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Old 05-21-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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'99 Firebird

CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS:
370ci LQ4 forged engine, built T-56 swap, D-1SC supercharger, twin-FMIC with custom bumper modifications, carbon fiber hardtop roof, retro style tail lights, large Magnaflow oval exhaust tips, 16" Firehawk wheels (for drag racing)

Purchased Items
  • LQ4 shortblock
  • Coated cam/crank/rod bearings to use with a stock crank
  • Callies Compstar forged H-beam connecting rods
  • Wiseco -11cc dished forged pistons
  • WCCH Edelbrock 245cc CNC ported cylinder heads
  • D1SC supercharger headunit
  • Snow Performance Stage 2/3 methanol injection kit with dual nozzles and anti-siphon valve
  • Full Exhaust (Kooks 1 7/8" + Magnaflow catback + Magnaflow large oval exhaust tips)
  • Custom instant On/Off electric exhaust cutout (still in R&D phase)
  • Built T-56 swap (built T-56, stock Hurst shifter, pedals, console, Tick adjustable master, slave cyl speed bleeder)
  • McLeod RXT twin disc clutch kit
  • Delrin 2-1/4" ball shift knob
  • Light gray microsuede and black leather shift boot to match Corbeau seats
  • Shift knob finisher to space shift boot from shift knob
  • 6LE Shift Boot Retainer Ring (installed)
  • CobraBob shifter gaskets to minimize shifter vibration
  • 93-97 radiator hold-down
  • AN fuel line, filter, and boost fuel pressure regulator
  • Vacuum distribution block & fittings
  • High-output alternator
  • Replacement starter
  • LS2 water pump
  • Cylinder head steam tube vent conversion kit
  • Rear spring conversion to universal racing spring with adjustable ride height ability
  • 6LE carbon fiber hardtop replacement roof
  • Epoxy Primer for underside of carbon fiber hardtop roof
  • 93-97 V6 tail lights for Retro Style Tail Light project
  • Light gray microsuede door panel insert material to match Corbeau seats
  • Customized Android double-DIN touchscreen to replace slow/outdated Pioneer AVIC F700BT
  • Miata A/C vents (installed late 2014)
  • Billet & clear plastic headlight/HVAC knobs
  • Trans Am rear bumper

To Do
  • Refresh/cleanup of WCCH cylinder heads @ WCCH
  • Polish exhaust ports of WCCH cylinder heads
  • Purchase twin in-tank fuel pump assembly and wiring harness (Lonnies)
  • Purchase camshaft (Brutespeed Blower Cam?)
  • Purchase lifters/valvetrain components (Morel/BTR/Lunati?)
  • Assemble longblock
  • Purchase MAP sensor
  • Purchase Aster Bracket
  • Purchase 4.13" supercharger headunit pulley
  • Purchase Procharger truck inlet & filter
  • Purchase radiator fan shroud & electric fans
  • Purchase/install battery relocation kit
  • Purchase BMR turbo K-member or MWC K-member for easy component access
  • Prep & paint engine bay satin black (so long, Scott Settlemire signature)
  • Rebuild clutch master cylinder
  • Redo/route clutch switch wiring to pedal instead of rocker switch
  • Install compact radiator overflow tank & hose to drain at rear of car
  • Assemble complete engine (intake, accessories, sensors, harness, supercharger, etc.)
  • Install engine/trans onto K-member and then into car
  • Try to get base/street tune to drive car to fabrication & dyno tune shop if possible
  • Cut & finish spare bumper for twin FMIC project
  • Fabricate twin FMICs & piping (took measurements, quoted price, need to bring car to fabricator shop once engine is in)
  • Install methanol kit
  • Purchase/install custom LED lighting to function as DRLs
  • Dynotune car at Cunningham Motorsports
  • Hope that the 10 bolt doesn't grenade
  • Buy an 8.8 with ABS functionality
  • Install universal stereo harness adapter & injection molded faceplate & brackets with Android 2-DIN headunit
  • 6LE carbon fiber hardtop roof - clearcoat top, epoxy primer underside, and install
  • Redo door panel inserts with padded light gray microsuede to match seats (already purchased material & Monsoon panels)

OPTIONAL
  • Install TA rear bumper & sideskirts
  • Vinyl wrap over pewter paint
  • Paint 93-97 V6 tails with retro style tail light pattern overlay
  • Fabricate custom Mclaren P1-style tail lights using broken reflector housings

Soz, this is my build thread for my Firebird. My parents bought the car in 2005 for $4500 cash + a 1988 Mercedes-Benz [that we unaffectionally called "the snail/the slug"] for trade as a graduation gift. I have since repaid them for it, plus an ever-increasing amount of unforeseen interest.

It was pretty much stock at the time (previous owner[s] had installed the alarm system, the custom leather interior, the 16" chrome twisted 5-spoke wheels, and plastered Jesus stickers all over the exterior). Nearly all of that has changed. Some of the major changes are below, aside from appearance mods.

My friends and I LS1 swapped it in late 2009. At some point it was the F-Body of the Month on this site and was featured in the site calendar for 2010. In 2011 I had the LS1 rebuilt into a forged 347ci, and had a 4L60E built and installed by a shop, which continually broke or had issues. I was diagnosing a mystery noise in the transmission in 2012 when the 347 oil pressure plummeted, and I pulled it to start a new build to go with a Procharger I had purchased earlier. It was in the Street Heat section of GM High Tech Performance in 2012 and a photo of it was used on a popular car enthusiast news site/app.

