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My '80 T/A
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:27:21 PM »
Here's my 1980 T/A Pace Car that I'm partially restoring.  I say partially because I built a 400 and TH-350 for it because it didn't have the original motor of tranny in it when I bought it.  The owner replaced the 301 with a worn out 389.  The rest of the car will be taken as close to original as I can get it.  When I bought the car it didn't have a dash and some of the interior panels were missing. 



The motor has been bored .030 over,TRW flat tops, ARP rod bolts, mild Crane cam and valve train, Crane 1.65:1 roller rockers, Doug's headers, Edelbrock intake, and Holley 750 carb





Let me know what you guys think!
Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007, 12:46:58 PM »
Engine looks niiiicccceeee!  How's it run, or have you fired it off yet? :)

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 01:48:08 PM »
Not yet. I still have to get the right mounts for the engine block.  Then it's just the little stuff (plugs, wires, belts, etc.) hopefully it'll be fired off by the end of next month. I'll let you know how it does.
Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 03:22:59 PM »
Please do -- will be looking forward to hearing about it! :)

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 07:35:27 PM »
Looks great! What kind of Hp are you expecting?
A 389?? Yeah, too bad the original engine is gone but a 389 is a pretty cool (as in not often seen) engine to have...are you selling it? Car doesn't look bad...nice project 8)
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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007, 07:50:40 PM »
I got lucky when I bought the car, the seller didn't know what he had, and the body is in very good shape; it just needs paint and decals and a few plastic parts.Sold the 389 a few years ago and used the money to get a dash for the 'bird.  I'm hoping for 375-425 HP.  I guess we'll see what happens.  I really don't miss the 301.  I've always wanted a 400 for it and maybe, someday build a 462.
Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007, 11:06:54 PM »
Nice project car you have there. The engine looks great.  :)
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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007, 12:33:54 PM »
Nice ride you got.

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2007, 04:57:46 PM »
I finally made it over here to check out your ride.  Nice, looks you got a pretty good deal and your well on your way to making the car "yours".  Nice engine!  Keep us updated partner!
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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2007, 09:05:57 PM »
Nice Indy!

I'd love a pace car T/A  8)

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2007, 09:34:00 PM »
My second TA was an 80 Indy, nice project. Like Tim the tool man says, more power.OOOoooooOOOOoo    OOOooooOOOOOooo  OOOoooOOOOoooooO
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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2007, 10:07:02 PM »
I finally got some nice weather to get more pics.





The interior still needs some work.  But I am wondering, is there a piece that goes between the dash and console?
Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2007, 10:20:12 PM »
In the 70-79s that is a map pocket, or else it had the 8 track player in it.  In 81 it was blocked off with a plate because that's where the computer went.  I can't remember about the 1980, though...

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2007, 10:31:38 PM »
I've got the plate that covers the hole between the two, but there is about a half inch gap between the console and dash.  Do I have it together right or do they hook together?  I'll see if I can get a closer pic of it. give me a few.
Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350

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Re: My '80 T/A
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2007, 10:41:18 PM »
Here they are.


Shawn
1972 Chevy C-10
1980 Trans Am Pace Car - 428 ci Poncho in the works
1992 S-10 2WD- Work Bomber/Gas saver
1997 Chevy X-cab 4x4 - Vortec 350