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post #41 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2017, 03:17 PM
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Location: Belleville MI
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You make some good points, I will say that my V8 Solstice is fun, but it is not a "forgiving" car if driven hard without the proper attention being paid to it. I will say that it is easier to drive than my 1977 Pontiac Astre Formula, it has a modified aluminum Buick 3.5 Liter V8 that dyno'd at 318 HP at the crank. T-5 manual trans and a dana 44 axle with 4.11 gears and a locker. Even with its 1.9" longer wheelbase, its 3.8" narrower track, smaller and narrower tires, and 30 year older suspension tech make it much more challenging to drive, also the dana locker will some times ad a sense of adventure in tight turns as it locks and unlocks the rear axle, not nearly as smooth as the LSD in the Solstice.

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1969 Firebird Sprint 301 OHC-6, T-5
1971 Catalina Freeway Enforcer 455
1973 Lemans Safari 400 4-speed
1977 Astre Formula 215 V-8 T-5
1978 Sunbird Safari 231 V-6 2004R
1978 Catalina Safari Soon to have a Pontiac 400 4bb
2006 Mallet Solstice LS2 6-speed Manual
2009 G8 GT
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