The Greatest Trans Am Ever Built? 7 foot wide, 700hp, 10,000rpm Track Ripper

  • Published on Jan 4, 2019
  • This is our entire crew's favorite car of SEMA 2018: Riley Stair's WIDE and LOW (yeah, all caps) 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. But what's even better about the ridiculously good looking bodywork and batshit N/A motor, is the fact that Riley built and fabricated this thing himself in his parent's outdoor garage bay. Major props.
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  • TheHoonigans
    TheHoonigans  14 days ago +556

    You’ve got an hour with this Trans Am, where do you take it and what do you do?

    • The law was made For peasants and minorities
      The law was made For peasants and minorities 3 days ago

      I'll definitely take it to Japan and go kango racing

    • Cameron Spencer
      Cameron Spencer 4 days ago

      Club day at Bathurst.

    • bobbypickle67
      bobbypickle67 4 days ago

      The first thing I would do is take it to the police dept and do a burn out so huge you wouldn't be able to see the building from the all the smoke.
      Payback in advance for all the tickets they are going to give me.
      The second thing I would do is take it to the Autobahn And open that puppy wide open. And not let off until it makes me piss my pants

    • Aaron Ball
      Aaron Ball 5 days ago

      In the middle of the night from the Bay Area through the winding/curvy roads heading into Half Moon Bay, ALL OUT!

    • Saddle Sore
      Saddle Sore 5 days ago

      I would drive over to Jay Leno's garage!

  • james huffman
    james huffman 13 hours ago

    I have this same car. The only thing I don't like is how he run the headers. There is no way I would run them like that. My car is set up for drag racing and my engine sets way back like that. But I did not run my headers like that. My car is only 3 inches off the ground with a big block 632ci chevy engine in it with 1100hp. This car he has is nice looking and I like it. Just not liking the headers.

  • Badd Mouth
    Badd Mouth Day ago

    Damn this is TITS!!!!! Under that car is incredible. Absolutely love the way this guy's mind works when it comes to the bends and placement of his caging

  • 79medic
    79medic Day ago

    Ugh ,,, you have totally ruined some great American muscle ...

  • Rajin Cajun
    Rajin Cajun Day ago

    What Trans/Am?

  • Michael Escamilla

    I am not even a car guy and I had to watch this whole vid. My jaw was on the floor the entire time. This young man is brilliant. I hope he finds much success.

  • Trackappeal
    Trackappeal 2 days ago

    Mad props to this dude. The car is magnificent. I designed my dream Superbike this yr. Theres nothing better than having your dream machine come to life. This thing is so hard, next level.

  • J A
    J A 2 days ago

    You’d think it would have a lot more hp than 700hp

  • Skittle Fabz
    Skittle Fabz 2 days ago

    This is a damn transformer! 🤩

    DJBATMANGOLD 2 days ago +1

    That thing is so clean... I don't believe that he built it off the side of his parent's house. 😂

  • paul reynolds
    paul reynolds 2 days ago

    That guys got some skills would love to know what he did for a job.

  • kenp3L
    kenp3L 2 days ago

    It seems like an interesting subject, but I had to hit pause early on due to the aggressive videography.

  • Reboot toys Ellis 1979

    I hope you got a lot of video of that car with the engine running. If you did can you upload a video of nothing but the engine sound. I want to follow sleep. Every night without in my ear

  • Robert B
    Robert B 2 days ago

    but.... what does it do on the track?

  • Gerard Flynn
    Gerard Flynn 2 days ago

    What a great build. And such a humble man.

  • RammYou2
    RammYou2 3 days ago

    however this got built - it's stunning. the subject matter is legend here in Trans AM USA. spot on for the car to build. Since it was just a skin - the actual chassis looks like something of a cross between Trans AM and maybe Nascar with a little SCCA and some other cool stuff that this builder loved. That exhaust system up front like that is totally radical in build philosophy - nothing like I've ever seen, but it does make sense. the heat stays off the lines running down low and the water cooled engine won't care. it might get a bit warm in the cockpit but an ac unit will fix that right. i think a light weight belly pan to encapsulate the engine bay might be in order here. something well ventilated to keep things cool but protect the lines. probably al6061-t6 sheet would do the job best. polish to a sheen and cut some pretty louvers in it. zeus it into the frame, what there is of it. think your engineering is incredible. you sound smart and from your work you are. it's rare to prove this kind of skill. the pic of the white TA kept showing up on the recommended and I finally bit as I've owned several TAs. glad I did. Kudos.

