1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Very accurate Trans Am Tribute, completely restored from the ground up. This vehicle offers a unique opportunity to get to drive a Ram Air III on the road and actually enjoy driving it instead of squirreling it away like you would an original. It's been professionally restored, including the motor, to perform even better than the original Ram Air III's.
Paint and exterior
Factory correct Trans Am colors, repainted April 2019, steel Trans Am hood, full Trans Am aerodynamic package
Upholstery and Interior
The entire interior has been replaced and repainted to Trans Am correct medium blue, including seat upholstery, door panels, carpet, headliner, and dash. Other upgrades include Trans Am correct factory stacked gauges, factory in-dash tachometer, Factory deluxe wood wheel, factory tilt steering column, factory console, and floor shifter. This original factory A/C car has been upgraded with Vintage Air A/C. The sound system was originally an AM radio converted to AM/FM/AUX input, front dual-cone speaker, and rear Kenwood 5X9 Speakers with a Jensen amp in the rear. All new windows, door cranks are with factory floor mats. Pedal rubber and chrome trim are all new as well. Under the carpet is a factory sound deadener and the firewall
insulation is all new as well. It is all sealed up with new rubber weatherstrips and bumpers.
Original Engine: No
The engine is a 1970 Pontiac 400 with No. 13 Ram Air cylinder heads with 2.11/1.77 REV Racing valves that are swirl polished and undercut for higher flow and volume. The heads have a 72cc open chamber. Exhaust is 2.5 factory Long Branch Ram Air cast iron headers into 2.5 inch high flow X-pipe Pypes dual exhaust with Dynomax Super Turbo mufflers. The block features Keith Black pistons (pt no. KB346.030), dished with +17cc dish 0.030 overbore with stock Fel-Pro head gaskets giving it 9.5:1 compression. The oil pump is a high volume, high pressure Ram Air IV. Melling pump. An Edelbrock aluminum Performer intake, with stock Quadrajet recalibrated for my combination. The camshaft is a Comp Cams 51-223-4 hydraulic flat tappet camshaft with matching Comp valve springs, push rods and roller tip rockers. The camshaft advertised operating range is 1600-5800 rpm.
The cam specs are as follows:
Advertised duration 268 280
Duration @ 0.50 224 230
Valve Lift is 0.477 0.480
Lobe Separation is 110 (degrees)
This distributor has been upgraded to an electronic Pertronix ignition, with the addition of a bronze gear and an adjustable vacuum advance. This combination was tuned on a Sun Machine to match the combination. The coil and plug wires are also Pertronix pieces as well with AC Spark plugs. The engine harness, front light harness, correct spring clip battery cables are all new M and H pieces with a factory reproduction Delco Battery.
This car was sourced from Tennessee and started its life as a standard 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupe with a 350 V8 and automatic transmission. While a factory A/C car, it had manual drums brakes, manual steering, non-tilt steering, and non-gauge cluster. The body was originally Limelight Green with Midnight Green Interior (barf). I acquired the car in 2014. At the time, it had a 350 Chevrolet V8 with 350 THM transmission and 12 bolt Camaro rear differential with 4.11 rear Posi-traction. It had a 400 hood, the Trans Am fender scoops, and a DIY white paint job. But this was the start of the vision you see today - a Trans Am Tribute with tasteful modifications. The goal was good street manners, excellent throttle response, and better handling, all while running on pump gas. Everything on the car needed to be replaced or restored, and it was.
Wheels and tires
Factory 14 X 7 Rally II rims have been restored to factory colors with PMD center caps and factory black dot lug nuts. These Trans Am correct pieces are wrapped in BF Goodrich Radial T/As P225/70R14 out back and 215/70R14 upfront to further enhance the slight rake in the stance of the car.
Brakes were upgraded with CPP factory style power disc brakes, Corvette master cylinder, and all-new Inline Tube brake lines. All steering components and frame rubber mounts have been replaced as well. Brakes including lines, drums, wheel cylinders, shoes, springs, self-adjusters, and emergency brake cables are all new. All brake lines back have been replaced as well with Inline Tube factory-style lines
The 400 Turbo-Hydramatic was been rebuilt by a factory driveline technician out of GM'sProving Grounds using GM research to build a firm shifting HD transmission, no shift kits. It features a Band M Tork Master 2400 RPM Torque Converter, as well factory reproduction transmission cooling lines and aluminum transmission pan with adrain plug.