United States
My garage: Pontiac Firebird

About my car

My 71 is a resto-tribute to the "1972 SCCA car". From 70-72, these cars only came in blue and white. Pontiac was licensed by the SCCA to use the name "Trans Am" from the Trans Am racing series and due to this special relationship, Pontiac produced a "one off" red T/A for the president of the SCCA who evidently would only drive red cars making the SCCA car a 1 of 1 T/A. My car started out as a fairly common Formula 350/auto which came with A/C, deluxe comfort weave interior and a rear console. However, it did not have any performance options and in fact had a column shifter. As this car would not qualify as particularly rare or desirable, I had no problem doing whatever I wanted to it. It was a solid Arizona car which I purchased in 2004 as somewhat of a basket case from a guy in Indiana. I had to patch the lower quarters, rear body panel and replace the trunk floor but other than that, the sheetmetal is for the most part original. All of the T/A stuff is OEM with the exception of the hood which is a fiberglass replacement from VFN. With Brent Martin's help, I did most of the body work myself including welding 1/8 rod into all of the panel gaps to make them new car tight. Paint was done by Mark Konig at Birkholz Body Werks. The car has seen three different engines (350, 400 and 455), three transmissions (TH350, BW S/T-10 and TKO600) and two rear ends (a stock 2.73 10 bolt and a 3:73 10 bolt with welded axle tubes, perch bracing and Eaton posi). The current engine set up which I call version 3.0 is a .040 over 455 with a stock "N" crank, Scat connecting rods and ICON forged pistons producing 10.7:1 compression. The machine work was done by Paul Knippen's muscle motors but I assembled the engine. The cylinder heads are KRE aluminum "D" ports with a 295 cfm CNC port job from SD performance in Canada. The cam is a comp hydraulic roller which SD performance calls their "Old Faithful" but I am running Crower solid lifters with their pressurized pin oiling. I either run a stock Edelbrock Torker II manifold or a heavily modified factory four barrel manifold. The carb started off as a Holley 800 DP but Jeff Esmel of Shaker tuned solutions did a ton of mods to it and it flows at least 900 cfm and sits under a modified PTFB air cleaner. Everything goes out of a custom set of tri-y headers made by Ron Watt to a Pypes performance X-pipe, Magnaflows and reproduction stainless "hockey sticks" tail pipes. It puts the power down through a lightened Hays billet flywheel and Centerforce clutch before getting to a bone stock TKO600 connected to a Ford Racing aluminum drive shaft. The suspension is modified as well. The front springs are Hotchkis, the rear leafs are stock replacements. The shocks are Koni classics while the sway bars are NOS Rancho adjustable. The upper and lower control arms have been fitted with Global West's del-a-lum bushings. The chassis has Global's subframe connectors as well as their solid body mounts. Additional cowl bracing is provided by pro-touring F-body. Brakes are 3rd gen 1LE rotors up front and 3rd gen aluminum drums out back. Steering box is a 12:1 3rd gen as well. There is a big ass Diehard AGM battery mounted in the trunk. Wheels are staggered 17 X 8 American racing 200s with Bridgestone RE730 tires. Next up for this car is a revision to the brakes and upgraded fuel delivery. I have secured a complete 4th gen LS1 rear disc set up for the rear and also have a C4 ZR1 set up for the front.

Car of the Day winner ()

Went to a couple of small local shows

Auto Show

Carb Swap

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The 433 is in

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433 off the test stand

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433 Ready to Roll

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433 Final Assembly

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433 Pre-assembly

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433 getting back on track

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Fat Heads for Gear Heads

Restomod

433 Build

Restomod