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  1. My first reaction is it MAY be possible to take a Northstar V8 from a Bonneville and transplant it into a GP. Having said that, I don't know of anyone that has done that. However, given that GM produced the FWD V8-powered Bonneville, it stands to reason that with some mad fabrication and engineering skills, someone ought to be able to make it fit. However, this is no bolt in kit to do it. You are completely on your own. Similarly, people have successfully taken an LS1 and used the components from a more modern Impala and put them in a Pontiac Transport. So putting it into a GP again should not be that big a stretch. Again, there is still no aftermarket, bolt-in kit for this. This requires picking and choosing the right parts and fabrication skills. What about using a supercharged 3800 instead of the regular 3800? Hood clearance problem? Maybe. Clearly you will need to upgrade the fuel injectors and ECM and perhaps the fuel pump, but not much else I don't think.
  2. W While I would normally not disagree with you JUSTA, and this does look like an Astre to me, the 78-79 Sunbird Safari wagons were pretty much carry over Astres but called Sunbirds. 1978 Sunbird Safari 1979 Pontiac Sunbird Sport Safari Wagon promo photo
  3. How deep is your wallet? It could be arranged!!!! Be careful what you wish for....you just might get it!!!!
  4. It's not posted on the car show website (yet), but rumor has it that Lou Santiago from "Car Fix" will be returning to the Rod Run and Doo Wop this year.
  5. Very cool. You will have to tell us all about your trip down the Mother Road. Oh and don't skimp on the pictures. You know how we love pictures! The Hackberry General Store (in Hackberry - west of Kingman) is very cool stop as well as feeding the wild burros in Oatman Az. The restored Standard Oil gas station in Odell Illinois is also pretty cool.
  6. I love your goal too. I love putting rice rockets back in the bowl. Since this is primarily a street car and part time race car, you have to be able to live with it on the street. Indyman Joe's car is a good example. He has a stout 400 under the hood of his '72 Luxury Lemans. It's strong. He does the occasional 1/4 mile just to beat his buddy's big dollar Camaro. However, Joe's car is still a street car that he can take cruising or on long weekend and Sunday drives with his wife. It has no roll cage, stock interior, no line lock, but it does have a Ford 9" rear end and 4-wheel disc brakes (now). Someday he may actually paint it (sorry Joe - you know I had to kid you about it!).
  7. A buddy of mine has a '42 Pontiac Torpedo. It was built in late January of '42, just a few weeks before Pontiac shut down for WWII production.
  8. Awesome stratman. It definitely fits with the car very well!
  9. Don't look JUSTA....this is not your El Sunbird! https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/arlington-79-pontiac-sunbird/6942836594.html $1800 79 Pontiac Sunbird 3.8 V6 4Barrel Carb T5(?) 5speed Transmission Posi Rear End Original Rally Wheels
  10. Sweet looking Goat! That isn't a '67 factory color is it? Looks amazing regardless. What, if anything, has been done to it?
  11. I agree with Last Indian. You have to have a goal in mind with you motor. Most of us don't have limitless budgets. So what is your vision for the motor and the car? If you say street performance, handling, occasional autocross or the quarter mile blast, then 400-500 HP should be fine. Also, if you start pushing much more horsepower then that you have to spend more money in other parts of the car too, such as bigger brakes, sub-frame connectors/roll cage, etc. You get the point, going faster means more money needs to be spent elsewhere too. Personally, I am happy to put the rice rockets in their place. I don't need to beat the latest Corvette or Hell-kitten.
  12. Woodward is technically a state highway - M1. This means we can’t keep the riff-raff out!!!
  13. Challenger Drag Pak car Got Nitrous? Nice Rolls Royce! Not quite the American Family Truckster but close. We couldn't find the dog leash! I love it when the engine is as high as the roof! The "SH-Boom" flame throwers are legendary in the Detroit area. The '49 Cadillac and F-150 are two The Motor City [Mercury] Marauders club At the NCRS Corvette korral - an original Corvette fuelie! This Challenger has no top ! How much would it cost for you to stand around in a hot dog and mustard costume all day? Love the license plate No notallthere - this is not my next car!
