1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.7 Chevrolet from North America
My Pontiac makes me proud of Chevrolet's excitement division
The original engine was a 305. It exploded quite some time before I ever owned the car.
To simplify, every seal possible has gone bad.. inside and out.
Front and rear brake assemblies, all pieces failed visual or road inspections due to wear or aging.
All front steering and suspension parts have been replaced due to wear.
The rear axle was leaky and noisy, and the 4 link system was bent due to the torque of the Chevelle motor. All rear bushings were bad. Replacement of the axle and rear suspension complete, was the only option.
Most of the interior has been replaced due to wear/weathering.
This car eats transmissions. I've put three in myself. I'm abusive though.
Original head light motor assemblies, R.I.P. 1982-2001.
Those poor door hinges never stood a chance.
Everything listed, and anything else not listed probably wore out and has been replaced.
This is a 22.5 year old car with a reputation for abuse, so literally every part on this car has been replaced carefully with new or like new condition parts.
This car sat from 1994-2001 on blocks untouched. Time and weather alone messed this car up. Nothing with moving parts was good after sitting 7 years untouched.
This car is simply the best. It steers like a dream, and stops on a dime, the acceleration would make an old lady die of a heart attack.
Converting this car for all out performance has been a breeze. It was born to rock.
A 1970 Chevelle 350 engine and a 350 hydromatic transmission bolted right in.
You can buy these cars all day long for 500 bucks, or three for fifteen-hundred.
I couldn't ask for more out of a car. It looks fast and it is fast. And it rides and steers like you know it should.
I have less than 5,000 dollars in this car, and I get a stronger engine, more comfort and room, and it steers better than sports cars that cost over ten thousand dollars more.
Myself and its previous two owners have severely punished this car, and it has proven to be a very durable vehicle.
I am proud to think of what it has survived.
It still drives perfectly without problems or hesitations, to whatever destination I point it toward.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2004
24th Aug 2005, 14:41
Must be a Chevy guy otherwise you'd know the Trans Am was originally equipped with a 301 V-8 not a 305...
17th Sep 2005, 22:32
Hey, I checked out the Vin on my 81 according to that mine came stock with a 305 too (the 8th digit is an H)... when I first bought the car I also thought that 81 only came with the 301 and 301 turbo, but I guess I was wrong.
16th Dec 2005, 17:04
All 4 speed manuals that came out in 1981 had a 305 v8 with it. Most of the automatics came with the 301, and 301 turbo.
28th Dec 2005, 23:26
I do believe this guy has his year wrong. I think he meant to say it is a 1982 not a 1981. He states that the headlight motors quit working. 1982 was the first year for the flip up head lights. So he would be correct on the 305 for sure as 301 was no longer available in a f-body starting in 1982.
1st Jan 2008, 20:10
I have an 81 but, I don't have the original block. I bought the car new for $12,500.00 & now I am about to start a complete restoration, which I am sure it will be at least 2 to 3 times more. Considering the year, the paint isn't that bad. I will need help locating parts & decals.
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The car is the coolest car ever built for me.
I am building a heated garage for my restored TA.
Looking forward to it!