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81 rare t/a

This is a discussion on 81 rare t/a within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; http://www.taspecialties.com/taspec81.htm with a numbers matchin 455 heres a link with info on this trans am http://www.78ta.com/banditedition.htm...

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    81 rare t/a

    http://www.taspecialties.com/taspec81.htm
    with a numbers matchin 455
    heres a link with info on this trans am
    http://www.78ta.com/banditedition.htm

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    that thing is prutty, but the engine looks like ass.

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    agreed 100%

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    I'd drive it.

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    my buddy says its a one owner car and the guy paid 26 grand for it from new

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    numbers matching? they didnt make 455 past 1976 so how can it be numbers matching?

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    yeah an 81 should have a turbo 301 in it shoulnt it?

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    Pontiac stopped making that motor all together in *thinks*...76. After that pontiac's biggest motor was the 400. In 81 the T/A could have either 305, 301 N/A or the 301 Turbo. There were special Nascar additions with recaro bucket seats available in 81, but no 455.

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    Not sure what "prutty" means.
    Almost certain the 455 was produced in 1978.
    Nice car, either way.

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    nope last poncho 455 was 76 400 or 301 thereafter


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    Quote Originally Posted by zman1969
    nope last poncho 455 was 76 400 or 301 thereafter

    did u read the 78ta.com link it has info on that car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ws4transam
    did u read the 78ta.com link it has info on that car.
    yes i read it :That power comes from a mid-'70's Pontiac 455 block bored ,030-inch oversize for a true displacement of 462 cubic inches. Forged aluminum pistons (9.0:1 compression), a mild hydraulic-lifter camshaft, an aftermarket aluminum intake manifold"
    sounds like you buy a new car with a rebuilt engine in it for 30k? in 1980? man i thought turbo t/a's were overpriced -in 89 at 30k
    so whats so rare about it? alot of people did the same things with their 301's

    im not so sure, is this Your car? are you selling it or just trying to feel special?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zman1969
    yes i read it :That power comes from a mid-'70's Pontiac 455 block bored ,030-inch oversize for a true displacement of 462 cubic inches. Forged aluminum pistons (9.0:1 compression), a mild hydraulic-lifter camshaft, an aftermarket aluminum intake manifold"
    sounds like you buy a new car with a rebuilt engine in it for 30k? in 1980? man i thought turbo t/a's were overpriced -in 89 at 30k
    so whats so rare about it? alot of people did the same things with their 301's

    im not so sure, is this Your car? are you selling it or just trying to feel special?
    its not my car its my friends car and the t/a in my aviator is my car.

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    The last year for the 455 in the T/A was 1976. This car, if you notice, is produced by a company... NOT general motors.

    Thats not to say you couldnt buy an engine in 1981 and modify it to be a 455.. Im sure thats what they did. Another possibility is that it may have been possible to still buy a 455 in 1981 from GM.. But this, Im not sure of.

    If its actually documented as advertised (because Everything on the internet is true, right?) then its more along the lines of a Specialty Vehicle.. ie: Not Stock

    Either way, its a neat toy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreaded_hope
    In 81 the T/A could have either 305, 301 N/A or the 301 Turbo.
    305's weren't available until 82, in the 3rd gens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButchN
    305's weren't available until 82, in the 3rd gens.
    I had a 305 chevy in a 78 firebird. stock! Dale

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    Yeah, I've got a '78 factory Pontiac service manual in front of me, and a 305 was available in '78...code "U", 8.4:1 comp ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ws4transam
    its not my car its my friends car and the t/a in my aviator is my car.
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    Interesting car. But sucks that it's advertised as 'matching numbers', when there' is absolutely no way it could have came from the factory that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76ls1bird
    I had a 305 chevy in a 78 firebird. stock! Dale
    Quote Originally Posted by Bull
    Yeah, I've got a '78 factory Pontiac service manual in front of me, and a 305 was available in '78...code "U", 8.4:1 comp ratio.
    Then I guess I stand corrected!

    I did know that 305's were out before 82, but I posted what I did because I remember reading PHR back then & it was "big news" that the corporate 305 was being placed in the birds.

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