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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Betty Lou)

Last updated Oct 18, 2010  

Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Betty Lou)

No longer owned


My first car was a 1979 base model Firebird. 301 V8, 2 barrel and automatic transmission. Not the strongest motor in the world but I got 9 years of teenager enjoyment out of it. It was a super trooper. Never leaked a drop of fluid or burnt a quart of oil in well over 200+ miles of ownership.
The 301 did get a total rebuild at about 200k miles because of a harmonic balancer failure.... but the car ran like a top from day one (with a slight lifter tick). A quarter sized piece of neck from the balancer broke off and took out the timing chain, which took out a few lifters, valves, pistons, etc..... then the balancer spun on the crank, ruining it.
I traded it in a year later for a brand new, still on the truck '90 Dodge Daytona.

Here's a shot of my first car..... back in '83.


301 V8, 2-barrel carb, automatic

Factory Options



Early model Trans Am instruments swapped in.
160 mph speedo, 8k rpm tach, oil pressure, water temperature, volts, fuel.

Airplaned gear rear end

Later, it was de-badged.... in one of it's many "repaints".... uh, collisions.

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