The 1981 Pontiac Firebird, Formula & Trans Am
||Aaron Moore owns this brilliant blue Trans Am. Aaron writes:
"This 1981 Pontiac Trans Am was originally bought and owned by the current owner, Aaron Moore, in 1981 by Aaron and his parents. This car has original upholstery and paint. Picked up from Barber Pontiac, Bakersfield, Ca Took delivery January 18, 1981. By my parents and I."
Aaron sent in these further details on this '81 Trans Am:
Series 2F * Style W87
Wheelbase: 108.2" · Length: 197.1" · Height: 49.3" · Width: 61.3" · Shipping
Wt. 3511 lbs.
Total Trans Am production: 33,313
(1 of 2,686 with manual transmission & W72 engine option)
29 - Blue exterior with Blue Vinyl Buckets
W72 - 305 cu. in. V-8 4-bbl. engine, 145 HP
M21 - Close-ratio 4-speed Manual Transmission
G80 - Safe-T-Track rear axle (2.56 Axle Ratio)
C60 - Custom Air Conditioning
A90 - Remote Control Deck Lid Release
A01 - All Soft Ray Glass
??? - Door Edge Guards
WW7 - Hood Decal
Y92 - Lamp Group
B37 - Color-keyed Front and Rear Floor Mats
B84 - Roof Drip Moldings
- AM/FM Stereo non factory
N33 - Tilt Steering Wheel
WS6 - Trans Am Special Performance Package
- Power Windows, Power Locks
1/4 Mile 16.7@ 86 MPH Top Speed 116 MPH
Built at Van Nuys, California, December, 1980
Aaron has quite a collection of Pontiacs that can all be seen here in the Gallery:
1971 Formula 400 can be seen in '71 Firebirds Lot#3
1977 Trans Am 400/4-speed can be seen in '77 Firebirds Lot#2
1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am can be seen in Anniversary TAs Lot#4
1980 Macho Turbo Trans Am Ultra Rare #7 of 20 cab seen at Macho TAs Lot#5
Aaron is also a member of the Pontiacs of Bakersfield club.
is Gary Spooner's Ultra badass 454 Twin-Turbo Trans Am convertible. The
engine is a 1976 2 bolt 454 converted to 4 bolt mains. The block has been
aligned, bored, Rockwell tested and Sonic tested. Its built with a forged
GM crank, Manley aluminum rods (stock length), Supercharger 7.5.1 pistons,
balanced, torque plates installed (Sunen machine) roller timing chain,
Competition cam, Weiand intake 8013, and solid engine mounts. 1976 454
120cc chamber heads with Competition Cams pushrods, valve springs,
retainers and locks, roller rockers, bronze valve guides and one-piece
valves (2.20 intake & 1.90 exhaust) sit atop the block. A Melling oil
pump along with a 9qt oil pan, oil cooler and a custom made remote filter
housing provide the lubrication for the engine. A Brassworks water pump,
180 degree Robertson thermostat and a custom built 6 core radiator provide
The transmission is a 1983 700R4 rebuilt by RPM Research. A complete upgrade was performed on the unit with a 9 disc 3-4 clutch, revised overdrive planetary etc., Toni Rossi Gray Thunder series 12" torque converter, turbine and impeller blades heli brazed, angled to give a stock stall speed, double Torington bearings at thrust surfaces 2-4 piston replaced with corvette parts, anti downshift kit for extreme speeds, a deep sump pan and a TCI flex plate.
The rear axle is a stock GM 8.5 3.08 axle and brakes are 4-wheel disc with metallic pads. The suspension is the WS6 suspension with urethane bushings all around, ladder bars, big block springs, 5 leaf thickness rear springs, 50 series tires mounted on the rear and 60 series tires mounted on the front.
On the inside of the car you'll find new carpet, a custom manufactured console, 6-point harness, new convertible top, fuel pressure (Autometer), vacuum boost gauge (Autometer), an EGT gauge, controls for the computer and the stock gauges.
Ok ok so what are the numbers you ask? Gary writes:
"I wanted this car to go in excess of 180 mph. I know it could go in excess of that speed easily. The rate of acceleration is awesome for a car that is 4200lbs (after mods completed). The exhaust is quiet and the engine runs very smooth. In overdrive at highway speed of 60 mph engine will generate 20 inches of vacuum. Boost is adjustable, min. 3 psi to 15 psi. For normal play I run 8 psi on supreme gas, 4 psi on regular. The 1/4 mile is scary: I had a companion to time a run, he weighed 213 pounds, I had a problem with traction for the first 300ft (too much boost) but I still pulled a high 12s low 13s 1/4 mile. Other streeter's have tried to beat this brute with no luck! The bonus comes at the gas pump, impressive fuel mileage for this car. I have had this car since '85 I will never let this car out of my grasp! I will be doing a lot of changes to the engine soon. I hope to reduce the exhaust emissions from the engine there by making the car emissions legal also improving the image of the hot rodder in the eyes of the environmentalist. I am researching the use of another type of fuel and reviewing the mods that must be done to the engine."
