Author Topic: Time for hard decisions (Original Color or Back and Gold??????????)  (Read 101 times)

d_hache

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Hello everyone, I know these questions might not be the best questions to ask on forums since everyone has their own idea's and opinions.   
But I thought ........what the hell....... might as well get the opinion of my fellow Firebird Trans Am lovers :)
The body work will begging shortly on my 1980 Trans Am.  The car was repainted to the original Francisco red color 25 years ago.
Bellow you can see how the car looked before took it apart. 
Don't be fooled with the shiny paint .......there was allot of patching done to it.





This is the way the car looks right now.








Now the hard question.  Do I leave it the original color or go for the black and gold?
I love this original Francisco Red I think that it looks really sharp.
But since I was a kid i have always dreamed of having a back and gold Trans Am.
I don't have to tell you that the SE cars are very expensive and a bit out of my range.
So now I am thinking of turning this car into a clone SE car.  Should I go for it? 
Keep in mine my TA was a solid car but its not low miles by any means and i also pulled out the original 301 for this newly re-built 400. 












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roadking77

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I would go black and gold. There are those that say that combination is over  done but if thats the car you really wanted you wont be truly happy until you have one. Red is a good colour as well but....
Whenever I am faced with a decision I will make a pros and cons list. If they end up pretty close then go with your gut feeling.
A colour change wont make any difference on the value of the car unless you paint it something ridiculous. In fact black may increase the re sale value.
I knew next to nothing (other than I loved trans ams) when I bought my 77. It was previously painted black with se striping. I assumed it was the 'real deal' and that was the car I wanted. Only after I dug deeper and started the learning process did I know that it was a black car but no stripes. I put the stripes on after the resto because that is the car I thought I was buying and the car I WANTED.  I have no regrets doing so.
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d_hache

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Thanks for your input roadking77! I am thinking the way you are as well.
I am not really looking at value of the car right now since its not a low miles car, and it already not original.
As well I will be driving this car allot....... I want to enjoy it and take it to all the shows.
And i agree with you that i thing it might actually increase the value if i was to sell it one day since the SE cars are so expensive.
Anyway ...will keep thinking about it and will let you guys know what I decide.
Thanks again


b_hill_86

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I agree with roadking on the points he made. It’s your car. Realistically, no matter what you want to do, if you’re o my worries about whether or not you’d enjoy it, do it. My car was originally silver but needed paint and some bodywork. I knew I didn’t want to repaint silver cause I just don’t care for how it looks on 77/78s (it’s grown on me a little) and I couldn’t decide what other color I wanted to do so I settled on black but used charcoal/red decals that would’ve been in a silver car. Other than the pain of keeping a black car clean and looking good without scratching it, I have no regrets.
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I agree, go with what you want(ed).
Black with gold will always be popular.
Good choice!
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
1968 400 convertible (Scarlet)
1976 T/A - 455 SE (No Burt)
1976 T/A - 455 (Latest project)
1968 350 - 4 speed 'vert - 400 clone (the Beast!)
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Savage Larry

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I vote for Red!
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Jack

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I like the red but its not my car, do what you like without opinions or influences of others...




Regards, Jack

d_hache

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I like the red as well, that's why its so hard to make up my mind :)
But i have always dreamed of the black and gold!
Will see will not make a decision today but will need to make up my mind soon.
Thanks everyone for your comments.

ryeguy2006a

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It sounds to me like you should paint your car Black and Gold. I'd agree with Roadking because since your car is no longer numbers matching the original color isn't as meaningful. And in fact the Black and Gold will likely make the car more valuable.

Let's face it, no one really builds these cars with the intention of selling, but knowing how your modifications affect the sale down the road is a smart choice. Life is unpredictable.

I'll be honest that I'm keeping my eyes out for a deal on a 77/78 T/A myself.  :cool:

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ryeguy2006a

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Oh and if you want to think outside of Red or Black, I loved the dark gray paint that we used on my old Trans Am. I miss that car...


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I personally think the black and gold are wayyyy overdone but absolutely do what would bring you the greatest pleasure whichever color it is.
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Gene-73

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My 2 cents. I LOVE the look of a black and gold T/A.

That said, I bought my first black car last year (C7 Corvette) and I'll never buy a black car again. They are way too much effort to keep clean and looking nice. They show every imperfection so you have to be extra careful when washing to avoid scratching the paint, plus they only stay clean for about 30 seconds after washing.

I live in Cali-unicornia where it doesn't rain for 9 months out of the year so it's very dusty here and the car gets dirty just parked in the garage.
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How about red and gold?

I agree - Black/Gold is played out.

Sorry Ryan, IMO dark gray does these cars no favors - mutes the lines and curves.

aussieta

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my take is
it's your car, paint it how you want it
i went through this same dilemma, took nearly 20 years before i made a decision
i always wanted a martinique blue trans am
bought a black trans am with the intention of painting it blue
then found it was numbers matching Y84
, finally decided as i have no intention of selling it, paint it blue
when i'm dead someone else can restore it to black and gold
see my avatar
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A Camaro looks like it could kick your ass.
A Trans Am looks like it's coming over to do it

ryeguy2006a

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No offense taken Scarebird.

Aussieta, that is another fantastic suggestion. That is a gorgeous color on Trans Am's

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