Gastonia, North Carolina
1978 Pontiac Trans Am
“See Ya WS6/W72”
1980 Pontiac Trans Am SE Package
“Bandit LG4/WS6 SE”
Head to Head
About “See Ya WS6/W72”
The car is finally complete after a year and half of restoring. See album for more pictures!
This is number 3 of owning a Trans Am.
Just picked up this baby two weeks ago (11/2009). Found the original owners spec sheet and maintence book where it quotes: "Top speed--131.3, 1/4 mile--14.2. When that was quoted, the car was straight out of the factory with no modifications. Car also has the orginal radio with it. All numbers match except for a few modifications that I didn't do.
As some of you might know, Frank and I have had some issues with this car. Being we are orginally from Long Island NY, I never had a problem with finding mechanics to work on my Trans Am's that I owned in the past.
Living here in NC, we are having a heck of time finding someone that actually knows what they are doing!
Just an update.......Thank you Chumbrother/Mark, for all the tips, and being on "stand by" with our car.
Air shocks where put in (trying not to dip into the Run Fun's and this is just a temporary fix till we get back from the Bandit Run and then leaf springs will go in), shift cable was finally corrected after the 2nd shop majorly screwed that one up, front sway bar bushings and clamps were replaced. Frank finally had a weekend off to do the work, and the weather actually was very beautiful to work in.
I have to say..........I took her out ont he interstate last night, and she ran GREAT! Stomped on it, and the power behind this car actually pinned us in our seats! I was VERY impressed and was shaken up a wee bit because I forgot how powerful these cars can be.
About “Bandit LG4/WS6 SE”
I purchased this car in 1989 for 2 grand. I have spent about 10 grand restoring it - engine rebuilt, painted it myself and had a local graphics shop put the decals on. Emissions free, hooker headers with flowmasters and a we made the hood scoop functional - kick-ass car! One of 463 SE's made with the Chevy 305 that year and we bored it up and put a higher lift cam in it when the engine overhaul was done. It is a garage queen and only comes out when I can take the tops off!
Specs for “See Ya WS6/W72”
1978 Platinum WS6/W72 package, 400 6.6 HO. No A/C = more power!! ;-)
Specs for “Bandit LG4/WS6 SE”
305 C.I.D. bored up
Top Speed: I dont know - it keeps pegging on me, Pontiac only had the speedometer go to 90, but it has been well over that.
When I purchased the car it was running on six cylinders. Since then I maxed the engine out and found out that they made only 463 SE's with the Chevy Motor. It has a stock stereo in it sort of, it actually is a re-manufactured stereo that looks just like the stock one which I still have. When you turn it on, the antenna goes up and you get a digital display. It has a 12 disc changer in the trunk, along with soundstream and rockford fosgate amps in the back supporting 1000 watts thru a bass tube - all in the trunk with the original small stock spare tire, jack, attached to the bottom of the trunk lid etc.. In the glove box is where it is really fun - a bass tuner, plus an ipod jack and a computer port, plus a usb hub. So essentially I can have internet access on my net-book which is kept in the trunk anywhere I need it.
I have before and after photos in my photo albums and a similar car mint went for 72K at Barrett Jackson's auction last spring. It's insured actual value is set at $45,000 and the restoration is still ongoing, minor things - carpet, polishing the wheels etc... It is now classified as a "special interest" car because of the Bandit SE designation and design - so I don't have a lot of competition,, there are just not that many out there anymore!
Factory Options for “See Ya WS6/W72”
Special handling package, Special performace package
400 6.6 HO motor, 3.23 posi rear
Factory Options for “Bandit LG4/WS6 SE”
See photo of manifest for all options on car - original copy
Mods for “See Ya WS6/W72”
New Leaf Springs, new wire wraps, new water pump, complete rear brake system including lines. New/rebuilt rear end with new gears...Thanks Chumbrother!! Added new trans cooler. New schocks, rebuilt Q-Jet to be put back on when car is repainted.
To come soon:
New Paint Job
Have the following waiting to be put on after paint job:
correct decals, new weather stripping, new front grilles, new window moldings (chrome), new door hindges, repolished kick plate (thanks Frank), new paint for rims. LED lights if Restore A Muscle car can get the manufacture to send them :-(
Engine was rebuilt and currently has 3500 miles on it. And let me tell you, out of my other 2 TA's that I have owned, this one by far is the fastest. Maybe too fast for me! Not!
edlebrock carb, accel distributor and headers with 3 inch exhaust pipes
I didn't do this, this was done by the previous owner.
Yes, the current shaker scoop is attached. This was not done by us. I have an extra hood and shaker that is being repainted along with the car and will be put on when the painting is finished.
Mods for “Bandit LG4/WS6 SE”
Removed stock exhaust manifold and installed Hooker Powder Coated Headers w/ flowmasters.. All emission control equipment removed including catalytic converters.
Upgraded stereo - although it looks stock and added a radar detector that is wired directly into the car - no cables in sight. It also has a built in hands free mobile phone device.
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