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General Information

Year
1979
Make
Pontiac
Model
Trans Am
Color
Black/Gold
Packages
Special Edition
History
Wasting away in a yard until I purchased it in 2012; Unknown # previous owners; Original 301 had been transplanted with an Olds 455; 7yr restoration. Work farmed out: subframe & rear end blasted/powder coated, TH350 rebuild, wheels & dash pad, bezel re-tint, block/heads machined, paint. Work done by me ( a friend helped with the mechanicals): 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 SE ("Bandit")

Modifications

Drivetrain
Engine was toast - spun bearings, warped push rods, rusted out valve covers, etc. Reused original parts = block, heads, rocker arms, & oil pan. These cars came with 4.9L (Pontoac 301) or 6.6L (Olds 403) motors so the Olds 455 needed appropriate badging. My graphic designer son nailed the font & colors on this custom shaker decal. TH350 was rebuilt with some HD parts and a shift kit.
Interior
Interior was rough. T-Tops had leaked, soaking the carpet. LH and RH floor pans and RH toe board were replaced. Dash had to be sent out for repair & bezels for re-tinting. Driver's seat needed some panels sewn in professionally. Everything else was replaced or refurbished by me using SEM products.
Exterior
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 my auto body repair instructor, the metal was shrunk, reshaped, welded & skimmed with a minimal amount of filler.
Audio
RetroSound unit and speakers
Exhaust
2.5" Dual with stock headers, Flowmaster 50's, Pypes tips
Suspension
Stock with rubber bushings
Wheel and Tire
Original wheels needed help. Jake at Resurrection Auto in Peperrell, MA did an awesome job. BFG TA's

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