|THE KILLER QUAD!
1991 PONTIAC GRAND AM 2.3 QUAD 4 H.O.
At Great Lakes Dragaway
RT: .714 (dont laugh)
|The 91 Grand Am
Well this Grand Am was actually bought to be used in SCCA
Autocross. Guess what, never even made one event. Like any car nut
who lives close to a dragstrip when you get a new car ya have to see
what it will do. Opening weekend at GLD (Great Lakes Dragaway) for the 2000 season I was there to test my new toy. It blew my mind that I ran a 15.3 on the first pass not knowing what to use for a launch rpm or shift points.
Ok this is cool its faster than the 94 V6 camaro I had a while back. By the end of its first outing I got it to a 14.99 and thats all it took to get me hooked on getting this car to fly. One guy there that day told of the GLD Club Gold points series, its bracket racing. Well here I am now.
After 3 years of stripping parts adjusting what ever I can
and building several motors over the first few years! not much remains stock. Basicly the unibody, brakes, wheels, and steering(minus the P/S pump).
The whole car was stripped to bare metal. Then my friend Brad Thomas made a sheet metal dash and added in the gauges did the wiring. So there is just a kirky race seat and a 5 point harness. Also the required electronics, MSD DIS-II, an N.O.S. progressive controller.
Bumpers are just the plastic facsia covers all mounts and impact bars are gone, big time weight drop, and some creative mounting to get the covers back on, gotta love zip ties and duck tape. The wiper system is removed, heater and a/c completely gone, no power steering. Some more aero work will be done some time in the future as are the remaining glass windows going away, replacing with lexan.
I have just recently slammed the car down. It has eibach lowering springs up front along with it being chained down to stop any upward travel. The rear is hacked dropping it to the same height as the front. With minimal trave stopping the bounce I was getting in 1st gear.
Now here is were the fun is. There is a intake tube from a Ford truck for my air intake to the manifold The alternator is the only item on the serp belt. Now powersteering so less drag on the motor. The exhaust is stock ported manifold with a short extension pipe. Makes it loud and annoying but the power and notoriety I get makes up for it. The engine has a custom built head, ported an larger valves. This was all good but I decided I needed more speed so a sportsman fogger nitrous oxide kit was installed. That led to forged pistons and H-beam rods. Then a progressive controller was added in to smooth out the heavey shot along with a MSD DIS-II ignition box With a 125 shot it will roll the 215/60R14 BFG drag radials through first into second and a bit in third. This NOS system was well worth it as it gave me a 1.7 second gain in time and 16 mph in the 1/4 mile. And always getting better as the car is slowly perfected.
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up to 25 race season or more depending on backing, race throughout midwest
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|A great 2003 season leads to rough 2004.
2003 was a great year for this little race team, almost winning the local track class championship. That was just part of it, In August at Norwalk Raceway Park I won the Pontiac Nationals FWD class championship! Then same weekend had a photo shoot for a Feb. 04 issue of High Performance Pontiac magazine. This great weekend was followed by several Import War wins at GLD
04 was less productive with financial set backs and motor problems but was able to win the bracket class at the Cordova Nopi Race Wars. Finished up the year for a seconed year in a row loosing the home track points race series in the last race but this one came down to a run off. I got second one place better than 03.
Several new mods to the car should make it more deadly in 05
See ya at the track!