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Cars > Challenges > “See Ya WS6/W72” Vs “Drag car”

 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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Omaha, Nebraska
United States

 

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

“See Ya WS6/W72”

1978 Chevrolet Camaro

“Drag car”

 
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About “See Ya WS6/W72”

The car is finally complete after a year and half of restoring. See album for more pictures!




This is number 3 of owning a Trans Am.


Just picked up this baby two weeks ago (11/2009). Found the original owners spec sheet and maintence book where it quotes: "Top speed--131.3, 1/4 mile--14.2. When that was quoted, the car was straight out of the factory with no modifications. Car also has the orginal radio with it. All numbers match except for a few modifications that I didn't do.

As some of you might know, Frank and I have had some issues with this car. Being we are orginally from Long Island NY, I never had a problem with finding mechanics to work on my Trans Am's that I owned in the past.

Living here in NC, we are having a heck of time finding someone that actually knows what they are doing!
Just an update.......Thank you Chumbrother/Mark, for all the tips, and being on "stand by" with our car.

Air shocks where put in (trying not to dip into the Run Fun's and this is just a temporary fix till we get back from the Bandit Run and then leaf springs will go in), shift cable was finally corrected after the 2nd shop majorly screwed that one up, front sway bar bushings and clamps were replaced. Frank finally had a weekend off to do the work, and the weather actually was very beautiful to work in.

I have to say..........I took her out ont he interstate last night, and she ran GREAT! Stomped on it, and the power behind this car actually pinned us in our seats! I was VERY impressed and was shaken up a wee bit because I forgot how powerful these cars can be.



About “Drag car”

-78 Camaro body

-Fiberglass One piece front end

-Fiberglass doors

-Fiberglass trunk lid

-All Windows Lexan

Chassis

-Cage NHRA Certified to 8.50

-Tube Chassis, Round tube Strut front end

-Motor set back 15 inchs

-Ladder Bar Rear with Coilovers

-New Strange Single Adjustable Shocks

-Ford 9” Rear with 5.29 gears

-Strange Aluminum Case (9")

-Morser axles

-1350 U-Joints

-Wheelie Bars

-Strange Strunt front end

-Strange Front Brakes

-Wilwood Rear Disc Brakes

-Fits 32/14.5 Slick Goodyear

-15 x 15 Rear Welds

-15 x 3.5 Front Welds

Engine

-434 SBC (650 HP on dyno)

-MSD Dist

-Roller Cam, at .682 lift

-Brodix Heads (Ported) Flow 324

-2.08, 1.60 Stainless Valves

- Jessel Aluminum Roller Rockers With Shafts1.6 Ratio 7/16” Stud

-SRP Pistions 13.5:1

-Oliver Billet Rods

-Magnum Callies Crank

-Dart little M Block (4.030)

-Brodix Single Plane Intake (Flowed and Ported)

-975 Demon Race RS Carb

-Electric Water Pump

-7 Quart Oil Pan

- Custom Made Headers

-Transmission

-1.76 First Gear Powerglide

-BTE Transbrake

-JW Ultrabell

-Hurst Quarterstick Shifter, with elec. Solenoid

-Electric Fan Transmission Cooler

-5700 Coan Stall Converter

-Ignition

-MSD 6AL

-3 step

-RPM Activated Switch

-RPM Dial for Launch

-Biondo Elite 400 Delay Box

It runs a 6.01 @ 113.50 MPH in the 1/8 mile
with a 1.293 60' time and a 3.855 330"

 

Specs for “See Ya WS6/W72”

1978 Platinum WS6/W72 package, 400 6.6 HO. No A/C = more power!! ;-)

Specs for “Drag car”

Body

-78 Camaro body

-Fiberglass One piece front end

-Fiberglass doors

-Fiberglass trunk lid

-All Windows Lexan



Chassis

-Cage NHRA Certified to 8.50

-Backhalf Chassis, stock front end

-Motor set back past crossmember

-Ladder Bar Rear with Coilovers

-New Strange Single Adjustable Shocks

-Ford 9” Rear with 4.71 gears

-Strange Aluminum Case

-1350 U-Joints

-Wheelie Bars

-Moroso Springs in front with Comp 90/10 Shocks

-Fits 32/14.5 Slick (Toyos on now with good life left)

-15 x 15 rear Welds

-15 x 3.5 Front Welds

-Setup for BBC and SBC (BBC Plate and Headers inc.)



Engine

-383 SBC

-Burns Pump Gas 10:1

-Solid Lifter Cam, Around the .575 Range

-Dart 200 cc Straight Plugs

-K Motion Valve Springs

-2.02, 1.60 Stainless Valves

-Crane Aluminum Roller Rockers 1.6 Ratio 7/16” Stud

-Keith Black Hyperutectic Pistions

-X Rods

-Scat Cast Crank

-4 Bolt Main Block

-Hurricane Single Plane Intake

-750 Quick Fuel Carb New 6/08

-Electric Water Pump 6/08

-7 Quart Oil Pan

-Schoenfeld Headers

Transmission

-1.76 First Gear Powerglide

-BTE Transbrake

-JW Ultrabell

-Hurst Quarterstick Shifter, with elec. Solenoid

-Electric Fan Transmission Cooler

-5200 Stall BTE Converter (2 Years old)



Ignition

-MSD 6AL Box

-RPM Activated Switch

-RPM Dial for Launch

-3 step

-2 Red Top Optima Batteries

-Alternator (14.2 volts when running)

-Mallory Unilite Dist

old motor, 2008

 

Factory Options for “See Ya WS6/W72”

Special handling package, Special performace package
400 6.6 HO motor, 3.23 posi rear

Factory Options for “Drag car”

No factory options listed.

 

Mods for “See Ya WS6/W72”

New Leaf Springs, new wire wraps, new water pump, complete rear brake system including lines. New/rebuilt rear end with new gears...Thanks Chumbrother!! Added new trans cooler. New schocks, rebuilt Q-Jet to be put back on when car is repainted.

To come soon:
New Paint Job
Have the following waiting to be put on after paint job:
correct decals, new weather stripping, new front grilles, new window moldings (chrome), new door hindges, repolished kick plate (thanks Frank), new paint for rims. LED lights if Restore A Muscle car can get the manufacture to send them :-(

Engine was rebuilt and currently has 3500 miles on it. And let me tell you, out of my other 2 TA's that I have owned, this one by far is the fastest. Maybe too fast for me! Not!

edlebrock carb, accel distributor and headers with 3 inch exhaust pipes
I didn't do this, this was done by the previous owner.

Yes, the current shaker scoop is attached. This was not done by us. I have an extra hood and shaker that is being repainted along with the car and will be put on when the painting is finished.

Mods for “Drag car”

Car runs a 6.990 in the 1/8
60' 1.576
330 4.533
1/8 6.990
MPH 98.12

best run in 2009
6.51 in the 1/8 @106 MPH
With my 385 motor

Fastest run with my 434
60' 1.293
330 3.855
1/8 6.015
MPH 113.50

 

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