Yes, I saved my first car. My first car was a 77 Trans Am and I am currently restoring or restomodding it. Alot of the car had to be replaced in paint and body because of the abuse it recieved before and after I owned it but it still has more memories than I can count. I started with taking the stock 400 and stroking it to a 468 which put down 540hp and 600flbs oon the engine dyno. Then it was off to paint and body where mettalic silver was applied and a mild color changing bird was added to the hood. I installed protouring f-bodys racing suspension components and have 3" oval exhaust ready to go on. Ill try to post progress as I go along.
Engine looks good, Trav! I'm assuming the heads are 6X-4s. Which block do you have? I ask because many people shy away from the 500557 casting in favor of the 481988 block for strokers. Did you stick with stock Pontiac rod lengths or did you use the long rods? I've got engine #4 on the stand right now and I'm planning a stroker built, which is why I ask the questions.
Ill have to look at the block number since I dont remember. I ended up using 10:1 eldebrock round port heads with roller cam and rockers. The rotating assembly came from ohio crankshaft which I highly recomend. If you would like I can get you all the specs. I built this engine with a very mild cam so it idles smoth and has plenty of vacum. With a different cam and higher compression it would make a lot more power.
I've heard good things about the Ohio Crankshaft kit. With the aluminum heads you should do well using 93 octane pump gas too. Did you have any porting work done on them? I note that you're using the cast factory RA exhaust manifolds -- are those RARE pieces, or did you secure a set of the original HO/SD pieces?
I'm giving VERY strong consideration to using a roller cam, not for the lift/ramp rate but to beat the pesky problem with the lack of ZDDP in the modern SAE oil formulations. Did you use solid roller lifters or hydraulics? I keep hearing that the hydraulic roller lifters have some reliability problems and modern solid roller lifters aren't that much problem to keep adjusted.
I'm looking to build a smooth streetable engine that's got more hump under the hood than my current RAIII clone. I've got a 4 speed BW ST-10 and a 3.08:1 rear gear running P255/60/R15s on all four corners, and I'm not into 1/8 or 1/4 performance at this point, so I want something that has a ton of torque in the low end for street/cruising use.
Yes, I'd be interested in seeing the specs on your build, if you don't mind and it's not too much trouble.
That is awesome that you are able to still have your first car. I am glad I don't still have mine as it was a 79 Dodge Omni. But hey it was good on gas and I only had $30 in it. Then I moved on to a 77 Ford Maverick with a straight 6. My first car that I loved was a 87 Dodge Lancer 2.2 turbo which was fast at the time. Then I got my first muscle car. An 84 trans am. Now that is a car I wish I still had.
Very anxious to see up coming progress on your resto-mod. Keep us posted.
Those are the ported RARE manifolds which are very high quality. I used hydraulic rollers since this engine dies off just before 6000 so i dont think ill have any problems floating the valves. Ill try to start a post in the v8 section and put all the specs about the engine. For Fast 95: theres not alot of love out there for omnies but memories go a long way so who knows maybe you can hotrod an omni and blow away a mustang..How cool would that be
Kind of Funny. There used to be an Omni GLH that was smoking a lot of 8 cyl muscle in Kokomo. It was a Shelby GLH OMNI and not sure what it ran at the track, but the guy used it as daily driver and ran 1/8th mile every weekend. He bought the car new, and about 6 months ago I saw it running around with the same guy driving it.
Not to turn this into a "we love the Omni" page, but the Shelby GLH club held its annual gathering at IRP a few years back and I recall there being 6 or so of them at the track on Tuesday night (grudge night). They had been running TnT through the day and cooled their heels when locals started showing up in Camaros, Mustangs & Novas. After enduring many jeers & snickers (not the candy bar) at their cars, they rolled into the staging lanes and promptly blew the doors off of EVERYBODY. I recall those things being 15-second cars back in the day, but a couple of those guys were turning 12's & low 13's. GLH= Goes Like Hell!
Hey that LeMans is a convertible. Means it has a double boxed frame. It can take some Pontiac abuse that way LOL! Ok, I'll give you $550, final offer. If you say no, well, I guess I have to make do with the 400 2bbl it has now.
I found a company named Monster transmissions (Eatmyshift.com) That sells a complete kit with a 650hp 600tq 700r4 with converter and all cables and brackets needed for 2000 with waranty. I couldent pass it up. They also shipped to my parents buisness for free.
I started my car this past weekend for the first time in 15 years. The 3" oval exhaust and spintech mufflers sound better than I imagined. You can really tell theres something under the hood. Theres still a whole lot of work left to do but it really makes your day when you get to drive your car home from the shop (1/2 mile). Of course it helped when I 1/2 throtled it from a rolling start and goes sideways. I will not be missing another year of events.