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Old 05-11-2015   #1
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Arrow 1990 GTA - Auto - Worth a closer look? With Pics

Hi all! New to this forum and hope to be a new long time member.

Long story short; Wife's childhood friend moved to the other side of the country and has had his 1990 GTA sitting for a bit.. (+/- 2 years). Stock was 305 as it has T-Tops and he now has a 350 in it. I know little to nothing about GTAs but have always been a do-it-yourself'er when it comes to cars.

Questions:

- How rare are 1990s and the engine swap make it inconsequential that 1990s are kinda rare?

- I am going to see it in the next two weeks, what should I look for that would make me run away from the car other than rotted frame and cement mixer sounding tranny?

The price is ridiculously low. I still don't know the milage, but from the pictures the thing is in great shape. He says it runs well but has "Starting problems, sometimes it does sometimes it don't".

Oh ya... and it's yellow. lol... I might have to become a stripper to be technically allowed to own a yellow sports car or I will have to paint it. Being an out of shape 43 year old man, I will go with painting.







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Old 05-11-2015   #2
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Re: 1990 GTA - Auto - Worth a closer look? With Pics

well I don't think it is a GTA but a TA as it has the fender vents that are not on GTAs and since they say it is a GTA they may be lying about the 350 and its just a 305. Read this link to do some authentication

http://www.gtasourcepage.com/newauthentication.html
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Old 05-11-2015   #3
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Re: 1990 GTA - Auto - Worth a closer look? With Pics

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well I don't think it is a GTA but a TA as it has the fender vents that are not on GTAs and since they say it is a GTA they may be lying about the 350 and its just a 305. Read this link to do some authentication

http://www.gtasourcepage.com/newauthentication.html
Ahhh.. nice.

I will ask him for the VIN and find out. Thank you for spotting that. What about the spoiler? That looks nothing like yours. Front emblem too... Freakin' B.S.'er!

Thanks again.
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Re: 1990 GTA - Auto - Worth a closer look? With Pics

From the pictures it's a trans am with some "things" done to it.

The rear spoiler is standard on firebirds, I personally like it better than the wrap around spoiler.

Has no A/C and the proper A/C delete equipment. It was probably black prior to being yellow as the engine bay is black. I'm not 100% sure, but my red trans am had a red engine bay and firewall. Has no SMOG equipment, so if it needs to pass an emissions test, it will not pass as it is missing that key piece of equipment. It's not a 1990's engine but somewhere from 87-89 due to the serpentine setup and mass airflow sensor.

It's missing the retractable radio antenna. Does not have the proper GTA seats...
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Re: 1990 GTA - Auto - Worth a closer look? With Pics

Yeah, I have to agree with the guys....run the vin, it will tell you exactly what it is. Not a GTA though, that is for sure. As for rarity, 1440 GTA's produced for 1990, 247 came to Canada and only 105 had the L98...which I happily own.
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