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1976 Pontiac Trans Am (trigger)
Last updated Aug 27, 2014
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 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 bought whatever original pontiac parts I could with each visit. A good original hood would have been a difficult find, but I met someone selling a 76 T/A. B.S.ing 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. 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 out of the girls taking pictures of each other standing in front it. I must have done something right.
Stock - 75 pontiac 400 motor
rochester quadrajet - 4 barrel carb
1971 functional hood scoop, opens/closes for better air flow
true duel exhaust
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.
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!!!
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