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Offline Fitz78TA

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My 78 TA "pro touring" project TWIN TURBO KIT UPDATE
« on: August 23, 2010, 03:50:27 PM »
I am new to the site so i thought i would throw up my build i am working on. This seems to be a pretty cool forum with some pretty cool cars, so i thought i would join in the fun! feedback more than welcome.

Well i have recently picked up my first 2nd Gen TA and have started the process of my pretty much ground up build. This was a California car with ZERO rust in it. The people that owned it in Cali had already done a lot of work to the car by putting all new bushing and body mounts in it. Cleaned and painted the underside, rebuilt the motor and tranny. I bought the car with the motor and tranny pulled out of it and originally had bought the car to put together and drive, but that didn't happen.... The car is up at 417 Motorsports in Springfield Mo right now and we are working on the build.

The plans are custom front subframe with all C5 suspension and Fab 9" for the back with probably a 3 link setup (haven't started on the back yet)

The motor is out of my old 98 TA, which is a forged 370 iron block LSx with twin 61mm turbos. I picked up a RMVB TH400 w/ billet 3500 stall for another project, but think I will use it for this car now. In the end I plan on having a T56 in it, but I wanted to try the auto first to see what I think of it.

Here is a pic of it before i bought it when the motor was still in the car



here it is after the suspension and subframe was stripped out of it with some 18" mock up wheels



some progress of the front subframe work







and here is the motor setup that is going into this car.



Here is my old car that I bought new in Dec of 1997 that i had been building for 12 years and still hurts thinking about it.  Long story short, i had wheel stud failure, lost the back wheel doing 70mph, slid out of control into a light pole directly in the drivers door which broke 2 vertebrae in my back and my pelvis (about 95% fully recovered now). These pictures were featured in April 2008 GM hightech magazine.





Man i miss that car


 

« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 03:21:34 PM by Fitz78TA »
78 Trans Am - twin turbo iron block LS1, T56, 9"

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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 04:15:49 PM »
I like the Bmw wheels, 7 or 8 series? for what its worth, im running 9.5 x 19 on the rear of my bird.

If its anything like the 4th gen it will be stunning !!

Sorry to hear about your accident, my wifes getting over a back operation, so i sympathise.
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 06:18:03 PM »
how much did it cost putting the upgraded suspension in
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 06:55:46 PM »
Too Cool!!!  That is going to be one nice car!

Welcome to the Site!  and keep us posted on the build.

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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 08:00:37 PM »
thats is gonna be bad a**
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010, 12:23:15 AM »
Going to be one sweet Bird.
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010, 12:57:08 AM »
Looks like a great project. I like the wheels on there.
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This is Tin Indian's wife. Would you please stop posting pictures of your car? Especially ones with er, ummm, sidepipes. I'm dizzy already and have to get up early in the morning.  :-X

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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 07:56:55 AM »
It looks like a really fun project :) I'm sure it turns out great :D What plans do you have for paint? And will you try to keep the shaker hood? and a hood bird? :D
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 08:09:55 AM »
You car is gonna look bada$$.  I am also planning on going the pro-touring route, only not quite as in depth as you.  Can't wait to see how it looks when its finished.
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2010, 08:05:33 PM »
Thanks for the compliments guys!

I believe the wheels are are 7 series BMW wheels, but not really sure. They are just some wheels we had at the shop for mock up, just turns out they ended up looking good, lol. I plan on doing the year one billet 18's on it though. Most the finishing details I am unsure on as of now, such as color, but I have plenty of time to think about that.

We are unsure what it will cost to replicate this as of now, it will probably be in the ballpark of an Art Morrison setup EXCEPT it would be installed and done for what you could just buy most of the higher end front subframes. There probably won't be any production of them to purchase though.

As of now i am planning on running a VFN shaker hood, but the shaker will probably be mounted to the hood (enter pun here). I love the way they look on NA setups, but with all the piping of the turbo's I want that to be seen, not the shaker.

Always looking for cool mods to these cars so post up pics of your modded beasts if you want!
78 Trans Am - twin turbo iron block LS1, T56, 9"

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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010, 08:39:33 PM »
Very nice

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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 08:45:09 PM »
This is gonna be sweet, cant wait to see it finished
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 08:08:56 AM »
wow that car is going to be amazing. keep adding pics so we can see it.  welcome to the site. i too think those BMW wheels look nice on it.  if you could somehow create little birds to go over the BMW logo on them it would look nasty.  congrats and im sorry to hear about your 4th gen.
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2010, 09:16:05 AM »
That is a sweet build for sure!!!!!

I'll have some twin turbo questions for you at a later date!!!
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Re: My 78 TA "pro touring" project
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2010, 05:49:13 PM »
This is gonna be sweet, cant wait to see it finished
nice video, i bet thats what happened
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