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I inherited this car from my grandfather and I love it but she needs some attention. That’s why I’m here. I’m 45, I work in IT/education/management and this is my first cool car.
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BEAUTIFUL! Don't change a thing. ...except fluids and perishables of course. Welcome Aboard!
 

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OMG that looks a lot like my uncle's old 1981 Trans Am. His had the 305 with the manual transmission as well. I'm not sure his had the gold skirting, but that car is LOVELY. Welcome. :cool:

(I know I repeat myself here but I am a lover of the 1979-1981 Firebirds!)
 

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That’s gorgeous! Personally I would consider a factory steering wheel but that’s just me. Enjoy it however you like! Very lucky to have inherited it and keep it in the family.
 

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Welcome to Firebird Nation ! ! !
 
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I inherited this car from my grandfather and I love it but she needs some attention. That’s why I’m here. I’m 45, I work in IT/education/management and this is my first cool car.
Don't worry. She will get a huge amount of attention wherever she goes!
 

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Great to have you here. I don't think I've seen one with the gold skirting, but it looks great.
 

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I'm sorry, but is that compass on the windshield a joke? If not please junk it ;-)
 

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I'm sorry, but is that compass on the windshield a joke? If not please junk it ;-)
Are you sure you didn’t have one “back in the day”……. :D
 

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It is gorgeous. I’d prob look for orig rims though. Great survivor.
I'm not so sure. While not OEM, maybe spoked wheels should have been, or even "might have been" before some budget meeting.

The Snowflake wheel was an iteration of spoked design, the Rally wheels were "5-Spokes", and I want to say there was a wire-spoke hubcap for Firebirds back then but I'm not positive. Look forward to the 3rd generation GTA wheel though and it is clearly and without doubt a modernized version of the spoked wheels on that car. The 3rd gen Trans Am/Formula wheels were an evolution and modernization of that same spoked design in combination with the 5-Spoke Rally design. Pontiac was clearly all about the spokes in one form or another. The Turbo wheels could be argued as "technically spokes". ...but given what we saw in the 3rd generation, it's almost like "spokes" was the Factory style they were evolving and modernizing.

Back in the day, "spoked wheels" were associated with class, and the more spokes your wheels had, the more class you had. In that context, and thinking of Pontiac as more of a luxury arm of Chevrolet than a competitor, seeing spoked wheels on a 2nd gen makes sense. Old School spoked wheels is a period correct mod at the very least, and being a bit sentimental here, for myself, that's the way Grandpa wanted it; that's the way it stays.

The breed ended with a 5-Spoke design used throughout the 4th generation. I don't know if it was supposed to be reminiscent of the Rally wheels or just "what was popular" for the era, but it always struck me as odd that the most iconic wheel of the breed (the Snowflake) was never carried into or modernized for future generations by Pontiac.
 
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