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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 02:36:44 PM »
Seems a little pricey to me.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007, 03:14:54 PM »
yeah, I know that seller and I do not trust him any farther than I can throw him.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 02:34:48 AM »
please dust your car if you're gonna sell it

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 05:45:41 PM »
I never knew they offered a turbo in 78.

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 08:25:51 PM »
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I never knew they offered a turbo in 78.

tom


That's because they didn't. Nor any turbo 400s. Which leads me to agree with Brett's statement.

It looks like a combination of a turbo car with a 400 car and a Fire Am with a Macho T/A. Anyone here know what that makes it?
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 09:41:49 PM »
Some of the Macho cars were built with th400 transmissions and turbocharged small block Chevy engines. The majority were Pontiac and Olds powered, but when their clients wanted a nasty engine they got out the hairdryers. There were several Macho T/A Talons that were turbocharged and sent to Saudi Arabia to rich sheiks in the late '70's and early '80's.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007, 10:23:12 PM »
I actually meant turbocharged 400s.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2007, 10:35:12 PM »
Once upon a time I did no small amount of research on putting twin pull-though turbos on a 400.  Then things worked out so getting married was more attractive, and the money for the turbos was spent on the engagement ring.  Lo these 29 years later I must admit that the ring yielded a better return on investment than the turbos would have -- although I still have the car too... 8)  8)  :wink:

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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2007, 06:12:22 AM »
Wow, reserve not met at $30,000+  :shock:
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2007, 09:57:27 AM »
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yeah, I know that seller and I do not trust him any farther than I can throw him.


"With your bad knee, you shouldn't throw anybody. "  :lol:

Seriously though, I heard the turbocharged MACHO T/A's weren't much faster, if at all, than regular 400's. But they also cost a pretty penny  :? .
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2007, 11:39:36 AM »
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I never knew they offered a turbo in 78.

tom


That's because they didn't. Nor any turbo 400s. Which leads me to agree with Brett's statement.

It looks like a combination of a turbo car with a 400 car and a Fire Am with a Macho T/A. Anyone here know what that makes it?


DKM (who made the Machos) did indeed offer a turbo option in 78 & 79.  It was an HO Racing system with a pressurized carb bonnet.  When in proper tune they were supposedly very fast, but... like all things complex, keeping it in that "proper tune" took some effort.  I've read a couple of road tests from "back in the day" about the Macho Turbos.  One was of a privately owned Macho that had been in the hands of the private owner for over a year.  The author of the article wasn't too impressed as it wasn't even as fast as a stock W72.  The other was of a car direct from DKM... the author of that article was very impressed and it was very fast.
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2007, 05:18:24 PM »
Can some one say "Shill Bid" ?
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2007, 07:09:09 PM »
On eBay?  Surely you jest... :roll:  :P