2.0 ECOTEC 5 SPEED I first saw the car at the New York Intl car show back in 2004. Took my breath away ,i said to myself i had to have it,mind you i never buy a car the first year it comes out.This time i did.Waited almost 6 months before i got it.Longest 6 months of my life.From day one this car has been a champ,no complaints at all.Has to be the fastest car i have ever owned.Too bad 2009 was the last year that they will be made.one thing with this car it is an every day driver so keeping it clean is a job.a job worth doing because it's the best car i have ever owned.NOT GARAGE KEPT
We've had Redbird the longest, about 10 years. She has been slightly modified. The 3-slow-5 is long gone. Her heart beat is a 350 Goodwrench 4 bolt with a lot of goodies ;>. The story goes something like this:
Lunati 204/214 420/442 (448/472 @ 1.6) Hydraulic Cam/Lifters
Edelbrock Double Roller Chain
Comp Cams 1.6 Roller Tip Rockers
Crane Chrome Moly Push Rods
Melling HV55 Oil Pump
World Products S/R Torquer Heads 2.02/1.60 170 cc runners
Edelbrock Performer EGR Intake
Modified cc q-jet
Accell Billetech 60109 Distributor
MSD 6A and 8.8 Wires
Edelbrock Victor Water Pump
Edelbrock Tubular Exhaust
Dynomax Cat Back
Hypertech Low Temp Fan Switch
Hypertech Thermomaster Chip
And a little bit of wrenchtime.
So that's all the mods to the engine bay area, and I always feel that if you can make it go faster, (easy, really) one should also improve the whoa factor as well. So the brake job goes a liitle bit like this:
All stainless hard and braided lines.
US Brake 2.75" piston front calipers.
Slotted disks up front
New master cylinder, and booster.
Dot 5 (silcone) brake fluid. This stuff is crazy!)
Rear is stock, but those aussie calipers are pretty good.
So, yeah, Redbird can stop on a dime and give nine cents change!
We also rebuilt the entire front suspension, ball joints, inner and outer tierods, center drag link, idler arm, and added a couple of small things like, KYB struts, Energy Suspension bushings, and Edelbrock tie rod connectors. Still using the factory springs tho.
This one time at band camp...No really, a couple summers ago I put a ten bolt with a 3:73 under there, and the Wife wasn't real happy with it. She said it kept going into "tire shake", haha. So I swapped back in the Aussie nine bolt. She likes it better that way. Don't get me wrong, she can and does drive like an ace, she would put a lot you "men" out there to shame! She's from Germany and has lots of Autobahn hours. What a blast that is, but that's a different story.
We haven't done much with the stock 700 tranny, stock T/C and a little B&M shift kit is all.
18 INCH RIMS, SUN ROOF. POWER EVERYTHING.REAR WING , FOG LIGHTS
Nine bolt aussie rear w/2.77. Yeah, I know, but she gets great hwy mileage.
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