Professionally built and finished throughout, this 1986 Pontiac Grand Am is so highly detailed that you'll probably want to book an overnight stay here in town if you're coming in to look at it!
As a ground-up build, there isn't much 1986 Pontiac left outside of the body shell and some of the interior bits. The nose is a custom 1-piece fiberglass piece made expressly for this car that's held in place with 24K gold plated Dzus fasteners. It incorporates stretched front fenders, but the look is so subtle you may miss it without another Grand Am parked next to this one. Out back, the rear quarter panels have been stretched to cover the positively massive tires. The doors are OEM, and thanks to its ultra-rigid chassis, the car exhibits incredible fit and finish. Paint consists of a Lemon Ice base which is joined by a graphics package composed of Summer Green, Big Band Blue, and Deep Rose, all buried under the clear for a seamless effect.
The engine, although it says Pontiac on the valve covers, is a built LS6 Chevy big block packing 454 cubic inches. The heads are polished aluminum units, there's a custom high-lift camshaft in the center of the block, and a dominator carb up top, and a crank trigger system, which all adds up to approximately 600 horsepower. But again, as a show vehicle, it's the attention to detail and build quality that will really knock you out. Dig the fuel rails and lines feeding the carburetor. The intake manifold has been painstakingly smoothed and polished before being painted high gloss black to match the rest of the engine. The block was similarly prepped and smoothed for great looks. The valve covers are custom items with machined inserts; all the lines are polished stainless, and dig the one-off billet items throughout the engine bay. The transmission is a built GM TH400 3-speed automatic, beefed up to handle life behind the nasty big block up front. There's a full manual valve body setup fed by a TCI 3800 RPM stall torque converter. It twists a custom drive shaft attached to a narrowed and braced Strange 9-inch Ford rear end that has been molded and polished so it's completely seamless. A Mark Williams polished aluminum center section carries 4.88 gears on a Detroit Locker to put the power down reliably through 31-spline axles.
The chassis itself is made from 2x3 mild steel tubing, fully blueprinted and professionally engineered—this is not a backyard amateur build. All the joints are fully TIG welded and finished so the entire thing blends together seamlessly. The cage was designed to be subtle, and features round steel tubing (again all TIG welded) that follows the contours of the body and makes getting in and out of the car easy. Up front, the suspension is a custom strut setup with chrome plated struts, powder coated springs, and a rack-and-pinion steering setup. Out back, the narrowed rear is suspended on a custom 4-link setup featuring more powder coated springs backed by adjustable Koni shocks, a custom chrome wishbone, chromoly heim joints and a built-in driveshaft loop. The exhaust is 100% TIG welded and Jet-Hot coated, including the Flowmaster mufflers. Brakes are discs at all four corners, with polished stainless lines feeding billet calipers and cross drilled rotors. And wheels are fully polished Billet Specialties GTX20s, 15x4s up front, with wide 15x14s out back featuring gigantic 31x18.50 Mickey Thompson SR tires.
The interior is a fully finished driving environment, neither race car barren nor production car ordinary. All the sheet metal panels are 100% custom fabricated and painted like glass. For strength and decoration, everything has been bead rolled, and all the panels are fully removable for ease of service and access. The seats are Recaro Sportsters with 2-tone material and there's a Hurst pistol-grip shifter with custom cover plus a line lock control. The dash is mostly OEM, but has been stuffed full of Autometer American Muscle gauges. And a custom tilt steering column carries a billet steering wheel.
This Grand Am will never be duplicated, and its quality has to be seen to be believed. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information on this awesome car!