We had a chance to catch up with Bobs 11-second, 3,800-pound Tempest when he brought his Tin Indian to Atlanta Dragway from his Montgomery, Alabama, home. Mid-11s are no sweat with this non-GTO Pontiac A-body. We had a chance to catch up with Bobs 11-second, 3,800-pound Tempest when he brought Does this look like an 11-second car? Nah, we dont think so either. And Bob likes it that way, thank you. The only body alterations are a 67 GTO hood and grille. But the GTO grille hasyou guessed ita Tempest emblem to further the sleeper concept. Weld Pro Star wheels complete the look. Does this look like an 11-second car? Nah, we dont think so either. And Bob likes it Yes, the 67 GTO hood is functional and fits over the air cleaner and the foam piece around the filter. The bottom half of the 455 is covered with a 7-quart Moroso oil pan. Dyno results showed 512 hp at 5,800 rpm and 502 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm. Yes, the 67 GTO hood is functional and fits over the air cleaner and the foam piece The stock bucket seats remain, and the wheel is a stock wooden GTO unit. RCI five-point, cam-lock seatbelts keep Bob in place during those 11-second passes. Primary info comes from the stock gauges, and yup, Bob keeps tabs on engine speed with a factory-type, hood-mounted tach. The stock bucket seats remain, and the wheel is a stock wooden GTO unit. RCI five-point, c The triple bank of Auto Meter gauges measures the usual water temp, oil pressure, and voltage. Integrated into the factory console is a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter to control the TH400 trans. An MSD adjustable-timing control also has a rev limiter and a shift light integrated into the overall system. The factory Pontiac vacuum gauge still works. The triple bank of Auto Meter gauges measures the usual water temp, oil pressure, and volt Setting up the back of a GM A-body for respectable street/strip performance isnt rocket science, its just a matter of the right combination of functional parts. Helping out in the traction department are Southside lift bars, Koni shocks, twin airbags (one inside each spring), and stock upper control arms. A TA Performance rearend cover strengthens the 3.73-geared 12-bolt rearend. Setting up the back of a GM A-body for respectable street/strip performance isnt roc A Mallory fuel-pressure regulator and gauge keep tabs on fuel going into the Q-jet carb. Note also how Bob has insulated the fuel line to help protect it from heat. A Mallory fuel-pressure regulator and gauge keep tabs on fuel going into the Q-jet carb. N A Jacobs Ultra Coil connects to the top of the HEI with its special cap. Note also the ducting that protrudes from the firewall next to the Jacobs box. This connects to the air cleaner and provides additional air from the cowl through the firewall. A Jacobs Ultra Coil connects to the top of the HEI with its special cap. Note also the duc With the huge air cleaner removed, the 455 Pontiac is easier to see. Induction duties are handled with an 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet sitting atop an Edelbrock Torker II intake. Note that all A/C components are in place and functional. Even the A/C compressor belt is in placeas raced the day we photographed the car. With the huge air cleaner removed, the 455 Pontiac is easier to see. Induction duties are An $800 acquisition in 1973, this 67 Pontiac Tempest has kept Bob Hinson entertained on the street and the strip for 25 years. Once powered by a Pontiac 326 and a two-speed automatic, the car now blasts the traps well into the 11-second range with speeds of a buck-fifteen. Are we impressed? Yes, but more so when you factor in that Bob does the trick with 455 inches of true Pontiac muscle. Its a fairly mild 455 tooit sees about 5,000 miles a year on the street. According to Bob, this is a real 11-second street car thatll also cruise all day on the highway (turning about 3,200 rpm at 65 mph). Says Bob, The appearance and sound of the car gets respect on the street, and it can be driven anywhere, any distance, and with the A/C on if need be. Sure, the street is cool, but the strip is where the real action is. Its also where we caught up with Bob at a National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) event held at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. Suspensionwise, the upgrades are basic but really seem to work well. The stock frontend uses springs acquired through the Buick GS Club of America (the Skylark and Tempest/LeMans ride on nearly the same chassis) and Competition Engineering 90/10 shocks. Out back theres a pair of Koni shocks and Southside Machine traction bars. An airbag in each rear spring further helps in keeping the 12-bolt rearend in place. All suspension pieces also benefit from PST Polygraphite bushings. Aside from the addition of a rollcage to stiffen the cars structure somewhat, the body and interior are pretty much stockthe perfect appearance to have when the guy next to you at the local Green Light Nationals thinks his high-12-second car is quick. Inside, even the factory Pontiac vacuum gauge is in place and functional. In the cruise mode, Bob gets sounds from a Custom Autosound tape player and cool air from an installed-in-1975 Sears A/C system that blows super cold. Motivating this straightforward but quick sleeper is the aforementioned Poncho 455 based on a 71 455 H.O., four-bolt main-block. Its bored cylinders net 462 cubes with the factory H.O. crank. Connecting forged flat-top slugs to the crank is a set of Pontiac 455 Super Duty connecting rods. These rare pieces make up the main element that separated the 73-74 Super Duty 455 Firebird engines from a normal Ram Air IV 455. Above this bulletproof short-block are the factory H.O. heads ported according to NMCA Top Stock class rules. The stock 2.11-inch intake and 1.77-inch exhaust valves are moved by an Ultradyne cam with 296 degrees of advertised intake duration, 304 de grees on the exhaust, and 0.556-inch lift on both. The results when all these parts are put together are something Bob can be proud of. At one point during 1996, Bobs career pass in the car was an 11.66 at 115 mph. This was done with the air cleaner on the car, a full exhaust system, and 28.5x9-15 Firestone slicks. His 60-foot times were also decent in the low 1.6-second zone. He didnt stop there though; he told us the times would be under 11.50 before 1997 was over. Accomplishing his goal, Bob has squeaked his Poncho below the 11.50 zone with an 11.45 at 116 mph. Were sure that Bobs competition is impressed when they see nothing but Pontiac taillights wavin goodbye. Enjoyed this Post? 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