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Cars > Challenges > “Back-in-Black” Vs “bandit”

 

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Crazyfast79TA

M–47
Bovey, Minnesota
United States

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classicfirebird
1979

M
Morrilton, Arkansas
United States

 

1994 Chevrolet S-10 LS

“Back-in-Black”

1979 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Y84 SE

“bandit”

 
Photo of: 1994 Chevrolet S-10
Photo of: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

No longer owned

 

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About “Back-in-Black”

I traded my "P.O.S." Ranger for this truck. I didn't leave it as low as it was when I got it.. I put the original springs back in it but left the lowering spindles in and had to replace the old blocks with new blocks. I've got the different wheels on it that were suposed to be for my Nova.They really dressed this baby up! I haven't done anything to "hot rod' this truck yet. I drove this truck until the driveshaft blew out. Not just a u-joint. I mean this thing came out in pieces! It even broke the tail-shaft housing on the transmission. Did you know that '94 was a one year only driveshaft? It has a flange on the rear u-joint. I couldn't find a replacement anywhere in Ohio. It took me a long time before I just said "screw it" and got a driveshaft and rear end yoke from a '95 or '96 S-10. The guy at the salvage yard said he didn't think it would work. I told him I'd make it work. It did! I drove the truck for a while after that before the trans started failing on me. It did make a couple trips to Minnesota before it finally gave up completely. We brought it up here on a tow-dollie behind our GMC Rally van. I didn't know the trans in the van was getting bad until it blew overdrive out somewhere in Wisconsin. But that's a whole other story! It was sitting behind the shop I worked at with the transmission in pieces in boxes in the back of the cab for a couple years waiting for something to happen. That "something" happened in October. I got laid off from that shop and had to bring the truck home. That meant I had to work on it. It didn't take long for me to jack a plan into motion! The 4.3 came out and my 350 is going in. I'll have to rebuild my 700R4 or get another to go with it. There's plenty of other upgrades planned, too!

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 “Back-in-Black”

4.3 Vortec V-6
4L60E overdrive transmission
3.42 rear gear
Extended cab/short-bed
American Racing Wheels

Specs for “bandit”

403 6.6 Liter V8 , Automatic Trans , Posi trac rear

 

Factory Options for “Back-in-Black”

A/C
Cruise Control
AM/FM Cassette
Power Widows
Power Locks
Delay Wipers
Leather Seats

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 “Back-in-Black”

Tinted Windows
Bed-Liner
Wood interior accents
Lowering Spindles in front, Lowering Blocks in rear
Getting the 350 with the 700R4 I had in my '87 S-10 (Thunder's Truck) ready to go in
Other plans:
Auburn Limited Slip Differential
Modified dual hump crossmember
Patriot headers
Turbo-Tube mufflers (used on Thunder'sTruck S-10)
New paint job (black of course!)

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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