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Camaro Research Group Discussion => Garage Talk => Topic started by: 1969Z27 on March 01, 2018, 10:19:07 PM

Title: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: 1969Z27 on March 01, 2018, 10:19:07 PM
https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/classic-cars/huge-find-very-first-1969-pontiac-firebird-trans-am-ever-made/ar-BBJHZZO?ocid=spartandhp
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: jacmac on March 08, 2018, 12:34:21 AM
Well someone has to reply,I love those 69s  Firebirds.I went to look at one for sale "Formula"back 1975,I was 19. My dad talked me out of it.Orange,black top ,black
interior,4 speed,nice car!! 6 mo. later I bought my 69 Z10.If I would have bought
that Formula I would still own it today!
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: firstgenaddict on May 05, 2018, 07:35:38 AM
wow... I did not realize they made the T/A at VN prior to the switchover of 69 Firebird production from Lordstown to Norwood.
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: bcmiller on May 05, 2018, 02:05:46 PM
Had “unrestored” at the end. Not fully restored, but far from original. Was repainted 35 years ago, NOM and some interior replaced.

Still an awesome car!
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: Kelley W King on May 06, 2018, 12:16:16 AM
It is an awesome car but I am like Bryon. What is restored or unrestored? My 77 TA has paint,brakes,door panels, suspension,wetherstrip, other stuff original but I don,t call it unrestored.
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: ZLP955 on May 06, 2018, 09:59:42 AM
Interesting. I've read several posts where very knowledgeable people like JohnZ and William commented on the additional complexity that arose from adding the Firebird to Norwood assembly, but had no idea the same also happened at LOS.....
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: bcmiller on May 06, 2018, 01:30:13 PM
LOS was also building full size with the Camaro on the same line.

I don’t know if or how that changed once the Firebirds also started. Had to be very stressful.
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: firstgenaddict on May 23, 2018, 10:13:56 AM
Pretty sure from my recollection  John Z was setting up the Lordstown plant for the VEGA and wasn't part of the firebird being phased into the Norwood line in Late April Early May of 1969. 
This came from the decklid discussion which started on Camaros.net then moved here approx 10 years ago regarding Trans Am decklids at Norwood in May and the fact that they would not cover the emblem holes. John relayed that he wasn't part of the 69 Firebird production at Norwood due to Lordstown being reconfigured.
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: bcmiller on May 23, 2018, 12:03:37 PM
?

Where did it say John Z was involved?
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: firstgenaddict on June 01, 2018, 04:15:33 PM

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Where did it say John Z was involved?

Here
Interesting. I've read several posts where very knowledgeable people like JohnZ and William commented on the additional complexity that arose from adding the Firebird to Norwood assembly, but had no idea the same also happened at LOS.....
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: bcmiller on June 01, 2018, 06:17:19 PM
You might have read too much into that. From reading that, I didn’t assume John was involved.
Title: Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
Post by: ZLP955 on June 10, 2018, 10:18:44 AM
My comment was noting other's observations on how adding more lines to the assembly process (including additional paint/trim colours, RPOs and unique parts) increased the complexity of managing scheduling, supply, inventory etc as well as assembly - not suggesting those individuals were necessarily personally involved.