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Happy Holidays! December 6, 2009

Burrrrrrrr!  Starting to get cold here in Ohio but we are keeping busy with new products and current projects.  One of these projects is Michelle Morretti's  1975 Firebird.  Michelle's 75 Pro Street page will show the progress of the car as the back half is redone along with other upgrades along with the installation of a new 511 cid MR-1A combo!  We are working together with Bill Brautigam on this project.  Some of you may recognize Bill's name as he performed a lot of work on Ron Kintz's '62 Pro Street GP that was featured in the last newsletter.

Michelle's 75 TA on arrival to Tin Indian Performance

 Michelle's '75 TA and boxes of parts that belong to it!

We are please to announce the release of our early water pump gaskets and our new custom engraved Billet Specialties 14" air cleaners.  Read below for details on all of the following items.  We still have more items scheduled to come out before years end as well.
One last item, we would like to welcome Big Fly Aviation as a new sponsor for the 2010 season.  Big Fly is a premier private aviation company located in Cleveland Ohio, providing executive configured jets for professional athletes, golfers, and agents.  You can check what they have to offer at
I think it is time to get back to insulating my shop!
Kevin Swaney
Tin Indian Performance, LTD.
Customer Spotlight - Brian Frank's '68 Bird
Performance Updates
New Products
Pontiac Swap Meet Parts
Customer Spotlight Brian Frank's '68 Bird

Brian Frank's 1968 Firebird 

This is Brian Frank's '68 Firebird convertible.  Brian upgraded his 400 cid engine with one of Tin Indian Performance's stroker kits to build a  build 463 inches of PONTIAC POWER! The engine makes 600 hp @ 5800 rpm and 596 ft lbs of torque ON PUMP GAS!  Another one of our pump gas friendly combinations with a very mild idle.  This combo idels at 950 rpm and pulls 13.9 inches of vacuume.  

Brian Frank's 600 HP pump gas E head combo

I have had the opportunity to ride and drive in this Bird and it is a very fun ride!  The combo uses a set of 325 cfm E heads CNC ported with a Tin Indian Performance custom ground solid roller camshaft.  Edelbrock performer RPM supports a HP 1000 4150 style carb.  I sure would like to get this combo back and try a KRE North Wind intake on it!
More info on Brian Frank's combo can be found by clicking here.  You can hear this combo idel and see a 300 rpm dyno pull as well.
Performance Updates

TIP Digger wheels Way up! 7.14 pass

On September 25th we ventured out to Summit Motor Sports Park in Norwalk, Ohio and reset the Naturally Aspirated Pontiac record!   Testing data showed we still have some room for improvement and we hope to get out once or twice more before making any changes to the KRE High Port Headed power plant.  The MR-1 powered Tin Indian Performance Dragster ran a best of 7.14 @ 186.51.  We also ran a 7.19 that day @ 187 mph which is our best MPH to date as well.   We now have the quickest and fastest naturally aspirated Pontiac in the world! 
Special thanks to Mark and Jeff Kauffman of Kauffman Racing Equipment, Bill Mellott & Steve Kauffman, Kenny Criss, and Nathan Morris.   The pass can be seen here with more info on the combo.  
 Stallion Motorsports resets the NA Door Car Record!!! 

Mike Campolucci Norwalk 2009 launch

7.36 @ 184.57
2007 Pro Stock GTO 535 cid MR-1A
Grand Bend Motorplex 2009
Way to go Michael & Maurizio!
Michael would like to say a special thanks to his dad Maurizio and the crew for all of their hard work, effort and support.  Great job guys!
check them out at Stallion Motorsports - www.SM1RACING.com

Welcome to the 7s!
Congratulations to
Tom Kilroy of West Milford, NJ
for running a new best time of 7.925 @ 172.10 mph at Englishtown, NJ 
See where you stack up on the FASTEST PONTIACS LIST !
New Products Billet-Specialties Engraved Air Cleaners, '68 Water pump gaskets
TIP CF-71 Logo air cleaner lidTIP Logo Air Cleaner Lid with CF-71 logo
These are our new custom engraved billet aluminum air cleaners.  Pictured above is the air cleaner lid we engraved for the CF-71 Freedom Bird engine.  The kit includes a 14" Billet Specialities drop base 3" filter element air cleaner with a matching carb stud.  We now offer custom engraving on these air cleaner lids now starting at $85.00.  The standard Tin Indian Performance logo air cleaner kit is available for $200.00.
As with our custom engraved Pontiac valve covers, you are only limited by your imagination with what you can get engraved on the air cleaner lids!   Call or email us and we can send you a proof of what your design will look like on the air cleaner lid.
Check out our editorial mention in the next Pontiac Entusiast magazine as the custom CF-71 air cleaner and Billet-TEK valve covers are revealed in pictures from the 2009 SEMA show! 
 Early Water Pump Gasket
We now offer the early water pump gasket (8 bolt).  This gasket will work great on both KRE early timing covers or stockers.   Gaskets are made from the same high quality paper and are .035 thick.  $6.50 each
New web link - Swap Meet Parts
We now have a web page dedicated to helping TIP customers who want to upgrade their engine programs.  We currently provide this service as a courtesy to our customers to help facilitate selling their existing parts.   Check it out you could find some hard to find pontiac parts or just some killer deals!   
Looking to build an engine?  Power Hungry?  We can help!  Give us a call to discuss your performance goals.
Check out our Killer Pump Gas Engine Combos here.   We are always updating this area of our website to show you running combos  that you can see AND hear on the dyno!
Kevin Swaney
Tin Indian Performance, LTD.