Hey guys, I haven't posted here in a while, but I want to know what you
guys think of a future project.
I plan on buying a late model 2nd gen Camaro or Firebird. I'm thinking of going with a 79 6.6L Trans Am. However, these cars are few and far between in Miami. As it is going to be a project car, I'd like to buy it for anywhere from $500 to $1,500. Is this a realistic price for a banged up 2nd gen?
When I get the car, if it doesn't have an engine/tranny, I'd like to drop a 350 SBC into it, hoping to get the most amount of power for the lowest price. I'd like the tranny to be a 5 speed manual, do you have any suggestions?
If you have any advice, or know of anyone selling a 79-81 T/A in South Florida, let me know. Thanks for reading.
In the southern states, or the west, that's not an unreasonable amount to
expect to pay for a late 2nd gen in need of work. In the northeast, it just
wouldn't happne, as they are very hard to come by with no rust, and are
If you find a Camaro, go with the 350. If you go with a Trans Am, (especially a '79 6.6) your best bang for the buck is the engine that's in it. Seriously. In stock form, the smogged Olds 403 in those was pretty doggy, but with a VERY small amount of money, will wake right up. Two fellow car club members had '79 Trans Ams when I was there, and I had a '78 trans Am with the same drivetrain. Recurve the stock HEI distributor for faster actuation, rejet the stock quadrajet, and add headers/TRUE dual exhaust, and the car goes from being a 16 second quarter mile car to a 13 second one. Serious. It'll still only rev to 4500 rpm, but it'll wake right up (the stock exhaust is seriously choked off, and the ignition/carburation is choked to match).
Thanks for the info. Would you have any idea how I could go about finding one of these Trans Am's (I think my mind is set on a T/A as I like the body styling better). I checked on collectorcartraderonline.com and the only thing I can find cost a minimum of 9,000.00. I haven't gotten a chance to pick up a Classic AutoTrader, but I don't imagine anything would be in there either.
Ever think to try Ebay?
Problem with Ebay is finding a car near you, not to say there isn't a 'search by location' feature, I just haven't found it.