Things you need to know about Trans Ams :
Q: How do you remove the ignition key on a 4 speed manual transmission TA?
A: put the car on Reverse gear, then remove the key.
Q: How do I open the hood?
A: pull the handle located in the front bumper, this is a dual safety system which requires to pull that handle twice, on second pull push down the hood to unlock it, then pull up.
Q: My car seems to have misalignments and gaps here and there, is this normal?
A: This cars were not perfect from factory, misalignments in doors, hood, flares and spoilers are part of the nature of the car.
Q: Is it normal that the t tops leak?
A: well, yes, THEY ALL LEAK, if you have a trans am from the 70's with 100% leak free t tops please call me, yours is possible the only one on earth, worth to be put in a record book.
Q: the t tops have scratches here and there?
A: unfortunately Pontiac solution to store and transport the t tops inside the car was a simple bag that has poor protection capacity, t tops are prone to shift and move inside the trunk when not in use and they are prone to get scratched and even dented sometimes. Unfortunately no one makes t top reproductions and perfect t tops are virtually impossible to find.
Q: my TA was restored and the doors and or windows don't shut properly?
A: this is pretty common, and the reason is the new seals that are manufactured this days are made of pretty hard rubber compared with the soft factory latex, unfortunately this is an issue we are still trying to get solved with the manufacturing companies, hopefully they will change the quality of the rubber soon, now we have noticed that with time the rubber gets softer, but as said takes time for them to get shaped by door/window pressure. Also the WINDOWS TURN SLOW because of new rubber and the best option is to roll up the window with the door open before closing it.
Q: my e-brake cable runs on top of the exhaust, is this right?
A: yes it is, that's the way was done from the factory.
Q: the trunk has some sealer marks under the trunk lid on the corners, looks like the car was in an accident.
A: No, those are factory markings with sealer and yes they look terrible but that's the way this cars were put together and it truly makes you think was an unprofessional repair, but is not, there are several places in the trunk were you will find this sealer.
Q: My car partial Vin on engine or transmission is off by one digit, or 10 or 100
A: This is not common but has been reported many times and has been proved that workers made mistakes with the stamping machine back in the day at the plant, usually the error is by one sequential digit, sometimes 10 and 100, we have personally seen one digit dozen times in the near 2 decades restoring trans ams, there is not question under this circumstances that the cars are matching numbers.
Q: My bumpers have stress marks, cracks or hairlines
A: This is very common, specially early models , the material used in the 70's probably lost its flexibility making this parts prone to cracks, even with flex agent added to the paint they will eventually develop some type of marks, be extra careful with this parts and most importantly avoid pushing the car by the bumpers.
Q: my car has a stress hairline crack by the corner of the sail panel by the L shaped part were the roof rail weather stripping is.
A: this is common, specially in t top cars, the Unibody construction with sub-frame front end on this cars flexes under stress, this cracks are pretty common.
Q: when I switch the ingnition key to the on position I hear the fan working, but my a/c control is off.
A: yes, that's the way they were wired, fan always running, even if your a/c is off, this was done on porpoise to keep the front windshield fog free.
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TRANS AM IN MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
THE BANDIT 1-2-3
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition
1977 Pontiac Lemans 4 door
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History Source *source 2Gta.com
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