Here is the bio on the car.
My car is a 1977 Trans Am SE. I was told by the friend that I bought the car from that his brother bought it when it was a couple years old. His brother went into the military and sold the car to my friend. It sat in my friend's garage for more than 20 years -- during that time it was repainted and none of the decals were replaced.
I saw the car in my friend's garage, but he would never sell it even though he used it as a shelf and stored stuff on top of it.
In about 2002 my friend sold the car to another friend of ours for $5,500, and the car was left outside in the snow and rain for four years. As far as I know, it was never driven during that time. As with all those birds, the T-tops leaked. When I saw the car again two years ago, the smell when I opened the door just about knocked me over. Between the mold and the mice under the back seat, it had become quite a project car. He sold it to me for $2,200.
I stripped out and cleaned the interior and seats. It took about eight months before the smell left. So far I have repaired the radiator and a hole in the rear floor panel, repaired all the wiring, put in a Custom Auto Sound radio, tuned up the engine and had the QuadraJet carburetor rebuilt. The car is currently being repainted and having the T-top and door rubber (expensive!) replaced. I am looking for a place to get all the original decals. And I should probably replace the tires, which are about 25 years old but still have most of the tread.
Last year, before I put the car in storage for the winter, the odometer turned 77,777.7. I got a picture of that historic moment.
In the Shriner Car Show last year I lost out to a Corvette for the "Best Shriner Car." Hopefully with the new paint job and decals and maybe a cowboy hat, all I need is a pretty girl in a wedding dress and I have it made. :-)
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