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Interior / Re: Adding 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE
« Last post by Aus78Formula on September 18, 2018, 11:43:18 PM »
They are all equipped, you just need to make the hole in the vinyl cover. Depending on how supple yours is you may be able to make out the holes under the skin from the front, unless they need to be opened up more. If you look at the grab handle you'll see how it pushes through and then screws sideways into plastic tabs that are part of the dash structure already. The u-nuts and screws will possibly need to be supplied although typically they were on all during assembly.

https://www.picclickimg.com/d/w1600/pict/163234048337_/1970-81-Firebird-Trans-Am-Pontiac-Brown-dash-grab.jpg

https://www.picclickimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/H5IAAOSwdGFYnPt8/$/1970-81-Firebird-Trans-Am-Pontiac-Brown-dash-grab-_57.jpg

You can see one screw on the right, the other tab is just on the left of the picture.

http://www.78ta.com/Pages/images/restore/dashremove033.jpg

Same car again, there's a slot in the plastic each side of the tabs where the handle pushes through and secures.

http://www.78ta.com/Pages/images/restore/dashremove039.jpg

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Parts Wanted / Re: Looking for someone to install Hood bird decal in Columbus, Ohio
« Last post by gtrman59 on September 18, 2018, 09:18:27 PM »
It's pretty easy to do. I just did my '81. Lay it out, mark it with tape, use applicator gel  and squeegee. It took me about an hour
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Parts Wanted / Looking for someone to install Hood bird decal in Columbus, Ohio
« Last post by Angelo on September 18, 2018, 06:39:56 PM »
Sorry if this does not conform to rules. I am looking for someone to install (technically apply) a 78 hood bird detail on my Trans Am. I am not comfortable doing the hood bird myself and would prefer to pay someone who has experience applying them. Please message me on here if you recommend someone in the Columbus, Ohio area.

I got the Phoenix Graphics brand decal kit which includes applicator and tools to apply.

Thanks!
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Interior / Adding 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE
« Last post by cobray on September 18, 2018, 04:02:07 PM »
I want to change my interior from a  standard to a custom.
Can I just add a 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE to a standard dash?  If so how?
Thx
Jeff
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Trans Am Tech / Re: One Mystery Part
« Last post by Casynikx on September 18, 2018, 03:22:38 AM »
I'm sure I can advise you on the issues mentioned here.
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Forum Help and Suggestions / Re: Section suggesting
« Last post by Casynikx on September 18, 2018, 03:21:18 AM »
It is good that we have come to discuss these interesting stories.
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Restoration / Re: 79 Trans Am - Neither Door Will Open
« Last post by Aus78Formula on September 17, 2018, 10:23:43 AM »
Hinges are badly worn and now hanging on the striker bolt even when door handles released. It won't hurt to spray around the door edges to loosen the seal and around the striker and catch area, then prepare for heavy lifting as you lift handles but not using the handles, the pot metal casting break easily. You may need a large, flat pry bar to lever from the base but dont pinch the panel.
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Electrical / 77 A/C - Cycles Every 60 Seconds. Normal?
« Last post by allenga on September 16, 2018, 07:57:19 PM »
My converted a stock system to 134 and its working great.  Just one concern.  I noticed on the freeway I can feel the AC cycling on and off every minute or so.  I can't replicate at idle watching it with the hood up.  Just had the whole system serviced.  All new hoses, o rings, orifice tube.

Outside air temp 88.  AC Setting, NORM, fan speed 3rd.

Is this behavior normal.

Thanks
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Restoration / 79 Trans Am - Neither Door Will Open
« Last post by Rick5150 on September 16, 2018, 05:40:46 PM »
Hi. I am new to this community. I used to belong to another message board back in 2002 and I cannot find it any more and this looks like the best one around at this point.

I have a 1979 Trans Am that sat in the yard since 2003. I am looking to start restoring it but I cannot get past the simple feat of opening the door.

Neither door is locked.

Neither door opens. About a year ago, I opened it and it dropped down quite a bit and it was a bear getting closed again, so I have not opened it since. Now that I want to, I cannot get it to open. Any ideas are welcomed. I have a t-top but cannot access that. No way in to do it from the inside.

Thanks!
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Electrical / Re: Puff of smoke when I turned on my headlight switch
« Last post by Aus78Formula on September 16, 2018, 02:59:04 PM »
It will release the knob only. You then have access to threaded bezel that holds it in dash facia. Unplug the switch, unscrew the ground strap and pop the knob back in so headlights turn off, in whatever order suits.
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