TAC Spotlight => Projects & Restorations => Topic started by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 05:35:25 PM

Title: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 05:35:25 PM
My name is Ryan, and I bought my Trans Am when I was a Junior in High School (Spring 2005). I first went to look at this car with my friend because my uncle was interested in the car. He said this was too much of a project for him, but I couldn't get the car out of my head. (And that's when I caught the fever for Pontiac's) So I convinced my dad that I could do this project and for him to loan me the money. Eventually he was convinced, and we came home with a brand new to me 1976 Trans Am 400 4 speed.

Now this car was 100% complete when I got the car. My dad told me that I couldn't touch the car until I completely paid him back. I worked so hard during the summer and finally paid him off. That following Saturday I decided to do a full frame off restoration, and little did I know what I had gotten myself into. This is that Saturday afternoon.

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More photos to come.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 05:40:22 PM
After the day of tear down, I started to focus on some of the areas of concern such as the floor pans

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 05:47:26 PM
Next my dad and I started to give some of the attention to the quarter panels and installed some new quarter skins from Goodmark. The one side was really bad and needed replacing, whereas the other side was repairable. But, I decided to replace both sides to match.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 06:35:38 PM
Once we got both of the quarters on, it was time to move onto the under carriage and the patching floor pans. Once I replaced all of the panels, I painted the whole underside and floorpans with POR-15.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 06:40:20 PM
I wanted to get at least two wheels on the ground!!! :cool: I also painted the rear end with POR-15.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 06:54:49 PM
After that I wanted to make the car a rolling chassis again. About this time I was getting ready for my Graduation from High School. I wanted to have it done so people could see the work that I had done so far. I also painted the whole sub-frame with POR-15. It also had new front springs, bushings, ball joints, and tie rods. I bought a complete sub-frame rebuild kit from NPD. I had the A-arms sandblasted and painted with POR-15.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: sinister76ta on February 22, 2009, 07:05:51 PM
Nice progress, I have a few 76 T/As and I really like that year. Two of them are 4 speeds and the others are automatics. Keep up the great work on her.  8-)
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:06:25 PM
Now I was thinking about college and not getting much done on my restoration. :( But I persisted and started working on the engine transmission getting those ready for installation. I tore the engine apart and found out that it was already rebuilt!!! It still had the cross hatching in the cylinder walls, and the bearing had no wear!!! So I put a new oil pump, timing set and gaskets in the motor, just to be safe. Rather be safe than sorry. 

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If you look close you can see them!!!
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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:07:50 PM
Thanks, it has been a very slow process. I am still adding pictures!!! :cool:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:14:39 PM
The process slowed down as I got into college. I didn't do as much on it as I would have liked, but money was a huge factor. I cleaned up and repainted the original A/C box

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Decided to swap in electric cooling fans from a 1999 Camaro to free up some HP.
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I am sending all of the brackets that I made out to get powder coated gloss black.
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Put on the rest of the accessories, got some Hooker's headers, and swapped out the quadrajet for an Edlebrock 600.
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Haha, you can see all of the dust that has accumulated on the A-arms.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:21:53 PM
I swapped out my original 100 mph for the 160.
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I found a donor car that had a perfect black dash!!!
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I was looking at the metal piece that comes before the dash and it had rust specs all over it, so I decided to remove the window and refinish the whole piece.

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I also put down some sound deadener that came with my carpet from NPD.
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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:27:52 PM
Now that about brings me to present day. I have not done much to the car besides a few tinkering things here and there. I recently found some rust free front fenders from someone in NJ. My dad and I are planning on getting the car prepped for paint by the spring. So over my spring break I am going to be sanding down the doors, hood, fenders, and anything else that needs to be prepped and get that ready.

