427 hp, 350 ci Chevy tied to tubular steel chassis and roll cage. Porsche G5050 5 speed transaxle, inverted and converted to side shift. Fiero coil over performance struts and disc brakes in the rear; Metro 8.4" 4-pot calipers in the front. Custom 13" Minilites up front, 15" 5-bolt Minilites on the rear with street-legal drag slicks. Custom 10 gallon fuel cell up front behind Audi 5000 radiator and Vintage Air condenser. Master brake and clutch cylinders relocated and pedals cut/reshaped for improved drivability.
Front Bumper moved back to the body and welded to the body. All steel ground effects with air dam to improve cooling. Tri-Star headlights frenched. LED parking lights frenched. All body lap seams cut, butt welded and smoothed.
Roof gutter removed and reshaped over the doors. Hood corners rounded and hood hinged from the front with remote power opener. Wiper holes filled. One wiper relocated over the window. Exterior door hinges removed and doors converted to suicide (front opening). Sliding glass windows removed. Power windows and power door latches installed (including remote operator).
2" x 4" frame rails from front wheel wells to rear suspension. Scratch built all steel dash to cover Vintage Air heating and air conditioning unit, including Dakota Digital instrumentation, center console, A/C vents, misc switches and lights. Scratch built firewall with window, insulated for sound. Lower half removable for access to front of motor. Fiero seats, cut down 6" and re upholstered. Flaming River tilt steering column with 13" X-Force steering wheel, matching shift knob and emergency brake handle. Custom steel rocker panels/ground effects and wheel arches.
Side scoop to bring cold air into engine compartment. Rolled rear pan with ventilated center section. Complete 304 stainless steel exhaust system. Wheelie bars. Rear doors modified to internal hinges, Chevy "Suburban" style windows, license plate cutout, power opener. Frenched LED tail lights and third brake light. DuPont Hot Hues 3 stage pearl paint.
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