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GM High-Tech Performance: Street Heat

Justin Cesler Feb 26, 2013
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The Cape
First of all, if you’re sporting a GMHTP banner in your garage, you’re awesome. Secondly, if you’re doing it behind a 10-second ’02 WS6 with less than 35,000-miles on the odometer, you’re going to get in Street Heat. That’s what Nathan Kluesner of Gordonville, MO did and his ultra clean T/A is just perfect for this spot. Under the Ram Air hood, Nathan’s show worthy Trans Am is rocking a stock cube, forged Scoggin Dickey Parts Center LS1, which has been upgraded lightly with a set of ported 241-casting cylinder heads and a Texas Speed Magic Stick 3 camshaft. A healthy dose of nitrous really gets things going, while a—get this—4L60E transmission and stock 10-bolt rear end keep everything moving down track. That’s a combination worth 10.6-second e.t.’s at 130 mph in a street car! Pretty awesome, right?!

Ghtp 1302 01 O High Tech Performance Street Heat 2002 2/5

All Motor
Eric Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the proud owner of this killer ’02 Camaro SS, and while the exterior obviously looks amazing, it’s what inside that counts. Stuffed between the frame rails is a solid roller 408, which is topped with a set of ETP LS7 cylinder heads and a Chevrolet Performance single plane LS7 intake manifold. Thanks to a set of custom Wiseco pistons the 408 rings in with 14.6:1 compression and lays down serious power through a Rossler TH400 and a Circle D torque converter. With “some mismatched parts” and a raceweight over 3,300-lbs, Eric has already ran as fast as 9.87 at 136mph on a 1.32-second sixty-foot time (on the back tires!), and believes he has a couple more tenths with a little more tweaking. All we know is a 9-second all motor 408 is incredible, and we’re pumped to see what else Eric can do with it!

Ghtp 1302 02 O High Tech Performance Street Heat 2002 Camaro 3/5

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Rockin’ IROC
There is something about a clean IROC-Z that just makes us weak in the knees, and Tim Casey’s ’86 has everything it takes to command our attention. Besides the minty fresh exterior, Tim’s IROC sports a 355-inch TPI under the hood, which was built with a set of Diamond pistons, Eagle H-beam rods, and a Callies crankshaft. A TPIS ZZ9 camshaft brings in the ruckus, while a set of Edelbrock heads keep fuel and air mixing in the chambers. A built 700R4, and a Borg Warner 9-bolt rear keep the wheels turning, while a plethora of bolt-on parts maximize the combination. The coolest part? Eric lives in Brooklyn, New York, which isn’t exactly known as a hot spot for quality third-gens, which must make the subway riders really turn an eye every time he rumbles on by.

Ghtp 1302 03 O High Tech Performance Street Heat 1986 Iroc 4/5

Hot Whip
When you want to stand out from the crowd, nothing works quite as well as a brand new, show quality paint job. For Eric St. Amour of Austin, Texas the hardest part was probably settling on a color, but we’re sure glad he picked GTS Blue Pearl off of a Viper for this ’99 Trans Am project; it just looks incredible. Combined with the 18-inch Ruff Racing wheels, and the perfect stance, this is clearly a show winning contender, but being from Texas you can also assume the engine is a serious piece. And Eric’s WS6 backs up its good looks with a 402 cubic-inch mill from Texas Speed, along with a custom 244/248 duration at .050 camshaft, a set of PRC Stage 2.5 “317” casting heads, and an induction package from Vengeance Racing. The rest of the combo is just as well thought out, with a full stereo system, a complete interior overhaul, and even a 6-point cage for safety.

Ghtp 1302 04 O High Tech Performance Street Heat 1999 Trans 5/5



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