I have a daily driver and am in no rush to "just get it running" since I noticed I have a lot more spending money when the Firebird isn't running... Go figure. I've gathered a large amount of parts so far but still have more to go. My goal for 2015 is to have the engine longblock assembled, if not running and driving.

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Graduation gift huh... must be nice.
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Graduation gift huh... must be nice.
Woulda been nicer if I didn't have to pay them back for it. I spent weeks working on the construction for their new house, along with doing various odd-jobs - and then when I got a job I paid the rent for their townhouse at least four months worth (that's $1500 a month) when they suddenly ended up financially in the hole. Before that I was paying them $1000 a month rent for over a year. Definitely $4500 + Benz + interest. To say the least, they don't bug me about the car any more.

If I can find a well-paying steady job, my plan is to build up a monster V8, find a parts LS1 car, swap the engine, and redo the suspension with rod-ended/chromoly components.

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You have one of the best looking firebirds
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Nice mod list but...

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Thursday I had a tire shop flip and rebalance the front tires on my Firehawks so that the inner edge is now the outer edge and will wear more evenly due to the aggressive alignment settings - this is partially why they were in storage. $30 total.

Friday I picked up some tail light covers from a friend. They were free on the condition that I help him out with a future audio install on his TA. Also, the passenger side fitment was a little off and needed either double-sided tape or a heat gun and some massaging.

Saturday I finally had the TA hatch tinted with 3M 20 (side windows have been 32ish for a few years now) and black vinyl over the dot matrix (this 3M tint is some of the best stuff you can get and should last longer than the car) - $130, applied a subtle black vinyl PHK sticker onto the hatch glass, installed the blackout covers, polished them, took a heatgun to the passenger side one that was slightly warped and bent it back into shape, took the Firehawk wheels out of storage, cleaned the Firehawk rims inside and out, then threw the Firehawk rims on my car. Pix when I take some on Sunday - after I give it a bath in spray detailer .

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Nice let's see some pics!
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In pic #1 and #2 the rear height doesn't match from side to side because the ground isn't level and is causing the drivers side rear to drop lower and the passenger side rear to be higher.

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Looks good man. I don't like the tailight covers though. Looks better without them on. I'm just not a fan.
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Looks really nice! Only thing I would do is put your front filler on and paint your calipers red. I think that would look good with your rims and rotors.
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Looks really nice! Only thing I would do is put your front filler on and paint your calipers red. I think that would look good with your rims and rotors.
I run a front plate, and I was planning on painting the calipers black. Red doesn't belong anywhere on my car except for the taillights and interior lighting.

The car didn't come with a front license plate filler panel or even a trunk divider panel, and was missing various screws/nuts/bolts... Thanks, previous owners.

For appearance, going to ditch the covers and find undamaged taillights (I put the covers on to hide the deformed reverse light housings), get clearcorners, and maybe that eBay LED third brake light with some niteshade. I am a fan of the side moldings because they have saved my door paint several times...
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The car didn't come with a front license plate filler panel or even a trunk divider panel, and was missing various screws/nuts/bolts... Thanks, previous owners.
I know EXACTLY what you mean there man. I too was missing all those things... probably more.
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I run a front plate, and I was planning on painting the calipers black. Red doesn't belong anywhere on my car except for the taillights and interior lighting.

The car didn't come with a front license plate filler panel or even a trunk divider panel, and was missing various screws/nuts/bolts... Thanks, previous owners.

For appearance, going to ditch the covers and find undamaged taillights (I put the covers on to hide the deformed reverse light housings), get clearcorners, and maybe that eBay LED third brake light with some niteshade. I am a fan of the side moldings because they have saved my door paint several times...
Well I disagree with you about the calipers. I think red would look really sporty, but its your car . How exactly are your reverse lights "deformed?" And I totally agree with you about the BSM, I think it looks alright and it keeps the doors scuff free.
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I know EXACTLY what you mean there man. I too was missing all those things... probably more.
Haha mine came without the front filler, floor mats and t top shades....sucks.
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I've got a pair of clear front markers for a second forth gen firebird if you'd like them. I have no use for them since they don't fit my car. I bought them off ebay under the impression that they were clear rear bumper markers, but the listing wasn't correct and this is what I got stuck with. Again, I have no use for them and they can be yours for the price of... nothing lol. Just let me know.

And I was looking at that led third brake lamp on ebay too. I think it would look great with a little vht on it. Good call
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ohhhh god that car is so sexy grrrr i wish i had a WS6 hatch, blackouts =[
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oh and the firehawk wheels... .... mmmmmmmmmmm haha.. =[ If I had known how good they looked I may have gotten them instead of vette's.
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Looks good. I'm jealous of your surroundings. I need photo op locations! haha.
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I've got a pair of clear front markers for a second forth gen firebird if you'd like them. I have no use for them since they don't fit my car. I bought them off ebay under the impression that they were clear rear bumper markers, but the listing wasn't correct and this is what I got stuck with. Again, I have no use for them and they can be yours for the price of... nothing lol. Just let me know.

And I was looking at that led third brake lamp on ebay too. I think it would look great with a little vht on it. Good call
Thanks. I'm almost ready to mod my stock sidemarkers but I may take you up on your offer if all doesn't go as planned... Thanks!

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ohhhh god that car is so sexy grrrr i wish i had a WS6 hatch, blackouts =[
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