1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Bandit)
Last updated Aug 28, 2008
This is a "rescued" bird. If it could only talk! Seller had only owned it 6 months. Previous owner told him it had 47,000 "Original" miles on it. The cracked "Bondo" on the roof, broken glass in the trunk, ill-fitting, chopped up hood scoop on the non original engine, rusty engine bay and signs of bad repaint, made us question how original it really was! But, the price was right, and it ran-for a month!! While we were replacing the head gasket, we found the heads were bad. Then there was the tap in the engine, We decided to pull the engine for a complete rebuild, only to find that it contained incorrect valves. "Someone didn't know what they were doing" said our engine builder. "If you had taken it to the track, it never would have made it to the other end".It had already been bored 0.035 over (very poorly and never honed) It'll have to be bored 0.060 to clean it up. After sitting, waiting to be bored for 5 months, we decided to try someone else. He picked it up and bored it the next day!!! Should have it back to the engine builder next week!
We had it custom painted black with gold flake in it. I airbrushed the hood and sail panel birds and custom lettered "Trans Am" logos, While we have the engine out, we are repainting the engine compartment and trunk and replacing from the floor pans up. What started out to be a car for me to air brush, has , of course become a complete resto.
My completely original 79' "Birdie"became a completely custom bird because I wanted something different. I wanted to keep"Bandit" original, but there is nothing "Original" about him. So, he is now a custom "Bandit"!
Our goal was to have to the Nats this year. Maybe next year!!!
Pontiac 400, auto-engine in process of being rebuilt. bored 0.060 over
Custom black paint with gold flake, Air brushed hood and sail panel birds, custom airbrushed "Trans Am" logos, birds airbrushed on interior sail panels, "Hurst shifter"
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