In this topsy-turvy, money-is-tight economy, prioritizing your DIY Pontiac projects and the parts you’ll need doesn’t have to be a battle against your budget. New value-priced Pontiac parts are plentiful at prices that won’t wallop your wallet. So what can you get for $25 or less in the world of Pontiac parts and still feel confident in a worthwhile and gratifying project? How about items to improve your vintage or late-model Pontiac’s performance, appearance, value, and functionality? Read on.
Note: Prices mentioned in this story are current as of press time but are subject to change.
OEM-Matched Engine Paints
These Ames-exclusive paint colors replicate the correct metallic and non-metallic various shades of blue engine paints used by Pontiac for ’71-’81, and come in 10-ounce spray cans.
Designed for most Pontiacs from ’67-’92, these polyurethane tranny mounts can handle the abuse of high-performance engines, absorb vibration, and last much longer than rubber.
PNs: Black, ENS-3-1108G
High-Density Valve-Cover Gaskets
These ultra-durable, 5/16-inch-thick valve cover gaskets are made from high-density rubberized cork and are the thickest available for Pontiac engines. They give you the extra height you need to clear roller rockers and polylocks, and they’re reusable.
Price: $15.95 per pair
Short Shifter Handle
UMI’s shifter handle for Fourth Generation Firebirds and Trans Ams puts your hand in the optimum position for quick gear changes with fewer chances of misshifting. It bolts to OE and aftermarket shifter mechanisms, and is compatible with the OE and aftermarket shifter knobs.
Price: $19.95 (available through Summit Racing Equipment)
Automatic Overdrive Shift-Plate Insert
Finish off your four-speed automatic overdrive trans swap with this peel-and-stick insert that lets you know what gear you’re in. They are also available for the Turbo 400 and Turbo 350. (The console shift plate shown is not included.)