1971 Ford Mustang MACH 1
2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6
Head to Head
ALL EIGHT COLORS OF DUPONT CHROMALUSION. CURRENT ESTIMATE OF PAINT COST $ 40,000. LACQUER PAINT NEEDS TO GO OUT OF STATE TO BE PAINTED. CAR LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IT WAS ORIGINALLY PAINTED. MANY COATS OF HAND RUBBED CLEAR HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. CLEVELAND 351 4 BOLT MAIN, BORED, STROKED AND SLEEVED TO 410 10.25 TO 1 COMPRESSION, AUSSIE 351 PORTED AND POLISHED RACING HEADS, JE CUSTOM RACING PISTONS, SCAT STEEL CRANK, 3/4 COMP RACE CAM, TITANIUM SOLID LIFTERS, PUSH RODS & ROLLER ROCKERS, BLUE PRINTED & BALANCED, 850 CFM DOUBLE PUMPER CARTER RACE SERIES CARBURETOR, HOLEY DUAL AIR FILTER. MSD BILLET DISTRIBUTOR, MSD 6AL REV LIMITER, FLAME THROWER CHROME COIL, EDELBROCK POLISHED ALLUMINUM HIGH RISE MANIFOLD WITH POLISHED 4" TALL FORD RACING VALVE COVERS AND BREATHERS. CUSTOM HEDMAN COATED & POLISHED HEADERS, 4 INCH COLLECTOR BOX, 3 INCH FLOWMASTER X PIPE WITH 2 #40 MUFFLERS, 5 INCH - 24 INCHES LONG CHROME ANGLE CUT EXHAUST TIPS. I INCH ANTI SWAY BARS FRONT AND REAR, OVER SIZED DISC BRAKES WITH SLOTTED ROTORS UP FRONT, TRUCK DRUM BRAKES IN REAR ( KEPT ORIGINAL LOOK) , 18 X 10 CUSTOM 5 SPOKE POLISHED MAG WHEELS - SALEEN BY BOYD. TOYO RACING TIRES. FRONT 245/40ZR 18, BACK 285/40ZR 18. CUSTOM BUILT FMX RACING TRANSMISSION. SOLID SEAT IN REAR. CUSTOM CONSOLE AND GAUGES, HAS AUTO METER SHIFT POINT TACH, CUSTOM POD (3) GAUGES ON PILLAR POST. ALL ORIGINAL MACH 1 FACTORY GAUGES. ORIGINAL TACH REPLACED WITH DIGITAL SWEEP HAND CLOCK. CHROME DRAG BARS TO PREVENT HOPPING OF REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY. COIL OVER SHOCKS IN FRONT AND REAR. CUSTOM RADIO WITH 11 DISC CD PLAYER, CUSTOM SPEAKERS WITH SURROUND SOUND, CUSTOM MUSTANG WOOD STEERING WHEEL, POLISHED SPOKES WITH MUSTANG LOGO IN CENTER. I HAVE HAD THIS CAR FOR TEN YEARS, A JOY TO WORK ON. A CROWD FAVORITE AT SHOWS, HEAD TURNER ON THE ROAD..... YES!!!!!!
