1979 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Y84 SE
1979 Pontiac Trans Am
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My brother told me about this "black Trans Am" he saw on Hwy 64 in AR. on his way to work. I told him the last thing I need right now is another car as I had too many projects going already. He said this one looks pretty good and the sign said runs good ! It turned out to be a true Y84 SE well long story short I "had to" buy it. I have owned this car since May 2007. REBUILT the transmisson in 2009 and the engine in Sept 2010.
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. I planned on giving it a quickie 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 were 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. Most of the rest of that Firebird was junk though. The yard gave me a fair price on the parts I wanted 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. 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. It ran good, REAL good but 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. This car is 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". I'm planning on jumping back on this project soon. I want to fix the problem areas and get the engine running right again. I'll repaint it and install the correct decal kit too. Maybe I'll get the original seats reupholstered and get the new roof liner installed too. It all takes time and effort and a little money.
Specs for “bandit”
403 6.6 Liter V8 , Automatic Trans , Posi trac rear
Specs for “Blackbird”
Engine: Pontiac 400
Transmission: TH 350
Exhaust: Headers and true duals including California Boss Turbo mufflers
Factory Options for “bandit”
Cold Air conditioning, T Tops, Black hobnail cloth deluxe Int. Cruise Control, electric windows and door locks, tilt wheel, Y84 SE Package.
Factory Options for “Blackbird”
Snowflake Aluminum wheels,
Mods for “bandit”
This car was bone stock when I purchaced the car. I recently rebuilt the engine, the 403 now has #5 olds high compession heads, cloyes high performace timing chain, melling high output oil pump, all new clevite 77 rod bearings and main bearings. Stock pistons but with a set of chrome rings.The heads have been ported and polished. New fuel pump,water pump,oil pump.Completely painted under the hood and detailed. I have the original #s matching heads and they can go with the car.
Mods for “Blackbird”
'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.
Also want to restore the interior
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