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Victoria

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Newly inherited 79/80 TA... Newb needs help :(
« on: April 19, 2010, 05:50:24 PM »
My Dad passed away 6 months ago, leaving me his nearly completed T-Top project. I say nearly simply because I am a perfectionist and everything must be pristine for me to consider it complete. Dad however call it "done". His passing has left much unanswered.

My brother says that my dad messed up on the paperwork on the car listing it a 1980 when it is a 1979. It does have the 6.6 in it, which make me think maybe there is something to what he is saying. And dad was not in the clearest of minds, to say the least.  I have studied countless 79-80 photos trying to find even a subtle difference in the body, in hopes to find the answer. I can't see a single thing that would tell me if this body is a 79 or 80!
 ???
~Is there something I'm not seeing?
~How in the world can I tell?
~What do I do if it is listed incorrectly?

Here are some links to the car, if it will help.
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k169/svictoriaheath/050.jpg
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k169/svictoriaheath/049.jpg
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k169/svictoriaheath/053.jpg

I want to change the color scheme of the car, but I need to get this mystery solved first.


Thanks for the help!
Victoria


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Re: Newly inherited 79/80 TA... Newb needs help :(
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 09:16:11 AM »
what is the vin #  the 6th # is your year.  the 5th is your motor. I see your shaker has a 4.9. thats a 301 Pontiac. I would say there has been some mods to the engine,  like a motor swap. the shaker is way to high. I need to see a pic of the motor and block code. it could be a 400 with a 301 shaker and air cleaner.   the vin is the only way to tell what year you have. 79-81 is the same body.  if it a 79 trans am the vin will start like this         2W87Z9N1xxxxxxxx   this is for a trans am with the 400  built in 1979   in Norwood, Oh.  
1979 vin
1st digit - GM Division  
2 = Pontiac

2nd digit - Series Number
S = Base Firebird
T = Esprit
U = Formula
W = Trans Am (75 - 81)
X = 10th Anniversary Trans Am (79)

3rd and 4th digit - Body Type
87 = Sport Coupe

5th digit - Engine Code
A = 231 c.i.d, 2-bbl V6 (1978 - 80)
G = 305 c.i.d, 2-bbl V8 (1979)
K = 403 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1977 - 79)
L = 350 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1978 - 79)
R = 350 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1977 - 79)
W = 301 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1979 -80)
Y = 301 c.i.d, 2 -bbl V8 (1977, 1979)
Z = 400 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1977 - 79)

6th digit - Model Year
9 = 1979

7th digit - Assembly Plant
N = Norwood, Ohio
L = Van Nuys, California

Last 6 digits - Production Number
100001/up
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1980 vin
1st digit - GM Division
2 = Pontiac

2nd digit - Series Number
S = Base Firebird
T = Esprit
U = Formula
W = Trans Am (75 - 81)
X = Turbo Indy Trans Am (80)

3rd and 4th digit - Body Type
87 = Sport Coupe

5th digit - Engine Code
A = 231 c.i.d, 2-bbl V6 (1978 - 81)
H = 305 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1980 - 81)
S = 265 c.i.d, 2-bbl V8 (1980 - 81)
T = 301 c.i.d, TC 4-bbl V8 (turbo) (1980 - 81)
W = 301 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (1979 -81)
Y = 301 c.i.d, 4-bbl V8 (T/A 4.9) (1980)

6th digit - Model Year
A = 1980

7th digit - Assembly Plant
N = Norwood, Ohio
L = Van Nuys, California

Last 6 digits - Production Number
100001/up

your shaker should look like this

« Last Edit: April 20, 2010, 09:18:00 AM by 4SPEED »

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Re: Newly inherited 79/80 TA... Newb needs help :(
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