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1996 Pontiac Firebird, LT1 with STS turbo

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This is an AMT kit, Formula and Trans AM mixed. I wanted a Formula body with a Trans Am spoiler like the 96-97 Firehawks had. Kept it an LT1 cause personally I like the LT1. The turbo is made of solder, crimp connectors, rubber O ring, metal washer and heat shrink. Pontiac blue met on the engine, DupliColor black with krylon clear for the body, Krylon primer with flocking for the int. The wheels are off of a Nissan R32 Skyline, they stick out a little too much, but nothing I can do about that. The rear bumper was a Trans Am bumper that I filled and shaved to kind of look like a Formula bumper, also removed the side skirts. The hood is part of the center off of a Revell 99 Silverado custom pickup hood. I do need to put the upper rad hose on, and one rear shock. Don't know where it went to...

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Sweet build. Nice work on the paint and black finish. Very nice work.

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Great finish on that paint! Do guys actually put the turbo that far away from the intake on 1:1 cars? Seems terribly inefficient...

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Thanks, it does shine lol. And Google STS Turbo, they seem to work very well for where they are located.

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Real nice job! I've seen them in magazines, but to see how the really look/work is pretty interesting. VERY nice job all around!

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I hate hate the fit and engineering of AMT's Firebirds/Trans Am's in this era. But you tamed the beast great and then some. Killer stuff!

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Wow! That looks great! Those T-tops really look convincing. How did you do that?

In real life, that thing would be a beast. I had an LT-1 Firehawk with a supercharger, and it was crazy.

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The t tops I taped the glass and painted the trim flat black, then on the underside, I taped it off and sprayed the edges flat black. Then unmasked the t tops and misted some flat black on them.

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Very NICE!! :D

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Thanks, it does shine lol. And Google STS Turbo, they seem to work very well for where they are located.

Looks like a mixed bag of results according to some of the stuff I just read. The old P-47 Thunderbolt had its huge turbocharger mounted back in the fuselage between the wings & the tailplane, so there is precedent for a remotely-mounted turbo with big pipes running the length of the vehicle!

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Great finish on that paint! Do guys actually put the turbo that far away from the intake on 1:1 cars? Seems terribly inefficient...

It works better than you might think. All the hot piping is under the car. Reduces underhood temps by hundreds of degrees. They work pretty well.

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I think my next build is gonna be a trans am. Probably a 10.5 outlaw style trans am. Nice build though!

I think my next build is gonna be a trans am. Probably a 10.5 outlaw style trans am.

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nice build!

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nice paint

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Nice.

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Stunning car man, it looks amazing!

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Very nice! The paint in that first photo looks just about perfect!

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