79 trans am turbo?

did they originally make the turbo for a 79 trans am?

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No. First year for the Turbo 301 was 1980. There was an aftermarket Turbo setup made and sold by H.O. Racing and also installed on a few rare Mecham Macho T/A's in the late 70's.
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Correct. And now you can get them even for the 400 (HO is making a comeback).
With that being said, the owner of your car is an asshole. 1980 is the first year for the turbo T/A. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Not quite from what I read. The tooling for the cast aluminum "carb bonnet" is missing in action after 25 years and this might de-rail the whole project due to cost.
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I read the article in HPP briefly on the subway recently one morning. LOL. I thought they said it was up and running...
It's butt ugly anyhow. Has no place in a nice engine compartment :).
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Rob Padovan wrote:

no.
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thats what i thought to thanks guys. I'm currently looking at a 79 trans am in very nice shape and the car has a turbo hood on it and owner claims its original and i think it has the wrong eagle to be on a turbo hood

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Rob Padovan wrote:

It's an 80/81 hood. Maybe someone else knows if the VIN is stamped on the hood anywhere....
I'd start to wonder how original it is - if it's in good shape that's fine, but is it a real TA?
2nd digit of the VIN: sse t=esprit u=formula w=trans am xth anniv trans am
the 6th digit will be a 9 if it's a 79, an A if it's an 80.
5th digit - engine code a-3.8 w,y-4.9 g,l-5.0 chevy z-6.6 pontiac k-6.6 olds
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thanks I'll post what results I get with vin. My fear is it a firebird and someone who doesnt no much dressed it up as a trans am however its still looks good.

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Rob Padovan wrote:

In which case that's fine... as long as you're not buying it for collector value.
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