wasting away in a yard until 2012 purchase; unknown # previous owners; original 301 had been transplanted with Olds 455; 6.5 yr restoration: work farmed out = blast/powder coat subframe & rear end, TH350 rebuild, wheels & dash pad, dash & shift bezel re-tint, block/heads machined, paint; work done by me (& friend) = engine rebuild, rear gears/floor boards replaced, interior parts/seats/T-Tops refurbished, suspension, wiring, body work, paint prep, buff, polish & decals.
1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Black/Gold)
Engine was toast - spun bearings, warped push rods, rusted out valve covers, etc. Reused original parts = block, heads, rocker arms, & oil pan. These came with 4.9 or 6.6 liter engines so the 455 needed appropriate badging. My graphic designer son nailed the font & colors on this custom shaker decal.
Interior was rough. T-Tops had leaked, soaking the carpet, rusting the floor boards & doing other damage. Dash had to be sent out for repair & bezel for re-tinting. Driver seat needed some panels sewn in professionally. Everything else was replaced or refurbished using SEM products.
Rust was no surprise but overall not too bad. A front quarter patch panel & one door skin were needed but all other sheet metal was repaired. The RH front fender had been hit, braised, and heavily filled. With the help of a body shop instructor, the metal was shrunk, reshaped, welded & filled with minimal mud.
Wheel and Tire
Original wheels needed help. Jake at Resurrection Auto did an awesome job.