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1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« on: November 07, 2007, 01:16:13 AM »
i need all the info i can get on these two cars cause i have bought a 1980 indy pace car and i am going to restore it and i need all the info like were the t-tops mirroed or not and what do if the motor is bad and the #'s match what do. i do how do i rebuild the infamous TURBO MOTOR THAT RAN HOTT AND WORE OUT @ 60,000 miles  and just general info
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1980 Indy Pace Car Turbo Trans am 301T
1977 Pontiac Trans Am 400 Auto SE Hardtop
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007, 09:30:59 AM »
I would go stock, as they tend to bring more money over modded cars.
With it being a Pace Car, they bring in more as well.
Not sure what info you want, as they have been tons of write-ups on these cars.
Usually the turbos go out before the engine.
Replacement turbos are no big deal, but I would try to keep the heads/block together with matching numbers.
Tell us more about the car, the shape it's in, and post some pictures, so we know where you are in condition of the car.
Feel free to ask exacally what kind of info you need.

Hope this helps somewhat,

George  8)

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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007, 10:14:37 AM »
the trans am's body is in good shape except for the passanger side fender it has been bent there is no body rust the inteior is shot the front nose is in good shape the t-tops need to be re mirrored if the was from the factory it need a center console the shifter is there with the "fish scale plate" i bought the car for 400 dollars sitting out in a feild in north carliona the guy i got it from did not know what he had i knew that it was a pace car by the intrior and the paint sceme and the indy decals on the cars fendor

 Brandon
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007, 10:35:37 AM »
Oy difficult read w/o punctuation. Here's a modified version if you're like me...

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The trans am's body is in good shape except for the passanger side fender it has been bent. There is no body rust. The inteior is shot. The front nose is in good shape. The t-tops need to be re mirrored if the was from the factory. It need a center console. The shifter is there with the "fish scale plate". I bought the car for 400 dollars sitting out in a feild in north carliona. The guy i got it from did not know what he had. I knew that it was a pace car by the intrior and the paint sceme and the indy decals on the cars fendor

 Brandon

BTW - Nice find for $400. That's what I paid for my 80 base bird.

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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2007, 01:37:16 PM »
Rebuild the 301 motor to specs do a custom cam tho the factory spec for the cam. I do not know about them running hot, but you could use an aluminum water pump to keep it cool. As long as the motor does not have a hole in the block. Not sure if the T tops are mirrored or not. Look on e bay, see if you can find another t top indy car, or google 80 indy car you should be able to find your answer. Go to 301 garage. com for a little turbo mods nothing major just a little more boost. Hope this helps.
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2007, 12:47:05 PM »
Nice find there. Congrat's.  Yes, the T-Tops are mirrored, as for the bird and all the decal's,  You can get the whole kit,  from Hitman,  Good Luck.
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2007, 12:04:39 AM »
the motor that is in the car rite now is the orginal 301 turbo but the previous owners took the WHOLE TURBO SET UP OFF when the turbocharger went out what do i do now
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1977 Pontiac Trans Am 400 Auto SE Hardtop
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2007, 12:10:07 AM »
Then you would need to watch the forum classifieds/ebay/etc for a complete turbo setup if you wish to put the 301T back to stock.

I would also highly recommend you pick up a copy of the factory service manual for your car...you will need it.
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2007, 12:19:04 AM »
E-bay, Sometime's I've seen the whole turbocharger,1980, 1981, You may have to have it rebuilt.

May take a little time in searchng.  I think you also need engine part's #'s book to verify what part's are needed, I think HITMAN carry's them on cd format now.
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2007, 01:00:39 AM »
i dont care if it has to be rebuilt i just want the whole set up
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2007, 11:21:41 AM »
If ya go through e-bay, Don't forget to look at feedback of the person selling, and find out about shipping cost first.  May save ya a headache later on.  Good Luck
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007, 12:24:24 PM »
i know that it is such a head ake
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2007, 07:39:21 PM »
i now have a 301 turbo motor now what do i need to do with it
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1977 Pontiac Trans Am 400 Auto SE Hardtop
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2007, 08:53:26 PM »
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Re: 1980 1981 turbo trans am pace car
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2007, 12:20:30 PM »
where can i get the turbo rebuilt at
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1980 Indy Pace Car Turbo Trans am 301T
1977 Pontiac Trans Am 400 Auto SE Hardtop
looking to buy a 1980-81 Trans Am