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Offline 89flyboy

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1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« on: March 06, 2011, 06:25:18 PM »
Hi guys I am a brand new member to this forum, but have been surfing it for awhile. About two months ago I bought a 1977 t/a 400 4 speed. It needs a full restoration. I bought it for 800 dollars. It has no motor or trans. I bought a 75 Pontiac 400 complete motor for 200 I have started tearing it down for a restoration but its going a lot slower then I thought/ hoped.

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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 06:41:15 PM »
Here are some pics of the motor I bought

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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 06:43:21 PM »
the interior is in great shape!!! Just needs a bit of cleaning.

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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 06:46:47 PM »
How she is looking currently. Sorry for all the pics

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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 08:10:45 PM »
Looks like a good start. Keep us posted.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011, 08:30:24 PM »
Will do I checked the floor pans looks like no rust at least from the underside. Popped the truck a few surface spots but nothing bad. I sprayed the firewall with some rustolium back and hate the way it turned out. So I have been sanding paint for a few days to take it all off. I went and got some eastwood underhood black so I will see how that turns out as soon as its 65 so I can spray the self etching primer.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2011, 09:08:03 PM »
on your firewall try oven cleaner on it first. that should get all the gunk off with a pressure washer.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2011, 09:22:27 PM »
Good tip Doug   ;) ;)   ;D

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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2011, 10:26:40 PM »
Welcome to the nest, you can never have too many pics, as we all love pics here.  Keep us posted with updates.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2011, 10:42:37 PM »
on your firewall try oven cleaner on it first. that should get all the gunk off with a pressure washer.
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Thanks for the warm welcome, doug I was wondering do you mean like easy off oven cleaner? And also what are your sugestions for drying it? I don't have a heater for the garage and I don't want to let water sit on it.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2011, 11:16:13 PM »
yes , easy off.   blow it off with air.  you'll need to wash it after with sope & water anyway. 
it can be a job in doing it , but it has worked for me.
my last car I had it sand blasted . ( firewall, wheel wells, tail panel )


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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2011, 11:28:04 PM »
Ok thanks Doug I will give it a try I also have alot of the Eastwood pre stuff to use before Painting I will have to try easy off washing it and then the pre. Thanks alot
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2011, 01:17:25 PM »
Good to hear another one getting saved :) and 400-4spd are always awesome :)
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2011, 02:36:51 AM »
Have not been able to do much on her lately, I still have some of the former rustoleum paint that needs to be removed, and unfortunatly my Dremel just died so gotta go get a new one before I can continue.
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Re: 1977 t/a diamond in the rough
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2011, 03:02:30 AM »
How she is looking currently. Sorry for all the pics

As others have said...never apologize for too many pics!

And I always like seeing cars goin' through big restoration.  Really makes me want to start one from nothing as well.  I intend too as soon as I have a garage of my own again.

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