If you want to read more about the engine design of Gary's car click here. I couldn't fit it all in this paragraph. E-mail: Gary Spooner
This wildly customized Trans Am is owned by Kerri. Kerri writes:
"Ok here is some info about the car... I think I got it all: 1981 Trans am
Borg Warner T-10 4 speed
Chrome Everything, Flamed Air Cleaner, Valve Covers, PCV & Breather
Flames on door panels, headliner, Center console, Pillar Posts, Rear Side Panels
Polished Aluminum Arm rests with Flamed Backing plates
Polished Aluminum Window Cranks
M&R Lap Belts
Chrome plated latch and lock
Tranny polished aluminum
Gas tank body color
Drive Shaft and rear end are smoothed, painted body color with ghost flames
Typical sub-frame connectors and traction bars
Borla Stainless Mufflers, 2.5 inch dual exhaust
Ghost flames from front wheel back
Fulley smoothed underside with custom cross brace and embossed flames.
Smoothed inner fenders
Shaved door handles, Locks, Side mirrors.
Filled Side Markers, front and back
Filled Nose Emblem
Smoothed and filled door jambs and trunk jamb
Lower Body Lines smoothed
Trunk Valance Panel Smoothed in
Smooth Fire wall and cowl
No Rear flairs
Painted tail lights . body color
FUTURE MODS: - winter project
Boxed radiator. all Painted body color.
AND of course MORE CHROME
Smoothing all steering components (box, reservoir, steering shaft, pitman arm etc) and chrome plating.
|Good shot of the front end on the '81 Trans Am. Too bad we can't see the rest of the car. Apparently it has won some awards. Little changed between the '80 and '81 models. All firebird engines got GM's Computer Command Control system. This onboard computer controlled all engine functions. Also all firebirds equipped with automatic transmissions received new computer-controlled-lockup torque converters. The 4.9L turbo engine option remained the high performance engine option for 1981 models.|
This Trans Am is owned by Jason Lamport. Jason writes:
This incredible Trans Am is owned by Michael Sanborn. Michael writes:
"I noticed on your website you didn't have many 81 Trans Am's. Here's some photos of mine. I bought it 4 years ago with 48,000 miles on it. It is a 5.0/4 speed. It hasn't been restored, all original, and it's metallic brown, I guess a rare color. Interior is mint and I have the original AM/FM. Real fun car to drive in the summer."
||This awesome looking Turbo Trans Am is
owned by Scott Lambeth. Scott writes:
"I am actually the third owner of this vehicle. It was originally owned by man named John Snyder who owns a local truck performance shop. I guess he used to show the car and kept it garaged most of the time (hence the low miles). Supposedly it took 1st place at a local show in 95. He owned it until it had about 40K miles, then he sold it to an AF officer at Langley AFB, VA (this is where I am stationed). He ended up getting orders to move to a different base, and had to get rid of the car (poor guy only had the car for about 2000 miles). He was asking $6500 (obviously he didn't want to sell it that bad), and after about 3 weeks of test drives and talking, I was able to get him down to $5000.
It had 42K original miles when I got it, right now it has about 45K. I was leery of it actually having that low of mileage when looking at a purchase, but after I took it for a cruise, all doubt went away. Everything was very tight, and the engine ran smooth and powerful. Everything is still completely stock with the exception of the wheels (I have the originals in storage soon to be refurbished). The Engine is a Turbo charged 4.9L (301). I believe the stock HP is rated around 220hp - not bone crushing power, but fun. I am going to try a few things to get some more juice out of it, but there is only so much you can do with that motor and fuel system.
I save it for sunny weekends and I like to take the T-tops off and go for cruise to the beach or something. Its the ride of the car that makes it nice. Someday it may get an engine switch, but not until this motor pukes on me. It is still running like new, so it would be a shame to ruin the fact that it is still stock. The 301 was not exactly the most popular motor Pontiac ever used, and parts are extremely difficult to find. The Turbo helps make up for some of the emission laws, and the 301's shortcomings, but I wouldn't race everything on the street. If in the future a new motor is needed, I have a 350 4-bolt at home that I'd like to build into a 383. I have the specs to put it together to produce about 430 HP. I might move up to a big block though, we'll see. Hopefully that won't have to be done for a long time, and I will have this car for a LONG time."
Take it easy,
This golden blue Turbo Trans Am is owned by Chaya Tinterow. Chaya writes:
Chaya hosts his own website called Tinterow Music & Entertainment.
Chaya also owns an awesome '94 Firehawk that can be seen at Firehawks Lot#1, and is a member of the Trans Am Club of Houston (TACH).
This Trans Am Jeromy Rashley. Jeromy writes:
"When I first saw this t/a in the classifieds I had to call because it said that is was in "excellent condition". So the next day I went and saw it sittin in the garage. She was a school teacher and I really don't think she knew what kind of classic she had. So I asked her what she wanted for it and her response was "You throw me a price". Right then I KNEW she didn't know what she had. First I asked her why the paint was a little faded she said, "I think it's from the water sprinkler". What happened was that it was a hot day and it faded the clear coat but the sides are still shiny. When I bought it from her it had 47,000 original miles. But anyways, I threw $3,400 dollars and she said sounds like a good deal. I was so excited, because when I was 12 years old my dad always showed me pictures of his 1978 trans am. Ever since then I've always wanted a trans-am. A few weeks after the purchase I took off the driver and passenger side back seat cover's (because I read from Pontiac Magazine that the build sheet were usually located there) sure enough the build sheet was there and in tact. That was AWESOME. Also when I purchased the t/a it had the honeycomb wheels, replaced them with Progressive Polished Aluminum rims. I also replaced the original 301 engine with the power plant 400 W-72. I also tinted the windows and put a $3,200 stereo system in her."
Thanks a lot,