1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
“The Red Dragon”
1979 Pontiac Firebird Redbird
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About “The Red Dragon”
This is my pride and joy: My 1976 Pontiac Trans Am. My dad bought it as a "Father and Son" project about three years ago.The car has the original "numbers matching" 400 engine & it runs & drives great. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts nicely, the car always starts for me & I feel confident driving it anywhere.
There are no rust or dents, and there have never been any. - It's just a very nice clean car that has been kept as original as possible, except that the interior has been reupholstered, and about 2 years ago my dad and I repainted the car the original color with the help of a friend of his in the restoration business and had a brand new set of decals put on. Also I had a brand new exhaust system put on. My dad and I did a lot of the work on it ourselves, learning as we went along. He surprised me by giving it to me as a college graduation present last spring.
1979 Firebird Esprit Redbird Edition. I purchaced this car in 1998 from a man at the Petit Jean Mountian Car Show
in Morrilton AR. It is featured in Marc Cranswick's Book Firebird the Auto-Biography (page 100). It has always been stored indoors. It gets alot of looks wherever I go in it.
Specs for “The Red Dragon”
Rebuilt and warmed-over, numbers matching Pontiac 400 engine
0-60 in about 4.5 seconds
About 14 flat in the 1/4 @ 100+/-
Dual exhausts without catalysts (Please don't tell the state about that!)
Specs for “Redbird”
301 Pontiac V8 4 barrel with TH350 Automatic trans.
Factory Options for “The Red Dragon”
Not much - she's pretty basic. NO A/C!
Factory Options for “Redbird”
T-Tops, Redbird Trim Package, AC power "everything" (windows, locks, trunk latch, etc.) cruise control, deluxe cloth (hobnail) seats.
Mods for “The Red Dragon”
The usual internal mods in the engine when it was rebuilt and a modern sound system in the original mounting holes - NO CUTTING!
Mods for “Redbird”
I was told that the rear window louvers were added when the car was purchaced new... I like them, so they stay. I have seen a lot of the three piece rear louvers, but haven't seen any just like these.
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