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Offline SolarGoldTA1978

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1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« on: May 19, 2009, 03:03:32 PM »
Hello everyone,

I am new here so here it goes. Two weeks ago I brought home my dream car...A 1978 Solar Gold Trans Am.  The car of my youth Ha ha.  I bought the car from a guy that said it had been sitting on his driveway (at a 45 degree angle, engine down)  for the last 12 years.  I had been looking for about a year and finally found the car I wanted to restore.

It does not have the original engine in it like the seller said. It has a 1973 V 8 400 CID (engine code 23A######).  Probably replaced for more hose power than the orig 1978 version of 400 (170 HP) ?? I have been working on it for two weekends now. Found build sheet under left rear passenger side of seat or what was left of it (only about 25%). Can read Performance Package so that is cool.

I got the front end off this weekend and blew out out the engine, front end and engine bay with air hose.  I collected a trash bag full of leaves and dirt.  I am tearing it all the way down and rebuilding it piece by piece.  Pictures coming soon.   

David
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 03:06:28 PM »
Cool, post pictures asap! As far as the build sheet goes, check under the rear seats, that's where I found mine, and it's in perfect shape. Good luck with your endeavor, and have fun. Post any questions that you have, and someone will answer.
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 03:28:58 PM »
Sounds like an interesting project. PICS?????????
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 03:30:48 PM »
Thanks...Hopefully, I will have the pictures loaded by tomorrow.
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 03:46:02 PM »
Great find! Keep us posted!
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009, 09:17:42 PM »
Welcome to the forum David. Sounds like you found your dream car there. You will have a ton of fun during the restoration. Keep us posted and post some pics so we can all see your progress.

Cant go wrong with a solar gold bird.
Harry

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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009, 09:39:42 PM »
Welcome to the trans am family David. Glad you could join us. That sounds like a sweet project. i dont know if you took out the back seat or not but check there, i found my buildsheet about 98% of it was there. Cant wait to see the pics of the car. Hope you can get them soon :)


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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 09:52:41 PM »
Lots-o-gold here ... look forward to seeing some pix.
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 09:54:02 PM »
Hey Tommy I already beat you to the rear seat idea :P, just kidding, but this will be fun to watch progress, I'm eager to see more progress.
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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009, 11:36:50 PM »
Welcome to 78TA!  We look forward to hearing more and, of course, pics... ;)

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Re: 1978 Solar Gold Trans AM Project
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2009, 10:56:33 AM »
I posted some pics on a new thread...
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