  14. Okay I was not quite as snap happy as JUSTA, I only did around 300 photos. Here are some of mine. Signs from my buddy Joe's stand - he's an official Dream Cruise stand too. Sweet Indian head on a gorgeous '49 Pontiac. A Hellcrate engine in a '68 GTX - very cool. Loved the Hell crate in the cop car - the Dunkin' Donuts on the dash was a nice touch too. Great looking '70 GTO convertible Avanti C7 Limo Hot Pontiac! Lead Sled Donked '85 Buick LeSabre Limited. My parents had one - sans the donk. JUSTA's Tiger is getting fresh with my two tigers. WTF? The little guy is saying "I don't know you!" Lucy's identical stranger? Sometimes you just want to bring the whole family out to Woodward! I snitched one more cookie than JUSTA - even though he got his first! They let anything on Woodward! I do mean anything!
  15. Probably because its cheaper for the county road commission to get their hands on the chloride than the road oil. That's my guess anyway.
  16. I'm doing the Back to the Bricks rolling cruise from Grand Blanc to Flint tonight - weather permitting.
  17. Good luck with this! Let us know how it goes!!!
  18. I see the boys in this other forum have been busy. Keith Seymore, CammerJeff and even Rocky Rotella have all weighed in.
  19. Very cool. Thanks for sharing. What does one of these braces cost?
  20. Ditto. Tap into that entitlement program that Mr. Obama calls it bud!
  21. Agreed - my '18 Colorado's V6 has more HP than my '86 Trans Am's 305 Tuned Port V8! Kinda sad when you stop to think about it though.
  22. Nothing wrong with a V6 G8 IMHO of course!
  23. Sorry to hear that Last indian, you know we'd love to have you come up - any time ! The weather forecast is excellent at the moment! Heck, one of my buddies from West Virginia is up with his '53 Corvette (#153 of the original Flint-built 300) for the Solid Axle Corvette Club's national convention here in Detroit this week.He will be parking with the NCRS folks down around 15 Mile (a.k.a. Maple Rd) in Birmingham.
  24. Thanks Sprint6! Nice to know others are as upset as I am. i will call Jim Larson and see what he knows on the circumstances. Jeff Denison would also know but I don’t have his contact info. I know that Jim and Jeff were close friends of Mac’s, At $250k, this guy isn’t serious about selling IMO. He’s teasing because it’s Woodward Dream Cruise week here in the Detroit area. This a “look at what I got” ad.
  25. Okay this Craiglist ad makes my blood boil! https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/pts/d/highland-pontiac-ohc-421-sd-motor-rare/6954038870.html "Ultra rare Pontiac OHC 421 SD OHC .. Over head Cam 421 Super Duty This is the only experimental ohc421sd motor in the world. 1 of 1 Designed at Pontiac by Malcolm (MAC) McKellar and John Delorean .. and obviously other engineers. $250,000. Attention - Pontiac collectors ***. Woodward dream cruise ** GTO ram air ii iii IV V 455 SD Ho Judge knafel Royal Bobcat super duty tempest wagon Swiss cheese Catalina 1969 Trans Am 1963 1962 1964 barn find" Okay so that is the detail in the Craigslist ad. Now let me give you some local history on this one-of-a-kind motor. This motor was a retirement gift from Pontiac Motor Division to Mac McKellar upon his retirement from GM. They installed it in his beloved '63 Pontiac Grand Prix, as shown in the pictures and the magazine article. Mac retired from GM in 1982. Now fast forward to around to the early 2000s. Those of us who were privileged to know Mac and see his wonderful car, we knew this particular engine was hard to start, especially as time went on. One day it would not start at all. Urban legend has it that he took it to a shop to get the car fixed and the shop owner offered to trade him a working Pontiac engine for his engine. Mac initially agreed but soon changed his mind. However once he returned to the shop, his retirement gift was already out of his car and gone! It has not been seen since. It has only re-surfaced once on Facebook that I know of. Now I see it on Craigslist for a whooping $250K! For me and the rest of the local SE Michigan Pontiac establishment, this engine belongs one place - back in Mac's '63 Grand Prix (which is still owned by Mac's daughter) and put in a museum period. It is clear to me that Mac was taken advantage of and the current possessor knows what he has. However, he seems reluctant to sell it thru the likes of Barrett-Jackson and Mecum because he can not prove his legitimate ownership of this motor. Now it's clear to me that whomever has this motor is not poor, since they seem to already own a '69 Trans Am/TA Tribute and perhaps a Judge? Thank you for listening to my rant!
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