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Rick's Project Redrum

1984 Pontiac Firebird

Trans Am LS Swap


Build Points


  • Color: Red
  • Horsepower: 700
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    It's a 1984 Trans Am that was discovered in an outdoor storage facility in Las Vegas, in 2014. At the time, it was still a bone stock 305 H.O. with its factory 5-speed and 3.73 equipped 10-bolt. We brought it back to Ohio, puled the drivetrain, gutted most of the interior and replaced all of the key locks -- apparently the car's keys were either lost at one point, or someone attempted to steal it. After a thorough cleaning, it was tie to get to work. I ordered a 416 cubic-inch LS3 from Scoggin-Dickey Raceshop, that features a 10.5:1 compression ratio and a forged bottom-end. A Brian Tooley Stage III blower cam went into place, as did a set of CNC-ported BluePrint heads and a Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat blower. A 5th-gen Camaro based serpentine system from Concept One went into the project. A Flex-a-Lite cooling system keeps the temps down. A Howell EFI hardness and ECU is part of the package, too. From the end to the tailpipe, it's all Hawks Motorsports; long-tube headers, Y-pipe, and a single 4-inch piece of exhaust tubing complete the package. There's not a cat or muffler in sight... An American Powertrain/TREMEC Magnum 6-speed lives where the old 5-speed sat, the 10-bolt was ditched for a (Dana) Strange S60 rear with 3.73 gears and an LSD. A Strange steel driveshaft was used, too. Suspension consists of everything currently adjustable and available in the BMR catalogue, including their boxed, weld-in subframe connectors, sway bars, K-member, torque arm, Panhard bar, etc. Fully-adjustable QA1 coil-overs live at all four corners, as does Baer 4-piston calipers, rotors and pads. CTW Wheels that measure in at 17x9.5 sit on the corners and are wrapped in Falken Azenis 275/40 rubber. Inside the cockpit, a full array of AutoMeter Sport Comp gauges are mounted in a Classic Dash gauge cluster, the rear seat was ditched altogether, the front seats were replaced with Corbeau LG1 seats, brakes and 5-point harnesses. The factory sound insulation material was all ripped out for Heatshield Products' sound deadening. We replaced section of the interior trim with product from Hawks Motorsports. There's a lot of Holley hardware in this car, too, including: QuickTime bell housing MSD coil packs MSD 8.5mm wires Holley coil pack relocation brackets Dominator valve covers Holley oil pan Holley external fuel pump and fuel filter Earl's braided stainless lines

    Completed Modifications

    Drivetrain/Transmission/Differential (1)
    Engine Parts (5)
    Fuel System (3)

    Future Plans

    As much as I love the patina, eventually, the car will get repainted, new carpet and potentially a different set of wheels. I also want to get Vintage Air in the car, and a modern stereo system for those long road trips. The side moldings will be ditched, the windows will get tinted, and I'm looking at getting a new Maggie TVS2650 installed.

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    • Zach

      Very nice ride! Thanks for helping
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