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Offline chuffchuff

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Original Or Not
« on: October 06, 2007, 05:55:25 AM »
A chap over here in the UK has just got a 1979 t/am in red it has no t tops but has a large chrome panel
that goes over roof behind windows towards rear screen??? Looks factory fitted but never seen one before,
Any ideas what it could be??



Sorry if it's a bit big, I thought I'd ask the experts

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007, 09:15:10 AM »
That's interesting.  I've seen people put various stuff in that area before.  I saw one car last year wth a port hole, believe it or not.  It's probably something someone added to the car.  I don't think it's factory.  Might have been added at the dealership.
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 10:10:34 AM »
Yeah, they sent me an email with those photos and I explained it to them.  It is definately NOT factory.
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007, 01:37:17 PM »
IIRC, Chevy made a version of the Berlinetta that had some kind of metallic band on it, but it was different from that and Pontiac never did it to a Firebird from the factory. :-\

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2007, 01:42:58 PM »
looks like an early knight rider thing....it deflects any incoming radio transmissions from airplanes or evil helicopters....RARE factory option...hahahaha
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2007, 01:50:03 PM »
On Porsche's thats called a targa band. Not a pontiac option.
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2007, 01:52:45 PM »
In reply to Rich's mention of the "port hole", I recall Warbird saying that was an mod for cars shipped overseas (maybe Japan?)...George?
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2007, 01:58:23 PM »
Yeah, the porthole was a popular customization back in the late 70s.  You'll note that "popular" does not equal "tasteful".  ::) :P

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2007, 08:56:18 PM »
Yeah, I think George's car has them. He once said they were needed on the early 2nd gens with the smaller rear window to comply with laws regarding blind spots and such. I kinda like them. To be honest, I kinda like this band too. On the right car anyway. That rear window trim looks different too. I'd like to see pics of the whole car. Got any?
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2007, 11:33:05 PM »
We'll have to see pics from a different angle to know for sure, but Larry offhand that looks like they painted the trim flat black and then put a stripe around the outside to highlight the window -- is that right, chuffchuff? :-\ :-\

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2007, 11:35:51 PM »
I've never saw one like this.  I actually like it to a point.  I personally wouldn't do it.  But there's something about it that appeals to my taste. 

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007, 10:38:50 PM »
See pays to ask the experts, have a beer on me ;D

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2007, 10:12:02 AM »
We'll have to see pics from a different angle to know for sure, but Larry offhand that looks like they painted the trim flat black and then put a stripe around the outside to highlight the window -- is that right, chuffchuff? :-\ :-\

Ok, looking at it again it looks like you're right.



Dang rotten old tiny dark pos monitor.

Ok, I'm done ranting now.
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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 05:21:05 PM »
Late 70's Town Landau T-birds and LTD II's had a brushed chrome band like that.  I had a 78 Landau pkg. t-bird with a very similar (if not the same) type of band from the factory.

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Re: Original Or Not
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2007, 05:31:13 PM »
Right, a friend of mine had a 78 T-bird " Diamond Jubilee" edition with that band and t-tops.
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