1984 Pontiac Trans Am (Trans-formed: Part 2)
Last updated Dec 21, 2010
I bought this 1984 Pontiac Trans Am in July 2006 for $400. There was no engine or transmission, however the car was nearly rust free. At the time I already owned a 1984 Trans Am, but that car had some bondo work and the undercarriage was pretty rotted. The plan was to slowly combine the best parts from both of these cars into one nice car and then sell everything that was left over. That didn't go as planned though because I purchased a 1972 Camaro RS (my dream car) in April 2007 and therefor this project went on the back burner.
During the summer of 2008, I got some motivation and resumed work on this project. It took the whole summer, but I finally compiled all the best parts from both cars in one section of my garage. All of the left over parts were then installed into the first Trans Am I owned and that car was sold just before winter. Now I was left with a rust free project car and a ton of goodies (stock 10 bolt rear disc differential, mint deluxe tan interior, nice sound & in-car entertainment system, GTA crosslace rims... just to name a few).
Just before winter 2008, all of the interior panels were dropped off at Moser's in Buffalo, NY to get restored.
Late summer 2009 I stripped the interior floorboards, patched a couple small rust spots and sprayed everything with truckbed liner.
Spring 2010 I finally got my interior panels back. I had the upholstery shop strip and clean all of the interior tan plastic panels, repaint the panels the stock doeskin color and install new carpet inserts. The work ended up taking forever for two reasons. First, we had a really hard time finding a plastic paint that closely matched the original color. Then they had some problems with the paint not adhering to the panels. They eventually figured it out and it was well worth the wait.
Starting winter 2010 I got a friend to help me start doing bodywork. We hope to have the whole car done and in primer sometime summer 2011. If that happens then I'll start putting the suspension back on so I can at least roll the thing around. Final paint would hopefully happen within a year or two.
It's going to take time to get this car where I would like it to be, but I'll try to post pictures as I make progress (unless some other project gets in the way again).
I plan on building a supercharged and fuel injected 350 or 383. It would be similar to the engine that is in my Camaro. I already have a spare B&M Superjection kit and 144 blower for the build.
I have the original 700r4 tranny that I can install, but I would rather use a 4L80E instead. I also have a console B&M Megashifter and a spare drum rear with POSI and 3:73 Richmond gears laying around.
Like my previous Trans Am, this car has T-tops (which I love). For now, I plan on using the GTA rims that I kept since they already have 255/50/16 Z rated Kumho tires on them. Some larger 18" rims will probably go on eventually.
I might purchase a fiberglass daytona hood since I really liked the look of it on my last Trans Am. I'm not really sure what to do about the paint yet. These cars look awesome in black and gold though.
I kept all of the original mint tan interior along with the custom flamed door panels I fabricated from the Trans Am I sold so those parts will be installed in this car. All of the original interior panels were restored by Moser's in Buffalo, NY - everything came out awesome! I have a new carpet set waiting for this car so the only interior work I will have to do in the future is reupholster the seats.
I have a bunch of audio and in-car entertainment equipment laying around so I'll probably install some of that stuff: Pioneer CD player, Memphis & Rockford Fosgate amps, Audiobahn subs, muliple LCD monitors and a PS2.
Please see Specs section.
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