1978 Pontiac Trans Am

This rendering is the goal for this 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, which will have a nod towards the modern without losing the “DNA” of the legendary Trans Am. It will be powered by an LS engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and will roll on upgraded suspension and 19″ YearOne snowflake wheels. The color scheme recalls the 10th Anniversary Trans Am gray / silver layout, only inverted on the car. It will also feature loads of modern upgrades inside, like better seating, gauges, Vintage Air A/C, a tilt column, sound deadening, performance audio, and much more.

This Trans Am is destined to be GM Dealer serviced when complete, so our team is building a book of information, warrantee documents, and other specifications so the car is dealer-friendly to service. You can hear that story in the V8 Radio Podcast below.

TECH DATA - 1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM

ENGINE:

Chevrolet LS3 V8

Horsepower: 495 HP @6200 RPM.
Torque: 473 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM.
Compression Ratio: 17:1.
Displacement: 375.4 cubic-inches (6.2L)

TRANSMISSION:

6-Speed Manual

FRONT SUSPENSION:

Tubular

REAR SUSPENSION:

4-Link

WHEELS:

YearOne 19" Snowflake Black / Polished 

V8 Radio Podcast December 17, 2021

The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show is a hot topic on this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, and our hosts Mike Clarke and Kevin Oeste review the racing trade show and scheme up a plan for next year.   Next up is a chat about a Pro-Touring 1969 Chevrolet Camaro coming together at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, complete with a 775 HP LT5 engine hooked to a 10 speed automatic transmission.  This one is going to be a handful!   They also cover a modernized 1978 Pontiac Trans Am and a whole new way to look after the car, and wrap it all up with some tool talk.   And there is also Automotive Trivia, along with a few laughs and other nonsense, on the latest episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!

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2021 PRI Show, Building a 775 Hp LT5 10-Speed 1969 Camaro, Modernizing a Trans Am, Tools, and More on the V8 Radio Podcast!
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V8 Radio Podcast from SEMA Show

The V8 Radio Podcast are coming to you directly from the 2021 SEMA Show floor in Las Vegas!  Mike Clarke and Kevin Oeste bring you a mid-SEMA week update, including thoughts on the show, new products, the electrified Project X, and much more.   Even a cameo from our buddy Chip!  But even on-location, they still toss out some cool Automotive Trivia questions and they usual antics you’ve come to expect from the V8 Radio Podcast!

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V8 Radio Podcast SEMA Prep

Mike “Q” Ball Clarke and Kevin Oeste gear up for the 2021 SEMA Show and make some plans to record a V8 Radio Podcast from the show floor right in the middle of SEMA Week.   Kevin realizes this is his 25th SEMA Show, and reflects on how there is still so much to learn, see, and do for car enthusiasts.   There are a couple cool trivia questions, a few laughs, and more on this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!

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1957 Ford Thunderbird Coyote Swap

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If you have been a loyal listener to the V8 Radio Podcast, you know that our Esteemed Co-Host Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke only recently got his 1967 Pontiac GTO back together after a 7-year hiatus.   Well, guess what… he’s thinking about blowing it apart again!   And, some great new Automotive Trivia questions are shared, and Kevin tells Mike he sucks and his car is slow.   You really have to listen to the V8 Radio Podcast for the details!

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1968 Chevrolet Malibu Sport Coupe Maintenance at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This very clean 1968 Chevrolet Malibu Sport Coupe came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for a little maintenance for the summer cruising season.   The car is wearing a wide variety of options, including power steering and brakes, factory tilt wheel, in-dash tachometer, air conditioning, remote trunk release, power windows, rear sway bar, and more.    We helped the customer locate the car, then performed some needed maintenance to get it back on the road.   Soon, it returned for some updates, like Global West tubular front suspension.    It drives amazingly, and has the right look!

 

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1983 AMC Eagle

This is an unexpected car at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, but it’s cool nonetheless. These 4 wheel drive AMC mini-wagons are gaining popularity, both for their nostalgic draw, and also for their surprising capabilities when properly equipped. This one is powered by a 4-litre straight six, with plans to modify the suspension and do some other upgrades. It’s a father and son project, which makes it even cooler. Follow along as we help them “move the needle” to get this one closer to being ready to modify and enjoy.

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