Joe chose a Futral F-13 hydraulic roller camshaft (ground by CamMotion) with an intake/exhaust duration of 230/232 degrees, 0.595/0.585 lift, and a 112- degree LSA that he says combines great power with very streetable characteristics. The bumpstick raises a set of Trick Flow pushrods via LS7 lifters to the stock 1:7:1 rockers, with upgraded CompCams trunions to open the 2.04/1.57 valves in the TrickFlow as-cast 220cc heads. They were milled by Vengeance Racing to achieve an 11:1 compression ratio and feature 0.650-lift springs and titanium retainers.

This beast sucks air through a Fast Toys airlid, with a K&N filter and an SLP smooth bellows, into an 85mm truck MAF with the screen removed. The air continues through a 92mm Nick Williams TB and reaches the heads via a 90mm LSX composite intake manifold.

The upgraded fuel system consists of a Custom Racetronix fuel pump kit, with a Walbro Gerotor pump powered by a hot wire kit connecting the battery directly to the pump. Injectors are 30-lb/hr Ford SVO pieces to provide increased fuel input, all operating just fine on Sunoco 93 gas. Rounding out engine-related mods are an SLP double-roller timing set, an ASP underdrive pulley, and a ported SLP oil pump.

A larger LQ9 truck coil, GM 8.5mm wires, and a set of NGK plugs handle lighting of this Bird’s fire. There is a custom single-stage, direct-port nitrous system set up for a 200 shot, and the stock ECM was retained and tuned by Eastside Performance.

The red Phoenix exhales through a set of 1.875-inch American Racing Headers long-tubes through a stainless stell ORY-pipe into a Magnaflow aftercat exhaust.

Exploiting the worked LS1’s potential is a bulletproof drivetrain that takes direction from Joe’s hand through a Hurst Pro Billet shifter with Lou’s short-stick, down the Rockland Standard Gear-built Viper-spec T56 six-speed behind a Monster Stage 3 clutch. The power continues through the PST 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft with 1350 U-joints (protected by a driveshaft loop) to the massive Midwest Chassis modular 9-inch Ford rear with Wavetrac posi, finally turning the Strange 35-spline axles via a set of 4:11 Richmond Pro gears.

Bringing it all to the ground, this bad-ass Bird sits on HAL type-R shocks on all four corners, with 325-pound springs in front and stockers in back. The remainder consists of all Midwest Chassis chromoly rear suspension, featuring double-adjustable LCAs with rod ends, and a single-adjustable Panhard rod with poly bushings on the body and a rod end on the rear. A long torque arm provides further rigidity with a fabricated trans crossmember. Spohn tubular subframe connectors stiffen the body.

Joe’s Ram Air Bird has gone through quite a transformation over the years, and as with all labors of love, nothing is really ever finished—but Joe is satisfied for now. More track time is a priority when possible, and a new tune to really dial in this Warbird for battle is next on his list.

If you ever find yourself on a Long Island roadway and you come across Joe, don’t be fooled by his pleasant demeanor—it’s his menacing red T/A that’ll do all the talking.