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Project Redrum Gets a Much-Needed Grille Replacement
With the snow finally melted in our part of the country and our right foot itching to floor the throttle in something other than our daily beater, we couldn’t be more excited about getting our project cars back out on the streets and race tracks across the country. We have a total of five GM EFI project cars (at the moment), but our ace in the hole is going to be the one you’re look at on this page; Project Redrum, our ’84 Trans Am project car!
While we wait for our LS powerplant and our American Powertrain 6-speed transmission to be assembled by their respective parties, we’re working on the interior and exterior details of Redrum. While we kind of dig the faded out, “rat rod” outside aesthetics overall, there was something that seriously irked us about [what’s left] of the OEM grilles that we purchased with the car.
Thirty-two years of age and sitting out in the Las Vegas sun from where the car is originally from, were were left with brittle, faded and completely destroyed front grilles in our old Firebird. Ironically, they actually complimented the ratty look of the car, but we just couldn’t get passed them. Besides, we don’t want to be responsible for dropping anything on the track when we put this thing through the corners, soon.
So what were we to do? With Pontiac long gone and GM having long sold out its stock, we did the next best thing and gave our friends at Hawks Third Generation a call, and ordered up their new ’82-84 Firebird/Trans Am grilles (PN HTAUS995) for Redrum. Designed as direct replacements for all Firebirds of those three model years (apart from ’83 Daytona Pace Car, ’84 15th-Anniversary and ’84 Aero Package), you’d be hard pressed to tell these high-quality reproductions form their originals.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.