r/OldSchoolCool Oct 01 '22

October, 1978. 14 year old me in the passenger side of my dad's brand new '78 Trans Am. I was a pretty awkward kid, but this is the car I learned to drive with.

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406 Upvotes

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u/rckblykitn14 Oct 01 '22

Pretty bird!!

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u/a_stoic_sage Oct 02 '22

Polly wanna cracker??

8

u/ukcat72 Oct 01 '22

Had a blue 78 Trans Am

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u/DistantKarma Oct 01 '22

I loved those blue ones too. I was slightly disappointed when my dad bought this one without a T-Top, but he said he got some kind of deal on it because it didn't have one.

4

u/ukcat72 Oct 01 '22

Mine had t-tops. Dumbass for selling it.

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u/_Whiskey_1_ Oct 01 '22

I spent many a day and night driving around in the late 70’s / early 80’s in a friends’ TA.

Stick or automatic?

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u/DistantKarma Oct 01 '22

Automatic. It was way too much car for me when I got my license a couple years later. I got a ticket for going 77 mph in a 45 zone at age 16.

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u/UnifiedQuantumField Oct 01 '22

Shaker says TA 6.6 ?

I remember those.

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u/DistantKarma Oct 02 '22

GM 400 cu motor. You could only get the "TA 6.6" until 12/31/79, as EPA outlawed the motor after that date.

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u/UnifiedQuantumField Oct 02 '22

I had a friend who had a T/A with the Olds 403.

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u/MrMonicotti Oct 02 '22

And it was still a pig 🐖

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u/FlyWFO Oct 02 '22

I thought the shaker callout was 6.6 LITRE on automatic cars. Not doubting, just raised my eyebrows a tad

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u/79TranZam Oct 02 '22

6.6 LITRE was for the lighter, more fuel efficient, but less powerful Oldsmobile 400.

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u/FlyWFO Oct 02 '22

403, no?

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u/_Whiskey_1_ Oct 01 '22

Gotta see what she can do at that age even though we don’t know what we’re doing other than playing with new and cool found power. Great pic and no doubt good memories for you.

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u/WhatRUaBarnBurner Oct 01 '22

you mean you "were" a pretty awkward kid, until the screaming chicken blessed you with coolness - sweet ride bro

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u/DistantKarma Oct 01 '22

LOL... I got tgo drive it to school the day after I got my license at age 16. Felt like such a badass.

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u/monkeyhind Oct 01 '22

Did you know it was cool at the time?

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u/DistantKarma Oct 01 '22

Definitely, YES. All of the sudden I had more friends and the girls all wanted rides in it.

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u/Low-Recording-5635 Oct 01 '22

Sweet ride ....always a favorite

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u/ThenScore2885 Oct 01 '22

I had a toy car just a copy of your car.

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u/HV_Commissioning Oct 02 '22

You just need to be playing "She's on Fire" on the 8 track and you got it.

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u/DistantKarma Oct 02 '22

It DID have an 8Track too.

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u/WitchingHourIsNear Oct 01 '22

Does he still own it?

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u/DistantKarma Oct 01 '22

He broke my heart and gave it to my older sister like 4 years later. It wound up being traded in a few years after that.

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u/Booblicle Oct 01 '22

Oh. You're that older neighborhood kid working on cars throughout my younger years.

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u/shaundisbuddyguy Oct 01 '22

I learned on my dad's 80. Cool cars to have a first experience.

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u/njaneardude Oct 01 '22

Ever lose control! Looks like it would be a blast to launch, somewhere safe of course.

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u/FlartyMcFlarstein Oct 01 '22

Back in high school, back in the day, a friend had two Trans Ams. One was the Smokey and the Bandit edition. He was envied.

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u/foehn_mistral Oct 02 '22

Neighbor has an original one of these in his garage. We keep asking him if it is his retirement plan.

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u/JenniFrmTheBlock81 Oct 02 '22

One of my dream cars for sure! Cool pic 👍🏾

3

u/Far_Coach4229 Oct 01 '22

What a time to grow up! Today's kids will be posting about their dad's hybrid sedan lol

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u/iknownuting Oct 01 '22

Scrub

4

u/BxTart Oct 01 '22

Hangin’ out the passenger side of his Old Man’s ride.

3

u/ErNz77 Oct 01 '22

Tryin’ to holler at me

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u/TNnylonFeetLuv Oct 02 '22

NICE!! do you remember the smell?