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Offline SnapOnBilly

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« on: November 08, 2009, 08:01:47 PM »
  ok, so i finally got the garage cleaned out enough to start- so i did! the car is in really good shape with 48K original on it. some of you might think i'm nuts for doing this since it's in good condition- however, i'm a perfectionist and although it looks good in pictures, it's still 30 years old! a lot of "worn" looking things that i want to look brand new again. so rather than paint this or that, replace a few parts here and there, i decided to do a frame off.
  my goal for now is to do the drivetrain and undercarrige first so the car can be started and moved around when it comes time to do the inside and paint work. here's the catch- (this is where i might get differnt schools of thought  ;D). i'm going to be "modernizing" the car a little bit. the OE engine is getting the Jim Butler treatment as we speak to the tune of about 600+ HP. the entire suspension is getting replaced including tubular upper and lower control arms with coil overs in the front and lowered springs in the rear, and the factory 4-speed is getting replaced with a Tremec 5-speed. not sure what to do with the rear axle yet, might beef up the OE unit or look into a 12 bolt. all the brakes are getting replaced as well with larger Baer units front and rear. don't know what i'm gonna do for wheels yet since the new brakes make it impossible to use the OE wheels. i was looking into something in the 18" range but not sure which brand or style yet.
  BTW- can someone please tell me how to post pics on here so i can show my progress??? thanks  ;D
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Re: '79 10th Anniversary T/A "freshening up" started!
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009, 08:04:31 PM »
  BTW- can someone please tell me how to post pics on here so i can show my progress??? thanks  ;D


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Re: '79 10th Anniversary T/A "freshening up" started!
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009, 08:07:33 PM »
Use the IMG code from photobucket or the gallery ...

Sounds interesting ... I'm more of a purist but it's your car.  I've the same car as you so I'll be watching the build.

(edit: took out IMG example)
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Re: '79 10th Anniversary T/A "freshening up" started!
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009, 08:24:41 PM »
...or not
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009, 08:49:10 PM »

think i got it this time...
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2009, 08:53:21 PM »
ok, here's what she looks like now...






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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2009, 08:58:01 PM »
Looks nice

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2009, 09:06:49 PM »




this is why i call it "freshening up" rather than "restoration". like i said, the car is in good shape...
-Billy

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009, 09:12:49 PM »
Wow, great lookin car.  I'd agree, just a bit of freshening up, she looks good!
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2009, 11:52:27 PM »
bravo billy...great to see someone do a protour TATA.  .....there are some here that get a little crazy if you dont go back to bone stock     
'76 T/A 455 4sp   sold
'78 T/A Y88 auto  sold
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 05:05:58 AM »
I like the fact that you "dare" to do something like this to something as rare as a TATA 400/4-speed ;) My 403 TATA may get a little modernised as well ;) The engine at least got some power in it, although its hard to see the difference:)
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009, 07:05:36 AM »
  HA! you guys hit it right on the head. i wasn't sure how it would be taken by others, however, i've had this car since '92 and (yawn) it could use a little more "fun" in my opinion. at this stage in the game, i don't plan on doing anything that couldn't be put back to stock if i ever wanted too. although i really like the pro-touring cars and love the look they have. we'll see what happens when i get to the back of the car and find out what size wheels i can squeeze back there w/ out doing a mini tub.
   the Butler engine might be done next month so i have to plan for that at this point. the engine in the car is not the original. it came out of another '79 TA my father had. it was a project in back in college that basically was a stock balance and blueprint. the OE engine was always in storage wrapped up in a plastic bag, so i decided to send it out and get the "works"  ;D
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2009, 07:11:01 AM »
bravo billy...great to see someone do a protour TATA.  .....there are some here that get a little crazy if you dont go back to bone stock     
thanks for the motivation! um yea, bone stock is boring for a '79 in my opinion. the cars LOOK like they should be quick but well, they aren't. my '06 silverado is faster than this car haha. prior to my business, i was a GM master tech for over 10 years. driving all those newer cars that had tons of power made me jealous! i wanna be able to make the guy in the new mustang or 'vette jealous ;)
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2009, 10:53:41 AM »
agreed... love to see these cars slammed to the ground w/ huge rubber...they already look mean in stock form...the protour look puts em over the top.   keep the pics comming                       did you ever get w/ dave @protouringfbody?  he can make it happen
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'76 T/A 455 4sp   sold
'78 T/A Y88 auto  sold
'79 T/A WS6 4sp
'70 Z/28 4sp

jeff