1978 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition (Bandit)
Last updated Oct 7, 2008
I purchased this car in April of 1996 after drooling over it in a car lot for almost a month. It was my daily driver through the summer until college started and I could no longer afford the fuel at that point. It became a pleasure vehicle after buying a more economical car. As the years passed the repaint it received from the previous owner(s) started to break down making shoddy repairs visible. I decided something was going to have to be done. I took a job at a local body shop to gain experience in repairing the body. As time grew on my standard of quality rose. Taking seven years to aquire nos gm sheetmetal to be able to repair the rust properly, I educated myself and gained experience in body repair. In the late months of 2007 being fed up with a below par car and finding the last critical nos pieces, I decided to commence complete teardown on what would end up as a roteserie restoration. I have recently finished the car just in time to be able to drive away from the church on the day I married the love of my life.
It has a pontiac 400 bored .030. aluminum heads with cnc port work. solid roller camshaft with roller rocker arms. edelbrock torker II manifold with a custom calibrated carburetor from pro systems. a nitrous plate resides between the two though not presently hooked up. headers with 2.5 inch exhaust through flowmaster mufflers. turbo hydro 350 trans with tci super street fighter converter followed to 3.70 8.5 inch ten bolt. dynoed at 507 hp, running 12.50s in the quarter mile.
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