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1977 Trans AM Restoration
« on: December 03, 2011, 05:54:28 PM »
A few months ago I discovered a car dealership not far from my home that specializes in older muscle cars and such.  Sitting in the back of the lot was a well abused '77 trans am, and as I looked it over I began to have flashbacks to 1993 when I drove a 1978 Trans Am (400 car with what I thought at the time were very poorly plated chrome valve covers).  I sat in the '77 and within a few minutes decided it was time for another TA!

I asked a sales leech about the '77 on the lot and I was told it was sold.. for $6000!!!!  This car needed 1 of everything and they got 6 grand for it!  So, the search was on and I eventually found a great restoration candidate in central Oregon.  The car I found, a 1977 403 auto was silver with a red deluxe interior.  Nothing special, Trans Am, 1 each, but she's straight, and other than some minor floor board issues, is rust free, which is a miracle considering where she spent her whole life.  I paid $900.00, got a clean title and towed her back to Washington where I immediately set about removing the entire interior so the car could dry out (had been sitting under a tree in a field.. bad juju)

My plans are to go black on black, and I just picked up a Pontiac 400 to replace the 403.  This will be a big project, but other than some floor board patching there wont be a lot of welding or custom work.  I just located and cut out the entire floor from a donor TA, as I'm not a fan of reproduction sheet metal.  I'll add power windows and a decent stereo system, get the 400 rebuilt and running in the 300-350 HP range and spend a lot of time getting the body perfect for the black paint.  Time frame? I'd like to say within 2 years she will be on the road, but we all know how that goes.

I'll post some updates as time goes on.  I look forward to this project and I am sure I will need the community's help with parts and expertise during the restoration. 







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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 06:47:30 PM »
Congrats on the buy looks like a great starter I have a 77 400 4 speed and am South of you in Northern Cali. There are lots of guys around me and on this site that have parts. LMK if you need any parts or anything and I will see what I can do. Welcome to this site and I look forward to seeing this build.
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 08:04:08 PM »
Welcome to the site.......Nice find,I just picked this one up last week and It's a 77 400 automatic car silver with red interior.....Twins ;D ;D........
Mine was in a field to and i had to put the subframe under it,and front clip to make it one piece to get it on the trailer.That's why it looks bent, the frame bolts were no good because the head's were cut of to get it apart...Good luck with it....
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 08:13:31 PM »
Good luck with your project. Looks like a nice solid start and in good hands.

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 11:58:49 PM »
Always nice to see another TA getting a makeover.
 
Put up some more pictures when you get a chance.
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011, 03:16:33 AM »
nice find..  good luck on your build..
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011, 03:24:43 AM »
I like the Silver/Red combo,  Good find and good Luck with your build!

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011, 04:39:24 PM »
Can you make your images larger ??

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011, 09:59:46 PM »
Good luck with your project.  I'll have a few leftovers after my resto, so if there is something I can help you with just PM me
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011, 04:28:33 PM »
nice find $6k for the first 77? I think someone lied to you because they wanted the car for themselves. You doing the work yourself?
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 08:25:59 PM »
I would keep the original colors myself. But to each his own :-) good luck with everything.
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011, 09:12:59 PM »
Thats a super deal with clear title ,900$ is a gift,keep us posted.
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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2013, 08:47:03 PM »
It's taken a lot longer than I wanted, but I've finally made some decent progress on my '77 restoration project.  I've got the car stripped down to just a shell and it will be going in to be sandblasted in mid July.  Other than stripping the car apart, I've spent a lot of time welding in new floor board patch panels.  It will be interesting to see what sins are being hidden by the paint when I get the car back from the blaster!



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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2013, 12:03:51 AM »
Really good start on it,nice work on the floors........

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2013, 07:05:42 PM »
Wow... looks like really nice work on the floors......

Keep it up!
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