Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1978 Pontiac Trans Am in need of a lot of love…

1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65509 AM.bmp I just want to say that I really love the cars from the 70’s. Yes they may have been strangled by emission regulations, and saddled with those hideous bumpers, but compared to the cars that were produced during the 80’s, 90’s, and now, they had a certain appeal, a certain look, and they were available in color. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a car for that era, and after it was the central character in the Bert Reynold’s Film “Smokey and the Bandit”, one of the most recognizable. However, this particular Trans Am will need a lot of love from a new owner before it can be brought back to its former glory… 1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65545 AM.bmp Where do I start? It looks like this poor Pontiac has been locked away for quite some time, with parts strewn everywhere in a small storage bin. According to the listing:

1978 6.6 T-Top Trans am Black with gold trim. new rebuilt 400 Pontiac and high end custom supposition set up.clean title, Fully loaded car, needs finished. I have so much money in it, MY LOST IS YOUR GAIN. serious offers only, No Trades, No Emails, Interested buyers may call me at work. 1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65557 AM.bmp Suspension: Hotchkis sport suspension springs – $189.97 Shocks: KYB Gasadjust – $160 Bushings – Energy Suspension all around, including motor mounts, with the exception of: Solid steel body mount bushings from ProTouring F-Body, set to stock height http://www.pro-touringf-body.com/chassis_components.html 1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65635 AM.bmp Sway bars: Addco, front and rear. Front is the thickest they make . 1 3/8″ in the front, and 1.25″ in the rear, I think. Either 1 or 1.25 on the rear. Front sway bar is $258.69, rear is $192.41. The car was set up to take a turn at 90. Race-built transmission, done at Floyd’s Hot Rod Shop. I have $800 in the rebuild, just in labor. I think he went all-out, so it ought to have a Raybestos kit in it. 1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65519 AM.bmp Engine is a resto-mod. Something like $3500 in the rebuild, again, just in labor. Crane cam, went on the medium end of performance upgrades – it’s not too much, and not so little you won’t notice it. Edelbrock Performer intake on it, not the RPM, which means that the shaker hood will still work on the car. Casting stamps were taken off of the stock intake, and transferred to the performer so it looks stock. That’s a $274 part. Block and heads were magna-fluxed during the rebuild, so they’re known good. It’s an MSD-type distributor with it… I think Pertronix? There’s a $300 part. 1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65612 AM.bmp Frame and entire undercarriage wire-wheeled, and sealed with POR-15. New eyebrows, NOS rear quarter. Can’t think of much else right now. the rear end has not been rebuilt, and will need done before someone puts the car together – I was just going to throw a Detroit Tru-Trac in it.

1978 Trans am - Google Chrome 4272014 65550 AM.bmp The price for this project is $3,800 Firm, and the seller states that this is the his bottom dollar figure. I don’t know about his rock bottom figure, but there seems to be a lot of parts housed within this container that you could simply buy everything, and sell them off piece by piece, and make a chunk of change. I don’t think the car itself is really worth saving, but what about you? See the listing here, and tell me I’m wrong…

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