Mc Kees Rocks, Pennsylvania
1999 Ford Explorer Sport XL
1985 Pontiac Grand Prix Base
Head to Head
About “The Exploder”
'99 Explorer Sport 4X2 5-Speed Manual
About “White Lightning”
This may look like your ordinary grocery getter, but its not. With stock 110 hp under the hood and a driver with a "drive it like you stole it" attitude, you've the perfect combo. Since a huge hole in the muffler wouldn't pass state inspections, I got two Magnaflow mufflers for a cat-back dual exhaust, installed by Never-Rust Stainless Exhaust (hoping to boost my power up to around 115hp.) The engine is a 3.8 liter V-6 and is as clean as a whistle, and breathes through a K&N filter and a 2bbl Rochester Carb. I purchased this car back on April 17, 2005 with 59,640 miles off the second owner, who babied the car. Over the past 2 years I have washed, waxed, and detailed every inch of this Pontiac. I just recently won first place in my class (1977-1987 stock only) at the NHHAC show June 3rd 2007 at Mars Area Middle School. I later won second place at the 6th annual Budd Baer show and a week after that upset I won best GM, all years excluding Chevy, at the Bridgeville community days event. Most recently I tied my brother at Kiski Area car cruise for first place, not bad for my car being all original. This Grand Prix is a multiple show winner and honestly does not show its age for being all original since it has never seen snow and in the two years I've owned it, it only saw rain twice since both times I got caught out in it. This is a great example of a classic 80's American automobile, that has not been souped up, torn apart, wrecked, abused, fully restored, etc.
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Specs for “The Exploder”
4.0L OHV V6
M5OD Manual Transmission
165 HP (approx)
Specs for “White Lightning”
Motor: 3.8L V6 231CI 2Bbl Dual Jet 210 Rochester Carb, all original #s matching
0-60: 12 seconds
Seats: 6 passengers
Brakes: Front-Disc Rear-Drum
Wheels: Optional aluminum turbo finned wheels or standard equipment 14 wheel covers...I usually have the aluminum wheels on the car
Tires: BFGoodrich Radial T/As 205/70R14
Kelly Navigator 800 S 215/75R14 (winter storage tires)
Build sheets: I have a total of 4 build sheets, all laminated
No window sticker
Radio: Pioneer DEH-1600 and Pioneer 4X10 rear speakers...all installed with no cutting. I still have the original radio and speakers that can be re-installed w/o ever knowing it is currently replaced with Pioneer unit
Exhaust: Cat-Back dual polished stainless steel, with Magnaflow polished stainless mufflers
Interior: all orignal, even down to the "check engine light" sticker on the driver's side window.
Trunk: Original full size spare dating back to 1984, original trunk mat, car fire extinguisher mounted on side support beam in trunk.
Paint: Original, except the front bumper covers were professionally repainted this past year
Chrome: all original trim pieces and bumpers, pretty much flawless for its age
Lighting: Original high beams, original tail lenses, low beams were recently replaced since one was original and one was 6 years old and I have a thing against mismatched lights
Factory Options for “The Exploder”
No factory options listed.
Factory Options for “White Lightning”
Options: 14inch snap on wheel covers(rare) and they aren't your standard wire wheel cover, factory A/C, floor mats, front and rear bench seat, analog clock in guage cluster (still works flawlessly), currently I have aluminim wheels on the car which were an option for the Grand Prix in 1985, original build sheets have been found in the car by myself and are laminated, black hard rubber bumper trim pieces
Mods for “The Exploder”
Flowmaster 40 Series Delta Flow Muffler
American Racing AR23 Wheels
Mods for “White Lightning”
Mods: Cat-back polished stainless steel exhaust w/ Magnaflow polished mufflers, 1985 Grand Prix optional 14inch aluminum turbo finned wheels, repainted front bumper covers, Sylvania Performance headlights(low beams only)
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