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shawngone

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1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« 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?

Maxthe222

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #1 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.
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Aus78Formula

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 06:49:39 AM »
As Maxine said, 81 only for bird emblem on Firebirds, originally

shawngone

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 08:33:22 PM »
mystery solved, glad I waited to order a replacement thank you!

TA462

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #4 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. 
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Wallington

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2019, 08:51:05 PM »
It's not a Trans Am thing, it's a 1981 Firebird range thing.

TATurbo

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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #6 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."

IMG_1809 by Tom Sherer, on Flickr

IMG_1810 by Tom Sherer, on Flickr
« Last Edit: January 17, 2020, 09:13:41 PM by TATurbo »
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Re: 1980 trans am SE bird or no bird
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2020, 09:08:17 PM »
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