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77 W72 trans am Restoration ( roof swap )
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:10:18 PM »
A month ago I found this 77 t/a. #'s mach W72 400 auto. started on it today. I got the interior out, and the back glass, and the old seam sealer scraped off the floor.  its better than I thought. the left front must of had a bad heater core . full of pin holes. but ware the seam sealer was still looks like the day it was put on.  I'm going to try to get this one done by August. I hope.  This one is my wife's car so you'll see pics of her working on this on.  not today thou, she's getting ready for turkey day.


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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 08:09:42 AM »
keeping the sunroof? dont think it quite fits on a Trans Am :( some t-tops would look great :)
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2009, 09:35:31 AM »
I agree with you about the sunroof. It will not be going back in. if it wasn't a #'s car I prob would not of got it, just because of the sunroof.
I have a Hurst top for it. but don't want to put that kind of cash into it right now. I need all the trim and about 500 for new weather-stripping.  so I also have a roof from a camero I will use for a patch. My other t/a is a T top car, so one of both would be cool.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2009, 01:44:01 PM »
Looks like a great project 4SPEED!  You have done an amazing job on your last car so I can't wait to see what you do with this one. 

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2009, 02:07:09 PM »
It's better to chop up a Camaro for parts :P
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2009, 02:30:04 PM »
It's better to chop up a Camaro for parts :P

I hear that!  haha

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2009, 02:53:52 PM »
It looks good Doug, has the Mrs. picked out a name for the car yet?  (I hear the Jeapordy theme in the background..LOL)...

Nice work buddy.


YA its kind of a long name. I hope Lori changes it . quote  ( Mine Not Yours )  with a , you got your own to drive. as she walked out of the room.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2009, 03:20:36 PM »
It looks good Doug, has the Mrs. picked out a name for the car yet?  (I hear the Jeapordy theme in the background..LOL)...

Nice work buddy.


YA its kind of a long name. I hope Lori changes it . quote  ( Mine Not Yours )  with a , you got your own to drive. as she walked out of the room.


Hahahhaa that's funny!!!

At least she see's the potential in it...my wife just politely accepted the fact that I will have this car for awhile but can't visualize the finnished product yet
She will come around eventually
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2009, 03:30:07 PM »
I had some time this morning to go out (sneak out)  and go work on it . I crimped the edge of the hole were the sunroof was. and cut  a pattern out of some sheet metal. now I will take that to the camero roof and lay it out on the roof and cut my patch.  I wish I had an English Wheel, then I could use the pattern I just made.  but I realy like cutten on a camero.  ;D

some don't like to lap the sheet metal, but doing it this way makes it a lot stronger and its flush when done.



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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2009, 03:59:58 PM »
Nice work!!

How do you like the crimper?

I would like one of those and a bead roller...and an english wheel as far as that goes

Spot weld or glue?
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2009, 04:15:45 PM »
Nice work!!

How do you like the crimper?


love it.  the other side of the crimper punches a hole for a plug weld.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2009, 04:18:20 PM »
OOH OOH what breed is it and what did it cost you?...Christmas is coming...  ;D
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2009, 04:25:24 PM »
not sure, its not mine. I'll find out for you. I want one to.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2009, 08:24:14 PM »
Nice work!

Spot weld or glue?

I will mig weld it with S/S wire. grind it off with a sand paper wheel. use deraglass filler over that to water proof it. strip the roof of all paint. metal prep with epoxy sealer. then spray feather fill  http://www.evercoat.com/productDetail.aspx?pID=70  over the hole roof and start blocking.

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2009, 08:34:41 PM »
Wow Doug that look great can't wait to see this one done. Wish my was was into T/As.
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