November 17, 2001 - A New Toy

Never being one to turn down a good opportunity when it arises, so when I found myself with an oil logged engine I was entertaining offers on engines\cars to remedy the situation.  I went over to Monty's one afternoon to ask about engine building I was more than surprised to hear him ask if I wanted a 455 for my car.  I rushed over to look at it and 2 hours later I was the proud owner of a 1973 Pontiac Grandville with running engine.

The car is a boat by any means.  It runs, but the transmission gear shifter is stuck and wouldn't go into gear (naturally).  I got it towed home and set about to getting the scoop.  Was it a 455 car?  The VIN said so but 28 years can make a big difference.  So I opened the hood and set out to find out the block numbers.

Hmm. An XA block.  Classical Pontiac said that it was a 1969 400 block.  Not promising.  Since I knew that the displacement is cast into the drivers side near the freeze plugs I got under the car and began scrubbing.  I found what I had been looking for.

The letters '455' cast into the block.  WOOHOO!  An actual 455!  And for only $800 too.  Not bad.  With 4X heads too.

Next task, to pull the engine from the Grandville and place it in the Trans Am...

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Last updated  November 13th, 2001 at 6:00PM