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I will always believe that the 2nd generation Trans Ams have the best looking dash ever put in front of a driver. The swirled aluminum or gold pattern in front of all the instruments just begs you to look at the cluster more than you might ought to while flying down the highways and roadways of where ever you may be traveling. Most Trans Ams have the aluminum swirled pattern but in 1976 Pontiac decided to special equip a select few Trans Ams with a gold swirl pattern and other goodies commemorating Pontiac's 50th anniversary. This also carried over to the Y81, Y82, and Y84 special edition Trans Ams of 1977 through 1981.
Other things of note are that the heater and ac control are from a 1979 silver anniversary edition, which I also procured new when it was still available from GM in or around 1990. I was converting my regular "greenish blue" dash lighting to "red" so I wanted the real deal whenever I could get it. I also found a NOS silver anniversary instrument housing from a GM dealer around that time period. I wound up painting inside the fuel and volt meter housing with fluorescent red paint. It looked real close to the color GM had painted inside the silver anniversary housings. I thought it turned out pretty well and a different touch for the gold SE dashes. Again, the control is incorrect "period" wise because it has the "fan" image beside the blower speed instead of the usual lettering. I am not concerned too much but I know some purists would get me on it so I want to show them I do know of the difference. lol! Smile!
The custom deluxe cloth interior and door panels I acquired around 2003 from an original 1977 SE car in Canada. These seats and panels aren't recovered. They are originals. With that comes a few blemishes but they still look fantastic to be over 30 years old! The carpet was also acquired from GM when it was still available in 1989-1990.
Options I purchased around 1990 and added are:
NOS rear seat console (which I found at a Canadian dealer who still had one or two in their inventory)
Original GM NOS Interior Items Replaced Circa 1990:
Gold Dash Bezel
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Unlike basic vehicle maintenance, the restoration of a Trans Am, or any classic car, is a labor of love. While it is easy to focus on the engine or exterior parts of the restoration, it is important to give careful thought and attention to the interior as well.
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