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  • No updates on the car. But I got sucked into the rabbit hole of this thread all about Vortec heads for SBC over at nastyz28.com.

    At 111 pages long, and spanning 2006 to present, there's a LOT of info in there. I'm up to page 48 thus far.

    https://nastyz28.com/threads/vortec-....56505/page-48
    DynoDave
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    1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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    • I hate these lull's in progress on the cars. Just too many other things going otherwise.

      I did get to attend a nice event last night. I think aside from Woodward and the Culver's Cruise in Lake Orion, this is about the only other thing I've done with the car this year, aside from just pleasure drives here and there. A small cruise gathering at the Rhythm Rodders Car Club in Otter Lake, MI. Quite a few POCI Chapter 16 Widetrackers in attendance too. Beautiful clear evening. Getting a little cool toward the end, but a great drive up and back, and a very nice gathering.

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      DynoDave
      POCI # 72200



      1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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      • Looks like a nice night - is that just at some person's house?
        Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

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        • No. The club owns a nice triple(?) or more lot, that has a nice 3 bay plus office shop on it, with large driveway as wide as the building. A small storage shed at the far corner of the property, the rest is grass. The sign shown is on a large post outside the shop. Grilled burgers and dogs, chips, pop, beer, music, 50/50....it was a very nice evening.

          Those three cars are parked right next to a house...perhaps the club owns that too? At the very least, a very friendly neighbor.

          The Rhythm Rodders are listed among the civic organizations in village on the Otter Lake website. So I get the impression they are in pretty good standing with the community.
          DynoDave
          POCI # 72200



          1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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          • Looking at the pics again, that Pontiac "El Camino" prototype (based on the google search I did, it was, yes?) reminded me of what my buddy from college's dad had:


            Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

            "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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            • Yes, they never made them. It's a cool vehicle though.
              DynoDave
              POCI # 72200



              1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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              • So was the "Grand Amino" just basically a El Camino with the Grand Am front end, or does it have a 301 Pontiac V8 as well?
                Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

                "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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                • You know, I'm not sure what powers it. I would guess it's a Pontiac engine, but I honestly don't know.
                  DynoDave
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                  1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                  • Based on Wikipedia, the Grand Am, in '78, could be had with either the 3.8 V6, the 301 Pontiac V8 or the 305 Chevy V8 (sounds like the latter was only in California), so I was curious, especially since the El Camino itself had an optional 350.
                    Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

                    "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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                    • Had a beautiful evening of weather last night, so I snuck out to our local Culvers cruise night. About 200 cars they said, and a very unusual mix. I can't recall the last cruise night I was at that included 3 Packards, a Kaiser Darrin, a Willy's Americar, and a Hudson Terraplane!

                      1960 Cadillac, still in the same family since new.
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                      One of three 3rd gens, counting mine.
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                      Part of the show field.
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                      DynoDave
                      POCI # 72200



                      1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                      • I always liked these cars. Would love to have one with a Hemi transplanted into it.
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                        The Willys Americar.
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                        The Hudson Terraplane.
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                        One of the Packards.
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                        Kaiser Darrin. I have seen several of these over the years, with and without the door slid open. But this was the first time I saw one get out of one. Not possible to do in a graceful manner.
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                        DynoDave
                        POCI # 72200



                        1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                          Oh, and a Studebaker. Forgot about this one.
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                          Packard #2. This was a sweet car. Per the owner, custom body by Murray, also made here in Detroit, as was the Packard chassis, engine, etc. Also bears the Dietrich name, as he designed these bodies in '32, like today years before they were produced. He left Murray, and they built a batch of these bodies for Packard in '36. But there were 4 or 5 bodies left, that were then sold in '37. This is one of 2 '37s left known to exist.
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                          It's Packard engine. The engine is cast aluminum crank case and head, iron cylinder block. As a "Senior" car, the aluminum rank case and head were hand polished. A std. or junior car would have been left as-cast.
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                          A fairly unusual turbo 2.3L GT.
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                          DynoDave
                          POCI # 72200



                          1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                          • A real MG (not a kit).
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                            All generations of Firebird were represented here.
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                            Reflective side stripe glowing in the setting sun.
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                            Packard #3, the hotrod of the bunch.
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                            DynoDave
                            POCI # 72200



                            1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                            • I wonder if these would clear a 3rd gen T/A hood?
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                              Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI) Chapter #16 Michigan Widetrackers Fall Color Tour this weekend! Maybe a trip to Woodward on Friday night. and then that's probably about it for the year.
                              Last edited by DynoDave; October 7th, 2020, 08:57 PM.
                              DynoDave
                              POCI # 72200



                              1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                              • Looks like a great outing - it was a wonderful night yesterday!
                                Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

                                "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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