Let’s face it, Nebraska is not known for being a stellar automotive hub, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing builds done in the cornhusker state. In fact, the cars that come out of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Restore a Muscle Car are even more impressive than some of the builds we’ve seen from more automotive-oriented areas. And that’s certainly the case with James Contos’ second-gen Trans Am.
When it comes to building a car, there is a phenomenon that seems to occur with most. What’s intended to be a mild build or minor refresh at first quickly turns into an all-out endeavor to create the meanest dream car the mind could think up.
Contos experienced that phenomenon after touring the Restore a Muscle Car facility and what resulted was his ultimate pro-touring Trans Am.
What started out as the beginning stages of a pro-touring car with overheating and paint issues, quickly turned into a full frame off restoration project with some extra flair. Now the Trans Am sports a 535ci Butler Performance engine with a COMP Cam camshaft, ported Edelbrock cylinder heads, Edelbrock Victor intake, Holley 950cfm double-pumper carburetor, Aeromotive fuel pump, Be Cool Cross Flow radiator, and MSD Pro-Billet distributor. Backing the 700hp engine is a Tremec TKO 600 transmission tied to a Moser rearend.
Under the car you’ll find Pro-Touring F-body control arms and spindles, as well as QA1 shocks in the front, and a Detroit Speed and Engineering 4-link suspension in the rear. Stopping power is provided by Wilwood brakes while power to the pavement comes compliments of 18-inch Rushworth Nightrain wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber.
The car is topped off with an exquisite black exterior complimented by an all-black interior complete with custom black leather Cerullo seats.
Nebraska may be known more for their College football team and agriculture, but Restore a Muscle Car certainly proves they are among the best builders in the country. And for TA fans, it doesn’t get much better than this.
For more photos of this car, as well as build photos, visit Restore a Muscle Car’s immense photo gallery on Flickr.