By The Numbers
Engine: '69 350ci, 292 camel-hump heads with stainless valves, Tri-Power induction with Rochester carbs
Trans: TH-400 with B&M 2,400-stall converter and TCI Street Fighter floor shifter
Suspension: rebuilt stock with Energy Suspension bushings, Monroe shocks, and Competition Engineering subframe connectors
Brakes: power discs in the front, drums in the rear
Rearend: 10-bolt with 2.56 gears
Wheels: 16x7 IROC
Tires: 225/60R16 and 235/55R16 Goodyear NASCAR Eagle
Future plans: To add a little more uniqueness the small-block will be getting a Tri-Power setup.

'81 Trans Am Matt Schone Mayville, WI Growing up on Smokey and the Bandit pretty much sealed Matt Schone's car of choice; it had to be a black Trans Am. He picked up a '78 in 1996 and used it as a daily driver for a few years until mileage and wear started to add up. It ended up sitting until 2006 when Matt pulled it into the garage, ready to begin a redo. Unfortunately the weather hadn't been kind, and the floors and the quarters were rusty. Rather than patch, Matt found a more solid '81 roller with new suspension and combined the two cars putting the '78's front clip on the '81 shell. After three years of work, it's nearly finished, with paint the next item on the list. Matt's actually thinking about satin black with an orange 'bird, à la Project Talladega. We say go for it, there are plenty of stock restored TAs out there.

By The Numbers
Engine: '75 400 ci with '69 heads, Summit Racing cam and roller rockers, TRW pistons, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Quadrajet carb
Trans: four-speed with Hurst shifter
Suspension: stock with KYB shocks
Rearend: 10-bolt with posi diff and 3.73 gears
Wheels: 15x7 Pontiac Rally
Future plans: Though it may not see daily driving duties again, Matt would like for this iteration of his black Trans Am to spend some quality time on the road again.