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Offline Andy78TA

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1978 Freshen up
« on: February 20, 2010, 02:25:58 PM »
With all the work that I am doing to the trans am i figured I should go ahead and make a restoration thread. A lot of pictures if not all of these are somewhere on this forum but here they are together. In the next coupld weeks and months the drivetrain should be done (for now) and the interior will start to get reworked. Than I can work on the paint and body.
I figured I should just start from the beginning so here it is ...

Well last summer I was lucky enough to pick up a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. I drove it throughout the summer and the fall as the car drives, but it needs a lot of work. The body is good as far as rust issues (the only rust is on the drivers fender) but the car has some dents, a lot of scratches, and the body panels need to be lined up again.

As for the engine, I got it with 53,7xx original miles on it and it now has just over 54,000. The engine is pretty much stock with a performer intake and an edelbrock carb. The engine left a lot to be desired for so starting over the winter break (I am a senior in college) I started to tear the car down.

The first part of this restoration is going to be the engine and drivetrain so that is pretty much all that is being worked on now. I am working on the interior a little bit and the last step will be the paint and body which I am hoping will be sometime this summer.

This whole thing started as what I wanted to be a simple header install... No luck. I broke bolts in both heads, so they came off and got freshened up. Here are some pictures of my escapades so far. These are all in the period of a week)

engine before



the beginning of the tear down



why I needed to have the heads cleaned, milled, painted, valve job, new guides installed



The new and improved heads back from the shop



intake manifold before


intake manifold after being glass beaded, painted, new chrome water neck



What this whole thing started for


putting it back together





and last, my workspace


I also freshedned up  the air cleaner housing and a bunch of brackets with  high temp black paint to continue the clean up. I will take more pictures in the coming weeks as the engine gets completed.


The car is not up and running yet as I am back in school but I have spring break coming up in 2 weeks. I plan on having the exhaust completely done and the engine back together during that break so it will be up and running.
78 T/A pontiac 400- Custom Headers - 2.5 Pypes Violator header back system - Edlebrock Performer Intake - Edelbrock 1413 Carb - Head work - pro comp roller rocker - CVF bracket and pulley kit - Custom system - Recaro T/A interior

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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 03:08:01 PM »
Looks great, what a difference!  Keep those pictures coming :)
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 04:12:18 PM »
nice build, i hope i can get mine to look that good.

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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 11:16:41 PM »
she's looken good. there is no such thing as to many pic's   ;) 
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 08:47:05 PM »
Nice headers, but is the flange upside down on the driver's side? Looks like it should be in the same configuration as the passenger's side, but I don't know. Just an observation.

Nice work so far. the engine looks great!
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2010, 05:10:22 PM »
The flange rotates. Its not welded to anything, thats just the way it fell in the picture
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2010, 10:15:56 PM »
3 tubed headers? I didnt know those came on the trans am.
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2010, 10:17:08 PM »
Engine looks 30 years newer. Great work. You're going to feel proud to pop the hood to show it off now.
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 10:47:16 PM »
lookin good man lookin good
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 11:25:21 PM »
I know I really wish I got the ones with 4 tubes, now everyone is gonna think its a v6... ha

As for the restoration I just put in my order for a new pypes header back exhaust system, new wires, plugs, that stupid bolt for my trans kickdown and wrap for my starter. Hopefully I will get some snow thursday into friday to pay for everything!
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2010, 12:14:39 PM »
Keep us posted
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2010, 10:18:46 PM »
Looks great dude ... congrats on all the work. 
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2010, 04:16:43 PM »
I came home today to snow and a couple of boxes from summit :) Pics to follow shortly
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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2010, 02:39:19 PM »
As promised... pictures!!

The first thing I saw when I got home


opened it up right away





AND A FREE HAT!



Here is what the old exhaust looked like that I pulled off a month back



I don't know if you can see it but the pipe is actually flattened in some parts



old vs new





and the trans kickdown stud I needed and new wires



Thats it for now. Hopefully I will have more pictures next week of the install if all goes well
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78 T/A pontiac 400- Custom Headers - 2.5 Pypes Violator header back system - Edlebrock Performer Intake - Edelbrock 1413 Carb - Head work - pro comp roller rocker - CVF bracket and pulley kit - Custom system - Recaro T/A interior

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Re: 1978 Freshen up
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2010, 01:00:57 AM »
Just spent some more money on new competition subs, speakers, and hopefully an amp will be on the way shortly. Not really necessary for the restoration, but necessary for me. Plus I will need more sound with the new exhaust :)
78 T/A pontiac 400- Custom Headers - 2.5 Pypes Violator header back system - Edlebrock Performer Intake - Edelbrock 1413 Carb - Head work - pro comp roller rocker - CVF bracket and pulley kit - Custom system - Recaro T/A interior