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Just joined, I purchased a 59k mile 86 Firebird that spent most of its life in NV. Then a couple years in TX, long enough for that owner to dent up the front passenger corner a bit. Car has been repaired. I bought the car at auction. Picking it up next week. They say it runs great. New battery, new front seats and new exhaust.

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Good for you. Is the hood unlatched in the photo? It looks a tiny bit high, maybe just needs adjustment. I always liked the looks of my 86 TA more than the later generation.
 
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I love the third generation look. It's what got me started on my love for Trans Ams when I was a kid. Knight Rider! :cool:
 
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That's probably the case. The core support would have to be bent for the hood latch's positioning to be affected. That would have likely resulted in condenser and radiator damage. Was there anything of the sort?
 
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That's probably the case. The core support would have to be bent for the hood latch's positioning to be affected. That would have likely resulted in condenser and radiator damage. Was there anything of the sort?
Picking the vehicle up Monday. Won’t know till that time. Crossing fingers, purchased through photos, description of running condition and carfax history so that’s a first for me.
 

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Welcome to FBN & congrats on the new car
 
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"Real" Trans Am's are white, the official American international racing color. Of course my 86 was white! But when I saw the bland look of the "new" 1998 TA's in white I was turned off....so went red ;-) It was a midlife crisis after all!

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Well, it was too good to be true. She wouldn’t idle, speedometer & odometer no functional, service engine light on, no turn signals, continuous ignition buzzer, cracked windshield, hood wouldn’t shut completely. Interior was torn up. This car was driven at least 150k miles, not 50k. I think it’s a $1000 car, but not $4k. The auction place acknowledged they misrepresented the vehicle, gave me my check back. WHEW!
 

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Yikes!!! Sounds like you dodged a bullet there. But for the place to even admit that they did you wrong? Lame.
 

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Maybe offer to give the $1000 you think it's worth and keep it? Hell, giving what shipping costs, offer $500? Might be a good way to get into the F-Body and learn a lot in the process. It's cool to have a nice looking car, but it's so much more liberating to have something you can thoroughly trash and not care one bit about. Pretty much any decent 3rd gen "rolling chassis" is worth $1,000. Junkyard engine, aftermarket ECU, couple aftermarket gauges, some cheap eBay seats if needed, and you've got a fun little street/strip beater on your hands. Want to learn engines and electrical? Great candidate.

Going the junkyard engine / aftermarket ECU route, you could probably be on the road for the same amount you almost got shafted over give or take a little. You could pick up a totaled but running 4th gen Formula/Trans Am for a couple thousand and really "modernize" the powertrain. LT/LS1, 6-speed, and various other things like the front seats will transfer with minimal to no effort, and when you're done, you can part out the rest of the 4th gen and sell what is left to the junkyard as scrap.

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Maybe offer to give the $1000 you think it's worth and keep it? Hell, giving what shipping costs, offer $500? Might be a good way to get into the F-Body and learn a lot in the process. It's cool to have a nice looking car, but it's so much more liberating to have something you can thoroughly trash and not care one bit about. Pretty much any decent 3rd gen "rolling chassis" is worth $1,000. Junkyard engine, aftermarket ECU, couple aftermarket gauges, some cheap eBay seats if needed, and you've got a fun little street/strip beater on your hands. Want to learn engines and electrical? Great candidate.

Going the junkyard engine / aftermarket ECU route, you could probably be on the road for the same amount you almost got shafted over give or take a little. You could pick up a totaled but running 4th gen Formula/Trans Am for a couple thousand and really "modernize" the powertrain. LT/LS1, 6-speed, and various other things like the front seats will transfer with minimal to no effort, and when you're done, you can part out the rest of the 4th gen and sell what is left to the junkyard as scrap.

Just my thoughts.
I like that idea. The dealer is in a bad place now. Take advantage of that. Coincidentally I sold my 86 TA to a sales person at the dealership for $1k too where I bought my 98 TA. I am sure I could have gotten more but didn't care at the time;-)
 

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Maybe offer to give the $1000 you think it's worth and keep it? Hell, giving what shipping costs, offer $500? Might be a good way to get into the F-Body and learn a lot in the process. It's cool to have a nice looking car, but it's so much more liberating to have something you can thoroughly trash and not care one bit about. Pretty much any decent 3rd gen "rolling chassis" is worth $1,000. Junkyard engine, aftermarket ECU, couple aftermarket gauges, some cheap eBay seats if needed, and you've got a fun little street/strip beater on your hands. Want to learn engines and electrical? Great candidate.

Going the junkyard engine / aftermarket ECU route, you could probably be on the road for the same amount you almost got shafted over give or take a little. You could pick up a totaled but running 4th gen Formula/Trans Am for a couple thousand and really "modernize" the powertrain. LT/LS1, 6-speed, and various other things like the front seats will transfer with minimal to no effort, and when you're done, you can part out the rest of the 4th gen and sell what is left to the junkyard as scrap.

Just my thoughts.
I offered them $1000, they said they have to re-auction the car.
 

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"Real" Trans Am's are white, the official American international racing color. Of course my 86 was white! But when I saw the bland look of the "new" 1998 TA's in white I was turned off....so went red ;-) It was a midlife crisis after all!

(insert polaroid picture of white third gen 😜)
I wanted to argue so bad as I am biased towards black but after a little googlin:
The first Trans Am WAS white....

I offered them $1000, they said they have to re-auction the car.
Damn brother, sounds like a not so good auction house... Keep your head up and keep looking! Don't let Pontiac die and be controlled by the man.
 
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