SPECS
Horsepower
710 HP
Torque
590 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3500 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
6 L
Transmission Type
Automatic
MPG (City/Highway)
n/a MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? This car belonged to my great grandfather in 1981. He had the original v6 in there until he passed away, and my dad was given the car. He worked his way through modifications and speed parts while still daily driving the car, until it culminated with a 10.5:1 383 stroker with a nitrous plate that would run 7.0 in the 1/8 and still drive to work on Monday.  Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start,  what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? The car sat for a while until I was around 15 when we began building a new engine for me to drive once I turned 16. For some reason my parents didn't want to give me the keys to a 500+ hp combo, so we built a 4.3L V6 that I drove for the first 2 or 3 years. It still has true dual exhaust with headers and Flowmasters, but I soon grew tired of having to answer the question "what do you have in that thing?" while in college. Summer of 2011 We began rebuilding the 383 stroker, only this time with TPI fuel injection from a early 90's corvette and a slightly smaller cam. It made the trip from Tampa to Panama City multiple times and was a lot of fun to drive on a daily basis. When we took it to the track, it ran a best of 8.40 in the 1/8. Not slow, but not fast either. After graduating and getting a job, I was able to act on the passion I'd had for performance and speed and begin a new project. We could have pulled the TPI off and put the carburetor and nitrous back on, but I wanted something different. I wanted to try our hand with the LS motor. After researching for months, I pulled the trigger on a gen IV LQ4 6.0L from a GMC Denali that was in a rear end crash. After rebuilding it to gap rings and put in a custom Comp Cam, the swap began. As it currently sits, the car has a stock bottom end 6.0 LS with a 75 mm turbocharger from Bullseye Power. A TH350, 3" driveshaft and Ford 9" with 3.25 gears turn my Mickey Thompson 275/60/15 drag radials. On pump 93 delivered by an AEM 380 LPH pump, Deka 80 # injectors and a boost reference fuel pressure regulator, the power levels sits right above 700 whp at 11.5 pounds of boost. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? The LS engine from the factory is so robust and has such good flowing heads that it is definitely best power/dollar part I've bought. Even the 4.8s and 5.3s make great power. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? Sloppy Mechanics and Denmah helped a lot during the research phase of this project. You don't have to spend thousands on needlessly overdoing parts of your car to meet your power goals. What are you planning next? Keep getting faster at the track. Now that I have a daily driver (2013 Impreza), this car has become my weekend cruiser and street/strip car. We've done away with things like the a/c and the stereo system. The focus now is lowering down my 60' times with a new converter, and eventually a trans brake. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Doing the entire thing in my parents' garage. We've cut, welded, grinded, and custom built so many peices in this build and we are extremely proud of it. It was failry time consuming though. Between my dad and myself, we spent almost every Saturday and a few nights a week working on this since April of 2016. The car has been running since December, but little things have been getting ironed out. Now I belive that the car is ready to put some good numbers down at the track.

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