TAC Tech => Number Crunching => Topic started by: shawngone on June 20, 2019, 09:48:00 PM

Title: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: shawngone on June 20, 2019, 09:48:00 PM
Hi Guys,
does anyone know how to determine if my car came with the bird or without the bird on the gas door? is it part of a larger trim package?
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: Maxthe222 on June 21, 2019, 12:17:39 AM
The bird on the gas door is for 1981 only. It was just part of the TRANS AM, you didn't order it or anything. On a standard car it was silver or grey. If you had a special edition, the eagle was gold. But your car is a 1980 one right? In that case it doesn't have the eagle.
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: Aus78Formula on June 21, 2019, 06:49:39 AM
As Maxine said, 81 only for bird emblem on Firebirds, originally
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: shawngone on June 21, 2019, 08:33:22 PM
mystery solved, glad I waited to order a replacement thank you!
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: TA462 on September 29, 2019, 09:16:19 AM
A lot of people had theirs stolen way back then because people wanted the gas door bird for their 79 or 80 car.  My 81 Formula and a buddy of mine that had a base model Firebird were stolen by some low life. 
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: Wallington on November 06, 2019, 08:51:05 PM
It's not a Trans Am thing, it's a 1981 Firebird range thing.
Title: Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
Post by: TATurbo on January 17, 2020, 09:08:17 PM
Not too much to add, except some supporting documentation for the notes indicating the Bird on the gas door is a Firebird thing for '81, not just a TA thing.  I happened to recently be looking at PHS documentation for my '81 which included a GM Bulletin documenting changes for the 1981 Firebird line up.  So, I thought I'd share it here.
The top of page 2 states:  "A Firebird emblem is located between the tail lamps on the rear of all Firebird models."

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