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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2009, 10:03:34 AM »
new parts,  the console is nice but not correct. the bracket is not metal and there is no rivets in the side. but I can fix that. I got the shifter bezel at the nats. Randy is going to make it gold for me, along with the steering wheel and dash bezel.
all I need now is every thing else.  from headliner to the carpet. 
Hitman, if you read this I need.
headliner
door panels-upper
deluxe seat covers + new foam for the fronts + seat backs
package tray
dome light, window cranks, door lock knob, all little stuff
and any thing else I am forgetting
and the SE bird kit
thought you may cut a better deal if I buy it all from you at one time. what do you say there bubby  ;)









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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2009, 04:54:29 PM »
today I pulled the motor and got the frame off and ready to go get sand blasted.






took a wire wheel and knocked off most of the gunk.

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2009, 05:13:19 PM »
wow fast pace 4speed. who cut out the back window? I should have offered to pull your glass while i was there. I had all the tool's to do so with me that day. I am always prepared lol.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #48 on: December 12, 2009, 05:14:29 PM »
Doug - looks like you ought to go into business on rebuilding these cars.  The 2nd one is way easier, eh?
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #49 on: December 12, 2009, 05:21:16 PM »
did them shift bezels come in the 77's factory in the se's? I know mine had it but i thought it was aftermarket. any insight would be great as i may have to give randy a shout on that too.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #50 on: December 12, 2009, 05:38:39 PM »
no, but I think muscle car alley even putts them in there 77 SE cars
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #51 on: December 12, 2009, 05:47:09 PM »
Doug - looks like you ought to go into business on rebuilding these cars.  The 2nd one is way easier, eh?

you no , I thought of doing that. but I don't think people would weight 6months to a year to get it back. plus the 10k in parts + labor.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2009, 05:56:04 PM »
wow fast pace 4speed. who cut out the back window? I should have offered to pull your glass while i was there. I had all the tool's to do so with me that day. I am always prepared lol.

I took it out. I cut it , then pored Lacer thinner around the glass to soften the ribbon. pulls right out. the front is cracked so it will come out with a hammer ;D
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #53 on: December 12, 2009, 06:29:17 PM »
the motor is going to:  Ault & James Engine Rebuilding, 1326 Springfield St Dayton, OH 45403  (937) 253-8820

he has been rebuilding motors for 38 years. + I moved some machines into his shop for him last summer. so were doing the labor for labor thing. the 400 rebuild will cost me about a grand.   
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #54 on: December 12, 2009, 08:19:24 PM »
sounds like a great exchange I love the barter system
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #55 on: December 12, 2009, 08:21:52 PM »
sounds like a great exchange I love the barter system

No kidding...I wish I had some of that pull right now, that I am trying to rebuild my engine.

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #56 on: December 12, 2009, 09:07:37 PM »
Quit your day job ...  6 months isn't that bad.  $10K in parts/labor is cheap.  Some of these places roll upwards of $60K for a frame off - that's steep even if it's quality work.

Doug - looks like you ought to go into business on rebuilding these cars.  The 2nd one is way easier, eh?

you no , I thought of doing that. but I don't think people would weight 6months to a year to get it back. plus the 10k in parts + labor.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #57 on: December 12, 2009, 09:20:01 PM »
10k +  labor @ 25.00pr hr. there's no way any one could do it right for 10 grand out the door.

quit the day job? ahhhhh  no.  this week I moved ( prep and ship to new location)  6  presses. each was 35000lbs  4 days 12k , I'll keep my day job.

a friend of mine does it for a living and requires 10k down just to start on it.
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #59 on: December 12, 2009, 10:43:06 PM »
i think kit #3 is a good kit. #1 has me wondering about engine vibration with the body doesnt seem too great of an idea.
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