This is me and my husbands pride and joy, Dragonbird. This car has a very interresting story. She started out as a white '99 base T/A. We bought this car in Clarksville, TN in May of 2003. It only had a little over 3,000 miles on it, but it had been wrecked, but not to bad. you couldn't tell by looking at it. We have been taking it to shows since 2005, and the occasional run down the Bristol, TN dragstrip. (Thunder Valley). The best run in the '99 was a 14.03. Sadly on Aug 31st 2009, when me and my husband was leaving from the T/A Nationals in Dayton, Ohio, a truck came straight thru a turning lane hitting Dragonbird in the rear pasenger's side quarter. She sacrificed her life to save ours. We managed to get her back home with a rental truck and trailer. It was very hard looking at her in her wrecked condition. Me and my hubby Mike new we had to bring her back somehow, but her body was to badly warped. So we started the search for another T/A. It took a few weeks but finally we spotted a 2001 T/A in one of those auto trader magazines. This one was at a dealership in Clintwood, VA. In the pic she had a ramair hood, so we was wondering if she could be the real deal, we also didn't know the color of it because the pic was in black and white. Mike gave them a call and asked some questions. The man said she's a black 2001 WS6 T/A. Well with the color scheme we had goin with the '99 it would go perfect with a black T/A!!! So Mike tells the man we'll be up there to look at her. We get there, and I fall in love at 1st site. I look at her all around and with the exceptions of some places on the paint (which is now taken care of), she's perfect! I also check the RPO codes on the door to make sure she actually is a WS6, and she is :D We brought Dragonbird's new body home on Oct. 2nd 2009. Her old spirit is happily residing in her new body, DRAGONBIRD IS BACK IN BLACK!!!!!
Specs for “"wow"”
CLEVELAND 351 FOUR BOLT MAIN, BORED, STROKED AND SLEEVED TO 410 10.25 TO 1 COMPRESSION. AUSSIE PORTED AND POLISHED RACING HEADS, JE CUSTOM RACING PISTONS, SCAT STEEL CRANK, 3/4 COMP RACE CAM, TITANIUM SOLD LIFTERS, PUSH RODS & ROLLER ROCKERS, BLUE PRINTED & BALANCED. 850 CFM DOUBLE PUMPER CARTER RACE SERIES CARBURETOR, HOLLEY POLISHED ALUMINUM HIGH RISE MANIFOLD WITH 4" TALL POLISHED FORD RACING VALVE COVERS AND BREATHERS, CUSTOM HEDMAN COATED AND POLISHED HEADERS, 4 INCH COLLECTOR BOX, 3 INCH FLOWMASTER X PIPE WITH 2 #40 MUFFLERS, 5 IN - 24 INCH LONG CHROME ANGLE CUT EXHAUST TIPS. 1 INCH ANTI SWAY BARS FRONT AND REAR, OVER SIZED DISC BRAKES WITH SLOTTED ROTORS UP FRONT, TRUCK DRUM BRAKES IN REAR (KEPT ORIGINAL LOOK) 18X 10 CUSTOM 5 SPOKE POLISHED MAG WHEELS - SALEEN BY BOYD. TOYO RACING TIRES. FRONT 245/40ZR 18, BACK 285/40ZR 18. CUSTOM BUILT FMX RACING TRANSMISSION. SOLID SEAT IN REAR. CUSTOM CONSOLE AND GAUGES, HAS AUTO METER SHIFT POINT TACH. CUSTOM POD (3) GAUGES ON PILAR POST. ALL ORIGINAL MACH 1 FACTORY GAUGES, ORIGINAL TACH REPLACED WITH DIGITAL SWEEP HAND CLOCK. CHROME DRAG BARS TO PREVENT HOPPING OF REAR AXLE ASSEMBLY. COIL OVER SHOCKS IN FRONT AND REAR. CUSTOM RADIO WITH 11 DISC CD PLAYER, CUSTOM SPEAKERS WITH SURROUND SOUND. CUSTOM MUSTANG WOOD STEERING WHEEL, POLISHED SPOKES WITH MUSTANG LOGO IN CENTER.
640 HP 680 TORQUE (REVISED SPECS FROM ENG BUILDER)
INSURANCE ON PAINT JOB RESTRICTS TIMED EVENTS. WOULD LOVE TO HIT THE STRIP, NOT IN THE CARDS. TO MUCH TO LOSE.
