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General Discussion / Re: Where are you from? Introduce yourself!
« Last post by Esteem on October 24, 2014, 12:47:02 PM »
Hello all,

My name is Pete and I'm from Folsom California. I recently bought a 78 Trans Am. It has the 400 in it and is an automatic. The car definitely has its quirks but has character as well. I've had plenty of experience around Jeeps and the off road world but have never own a car older then 1988 or anything without 4wd  or fuel injection in general. I figured up and buying something would be the fast pace route to learning a lot and from what I've seen so far, I'm right. The biggest things I need to fix is the passenger door being stuck shut and the power windows not rolling down. I've already found discussions for both so am quite satisfied. Thanks in advance for any advise in the future.

-Pete
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General Discussion / Re: New guy from Florida. 1979 TA SE WS-6
« Last post by RENOVATIONS on October 24, 2014, 09:45:37 AM »
Welcome Matthew...looking forward to seeing pix of your (nearly complete) project!



Also I am in need of the SE golden bird complete graphics kit. What is the best one on the market?

http://www.phoenixgraphix.com/gm.php
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General Discussion / New guy from Florida. 1979 TA SE WS-6
« Last post by Mr7.50headsup on October 24, 2014, 09:38:38 AM »
Hello everybody,
My names Matthew and I hail from the bay area in central Florida.
I am the proud owner of a 1979 Trans am SE with the ws-6 package. 400 4 speed. I bought it when I was 16 but my father bought it off me because I had a history of "reckless driving" and was sure I was going to get myself killed. We restored the car together over the years. Rebuilt the engine and completely restored the interior, but when it comes to paint we have had nothing but bad luck. 3 failed paint jobs in total. After the second failure we took the car to bare metal and worked from scratch.
My 28th birthday was Tuesday and the car was given to me as a gift.
I'm really excited to finish the paint job. Any tips? Also I am in need of the SE golden bird complete graphics kit. What is the best one on the market?
As soon as I get some time I'll share some pictures.
Thanks guys. 
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DriveTrain / Re: 68 Pontiac 400 swap into a 79 TA
« Last post by Hardlanding on October 24, 2014, 08:39:12 AM »
the 68 400 Pontiac motor has different mounting points vs the 79
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DriveTrain / Re: Lifter "Tick" - Newly rebuilt 400
« Last post by YellowJacket on October 24, 2014, 06:05:50 AM »
My "ticking" was on the drivers side. Turned out to be an exhaust bolt that didn't get torqued properly. Good luck. Did you try removing the valve cover, starting the engine and check around with a stethoscope? That's how I found mine.
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Thanks LilSki. I took flywheel to a local machine shop who has re-surfaced many flywheels. The gentleman said that all flywheels get cracks from the constant heat/cool cycles, and that mine wasn't that bad. He charged $25 to re-grind mine and sent me on my way saying that this flywheel had never been re-surfaced and that it will be fine. So, that saved me alot of money and so I splurged for a Centerforce dual-friction clutch and PP. Next I need to replace the rear-main seal using an expensive $80 Viton that they claim will not leak like the rope. Then I will paint the motor and drop it back in. Can't wait. To the point of discussion, I have it on good authority that Pontiac 400's are internally balanced. But boy what alot of back and forth and confusion there is on this subject on the web.
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Restoration Projects / Re: A link to my TA project
« Last post by raguza123 on October 23, 2014, 04:09:15 PM »
Added more pics to my link, I was stalled needed to find a garage, moved in and ready to battle what I'm dealt with, found rust clumps on the spark plugs, the #1 &2 cyl.
drained the oil and about a gallon of clear water came out, the engine had green anti freeze, then the oil came out, it was grayish blk. in color
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Restoration Projects / Re: 77 Esprit. Project to Trans am
« Last post by smelly$cat on October 23, 2014, 04:07:23 PM »
Nice work!
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Restoration Projects / Re: 1979 TA Restoration project
« Last post by smelly$cat on October 23, 2014, 03:53:47 PM »
Here are some more pictures after further dismantling

 

This tin piece is pretty rusty on both sides of the car...







Driver side quarter panel is straight. Passenger side quarter panel has had some work around the light lens at one point.



Is this dash "capable"?



All of the fenders look good and rust free under the spoilers or whatever they are called









The radiator support "wall" if you will has some surface rust on it, but, is pretty light. Down low on the drive side is probably the worst but I think it can just be sanded off and painted.





Pretty much got all of front bumper area removed. Is that cooler that is just hanging there stock? Looks like it runs back to the transmission.



Anyway, that's where I'm at now. I can't get the spoiler off the trunk lid. Bolts are off but it's just on there nice and firm. Some sort of adhesive tape used? I think the spoiler is in good shape and I want to salvage it. Do I "need" to remove it? I'm thinking yes for a proper paint job.

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Shows and Events / Possibly the Last Nice weekend NE Ohio
« Last post by evansed13@hotmail.com on October 23, 2014, 01:51:54 PM »
Heading Up to Annabell's Dinner Saturday evening for what might be the last car cruise for the year. : (     LOL
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