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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States


2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS


1996 Pontiac Grand Am GT

“"The RED"....aka "The GRAND AIR GT"”

Photo of: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
Photo of: 1996 Pontiac Grand Am

No longer owned


Head to Head


About “"Bud"”

In late 2005, I decided that I didn't want to subject my '66 Corvair daily driver to another winter of Pennsylvania road salt. Its floors had virtually no rust, just a little surface rust, and I wanted to keep it that way! GM was having one of its rebate promos, so I checked into how much a Cobalt would cost. The local dealers (I have three within 10 minutes!) all came in too high, but there was one about ten miles away that quoted me a price that was just too good to pass up. They pitched me the SS, with the equipment I wanted, cheaper than one of the other dealers quoted me on am LT!
I call it "Bud" because I'm a big NASCAR fan, especially the Earnhardts. Dale Earnhardt was, is, and always will be THE MAN! Dale, Jr. is currently my driver, because, after all, he is his father's son. Now, at the time, JR. drove a red Chevy SS with "Bud" painted across the hood. What else am I going to call MY red Chevy SS? (I have no plans to repaint it in his current colors!)
And for all you other NASCAR fans out there, I'm open to guesses as to what Bud's license plate "BOOG8Y 3" means.

About “"The RED"....aka "The GRAND AIR GT"”

This car was purchase in Jan of '01, with a (high) 89,234 miles. It NOW only has only 112,000 orig miles on it.
The first owner (I'm the 2nd) maintained and BABIED this car so much and then "I" bought it ! Which meant MOBIL one every 3k...washed weekly, kept IMMACULATE, tons of NEW 'GM' parts installed. I
This red GT coupe def had an AIR BAG SUSPENSION in its future, but we wanted to create a 'one of a kind' while keeping it relatively stock looking.
The '96 Grand Am was my "daily driver" for the first year & half or so. Since the end of '02 this car has barely even seen rain. It's been kept in pristine condition.
Just my "fun" car to cruise around in since 2003... : )

The INSIDE of this car was like BRAND NEW.
Seriously a GORGEOUS car, and soooooo fun, unfortunately for ME... I have too many cars to keep this one. So, I decided to give it up though, as I no longer have the time to continue to finish it, and have moved on to NEWER car projects!
In November of 2009- The "Grand AIR" was bartered to a close friend. Hopefully it makes it back out to some car shows in the near future though!


Specs for “"Bud"”

171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
5-speed Transaxle.
0-60: About 7.5 seconds (official Timex wristwatch timing!)
Top Speed: I've had it up to an indicated 130, but I ran out of road. It still had some left in it.

Specs for “"The RED"....aka "The GRAND AIR GT"”

---FACTORY specifications---

*ENGINE = 3100 V6
155 Horsepower with 185 ft/lb's of Torque
[189 cubic inch, OHV 6-cylinder]

4-speed AUTOMATIC ; (
(no manual tranny available on the V6 engine!) kinda dumb.

---Standard Features---

-Antilock Braking System
-Driver and Passenger Air Bags
-Electronic Traction-Control System

-Front Wheel Drive
-Power Rack & Pinion Steering
-stainless steel exhaust
-front suspension: McPherson Struts w/Coil Springs
-rear suspension: solid axle w/Delco shocks & Coil Springs

-'FLAME RED' Paint
-Soft-Ray Tinted Glass (70% light transmittance)
-'5-mph bumpers'

-'TAN' cloth
-Air Conditioning
-AM/FM Stereo w/ 4 Speakers
-Power Locks
-Remote Fuel & Trunk Release
-Driver AND Passenger-side Door Handle-Activated Lights


Factory Options for “"Bud"”

SS Equipment package.(includes 171 HP. Ecotec 4-cylinder Engine, 5-speed manual Transaxle, Sport Front and Rear Facia,
Power Windows and Door Locks, Body Color Rear-View Mirrors
Driving Lights, Remote Trunk Release, Carpeted Floor Mats, Multi-Function Trip Computer, 17" Polished Alloy Wheels, 4- Wheel Disc Brakes)
Victory Red paint.
Charcoal Leather interior.
Heated seats.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Power Sunroof

Factory Options for “"The RED"....aka "The GRAND AIR GT"”

