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Cars > Challenges > “Ol' Red” Vs “GTA”

 

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West95Chevy

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Lincoln, Nebraska
United States

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L98GTA

M–27
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States

 

1995 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 LS

“Ol' Red”

1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

“GTA”

 
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Photo of: 1988 Pontiac Firebird
 

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About “Ol' Red”

This is actually my second truck. I am the third owner. The first owner used it as a work truck till 1996. The second owner who i bought it from owned the truck for 14 years. He only drove the truck in the summer. He towed a little 19ft camper. It hardly ever hit the snow. It never got rained on for 14 years until I got it. But the truck was kept extremely clean. Over that 14 years the truck was babied. As you can tell by the pics. The truck got its most use in that first year. After that it was turned into a garage bum.


When I got the truck I had to put minimal money into it. The wheels were off my first truck so i was able to sell the origionals. I put a plastic bed liner in and put a chrome hitch cover on it. I put a good sum of money into taking all the dents out of the truck and having it detailed. The only other money I put into it was for cranking the torsion bars. The truck hasnt needed anything.

I use the truck for multiple things. Its mainly a daily driver. But when weather changes, work needs to be done, or a friend needs help. The truck turns into something other than a driver. The Nebraska winters can change with the turn of the key. I really put the truck to work this winter. It was plowing through 10+ inches of snow. Putting on the new wheels and tires helped. The Wrangler ATS's performed great. But the truck has all the power needed. Put the pedal down and you can burn all four wheels. The truck also is the first pick for picking up lumber from hardware stores or anything else. You can load this truck down and still get that great response when you step on the pedal. Also with my friends driving cars the last winter I got the calls. The truck is a great puller. Slap a strap and the truck does all the work. When you show up with this truck to pull someone out they like it. They get pulled in style. But when push comes to shove this truck is the first choice for work.

This truck also pulls the many toys we have. It tows a trailer with a couple dirtbikes and a quad to a 20ft ski boat with ease. This thing will haul everything. It has an extra leaf spring on each side (not factory) and a heavy duty hitch. This truck will get the job done right. This truck can get you out of sticky situations fast. Especially while pulling a trailer. We towed a trailer down a minimum maintence road in the rain and mud. The truck kept going. Mossy boat ramps dont stop this thing either. Does just as good as my dads 3/4ton. But all in all you can throw whatever you want on the back of Ol' Red and it will pull it.

The best part of this truck is its my trophy winner. It has won me multiple trophies. I started showing it a couple weeks after I got it and has been put up against new camaros and mustangs and suprisingly i have won.

Now thats what i call a truck.

About “GTA”

I wasn't looking for a car, but I saw this GTA and just fell in love. Its super mean looks just hypnotized me, I couldn't get it out of my head for two days. So I ended up going back to get her in August 2008. I moved from Wisconsin to Las Vegas, NV July 2009 and I drove the GTA all the way there. Now she gets to live the rest of her life on the west coast getting driven year round, instead of spending 6 months in the garage every year.

 

Specs for “Ol' Red”

Extended Cab. 5.7L/350. 265hp 295ft lbs of torque. Top speed of 107. Towing capacity of 9000lbs, 3.42 gears, 17in wheels, 265/70/17 Goodyear Wrangler ATS, 4sp auto.

Specs for “GTA”

It is a 1988 with a L98 350 Tuned Port Injection V8 (225 HP @ 4400 RPM / 330 FT/LB @ 3200 RPM). It has a 700R4 trans and a Borg Warner 9 Bolt limited slip rear end with a 3:27 gear ratio. It is also equipped with the WS6 level III suspension package.

BODY / INTERIOR

Curb Weight: 3460-3530 pounds
Weight Distribution: 57% (front) - 43% (rear)
Wheelbase: 101.6 inches
Track: 60.7 inches (front) - 61.6 inches (rear)
Overall Length: 191.6 inches
Width: 72.0 inches
Height: 49.7 inches
Rear Storage Space: 5.8 cubic feet (rear seat up) - 9.1 cubic feet (rear seat folded)
Fuel Tank: 15.5 U.S. Gallons

Vehicle Lay-out: Front engine / Rear drive
Body/Frame: Unit Steel Construction
Brake System: Four Wheel Power-Assist Disc**

Rotor Size: 10.5 inch (front and rear)

Wheel, Type and Size: Cast aluminum alloy, 16 x 8 inch

Tires: Goodyear Eagle GS-D3 Radial, size 245/50-ZR16

Steering: Recirculating ball, with power assist
Wheel Turns, lock-to-lock: 2.4
Turning Circle, Foot-in-diameter: 37.6
Suspension Components (front): modified MacPherson struts, lower A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, and anti-roll bar

Suspension Components (rear): Live axle, with trailing arms, torque arms, and Panhard arm, coils aprings, tube shocks, and anti-roll bar

 

Factory Options for “Ol' Red”

Z71, tow package. Skid plate package. Everything one the interior is stock except for radio. We had to replace it so its an after market one.

Factory Options for “GTA”

The car is optioned with a hard top, beechwood leather interior, and a fully digital dash made from liquid crystal display screens. It has power locks, windows, tilt wheel, cruise control, cold A/C, hatch pull down motor, 4 wheel disk brakes, pretty much the only thing its missing is T tops. (I don't like T tops anyways)

 

Mods for “Ol' Red”

Pendaliner bed liner, 2009 Chevy silverado 17in wheels with Goodyear Wrangler ATS tires. Magnaflow muffler, Cranked the torsion bars, JVC aftermarket CD player, Sony Speakers, Electronic trailer brake controller.

Mods for “GTA”

I have not done many mods, I have just been enjoying it and replacing 22 year old original parts. So far I have replaced the fuel pump, water pump, alternator, battery, and I have had the air conditioner filled up with R-12 so it blows as pretty cold even in 100+ degree heat. The only real performance mods I have done is a K&N cone filter, De-screened the mass air flow sensor, throttle body coolant bypass mod, a hypertech thermomaster computer chip, and a 160 thermostat. I have installed a Sony Xplod head unit, HD radio tuner, all new Pioneer speakers, 600 watt sony amp, and a sub. (sub and amp are hidden totally out of sight in the spare tire well) For appearance I have a Hawks fiberglass spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, and a shorty antenna. I have also replaced the fog light lenses, rebuilt the pop up headlamp motors, and installed sylvania silverstar bulbs in everything.

 

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