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Apr 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Nice looking Trans Am and great story. Never trust a salesman.
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Apr 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm
love the car man
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1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Birdie)

Last updated Jun 14, 2012  

Photo of a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Birdie)

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I bought "Birdie" in 1980 with 11,000 miles on him. It was during the gas crunch days (the OTHER gas crunch days!). Being new to the litre specs, we asked the salesman what the 6.6 stood for. He said 350. We took it out for a spin, thought it had a lot of kick, so we bought it. Someone pulled out in front of us, so, my husband stepped on it. It kicked us back, and my husband said "That's no 350! After reading the manual, we found out the 6.6 is a 400! What do you know - a salesman lied!!! We went to change the oil filter, bought one for the 400, but found out it didn't fit. Talked to a couple of guys at the TA Club and they told us about the Olds. 403 engine. That's when we got hooked! 28 years later.....Birdie needed paint and the dogs and kid took a tole on his interior. The original Heritage brown was never my favorite. Since I Like to be different we went custom. I loved my snowflakes, but they just didn't go with the new paint... It needed chrome! I was always a fan of side pipes and they seemed to go with the wheels. I always thought the shaker seemed too small for the size of the hood, so we went with the fiberglass L88 hood. We sculpted the rear spoiler to fit the sloping trunk for a modern flair.


All original 113,900 mile Olds. 403

Factory Options

Power windows, air, power steering, automatic


20" Ferretti wheels with Toyo Proxes T1S's, Hooker sidepipes, headers, traction bars, fiberglass L88 hood , Rear double stacked wing, Pontiac emblem on nose and front license holder removed, Custom PPG turquoise candy paint with "Prism Flake" , Custom bird airbrushed on hood, "Feather" graphic airbrushed on fenders, rear bumper cover and rear spoiler, Chrome firebird in rear window tint, Firebird airbrushed on headliner and interior sail panels, custom aluminum grilles, custom seatcovers and door panels in progress

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Last year Birdie's hood cracked where the L88 scoop had been epoxied to it. We were forced to quickly replace it with a fiberglass one for the "Nationals", finishing it only...

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