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1970 Trans Am Cold Start
Firing up the Big, Blue Bird

135003 / 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
For more information on this vehicle visit Pontiac fans, today is your lucky day! RK Motors Charlotte is happy to feature this killer 1970 Ram Air III, which combines a striking blue on black color combination with an original 400 cubic inch V8 and correct turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed transmission. If you're a Trans Am enthusiast who's searching for the elusive F2 that you can literally purchase and drive straight to the show, we've got the car for you! BODYWORK/TRIM Assembled at GM's fabled Van Nuys manufacturing facility in May of 1970, this awesome 'bird was shipped across the country to Koopman Pontiac in Sheldon, Iowa where it began a 45 year existence filled with immaculate maintenance and impeccable care. Today, wearing a professional restoration that was conducted by the crew at MASCAR Auto Body of Costa Mesa, California, the car displays a glossy coat of correct Lucerne Blue 2-stage. And that cool pigment is complemented by a correct set of Hw TRANS AMHw call-outs which, along with a centered roof stripe and aggressive 'Screaming Chicken' header decal, create some of the most iconic and desirable war paint in automotive history. ENGINE Take a look under this Tin Indian's long hood and you'll find an original, 400 cubic inch L74 Ram Air III V8 that, in addition to wearing all the right numbers, has been overbored to produce 450 horsepower and 525 lb./ft. of tire-shredding torque. Those numbers include a correct 9799914 casting, a correct Hw YZHw assembly stamp and a matching partial VIN. And the ported and polished block is founded on an Eagle crank, Eagle rods, ROSS Racing pistons and a rowdy Crane cam. Rochester Quadrajet carburetion combines with an MSD coil, a familiar points distributor and high quality Taylor plug wires to kick start combustion. Fuel and air flow in to GM heads, which hang mirrored valve covers over Crane lifters, Smith Brothers pushrods, PRW roller rockers, Manley valves and Comp Beehive springs. Ram Air Products Exhaust manifolds flow much better than stock, while appearing to be stock. And traditional V-belts spin billet timing components behind a beefy Milodon water pump. DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION Behind that monster motor, a rugged turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed, which wears a correct Hw 70-PQHw assembly tag, spins power to a 12-bolt posi-traction rear end that's fitted with friendly 3.42 gears. Below that stellar drivetrain, a lowered Trans Am suspension, which includes factory power steering, thicker sway bars, better shocks and stiffer springs, combines with standard issue power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide quick stops and great handling. And that roster of proven hardware rolls on 17-inch Pontiac Rally II replicas, which twist 245/45 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports in front of 255/45 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports. INTERIOR Open this coupe's mile-wide doors and you'll find a fully restored interior that blends seamlessly with the car's bright blue paint! Low back bucket seats are supple, firm, and look every bit as nice and rich as our pictures imply. Between those seats, a molded console founds small power window switches behind a chrome shifter and Delco-GM stereo. And in front of the driver, a black Formula steering wheel spins around a tilting column and stylish, engine-turned instrument panel. If you're in the market for an old school classic that's the quintessential American muscle car, here it is! Call, click or visit for more information.

1970 Trans Am vs Corvette Stingray
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Trans Am - Trans America (1972 Pontiac Trans Am on Route 66)
This video was shot over the course of a road trip in early 2015 from Austin, Texas, to San Francisco, California, along the historic US Route 66. It is an homage to a classic American car on a classic American road. The car is a 1972 Pontiac Trans Am with LS5 455 H.O. engine, M22 close-ratio four-speed transmission, and all numbers matching. It is 1 of 458. This vehicle was the subject of an incredibly Exhaustive, seven year (yes, count 'em, seven!) correct restoration project by "njsteve," a former Muscle Car Review tech editor. Thanks for your amazing dedication to resurrecting this car, Steve! If you're interested, you can read about the extreme care that was paid to this restoration on this thread: Or the sister thread here: 4796 It was on the cover of High Performance Pontiac magazine in January 2012 (see here: You can also read more about the restoration on these articles: Hot Rod: Hemmings (part 1): Hemmings (part 2): This Trans Am was a real conversation starter on the trip. Almost every time I stopped for gas (which was often) some guy would walk up to me and start talking about the muscle car they had back in high school, the good times they had cruising in it, etc. I often would ask them if they still had the car and almost always it had been sold long ago, to much regret. This Trans Am was sold new at Reliable Pontiac Cadillac in Roseville, CA in December of 1971. If you look close you'll see it has the correct reflectorized month decals on the CA plate. This entire video was shot by me, the car's latest owner and the driver in the video, on an iPhone 5S (yes, even the shots of the car going by - those were a pain because I eventually had to turn around and come back for the camera). I'm neither a videographer nor a photographer but I tried my best to capture the greatness that is this automobile. Sorry for some of the shaky footage but it's quite a challenge to drive a 4-speed, big block muscle car and film at the same time! Those that have driven Route 66 will recognize some of the classic scenery: the Burma Shave signs, the neon motels, the deserted gas stations, the burros of Oatman, AZ, and the endless big sky. On this trip I hit 80+ degree temps in Texas, and a freak snowstorm in Flagstaff, Arizona. All songs are from the 1972 Billboard Top 100: Yes - Roundabout (#91) T Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On) (#56) America - Horse With No Name (#27) Elton John - Rocket Man (#40) The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There (#19) Thanks for watching. Vroom!