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Cars > Challenges > “Kristen” Vs “trigger”


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1971 Pontiac Trans Am


1976 Pontiac Trans Am


Photo of: 1971 Pontiac Trans Am
Photo of: 1976 Pontiac Trans Am

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About “Kristen”

This was originally a Canadian car. Sold in Weston, ON at Grant Brown Ltd. March 1 1971 I have owned her of the past 23 years. In 1986 I fly to Canada and drove her back. During this time I have repaired, replaced, or restored every part of her. Original price $5,470.90 now Priceless.
Check out the before and after album.

About “trigger”

Everyone has fond memories of there first car. I had a 1976 Trans am, carousel red (orange) with black interior, & only three years old. We had a lot of great times together, she always carried more beer then gas back then! Unfortunately, ... I sold her back in the 80's, but the good times never faded.

Twenty seven years later; my son looking on e-bay found a 76 T/A for sale and said " you should biuld one like the old car dad " .

She was striped of the good stuff, and rusted! Still..... I bought that car, then two others . Just like I thought anything good was gone on them to, removed long ago! I realized there's no turning back, there's to much invested !

Trying to find salvage yards that still had the old T/A's were as rare as the cars themselves ! Most of the cars I found were to far gone to save, but now my cars didn't look so bad. I bought whatever original pontiac parts I could find. A good original hood may have been a difficult find, I met someone selling a T/A. with him - he had the 76 hood ! Swap meets and e-bay were the only places left to get the original parts I needed to finish. I used year one and classic industries for the new stuff, like seat upholstery, rug, weather stripping ect. I wanted to keep her original as possible. Knowing the car as I do and doing the work myself - I could.

2 1/2 years later my work paid off, she was finished. A true factory correct 1976 Trans am, right down to the original working delco am/fm radio & 8 track player. I fix them to !

The color, Carousel Red (orange) is a factory Pontiac color for 76. "Car & Driver" magazine even had the car on the cover April of 76 issue, as there test car.

The look of the car - sounds of the Pontiac motor brings me back to the old days ,....that 4 barrels opening,.... and the duels .... Bat out-a hell, in the 8 track - good feeling!
A little Pontiac history ; 1976 marked the 50th anniversary for Pontiac, and there flagship car was the T/A . This was the 1st year black was offered on the T/A's & Pontiac would use the all new Hurst T-tops!..... The first Black/Gold T/A was built calling it "The 50th Anniversary model" and a badge was placed below the name on the fenders. These cars were built in very limited #s, with or with out the tops or 455 optional motor. ( A rare car ! )

Pontiac kept the Black/Gold colors option for 1977 calling it a SE~T/A, but dropped the 455 motor. This was the year of Smokey & the Bandit.....Pontiac only gave one car to film the movie - it proved to be a good idea for sales - we all know how well they did!
Why not black here?.... Many people today would have painted this car black, claim it's a 50th, or change the nose saying its a bandit car - something it's not. We all have seen plenty of that stuff. There called tribute cars or clones, built to flip and rob you.
My memories of the old bird ment much more to me, it was the reason I built this car. Her paint was differant back in the day and stood out.... Today she'll still makes you look. I get a kick from the girls taking pictures of each other standing in front of it at the shows. I must have done something right.

Thanks Tommy


Specs for “Kristen”

455 V8 (HO) 335 bhp @ 4800 rpm, 480 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.

Performance: 455/335 (HO): 0-60 in 5.9 sec, 1/4 mile in 13.9 sec @ 103 mph.

Specs for “trigger”

Stock - 75 pontiac 400 motor
rochester quadrajet - 4 barrel carb
1971 functional hood scoop, opens/closes for better air flow
auto trans
true duel exhaust


Factory Options for “Kristen”

Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, AM/FM Stereo with 8 Track Tape Player, Rear Console, Instant - Aire, and Rear Shoulder Belts.

Factory Options for “trigger”

ac car
tilt steering
deluxe black interior
eletric trunk opener
delco am/fm red~dot radio
factory delco 8 track player.
factory spare tire & air bottle
honeycomb rims + trim rings & caps.


Mods for “Kristen”


Mods for “trigger”

Functional hood scoop installed.
They were stock on a 1970 - 71 and 72 Trans am, I had to have one!

I also have the correct original scoop for 76.

******* There are 4 albums and 2 video's! *******
Click on the albums or video's ~ to see pic.'s -or watch video's. Comments or trophies are nice to see, thanks!

The video's are also on youtube at ~ AGAINSTTHEWIND76

Thanks for looking & best wishes with yours!!!


Photo Albums 1 – 1 of 1

Cover photo of Before - After album
Before - After
Photos: 24

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Photo Albums 1 – 2 of 3

Cover photo of Trigger - 2 album
Trigger - 2
Photos: 16
Cover photo of Trigger 3 - looking back! album
Trigger 3 - looking back!
Photos: 59

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