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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.

Twenty seven years later; my son looking on e-bay found a 1976 T/A for sale and said " dad-look, you should biuld one like the old car " . I thought ,to try something like this wouldn't be easy, most of these car have to be beat - striped and-or badly rusted by now!
Still..... I bought that car, and then two others . Just like I thought anything good was gone, removed long ago - not to mention the rust! I realized now there's no turning back, there's to much invested already!

Finding salvage yards that still had the old T/A's were as rare as the cars themselves, but are out there! Most of the cars I found were to far gone to save, now my cars didn't look so bad. I saved whatever original pontiac parts I could with each visit. A good original hood would have been a difficult find, but I met someone trying to sell a 76 T/A. - with him - he had a extra hood, boy did I get lucky! Swap meets and e-bay were the only places left to get good 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.

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.

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 still turns heads....... I just don't get pulled over as much.... Ha- Ha!

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.
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 4

Cover photo of Trigger 4 - looking back! album
Trigger 4 - looking back!
Photos: 59
Cover photo of Trigger - 2 album
Trigger - 2
Photos: 16

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