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Aftermarket Questions / Re: Pypes/RAR Ram Air Exhaust Manifolds vs Stock Question
« Last post by 78w72 on February 24, 2018, 11:53:55 AM »
is heat soak your only reason for not likeing the headers? if so there are other remedies to fix that... i have headers on all my cars & none have heat soak issues.  replacement oem type starters can be crappy quality out of the box, so they will benefit from a heat shield or heat wrap product. also too much advance timing can be a major contributor to hard starting when hot.  check timing or try a heat shield before condeming the headers. 

a 2nd option that is much less work than swapping out the headers is a mini starter, they are cheap & will usually cure any stock starter issues, i run a summit brand mini on my 11:1 stroker motor with BIG round tube hooker super comps, the tubes come within 1" of the starter & it has never showed the slightest sign of heat soak issues. 

as for your question, on a mostly stock engine you wont lose too much power changing to a ram air style manifold, but going back to stock logs will be a more substantial loss, but again for a stock engine hard to say how much.. maybe 20-25hp?  i would definitely look into the starter itself first or try to protect it from the heat before swapping out the headers... ram air manifolds are not cheap! 
Aftermarket Questions / Pypes/RAR Ram Air Exhaust Manifolds vs Stock Question
« Last post by kjkjkcjkcj on February 24, 2018, 08:59:52 AM »
Hoping I could get some assistance on here

I am giving up on my Hooker Headers  and am contemplating going back to either the stock manifolds or picking up either Pypes or RAR ram air manifolds.  My Current Motor Setup is mostly stock with a .03 over bore and #62 heads so my compression is much higher.  I also have a 2.5" true dual exhaust all the way back to flow masters. 

How much power do you think I would lose by going back to the stock manifolds and would it be worth buying the Ram Air manifolds?  What does the clearance look like with the Ram Air manifolds with the starter motor?  I am sick of the heat soak....

Thanks in advance for the help!

Restoration Projects / Re: 1977 project
« Last post by oscardeuce on February 23, 2018, 11:57:18 PM »

Suspension / steel control arm bushings for street use
« Last post by swims350 on February 23, 2018, 09:27:32 PM »
Anyone use the steel bushings for the upper or lower control arms? would they work on the street? The delrin or delalum are out of my price range and I hear poly only squeaks bad so figured maybe the steel might be better then going back rubber?
Interior / Sunvisor FIX! I did it!
« Last post by mjowanna on February 23, 2018, 06:57:01 PM »
Floppy Sunvisor Fix

I have found the ultimate fix for the f-body flappy sunvisor.  The problem is that there is not enough friction on the bare metal rod.  Donít use electrical tape.  There is not enough friction on electrical tape - and the tape wads-up as you try to insert the rod into the visor.  Nothing has better friction than sandpaper.

Tape your sunvisor holder so that everything is masked other than the rod past the screw channel.  Spray the metal rod with contact cement - like what you use for a headliner.  Cover the contact cement with clean sand.  Let it dry.  Add another layer of spray contact cement and another layer of sand.  Let it dry.

It will now look like a sand popsicle and will be far too thick to insert into the visor.  Insert a new plastic visor bushing into the visor (if you need one). Gently roll the sanded rod in some 80 grit sandpape until the rod is thin enough to firmly fit being pressed through the plastic bushing and into the visor.  The bushing is held in place by the plastic lip on the bushing.  Donít push so hard that you break the lip on the plastic bushing.  Rotate the rod back and forth as you press it into the sunvisor.  Tighten the visor screw.

It will be so tight you have to pull to move it.  But, it will move - but firmly with no more flop or slop.  No more droop.
Suspension / 79 center link questions
« Last post by swims350 on February 21, 2018, 06:08:14 PM »
Ok so tearing down my 79 I ran into there being 2 different center links, one being for says 75-79 or so and some camaros, the other saying 80/81 only. They are part numbers ds883 for the 79 one and ds829 for 80/81. I cannot find either of those in stock locally to check and compare it to mine and comparing pics the ds829 is really curvy compared to mine where as the 883 looks to be the same.

Well one thing I saw said maybe only thing was metric compared to sae nuts? th eother said camaro vs firebird having bent down pitman arm compared to flat one. I have no idea what the deal is but I know the 883 one is like twice the price and I wanted to rebuild me entire frontend.
DriveTrain / Carb to EFI swap
« Last post by AgentM on February 19, 2018, 01:40:59 PM »
Hello, I am not big into using these forums, but I do like the advice.
First off, I have a 1983 Trans Am as I was a big fan of Smokey and the Bandit and I think the 3rd one is cheesy but Jerry Reed and Collen Camp made that movie good.
Anywho, I have a Trans Am with a Carbureted 305, pretty gutless. A friend of mine who does a lot of customs and old rods stripped down a 90s suburban and sold me the engine, computer etc. We are looking to do a swap this spring when I return from the Army. She's stock, plain jane car.
Any advice to get us started or anything anyone else ran into that we should consider?

Thanks in advance ...
DriveTrain / Re: Muncie 4-speed into a '79 TA with 455 and TH-350
« Last post by Mxzx on February 18, 2018, 07:34:24 PM »
Great, thanks for the info!

DriveTrain / Re: Muncie 4-speed into a '79 TA with 455 and TH-350
« Last post by 78w72 on February 18, 2018, 11:12:28 AM »
the muncie will have a chevy bolt pattern bellhousing that wont bolt up to a pontiac engine.  i think they make an adapter plate or you might be able to locate a pontiac bellhousing & bolt the muncie trans to it but you will have to confirm that. 

muncies are usually worth a lot to the chevy guys so i would suggest selling it & buying a st-10 4 speed that is correct for these cars & will bolt right in. 
DriveTrain / Muncie 4-speed into a '79 TA with 455 and TH-350
« Last post by Mxzx on February 17, 2018, 11:34:27 PM »
Hello all, I have a chance to buy a '81 Firebird as a donor car that has a Chevy 350 and a 4-speed Muncie.  Don't know which Muncie it is yet.

My question is, would it be a major project to swap the 4-speed to my TA with Pontiac 455, and put the auto in the donor with chevy 350?

I don't mind sacrificing the donor to junk if I cant put the auto in it, but really want the TA to be manual.

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