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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by 81Turbo TA on June 29, 2015, 03:05:32 PM »
i had the plastic tabs. after losing a few and buying them from the dealer I wised up and siliconed them
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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by CheyenneTransAm on June 29, 2015, 02:11:00 PM »
I'm going to have to take the wheels off to do a major detailing job, so I will do the silicone. In the meantime, I'll bend the tabs. Thanks a lot guys!
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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by BanditRich on June 29, 2015, 01:33:57 PM »
My first TA - a 77 - had the steel caps and after I lost one when I was driving I asked at the local body shop when I got a new one how to keep from losing another one and they told me that. I tried that but lost another a few weeks later. Boy was I po'd after that. I met a guy at a cruise with another TA and he wasn't missing any caps on his so I asked him if he ever lost a center cap and he told me he had and then outlined the steps I listed above.  I did that and it worked for me; and I've had 4 TAs since then and done it to every one of them and never lost a single cap.
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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by winks79 on June 29, 2015, 11:33:51 AM »
Only the hex caps had locking inserts originally as they were cheap plastic. You can bend the small tabs on the round caps slightly for a more snug fit.
x2. This is how I did mine. No issues at all.
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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by Aus78Formula on June 29, 2015, 08:13:56 AM »
Only the hex caps had locking inserts originally as they were cheap plastic. You can bend the small tabs on the round caps slightly for a more snug fit.
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Restoration / Re: Securing Center Caps
« Last post by BanditRich on June 29, 2015, 07:27:47 AM »
If you do this you will never lose one. The only way they will come off is if you want them to.
1. Take your wheels off the car
2. Remove your center caps
3.Apply a thin ring of clear silicone to the the circumference of the hole where the center cap sits
4. Put the center cap back on the wheel
5.Let the wheels sit HORIZONTAL - either lying flat individually on the floor or stacked up - DO NOT LEAN THEM AGAINST THE WALL! - for a day
6.Reinstall wheels with piece of mind they won't fall off  ;D
I've owned these cars for over 30 yrs and ever since I've done this I never lost a center cap - round or hexagonal.
And if you want to take a cap off just remove the wheel and push the cap off from the backside of the wheel with a regular screwdriver a little at a time behind each of the clips until it comes off. Remove the old silicone from the cap and the wheel; and then apply new silicone to reinstall.
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DriveTrain / Re: 750 Edelbrock stumble
« Last post by taman76 on June 29, 2015, 06:49:55 AM »
Ebrock carbs get a bad rap on most sites.  But tuned properly they really aren't all that bad. 

Proper tuning is critical.  Download the manual and tuning information from their web site. 

Odds are you have a float issue or the accelerator pump rod will need to be moved to a different hold.

Start with the floats.  get them as perfect as you can.

you likely will need the tuning kit as well so you can get thins fine tuned to your car setup.

One thing is nice, Ebrock carbs are easy to work on and tune. 

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Parts Wanted / Re: Wanted/water pump pulley
« Last post by sandman8c93 on June 29, 2015, 04:14:06 AM »
Thanks all, I found the correct one.
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Restoration / Securing Center Caps
« Last post by CheyenneTransAm on June 29, 2015, 03:04:42 AM »
Hi, I'm looking for some advice. I have a 79 T/A, just bought it in February, so I'm still working on it.

The car still has the factory snowflake wheels. The previous owner had the plastic hex center caps, with the metal retaining rings. I was planning on replacing them because the red color in the firebird wings had really faded in some areas. Then I decided since I'm replacing them, I'd go for the round stainless center caps because I think they look a lot better.

They were definitely not secure when I put them on, so I tried using the retaining rings that were in the old hex ones. It helped, but they still seem not quite secure. I've just been driving around town, so mostly no further than 10 miles and no faster that 45 mph, and I haven't lost them yet. But I'm going on a little road trip for 4th of July: about 240 miles round trip, speed limit on Wyoming interstate is 80 mph (so say 85-90), so I'm afraid I'm going to lose them for sure.


I did watch the F Body Warehouse video on center caps replacement, but they were showing the hex ones--so that really didn't answer my question, how to secure the round stainless center caps. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!
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Parts for Sale / Parts for sale
« Last post by Blue TA on June 28, 2015, 04:13:30 PM »
I have a list of misc. Trans am parts for sale. I hate to post them on eBay.
They have been in storage for years.
I will make a list, if anyone is interested we can figure out a price and shipping.
Here is what I found so far

New black steering wheel with black spokes, not a scratch or mark on it
but it's the thin type.

Used 79 gadge cluster, a little rust has speedo, tach, water and oil gadges.

Original black ash tray.

Upper and lower shifter boots with chrome trim ring for manual trans.
Rear view mirror, has marks on glass.
Left upper seat belt trim.
Also have some 3rd generation TA parts.
2 Black steering wheels one has a missing hub and the other has a cracked hub.
Also have a used T-top metal black trim piece, some rust but will look new if painted.
Email if anyone wants some of these parts. Just cleaning out the garage. PayPal accepted.
a_carrano@comcast.net
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