View Full Version : "Rumble" 1986 Pontiac 6000STE

02-22-2010, 09:08 PM
Here's my 1986 Pontiac 6000 Special Touring Edition (STE) with its all digital dash, four-wheel disc brakes, electronically controlled air suspension, and radio controls built into the steering wheel. In 85 it made Car & Driver's 10 Best list along with the Corvette, IROC-Z Camaro, Prelude, CRX, Audi 5000S/Turbo, Porsche 944, Accord and Merkur XR4Ti.

It's 2.8L V6 is rated @ 140HP @ 5000RPM and 160Ft-lb. @ 3600RPM, won't stay like that for long ;), the L44 was also put in Fiero's, Celebrity Eurosports and Citation X-11s, top speed of around 135 MPH.
Plenty of bass from the stock audio system, although the tape deck has stopped working :(, FM Transmitters are my new friends xD

Installed Upgrades:
Performance Titanium Spark Plugs
Performance Plug Wires
Performance Rotor, Distributor Cap, Super Coil
8000K 30/40 Xenon/Krypton HID Headlights
New Audio System CD/AUX 4x50w + 1500w to 2 12" Subs
Dynamax Ultra Flo Performance Muffler

Planned Upgrades:
Cold Air Intake
Complete Rebuild
Cat-Back + Headers
Re-Tint Windows 30/80 F/R
Repair Passenger Fender
Repaint, Gloss black w/metallc flake ghost stripes

02-22-2010, 09:24 PM
great car! and great first post!

cant wait to see those future upgrades go into the car. should be pretty sweet.

02-22-2010, 10:26 PM
Decepticon fiend!

Pretty cool ride, man. Surprisingly clean for the year. Take good care of it.

02-22-2010, 11:10 PM
I'll take some pics of the interior tomorrow, its only got about 150K on it :D and it was properly maintained for all of those miles, I plan to keep it that way ;)

02-23-2010, 12:59 AM
A friend of mine had one of these, only in wagon form. Made a mesh grill for it out of chicken wire, actually looked good.

02-23-2010, 09:29 AM
Shrug. Seeings that brings memories of horrors of owning a W-Body.

02-23-2010, 11:04 AM
I find it hard to believe Pontiac actually built this. :P Maybe I'm too used to the split grille.

Anyway, the car looks very nice for the year.

02-23-2010, 04:22 PM
Forgot to mention that I added a wink mirror, seat covers came with the car along with the dash cover, the sun is killer here :(, and no car is complete without a tree ;)

here's some interior shots, don't mind the Z28's :P
new alternator, radiator hoses and cooling fan switch

the exhaust should be done Friday, tested the dynomax but it didn't sound like I'd hoped so I picked up a straight through cherrybomb turbo instead :P

02-24-2010, 05:03 AM
That, man, is a cool car :D Very clean for its age, great to see something like this is still around! I dont like that dashcover but its okay I guess. Please keep it clean. I might even consider modeling it for GTA some day :D

02-24-2010, 08:13 AM
Ohai! Nice clean car. A unique Pontiac eh? Looking forward to your planned mods.

but being a Pontiac and all, aren't you supposed to be an Autobot?

02-24-2010, 05:03 PM
ok so I was shopping for wheels and I've narrowed it down to three, forgive my lack of photoshop skillz :p

02-24-2010, 05:11 PM
I like the third set a lot. The color of the rims really work well with the bottom tone of the car itself.

02-24-2010, 05:26 PM
Spend the money on the Z28.

02-24-2010, 06:06 PM
Don't make the rims to large, it would make to ugly.

Also, in my opinion the 3rd look the best.

02-24-2010, 07:25 PM
Out of the ones posted third set looks the best. The other 2 are hideous.

Too bad it wasn't one of these,

02-24-2010, 07:58 PM
thanks for the opinions on the wheels :p

yes it is too bad it isn't an AWD but there being one makes it all that easier to convert it :P

sharing a wheelbase with C5 vette's dosn't hurt sleeper prospects either ;)

here are some before and after shots of the HIDs, I've been meaning to post them xD

EDIT: Just reading up on the AWD and even though it comes with the 3.1L I'd rather stick with my ABS-less FWD :P and I'll probably end up sticking some driving lights on it seeing as it has them xD

02-25-2010, 08:11 AM
The 3rd set of wheels, just not too large pls ;)

02-25-2010, 09:00 AM
Nice ride, Looks to be in nice shape...Third set BTW

02-25-2010, 01:11 PM
nice car!
i would say the third set but maybe a little smaller, large rims dont really suit that kind of car in my eyes, however, it is not my car so do what you want.