Factory Options

***** "Option Groups" & ---Options

***** "GT package"
-DOHC, 16-valve "TWIN CAM" engine w/5-speed Manual (Isuzu) transaxle
-FE3 suspension
-Dual Exhaust Tips
-Ground Effects
-Side Body Cladding
-GT-specific 3 spoke, [IF car was WHITE] body-colored 16" alloys with 205/55/R16 Goodyear "RSA" Performance Tires
-Cruise Control
-Tilt Steering Wheel
-Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

---3100 V-6 engine w/ 4-speed Automatic transaxle


---Delco CD player w/7-band equalizer

---Remote Cassette Player (semi-RARE)

---Premium 6-Speaker Sound System

---Power Windows

---Power Mirrors

---Front and Rear Reading Lamps


---40/60 Fold-Down Rear Seats

>>> "The GRAND AIR GT" is only MISSING the following ***** "Option Group" & ---Options:

***** "Sport Interior Option Group" *which included:
-Lumbar Supported Driver's Seat
-Passenger-Side Grab Handle
-Sport Stitched Seats
-Bolster on bottom of Front Seats

---[Sport Interior] Leather Seats "FROM-the-factory" (VERY rare!!!)....but THIS GT has them anyway! : )

---POWER Driver's Seat (VERY VERY rare!]

---Steering Wheel Mounted Radio Controls

---Engine Block Heater


Mods for “"Bud"”

None (Yet...) except a set of Falken tires - it used to corner well, now it handles like a go-kart!
I'm planning Silver Chevelle SS-style stripes and full window tint next summer.

Mods for “"The RED"....aka "The GRAND AIR GT"”


-Air Intake is 78mm tubing w/small K&N filter

-Custom-made ON the car, ONE-piece STAINLESS catback exhaust [had to come off because of the air ride, but I had it fabricated and reinstalled on the 1992 H.O. GT]

>>>NOW it has a completely custom SIDE EXHAUST with chambered glasspack muffler

-PowerStop crossdrilled & slotted front brake rotors

-NEW 7mm AC Delco Spark Plug Wires (oh yeah!)

-NEW AC Delco Spark Plugs

-A few decals..(12hp EACH!) LOL

-"Friction Free 3000"-equipped engine! *Ask me ---UNBELIEVABLE!!!


-CHASSIS TECH Strutbags up front (w/1/2" NPT baby!)

-2500 lb bags for the rear

-2 Firestone compressors

-2 Firestone air tanks

-1/2 air line

-8 SMC (fast) solenoid valves

-Air Ride Tech. digital gauge (by Dakota Digital) for bags

-Firestone dual-needle gauge
for tanks (Expen$ive focker!)

-custom mounted switch panel


-Speedhut white-faced indiglo gauges

-white shift column panel

-custom HVAC knobs

-BRAND NEW tan carpet!!!

-BRAND NEW floor mats!

-almost "BRAND motha-effin NEW" Charcoal Gray factory LEATHER seats!
(Sport Interior Package seats, since they're OEM!)


-Alpine CDA-D855 1.5 din head unit! : )
[currently have a damn JVC head unit in 'the Red' until I get the Alpine (back from being cleaned and separate custom eq setup finished]

-Infinity 4 X 6" speaker plates w/tweeters on the doors

-Kicker tweeters in the factory location

-Kicker 6 X 9"'s on rear deck

.......& IN THE TRUNK!!! : )
-1, yes ONE, 12 inch KICKER XPL sub that knocks SO clear and SO loud that it makes me wanna CRY when I think about parting with this car, ever!

-1 ROCKFORD FOSGATE PUNCH POWER 500a amp. (bridged) -powering the XPL

-1 Alpine MRP-F200 amp -powering ALL the mids & highs


-red painted EVERYTHING! (mirrors, grills, and wipers!)

-WeatherTech ventguards (red!)

-GTS sun roof deflector (red!)

-Solar Guard "Cool-Chrome" 39% light-mirrored window film on front side windows (why? I don't know !?) -tired of tickets man.

-Solar-Guard "Graphite Series" LIMO TINT (rear sides)

-Solar-Guard "Graphite Series" 22% TINT (rear window)

-lightly tinted (50%) side mirrors

-Catz Foglights

-Nokya Artic White Low Beams

-Lukz Diamond-Blue High Beams

-custom mesh grills

-custom white reflectors!!

-GTS taillight covers

-red painted drums/calipers

-CHROME 18" Alba 'LEXO' rims wearing some Falken FK-451 tires. *(Alba discontinued the LEXO's in early '04)


-DEI Remote Start & Alarm w/radar sensor!

-Blue Electroluminescent Scanner


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