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Rockwood, Tennessee
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Jan 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm
Yeah, it was a great car for my use. I'm not much a "show" guy... I like driving. This car was a serious driver. The built-up 350 really ran nice. I would love a set of the RA III manifolds.
Turns out, the header bolts were too short for the gasket and header flange. It was still leaking when I sold it, but the new owner said the first stop he was making with it was the exhaust shop.
This car was originally, Nocturne Blue, but was repainted at some point.
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Jan 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Sorry to hear you unloaded the car frown image; should have replaced the headers with RAMAIR III manifolds.

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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Blast from the Past)

Last updated Oct 18, 2010  

Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Blast from the Past)

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My second Firebird... purchased in '07.
Craving a 2nd Generation Trans Am for over 20 years, I finally decided to take the plunge. Driving the base model 301 powered Firebird as a teenager for 9 years, set the mold for my "MID-LIFE CRISIS" vehicle.
I always wanted a T-top, 4-speed, WS6, 2nd generation Trans Am. This is what I got.
Since I had to have a nickname, this car is titled "Blast From the Past"... because that's what it was.

I owned the car for only one year. It was plagued with header exhaust leaks.... which I hated. I only put 2k-5k miles on it during the summer/fall, before parking it with the final exhaust leak. I was so upset over the leaks, it sat on jack stands for about 7-8 months..... putting header gaskets on a 4-speed car is a real PAIN IN THE BUTT!.

Once I replaced the gaskets a second time, they still leaked and I put the car up for sale. It sold at a slight loss and I was glad to get some other bills paid off....... but the longing desire for my "Dream Car" of 25 years was still there.



Non-original Pontiac 350. 1976.
Great power

Factory Options

Completely loaded.
No factory radio, but had the radio accomodation package, which included the wiring harness, speaker, antenna (powered), and insulation package.

Cruise control wasn't offered on the 4-speed cars.

A/C, PW, PL, remote mirror, remote trunk release, rear defroster, WS6 (includes 4-wheel disc brakes), Borg Warner Super T-10 4-speed Transmission, Tilt steering column, deluxe cloth seating, T-tops, 6.6L Pontiac 400 (W72), ..... LOADED!


Rebuilt 1976 Pontiac 350. Not sure of specs, but it had much more power than a stock '79 Pontiac T/A with the 220 hp 400.

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