Specs for “dragonbird”
Body style:F-body, HP 325 at engine (the black "01), engine size: 350c.i. LS1 w/ six speed manual transmission,
1/4 mile time: 14.03 sec. at 102.25mph (this time was in the white T/A and she has 305 hp with 298 at rear wheel) ,
Top speed 155mph
Factory Options for “"wow"”
ORIGINALLY BUILT AS A STREET RACER. MACH 1 DRAG PACK, SOLID BACK SET, COIL OVER SHOCKS FRONT & REAR, FMX RACING TRANS AND DELUXE INTERIOR. 351 CLEVELAND 2V. 2V COULD BE BUILT FOR QUICKER OFF THE LINE STARTS. 4 V FOR HIGHER END SPEEDS. LIGHT TO LIGHT GO FAST RIDE!!!
Factory Options for “dragonbird”
WS6 package, T-Tops, convertable, 4spd auto, 6 speed manual, 16 in. chrome rims, 16 in. aluminum rims, or 17in. aluminum rims (w/ WS6 package), beefed up suspension (w/ WS6package) monsoon stereo system w/ cd player, cd changer (can't remember how many discs off top of my head), and the best option is the SLP perfomance package which for my model year car offered 330 hp. My T/A used to be a base T/A but now with her new body she is a true WS6 ram air :) The '99 came with T-Tops, 6 speed manual, 16 in. chrome rims, power-doorlocks and windows, power driver and passenger front seats w/lumbar support, and monsoon stereo system w/ cd player. The '01 has pretty much the same options, except this one is a WS6 and instead of 16" chrome wheels she has 17" polished aluminum wheels.
Mods for “"wow"”
ENGINE, PAINT, WHEELS, TIRES, I INCH ANTI SWAY BARS FRONT& REAR, CHROME TRACTION BARS, HEDMAN CUSTOM HEADERS WITH 4 INCH COLLECTOR BOX, FLOWMASTER 3 INCH X PIPE, 2 #40 MUFFLERS, 3 IN 5 OUT 24 INCH LONG CHROME ANGLE CUT EXHAUST TIPS, CUSTOM GAUGES, 3 PODS ON PILAR POST, AUTO METER SHIFT LIGHT TACH, CUSTOM DIGITAL SWEEP HAND CLOCK WHERE OLD TACH WAS, UPGRADE SLOTTED ROTORS & DISC BRAKES FRONT, TRUCK DRUM IN REAR. CUSTOM CONSOLE, 11 DISC CD PLAYER WITH WIRELESS REMOTE, SURROUND SOUND (SEE ABOUT SECTION OR SPECS FOR MORE DETAILS) ADDED 4" TALL FORD RACING HIGHLY POLISHED ALUMINUM VALVE COVERS, FLAT TOP NO FINS, FORD RACING LOGO. STAINLESS ATTACHMENT HARDWARE COLOR CODED TO FORD BLUE BLOCK.
Mods for “dragonbird”
I'll start out with what was done to the '99:
Flowmaster exhaust kit, SLP cold air induction kit, K&N air filter, red wire mold under hood, ramair hood from Jeg's, custom paint job (arctic white w/ a hint of pearl, and silver metal flake) with airbrushed dragons on doors and airbrushed phoenix on hood, new black carpet and headliner to replace the tan ones, customized door panels done in red and black, also some of the interior trim painted red (like the speaker covers, trim around the radio, center console), 7 color L.E.D.s under car kit, 7 color L.E.D.s wheel well light kit, 2 sets of 7 color chamillion L.E.D. interior kit (one set is under the dash, the other set is under the front seats), shifter knob with dragon, pedals are tail, body, and head of dragon, custom upholstered seats they are black w/ red inserts and they have a red dragon embroidered on the head rests and on the center part of the back seat, painted brake calipers.
Now for the '01's mod list:
Most of what is listed above is the same on Dragonbird's new body, with the exception of the Flowmaster exhaust kit. The '01 has Pacesetter headers w/ 3" exhaust, highflow cats, Spintech muffler (these were installed by the previous owner), Z06 Corvette replica wheels (black w/ a polished lip) and a 80mm TB. Her paint is Jet Black w/ silver metal flake and an awesome custom hood bird w/ many pearl colors and all the airbrushing was freehanded :)
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