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Drove up to my local track last night, this car was getting quite a bit of attention. The car was torquing the left front tire up so hard that it (SNAPPED) the rear swaybar on a launch. Never been so proud of my Butler Power!!
Thanks for everything guys,
I do not have a normal customer testimonial. Long story short, I was cruising through the Craigslist automobiles for sale in the State of Texas.
I ended up on the Lubbock, Texas Craigslist and two things caught my eye on a rather short add for a 1978 Trans Am. They were, Butler and Tremec. I could not stand it, so I called the guy who owned the car and he said it had been parked for six years in a shed, but it still ran. I rented a car hauler, and made the 5 hour drive to Lubbock.
The car had four flat tires, and the interior was out of the car. But it had a Butler 455 Crate Engine in it, and a Tremec TKO 600. The owner supplied a 3 ring binder with all of the tech information from your firm on the build of the engine. We got the engine started, I drove it, and I bought it on the spot for a very good price.
That was six months ago, and all I have done to the engine is change the oil, new oil filter, new fuel filter, and new spark plugs. The previous owner was not much on maintenance, so I had to tighten up all of the intake bolts, oil pan bolts, and header bolts. That stopped the oil leaks.
The Butler 455 crate motor ya'll built is bullet proof and runs very, very well. I have had some issues with getting the car back on the road, but none of them are related to the the Butler Engine.
Your Butler Engine was abused, neglected, and parked for six years in less than an ideal conditions. Yet it still runs better than any other engine I have ever owned, and it is rock solid.
I have made numerous telephone calls to Butler Performance while in the process of getting the Trans Am back on the road. Each time I have received thoughtful, and helpful replies to my questions about the Butler Engine. They did not care that I did not buy the engine from them, they just want to be helpful and keep their engines on the road.
Thank goodness for Butler Performance Engines and diamonds in the rough on Craigslist.
I would like to once again thank you and your company for the great service. In this world, it is very pleasing to find a company like yours, a company that has a real heart and soul, for what they are doing. I can say that it has been a real pleasure to deal with you. Cannot wait till the engine is finished, I will email you the engine dyno run and figures.
Thank you for everything, you have been a tremendous help in my first Pontiac motor build.
Huey Long (Parkersburg, WV) 4/9/2014
Just wanted to let you know I got the engine fired up and it sounds great. Cranked over about 8 times and took off. Got my initial break in time run on it. So far so good. Just waiting for some dry weather so I can take it out for a road test.
Richard Heater (4/11/2014)
The Pontiac tuning family here in Sweden is growing slowly and with good quality parts from guys like you we now can find parts to beat the other brands.
"Wanted to let you guys know how great my engine package runs & performs! I finally made it to the drag strip w/my car what was about 22 yrs.to the day since I was @ Ubly Dragway before I parked it & made the car what it is today! It ran consistent 10.40’s all day. We had people coming over & checking out my car & they couldn’t believe it when I told them it runs on pump gas w/ street tires & mufflers. There was a few Pontiac guys there that were very impressed that when they looked under the hood they were expecting to see a big block Chevy and seeing a Pontiac setting in there they wanted to know all about it. So I told them if you want to make your Pontiac engine run like mine and be reliable to drive, get ahold of Butler Performance! l tell everybody @ all the car shows we go to also because I get so many compliments on how great my engine looks! It got me a trophy @ Frankenmuth Auto Fest this fall. They only give out 50 awards and there were around 2500 cars there! So thanks again for getting my engine running right w/ the head & cam package to complete the 467 kit. It runs and sounds wicked! "
Dave Dillon-MI 10/16/2013
October 07, 2013
Roubine Kibinian from Beirut/ Lebanon.
"I would like to thank you for all the help ,quality parts and
Hi David & Caleb,
I am doing exactly what I wanted to do with my vintage muscle car which is take it out and drive it!
Thanks again for your work. I am one happy customer who will return to Butler for any future Pontiac needs.
Kind regards, Frank Knobelspies – Germany 5-6-2013
Hey guys, spoke to Jim Butler on Tuesday morning, asked him some questions about the crankshafts you sell and we had a wonderful chat. I called back later in the afternoon after checking with my wonderful wife and spoke to Caleb and he took my order (and he even apologized for having a head cold). He told me I should receive my order on Thursday. It all arrived in good condition. Well, just wanted to say thanks for the help and now I can get started with the 462 for my 69 Grand Prix. Also I want to let you guys know I contacted a few other companies before I called you, and couldn't get a complete answer after 5 e-mails. So glad I called butler performance, got all my answers with a great attitude, keep up the good work and I will definitely buy from butlers again.
THANKS JERRY LIFORD
Hi David, I just wanted to say thank you so much as I just went to Toronto Motorsports Park this past weekend with my 70 GTO and I went 10.65/124 with a 1.45 60ft. with basically a stock suspension, 90-10 front shocks & 20+yr.old rear ladder bars. You told me I would go Tens with this combo & I did it easily, It needed jetting but was way too cold up here in the North to do it. I just made 3 runs as it started raining.
