Topic: '78 trans am se 370.8 miles believe it or not

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    May 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    I have quite a few questions about this car. It is a 1978 Trans Am with the window stickers still in tact from straight from the dealership. Fully loaded with all options including the special edition package.

    I could use some more insight on how to register this vehicle and who would insure it for what i say its worth (Haggerty??)
    Should it be a show car only... Should I never drive this machine that was meant for the streets.
    When i say original i mean it even has the original tires. that surprisingly have not dry rot.

    Please help me with some of the decisions.. as this car is as close to perfect originality you will ever get.

     


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    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:05 am
    First of all, drive it like you stole it! Cruise nights, Dairy Queen, Sonic, car shows. I would buy a bra to put on it while driving the car then remove it when arrive at the car shows. Where did you find this car? I would love to hear the story.

     


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    Jun 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    My father bought this car brand new and pretty much parked it. He passed away in october and I dug this car out of storage and cleaned her up she is still a work in progress.. However I want my fathers "legacy" if you will, to live on. He never got a chance to enjoy this amazing machine that he loved with all of his heart. And again I am looking for all the information I can o how i should insure her if there is a pontiac historical society that i can register this vehicle with. And what other maintenance I can do to perserve her and get her back to day one condition.

    I spent 3 hours working on her memorial day and she started right up after not being started in 25 years .... yes it sat in indoor storage for 25 years. help me please... I joined this site for the one and only purpose of finding true trans am fans and people who could help guide me into the proper things to do with this all original vehicle.... This car might possibly have the fewest miles in America for it's year.

    She is as close to perfect as I will ever find.but still needs some tlc

     


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    Jun 10, 2009 at 8:35 am
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    Originally posted by 78OG  My father bought this car brand new and pretty much parked it. He passed away in october and I dug this car out of storage and cleaned her up she is still a work in progress.. However I want my fathers "legacy" if you will, to live on. He never got a chance to enjoy this amazing machine that he loved with all of his heart. And again I am looking for all the information I can o how i should insure her if there is a pontiac historical society that i can register this vehicle with. And what other maintenance I can do to perserve her and get her back to day one condition.

    I spent 3 hours working on her memorial day and she started right up after not being started in 25 years .... yes it sat in indoor storage for 25 years. help me please... I joined this site for the one and only purpose of finding true trans am fans and people who could help guide me into the proper things to do with this all original vehicle.... This car might possibly have the fewest miles in America for it's year.

    She is as close to perfect as I will ever find.but still needs some tlc


    I would also find all the paper work for the car like window sticker, sales slips, etc., all the documents you can find, it helps the value. It is yours to do what you want with, as an investment keep the miles low, as a keeper enjoy it man, go to the Trans Am Nationals!

     

    The need for is growing and spring is time to bring out the BARR"S AM for the shake down run, hope all of you are ready as I am.

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    Jun 28, 2009 at 5:59 am
    I,ve had my 79 TA since 1980. The best times of my life were spent DRIVING it. I love showing "Birdie" but nothing feels better than driving it. Yes, do the Nationals, but become a "Trailer queen". Protect the car during transportation and keep the miles down. When you get there DRIVE it! I've wasted too many years by letting the car sit. Your Dad didn't get to enjoy the TA experience, but YOU should! Hagerty Ins. Co. will insure you car, but you have to decide what the car is worth. Get a PROFESSIONAL appraiser. Many of the judges at shows that judge by points do appraisals, or I'm sure that Hagerty can tell you where to find one. They are very helpful. Mileage is just a number. You have to EXPERIENCE a TA!

     

    Sue

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    Jun 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    Thank you for your insight.,.. I like the way this guy thinks!!!

     


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    Jul 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    ps the car has 372 miles on it now ...... I drove it around the block.... dangerous huh! lmao

     


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    Sep 5, 2009 at 5:06 am
    hmm, 6 posts no pictures, sounds like a dream weaver to me. idea image

     


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    Sep 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm
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    Originally posted by MrAFX  hmm, 6 posts no pictures, sounds like a dream weaver to me. idea image

    I would love to see pictures of this car. Also pictures are a great way to document any and all work you have done to it. I really hope you took pictures of it in storage and been removed fro storage. That way it is easy to back you your story.

     

    Racing is only done on tracks. Anything done on the street is for your ego not for sport.

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