1970 Pontiac Trans Am "Splitter": First Drive V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Splitter is all back together and it was finally time to take to the streets! Brett Evans toured us around with the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am clone through some quite backroads, but it's hard to be inconspicuous in a borderline race car! We'll be at the track soon to get some real numbers, both at the drag strip and on the road course.
Splitter 1970 Trans Am Drag Strip Pass V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Part of our 1970 Pontiac Trans Am's dual
personality is drag strip performance, and Splitter delivers on the track.
Here Brett Evans pilots the car to a 9.28 / 147 mph pass in a recent
street car drag event.
Muscle Car Of The Week Video #32: 1970 Ford Mustang BOSS 429
http://www.facebook.com/musclecaroftheweek - Back in 1969, Ford was ready
to roll out a new engine to compete in NASCAR - the BOSS 429. This was a
semi-hemispherical headed V8 designed to compete with Dodge's 426 Hemi that
was leading the pack on the NASCAR super speedways. NASCAR rules say that
you need to sell at least 500 copies of a "street" version of any engine
you planned to race, so Ford needed to build a civilian BOSS 429 for the
general public. The interesting part is that Ford interpreted the rule book
and noticed that the engine didn't have to be in the same car raced... so
they could stuff a BOSS 429 into a Mustang rather than the Torinos being
used in NASCAR. The result was a super-bad Mustang with a custom-installed 375
HP NASCAR engine under the hood. From the Brothers Collection.
Muscle Car Of The Week Video #3: 1970 1/2 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV
This week's Muscle Car Of The Week from The Brothers Collection is a
super-rare 1970 1/2 Pontiac Trans Am, complete with the Ram Air IV 400 cube
V8 and Muncie 4-speed transmission!
1970 marked the second generation for GM's F body platform, and the company
made substantial improvements to the car over the '67-'69 versions. The
1970 1/2 models were longer and more spacious inside, and generally drove
more comfortably than the earlier cars. 1970 also marked the peak in
performance Muscle Cars, and the 1970 1/2 Trans Am was one of the top
performers. The Pontiac Trans Am came loaded with numerous performance
add-ons, such as upgraded suspension, brakes, Exhaust, and distinctive styling.
This particular Polar White Trans Am is among the most sought-after of all,
as it features the 370 HP Ram Air IV V8 engine and a Muncie 4-speed
transmission. The Ram Air IV engine was assembled with very tight
tolerances from the factory, making it as close to a hand-built racing
engine as you could buy from GM. The RAIV package started with a 4-bolt
main block, forged crank and pistons, and a high performance oil pump, but
the big difference was in the top half of the engine. The Ram Air IV heads
boasted 67cc chambers, 2.11" swirl-polished intake valves and 1.77" Exhaust valves, and large round Exhaust ports. The .520" lift RAIV cam had a
long 308 degree intake / 320 degree Exhaust duration and pulled air through an
aluminum dual-plane intake manifold. These parts sounded more like they
were hand-picked by a race engine builder than a factory offering, but
that's what makes the RAIV so special. They only made 88 of these cars,
59 were manuals and the other 29 came with automatics. It's one of the
few cars where both transmissions were offered and the manual outsold the
auto. Watch the video to learn more about this Pontiac Historical
Society documented correct '70 1/2 and its unique details like the original
2-tone blue seat covers, 1-year only Rally II wheels, and distinctive
You can guess next week's Muscle Car Of The Week on our Facebook page!
Muscle Car of the Week Video Episode #95: 1964 Mercury Comet A/FX 427
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314.783.8325 - Back in 1964, Super Stock drag
racing racing was one of the hottest things going, and people loved the
competition and energy of stock-appearing cars going much faster than normal. The next evolution
was Factory Experimental, a class that allowed manufacturers to get a
little crazier with performance parts and special pieces in cars that still
appeared similar to what was for sale in local showrooms. This 1964
Mercury Comet is an A/FX car, one of 21 built, and it still retains all the
"experimental" speed parts that it wore back in '64, like the 425 HP
high-riser 427 and all the fiberglass body panels.