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Old 08-28-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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Firebird/trans am questions

Ive been on the hunt for a 00-02 Firebird/Trans Am but since i have never really had one, im not quite knowledgeable. I want the later model interior but i want the late model Ram air style, i normally see it on the WS6. Im having minimal luck with the 00-02 range so how far back can i go with keeping the same appearance, also i want it to have come stock with an LS engine.

Sooo what is my year range?
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Ive been on the hunt for a 00-02 Firebird/Trans Am but since i have never really had one, im quite knowledgeable. I want the later model interior but i want the late model Ram air style, i normally see it on the WS6. Im having minimal luck with the 00-02 range so how far back can i go with keeping the same appearance, also i want it to have come stock with an LS engine.

Sooo what is my year range?
If im not mistake you can get any 98-02 ws6 and it will have an ls1, the later interior style, and the ram air hood your wanting. I may be wrong but I thought only 97 and older were different exterior wise.
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I wasn't sure on the opening date, didn't know if it was like camaros or not.
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I wasn't sure on the opening date, didn't know if it was like camaros or not.
Im pretty sure its the same but not positive.
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I wasn't sure on the opening date, didn't know if it was like camaros or not.
Same car different body panels. Basically. Lol
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1998 was the first year for the LS1 in the F-Body.
I would recommend 1999-2002 though, as a few things were updated.

Formula, Trans Am, WS.6, and Firehawk all had the LS1. You are looking at either a WS.6 or Firehawk it sounds like. Going to bump the price up a bit.
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What is the difference between a T/A, Formula, WS6, and Firehawk and how do these relate to a RS, Z28, and SS camaro?

I think the WS6 is like a SS, but not sure about the others.
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It depends on the year. But a formula is a V8 firebird, The T/A is a Formula with a different body package, suspension and high rise spoiler. The WS6 is a T/A with ram air hood and a different handling package and rated at more Hp. The Firehawk is a special firebird package from SLP with had the best handling and most HP.

An rs for the camaro is an appearance package, the Z28 is comparable to a Trans Am, a SS is comparable to the WS6...

So at least for the older cars like my T/A its model name is a Firebird Formula Trans Am GT.
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Agreed that it sounds like your search could be 98-02, but if you want to spend wisely look for 99-02 WS.6 to get all the options you are looking for.

The full names of these cars have always made me laugh. The title of my T/A says: Pontiac Firebird Forumula Trans Am WS6.
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Okay, I figured the Trans am/ WS6 would jack the price up thats why i am looking for a roller thats in great shape and that way i can maybe get lucky and find an LS2 or something a little better than a stock LS1.

Dealeerships around here are listing them from 4-8 in running condition, im thinking about 2-2.5k for a roller would be appropiate.
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good luck finding a LS2 for a decent price. I've seen complete LS2 motors and trannys sellin for $5k> which is retarded. You may be able to find one for cheaper but you'll do a lot of lookin
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I recommend a 99-02. 98's are kind of the red headed step child of the LS1 family. The wiring harness is different, sensors are different, gauge cluster is different, fuel pump and tank is different, etc... 99-02 the harness, parts, and sensors are generally the same, with the only changes being minor modifications to the motor and interior plastic color. It's going to be much easier and cheaper cost of ownership if you have a 99-02 due to the increased availability of parts.
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Finding a motor isnt really a problem, my neighbor has some sort of license that allows him to go to car auctions, insurance auctions, etc and i sometimes go to help him out for a little bit of money and ive seen quite a few late 90s early 2000s corvettes, so i could just grab a decent motor there.

Its finding this damn car thats a problem, ive been every where around here, ive checked CL, but nothing thats a good value.
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From another forum I am on:

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I have a 2001 pontiac firebird formula firehawk for sale. Car is all original. Leather,ttops, keyless entry. Car is very clean inside and out. Runs and drives great. Has,120k miles but looks like it has 40k. Its 1 of 2 white formula firehawks made in 2001. No mods,on Car at all. this is the only way u could get a formula slp in 01 and 02.. there was no formulas ws6s made after 2000 , for it even makes it more rare..

Build # 395

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It depends on the year. But a formula is a V8 firebird, The T/A is a Formula with a different body package, suspension and high rise spoiler. The WS6 is a T/A with ram air hood and a different handling package and rated at more Hp.
So would you say i have a t/a spoiler? Ive also always been confused with the different packages lol
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So would you say i have a t/a spoiler? Ive also always been confused with the different packages lol
If you have a the formula with no exterior mods, you dont have a t/a spoiler.

Edit: Just looked at your pics, and that is the t/a spoiler. The formulas will have the same body as the firebirds. IIRC the high rise t/a spoiler was not even available until 96 or 97.
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ive seen quite a few late 90s early 2000s corvettes, so i could just grab a decent motor there.
Actually, no you can't. Unless you like tearing the front of the motor down to removing the crank pulley, and buying $500+ worth of F-body front accessories, harness, and intake parts. The people who say it's simple to use a Corvette LS1 in an LS1 F-body, usually have an LS1 F-body and all the parts already to convert it. If you don't already have an F-body LS1, you're going to have to hunt and dig around for all sorts of stupid crap like bolts, brackets, accessories, etc... The same would go for an LS2 if it's from a Corvette. I'm pretty sure the LS1 GTO front accessory drive is the same as an F-body.
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Actually, no you can't. Unless you like tearing the front of the motor down to removing the crank pulley, and buying $500+ worth of F-body front accessories, harness, and intake parts. The people who say it's simple to use a Corvette LS1 in an LS1 F-body, usually have an LS1 F-body and all the parts already to convert it. If you don't already have an F-body LS1, you're going to have to hunt and dig around for all sorts of stupid crap like bolts, brackets, accessories, etc... The same would go for an LS2 if it's from a Corvette. I'm pretty sure the LS1 GTO front accessory drive is the same as an F-body.
I'm glad you told me this. So I need a wrecked fbody post 98. Shouldn't be incredibly hard to fibd
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I'm glad you told me this. So I need a wrecked fbody post 98. Shouldn't be incredibly hard to fibd
Nope, shouldn't be too bad. There's a lot of dumb people on the road.
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