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The Pontiac Trans Am Page FAQ


Table of Contents

  1. What is a Trans Am?
  2. What is WS6?
  3. Where can I find a wiring diagram?
  4. What is the SE option?
  5. How do I know if my car is an original T/A?
  6. How do I know if may car is an original Formula?
  7. Why do the letters on some hood scoops spell out 6.6 Litre instead of T/A 6.6?
  8. What is the Bandit option?
  9. What is a Super Duty 455?
  10. Why did Pontiac stop building the Trans Am?
  11. How and when did this site start?
  12. How do I get an article or my car on this site?
  13. My car will not start, what do I do?
  14. How much is my car worth?
  15. Where can I buy or sell my car?

What is a Trans Am?

A Trans Am is a separate model based on a Pontiac Firebird.

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What is WS6 ?

WS6 is a suspension package. Usually it has larger sway bars, bigger wheels, poly bushings, and quicker steering ratio.

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Where can I find a wiring diagram?

The Pontiac Service Manual for your year car is the best source of information that includes wiring diagrams. Ebay is a great source for these manuals.

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What is the SE option?

The SE option in the 70's was coded Y82 or Y84 for the black SE option and Y88 for the gold SE option. SE cars came with the following items in gold: Steering  wheel spokes, emblems, sail panel bird, engine turned instrument panel, grills, as well as special decals.

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How do I know if my car is an original T/A?

The second letter in your VIN will be a W.

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How do I know if my car is an original Formula?

The second letter of your VIN is a U.

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Why do the letters on some hood scoops spell out 6.6 Litre instead of T/A 6.6?

The base 400 and the 403 equipped cars had 6.6 Litre on the scoop. The high output 400 (W72) had T/A 6.6.

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What is the bandit option?

The black SE Trans Am cars were nicknamed Bandit Trans Am. In 1980 there were actually some cars built with the Bandit name that were officially licensed and had 455 engines transplanted in them.

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What is a Super Duty 455?

The Super Duty was Pontiac flexing their muscle when everyone else was hiding. It was introduced in 1973. The SD455 was rated at 310 HP then downgraded to 290 HP. This engine was (in simplified description) a Ram Air IV 400 built on a low compression 455.

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Why did Pontiac stop building the Trans Am?

We did not buy enough of them.

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How and when did this site start?

I started my first page on anglefire.com in 1998 then moved to geocities.com in 1999, after outgrowing these sites I finally purchased my own domain name thepontiactransampage.com in 2000. I am a car guy that happens to own some Pontiacs so I thought I would try to share my knowledge with other people.

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How do I get an article or my car on this site?

Just e-mail it to me 78blackbird@thepontiactransampage.com.

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My car will not start, what do I do?

For a car to run you need compression, fuel, and spark. Now it is time to start troubleshooting. Is fuel getting into the cylinders? Do you have compression? Are the spark plugs getting voltage? Is this happening in the correct order? It is easy to panic when the car does not do what you expect. Check the easy things first and keep calm.

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How much is my car worth?

This is always tough to answer. It is worth what someone that knows about the car is willing to pay for it when you are wanting to sell it. A good way to determine this is to see what other cars in similar condition are selling for. Be honest with yourself about the condition of your car. I have gone out and looked at many 95% restored cars that have rusted out floor pans and bad running engines. Here are a few links that should help determine the value of your car.

Collector Car Trader, Hemmings, Cars OnlineCars.com, Volo Auto Museum, Berry Motorcars and eBay. Click here for more

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Where can I buy or sell my car?

Here are some links that can help:

Collector Car Trader, Hemmings, Cars Online, Cars.com, Volo Auto Museum, Berry Motorcars and eBay. Click here for more

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Copyright 1999  The Pontiac Trans Am Page. All  rights reserved.
Revised: December 28, 2009 .
1998-2010

78blackbird@thepontiactransampage.com
Feel free to drop me a note. * I am looking for some good articles for the third and fourth gen birds. If you have any that you would like to see on this site send them to me and I will post them on my site.     

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