1980 TURBO INDY PACE CAR
by Mike Zumatto
Here is a picture of my 1980 Turbo Indy Pace Car Trans Am. I
purchased it in October 1999 to fill the void created when I sold my
`77 Trans Am.
It has what is believed to be 58,000 original miles and is
mostly stock and original save for some performance modifications done
by a previous owner.
The body is straight, 99% rust free and has some minor dings and
chips. The interior is all original and is clean with very few minor
rips and cracks.
So far I have had installed dual Dynomax turbo mufflers with 2
1/4 inch pipes with chrome TA splitters with a Dynomax performance
catalytic converter for good measure. I have also replaced all 4 tires
with B. F. Goodrich radial Trans Ams with 225-70R15s in front and wide
265-70R15s in the rear. Monroe Sensatracs replaced the 4 leaky shocks.
The original radio was long gone, so I installed a high power Pioneer
detachable face CD and new speakers all around.
Although many of the interior parts for this car can be swapped
from other TAs. Items like door panels and seats are hard to come by.
I plan on replacing the carpeting and door panel carpet once I find
the right color as well as the headliner. I also plan on replacing the
weather stripping and the leaky radiator.
As are all pace cars, the car is loaded - t-tops, A/C (not
working), WS-6 performance package and all power, etc. Most of the
options are functional or can be easily repaired and will be soon. One
problem, the turbo lights on the off set hood bulge are not working
and I am not sure why.
The performance modifications - MSD, Accel HEI super coil, mild
shift kit and slightly hotter cam have made a nice improvement. Step
on the gas and the tranny shifts and the Trans Am pulls. A Boda Turbo Lube
N-8700 by Boda Industries of New Jersey circulates oil thru the turbo
unit for 8 to 10 minutes after turning off the engine to keep it
I am at least the 4th owner of this vehicle which now resides in
upstate Westchester County, New York. After spending most of its life,
if not all, on Long Island.
I plan on keeping this car for a while after going through two
1968 Firebird 400s, a gorgeous buccaneer red '77 Trans Am hard top with a
mint black interior and hot red 1993 LT1 Trans Am with every option, over
the last six years. But then again, you never know as I am always on
the lookout for something new or better. I hope one day to own my
dream car, a 1974 SD455 Trans Am.