Author Topic: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird  (Read 323 times)

Spotedcow78

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1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« on: May 18, 2019, 08:17:33 PM »
Hello all. Yesterday I bought a rustfree 78 trans Am that has been sitting for about 25-30 years. A few questions. The vin decodes for Trans Am with a 400. But fender tag says its a firebird?

It has origional paint and the hood had no bird but had the shaker.

It's also a 4spd car NO TOPS and NO air conditioning

Would it say anywhere it was a factory 4 spd
I can't find a buildsheet anywhere.

Thanks everyone

firebirdparts

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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2019, 08:24:17 PM »
They're all that way.  In fact there is a sticky thread at the top of this forum just for that.

P.S. There is nothing really on any 2nd gen to indicate transmission choice, but you can kinda look at one and tell it's original.  I suppose somebody could fool you if they really wanted to.  The build sheet will show the 4 speed, but on a 1978, the invoice does not show it.  It was free, so in 78 they just ignored it when invoicing.  The earlier ones weren't like that.
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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2019, 08:26:45 PM »
P.S. again, welcome to TAC!
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Joe Bays
1977 Y82 4-speed (red interior)
1978 Skybird 350
1978 Redbird 305
1979 Redbird 301 4-speed
1992 Lincoln Mark VII LSC/SE (red)
1970 Datsun Pickup
1953 Chevy pickup (converted 4x4)
1988 T-bird Turbo Coupe

Spotedcow78

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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 06:48:26 AM »
Could you get a 78 Trans AM without a bird on the hood? There are decals 9n the fenders.

highway star

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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 08:09:56 PM »
Could you get a 78 Trans AM without a bird on the hood? There are decals 9n the fenders.

I'm sure it's happened.  My '78 W72 with 400 th350 had all the decals but none on the shaker! Go figure.

Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
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FormTA

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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2019, 08:59:40 PM »
Yes, friend of mine order a gold T/A with no hood bird.
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Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 09:25:10 PM »
The eagle was actually an option, it was a pay extra option you had to order. It wasn't standard on a T/A. It was however included in all special appearance packages.

And there are a couple of ways to tell what transmission came in your car. You can check the transmission housing for the partial VIN number, and if you have the numbers match block, you can see the code on the block, for example YU or Y6 or something like that. The code is different depending on what transmission you ordered.
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
1971 Formula 400 4-Speed

Re: 1978 Trans Am vin code Trans Am fender tag for firebird
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