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Re: 6.6 liter vs 6.6 t/a
« Reply #60 on: September 15, 2011, 11:55:42 AM »
I don't claim to be an authority on the subject, but I did own several Trans ams between 77-79 and they were all either brand new or slightly used. Back then the 6.6 Ltr decal was what you saw if the car had the lower performance Pontiac 400 or the Olds 403. The higher output Pontiac 400 always had the T/A 6.6 decal. The cars I remember not having any decals on the shaker were those with the chevy engine, and there were a few. ...

I'll agree with you on 77 and 79, but not on 78. The 1978 T/A I bought in July of 1978 had just been offloaded from the transport truck when I first saw it, because the dealer called me as soon as it was delivered. It did not have a shaker callout decal and it was the Pontiac 400 (L78), since I had insisted on having a Pontiac engine.
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Re: 6.6 liter vs 6.6 t/a
« Reply #61 on: September 15, 2011, 12:11:52 PM »
I'll agree with you on 77 and 79, but not on 78. The 1978 T/A I bought in July of 1978 had just been offloaded from the transport truck when I first saw it, because the dealer called me as soon as it was delivered. It did not have a shaker callout decal and it was the Pontiac 400 (L78), since I had insisted on having a Pontiac engine.

I don't doubt your observation, but that was probably the exception and not the rule. Back then quality control was no where near what it is today. I had ordered in 77 a silver Trans am with white seats and red console and dash, beautiful combo, and I too watched it as it was unloaded and the drivers door had a paint run that went from the side mirror to the door handle. You would think that they would never release and ship a car with that big an issue, but they did. A missing decal would not have been that big of a deal, and upon request, the selling dealer would have taken care of it no charge. I took delivery of that car, but was very upset that my brand new car required the door to be repainted.

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Re: 6.6 liter vs 6.6 t/a
« Reply #62 on: September 15, 2011, 12:49:27 PM »
I bought an original non-Y88 Solar Gold T/A from the original owner.  L78 engine with no callouts.  The L78 Marty car I sold Rainman had callouts installed at the dealership per the original buyer's request.  It came without callouts from the factory.  My former Y88 with a W72 had the T/A 6.6 callouts.  Again, a 100% original car.  Just my personal observation from 3 1978 400 engine T/A's that all had never been altered/painted and that I can verify from the original owners before I bought them.

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Re: 6.6 liter vs 6.6 t/a
« Reply #63 on: September 15, 2011, 06:51:21 PM »
I'll agree with you on 77 and 79, but not on 78. The 1978 T/A I bought in July of 1978 had just been offloaded from the transport truck when I first saw it, because the dealer called me as soon as it was delivered. It did not have a shaker callout decal and it was the Pontiac 400 (L78), since I had insisted on having a Pontiac engine.

I don't doubt your observation, but that was probably the exception and not the rule.

No, that was the rule.


I don't claim to be an authority on the subject, but I did own several Trans ams between 77-79 and they were all either brand new or slightly used. Back then the 6.6 Ltr decal was what you saw if the car had the lower performance Pontiac 400 or the Olds 403. The higher output Pontiac 400 always had the T/A 6.6 decal. The cars I remember not having any decals on the shaker were those with the chevy engine, and there were a few.

Chevy Engines were not installed in the Trans Ams until 1980.
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Re: 6.6 liter vs 6.6 t/a
« Reply #64 on: September 15, 2011, 07:16:48 PM »
I think that the decal issue must be a regional thing. Most all 78 I saw back then had the decal on the scoop. Some said 6.6 ltr and some said T/A 6.6. It was how we all knew what the car came with on the weekend cruises that Dallas was famous for. As for the chevy engine, one of my friends had ordered a 79 with one. I believe he said that it was a California option. It came with a 4 speed, and his intentions for ordering it that way was to drop a 400 small block chevy in it's place. I don't know what the big deal is any way, just as there are more Black/gold editions now than ever produced, and yet some people still consider them to be worth more.