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May 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Vestige of my lost youth. Hi, I read your story about you and your 79' Trans Am. It was a great story by the way! As I read your story, I got a little emotional which compelled me to comment on your story. I too lost my 79' Trans Am almost twenty years ago, except my story does not have an awesome ending. I worked for a year at a car rental, detailing cars for minimum wage. My bi-weekly paychecks were $325 after taxes. I put 300 in my savings account and the $25 I used in the snack machine at work. I remember this because I recently ran across my old checkbook with every deposit I made written it. After a year of working and saving, I bought my first car ever. It was a 79' Trans Am for $2,700 around my twentieth birthday in March of 1991. My T/A was nice. It had a 403 olds in it, turbo 350 transmission, weld racing rims, headers, mild cam, traction bars, 411 positive track rear end, black on black, t-tops. Man I loved that T/A.
Anyway, around 1992 my parents divorced. I joined the navy, and my mother struggled to make ends meet while raising my two younger sisters. My mom did not have a car, so I gave her my T/A while I was in the Navy. (Believe me, I loved that T/A, but I loved my mom more) The T/A actually scared her due to easy fish tailing around corners etc. Anyway, she ended up selling it to my cousin so she can get a more practical car. After I got out of the Navy, I asked my cousin to sell the T/A back to me. He refused to sell it to me and I was bummed. My cousin had a bad drug habit and a few months later he pawned the T/A to a guy we both knew up in Cheyenne Wyo. for $200. Needless to say, my cousin did not get the money back in time to the guy, and the guy kept it. I contacted that guy and asked him if he would sell it to me. I did not have any money at the time but I Figured I would have borrowed from the bank or whatever it took. However, he refused to sell it too. He gave the car to his 16-year-old son. After that, life went on; I got married and had two kids.
I still had a hole in my heart from losing the T/A, and yearned for another one for years. I called that guy back a couple of years ago and asked if he still had that T/A in hopes of buying it. He said that sold it a few months after giving it to his son due to his son getting too many speeding tickets. He did not know the guy that he sold it to personnelly; just some random guy. I asked why he did not contact me to buy it from and he said it was a spur of the moment decision to sell right away. Anyway, I tried other avenues to locate it; using my old license plate number. I called my old insurance agency, DMV, etc. No luck! I guess the T/A is gone forever. Anyway, I am happy to say that after almost twenty years, I finally bought another 79' T/A a month ago. It is not my old one, but It is great non-the less. Again, great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Mar 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm
Thanks for the comments on the car and story. Sorry it took so long for me to see it.
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Jan 22, 2011 at 3:45 am
Congratulation,great looking car and a amazing story!

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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Bac Home)

Last updated Mar 1, 2010  

Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Bac Home)


This was my first car at 16 years old. It was 1981. I drove this car until 1985 when the motor locked up. I had a "friend" put in another one that was not what it should have been. On the way home with the car, smoke began to roll out of the sidepipes that I had on the car at the time. It was taken back to the garage and was not properly fixed. I ended up going to samll claims court over the issue and was awarded the car back.
The guy that now had the car was the father of the man that originally put the motor in. He had taken over the business because of financial troubles for his son. The new owner counter sued me back and we ended up in districit court. The judge wanted us to come to an agreement on our own. I could not come to an agreement with this man and his lawyer and we left the courthouse. Not long after this, the man was busted for dealing in stolen property from what I was told and the cars that he had on his lot were ordered to be removed. My car was still on this lot, junkyard, and it was also removed. This was in 1988. I lost track of the car.
Life went own and my car interest faded until 2006. Going to local car shows my love for cars was renewed and I wanted to find another Trans Am. I was not able to find what I wanted and ended up buying a 1981 Z28 Camaro. This car was nicely restored inside and out. The only thing is, I wanted a Trans Am. I know some people think these cars are practically the same car but I beg to differ. If you don't think there is a difference, just ask a Camaro owner, I am sure they think theirs is better, just as I think the Trans Am is better. But I digress.
On February 11th, 2007, not more than 3 miles from my house, I was on my way home from working and I spotted a 1979 Trans Am sitting at a house of a man that deals with these type cars. It was sitting with the rear to the road and that is what caught my eye. This car had a spot on the bumper cover that looked awfully familiar. I was on the phone with my wife at the time and I mentioned it to her that I thought this man had my old car. She thought I had to be losing it because after all it had been over 20 years since I last saw this car. Could it possibly be it. I went back to investigate.
When I got out to look at the car, it was in horrible condition, but I knew it was mine before I got to it. I opened the passenger side door and what I found inside was all the proof that I was correct. In the right front floorboard, the only one not rusted out, was a Prevention magazine from 1985 with my daddy's name and address on the label. An obituary of a friend that had passed away from injuries in a car wreck in 1982. A reciept from the magistrate for the first speeding ticket that I had gotten in 1984. Three pay stubs from my employer from 1985. I can remember leaving all these things in the car. This was an exciting moment for me to say the least.
When I talked to the man that had the car, he had ran the VIN number and it came back registered to, you guessed it, ME. How could it be that this car was still registered to me? It had never been fixed and driven another mile since I last saw the car. It was a little worse for wear and had extensive body damage and rusted inside and out. Only a fool would have an interest in fixing this car and here I am. Only because it was my car and the history I had with it was the reason I decided to take it on.
February 12th, 2007 the car was pushed into my garage. I have all kinds of picture documentation to show the process of the car being brought back to life. You can see a video on youtube by doing a search for gbennett002. It shows what the car looked like in 1984 with the first picture. If you pause the video at the start and look at the rear bumper cover you will see the spot that caught my eye when I found the car again. I hope anyone that reads this will take the time to watch this restoration. If you are truely a car guy, you will enjoy it.
I have added more pictures to my albums and you can see on this sight the different phases of the life of my car. Enjoy.


403 Olds bored 20 over. TH350 beefed up to handle more power than this engine is producing.

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403 Olds - Automatic - A/C - AM/FM 8 Track - Power Windows and Locks - T-Tops - Trunk Release - Deluxe Interior - Starlight Black.


Replaced all bushings and mounts. 1 inch Eibach lowering springs to get frontend down after changing bushings. This made a world of difference in the handling and ride. Changed drum brake rearend for disc brake rear out of a WS-6 car. Gears had already been change to 3.73. I will be changing these soon to something like a 3.08 The paint is Dupont Base Clear Coat that looks like it is wet. The wheels come from YearOne. 15x8 Snowflakes. The engine is topped with an Edelbrock Performer intake, 600 Holley Carb. Flowtech Ceraminc Coated Headers 2.5 inch X-pipe into Flowtech Afterburner Mufflers ran out through Pypes duel tips.