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Old 02-27-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Project Welcome Home- 2002 Trans Am

Finally getting around to making an official build thread. Me and this car spent a very long year together recently while her "daddy" was away fighting bad guys in the sandbox. We ended up calling this Project Welcome Home as it was intended to be a surprise for Lath's homecoming. To start out here's some back ground on this car and it's actual owner.

Red Blaze is the name of this Bright Rally Red 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that was purchased in November of 2007 by my husband SSG Lath Warren after he came home from a 15 month tour in Iraq. His love of this car is a great as my love is for the Camaro. This car was his dream car. Black leather interior, LS1 V8, T-tops, and a six speed T56 transmission. All she was missing was the WS6 package. It has been his DD since the day he purchased it and has been from Fort Hood to Fort Huachuca to Fort Knox. Red Blaze carries a very special place in his heart, in fact he proclaimed he loved this Trans Am more than beer.
In 2010 we came upon deployment orders. This time to Afghanistan. At the same time Blaze wasn't doing so well and I could see it breaking Lath's heart. The car eventually stopped running right before he left and with sadness and heartbreak in his eyes he talked to me for the first time about having to sell her. Being the softy I am I wasn't gonna let that happen. I gave up on my 1996 Z28 and concentrated all my effort, time, and extra money into this Trans Am. She is still a work in progress at the time Im creating this thread but in the year we spent alone together she has come quite a long way.
I unfortunately do not have any pictures documenting all the work that went into making her run again. Mechanically she was a bit of a mess and Im surprised the LS1 suffered no damage. The Manifold gaskets were leaking oil, the cooler the power steering lines and coolant lines run through side by side was also leaking, the starter was bad, the battery was bad, Power steering pump was bad, water pump was bad, and the power steering lines were bad. And to add insult to injury one of the headlight motors went out and left that popeye effect. All the leaks caused the power steering fluid, coolant, and oil to mix together and run through the vehicles systems like that. Two days were spent just flushing out the systems in an effort to clean out all the garbage and save the engine. The PS and Water pumps were replaced as well as the PS lines. The manifold was given a good cleaning and the gaskets were replaced. I myself replaced the starter and battery and while I was under there I installed a SLP Loudmouth Cat Back exhaust system. The headlight motor also was replaced that same night.
Afterwards I remember crawling out from under the car, getting in the driver seat and praying as I turned the key. She fired right up. The LS1 survived!
The next task was turning it into a WS6 and fixing alot of the cosmetic issues as well as customizing some of the cosmetics as well. This I have tons of pictures of!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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The Before pics. After the Mechanical issues were fixed.

















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Old 02-27-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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Becoming a WS6. Hood, front plate cover, phoenix vinyl, paint process.
Paint and body work done by Charlie Sauers, Ben Miller, and Karen Warren (me).















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Old 02-27-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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Window Tint fix, SLP Airlid, SLP Smooth belows, K&N air filter, blacked out pontiac lettering on rear, Radio fix, and speaker fix.
The SLP air box lid and smooth bellows were the very last car modifications I ever did with my dad. He sadly passed 1 1/2 months later.
















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Old 02-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #8
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Interior Overhaul. Seats done in black leather with red leather inserts and red stitching with red embroidery on the headrest by Kustom Auto Restylers. Door Trim, radio trim, speaker covers all painted by Karen Warren (me). Mats are Torch Red Lloyds Mats. Custom interior plates and custom exterior WS6 emblem done by Third Shift Studios.

















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Old 02-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #9
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:41 PM   #10
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:46 PM   #11
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The interior was literally a race to finish. The last door panel was in place 12 hours before he came home from Afghanistan. She was washed and parked right across the street from the gym on fort Knox. We had a huge red bow tied with ribbon over the hood and a welcome home sign in the windshield. Because the homecoming was in december the 17" Chrome ZR1 rims I have for it were not on it.
A more recent picture of her taken 2/16/2012
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:53 PM   #12
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awesome! Love it! Great car
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #13
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Picked up some new vinyls at the carl casper auto show on saturday. I put them on sunday while Lath scrubbed ZR1 rims to get them ready to be put on soon. New pic from tonight. Just after recieving a bath.





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Old 02-28-2012, 02:42 AM   #14
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Very interesting and awesome pics too!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:11 AM   #15
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Awesome pics and story!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:30 AM   #16
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That is soo cool! I just spend the last half hour reading and staring and drooling. You did an awesome job! Your husband is a very lucky man. Not only because of this awesome gift, but also for finding a car loving gal!
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. I'm just glad it made him happy. He's also excited that his car has its own build thread here now lol. He and I both can't wait to add more.
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WOW !! Outstanding Job !!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:57 PM   #19
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Painted all 4 calipers red today, put black trans am lgo decals ont he front 2 calipers, and put the ZR1 rims on it for the first time. It's hard to see in the pics but I put a custom made firebird on each center cap. Also taught the husband how to change his oil and thought I'd share the picture of what we found inside the rear tire this afternoon. O.o'















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Old 03-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #20
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Awesome job and what a story. Your passion for all (man, car and family) really come though. You have a lot to be thankful for and even more to be proud of. thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:35 AM   #21
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At it again tonight. Took off the tail lights and both the front and rear side markers and started to black them out with VHT Nite Shade. First coat is on.











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Old 04-08-2012, 02:48 AM   #22
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Took these off both sides this evening. I have some special paint coming by mail for these little guys. My only hint is that its one of the new colors that have been added to the 2012 Camaro.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:54 PM   #23
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:10 PM   #25
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Letters are done. And they are Carbon Flash Metallic. Funny how something so small makes such a big difference when I look at the car.







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