By Rob Sayer
Langley, British Columbia
My attraction to Pontiac started in my mid-teens. It was the outlaw division of GM, which appealed to me. The first example that I owned was an ’88 Trans Am GTA. It was black-on-black with every option except T-tops.
I showed and raced that car for years, but I always had an overwhelming urge to own a ’77 T/A. I was very particular in what I wanted in the car -- it had to be a four-speed, unmodified, and black.
Pickings were slim, even back then. In November 1994, I found this vehicle. It was a black-on-black, 6.6-liter T/A with a four-speed, tilt steering, A/C, and 15x7-inch Snowflake wheels. It was rough, but the engine was largely untouched, and the Shaker hoodscoop was not cut out, which was a bonus. There was rust in the quarter panels, and it barely ran from sitting for years in the original owner’s backyard. I had to have it!
After rebuilding the carb, the T/A ran well enough to be my daily driver for a few years. Shortly after parking my T/A, I contacted GM of Canada and bought copies of its documentation. I discovered it is quite a rare car in that it’s one of only 1,850 Trans Ams produced for sale in Canada that year with the Muncie M21 four-speed. The vehicle was originally ordered in Regina, Saskatchewan, and had made its way to the coast of British Columbia.
I worked on the Trans Am when time and money permitted. Nine years and a few job changes later, the car is running and looking better than ever. I removed the front clip, took out the original engine and put it into safe storage, and installed a 455 with 6X heads in its place. Everything under the hood and drivetrain was redone, including cleaning and repainting every nut and bolt before putting it all back together again.
The interior is pretty much original. I added an original 8-track player and changed to a red-dot AM/FM radio.
Following the previous owner’s addition of S/E decals, I switched to 15x8-inch gold Snowflake wheels, and gold dash and steering wheel. On June 10, 2012, I entered the T/A in a local all-Pontiac show -- the first show since completing the project -- and won Second Place in the Trans Am category.
It’s always great when I can get my Trans Am out on the road. Of course, a four-speed with lots of torque is always a great time.
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