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This page features a vehicle owned by  members of the Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club.

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The January 2009 Cruiser of the Month is a 1995 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible, which belongs to Shelby and Donna Lauener of Perkins Oklahoma. 

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Shelby purchased the Trans Am from a local car dealer (Dave’s Place Auto Sales) in July of 2002.  Dave Lester had found the TA Convertible at an auto auction in Tulsa earlier that month. The mileage at the time of purchase was 32,671.  Pontiac only produced 2402 of the Trans Am Convertibles during 1995 and less than 1000 were produced with the Borg-Warner T-56 six speed manual transmission.

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During the next year Shelby purchased a Hurst Skip Shift Kit for the six speed which eliminates that pesky skip shift from the Borg-Warner T-56 transmissions. The next addition was a K & N Cold Air Induction, which eliminates the Trans Am’s stock air filter system.  While changing the air intake system an SLP Fast Advance Air Temperature Module was added.  This addition causes the computer system to advance quicker which along with the K & N Air Induction System increases the horsepower an additional 15 horses.  Shelby then changed out the Mass Air Flow Sensor to a Granatelli Motorsports MAFS, which increases the airflow by 45% and adds an additional 15 horsepower.

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In the summer of 2003 a set of 17 X 9.5 inch American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels gave the old Pontiac a complete new look.  Also, four new B. F. Goodrich 275/40ZR17 G-Force KDWS Radial tires were mounted to the new AR wheels. While adding the new wheels a set of 10.9 inch drilled and slotted, vented rotors replaced the stock rotors. A Hotchkis Strut Tower Brace limits frame flexing during hard cornering of the Trans Am.

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In the fall of 2005 a fully functional Ram Air Hood was added to the Trans Am along with a new WS6 Ram Air Intake System.  This system increases the air intake efficiency to add another 5 horsepower over the K & N system. A Thunder Racing Air Foil was added to the stock 48mm throttle body, which also helps to increase the airflow to the GM LT1 5737cc engine and adds an additional 5 horsepower.  The stock LT1 engine produces 275 horsepower at 5700 rpms.  The improvements to the stock LT1 components, have added an additional 40 horsepower to total 315 horsepower at 5700 rpms. Adding a three-inch replacement tube for the catalytic converter modified the stock exhaust system.  The stock spark plug wires were replaced with a set of MSD

Hi – Performance Ignition Wires. A manual fan over ride switch was installed which allows the fan to be controlled manually or by the computer.

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The interior of the Trans Am has miner changes with a Pontiac mat and Trans Am space cover in the rear and a set of Lloyd’s Custom Firebird floor mats in the front.  A leather covered SLP Shift Knob compliments the B & M Short Throw Shifter. 

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The 1995 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible of Shelby and Donna Lauener is the January 2009 Cimarron Starlite Cruisers Car Club "Cruiser of the Month".

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