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Author Topic: 1981 Daytona Pace Car - 301 Turbo  (Read 2776 times)

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BluuesMan

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1981 Daytona Pace Car - 301 Turbo
« on: March 28, 2010, 09:53:55 AM »
I have a "Friend" that recently bought a white 1981 TA - Daytona Pace car.
It has the 301 turbo motor.
He has it set in his brain that a 400 CI Pontiac is what belongs in there.
While I might not argue that my 1977 TA 400 is a good motor and is more reliable.
The damage to his resale value is going to take a big hit.
I am going over to help today and pull the motor so the engine bay can be cleaned and prepared for the 400.
I told him I would help for free if he would let me keep the 301 and the turbo.
Anyone interested in the motor?
It does run and everything for now is intact.
It supposedly was rebuilt but I cannot guarantee that is true.
Is it worth saving ??
Am I getting the best of this deal?

I just hate to see a Pontiac Motor go to the scrapper.

E-mail me @ BluuesMan@Gmail.com if interested.
Northern Colorado - Greeley

blue81ta

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Re: 1981 Daytona Pace Car - 301 Turbo
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 11:14:38 AM »
If I were your "Friend" I would keep the 301T motor in case he wants/needs to sell the car. He can always store the engine somewhere, so that if he sells the car, it will have the original engine. Your right, the resale value will suffer without the 301T. People who know the car market better than I have said that the Pace Cars are gaining in value and will be sought after as one of the collectible Trans Ams.

YES, the 301T is worth saving.

If you get the engine and don't want it, PLEASE do not just throw it on the junk pile. Most people think of the 301 as junk but it is a good reliable engine. If you don't want it please check out this website below. These guys love the 301T. Some of them have 3-4 or more Trans Ams with the 301T. They know this engine inside and out. Please go to this site and sign up and see if one of them would be interested in saving the engine. If they don't maybe they can put you in contact with someone who does.


"I just hate to see a Pontiac Motor go to the scrapper."  ME too.

Go here:


http://www.301garage.com/index.htm
Keith
1981 Trans Am
2001 Firebird

My safe haven from all of life's bs

BluuesMan

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Re: 1981 Daytona Pace Car - 301 Turbo
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 11:33:20 AM »
Thanks for the link !!
The reason I referred to him as a "Friend" is....
I've only known him for a year or so....
He knows it all and is always ready to tell you so.
I was told about the impending demise of the 301T and tried to talk him out of it.
I tried to explain that he needed to do exactly as you said..
Store it somewhere in case you ever sell the car.
I made that mistake with the original intake and carb off of my '77.
I'll post the result after we get it apart.

The engine bay sure looks like it was cooked in a furnace.
I know turbos produce heat but......
It looks like a combo of rust and heat..
He's got a lot of work to clean up under the hood..
He's got one thing going for him....
He bought a Pontiac...
Can't be all that bad.. ;)

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Re: 1981 Daytona Pace Car - 301 Turbo
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