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Crazyfast79TA

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Bovey, Minnesota
United States

 
 

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1977BlackTa
Mar 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm
Nice ride and a ton of nice work! Congrats!
 
 
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darkangel
Nov 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Realy love these cars=) one day i will have one to=)
 
 
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LISASZ
Sep 30, 2012 at 2:37 am
Good job!!! I love this car I need one just like it with red interior.
 
 

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Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
Atlantis blue

1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Owner: classicfirebird1979

  • Atlantis blue: 46 pts (loss)
  • Blackbird: 54 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 20
  • Ended: Nov 8, 2011
 
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bandit

1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Owner: classicfirebird1979

  • bandit: 46 pts (loss)
  • Blackbird: 49 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 19
  • Ended: Nov 8, 2011
 
Photo of a 1977 pontiac Y82
smokey

1977 pontiac Y82

Owner: smokey2

  • smokey: 40 pts (loss)
  • Blackbird: 45 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 17
  • Ended: Nov 8, 2011
 

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1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Blackbird)

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Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Blackbird)

About

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

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

Factory Options

Snowflake Aluminum wheels,
T-Tops,
Air Conditioning

Mods

'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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