1987 Trans Am 355ci TPI first drive...

This is a short vid of my 87 Trans Am after I finally got the engine running right. Before it would not idle but I figured out I had the valve spring rocker arms tightened too tight. It is a 355ci small block chevy with crappy truck heads along with a LT1 cam and a Tuned Port Injection intake manifold. Exhaust is Flowmaster, but I do not know what series. When the car is near the phone/camera, you can hear the loud hissing coming from the engine sucking in all that air! This is the first drive since I removed the 305 so I am still getting used to the pedal with power! The smoke is from the injectors running a bit rich since I had the fuel pressure turned up a bit high. This is also a good vid to see my sequential tailights!

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1987 Trans Am First Start Up
This is my 87 Trans Am. It came with the boatanchor 305 v8 but I acquired a 350. The 350 is bored .030 over and has forged pistons. The heads are stock LO5 truck heads but I have a LT1 cam in it. All the TPI hardware is from the 305 including the injectors AND computer. I put a thick washer in the fuel pressure regulator to increase the fuel pressure to supply more fuel for the 355. This is the first start up. Timing and tunning haven't been dialed in yet. Open headers for now baby!

1987 Pontiac Firebird & Trans Am GTA Road Test
An old 1980's road test video for the 1987 Pontiac Firebird Formula and the Pontiac Trans Am GTA

Presented here is a rare and unique edition of a Trans Am. The Trans Am GTA. The Firebird body remained basically unchanged. All center, high-mounted stop lamps were relocated to a new position between the spoiler and the rear deck lid, and the large Firebird hood emblem disappeared forever. All V8's now received factory roller camshafts, and faced with consumer demands for more power, GM officially released the new 5.7L with tuned port fuel injection. Available only with an automatic transmission, it produced 210 hp and takes the top performance seat from the 5.0L L69 production is stopped, leaving the LG4 as the only remaining carbureted V8 used in the F-body. Trans Am GTA, Gran Turismo Americano, was introduced, available with the LB9 305 TPI engine, which was returned to 215 hp., or the L98 350 TPI. Gold 16-inch, flat-mesh, diamond-spoke wheels were standard on GTA, with 16-inch, 20-slot wheels standard on Trans Am. The Trans Am GTA was Pontiac's pride and joy with a standard 5.7L 350 Tuned Port Injection (TPI). Many people like to say, incorrectly, that the engine itself was pulled directly out of the C4 Corvette, which itself began using the engine in 1985, but the heads on the Corvette were aluminum whereas the Firebird heads were cast Iron. The GTA came with a standard TH-700R4 automatic transmission, A/C, new seats with inflatable lumbar and side bolsters, special door panels, epoxy-filled emblems, body-colored ground effects, a special GTA horn button, and the legendary WS6 performance handling package. All of these options were packaged into the Trans Am under the RPO code Y84, and the model was produced until the end of Third Generation F-body production in 1992. Every thing about this GTA is spectacular. The paint color, the muscle engine that's "clean as a whistle", the sporty interior, T-Tops, gold colored wheels, and hatch revealing plenty of storage. This GTA cost around $14,104 new, has a 101 inches wheelbase and weighs 3,435 lbs. U.S. production of GTA's is 9,481 and Canadian figures show 1,509 units. Thanks very much for viewing this rare and very special 1987 Pontiac Trans Am GTA. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA 1987-1992 Nose Emblem

86 Trans Am with TPI Swap
Converted to a heads/cam TPI setup from a carb.