This section is devoted to the pros and amateurs who build and modify their birds for serious road racing competition!
Engine/Transmission: The engine is a 1970 RAIV 400 4-bolt main block. Its
built with a nodular iron crank, 1974 SD Rods, ARP bolts and studs, Sealed Power pistons
and Moly rings, a Comp Cams hydraulic lifter set and cam (.517"/.532" lift), a
Cloyes timing chain, a Melling oil pump, a Baffeled/Trapdoor oil pan from H.O. Racing and
a crank scraper from Warrior.
Engine/Transmission: The engine in the car was built by a local shop to
American Sedan specifications and is the only thing Ken didn't get involved with. A 600
CFM Holly double-pumper carb sits atop an Edelbrock "Performer RPM" manifold,
feeding stock, mildly ported stock 305 heads. Valves are stock, actuated by roller rockers
driven by a custom 1/2" lift cam through solid lifters. Bottom end is
balanced/blueprinted stock 305 CID Chevy small block. All accessories are driven by a tiny,
underdrive race crank pulley using an upgraded late model serpentine belt. An MSD
billet distributor drives an MSD 6AL ignition box. Several header pipes were tried and
none fit without modification. Exhaust is straight pipe back to turndowns just before the
rear end. The entire arrangement puts out 330 horsepower and 310 ft-lbs of torque.
Engine/Transmission: 350 GM racing engine with tuned port fuel injection rated
at 365hp. Rear gear ratio is 3:43
I'm a huge NASCAR fan and this is an incredible and
unique addition to the Gallery. This Firebird is one of the Firebirds used
in NASCAR racing in the early 1970s. It was car #36 and was driven by H.B.
Bailey. The current owner of the car, David Tom recently contacted me and provided me with
the current photos, vintage magazine pics and the postcard. The first two
pics are of the car on display at a NASCAR event in Fontana, CA last
April. The magazine pics show the car being driven by H.B. Bailey. The
first pic shows Bailey trailing none other than Herb Adams in his #96
NASCAR Firebird while competing in Daytona Speed Weeks. The fourth pic
shows Herb Adams running in the #96 Firebird in the Citrus 250, Bailey and
legendary Buck Baker leading the parade lap at Daytona and another shot of
Baker in his #87 Firebird.
This is a pic of the Jerry Titus driven #92
Firebird named "Tire Bird". There is significance to the
nickname (the cars sponsor was BFG Radials) but I do not have the full
story on the history of this car. If anyone would like to e-mail me some
info while I do some research I'd appreciate it.
I recently came across this pic of the 1982 Trans Am that won the 1982
SCCA Trans Am Championship. Its a 1982 Trans Am Special Edition and has
been restored recently by Huffaker Racing. The Car (tube frame Chassis
#001) was driven to the championship by Elliot Forbes Robinson and was
owned by the famous Mecham Racing. Engine and tranny combo are currently a
331c.i. V-8 and Saenz 5-speed.
If anyone has any information on this historic Firebird please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org (remove the "1" before sending). I'd also be interested in information about the current whereabouts of the car and its owner to let them know the car is on the site and more importantly to get updated pics and info!!!
Engine/Transmission: Stock (Firehawk Spec) 5.7L LS1 V-8
rated at 327 horsepower, 180° thermostat with
400ci bored to 461ci (452hp / 574ftlbs), Holley 750 4-bbl, Carter Fuel Pump,
MSD Ignition, Eagle Rods, Eagle Crank, JE Pistons, Comp Cam, Hays Flywheel,
Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock heads, Hooker Super Comp Headers, Spin Tech
Mufflers, Accusump Oil Accumulator, Canton Racing Oil Pan, Rodney Red
radiator, and Flowkool water pump, original Doug Nash 4+1 tranny (DKM mod),
Long Shifters R-Lockout, Hays Flywheel, Centerforce Clutch