ABOUT THE RESTORATION
“I’m not sure how many idiots like me have ever put $73,000 into a Trans Am, but it’s a damn fine car now,” owner Jerry Clum told HPP. The following photos illustrate some of the restoration process on this T/A. For the most part, Murphy’s restored it to appear as it did when they took it apart. Since mileage was low, much body, drivetrain, and chassis info could be documented. Some of what you see may not agree with the norms of chassis finishes discussed in the hobby. This is partially due to the fact that all surfaces that were supposed to remain bare metal from the factory were painted to preserve the look and ward off rust. In a few areas, however, the T/A is admittedly overrestored per the owner’s wishes. These include the lack of overspray in the cowl area, body color–keyed floor pans, and wheels that are more polished than stock. This restoration was completed in just six months because the owner had to it have ready in time for the T/A Nats. According to Mark Murphy of Murphy’s Classic Restorations, “This Pontiac was easier to restore than one that is completely rusted out, of course. But you still have to attend to every nut and bolt regardless of the car’s original condition. Combine that with the amount of photo documentation that we did and the tight time frame and you have a challenge. Careful planning was key to getting the job completed on time, and I’m very pleased with the results.”
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