David Kawallek's 1981 TA Street Car
David bought a 535 cu.in. assembled shortblock from Butler Performance (Dave likes to do some of his own engine work but wanted us to do the shortblock blueprint and assembly). He also bought a set of our CNC Wideport Edel. heads, ported Victor Intake and all other parts to finish the top end. David received everything he needed for a complete 535 cu.in Engine in one crate from Butler Performance, including ignition, valve covers, Evac Pump kit, etc. Below is a spec sheet and letter Dave sent to us:

Make and Model
Firebird Trans-am
Weight with Driver
¾ Tank of Fuel
Fuel Required
114 Octane
Butler Performance
535 Cubic Inch Displacement
Power Adder
Air Cleaner
K&N 16” with 1” Drop
For Dominator Style Carburetor
1150 CFM Holley Dominator
Book Racing
Intake Manifold
Butler Performance Ported Edelbrock Victor Dominator
Ported to Match Wide Port Heads
Fuel Pump
Mangna Fuel Quick Star 300
Fuel Lines
Steel Braided
Holley Large Port
Cylinder Heads
Butler Performance Edelbrock CNC Wide Ports
Rocker Arms
T&D Shaft Rockers
1.60 Ratio
Ferrea 6000 Series Valves
Engine Block
IAII Iron Block
Flat Top
Total Seal Classic
Compression Ratio
Crower Billet
4.50 Stroke
Connecting Rods
Eagle H Beam
ARP 2000 Bolt
Camshaft Make and Type
Comp Cams
Solid Roller
Cam Specs
Ground On a 112 LSA
Installed @ 108 L/C With .440 Lobe
MSD Pro Billet
Crane HI -6
Total Timing
38 Degrees
Hooker 2” Primary
Model #4202
Exhaust System
Dr. Gas 3 1/2” X Cross Over
Over Walker Race Magnum 3” Mufflers  Torque Tech 3” Tail Pipes
Turbo 400
Forward Pattern Manual Valve Body
Continental 10”
4700 Stall
Stock Pontiac
Slap Shift
Rear End
Moser Ford Nine Inch
Rear Gear Ratio
Trac Tec Detroit
Moser 35 Spline
Brakes F/R
Wil Wood Disc  
Wheels F/R
Weld Racing
Pro Star
Tires F/R
Goodyear Invecta GL Front
Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radials 325x50 Rear
Suspension Front
Stock GM Springs Sway Bar Removed
Carrera 90/10 Drag Shocks
Control Arms
Stock Upper and Lower Control Arms    
Suspension Rear
Cal-Trac Split Mono Springs
Competition Engineering 3 Way Adjustable Drag Shocks Set At 50/50
Traction Devise
Cal-Trac Traction Bars
Best ET
137.27 MPH
Best 60 Foot
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David writes:
Car is driven occasionally just for fun- at normal cruising the car seems like a real pussy cat. The exhaust is relatively quiet and with the Drag Radials it really handles quite well. The car rarely ever exceeds 180 degrees while cruising around, even in 95 plus degree heat. I do drive the car to the track every time and me and my Mopar buddy lay claim that we are the fastest street driven cars that are naturally aspirated that race at our local track. That says a lot about the two most unsuspecting cars that are not either a Chevy or a Ford, and when people look under the hood to see a Pontiac engine in the bay after laying down a fast pass is just priceless!! Just the few passes I have made this year with the new engine have just totally surpassed my expectations. I thought I would have to change the converter and gear and really work over the suspension to get it to run a nine second pass. I do plan to change these things in the future just to see how quick I can get this car to run but for now I am very pleased. I have been purchasing parts from the Butlers for many, many years and have always been satisfied with the products and the service. The attention I received and advise on my latest project was no different, David is probably tired of me calling every other week just to keep him updated on how the car is doing. Butler Performance, thank you for all your help over the years and being someone a person could count on when it comes to parts or performance help and advice.
Thank you,
David Kawallek


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