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1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? #4539585
10/10/17 08:45 PM
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Clermont, Florida
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This is kind of hard to believe..If nothing else, would not the gas in the fuel tank and lines get gummed up over that much time? And how did he get the original battery to keep taking a charge for 40 years? And what about the possible damage from even just starting a car with 40-year-old oil and a 40 year old filter?

It is a beautiful car, but so many things come to my mind that make me question if this is really true. How can an 18 year old keep from driving his brand new tricked-out Trans Am? It's an interesting story and a great car but I can't help but question it.

http://www.thedrive.com/sheetmetal/14988...miles-since-new


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539592
10/10/17 08:51 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
Does it come with a Gas Station? grin2 Nice car but man it wouldn't be cheap to run with that engine.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539594
10/10/17 08:53 PM
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I didn't capture any language that indicates that the battery was original, fluids were never changed, etc.

The gas question is a good one. It does say it was idled and shifted now and again, so perhaps it got fresh fuel occasionally.

Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539600
10/10/17 08:58 PM
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Beautiful car, you can see a modern battery in it and a new Hastings oil filter.

I'm sure the car was serviced over the years, they did they started it and towed it through the gears so no worries on original gas.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539603
10/10/17 09:01 PM
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But not 100% Poncho...the 403 is an Oldsmobile engine; one of Pontiac's "better" ideas.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: 2015_PSD] #4539608
10/10/17 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted By: 2015_PSD
But not 100% Poncho...the 403 is an Oldsmobile engine; one of Pontiac's "better" ideas.
403 was junk. Could not touch a poncho 400 in a race.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539628
10/10/17 09:22 PM
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VW Fanboy Island
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Originally Posted By: Jimmy9190

How can an 18 year old keep from driving his brand new tricked-out Trans Am?


The fact that he ordered it from the factory with an auto trans is harder for me to understand.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Chris142] #4539629
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how do you know its not rolled back? Some insurance companies require annual reporting,though thats not full proof.

Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539658
10/10/17 10:02 PM
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Oh the memories....
I had that exact car.
Replaced the stock exhaust with headers and duel exhaust system and glass packs.
She would get about 20 mpg.
I have had that speedometer wrapped back around to the 0 mark.
It could take a corner...like wow.
All the fender "flare" had a purpose. Side ports kept pressure from builing under the hood. Spoilers pushed it down. Spoilers around the wheels helped with wind stability around the wheels.
Now the shaker hood was useless. The first TA's had a ram air in the shaker. Pressure would build at the base of the windshield and push air in from the rear.

Sold it before I killed myself or someone else.

Last edited by Iowegian; 10/10/17 10:03 PM.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539662
10/10/17 10:06 PM
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Take a look at that radiator hose leaking. 65 miles my foot.

Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539698
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RK Motors Charlotte is never shy about asking such prices.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: danez_yoda] #4539709
10/10/17 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: danez_yoda
Take a look at that radiator hose leaking. 65 miles my foot.


I don't see a leak. I see seepage of coolant typical of even an unused car, given materials of the day. And, the literature says the coolant was changed regularly, as part of the fluid exchanges. could have happened during a coolant change.

Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: maxdustington] #4539713
10/10/17 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: Jimmy9190

How can an 18 year old keep from driving his brand new tricked-out Trans Am?


The fact that he ordered it from the factory with an auto trans is harder for me to understand.


Never seen a 403 Olds have a 4 speed (T-10) behind it.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539724
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Is that compass on the windshield below the rear view mirror stock? Seems weird the guy would add that if he was really into keeping it factory stock.

The original buyer ended up passing away from cancer and never enjoyed driving the car. Think I'd rather use and enjoy it instead of just letting it sit regardless of how much it could be worth in the future.

Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4539750
10/11/17 01:27 AM
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Jimmy9190 - Thanks for posting the story. Much appreciated. thumbsup

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