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#1 carter89formula

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:05 PM

Strange quesion... I own a 1989 formula 350 t-top car, I met a guy who was a member of a firebird club, and collector, so he said. He was blown away by the fact that I had this car... I thought He was crazy. But he claimed that from 1987 to 1989 you could not get those options from the factory. I didnt think any thing of it untill recently when i decided to sell the car and heard the same story. If any one can shed some light on this for me it would be greatly appreciated. Dont want to sell if its true, but it just sounds fishy to me.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:26 PM

Sounds like it has the R6A and B2L Option. Do you have the RPO codes?

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:55 PM

The TTop and 350 option wasnt available until '89 so its not a big story. Im sure there wasnt alot since there wasnt alot of Formula 350's made so they are arare but were made with the option in 1989. I did see a TA at a show that was an '87 with 350 and ttops which was the ONLY one made. Im sure he had to do some kind of sexual favor to Pontiacs tops guys if its true but the numbers seemed to match.


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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:59 PM

Sounds like it has the R6A and B2L Option. Do you have the RPO codes?



Unfortunatly no. The original option sticker was not in the car when I bought it. I looked every where.

The TTop and 350 option wasnt available until '89 so its not a big story. Im sure there wasnt alot since there wasnt alot of Formula 350's made so they are arare but were made with the option in 1989. I did see a TA at a show that was an '87 with 350 and ttops which was the ONLY one made. Im sure he had to do some kind of sexual favor to Pontiacs tops guys if its true but the numbers seemed to match.



Thanks for your help. You seem to know your stuff, is this something I should hold on to, or is it common enough that I shouldn't feel bad about selling it.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 02:16 AM

Its not as common as others but you may cross another in the future. Ive seen maybe 2-3 on craigslist in the past couple years in just the New England area. It may be worth alot in the future since, like I said, formula 350s arent as common and you have one with ttops. try to see if you ca find the numbers on how many were actually made in 89.
Bottom line, if it were me, i wouldnt feel bad selling it now but 15-20 years down the road it may be a different story and you might be kicking yourself in the butt


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Posted 01 July 2008 - 10:03 AM

"In 1989 T-tops with a 350 were made obtainable in the US, so available that there were more 350 engines produced that year than the 305 LB9. So much so that more than twice the number of 350 engines were made to the LB9, the only other year the 350 would exceed LB9 production was 1988 when the figures are about identical. The L98 & T-tops ceased for the 1990 model year as per the August 29 1989 Car Distribution Bulletin."

that's from: http://www.3rdgenfor...prior_to_91.htm
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:24 AM

I think everyone might be overlooking something on this one. I once owned a 1988 Trans Am GTA w/ 350 and t-tops... however I crunched some numbers and did a little digging. The t-tops were aftermarket... however they were dealer installed. The popularity of t-tops exceed the number of cars made with them and dealers were installing them on 350 cars in the mid to late 80s. The way to know the difference is by looking at the t-tops themselves. The handles are easily the most obvious differences. The aftermarket ones that were dealer installed on my car, when unlocked, turned down at a 45 degree angle towards the seats. Were as the factory one simply run parallel to the t-top themselves.

Just trying to be of some help that's all.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:21 PM

my factory t-tops only went 45 on my 92 firebird?
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