well. :lol:  Will still look great.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2016, 10:04:28 AM »
Not the WS6 hood!  I was going to comment before how nice it was to see a clean non WS6. Oh well. :lol:  Will still look great.
haha the original plan was a firehawk hood like this:


The factory rice is so strong on these cars that to me they look weird with the stock firebird hood with how normalish it looks lol  :lol:

The ws6 hood deal was too good to pass up though.
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2016, 11:33:26 AM »
Yeah.  I do love the Firehawk hook though. 

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2016, 02:44:40 PM »
it might still get one wayyy down the line if I own this thing long enough. That'd be post heads/cam and getting everything else tidied up though haha.

Legit on a scale of 0-10 in sexy for me on a 4th gen firebird I'd rate the stock hood 3/10, ws6 hood 5/10, firehawk hood 11/10  :lol:
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2016, 03:09:05 PM »
I loves me some WS6 aww yiss.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2016, 04:02:20 PM »
Love Trans ams.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2016, 09:11:17 AM »
Well I went to the track Friday night. Ran a best of 14.1@100mph. Blame it somewhat on my broken foot, couldn't really launch off foot brake.

It motivated me to bail out on the hood/wheels/ls6 intake. Would of liked the intake but didnt feel up to the 3 hour drive just for the intake.

Sold my ruckus yesterday so I spent some money since I decided 14's are unacceptable  :mrgreen: :mrgreen:



After I get my caliber's gap insurance & warranty refund or sell my talon or my zx9r it'll be time to start buying suspension & wheels. Then finally the cam swap parts themselves.

Would like to buy it all now but trying to not dip into my house downpayment money in case something too good to pass up pops up haha. + This is pay week and I'm getting $0 because of all the time I had to take off without pay for my broken foot. Yuck
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2016, 09:45:26 AM »
What about the NAWWZZZ?  :lol:   

14's?  Were some people getting into the 12's in bone stock cars?  Car and driver just had a bad night I bet. 

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2016, 11:20:11 AM »
What about the NAWWZZZ?  :lol:   

14's?  Were some people getting into the 12's in bone stock cars?  Car and driver just had a bad night I bet.
Most of those were 6 speed cars with 3.42's.
Maybe on an auto with the 3.23's. Not sure if they had the option for 3.73's like the LS1's did.

13.7 i think is about the best i could hope for with my 2.73's and street tires.

I did manage to foot brake it a bit but it just spun but that was later in the night after the dumb kids in dads truck had torn up any prep that was left.
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2016, 04:08:58 PM »
You should be right there with a H/C auto car. A buddy of mine goes 11.60's on motor with a BTR stage 3 cam, CNC 243's, and a built 4L60 on a 275 M/T radial. Just that first round of mods you're doing should really wake the car up, a stock stall with 2.73's is a recipe for some disappointing E/T's. It's nice to see clean ones are still out there, a lot of them seem to have disappeared over the last few years.
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2016, 05:07:25 PM »
hell guy I know years ago, honestly not a very bright guy, but he had a ptc3500 i believe, full exhaust, lid, 3.23's, and hp tuners tuned himself just using the auto tune feature and ran 12.4 with some et streets. Then put in a mid size cam, stock heads still - still tuned via auto tune ran 11.7@117mph.

My goal is 11.5 on motor with some lightly ported 243s, torquer v2, supporting mods and a tune
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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2016, 11:41:57 AM »
I plunged a bit more last week and bought a set of dark stars. Used but like new at a great deal so I didn't get exactly what I wanted. I wanted 15x10 rears and 17x4 fronts instead I got 15x8 rears and 15x4 fronts with like new front tires and a brand new set of 275/50/15 MT ET Street SS's.

Down the road I'll still get the setup I want I'm sure but this was a great budget buy and it'll still make the car look amazing compared to the ugly camaro wheels on it now.

Also, everything will be here as of Saturday. Saturday night I have access to some friends help and a friend's lift. I'm off crutches now and walking in a boot. Can't do a ton myself so I have my friends all volunteering to help me so I can get it to the track next weekend with the full exhaust, stall, gears, tires, and other supporting mods all done. Hoping for at least 12.5 with myself tuning it. Popping my virgin cherry with HPTuners tuning it myself this weekend after everything's on.

Tonight I'm installing and wiring my gauges, will install the actual sensors when it's on the lift Saturday night.

So watch for some sexy pictures Sunday - I hope!

Here's one from last night, nothing fancy though but my buddy washed his T/A and messaged me to bring mine over so he could detail mine lol.





