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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2010, 11:59:52 PM »

 What's amazing is that they stole my heart as a young man when
these cars were new (ok, so I'm a little older than some of you),
but what is truly amazing is their power to continue doing so today.

 I see, read and hear the very same excitment today, as there was
back in the day...

 It's a timeless design and passion that will certainly live on.

 Joe
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2010, 12:19:49 AM »
Congratulations, Joe!

What's amazing is that they stole my heart as a young man when
these cars were new (ok, so I'm a little older than some of you),
but what is truly amazing is their power to continue doing so today.

 I see, read and hear the very same excitment today, as there was
back in the day...

 It's a timeless design and passion that will certainly live on.

 Joe

I'm probably close to the same age as you, Joe, and I couldn't agree more.
Herrel

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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2010, 12:49:56 AM »
Congrats!!!
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2010, 04:44:24 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS JOE.  VERY PRETTY!
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2010, 05:02:06 AM »
Congrats Joe , great story and pics.... know what you mean , I have many more pics of cars than me !!
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2010, 05:37:50 AM »
A good choice, the dealings ive had with him via forums and hes always been helpfull, insightfull and pleasent, thankyou.
A lovely car you have theyre well done and congratulations on the spotlight.

Power is nothing without Control.

Steve, :-)
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( no point in adding what else i keep changing them ! )

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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2010, 12:43:46 PM »
Great looking car Joe.
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2010, 04:35:00 PM »
Joe,
You have such passion for what many would consider an undesireable combination with the lowly 301.  Your website and passion for the engine and the Trans Am/Firebird family gives me alot of enthusiasim and pride in my TA.  I thank you for the many years of experience you share and the wealth of knowledge you post through your 301 garage site, on TAC and here on 78TA.

Congratulations on being bird of the month.
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2010, 06:57:12 PM »
Congrats Joe, your car is sweet...I really like the turbo cars
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2010, 01:52:39 AM »

 Thanks, yea I sure do have a passion...

 As I mentioned in my story, I really like to help others fix and understand
their cars so as to enjoy the hobby.

 78ta has so darn many sharp wrenches, I hardly get to help as much here - until
it's a 301 issue of course.

 In a recent post to help a couple of folks, and in my own style, I suggested a free
tool that makes a static timing setup a bit easier on a rebuilt or unkown timed
engine. Here's my custom made tool, free by just cutting up an old distributor cap.

----

 Ok, I often need to set approx static timing on engines
that could have been anywhere in timing, so I made a free
tool out of an old (and initially disliked) pink/red distributor
cap.



 In order to be really helpful, I made some special marks -
including some approx timing marks.

 Since there is 45 degrees between any two Spark towers,
(360/8) it was a simple matter to split it again to get
22.5, 11.25 and 5.65 degrees. The next pic is to only
illustrate the procedure as I used a better tool when I set
this thing up, but it's still kinda a real close guess
with the parts - but it works.



 Fitting my tool on a distributor that's now in an engine
letts me see where I am, cause the top is off.

 Here's 0 degrees BTDC



 and about 11 degrees BTDC



 Here's an important tab, as it interlocks the cap, it also makes
for somewhat of a guide.



 This is meant to help guide the timing process, and is well
worth the time to cut up an old distributor cap.

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 Joe
1979 10th Aniv 400/4spd
1980 Black SE 301NA
1980 Indy Turbo Pace 301T
1981 Turbo 301T
1981 Black SE 301T
1981 Daytona Pace 301T
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2010, 02:32:27 PM »
That's a very cool Idea Joe!!!

A bit of thought put into the tool for sure

Now that is some cool stuff
Charlie
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2010, 02:45:11 PM »
Congrats Joe! Theres a cool trick with a timing light you can use too, in case of no cap to cut up.
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2010, 06:32:31 PM »
Congrats Joe. Sweet Turbo you've got there. 8)

Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the 301 engine. I'm sure many 301s will survive because of your passion for this engine. Contrary to what some people believe... this is GOOD news. 8)
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2010, 09:03:14 PM »

> Theres a cool trick with a timing light you can use too, in case of no cap to cut up.

 Would love to hear about that!

 Joe
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Re: August 2010 Spotlight - 1981 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am of Joe Richter
« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2010, 05:36:53 AM »
Congrats!  Well deserved!  Thanks for preserving the 301!
Bill

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