I thought that most of my work was over and I'd just get to enjoy driving my 98. I sold my TKO setup in Feb and had my buddy build a 4r70 and picking up a fresh from PI converter from a board member, sent the motor to Rusert Machine(Midland, TX) to have heads gone through, gaskets replaced, and swapped back to stock cams (also replaced some timing components that original owners engine guy screwed up). Put everything back together, installed Baumman Trans controller, found a way to mount a trans cooler that didn't cause conflict with my Big Ass Intercooler, and went for a test drive. Got about 5 miles worth before the trans destroyed itself (internal failure most likely from case problem when we tore it back down). My buddy started police academy which made for a slow build on the 2cd trans. Got it back a week ago last monday. Started the install at midnight and had finished and test driven and locked up shop by 3 am. Everything was looking good Tuesday put about 60 miles on it and was planning on scheduling a retune for the cam swap and timing repairs. Got the car all legal again (insurance, tags, inspection), and was going to drive it home. Headed out for a drive and thought I heard the exhaust of something hitting as cruise speed. Came back to work, pulled the belt so I wasn't fighting the F1-A and bypass, and was saddened to hear what sounded like a rod or main knock. So out came the fresh built trans again and the motor that was just installed and back to the machine shop. This time it'll come completely apart and I'll have everything checked. So my plans\goals are to get the motor in good shape, reinstall everything again, get a retune, and hopefully drive the shit out of it for a while. The car felt like a rocket with the auto, stall, and drag radials on the street the few times I drove it last week so I'm hoping for some good timeslips and miles down the highway in the future.
98GT Built 4 valve w/ navigator heads & 01 Cobra Intake, F1A, ETS intercooler, 4R70W w\ PI Converter & Baummanator, 655 rwhp 534 torque
82 Regal 3.8 cam, headers, intake, carb, Roller Rockers,6al, 125 hp nitrous, 2004r, 4.11's, auburn, Metallic Grey, lowered, 17" Hotwheels 68's
New 3.8 motor in the works, 10:1 Ross Pistons, Turbo crank, ported heads w/ Big valves, Custom roller cam from ShaunT, RJC Girdle, 250 hp Nitrous.
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