02-25-2010, 06:03 PM
Not my taste of cars, but atleast it looks like it's been well taken care of.

I feel the need to drop my opinion here though. Those rims don't fit the car at all, maybe the 3rd set is the most decent among those choices. When I see big wheels like those in square-ish cars the first thing that comes to mind are these monstrosities ( (Donks). As I see it, you need rims with more dish, more depth, and not a design in which the face sticks out too much. I don't really have a clear suggestion in what rim model you should get, but here I'll post a random picture to show what I meant with depth:

Just my 2 cents.

02-27-2011, 05:15 PM
Been about a year since I updated this o.o not much has happened upgrade-wise due to some money problems :o but I've started being able to put more into it lately, its now got a Kenwood deck with aux in front, two 12's in single boxes hooked up to a 1000w alpine amp, performance cap, rotor and coil and a Grant GT steering wheel, I also happened to spray the intake manifold black with some engine enamel.

Thinking of putting some TA Snowflakes on, but I haven't looked into it much.
Planning on doing a rebuild when it hits 150k along with all of the usual service it will need.
I'm sure that after it does hit 150k that I'll probably let it go to somebody that needs it more, I like the sedan and all, but from the looks of it, short of swapping in an LS2, theres not much power to be had in this car

First post updated.

Also a nice find in the glove box :)

03-01-2011, 02:30 PM
Great to see its still around, cant wait to see some updates from you. Always keep it nice and clean :D

Mr. Sting Ray
03-01-2011, 03:38 PM
Easy V8 swap for this W Body, is the Cadillac 4.5L and 4.9L V8s. Those engines including transmissions, can be had for as low as $700 in good running condition. Since those motors were designed for fwd setups, the swap is a cinch.

appollo four fourty
03-03-2011, 11:46 PM
hahahaha I remember working on one way back. What a total POS, no wonder you never see them anymore. But hey, a car is a car and beats walking by any means. Just don't abuse it under any circumstances.

Mr. Sting Ray
03-04-2011, 10:00 PM
I wanna see what kind of Grant GT wheel you got. Wondering if you got a nice wood grain one.

03-05-2011, 11:21 PM
its actually a 3-spoke silver/black rally wheel, I'm not really one for wood grain :S

and if I can convince my neighbor to sell it to me I've been looking at a federal emissions 1985 Z/28, its not much and needs some of love, it's not got a motor or tranny in it atm but being a federal car I can put just about anything in there and pass smog with little to no hassle, I was leaning more towards an L69/LT1 but it shouldn't take long to find a decent drivetrain for it :)

I'd be interested in more info on those Cadillac motors, and you're saying it would be V8 FWD? I have been looking at swaps for a little while now and the best I've seen it would still be a V6 FWD but with closer to 200 whp, which would be comparable, statistic wise, to the V8 I would put in the Z/28 and would be much less conspicuous as well, but unless I have been misinformed GM underrated their motors "back in the day" to make the numbers appear more fuel conscious and the output of those V8's are closer to 300 than the rated 200, and if that applied to the tq as well I would definately go with the V8 over the V6 because then the tq would be high 300/low 400's and bone stock could eat the V6 alive 8)

Mr. Sting Ray
03-05-2011, 11:38 PM
Trust me bro, 4.9 swaps have a HUGE following. Those engines come stock with 205 hp at 4100 rpms, and 275 tq at 3000 rpms. They have plenty of motivation in my 93 DeVille. I'm definitely sure your 6000 weighs far less than a 93 DeVille. They're FWD engines because they are mounted transverse in the bay. Plus, it's aluminum block. Google that shit up man.

03-06-2011, 12:17 AM
I'm seeing multiple mentions of this being a W-Body when in fact it is an A-Body, what are the big differences here? o.o

Either way, I think I found the "proper" motor to drop in, but it will take time to gather all of the needed pieces and parts, buildable to more power than anybody would think that the car could have and 240hp/280tq stock, Buick's L67 (

Mr. Sting Ray
03-06-2011, 10:58 AM
Hey, your ride man. Your call. Personally I could never get into the sound of a v6 no matter how hard it runs.