'71 Trans Am Lee Hooten • South Jordan, UT When he bought this '71 Trans as a project, Lee Hooten thought he had a good solid platform to work from. Unfortunately, once he started stripping it down he discovered loads of shoddy bodywork and a severely rusted roof. While some would have cut their losses and walked away, Lee cut the roof off and replaced it with a solid one. Now that's impressive dedication. When the body was finally ready for paint, Lee rigged up a booth in his garage out of plastic and a bunch of home furnace filters to spray the five coats of House Of Kolors Majestic Blue Kandy and five coats of clear. To get modern driveability, a '98 GMC gave up its engine and trans, and Lee created a custom harness to connect to a '01 Express van 0411 ECM. After a little tuning with EFILive, Lee says it runs beautifully.

By The Numbers
Engine: '98 Vortec 454ci, ported heads, ZZ502 cam, COMP Cams roller lifters and rockers, Edelbrock EFI intake, Holley 1,000-cfm throttle body, March pulleys
Trans: GM 4L80E, Hughes 3,000 stall converter
Suspension: rebuilt stock
Brakes: four-wheel disc
Wheels: 17x8 and 17x9 Foose Legend
Tires: 245/45R17 and 285/40R17 Nitto NT555
Future plans: So far it's turned out to be such a well-mannered driver with good get-up-and-go that Lee's not sure what to do next.

'91 Trans Am Domenic Pirroncello Queensville, ON, Canada As a lifelong Pontiac fan with a half dozen or so others in the family over the years, Domenic Pirroncello was ecstatic when he found this '91 TA with the WS6 suspension package in 2005. By that time most third-gen F-bodies were beat and abused, but this one had a mere 21K on the odometer, racked up by the retired couple who bought it new. Not bad for $2,100 bucks. Five years later the TA now has 55K, but it's just as immaculate since Domenic considers himself a caretaker of a piece of history now that Pontiac is gone. Now he has to figure out how to walk the line between preserving originality and having a little hot rodding fun.

By The Numbers
Engine: bone-stock 305ci LB9
Trans: stock 700R4
Suspension: GM WS6 sport suspension
Brakes: stock discs
Rearend: stock
Wheels: 16x8 Trans Am GTA diamond spokes
Tires: 245/50R16 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
Future plans: Lots of basic bolts-ons are coming, including wheels, Wilwood brakes, MSD ignition, and Superchips programming, and maybe a better cam.