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Offline Just Eddie

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2013, 02:56:22 PM »
It's good to see another classic saved from the crusher and put back together the right way. Nice job on those floors and keep up the good work.

It amazes me how much those 2nd gen cars were abused ,thrashed, and left for dead, but it's good to see the attention they're getting now. In another 10 years, you can bet that people will be kicking themselves for not getting one to restore now, while the prices are still manageable. The values will just keep climbing as people start seeing our beautiful cars back on the road and look back fondly on the days when 1977 TA's were all the rage.

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2013, 11:58:09 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement and compliments.  Currently, I'm having the engine rebuilt.  The 400 block had been previously rebuilt and bored 30 over and  I'm fairly certain the previous owner did not change the oil in the engine after it had been rebuilt.  My engine builder said his solvent tank looked like an EPA super fund site after the block had been tanked.

I got very lucky and located a local set of 6X 4 heads off of Craigslist for $150.00.  They cleaned up nicely, and do not have any major issues.  I'm not doing anything radical, just a 400 with mild upgrades to bump it into the low 300 HP range.

In the meantime, i'm stripping paint off of the body.  I hope to have it in primer in the next month or two.  More to come...

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2013, 07:17:40 PM »
My car is almost the same stage as yours seems to be - except I didn't have to weld any floor panels in. 

I worked a few hours on the floor of my brown 78 this weekend.

Looking forward to more updates....
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1978 Trans Am - Silver - Future Uncertain

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2013, 07:32:01 AM »
ganna look awsome when its done!
(black is beautiful)

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2013, 09:49:58 PM »
keep it up.........need more pics...

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2013, 12:27:26 AM »
Some recent pictures of my progress.  I've been hung up on the lower right side quarter panel replacement.  I hope to have it completed soon.





Note the blue paint all over the suspension, frame and firewall.  The car was originally silver, with a red interior.  I'm just guessing somebody went crazy with a can of blue spray paint to perhaps make the car more patriotic for the 1976 bicentennial.  Just a theory... otherwise why?




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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2013, 08:20:47 PM »
It's been a lot of work, but I finally got the new lower quarter panel tacked in place.  I still have a lot of welding and finessing before it will be done, but so far, so good...


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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2014, 11:36:29 PM »
Just got the motor back from the machine shop.  Waiting for a new oil pan and a few other items before I put it together and paint.



If/when the rain stops I'll be able to get the media blasting finished up.  Fingers crossed i'll have the body in a coat of primer soon!

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2014, 06:54:22 PM »
I've been doing a bunch of small stuff on the engine while the weather is still crappy.  I got the oil pan, timing cover and water pump assembled and attached.  The oil pan and one piece gasket were purchased from BOP.  I bought the timing cover used from a member here, and didn't bother to fully inspect it until several months after it arrived.  It needed a lot of work!  I had to extract a broken bolt, chase all the threads, fix a pinhole on the radiator hose neck and fill in some minor corrosion here and there using jb weld.  I figured the time I spent was worth it, as aftermarket covers go for nearly 200.00 and who knows what their long term quality is like. 



I have also spent some time on the original intake.  I could have gone the Eldelbrock route and saved a few hours of media blasting and EGR/heat coil cover fabrication, but I like the look of the original intake.



As you can see, I fabricated a cover for the EGR and carburetor heat coil out of 18 gauge sheet metal.  I made up a couple of templates (left) and then made some rough cuts on the sheet metal.  I then used a grinder to get the proper shape.



A close up of the two covers.



This EGR bolt goes into the manifold at an angle, so I made a custom collar to fill in the gap and spread the load across the cover.

 

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2014, 03:42:23 PM »
Hello neighbor! Im up in
Birch Bay Wa. Just got a 1977 SE myself. Good luck on yours. Let me know if you have any extra parts to spare.

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2014, 05:01:35 PM »
I had to look your location up.  You are far enough north to be an honorary Canadian!  When you get a chance send me a list of what you need.

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Re: 1977 Trans AM Restoration
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2014, 06:18:55 PM »
Well....I'd rather be considered a member of the RCA. Regesterd Coon a** State of Louisiana. Got to be the only one this far north.  I just started a thread under restorations for my car under 1977 SE found after being gone for decades. You can see it there. My parts list hasn't even started yet but I'm probally going to need a parts car pretty bad. Steering column, W72 4 speed drivetrain, better front cap than i have are a few things that come to mind. My body is low miles and rust free though. floor and trunk like new.
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