  • andujo211
    andujo211 3 days ago

    Build at parents house ✓

  • Christian Thério
    Christian Thério 3 days ago

    Odd question but did you had alot of stuff or peoples getting in the way of this built...know what i mean

  • rick roby
    rick roby 3 days ago

    I stoped at ls

  • Maceo Moore
    Maceo Moore 3 days ago


  • Albert McDonald
    Albert McDonald 3 days ago

    Awesome TA! wow great detail! Motorman in da Sip

  • Focus ЯSИ
    Focus ЯSИ 4 days ago

    My ears are bleeding wtf dudes

  • CCP Fabrication
    CCP Fabrication 4 days ago

    Love the look.Very well done. Great job

  • Seb Smith
    Seb Smith 4 days ago

    he is exceptionally skilled - unbelievable build! and props to working outside, I also have to do this on my cars

  • Lance Lawson
    Lance Lawson 4 days ago

    It may be fast but it looks ungainly. The wheel flares are too abrupt. They need to begin another 6 inches forward and aft from where they begin and end now. All that negative camber is going to wear tires in a big hurry and unless it's a true race car not needed.

  • Corey Mitchell 2020
    Corey Mitchell 2020 4 days ago


  • Chris Phelps
    Chris Phelps 4 days ago

    Trolls. Dude it sounds and looks mean

  • Alan Watson
    Alan Watson 4 days ago

    Beautiful car and a very creative and smart young man. Nice to see a young man with his head screwed on straight with a bright future in this business if he wants it.

  • Cristian Zamora
    Cristian Zamora 4 days ago

    Damn shame to see a beautiful car like this fucked up

  • Joseph Magalhaes
    Joseph Magalhaes 4 days ago

    How do you remember all that’s going at the same time building this machine It’s crazy to think it’s built outside no lift In a driveway

  • CMFG
    CMFG 4 days ago

    The ugliest rice out destroyed classic..

    BOB ROTHWELL 4 days ago

    no offense intended Hoons, but this guy needs to get on Leno's garage.

    BOB ROTHWELL 4 days ago


  • Havaseet2
    Havaseet2 4 days ago

    Who else replayed the first 7 seconds of this video 3 or 4 times?

  • Scott Gregory
    Scott Gregory 4 days ago

    I believe him because I build Hyper Cars in a crawl space.

  • phyuck yiu
    phyuck yiu 4 days ago

    its junk its to low to drive on the street whats the point trailer queen

  • 2K8Si
    2K8Si 4 days ago

    Wow... wow... WOW. I can't begin to understand how proud someone must feel to create something as completely awesome as this... I simply can not give enough props. This is a masterpiece.

  • Aaron Ball
    Aaron Ball 5 days ago

    Maybe only AutoX that BEAST or something similar to help preserve it.

  • nezerac
    nezerac 5 days ago

    I'm trying not to be a hater here. Because this guy can fab like a no other. It's definitely unique, it's different....but it's not a pontiac anymore....It's a basically a monster with some poor 1970 pontiac firebird's face on it. I mean kudos for the vision, the fucking quality is insane, I LOVE THE FACT HE PAINTED IT WHITE!! A little bit of inside baseball here car builders who have LESS TALENT will avoid white like THE PLAGUE!! If your panel work is shotty...white will make it look ten times worse. But again. I feel like he made something cool but he killed the car doing it. I feel like an artisan would change what's there and make it better rather than just cut it all out and put the best everything in it's place. It's still gotta be a car and I feel like this is all machine.

  • Terrence Lynch
    Terrence Lynch 5 days ago

    I bought a 1972 formula 400 hundred Firebird from my platoon sergeant when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton brought it back home to Rhode Island what a sweet ride you did a beautiful job on Your Car

  • David DeChambeau
    David DeChambeau 5 days ago

    Very cool mechanically but the ghetto stanse and the fender flares make it embarrasing.

  • vertigo91na
    vertigo91na 5 days ago

    Jaw dropped... the whole video

  • LJaysPerspective
    LJaysPerspective 5 days ago

    This is an amazing build for a young man to build. Even though he built this next to his parants house. He must have had a significant amount of funds even if you can do some work your self its a significant. I had at 10
    970 Buick Regal and i did a complete engine and trans replacement infact i put a SBC 305 into a Buick so ofcourse i had to change the engine mounts. This was not rocket science but it did require some funds and lots of effort...this Pontiac is beautiful and simplistic in appearance yet its of sophisticated at heart, no matter how many hands were involved it was beautifully executed. Thx for sharing job well done👍

  • Asif Lohar
    Asif Lohar 5 days ago

    Why must the internet lie so much! Yes he did bulid this outside his parents mansion who has state of the art tools along with an endless check book from his trust fund! The real hero is the guy who works his ass off and builds it with a budget.

