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Cars > Challenges > “bandit” Vs “Blackbird”

 

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classicfirebird
1979

M
Morrilton, Arkansas
United States

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Crazyfast79TA

M–48
Bovey, Minnesota
United States

 

1979 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Y84 SE

“bandit”

1979 Pontiac Trans Am

“Blackbird”

 
Photo of: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

No longer owned

Photo of: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
 

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About “bandit”

My brother told me about this "black Trans Am" he saw on Hwy 64 in AR. on his way to work. I told him the last thing I need right now is another car as I had too many projects going already. He said this one looks pretty good and the sign said runs good ! It turned out to be a true Y84 SE well long story short I "had to" buy it. I have owned this car since May 2007. REBUILT the transmisson in 2009 and the engine in Sept 2010.

About “Blackbird”

When I bought this car in January of '99, it was in terrible shape but it ran. I really wanted a "Blackbird" like the model kit I got after seeing "Smokey And The Bandit" for the first time in a theater with my Dad. I didn't get a black '77 Trans Am. It was a '79 instead. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I could live with it after I gave it a new paint-job. It was a plain-Jane '79, silver with white an 2 tone grey interior. No power windows, most of the A/C components removed and about 6 bad paint jobs one on top of the other. The body was fairly solid, but I went looking for better parts. I ran into a '77 Firebird in a junkyard with almost perfect front and rear bumpers. The dash in that Firebird was in perfect condition. The door panels weren't bad either. The yard gave me a fair price and I started making a Bandit clone from my '79. The bad part of the Firebird's interior was that it was maroon. It took me a year and a half to change all the interior over to black and repair the body. There was no way I was going to try to make it "authentic". I wasn't changing the '79 spoilers, and the Fisher T-Tops weren't available in '77. It already had headers installed but they were all rusted out and the whole exhaust system was rigged up. I put new headers on it and a new dual exhaust with Thrush California Boss Turbo mufflers. While working on the exhaust, I found out somebody had replaced the original Olds 403 with an Olds 350. It ran good, REAL good, it eventually failed. I found a deal on a Pontiac 400 and automatic originally out of a '75 TA. That combo is installed now. It ends up the 400 is kinda weak. I'm guessing a worn cam shaft. But it runs good enough. When I originally got the car done in the fall of '01 I drove it a while then parked it in the barn where I painted it. For Father's Day 2002, I took it to Cruise Night In Findlay, OH. There was over 500 cars entered and I came home with a Top 10. The car was so incorrect (I built it as a 20/20 car) but it looked good. It may not be authentic, but I built my own "Blackbird".

 

Specs for “bandit”

403 6.6 Liter V8 , Automatic Trans , Posi trac rear

Specs for “Blackbird”

Engine: Pontiac 400
Transmission: TH 350 w/stall converter
Interior: Monza buckets
Exhaust: Headers and true duals including California Boss Turbo mufflers

 

Factory Options for “bandit”

Cold Air conditioning, T Tops, Black hobnail cloth deluxe Int. Cruise Control, electric windows and door locks, tilt wheel, Y84 SE Package.

Factory Options for “Blackbird”

Snowflake Aluminum wheels,
T-Tops,
Air Conditioning

 

Mods for “bandit”

This car was bone stock when I purchaced the car. I recently rebuilt the engine, the 403 now has #5 olds high compession heads, cloyes high performace timing chain, melling high output oil pump, all new clevite 77 rod bearings and main bearings. Stock pistons but with a set of chrome rings.The heads have been ported and polished. New fuel pump,water pump,oil pump.Completely painted under the hood and detailed. I have the original #s matching heads and they can go with the car.

Mods for “Blackbird”

'77 Front and Rear Bumpers.
Finished removing what was left AC components and installed kick-panel and dash vents from non-AC car.
Stripes, Bird and names all painted on (to be replaced next time with reproduction factory style decals).
Trunk lid replaced from same '77 donor for the bumpers and dash.
Tail-lights from '77 fit in and wiring modified for extra bulb sockets.
New '77 gas tank
Have a defroster rear window to install.
New rear interior panels.
Still need correct center caps for the wheels.

 

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