Sitting down for this one? Take a look at Chad Gilbertson's '83 Malibu wagon, and pay attention to the intercooler hiding beneath the 1980 front bumper. Initial impressions are generally thrown out the window because sitting under the hood is a more modern, aluminum, fuel-injected 5.3-liter with an LS9 cam. Oh yeah, and the “Blazing Copper Orange” wagon is boosted, with a custom channeled GT45 turbo running at 10 psi. Fuel flows through an external Walbro 255 pump to a set of LS9 injectors, making for an amusing drive through Chad's hometown of Wisconsin Rapids (WI). The turbo allows Chad to daily drive this monster, or take it to the track making over 20 mpg on the way there. Obviously no slouch, this grocery-getting beast ran a stout 10.6-second quarter-mile with an older Z06 cam, on a conservative boost level.
Lone Star Trans Am
Michael Fernandez enjoys cruising around Andrews, Texas, in his '01 Trans-Am, notably lower, thanks to the RideTech airbag system. Installing the air suspension himself, Michael is proud of the car's aggressive stance. The WS6 Trans Am is not only keen on clean looks, but the forged 408 with an Erson cam roars, passing through a pair of JBA Performance shorty headers and an SLP Loudmouth exhaust. The upgraded SPEC Stage 3 clutch and Fidanza aluminum flywheel willingly tolerate the daily driven Trans Am and its massive 20-inch Boss wheels, wrapped in Nitto NeoGen rubber. A quick gander at any angle will change perceptions of what a Trans Am can look like. Michael is surely turning heads cruising around West Texas!
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