  • crazyjr
    crazyjr 5 days ago

    with the offset of those wheels, you can bet the wheel bearings take a huge beating. There is no way this is a daily driver, especially with the camber on the front

  • Leon H
    Leon H 5 days ago

    Other than a few body panels there is no Trans Am left, I never understand how someone can call a car totally custom built car or truck the same as a bit of sheet metal. That being said this guy has some serious talent, this is an awesome car that resembles a 70's Firebird.

  • busa pilot
    busa pilot 5 days ago

    That exhaust should forever be called "The Cthulhu" because it is not of this world, and you may lose your mind trying to create it.

  • StreetArtillery
    StreetArtillery 5 days ago

    Was never into slammed cars and front wheels that look like they took a fall from being hoisted with a hot air balloon. VW beetles do that stuff too

  • Glen Calhoun
    Glen Calhoun 5 days ago

    I wish I could love this vid a thousand times!!! This is the apitomy of beast mode!!! Hell of a ride bro!!!

  • EpicWarDog
    EpicWarDog 5 days ago


  • EpicWarDog
    EpicWarDog 5 days ago

    I'm speechless

  • ClassicRockProd
    ClassicRockProd 5 days ago

    I can see chopping up a 1973 Trans Am, but not a 1970. All original that car would have been worth a fortune.

  • Fart Smucker
    Fart Smucker 5 days ago

    1:10 that looks like absolute shit. Its not a trans am, period.

  • B
    B 5 days ago

    This is nuts man ,dude looks like a hard worker !!!

  • B
    B 5 days ago

    just blast the palm springs...

  • larry fonseca
    larry fonseca 5 days ago

    Awesome job


    All this was done by you? "Uh huh." You did an amazing job of the plumbing! "Thanks." You really made a work of art man! "I very much appreciate that." Its amazing man! "I appreciate you guys for having me." I dunno what's more impressive - the car or Riley's understatement. Respect for your work of art RILEY STAIR - the BEST business card. HE is the MAN guys. Australia.

  • pandas231
    pandas231 5 days ago

    Sorry but this car is strictly for for freak show gawking. It looks ridiculous once you really get into the whole build. Sits way too low and you can see the scrape marks on the tires from the flares. I love these old Firebirds when they sit on a decent stance. Oh and check out the 'Trans Am' series show for how a real Trans Am should be....certainly not like this oddity.

  • Sketchy
    Sketchy 5 days ago

    I suggest one more inch of ride height.

  • 怒りFlockahashi
    怒りFlockahashi 5 days ago

    I wish I was 1/8 as smart as he is mechanically.

  • Kyle Kashuda
    Kyle Kashuda 6 days ago

    Dude looks like he is 25 years old. I love cars of all sorts and am 34 and don’t have all the knowledge in my brain that he has in his pinky. Where do you learn so much? Also “side yard” must be a stretch, you don’t build a masterpiece like this in a dirt side yard.

  • Jerzey Boy1995
    Jerzey Boy1995 6 days ago

    An all white Pontiac that's not Big Chiefs Crow?

  • ProbablyAFK
    ProbablyAFK 6 days ago

    The stance is hideous. Wayyy too much camber :(

  • Rick Davidson
    Rick Davidson 6 days ago

    I can hear the scraping from here...

  • David Dematos
    David Dematos 6 days ago

    Love the car men .good job

  • Pandacat 666
    Pandacat 666 6 days ago

    KITT is the most greatest trans am ever build, PERIOD!
    you gotta stop this blasphemy guys... :D thats madness!

  • ckelley63
    ckelley63 6 days ago

    No thanks

  • Rod Wargo
    Rod Wargo 6 days ago

    wow this young guy has some impressive skills wow, wow ,wow awesome car man , however the formula 455 h.o done factory is in my opinion one of the coolest musclecars out there , dont know if i would be able to cut into it if i owned one , very nice

  • Ed
    Ed 6 days ago

    Who thumbed down this video!!!!??? I feel like kicking them in their teeth. Ugh. Oof.

  • Todd Simone
    Todd Simone 6 days ago

    How the hell this thing doesn't overheat with the radiator parallel to the ground

  • Canadian KRISPY Bacon

    Brings ‘cable management ‘ to some next lvl shit!

  • Sanford Graham
    Sanford Graham 6 days ago

    Love it !

  • Tips 4 truckers
    Tips 4 truckers 6 days ago

    This dude seems like the nicest guy

  • Richard Johnson
    Richard Johnson 6 days ago

    Interior looks like crap.

  • j c
    j c 6 days ago


  • Arlenbuilt
    Arlenbuilt 6 days ago

    And in come the "TheXvid Certified" Mechanics and Fabricators.

