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Offline Driver79

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2014, 03:20:30 PM »
Cars looking great

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #46 on: July 19, 2014, 10:10:01 PM »
What a great build so far! It's nice to see you have so much help also. Keep up the fantastic work!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #47 on: July 20, 2014, 11:57:51 AM »
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #48 on: July 20, 2014, 12:31:48 PM »
this is a great build. awesome pictures

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #49 on: October 04, 2014, 12:12:36 PM »




















I have driven it about 20 miles working the bugs out. We're still working on the Pypes system, which doesn't fit worth a damn. Hope to buff it out next week.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #50 on: October 11, 2014, 03:15:23 PM »
Looking great Randy!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #51 on: October 11, 2014, 11:33:29 PM »
Looking great Randy!
Thanks Steve! I'm working hard to get it done before cold weather!

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #52 on: October 12, 2014, 07:43:17 AM »
Man your car is looking sweet.  Nice work
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #53 on: October 12, 2014, 09:41:29 PM »
Putting the seat back in to drive it to the muffler shop.

Putting the tag on.

Cutting the shelf to accomodate the speakers.

Here's a pic of the rear shelf with the new shoulder harness seat belts. I would've gotten more pictures but the lighting is terrible, and you can't see through the rear glass for the glare.


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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #54 on: October 12, 2014, 09:46:12 PM »
I like that tag!

You got any pipes and mufflers on it now? Wondering how loud it'll be going to the muffler shop?
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #55 on: October 12, 2014, 09:54:18 PM »
Thanks man! I got the idea from a forum, maybe this one, I can't remember.

I had a friend install the mufflers so that I could drive it to the muffler shop to finish the installation, since all I had on it were downpipes. In fact, I used Lord's Muffler over in Buford, which is about 12 miles from me. I bought the 2.5" Pypes mandrel system, but it didn't fit worth a rip. It has the x-pipe, and two Race Pro mufflers, and then the splitters. David Lord took the system, cut and welded as necessary and got a pretty nice fit. The Race Pro mufflers are supposed to be the quietest mufflers Pypes makes, but it is much more aggressive than what I expected.

I was taking it to be buffed tomorrow, but with the rain coming in Tuesday I probably won't get to. I'm ready to get it buffed, because I'm tired of looking at it without the spoiler and flares; it looks pitiful without them!

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #56 on: October 12, 2014, 10:14:59 PM »
Ah, so you already got the exhaust finished up then. Interesting about the Race Pros. I also read they were supposed to be quieter than the Street Pros, which I thought was odd.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #57 on: October 13, 2014, 04:58:32 AM »
Hey Grand73am!
Actually, not odd to me, race tracks often has a lower dB-limit than what is allowed on the street, atleast here in Sweden.
When you change cam and springs etc. I recommend you change the rocker pivots, I had a annoying valve tick after my cam swap, it came from worn rocker pivots. I put in steel ones instead of the aluminum.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #58 on: October 14, 2014, 12:26:16 AM »
Nice build man...subscribed

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Coupe Rebuild
« Reply #59 on: November 11, 2014, 03:07:09 PM »
Great looking car! really enjoyed seeing the progress.
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