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Restoration Projects / Re: 1978 Martinque Blue W72 4-speed TA
« Last post by Bensimal on September 21, 2018, 04:55:07 AM »
I just knew it was this. If anyone has a question I can answer it. Maybe I will know some things.
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Trans Am Photos / Re: New member, long time owner
« Last post by Bensimal on September 21, 2018, 04:53:36 AM »
The feeling of me now is very glad to be with everyone here.
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Parts for Sale / Engine-Turned Dash Bezel Inlay
« Last post by kentuckyyeti on September 20, 2018, 02:38:04 PM »
Used driver quality OE dash bezel inlay (single hole).  $14 shipped To The Lower 48.  Other places may be a little higher.

Untitled by kentuckyyeti, on Flickr
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Interior / Re: Adding 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE
« Last post by cobray on September 19, 2018, 06:04:14 PM »
Thx
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Interior / Re: Adding 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE
« Last post by Aus78Formula on September 19, 2018, 04:56:41 PM »
Yes, you'll need to remove the glovebox liner, and removing the arm to let door open fully probably helps access also.
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General Discussion / Re: Where are you from? Introduce yourself!
« Last post by Stealthpenguin on September 19, 2018, 04:54:15 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm Jordan from Crawfordsville, IN. I'm brand new to the board

I have a 78 Trans Am SE  automatic (W72,Y82)

I little back story on my car. Back in 2009 I saw it sitting in front of a house with a for sale sign on it. When I stopped to inquire about it I learned quite a bit. A married couple was selling it because they needed to buy a minivan for their growing family. They had previously used it as a daily driver and the previous owner to them had made is somewhat of a drag car. They had pulled the stock 400 (with the intention of rebuilding it) and put in its place a 400 out of a 68 GTO. They also had changed the gears in the back and added a MSD.

The married couple only wanted 8k for car and they even threw in the original 400 that was sitting in a tractor tire.

I mainly wanted the car just because I've had all sorts of Pontiacs previously (2009 G8 GT, 2000 Trans AM WS6, and even a 86 Sunbird (first car) but this was the first time I had a chance to get a older Pontiac. I ended up buying the car and didn't do any major repairs or research for 6-7 years.

Within the last few years I became interested in the history of the car and had a PHS done on it. That's where I learned about it being a Y82/W72

I've recently done small things (new hood hinges, radiator hoses. brake calipers) but nothing major. I'm looking forward to interacting with the wealth of knowledge present on this forum.
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Interior / Re: Adding 1970-81 INSTRUMENT PANEL GRAB HANDLE
« Last post by cobray on September 19, 2018, 03:33:35 PM »
Thank you for the info!  I was thinking that they all were ready to accept but did not know.  I would hate to tear up a perfectly good dash and find out otherwise.   
Wonder if I can find and access from the rear?  If I re.ovevthe glove box? 

Thx
Jeff
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Parts Wanted / Re: Looking for someone to install Hood bird decal in Columbus, Ohio
« Last post by Aus78Formula on September 19, 2018, 06:27:42 AM »
Also try the local panel shop or vinyl wrap guys.
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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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