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Cars > Challenges > “Thunder-sTruck” Vs “bandit”


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Bovey, Minnesota
United States

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Morrilton, Arkansas
United States


1987 Chevrolet S-10


1979 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Y84 SE


Photo of: 1987 Chevrolet S-10

No longer owned

Photo of: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

No longer owned


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About “Thunder-sTruck”

I bought this truck in '91 in stock condition. First thing to go was the 4 cylinder. The 350 and auto that I took out of my Monza that I ripped apart went in. That engine and trans came out of my Chevelle that I used to own. This truck got the name "Thunder-sTruck" with that motor in it. The movie "Days Of Thunder" was still fresh and AC/DC had a song "Thunder Struck" that just rocked like this thing! It started out black with the silver stripes on the sides, then I painted it red and made the IROC hood for it. I chopped up a new IROC hood and grafted it into the stock hood. I still called it the "Black Truck" because I bought the red Cameo S-10. After being red for a few years, it got updated with the Choo Choo Customs Wild-Side bed I had on my Cameo and did the yellow and red with the lightning bolt and nailed the "Thunder-sTruck" name to it.

About “bandit”

My brother told me about this "black Trans Am" he saw on Hwy 64 in AR. on his way to work. I told him the last thing I need right now is another car as I had too many projects going already. He said this one looks pretty good and the sign said runs good ! It turned out to be a true Y84 SE well long story short I "had to" buy it. I have owned this car since May 2007. REBUILT the transmisson in 2009 and the engine in Sept 2010.


Specs for “Thunder-sTruck”

4 bolt main truck block bored .030, steel crank, 10.5:1 compression, Edelbrock intake, 750 Holley, custom headers and dual exhaust, 3.73 posi rear, lowered with spindles in front and blocks in rear.

Specs for “bandit”

403 6.6 Liter V8 , Automatic Trans , Posi trac rear


Factory Options for “Thunder-sTruck”

This was a bare bones stocker until I got hold of it, and I just wanted a fun little screamer!

Factory Options for “bandit”

Cold Air conditioning, T Tops, Black hobnail cloth deluxe Int. Cruise Control, electric windows and door locks, tilt wheel, Y84 SE Package.


Mods for “Thunder-sTruck”

Described in the "about" box

Mods for “bandit”

This car was bone stock when I purchaced the car. I recently rebuilt the engine, the 403 now has #5 olds high compession heads, cloyes high performace timing chain, melling high output oil pump, all new clevite 77 rod bearings and main bearings. Stock pistons but with a set of chrome rings.The heads have been ported and polished. New fuel pump,water pump,oil pump.Completely painted under the hood and detailed. I have the original #s matching heads and they can go with the car.


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