1997 Pontiac Firebird Base (Raphael)
Last updated Jan 11, 2011
Poor car has been through a lot and I'm glad to be the one to save it. Was originally sold in Florida, not sure how it ended up in Cali, but it did, just after a bad accident. (So says Carfax) Some used car dealer must of bought it and sold it out in Cali and some guy bought it replaced the trany and blew the engine. I bought it off of him, replaced the engine, blew the engine again, and just got another one put in, it was still on warranty, bad engine mechanics says and he apologized. I just named it today after St. Raphael the Archangel because he's the one I've been praying to to keep me and my family safe in the car while we drive and he did exactly that last week when the Rear driver side wheel just came off from worn out bolts, he made it so the tire didn't fly off the car and I was able to drive the car safely from the carpool lane to side of the freeway across four lanes. The tire didn't come off till the tow truck was trying to put on the truck bed...lol. He's got a lot of work left. Somone stole the Cat so I've gotta get one of those put in, I just have a pipe welded in place of the Cat at the moment. Need a new Headboard and visors as those are worn out. some body damage and the frame is a little tweeked, but other than that he runs great and drives smooth. I love it and can't wait to finish and keep working on him. ^_^ Headlight motor just gave out on the Passanger side. :-(
So far it's all stock. 3800 V-6 Engine 205 Hp 230 Trq. excluding the Factory underrating. I'm planning on keeping Him stock with the exception of Headers (Pacesetters), twin turbo (not sure which brand), Exhaust (Flowmaster), Cold Air intake (SLP of course) and that's pretty much it, then some exterior upgrades from Advanced Designs just for fun to take on and off as I please. ^_^
Not sure what is from the Factory, I need to take it to a GM Dealer and see what they have to say about the car and see if I can get a report from them. It has a non-functional Cruise Control and AC, I need to fix, other than that I don't think there's anything special about the car other than, it's mine!
None as of yet! 05/12/09
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