Hot Rod V6: 1982 Pontiac T1000

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again — I love off-brand examples of mainstream vehicles. Take this next thing. If you tell people that you own a Chevrolet Chevette, most people will assume you were born really poor and/or dropped on your head as a kid. But if you say you’ve got a Pontiac T1000, folks will ask additional questions such as; a what? Or; like the Terminator? Anyway, if you want a conversation starter, don’t get a Chevette, get a Pontiac T1000. Find this 1982 Pontiac T1000 offered for $4,500 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1980 chevrolet malibu
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 10000000
odometer rolled over
paint color: custom
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: hatchback
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1982 Pontiac T100, similar to a Chevrolet Chevette. Cool alternative to the Monza and Chevy Vega. Body and floors are solid, nice interior.

Was a nice driving car before the 4.3 V6 was swapped in. Needs driveshaft and exhaust to be drivable again. $4,500 or $2300 without engine and transmission. Will sell the engine separately for $1,500.

The 4.3 V6 has a fresh rebuild with +.040 Hypereutectic pistons
Balanced rotating assembly
272 Lunati Voodoo Hydraulic Roller Cam
New timing chain
New high Pressure oil pump
New LS7 lifters
Nebuilt Vortec Heads with screw in studs, and high performance valve springs for the hydraulic roller cam
New comp cams roller tip rockers
New pushrods
New aluminum water pump
New HEI, with a genuine GM module
New plugs and wires
New mini starter
New 153 Tooth Flexplate
Edelbrock 600 CFM Carburetor
Engine has been started and runs good. Starts with the vehicles key, you can hear it run.

I have a video of the engine running. Car has not been driven since the swap.

New FTI Stage 2 700R4 Transmission, new FTI 2800-3200 stall converter, new Lokar Console Shifter. new 40,000 pound rated transmission cooler. Has the stock 3.23 posi rear end.

Needs driveshaft and exhaust. Have video of engine running. This car was being built as a father son project. My son enlisted in the service and does not want to take the car with him.

See a better way to drive bronze?