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Restoration / Re: Help! 1977 Oldsmobile 403 Paint Job
« Last post by Aus78Formula on December 15, 2018, 10:58:20 PM »
It's also vague, by early 77 it probably means 76, when the 77 model began and changeover taking place. Not sure why they seem confused that Olds blue had a different code to Pontiac blue in the per-corporate days, since both had their own blues, the engines were built and painted elsewhere, then sent where needed. It wasn't a case of paint this one in Pontiac blue, since it was an Olds factory with Olds paint on the shelves, which at that time was a metallic blue also.
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Restoration / Re: Help! 1977 Oldsmobile 403 Paint Job
« Last post by quizkid32 on December 15, 2018, 02:51:42 PM »
Try this link.... lots of info on engine colors.
http://www.pontiacpower.org/enginecolor.htm
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Paint and Body / VD6 Aluminium bumper brackets
« Last post by Aus78Formula on December 14, 2018, 11:42:36 PM »
I picked up a set of the rare VD6 Aluminium bumper brackets #10013707 / 10013708 off a 1980 model, but will fit 77-81.

For interest I have weighed them to show the difference, albeit minor.


Firebird aluminium front bumper brackets 10013708 LH 10013707 RH washed by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

Aluminium bumper bracket - 479 grams (1.05 pounds)
Aluminium front bumper bracket 10013707 479g by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

Steel bumper bracket - 1394 grams (3.07 pounds)
Firebird bumper bracket steel 1394g by Aus78Formula, on Flickr
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Restoration / Re: Help! 1977 Oldsmobile 403 Paint Job
« Last post by Aus78Formula on December 14, 2018, 09:47:59 PM »
I think it'd take 10 sec of digging around to come up with the correct answers, and that's just on this forum. The colour of a 403 in a 77 TA is GM Corporate Blue. There's various ideas of what this shade looked like so pick whatever you like or have to hand. Many are not quite as green as what the colour should be, and only got worse with age and heat. But all are closer than Pontiac Metallic Blue, which could in theory have been applied in late 76 and repainted over, but these were also painted prior to factory they were sent to and never seen one documented. A Pontiac engine would be different, they were already that colour, Olds were not.  Google GM Corporate Blue engine enamel. Go from there.

This is what VHT SP-135 GM Corporate Blue looks like:

403 sump pan repainted1 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

403 resto 1 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr
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Restoration / Help! 1977 Oldsmobile 403 Paint Job
« Last post by johnathon87 on December 14, 2018, 08:18:42 PM »
So we just finished rebuilding our Oldsmobile 403 out of our 1977 Trans Am.  Itís ready for paint but Iím not quite sure what the original factory color is or where to buy it.  Does anyone have sure answer as to what is correct for this engine? 

I dug around online for a little over an hour and all I found was one article that said 75-77 used Pontiac Blue metallic, no specification on the engine type.
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Electrical / Re: 3rd Brake Light
« Last post by b_hill_86 on December 09, 2018, 06:50:58 PM »
Nice. Thanks for the info. If you get a chance a video showing them in the daylight would be cool.
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Electrical / Re: 3rd Brake Light
« Last post by allenga on December 07, 2018, 11:22:10 AM »
I have avoided putting normal LEDs because they are not much brighter than incandescent.  These plasma bulbs are brighter. 
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Electrical / Re: 3rd Brake Light
« Last post by b_hill_86 on December 07, 2018, 11:20:18 AM »
Are those nice and bright outside in the daytime? Iíve only seen a couple cars with aftermarket led bulbs that 1: are bright enough to be seen outside on a bright day which I attribute to proper light displacement inside the housing and 2: that have enough of a noticeable change between low power (tail lamp) and high ( brake or turn signal).
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Electrical / Re: 3rd Brake Light
« Last post by allenga on December 07, 2018, 08:53:39 AM »
https://youtu.be/OJ9E7xLSBC8

I put these on.  Awesome..
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