1999 Pontiac Firebird - Hittin’ It Hard

Ashy Larry gets better brakes and a looser converter for a harder launch

Jay Heath Sep 6, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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In our last installment, Ashy Larry, Jay Heath's 1999 Firebird that was converted from a V-6 to an LS9-cammed L92, got some much needed suspension and chassis upgrades to help get down the track on its maiden voyage. A short list of budget upgrades made all the difference in the world in getting the 400-rwhp 'bird to hook up, and with a set of Hoosier drag radials it ran a 1.73 sixty-foot on its best pass, which was on the way to a 12.11 at 112mph (in mineshaft air). The down side is that the 'bird wasn't leaving nearly as hard as we'd like, and it was oh-so-close to running 11s. Mr. Heath was definitely not pleased with being teased, so something had to be done. Since tire spin was not an issue, additional suspension upgrades seemed like a waste. We decided the solution was to swap out the converter and upgrade the brakes, so the 'bird could hit it much harder off the line. Heath picked up a used Yank 3600-stall converter from AntiVenom as well as some used C5 Z06 calipers from another project. Last but not least, EBC got on board to supply some YellowStuff brake pads and rotors to round out the install for better holding power while stalling up the looser converter. Follow along as AntiVenom does the wrenching.

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