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Offline W.P.-Turbocars

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11 years in the waiting...
« on: March 06, 2009, 01:57:00 AM »
Here is the 79 T/A I am currently buying from my dad. I found this car for him back in 97 sitting in a guys yard with a tarp on it. Dad bought it in 98 for 1800 and put the snowflakes back on it and a radiator in it. Since 98 he has only put 500 miles on the car and lost interest and parked it as the original owner did. Everything else is original down to the hoses and it has 53K miles on it. Once I get it trailered back to my house I'll get more pics of it for everyone and keep an update of the resto progress.



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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 05:57:02 AM »
Welcome to 78ta and that's a great project you have, congrats on the buy from dad ;)
Rich

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009, 07:50:27 AM »
Good luck with your project. She be a mighty nice looking Trans am when done.
Conrad
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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2009, 12:20:36 PM »
Sweet deal how is the body. does it seem solid, i have had some bad luck with leaving things on dirt, tends to make everything rust about a million times faster, and causes brakes to stop working.   learned that the scary way.  God bless the man who made the emergency brake
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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2009, 12:50:09 AM »
Thanks guys. She is solid. no rust at all and has been parked on gravel under a carport for the past 5-6 years.

Here is a question. From what I remember dad telling me about the special order sheet this car was ordered without the bird and I believe with pontiac rallies. Should I track down a set of rally wheels to go back on it or leave his WS6 wheels on the car? Also when she gets a repaint would you leave it without the bird or add one to the car? Will it really add that much or take that much from the value of the car?

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2009, 12:52:22 AM »
Thinking about it, dad also has a 78 Redbird I'll try to get after this one is completed. Both of the cars are from the desert and rust free.  :)

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2009, 06:28:19 AM »
 Congratz and hope it works out good for you
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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009, 08:29:38 AM »
welcome to 78ta , we love pics

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 01:33:02 PM »
now the question is, did your Dad give you a good deal?

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009, 01:45:51 PM »
well he gave 1800 for the car, put a new 4 core radiator in it, bought the ws6 snowflakes, bought correct new lug nuts and new center caps and new tires for it. So yeah I should almost come out ahead buying it for 2400 bucks.


Since you guys like pics... Here is a pic of the Radbird and a slew of other 2nd gens dad has/had. Can you count them all? lol:







The Redbird has a water injected 400/ TH400 with a limited slip now and it's just sitting. One day I'll end upi buying all of them I hope. When I get the Redbird I plan on puting an LT1 in it since it's not all original anyway.


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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009, 03:08:30 PM »
Is the 79 a four speed with a 400?

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 04:49:49 PM »
The 79 is a 403 auto. :(

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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2009, 07:00:20 PM »
welcome to the site...nice looking cars..looking forward to seeing more pictures as you get her all put together. another T/A saved.
Justin
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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2009, 01:20:35 PM »
Welcome aboard... Nice looking 79...

Here is a question. From what I remember dad telling me about the special order sheet this car was ordered without the bird and I believe with pontiac rallies. Should I track down a set of rally wheels to go back on it or leave his WS6 wheels on the car? Also when she gets a repaint would you leave it without the bird or add one to the car? Will it really add that much or take that much from the value of the car?

Yes you could have ordered it with hood bird delete, but as most here agree... its your car do what you want with her...you want to put the Ralley wheels back on thats your choice, no one here would be upset.. lol We all love these cars in all thier variety that they came in and how some owners mod...
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Re: 11 years in the waiting...
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2009, 02:29:49 PM »
Welcome, and great find iin your back yard. lol I would be in heaven growing up with all those cars!!! keep us posted