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dcastine

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I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:42:24 PM »
I took delivery of my 11k mile 77 Trans Am yesterday, while going over the car I found this in the trunk in its original shipping tube... is this thing still usable?

My car is a BIRD DELETE car, but maybe the owner had second thoughts and wanted to have the option of putting the decal on someday. I was thinking of buying another hood, painting it black and throwing a decal on the new hood as an option.






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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 04:27:34 PM »
I think the PO purchased it few years after getting the car but never had it installed. Typically old decals are not useable but make great wall art.




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dcastine

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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 05:27:35 PM »
After looking up the number it's for an SE car, unlike mine. The wall art idea is cool Jack!
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 06:34:12 PM »
Nice looking car! On a side note. The more original examples I see the less concerned and picky I become with panel alignment.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 03:58:08 AM »
I had acquired an original bird in the original tube when I bought a car a few years back also just like you. I opted not to use it due to the age and sold it. I figured that the possibility of being defective after all these far outweighed having an original bird on my hood.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 06:54:40 AM »
Cool find in the trunk. I'd put it on a piece of Lexan and cut it out for my art project.  :-D
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 07:59:12 AM »
I would love to see a pic of it out of the tube unrolled.




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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 08:47:47 AM »
FWIW, it is my understanding the the hood bird was an option on Trans Ams except for the special edition cars where it was included in the SE package.

Therefore non-special edition T/As without a hood bird are not "bird delete" cars but rather "hood bird option not ordered" cars. 



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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 09:19:41 AM »
If you want the bird on the hood or see what it looks like with the bird or try it out, you have nothing to loose trying that old decal out. It either works or it doesn't and if it doesn't you remove it no harm.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 09:28:12 AM »
FWIW, it is my understanding the the hood bird was an option on Trans Ams except for the special edition cars where it was included in the SE package.

Therefore non-special edition T/As without a hood bird are not "bird delete" cars but rather "hood bird option not ordered" cars.

I'm not sure about that. My SE build sheet has the WW7 listed as a separate item.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 10:07:42 AM »
FWIW, it is my understanding the the hood bird was an option on Trans Ams except for the special edition cars where it was included in the SE package.

Therefore non-special edition T/As without a hood bird are not "bird delete" cars but rather "hood bird option not ordered" cars.

I'm not sure about that. My SE build sheet has the WW7 listed as a separate item.

Items on the build sheet and items billed separately are likely two different animals.  It would be correct for an SE to have a hood bird on the build sheet as it's supposed to have one.  If it were listed separately on the invoice with a $$ amount then that would be a different story.

If anyone cares to post an invoice for a base TA with a hood bird I think you'll find  a line item for it.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 10:28:47 AM »
I ordered mine new in 79. I remember sitting in the show room filling out the order. The bird was around $100 option. I didn't like it but loved the car, so I spent the $100 on t-tops!

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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2017, 07:59:25 PM »
Pretty cool find, but I don't think I would use it. Makes an interesting conversation piece.  I was at a show a couple of years ago and talked to a guy who had a 81 pace car he bought new. Car only had a few thousand miles, absolutely beautiful. He had the original decals in the trunk as he didn't want them installed when he bought it.
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 02:29:15 PM »
Nice looking car! On a side note. The more original examples I see the less concerned and picky I become with panel alignment.

No kidding! The body guy doing my '70 right now said he has a hard time putting these old cars back together "correctly" since his inclination is to line everything up perfectly; when he's doing it factory-correct it looks like it's thrown back together without any regard for alignment.

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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2017, 06:40:03 PM »
Nice looking car! On a side note. The more original examples I see the less concerned and picky I become with panel alignment.

No kidding! The body guy doing my '70 right now said he has a hard time putting these old cars back together "correctly" since his inclination is to line everything up perfectly; when he's doing it factory-correct it looks like it's thrown back together without any regard for alignment.

Absolutely. My SE still wears it's original paint. Body fit is bad, even some of the striping doesn't line up. They were making over 500 of these T/A's a day at one time. They ain't all pretty. lol
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Re: I found this in the trunk of my "new" 77 Trans Am
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2017, 06:40:03 PM »