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Henderson, Nebraska
United States


1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

“The Red Dragon”

1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

“1988 Thunderbird”

Photo of: 1976 Pontiac Firebird
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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.

About “1988 Thunderbird”

I bought this car from the first owner for next to nothing. Because the brakebooster was out. Other than that it is perfect.


Specs for “The Red Dragon”

Rebuilt and warmed-over, numbers matching Pontiac 400 engine
4-speed stick
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 “1988 Thunderbird”

2.3 turbo
5 Speed
190 HP
240 tq
top speed of 135mph
0-60 7.89
1/4 mile 15.00


Factory Options for “The Red Dragon”

Not much - she's pretty basic. NO A/C!

Factory Options for “1988 Thunderbird”

Power seats both sides
keyless intrey
fog lights
power windows
16" wheels


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 “1988 Thunderbird”

motor is stock
so is the trans.
After turbo dual exhaust flomaster.


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