1981 Pontiac Grand LeMans Safari Wagon



Master Mechanic
Mar 3, 2009
Got the rest of the front end done, Eibach’s from my SS, lightly used Bilsteins, stock LCA’s with Global West Del A Lum bushings also off my SS, stock UCA’s off a FB group that were powder coated, Moog bj’s and new bushings and cross shafts. Probably way more into them than I paid or would pay to put into stock arms. Also new Moog tie rods, center link and idler and adjusting sleeves from some aftermarket company. Had them when I was working on my SS front end a couple years ago but nev



Drove it only a little, rides nice and firm, pretty much what I expected. Needs an alignment but driveable. The nearly 20 year old Eibach’s dropped it almost 1” over the stock springs, very pleased about that, wasn’t sure what to expect being a V6 with stock springs.





Master Mechanic
Mar 3, 2009
Dash had a few cracks and little fading, nothing terrible especially being from CA, but thanks to 85ss/85gn I had a perfect brown one from another 81’, in my possession before I even had the wagon in hand.

Swap is complete, a few things taken care of in one fell swoop. Changed out the harness behind the dash that runs side to side for door jamb sensors, etc, put in one also from 85ss/85gn out of a power window/lock Bonneville. Ran power tailgate wiring and mounted the switch, swapped out the gauges for a silver set, mounted side speakers and installed a Retrosound radio. Mostly done, some small things to go but it’s a success.

Tried copying how the factory mounts side speakers in the Pontiacs that have it, mine nor this donor dash did, there is enough meat to add screws under the holes/grilles. I had to remove one screw on the driver side once the dash was mostly installed as it interfered with the gauges, duh. But no rattles or vibrations, knock on wood. Digging the silver gauges and will see if they grow on me, if not will change back to black. Tach appears accurate, my black one was way high and bouncy.

Still needs an alignment but next up will be continuing the conversion to power locks/windows, need to get some dye made up for replacement panels soon but can proceed without it also. Replacing the rear panels with ones for speakers also maybe even the same time.

Plan to push in the Retrosound a little more to help get the bezel more flush on the bottom edge, clean off the dash a little, but got it in without cracking it!



G-Body Guru
Jul 26, 2013
Here is a challenge if your interested

Funny how everybody so quick to suggest those FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S CAR .... :mrgreen:
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G-Body Guru
Oct 29, 2010
Buffalo, NY
Funny how everybody so quick to suggest those FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S CAR .... :mrgreen:
I'm in that club that loves to believe I'd own and drive an '81 chevy turbo car but the resounding idea is I won't. I mean maybe if I was like my buddy around the corner who has 2 multi-car garages on his property and has 14 all GM cars from 1959-1996 I'd have one as a part of a collection.

Maybe a cool comprise would be a different turbo motor and mock up the red turbo intake with the graphics like the 80/81's had?


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Jan 31, 2007
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