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Cars > Challenges > “Black Beauty” Vs “GTA”


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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
United States

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States


2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS

“Black Beauty”

1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA


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Photo of: 1988 Pontiac Firebird

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About “Black Beauty”

My brother Dean enlisted in the Navy recently and asked me, his 18 year old little sister, to take care of his Camaro SS convertible for him while he is in the service. (He's either very trusting or very stupid!) He knew from the day he bought the car that I loved it, but until now he never even let me drive it! He lived a couple hundred miles from us, but came home for a week visit before leaving for basic training, and he checked me out on the car before he left. To make everything official, he put the car in my dad's name (so the insurance would cost less!), but I'm taking care of paying for everything including basic upkeep, regestration, inspection, and insurance. Dad even volunteered to park his car outside so mom's car and the Camaro can be parked in the garage. The Camaro will only come out to play on clear days with no chance of rain or snow. My Cavalier will still be my daily car. I want to be able to return the car to my brother in as good a shape as it's in now!

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 “Black Beauty”

V-8, Automatic transmission, beautiful and FAST!

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.


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 “Black Beauty”

SS package, convertible top, automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM/CD stereo, leather seats, dual exhausts, and a lot more...

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 “Black Beauty”

I have not and will not do anything to this car. I'm keeping it the way my brother 'gave' it to me so he'll get it back the same way. I don't know what he may have done to it. I didn't ask, but he didn't mention anything.

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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