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  • Don Voorhees

1979 Silver Anniversary Trans Am

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

So I've been looking for a clean second generation Z28 or TransAm for a while now, I've looked at half a dozen and they were all pretty beat up, hacked up, and rusted out. A buddy showed me a posting on nastyZ28 for a Silver Anniversary TransAm that was an abandoned restoration.

This car is really clean. The body, floors, trunk are all rust free. The body was rotisserie restored and it has all new stainless steel brake lines, fuel lines, powder coated sub frame, new GM gas tank, 100% unmolested quarter panels, the doors are solid and sag free, it's a diamond in the rough. It needs an interior, tires, rims cleaned up, decals and other minor odds and ends. It also needs the dark grey paint accents on the hood/roof and doors. The goal here is an LS swap as well, looking into an LS376 and FAST stand alone EFI.

Here's how it sits now, I'll be adding more pics soon.

Here's what it should look like soon!

2/3/2021 "pandemic" update...................

So - due to COVID, things have been slow going but I found an excellent body man and if anyone needs top notch restoration work done, I highly recommend Goat Doctors Restorations in Lodi NJ. Pete, the owner is a die hard Pontiac guy and understands the nuances of classic Pontiac's, which is very rare these days, and a super guy to deal with.

Goat Doctors put the dark grey two tone on the car as well as the pinstripe around it and the awesome "Screaming Chicken" hood bird!

The quality of his paint work is really beyond reproach, he prepped by sanding and buffing the paint and the areas he worked on are like glass! Im going to be takinhg the car back to him when I finish the drive train and interior for a a proper sand and polish.

Here's how it sits now, a new set of tires and I started putting some of the decals on.

I ordered seat covers and door panels in August of 2020, they are still not here - and not expected until this March! I guess thats what I get for buying a 1 year only car!

I have a new set of the same turbine wheels on order from classic industries - same deal, no ETA.

I'm currently searching for a LS1 or perhaps a LQ4/9 for it and a 4L80E transmission. I've chnaged my mind on the controller, I think now Im going to use a Holley Terminator X Max instead of the FAST set up - I hear nothing but really good things about the Holley and I'll need the Trans controller anyway.

Hopfully I'll have more updates soon.


It's been a while and Ive had a ton is issues getting parts due to COVID and supply chain issues. I simply can not get seat covers, so I picked up a set of 3rd gen formula firebird seats for it.

The big news is the LS and 4L60e swap are almost done, here is where it sits now.

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