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Chevrolet SSR - Fire and Smoke
By Dan Ward
photographer: Martin Barkey


Pic 1_Where there's smoke, there's fire. In the case of this blazing Chevrolet SSR, smoke rose courtesy of applying the accelerator and unleashing 500 hp. Fire can be found curling across the hood, fenders, and doors in an original hot-rod paint scheme. Martin Barkey, owner of MBRP Exhaust in Ontario, Canada, wasn't real thrilled with Chevy's base model '04 SSR, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. The end result is a truck as fast as it is good-looking, with several tricks hidden up its sleeves.

Pic 2_ Starting with a stock '04 SSR, Martin delivered the fresh truck to Hahn Racecraft in Yorkville, Illinois, where the Hahn team immediately opened the hood and started envisioning horsepower the Hahn way. Equipped with a 5.3L V-8, the SSR was no slouch, but it was not nearly as quick as the drop-top truck looked. To resolve that issue, Hahn created a stage two intercooled turbocharger system. Squeezing the Garrett turbo into the tight confines of the SSR engine compartment required intuitive engineering and being able to overcome extremely tight tolerances. After several weeks of R&D and perfecting the system, Hahn had a single turbo upgrade that included larger fuel injectors, an intercooler, and a Tial blow-off valve. Pulling exhaust from the custom MBRP side exhaust tubes was an easy task, and the menacing look of the side pipes matched the nostalgic appeal of the SSR. For added combustion explosion, a Nitrous Express nitrous system was also installed and made the truck ready to launch by the flip of a switch.

Pic 3_ With the truck quick off of the line, Martin delivered the SSR to Jay over at Ultimate Driveline in Shelbyville, Michigan, for some much needed driveline and suspension work. First off, the driveshaft was replaced, the rear axles were shortened, and a new 4.10 gear set was added. Jay and his crew then added the Air Ride Technologies airbags for both the front and the rear. Shockwaves and Strong Arms lowered the front, while a pair of Firestone 'bags dropped the rear. Hiding underneath the dash, the Air Ride Technologies level-pro digital command center was stealthily mounted next to the drop-down 12-volt power source. Sitting low meant new wheels were needed, and Martin found the solution by using Asanti three-piece 20-inch AF118 chrome wheels up front and 22-inch Asanti wheels out back. Nitto 555 tires sized 265/35R20 up front and 285/35R22 tires out back provide the contact patch for this hauler.


After disconnecting the battery, removing the plastic intake cover, and removing the fuel pump relay, the crew at Hahn Racecraft in Yorkville, Illinois, removed the stock fuel injectors and replaced them with larger 38lb-hr race injectors.


After mounting the turbo bracket to the front of the serpentine belt drive system, the upper radiator hose had to be relocated and modified to clear the turbo


Here, you can see the downpipe from the turbo, as well as the crossover pipe for the MBRP custom side-pipe exhaust.


This photo shows the super-tight tolerances the Hahn team had to overcome to make the blow-off valve fit.


Mounted into place, the Tial blow-off valve is ready to relieve the intake of extra boost.


Keeping things as close to CARB as possible, the crew at Hahn reinstalled both of the stock oxygen sensors. This aided in tuning the 5.3L, as well.
 

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Inside of the drop top, Martin left the stock leather in place. He then added a Harman Kardon car audio system for loud tunes when the top's down. The most dramatic and noticeable appearance alteration came from a wicked flame paintjob applied to the hood, fenders, and doors of the SSR. Bracebridge Collision applied the black paint and Ron Gibbs laid down the beautiful yellow-to-orange-to-red fade flames. He also masterfully applied the pinstripe to give the flames even more character. Other accessories included the addition of a BedRug and Red Top Optima battery.

Now, the only thing left to do was to take a test drive. Martin did just that, and you couldn't beat the smile off of his face with a baseball bat. Sweet looks, killer performance, and a convertible to boot, this SSR is simply radical. Read on, as we show you how Hahn created a turbocharged Chevy.


The air-to-air intercooler was bolted on underneath the front airdam.


Custom-bent tubing and hose couplers were used to fit the intercooler to the intake tube.


Coming up from the intercooler, the large-diameter intake tube was installed and then the Green filter was added.


Here, the Hahn turbo kit was installed, sans the heat shield seen in the beginning of the story.


Beautiful three-piece Asanti AF118 wheels were mounted onto each corner of the drop-top SSR.

 

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Makes the Magnacharger install look like a piece of cake....
 

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Abbsolutely amazed

I'm absolutley amazed that the cooling system has any air at all. The soak-back from the hot plumbing is screaming for a louvered hood.......

Interesting install, but way too much hot plumbing in a small space. I'm surprised they are running the OEM fan..... only.

Mikey the skeptic........
 
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