This great photo taken late in the day shows off the stunning appearance of Jeff Kasper's 1969 ragtop Firebird. The car is powered by a stout 400 cid Pontiac engine that was given the right amount of tender loving car all Pontiacs deserve.

The 400 is a 1976 block that was treated to an .030" over bore and fitted with JE forged pistons on reconditioned stock rods. As you will note below, this engine is sporting modified Edelbrock aluminum heads. The heads were milled to 73 ccs and the Performer RPM intake was milled to fit the position of the milled heads.

Jeff's Firebird posts low 12 second runs at 112 mph.

Technical Data

Block 1976 400 bored .030" over with 4 bolt billet mains
Crank stock undercut .030/.030, polished and balanced
Rods stock fully reconditioned, lightened, shot peened and balanced
Piston/rings JE forged with 7cc dish, zero deck height; Childs and Albert zero gap rings
Heads Edelbrock 87 cc chambered heads milled .090" to 73 ccs; light porting, gasket match on intake; retention of 2.11 and 1.66 valves; Harland Sharp roller rockers (1.65 ratio); 10.28:1 compression
Cam Competion Cams P276AH-10, 228 intake 236 exhaust @ .050", .315" lobe lift, .520" with 1.65 rockers; LSA 110 installed on 106 degrees intake centerline
Timing set Cloyes True Double Roller
Intake/carb Edelbrock Performer RPM with head mating surface milled .120" to fit milled head surface; 4777 Holley double pumperwith Proform 750 CFM body, jetted #74 and # 82
Fuel Pump Carter mechanical (6 psi)
Lubrication Valvoline 50w racing oil
Ignition MSD Pro Billet (non HEI), 19 degrees initial, 40 degrees total; MSD 6AL
Exhaust Custom "Headers by Ed," equal length 1 7/8 primaries with 3" collectors, HPC coated; 3" pipes X crossover to Dynomax Super Turbo mufflers, 2.5" custom bent tailpipes
Drivetrain TH 400 TCI Street Fighter edition, TCI Break-A-Way 11" converter with 2600 stall; Strange Ford 9" with Detroit Locker, 31 spline Moser axles and Richmond 3.50 to 1 gearing
Suspension Lakewood Drag shocks front and rear; Chassis Engineering subframe connectors (welded); Southside Traction Bars; GM mono leaf springs
Tires 28 x 11.50x 15" Mickey Thompson ET Streets in the rear at the strip; 275/60/15 Kelly Chargers on the street
Gasoline 93 octane pump gas
Weight 3550 curb weight; 3805 with driver
Performance Best pass: 12.21 seconds at 112.24 mph with 60" @ 1.88 seconds on MTs
Note: Jeff repainted the Firebird in 2004 and has provided a few photos to update the page. The car, however, is now owned by his wife. However, Jeff assures me that he still gets to drive it! Tech data remains the same. See the new paint finish below.
Top down and ready to roll, the mid-afternoon sunlight reveals the true exterior color of Jeff's Pontiac.

The car is very streetable and is driven by Jeff 2-3 times a week. He occasionally runs the car at Fayetteville Motorsports Park.

Jeff lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Jeff's wife's car is a looker in any color. Nice paint job.