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I recently picked up a solid 1970 Lemans on a trip to Baltimore ... To my surprise when i lifted the hood there was the Ram Air IV ... I snapped it up and quickly did some vin decoding and sure enough it had a 1 right after the B in the vin which makes it an 8cyl with undr 100,000 produced ... can any body give me any info on this car VIN 235370B137196 ... Thanks
 

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I recently picked up a solid 1970 Lemans on a trip to Baltimore ... To my surprise when i lifted the hood there was the Ram Air IV ... I snapped it up and quickly did some vin decoding and sure enough it had a 1 right after the B in the vin which makes it an 8cyl with undr 100,000 produced ... can any body give me any info on this car VIN 235370B137196 ... Thanks
This is the car? Sell used 1970 Pontiac LeMans - True American Muscle Car - Possible GTO Judge Clone in Ellicott City, Maryland, United States, for US $7,250.00


What makes you think its a R/A IV? Only one engine pic can't tell from the pic. No R/A IV was ever factory installed in a Lemans no Ram Air was ever on a Lemans. That 1 has no bearing on whether it would be a Ram Air.

If that is indeed a R/A motor in it you have stumbled onto a gold mine of a motor. Someone installed it. Check the Stampings on the motor the heads etc. This is where you want to be looking. I seriously doubt its a Ram air motor let alone a IV. WW manual XP auto trans is R/A IV engine code letters.
 

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Whoa - hold on there cowboy. Id'ing a real Ram Air IV takes a lot more than a decal or two. There are some engine codes that you're going to need to check - in this order.
1) Engine date code - 4 character code - top rear center of the block next to the distributor hole.
2) Engine casting number - passenger side rear of the block, down low below the head, near the transmission mount flange - 7 digit number that should begin with 979
3) 2 character engine code, passenger side front of the block, just underneath the head. 1970 RA IV will be either WW or XP.
4) Cylinder heads. Center two exhaust ports will be Round - not D-shaped like 99% of all the other Pontiac engines. Cylinder head code for Ram Air IV heads will be found on top of the drivers side FRONT exhaust port. 1969 is 722, 1970 is 614.

If all those numbers line up, then yep - you've got yourself a Ram Air IV engine and are one lucky dude.
If not, then post back what all those codes are and we'll help you ID what it really is.

Also, be aware of a couple things:
* Ram Air IV intake manifolds were 2-piece units. The manifold itself was aluminum, the exhaust crossover (part in the center of the manifold that runs between the two heads and goes under the carburetor) was a separate piece and was made out of case iron. Regular Pontiac intakes are all one piece and made out of cast iron.
* A/C wasn't an available option on Ram Air IV cars, not from the factory anyway.

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Funny, as I was responding to this thread Milt Schornack called me and during the course of our conversation I mentioned this car to him and read it from the ad. WTF he said. I'd bet against it he said. LOL.

Stranger things have happened. If someone did indeed dump a R/A IV in this, I'd love to know the motivation for it in a 235 car. The motor alone is worth more than the asking price of the car.
 

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Ok well guys , I appreciate the attack/assault ... I thought this is why forums exist so that riddles like this can be solved by guys that have knowledge on the subject ... I know everything you guys have mentioned , I am beyond your average collector of classics ... I do believe it to be a Ram air 1. Because it has Ram Air IV 4 air cleaner
2. The Carb 3. The fact this thing is a rip roaring monster ... So gentleman I appreciate the crucifixion guess ill just get dirty and check off the list ... Just thought maybe somebody had some info ... Hope it's a Real Ram and post pics but I won't gloat , ill just Goat ... Thx Fellas
 

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That's not a Ram Air IV air cleaner. The 400-4 means 400 - 4 Barrel. The "Ram Air" underneath just means - Ram Air. But... the car doesn't have a Ram Air system on it. There's no lower pan, seal, upper pan, open scoops --- none of the components of a Ram Air system. All you've got there is a chrome air cleaner top with a sticker on it.

HOWEVER - if you'll check what I said again, I didn't say that it can't be a Ram Air IV engine - I can't tell that one way or the other from the photos in the ad. All I did was provide you the information to make that determination yourself. If it is, then I'll say it again - you're one lucky dude.

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Duh - of course. Sorry. It's been a long day. Pontiac Southern Nationals was today and I'm just a we bit wore out....

how about some photos of your engine? I do love me some round ports...

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I think you have misinterpreted what other members have said above. They are trying to help you. There are a ton of fakes out there. Pictures of the engine and the numbers Bear asked about would help considerably.

As a side note; Are you sure the posted car isn't the one you bought? To me, too many similarities. The black one you posted looks just like the one in the add with a paint job. It has the same 1990's era American Racing wheels, Ram Air hood, same miles, supposed ram air engine, and is in the Maryland area. I would seriously doubt any claimed 22K original even if it is listed on a state title. That can easily be overlooked especially if the car has been sold across state lines.
 

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I ran that VIN and that link came up with the VIN number. I just did it again and a white one keeps popping up.. a pic of a black one is not the one associated with the one in the add I linked NOR one that sold on ebay in 2013.

As I stated.... if that does indeed have a RA IV in it someone duped it in and you will have a prize. Wheels look the same, appears it was painted black.
 

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OK so now im thinking it isnt even a LeMans but a Tempest ...

Vin Reads 235370B137196

Is the 35 a Tempest Custom ?
 

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The white one has green interior this car is black interior also my block is not painted blue its original and doesnt have junk yellow wires ... I note the similarities but we just took the car down to get stripped prepped primed and didnt find any white paint ... THis car is goin to the Oct 24 classic car auction in Atlantic CIty Nj ... Any suggestions on which way to go with this car will be considered .... Carousel Red with Rallys ?
 

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Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot...!

The painted bumper and header has to rank somewhere in the top 10 ugliest Pontiacs list. It looks like one of those fake big nose and glasses get ups that folks wear on holloween. Do you have regular 70 GTO front facia? If so, run it to the paint shop like yesterday! I don't like to dis other cars in open forums but...:eek2:
 

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I agree there triple six
dropped it off the the day after i picked her up , thats why I havent been able to get pics of the motor on here for you guys ...
she should be back to me by the weekend
and thats why im asking for suggestions
on paint/wheels etc since shes going to auction in less than 3 weeks ...
 

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23537 is a Tempest Custom Tempest Lemans as you will know by Vin decoding.

If I may suggest: Get the PHS on it. This will answer your questions. You own the car it would be beneficial to you to know its birth rights. PHS Historic Services

You can get suggestions and opinions on here but those documents will dispel any questions.
 
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