2001 (part 2): show and shine!
For a couple of years I had participated in a local show and shine with both my Trans Ams
present, and with a third Trans Am in my possession the temptation to bring it along with me
was too strong to resist. So in August 2001 this particular 1978 Trans Am made its debut
at this show and shine alongside my 2 newer Firebirds.
That's my '78 sitting between the '87 and the '98.
While I was cleaning the car, I took the opportunity to shoot some more photos of the
car and its interior.
From these photos, one can see that the interior is in decent shape and easily restorable.
It needs some items such as a new console door lid and some panels need re-dyeing due to
sun damage over the years, but overall the car is in good shape for its age. The carpet will
also get the boot once I redo the interior in a few years. It's also painfully clear that the
backseats in these cars were not meant to hold adults of any size!
Here we see one of the problems that plagues this particular Trans Am... the decals have
faded from some sort of red or orange to a dead pink-ish color. The dilemma is that I cannot
justify replacing them with replacement GM-quality graphics right now only to have the
car repainted in a few years and have to replace the decals yet again. I managed to address
some of the problem in 2002, read on to find the route I chose to take.
I also managed to start a yearly tradition in which I take a series of photos with the
three cars in front of my house, for posterity. This year, the 1998 Ram Air Trans Am took the
center position with the '78 and '87 sitting at the flanks.