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    Hey guys,
    Had a dumb question;
    I've got a 77 bird with a "P" in the vin for a 350 4bbl, but when trying to research if its a Chevy or Poncho 350, I'm coming up empty handed.
    I know the "R" vin code 350 4bbl is an olds engine and I know pontiac stopped using poncho 350's in/around 77.
    Does any know what make the P code 350 is? Or have a 77 bird with a P code 350 that can tell me?
    (I currently have a sbc motor swapped in my 77, but just curious what it came with orig.)
    Thanks guys

  • #2
    I can't imagine Pontiac using a Chevy engine in 77 unless it was a Canadian build.

    I'm sure Chuck or DB will be able to tell you for sure though.

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    • #3
      Its a Norwood built car,
      I wish a poncho motor would've came with the car,
      But no such luck

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      • #4


        Looks like it could have been a Chevy according to my book.


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        • #5
          Thanks Chief! good info there.
          I looked all over for that info with no luck.
          But,
          nothing says a poncho power plant won't find its way into my bird eventually...

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          • #6
            350 poncho motors get overlooked for 400 and 455 but I don't see any reason why a 350 can't be built for power or maybe a turbo system


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            • #7
              Great minds think alike!
              I was thinking of a Pontiac 350, mild build, and twin turbo set-up...
              Only hiccup I can think of is the header/exhaust manifold...

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              • #8
                You could use the shortie headers. Think they are meant for a first gen bird but they would possibly work with a little modification.


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                • #9
                  P is the Pontiac 350. And they did use a sbc 305 in the base model in 77.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ZombiePopper View Post
                    Great minds think alike!
                    I was thinking of a Pontiac 350, mild build, and twin turbo set-up...
                    Only hiccup I can think of is the header/exhaust manifold...
                    Talk to 70bird he has a 455 turbo and he made his own exhaust based off stock 3 bolt flange Pontiac manifolds.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chuck View Post
                      P is the Pontiac 350. And they did use a sbc 305 in the base model in 77.

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                      Are you sure the P code in 77 is a pontiac 350???
                      The pic of the page Chief showed,
                      Says the P code 350 is a chevy...

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                        • #13
                          I looked at the book again and I think the vin code is at the end of each engine description which would make chucks statement correct


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                          • #14
                            Interesting,
                            If the vin code is after the engine description, (and it looks like it is, we know the R code 350 is an Olds motor)
                            that page doesn't look like it specifies what make the P code 350 is....or am I missing it?
                            Chuck sounds like he knows what he's talking about

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                            • #15
                              I'm almost positive about that but I'll check my Redbook when I get home later this week.

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