As you can see I also did go ahead and do the CETA bumper mod.
I was going to actually rattlecan it since I've seen some good results. I've always been bad at anything paint related though so I pussed out and plastidipped it. Over winter whenever I get a hood for the I'll take the bumper off and peel off the plastidip and let my friend paint it the right way while he's painting the hood.
Also got some sweet 3.5" dual tips getting here tonight that will help rice it extra good. The 2.5" SLP tips are just boring :P


Offtopic sort of:
Buddy that washed it has one of the cleanest LT1's I've ever seen and I'd take his LT1 over my LS1 or most LS1 cars I've ever seen.
It's just a cam only 6speed LT1 car he has had for 12 years he bought bone stock. Still running a 10bolt (has been through a few) and its original transmission at 170k though it's finally having some issues and he's rebuilding it this winter. But it's not bad for a car that for over 7 years has been running 12.6's and 12.7's with a mild cam and bolt on's still rocking the 10 bolt and 3.73's with the t56.

Most beautiful sounding car too. I just had to say - I don't even really like LT1's but his car is the unicorn.
I'm trying to follow his styling queues on his pretty close. Some day when his LT1 finally gives up the ghost he has said it'll finally get an LS. Probably a heads/cam 6.0

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2016, 12:01:15 PM »
So this weekend was a workload.

can't thank my friends enough. Shit wouldnt be done until winter if I was doing it alone.

I just don't have a good place to really do the work since I try not to tie up my garage any more with any hefty projects and with my injury I can't do much at one time.

Stall, exhaust, and gears are all in. Gauges are in. Fuck a pillar gauges in these cars. DSM's are so much easier.

More importantly fuck the MTX-L wideband. GREAT wideband but with all its programmable features and such - it has so much wiring that it's a nightmare to try to route through the dash. I about gave up and removed my window defrost tube but I managed.


I'm actually REALLY unhappy with my TSP longtubes and y-pipe. The fitment is just bad, it hangs way too low. The header is basically against the floor and the bend to the y-pipe just has it way lower than it should be. I expected a lot better from a kit that is meant to go together. I was upsold on the TSP stainless parts after originally buying the cheap ass pacesetter uncoated stuff. I had the pacesetter stuff on my old firebird and it worked great and fitment was great. Really unhappy with the TSP stuff. I'm pretty sure lowering it at all is going to give me a bad time so next year I think I'll just have my fabrication buddy build me a new exhaust out of the y-pipe.

Anyway - dark stars wheel weights hit the calipers. So tonight going to unmount them and just use some balancing beads. Balance beads did great with my zx9r's tires - 159mph GPS confirmed shake free lol so should be good enough for these. Then tonight need to finish topping trans fluid. Everyone was tired and I was in pain and ready to get in bed last night and the driveshaft was hitting exhaust when trying to run through gears on the lift to fill trans so I'll try it tonight with it on the ground since I drove it out of the shop without issue.

Also purchased a couple hptuners credits so I can use my buddy's hptuners to tune it tonight if all is well. Then ideally I'll drive it to work the rest of the week which will get me past the 250 mile or more break in for the stall/gears so that I might be able to race it Friday night.
Only part I have left to put on is my trans cooler. Until then just going to pay close attention to my trans temp gauge.







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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2016, 09:35:13 AM »
Got her fluids all good and wheels on. No rubbing after removed the wheel weights. Doesn't shake either on highway so I'm not upset. Actually was raining hard this morning for my half hour drive to work and it felt way better than I expected it to on the wet roads.

I love the way it looks now but it'll look twice as good after it's lowered a bit but due to the shitty exhaust fitment I need to hold off lowering until I make some modifications to the exhaust since it already had scraped in some places I really shouldn't have to worry about it scraping.

Otherwise it drives fantastic surprisingly with no tune considering of the horror stories I've heard of stall/gears affecting stock tunes. Drives close to stock too, shift points cruising around aren't hardly any different. Drives so normal I almost wish I had opted for the 4k stall.

I picked up my buddy's HPTuners last night from him and bought credits for the car. So tonight/tomorrow it's tune time!






Only day pic from this morning. Anxious to clean it up and do a real shoot of it with my nice camera.




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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2016, 11:18:04 AM »
Lookin' good!

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2016, 09:07:39 AM »
Back to picture whore a bit.

Got my trans cooler in last night.
I tuned on it a good deal yesterday and had it running pretty good.

Then a friend of a friend offered to look at my tune. He professionally tunes in AZ where he's from but he's back visiting. Gave him my laptop and he took it home and gave it back to me. I uploaded his tune today, the car is a MONSTER for just being bolt ons & stall. Makes me feel like I had no idea what I was doing before lol.
Might have him remote tune the car when it gets the cam too!


Really pumped for the track tomorrow :)








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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2016, 10:17:43 AM »
The day pictures are much better.

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Re: 1999 Trans Am
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2016, 11:14:39 AM »
Awesome so far.  Man! I want an LS1 car again.  Also, is it the wheel/tire combo that's making it look almost lifted?