  • russell379x
    russell379x 6 days ago

    awesome car man

  • Mr.Salty’s Reef Tank

    The braided hoses ruin it for me, could at least spend a day neatening it up. Amazing other than that
    Edit- there is a braided hose running through one of the wishbones, that is just dangerous let alone messy and not very well thought out!

  • The motorsports project

    I think I'll go watch B is for build now and see what kind of fuckery he's putting plastic over fenders on this week lol

  • Fun freq
    Fun freq 6 days ago

    I wish I could do stuff like that! That engine is one angry monster.

  • 09F430_19Grndsprt_09s/cViper_17stg3ecobst_imbroke

    Oh my gawd this is boderline harcode porn because I got an erection

  • sir crash`alot fpv
    sir crash`alot fpv 6 days ago

    He's a genius. great car and great build.

  • ihateliberals
    ihateliberals 6 days ago

    p.s. you should've tubbed it, both front and rear. that way you wouldn't need those big fender flares. and it would've looked so much better

  • Cindy S
    Cindy S 6 days ago

    The top needs to be chopped like 3-7" just take the edge off the height. The rear spoiler and tail light area needs to be raised perhaps 6+ inches. And as far as the engine; well 700 HP is chicken feed today. To be credible, this car needs 1200 up to 2000 HP. The construction quality and design otherwise this is really outstanding for a home built(!) effort.

  • ihateliberals
    ihateliberals 6 days ago

    i'm not really a fan of trans-am/formulas, but this one looks damn good! normally i like white cars when done properly. but i think this particular car would've looked better another color. like a cobalt blue for example. that way the front spoiler and fender flares wouldn't stick out so much. plus it'd make it look like it sets lower. i love the spaghetti header! that's how a header should look. although i didn't like how it went ahead of the engine, but i could live with it. one thing i didnt see that i would like is, some custom ram air. i love the suspension. this guy did a hell f a nice job on this car. i'd like to see some organization of all those oil lines though, so it doesn't look so cluttered

  • Harpo Marx
    Harpo Marx 6 days ago

    "7 FEET wide"

  • InBoostWeTrust
    InBoostWeTrust 6 days ago

    At the mean time ROB cant finish his 4 rotor

  • Isaac Tucker
    Isaac Tucker 6 days ago


  • _LoBo_925
    _LoBo_925 6 days ago

    I do like the car, I really do but it's just too much stuff crammed in there. Maintenance has to be a giant pain in the ass.

  • Derek Hunter
    Derek Hunter 6 days ago

    What I don't understand is why even start with a Trans Am in the first place. The drivetrain and engine are gone, the interior is gone. There is effectively NOTHING left that makes it a Trans Am apart from the air extractors and maybe the shaker and the rear spoiler. He could have started with a base Firebird and did the same thing, and that would have left a Trans Am for someone that wants a stock 1970 Trans Am. That said, the dude is clearly talented and the car is very aggressive-looking

  • chris quirke
    chris quirke 6 days ago

    This is what mad irishmen do sssssssppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeedfddfdddddddd

  • Terrell Methvin
    Terrell Methvin 6 days ago

    WOW, this is the product of relentless passion with the knowledge that could have only come from God. From what I can see he did not learn this, he did this. Yes learned but only as he did it. LOVE IT LOVE IT, congratulations on work unbelievably well done. .

  • TheMrfastboy77
    TheMrfastboy77 6 days ago

    drive it down the track?

  • maoristereo
    maoristereo 6 days ago +1

    Its a bit of an eyesore, but props on building it yourself.

  • William C.
    William C. 6 days ago

    Lots of Custom Speed Shops are calling this Guy NOW to Hire His MAD Skills !

  • Really BadAim
    Really BadAim 6 days ago

    Wish Burt Reynolds could see it.

  • on the stage in the audience at the same time

    carbon fiber underbody with louvers computer control with manual override
    adjust suspension
    some super brain said camber
    and there's some interior designer
    who is really really good and want some money
    barring some unforeseen mechanical challenges catch me if you can
    oh I forgot alternative Rubber and obscene brakes

  • Phil Games
    Phil Games 6 days ago


  • on the stage in the audience at the same time

    so just buy the car from him and make it into a track Superstar you already know what to do to it you write he doesn't know what he has and it just needs the touch of a racer mechanic one of those Geniuses who love to take a vehicle and go fast around corners and everywhere else this is a perfect vehicle it's like going to the lot buying something and then taking it home and making it track ready ready all that complaining and fussing I'll take it and make it work on the track modifications necessary

  • Val Tito
    Val Tito 6 days ago

    lets not forget about bruise rebuilt int katelan. that is also a notable trans build.