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This is the story of my custom 1984 Pontiac Acadian
From this "P.O.S."....
....to this HOT ROD. Yes, it is the same car, 7 years later!
I bought it brand new with only 18 klms on it in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 17th, 1984 for only $7287.00.
Options were; 2 tone paint and Tilt Steering...not much really, but hey...it's an Acadian, what would you expect for a cheap car. Don't get me wrong, I think GM had a great car going if you were in the market foaffordable r and yes, very reliable transportation. This was my second new car of this body. The first was a 1979 Chevette which I also bought brand new for $4250. That was traded in a year later for a brand new 1980 Monza Spyper which proved to be the biggest problematic car of my life because that car literally was a total lemon. But that is another story. I have to say though, it's the car I miss the most.
This was my 1980 Chevrolet Monza Spyder
(for those of you who don't know what that looked like)
After a few years, I wanted to have something faster, not having enough money to buy another car I set out to make this little Acadian go faster. I visited my local speed shop and ordered a V6 swap kit from Hooker Headers. The rest as they say is HISTORY. I bought a 3.8 V6 and Automatic Transmission from a wrecked 1985 Olds Cutlass Supreme.
Notice the odd configurations the right side headers go. The collector was right below the main pulley and both exhaust pipes would go down the left side of the engine. The reason for this was starter (not shown) was in the way on the right side not allowing any room for the exhaust to go out that side. Changing the oil was nearly impossible when the engine was hot and the way the headers went it was pretty tough on batteries (the battery touched the header pipe). This picture was taken when I pulled the engine out to repaint it. I painted it grey because that was the colour of my interior. The carburetor was an Edelbrock 750 and the air filter was a Pro Street Blower Style.
See...it did so too go very fast. After this picture was taken I measure the burnout marks. This car did not have posi-trac but the marks were 165 ft on one side and about 60 ft on the other. I was truly astounded that I had twisted my first rear end. Sorry for the crappy picture but it was taken off the video I had made of my burnout. It did the 1/4 mile in ~14 seconds, ~95 mph (estimates done by a friends at both ends with stop watches and my looking at the speedo when I past them, closest race track was 350 miles away. Keep in mind the speedo on this car was only to 85 mph, when I crossed the line it was straight down over the odometer)...Fastest I know I had it was 135 mph with still room to go, I was being followed by a guy in a luxury car with a digital dash. He followed me to the next stop light and rolled down his window to tell me how fast I was going. It was like, "What the hell do you have in that thing? That is not stock, is it?" To be honest...it was very scary so I never did it again, car was too light and didn't hold the road well at that speed. The car weighed nothing compared to where the engine came from, I went from 65 hp to 180 hp, nearly triple the original.
Oh, one other note, the right side tire was bald in about a week because showing off this power became very addictive. I eased off after I had to cough up another $265 for another tire.
Next was paint the car a much 'cooler' colour....black!...continued on next page
Look out...you won't believe what you will see in the next pages.
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