Email from Mark Stira. Mark bought a balanced stroker rotating assembly, ported Edelbrock heads, mild hyd. Roller cam kit, and most other parts, gaskets, etc needed to assemble his engine, from Butler Performance. Mark had his block machined locally and then assembled the engine himself with specs and tech help from us. See Mark’s email and dyno results below:
I want to thank everyone at Butler Performance for the advice, assistance and fair pricing on my engine parts.
It’s people like the staff at Butler that make the automotive performance world a great place to be. In a world full of arrogance, your staff always took the time to patiently talk through any issues I had. Butler Performance is a real class act.
Steven Shannon “ 7-6-12
Hi Butler Performance,
Attached are the pics of our 73 Trans Am. Your company built this engine in 1995, the same year that we restored and rebuilt the car. The odometer was set to ZERO at that time, and as you can see it now has around 90,000 mile on it.
This vehicle has been on 4 consecutive Hotrod Power Tours as well as in the 12's at the track, and also many cross country trips!
When we recently saw you at the Year One Experience in Atlanta we took it on the track and it ran great as well. We have never had any problems with the engine and would like to thank you for doing such a great job on it. It has given us many enjoyable hours on the road.
...And again, thank you very much for all your help during this build. And for the super quick delivery on the parts.
Bjørn from Norway - 5-13-12
Just wanted you to know that the Center Force Dual Friction clutch arrived last week and was installed on Friday. The difference is night and day. This car has a Tremec TKO 600 and I was running the clutch that came with the install kit. It was so stiff that it was really a pain to drive and it chattered like crazy no matter how careful you were with it.
Butler Performance, I would like to thank you and your employees down there for all the help you have given me. My engine builder has also called down and asked for advice. He is very happy with all the help he has received. Please pass this on and tell everyone a great big thank you from me.
Thanks Guys, finally found someone that listens and responds. Rings are perfect fit, great price. Yall got a new customer for life.
Thanks Mike- WV
Just a note to let you know the engine went together just fine (with the rotating assembly supplied by Butler Performance). I was really impressed with the machine work on the crank, bearing clearance was right on the money on each bearing surface! The engine performs great and is very smooth running, a sign of a quality balance job. Thanks again for you help,
Joe Hand- MO
PS: Jim Hand is my dad and he said to say Hi.
I have won another best of show award today,at the La Salle/Peru car show in La Salle Illinois. Thank you for an outstanding engine that performs,on the street as well as on the dragstrip. This trans-am and 505ci engine is totally blowing the doors off ,other cars in the car show circuit. Today marks the 30th award this year,of 31 shows I have entered my bandit edition trans- am. Offers to buy my trans-am are starting appear, well this car is not for sale. Thanks, David for a perfect engine package for my trans- am .
I want to thank you for spending the time on several occasions to help me with my newly built 455. It was burning oil and had low cranking compression.You advised me to pull air from the valve cover breathers back to the air cleaner and sent the parts needed. I did it and the oil consumption immediately dropped. Furthermore, after only 150 miles, cold cranking compression is now at 150 psi!! I just checked one cylinder but expect they all are coming up. I will put a thousand or so miles on it and see how it does. I may have to call again, but I am pretty confident it will now seal as it should. I have also talked to Chase on occasion and he is always very helpful.
You folks are a great resource, even after “the sale” and I greatly appreciate you all.
David Sewell- TN - August 19,2011
Hello, just a quick note to say that I received my order yesterday and everything was fine and correct per my order. Thank you for your quick service.
Dean- Canada - July 30, 2011
Dear Butler Performance,
The engine is a Beast! So much power! Have only cracked the outer two carbs a couple times but holy cow, once in first and the tires lit up, once in second same thing! It will take some getting used to, so much power and right now power! Very crisp, my mechanic friend is amazed at the instant RPM response. Jim, Thank you, and PLEASE thank everyone who was involved.
Mark- AZ - July 8, 2011
Peter- Denmark - July 3, 2011
Hi , I recieved my parts order today, everything looks fine and it came through customs ok, I appreciate your help with this, I'll be sure to contact you when I next need some parts and will recommend you to any other Pontiac racers Thanks Paul - UK
You're a great company to work with. Top quality products and excellent service. I'm impressed with the delivery being when you said it would be. Give my thanks to David and Jim, also
Chris Piper - MI
Butler Performance -
My friend Michael from Orlando received parts for my 7K3 heads. Thank you very much for your help in restoring my car for quick response to my e-mails and for very fast delivery. It's always a pleasure doing business with you. If I need anything else, I e-mail you !!
Butler performance & Staff,
Package delivered, and everything is 100% OK.
Dear Butler Performance Team,
You have been outstanding in your help with my order in the rebirth of my 1976 Trans Am 455. You could have just sold me parts and been done, but instead you shown compassion that not many companies have anymore. Your pride and professionalism shown as bright as the north star, and with very knowledgeable folks on your team you were able to save me money and still helped me put together an awesome engine combination to showcase Pontiac power. I will proudly drive my Trans Am as much and as hard as possible and spread the good name of Butler Performance. I will send some pictures as soon as I get the engine installed. I serve my country in the navy and it makes me proud to know that folks such as Butler Performance understand my hardships and find ways to repay me for them.
EN1(EXW,FMF,SW) Bruce Wayne Egolf,
2786 Hwy 43 North
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