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Wheel spoilers on 77-78 Trans Ams???

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Mystery solved, in a day where i am used to seeing bondo and fiberglass, i never thought to look for lead filled holes. We found the holes and were nicely filled in with lead. Old school, whod a thunk it?

This is a Trans AM, the VIN, cowl tag, and build sheet all match!

In the blogs i have been posting on the 17 day transformation, the Trans Am in question along with a 78 belonging to "kirk78400ta" dont have the wheel spoilers. I have seen the build sheet for the 1 belonging to "77TA'' and can verify it is a TA. So can anyone tell me why these cars dont have wheel spoilers? I thought that was part of the TA package.

Correction, the other Trans Am belonging to "kirk78400ta" has the holes for the spoilers. Sorry i didnt see them. Still questioning the 1 my friends are working on though.

More info, there is a RPO code of B97 with the designation of "RR WL Spoiler" on the build sheet.

Thanks
Mattp

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loafer33
Nov 15, 2008 at 9:17 am
I have a 77 Formula, and the fenders looked like they needed adjustment, as they stick out past the doors. Trans Ams have vents in the fenders to rid the engine compartment of underhood heat. They adjusted the fenders outwards to acomplish the same thing with te 400 in the Formula. GM did a few things that were not advertised, so no wheel spoilers, does not surprise me. Formula wheel wells had chrome trim instead
 
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tamatt79
Nov 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Thanks for all the potential info, i am in the same thought that all TA's came with wheel spoilers, and this is a TA, the build sheet was still in the car and it matches the VIN and cowl tags. I have looked but will go back tonight and get under the car and look again for any eveidence of the holes being filled in. There are a few ideas worth looking into, but not much supporting documentation that i can find. I have TA's around me for 15 years now, and own # 1 and # 16 out of the 16 that i have owned. This has been puzzling. But thanks for the ideas, and i will be posting some updates tonight or tomorrow.
 
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Nov 12, 2008 at 12:24 am
Looks like the project is coming along great! Keep up the good work. Let me know if you hit any road blocks we can help with on parts or guidance! Dave
 
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mrrogers
Nov 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm
There is is a good chance the car was specially ordered without them, kind of like the hood bird was an option. I am a ex-body guy and there is also a chance the holes were welded up and a lot o cosmetic word done to hide them. It is possible.
 
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lizardbird98
Nov 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm
maybe it was removed prior to it being sold? you you have the wrong build sheet?
 
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nitr0j0e
Nov 10, 2008 at 10:46 am
All of the TA's that I have ever seen have the flares. Mine was purchased original by my dad and it definitely had the flares. If you remove the flares and spoilers you will notice a big difference in front lift at speed. See if this link has any info:

http://www.iw.../transam.html
 
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Mauiblue_89
Nov 9, 2008 at 8:28 am
In one of my code books I don't see the RPO B97 "RR WL Spoiler". . . I wonder if that wa part of another package? I'll keep digging...
 
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Mauiblue_89
Nov 8, 2008 at 11:17 pm
All Trans Am's came with the wheel flares and rear spoiler. Check the VIN on the drivers side of the windshield. If it's a real T/A it will start with "W87" for a T/A. I'm sure everyone knows this already though!
 
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TerryO
Nov 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm
I always assumed that the TAs and Z28s included the bolt on ground effects option. Maybe on this car they were removed by a previous owner and the holes were weld filled and grinded smooth.
 
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db67tranny
Nov 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm
Put them on , it makes the car!
 

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