Need more convincing that Pontiac's ain't ::cough spit:: chevys? Well consider this:
The TH400 transmission in the beast is one of the few jobs I didn't do myself. A local transmission shop with a good reputation went through it for me and put in all 'the good stuff' including heavy duty frictions, heavy sprag, shift-kit, etc. They said they could also build me a custom converter to my specs, so I said "sure". It was supposed to let my engine flash to around 3200-3500 rpm on a maximum effort launch. I made sure I gave them a copy of my dyno sheet and pointed out the torque numbers on my motor so they'd know what they were dealing with.
I don't think it sunk in.
As I've been getting to know the car, working through issues and stuff, I haven't yet been able to really drive it more than 1 or two seconds at WOT in any gear, even high gear, before it's doing ugly things like bouncing off the rev-limiter and throwing belts. I mean it happens like right now...
Earlier tonight I think I may have figured out part of the reason.
I've been suspecting the converter for awhile, so I tried something. I stopped with the brakes applied, and stood on it. Mistake. In a heartbeat it was almost on the limiter again and.. what brakes? Despite me practically standing on the brake pedal (and it has hydroboost power assist brakes) it still broke both wheels loose just as if I was using the line-lock.
So, I tried again, this time being a little more controlled and easing into the throttle to bring the rpm up in a more controlled fashion. When the tach needed climbed past about 4300 rpm with the car still sitting motionless, I quit. So much for 3200 rpm stall.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we mean by Pontiac Torque.
So I guess next week I'll take the beast up to the trans shop and demo it for them. Hopefully they'll 'do the right thing' and put in a converter that's up to the task, then maybe I can get that burnout video happening