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#4539585 - 10/10/17 08:45 PM 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles?
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
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Loc: Clermont, Florida
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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#4539592 - 10/10/17 08:51 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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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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#4539594 - 10/10/17 08:53 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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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.

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#4539600 - 10/10/17 08:58 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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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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#4539603 - 10/10/17 09:01 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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But not 100% Poncho...the 403 is an Oldsmobile engine; one of Pontiac's "better" ideas.
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#4539608 - 10/10/17 09:04 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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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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#4539628 - 10/10/17 09:22 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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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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#4539629 - 10/10/17 09:23 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/28/10
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how do you know its not rolled back? Some insurance companies require annual reporting,though thats not full proof.

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#4539658 - 10/10/17 10:02 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
Iowegian Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Iowa
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.


Edited by Iowegian (10/10/17 10:03 PM)
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#4539662 - 10/10/17 10:06 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 494
Loc: texas
Take a look at that radiator hose leaking. 65 miles my foot.

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#4539698 - 10/10/17 11:05 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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RK Motors Charlotte is never shy about asking such prices.
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#4539709 - 10/10/17 11:15 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: danez_yoda]
PFP Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 72
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
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.

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#4539713 - 10/10/17 11:22 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: maxdustington]
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Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1982
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
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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#4539724 - 10/10/17 11:42 PM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17904
Loc: PNW
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.

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#4539750 - 10/11/17 01:27 AM Re: 1979 Trans Am with 65 original miles? [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 01/30/07
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Jimmy9190 - Thanks for posting the story. Much appreciated. thumbsup

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