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Taking inspiration from the works of GMMG, Terry "Abby" Abshire of Chesapeake, Virginia, went to great lengths to create the ultimate musclecar. Terry's 2002 SLP SS sports a set of GM 4.10 gears and a Pro 5.0 shifter to help access all 360 rwhp, as verified by the dyno at GMMG. The horsepower rating has been upped significantly by a set of Dynomax headers, high-flow cats, 3-inch Y-pipe and a GMMG chambered exhaust. PCMforLess dialed in the setup with a custom tune also taking advantage of an SLP airlid, Smooth Bellows, 160-thermostat, and custom cold air induction. Handling is enhanced with Baer Eradispeed rotors, SLP subframe connectors, Eibach lowering springs, BMR Panhard bar, lower control arms, and torque arm. What really sets Abby's SS apart, though, are the little details, including the custom painted hood scoop, painted brake calipers, square SS exhaust tips, black rear light panel with polished inserts, carbon fiber door handles, embroidered floor mats, '69 SS emblems, billet grille, and anniversary plaques. The INTRO 17x8 and 17x10 wheels are the icing on the cake.
Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
As additional proof that flattery works at GM High-Tech, behold Rex Mueller's 2006 GTO. This Phantom Black beast is currently running a little light on modifications, however, all that will change soon enough. The Sioux City, Iowa native says GMHTP has been his "bible," which means his wheelwells will soon be lined with rubber like ours. A full exhaust system with long-tube headers and a custom tune caught Rex's fancy after reading our September issue (Ed-shameless plug, I know). Despite having taken delivery of the Goat just a short time ago, he has already added Sport Appearance Package grille inserts, a BMR strut tower brace, and a K&N cold air intake.
Blood, Sweat, But No Tears
Tony Green of Greenville, South Carolina, didn't hesitate to rack up a laundry list of mods to his 2000 Maple Red Metallic TA. The most obvious of which being the APM WS6 style hood, Ram Air emblems, GTO arrowhead emblem, "Last of the Breed" badges, and polished Torque Thrust IIs measuring 17x9.5 and 17x11. A CETA semi-gloss bumper, embroidered headrests, and embroidered floormats purchased online are just a few more of the visual enhancements. The suspension is kept tight by Strano Performance re-valved Bilstiens, Hotchkis lowering springs, and a Spohn adjustable Panhard bar. So far engine mods have been strictly bolt-ons including an airlid, Smooth Bellows, Texas Speed ported throttle body, PaceSetter long tubes, off-road Y-pipe, MagnaFlow cat-back, and a custom tune from Carolina Auto Masters. Prior to the cat-back the 'Bird did manage 324 rwhp and 336 lb-ft of torque, but a substantial increase is expected with an engine overhaul to be accompanied by a built tranny and rear end.
Rare And Mint
Believe it or not, Scott Stanojlovic purchased this '87 GN in August 2005 with only 26,000 miles on the clock. Rarer still, this particular GN is quite a stripper, having come from the factory with manual seats, locks, windows, and a stationary antenna. After fighting with himself whether or not to modify this mint TR, some light street mods were the simple compromise. Mark Hueffman's "Big Mouth" cold air kit help funnel atmosphere into the stock turbo, which exhales through a Kirban 3-inch downpipe and testpipe with a dump. When capped, exhaust runs through dual 2.5-inch pipes to a set of Hooker Aerochamber mufflers. TurboTweak burned a chip for this setup to run on 93-octane pump gas. The fuel system has been upgraded with a billet aluminum fuel pressure regulator, Walbro GSS340M fuel pump and hotwire kit. Scott prides himself on having done all the work himself with the help of only a few friends, including mounting a set of 18-inch RPM 550 rims with 275/35/18 rubber. In the coming months, the Chicago native plans to take it to the track and maybe even install a bigger turbo, but first he will go to work on a Pioneer sound system.