TTA Performance

Specializing in 1980-1981 Turbocharged 4.9 (301) Pontiac Trans Ams and Firebird Formulas.​ 

1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Indy 500 Pace Car

1 of 5700 produced. 65k miles. 

T-tops, WS6 suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, posi rear axle. Factory turbocharge Pontiac 4.9 (301) V8 with automatic transmission.

I purchased this car out of Missouri last summer. It was a running car that needed some mechanical work. While making the repairs, I also added some performance parts that I offer. 

Engine Details

Some exhaust manifold bolts were broken in the cylinder head and the passenger side manifold was cracked. I remove the cylinder heads, repaired the bolts, replaced the manifold and installed my performance head gaskets along with new valve seals and added 1.65 roller rocker arms for more performance. New intake manifold and valve cover gaskets were also installed. I replaced the spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor along with rebuilding the distributor since the mechanical advance weights were stuck. It also has new v-belts and a 180° thermostat. It stays nice and cool driving down the road.

I also installed my 2.5" exhaust down pipe off the turbo and complete 2.5" exhaust system with polished stainless steel splitter tips. There are no mufflers and no cat. It sounds great and is not too loud. 

Body Details

The body is all original with no rust or repairs made. Looks to have never been in an accident. The white was repainted in the past and shines well. The grey is still original and shows a little age. The hood bird decal is original and shows some age also. I installed new reproduction front grills. A previous owner replaced the rear gas door with a 1981 that has the bird on it. 

Interior Details

Original interior that is in great shape. Shows some age but no wear. Still has the original ETR digital cassette radio that lights up red to match the gauges. It is also equipped from the factory with audio boost control. 

This is a great running and driving classic car. I would call it a well cared for survivor that can be driven anywhere. It starts right up, runs great and shifts nice and firm. It even rides nice for a t-top car. It has the GM t-top bags in the trunk and the spare tire has never been removed. Nice BFG tires. It has a sticker in the windshield that it was on the Hot Rod Power Tour in 2017.

Clear title in my name. 

About Us

The Company


TTA Performance specializes in parts and services specifically for 1980-1981 Pontiac Turbocharged 4.9L (301 cu. in.) V8s found in the Pontiac Firebird Formula and Trans Am.

We also offer installation of our products along with general repair and maintenance of your Turbo 4.9.

We are interested in buying any parts specific to the Turbo 4.9.  Engines, engine parts, turbo lights etc. or even a whole car.  Contact us with what you have.


Our Team


This business started off as a hobby for me. I have been surrounded by cars all my life.  My dad was a  fan of Pontiacs and I was too growing up with our 1965 GTO. 

Later, I became a GM certified mechanic for several years before going back to school and getting an associate degree in engineering. But, being a car guy all my life I always find something to be involved with. 

I have had an interest in and experience with other turbo cars, and I noticed that there was not a lot of support or performance parts for the 301T engine.   I always heard how they were not very good peformers and always wondered why?

So, in my spare time, I saw how people had a problem with their failed PEVR  and I came up with a solution to repair them. I thought, if I can fix that, what else can I fix or improve on? 

After only offering a few parts, this business has grown into a larger entitiy and we truly are a family owned business.  My son joins me in the garage from time to time, while my wife takes care of the financials, website and everything behind the scenes. I still have my full time job, but really enjoy helping people breathe new life into their Turbo 4.9.

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