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1972 Trans Am Looking for orginal 455HO 4sp engine 22N505942. Also Previous ownership information prior to 1983. Sold new Trail Cadillac-Pontiac, Mobile, AL Vin number 2V87X2N505942. Blue, white strip, white custom interior, air, black dash,console and carpet. Repainted before 1983.

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Great time. Thanks to all for good information and advise. Still looking for clues to early ownership information, and original engine. Special thanks to Greg for correct white seats.

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You could try what the guys at the top of this page are doing.

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1972 Trans Am Looking for original 455HO 4sp engine 22N505942. Also Previous ownership information prior to 1983. Sold new Trail Cadillac-Pontiac, Mobile, AL Vin number 2V87X2N505942. Blue, white strip, white custom interior, air, black dash,console and carpet. Repainted before 1983.

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Purchased 1972 WM Motor 22N514432 (2V87X2N41442) which came out of 1972 T/A White built early November 71. As Story went car was totaled in early 90s.

Also purchased 1972 M22 serial number 22N509730. Planning to put original M22 for above car on shelf, in case original motor is found.

I am an optimist, please call or email and information.

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On Christmas Day, I received an email, in which someone had a WM Block he purchased in 1985 down in south. It had a spun bearing, and he prepared the block for storage, and there it has sat since 1985. He was hesitant to email, but did. He thought the block was dated September of 71.

The owner had a chance to go where the block was stored to check the numbers, and it was not the one I am looking for.

Here is what the number is on the WM 22N5279XX. Maybe someone else is looking for this number. Please Email and I will forward information.

Thanks again to the gentleman for the Christmas email.

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Great time in Dayton at TA Nats. Brought 72 with period correct WM HO Motor. Had fun talking with all. Still hunting for original WM Motor. Bumping this tread,

Part of the fun is the hunt.

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You have to tell the story...how did you find it, and where has it been?

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When I started reading the thread, I thought...what are the chances?? Congrats and do tell the story!!

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Nice score David! You need to go buy a lottery ticket now.

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Congrats David! Mid 90's managed to track diwn the original WM shortblock out of my '72. Fortunately the boys that had it had not had it but for a few years & were willing to part with it.

Occasionally, its a simple matter of geography & sometines, esp if its the sticks, parts didn't wander far. Jack Peters managed to find the original '71 WC HO shortblock out of his T-37 Coupe. Well known Pontiac racer nearby in Anchorage (& fellow PY member) had it.

On a '79 400 4spd T/A project I picked up years ago, I built the fellow a disc rear for his '80 T/A & ended up buying his '79 400 4spd T/A partially disassembled. One small frustration at the time was the car's original Pwh engine was complete & setting in the fellows garage but I couldnt get him to sell me the engine. Mentioned "When you want to sell it, give me a buzz". Sure enough a few months later a few weeks before Christmas I was able to reunite the engine with the car.

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Legit cool!

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Congrats on finding the engine!



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Yes, Congrats!!..cool job

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That is awesome congrats on finding it!

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At TA NATs. Will update details Monday
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So im guessing Ron had your original engine? Glad you were able to find it. You have been looking for quite some time.

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Good Morning,

Yes, Ron had the engine. He purchased it 40 years from a Pontiac racer. . He installed it in a 71 Trans AM and pulled it out in 2000 when that car was restored and the orginal engine was re-installed. The top of the motor was sold off, but Ron keep the block. The Block has all SD Internal. Ron said it was an amazing motor.

Luck is how I found it. I ran an ad in Smoke Signals for 3 years. I post on this forum many years ago, Every WM motor that came up for sale, (there were not many) I would call to get the vin number. I spoke when many Pontiac Part sellers. NO LUCK

2 years ago at the TA Nats Early in the morning, I pulled my 72 up to Ron's Vendor spot to show him the car. He asked me about the cars history. I told him when I got it is was missing the orginal motor, seats, and dash bezel.. The person whom I bought the car from said the car had later seats, a 400 motor and was recently repainted when he purchaced it in 11/83. I also told Ron the car was from the South, North Carolina, Alabama area.

After hearing the car history, Ron said he may have the Motor. He had purchased a motor that has come out of a Blue 72 with an white interior in the early 80s . He took a picture on my vin and said he would check. Ron Stated "I not saying I have it, but the odds are good I do."

Fast Forward 2 years later, It is Friday and I have just arrived at Norwalk for the Ames Show Swao meet and Ron, approaches me and said he has my engine block. Ron acknoldged that he has known for more than a year he had it, but with Covid, No shows, and life in general time got away. He wanted to tell me in person. I verbal agreed to purchase block, Photos would be sent and Ron would bring to TA NATS.

Ron said the history of my car triggered in him mind that he may have the block, He remembered that the original owner had given up on the Blue 72 and had pulled the engine, and seats,. This made him believe he had the motor.

Ron is going to provide names and contact inforamtion about the Pontiac Racer and person who purcahsed the car when the original owner gave up on it.

Ron is not sure why he never sold the block, but now believes it was fate,

I am very lucky, thanks to all who helped along the way.

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Great story & thanks for sharing it with us.

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