Pontiac Trans Am

 

History Part 1

The Pontiac Trans Am started life in 1967, and progressed thro to 1981, (changing yearly). First Generation being 1967-1969, 2nd Generation 1970-1981.

History Part 2

I purchased my 1978 Trans Am in 2003. It was the four speed manual which I used as a daily driver. My understanding wife Lisa, got me interested in drag racing when I went to watch her dad, John Blay and uncle Phil Caswell race.

I became a member of Surry Muscle. But racing the manual, became expensive with having to change the clutch on a regular basis. So I purchased a Turbo 400 gear box which Roger Luty rebuilt. After blowing 2 head gaskets and finally seizing the engine, on a Sunday cruise, it was time to lay the Pontiac to rest.

In 2007 I stripped the car completely with the help from Richard Nuggent. I started the rebuild on the emphasis of keeping it street legal. It is all metal still, the shaker scoop is 1 ½” bigger to take the bigger carb. It still has electric windows, original seats and dash etc.

Modifications & Rebuild

I purchased a Scott Shafiroff 582 ci big block, Chevy. Comprising of, Merlin block with Eagle rods, JE/SRP 10.5-1 forged ali pistons, Dart Pro 1 345 ali heads, 1050 Holly carb, electric water pump, mid motor plate.

The gearbox is a Roger Luty built TH 400 reverse pattern, with trans brake. The car went to John Sleath who built and fitted the roll cage, also a Martz chassis front clip with coil overs and willwood disc brakes. Fuel cell, John also made and fitted 2 1/2“ headers.

Back Axle

Is a John Sleath prepared currys casing 35 spline shafts, 35 spline Detroit locker with 3.50-1 gears. Back suspension is made up of pro ladder bar kit and coil over shocks.

Wheels

Centre line convo fronts 6x15, rear 10x15 with Mickey Thomson et street radials.

Best Time 9.90 @138

Power Tour Winner 2009

 

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