2JZ Swapped Classic Pontiac – 10-Second Sleeper

November 25th, 2018

Talk about a budget build; this 1966 Pontiac Tempest is like a cross between Dragnet and The Jetsons. It reminds me of Bizarro World in the old Superman comics.

Typically, racers purchase a small import coupe and install a massive V8 with a power-adder (or two). Not this time – this little creampuff has four-doors and plenty of ballast. The big V8 engine has been tossed aside for a more economical Toyota 2JZ, inline 6-cylinder (from a Lexus SUV). The turbo installation kit, turbocharger, intake manifold, exhaust manifold, and aluminum racing radiator are all e-bay items. A Microsquirt ECU controls fuel injection and ignition spark. It has a Powerglide transmission and it is running e85 fuel.

This car is a great example of using what you have to build a fun and economical race car. These guys had a few tuning issues but they seem to be working that out. The old car got down the 1320 in 10.78-seconds @ 127 mph (personal record). Not too shabby!

Woe be unto the sucka that runs into this 10-second nightmare on the street.

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