79/80 TA owners - tell me about your rear lights

I have just bought a TA here in the UK and Im a little paraniod that its not what it seems which has made the following little thing seem significant:
My TA's rear lights (still wired for US use) have 4 red lights and one white in each cluster with one lisence plate bulb. My Clymer manual says thats correct for an 80 TA but a 79 should have 3 red lights and 2 licence plate lights.
Which is correct - the manual or my car?
Thanks guys - Im gonna have a million questions before Im done!
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Throw out any manual that's not a GM shop manual. They are all useless.
The Haynes manuals written for the Firebird are among the absolute worst I've seen, they are SO wrong.
A 79 T/A has one license plate lamp. A 1978 has two (one on each side). Clymer probably copied the Haynes data, sounds like something they would do.
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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Thanks Joe - I now realise that its the moveing of the license plate that flags the difference - nice to be reasured though!
I sussed the Clymer manual was of little use - more 'this is a V8 engine' rather than - this is YOUR V8 engine. I have always found Haynes really good for UK cars and Jap bikes but I will heed your warning.
I really need a good manual as this is a project car thats been messed with plus its my first Firebird so I need lots of exploded diagrams and/or photos to let me seperate whats right and what isnt. Would eBay be a place for a GM shop manual (Im in the UK remember). Whats available on CD-ROM? I have seen some very comprehensive looking CD's advertised but cant remember what they where called.
As an aside - any UK owners care to share their UK legal lighting mods for their 79 firebirds?
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All sell on Ebay, and all are fair. I believe they will ship internationally.
Alternatively www.helminc.com sells them new, but shipping may be expensive as they just charge you whatever they feel like. LOL
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Thanks Joe, I'll check these sources out as soon as I get chance.
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In looking for manuals, the 1979 Ponitac manual was a supplment to the 1978 manual. You'll need both both. The Fisher Body manual was a whole manual for 1979. Use to have a 79 TA and remember having to have the 3 manuals to be complete.
These may now be on CD-ROMS.
On other manual you will want to have is the 1980 Firebird Assembley Manual. About 3 years ago either AMES or Performance Years offered it for around $ 75.00 US. It could be out of print.
What is nice is that there are many drawings detailing how a majority of the Firebirds were to be build.
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Thanks for the info - having worked on the TA a little now it seems the Clymer manuals wiring diagram for 1980 is actually a good match for my 79 so I'm OK for now but will keep an eye open for the resources you have suggested.

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Because the 1980 diagram is actually the 1978 diagram with a supplement for 1980 :).
Get the right manual before going any further.
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