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Old 12-14-2015, 11:50 AM
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Good to see another Pontiac with a Poncho motor

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Sorry I missed this the other day, haha.

I've caught flak from a number of people saying "just go LSx blah blah blah" but I think that would kinda ruin the point of the car.

Hell, I'll go with an IAII block before I go LS in this car.
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Old 01-18-2022, 09:03 PM
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Digging this thread back up, as it has proven to be a valuable way to track the history on this build haha.

So...2015 was my last update, and here we are in 2022. I left the Savannah area in 2016 and returned to the Atlanta area and this project slowed to a crawl until I was able to buy our current house in 2017. While I'm no longer adjacent to a fantastic race track, I do have a dedicated workspace for the car as the house has a basement with a drive-in garage in addition to our upstairs garage! It has proven to be a nice adjustment over the previous cramped garage, but ultimately I will still want to have a standalone building for the shop.

Anyway! Updates!

- The car runs and drives!
- I've nearly completed an entire re-wire of the car (not a hard task, but was absolutely necessary as the original wiring was desperately needing replaced)
- Rear end is factory posi trac unit with 3.55 gears
- Front and rear windshield pans have been replaced
- VintageAir setup nearly complete, I just need to charge the A/C system. Heater system has already been leak checked and pressurized up to operating temp
- Still need to buy BMR sway bars

Hoping to have the last few mechanical kinks worked out in the next few weeks and then I will be taking the car down to my parents in Central GA in anticipation of getting it painted, and then begins the fun task of putting the interior back together!
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Thanks for the update. Post some pics when you have time.
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Thanks for the update. Post some pics when you have time.
x2. Get some updated pics posted when you get the chance.
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It's fantastic that you're still making progress. Good luck with it.
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Digging back into this thread...I had previously crossed my fingers about the press-in studs for the rockers.

Yeah. That didn't pan out.

I ended up pulling the heads back off, and Tommy Goza was kind enough to pull the press-fit studs, cut threads into the heads and installed new ARP threaded rocker studs. After that, I ended up modifying a set of factory pushrod guides to work with the setup and the engine no longer throws rockers or lifts rocker studs! Imagine that!

I have to go back and dig up pictures and get them hosted on photbucket, but here's a pic from awhile ago of the important parts, haha.

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Goza built the bottom end of my 383 LT1. He did good work for me as far as I'm concerned. Glad you found him and his guys.
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Goza built the bottom end of my 383 LT1. He did good work for me as far as I'm concerned. Glad you found him and his guys.
Agreed. He has a wealth of knowledge and there aren't many like him left so it was a no brainer. It's hard to find those guys that have the knowledge AND are fair on pricing!
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