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You can see that it has become a place to put anything that doesn't belong on the floor. But I will keep this updated and let you guys know how I am progressing.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 07:29:40 PM
I am still looking for a good set of fender spoilers if anyone has a good set. Also I will be needing a good shaker.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Swift on February 22, 2009, 07:44:44 PM
ahh, spring break. I hope I can get enough time to put on my intake during mine.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 22, 2009, 08:24:11 PM
That shouldn't take that long, I'm sure that you will be able to.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Swift on February 22, 2009, 09:21:23 PM
true, but as I can believe you would agree, those teachers always want something regardless of breaks
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Nanook on February 23, 2009, 02:44:24 PM
Nice work there!  I too have a heart-felt affinity for the '76 model year TAs and it always makes me smile to see one coming back to life!  I am quite sure that you will be busy on Spring Break with teh TA being this close to getting back on the road!  :grin:

Later,

Lee
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 23, 2009, 04:31:36 PM
Thanks Lee it's good to know that it's so close to being back together. I see that you have a Sterling Silver '76, and that's the car's original color, and what I plan on painting it in the spring.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Nanook on February 23, 2009, 04:48:30 PM
Thanks Lee it's good to know that it's so close to being back together. I see that you have a Sterling Silver '76, and that's the car's original color, and what I plan on painting it in the spring.

Thanks,
Ryan

That's great!!  I LOVE Sterling Silver '76 TAs.  Mine is a auto but I woudl like to convertit to a 4-speed.  I nearly all of the parts....really needing the T-10.  Anyway, a SS '76 TA was my dream car as a kid.   :cool:  I EAGERLY look forward to your progress!  :grin:

Later,

Lee
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: sinister76ta on February 23, 2009, 05:08:19 PM
One of my 76's is supposed to be a sterling silver car with medium blue interior. It's a factory 400 4speed but is currently white. I've seen a lot of siver 76's around, it must be a popular color for the year.   :-?
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Nanook on February 23, 2009, 05:57:24 PM
One of my 76's is supposed to be a sterling silver car with medium blue interior. It's a factory 400 4speed but is currently white. I've seen a lot of siver 76's around, it must be a popular color for the year.   :-?
Yeah, it appears that it's (arguably) the most common color for the '76 Trans Am.  I think that Firethorne Red gives it a hard race though!  SS with a blue interior...wow, would love to see a pic of that!  I am torn about restoring mine with the factory black seat covers or going with white. 

Later,

Lee
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 25, 2009, 07:21:47 PM
Thanks guys, I really appreciate all of the positive feedback. It has been a long ride, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I really hope to have the car painted by spring so I will keep you all posted with plenty of pictures.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: T/A GUY on February 28, 2009, 06:32:57 AM
Looks great.
Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ronj1977 on February 28, 2009, 07:56:16 PM
Make sure to block that whole quarter as mine looked good but upon closer observation was wavy i used the same skin as yours i couldn't feel anything but after blocking the Black E.D.P. Primer it showed.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 28, 2009, 09:36:33 PM
Thanks for all the responses. And thanks for the advice, I will definately do that. Thanks a lot!!!

Ryan
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: hotrod98 on March 19, 2009, 08:26:29 PM
Looks like you're doing a great job. The car will mean so much more to you by buildng it from the ground up like that. Can't wait to see it finished.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: Milly on March 22, 2009, 12:32:40 PM
You're really making good progress. Keep up the good work.  8)
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2009, 01:12:45 PM
Got a lot done towards getting her painted. I did like you said ronj1977, and just removed the E. D. P. then we primed and blocked the quarters. It turned out great, and I am very pleased with the results. My dad has been doing the body work and has been doing a great job. I think he is just as excited as I am.  :D  I will post up some pictures shortly of what I accomplished over break.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: DaveD on March 23, 2009, 06:09:00 PM
Where did you get the trunk drop outs?
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2009, 08:14:43 PM
I got them from a Goodmark dealer. I got the trunk extension panels and the quarter skins from the same place. I'm not sure if you are in the central NY area, but the place was Camaro Specialties in East Aurora.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2009, 08:23:26 PM
I bought the dual speaker upgrade from NPD, so I could have a much better sound quality

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2009, 08:31:45 PM
I removed the rear glass to get rid of any rust that had accumulated over the years, and I am glad I did because most likely the glass leaked. I also refinished the panel on the rear of the car that is in between the glass and the rear package tray.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2009, 08:52:26 PM
Now onto the real exciting part. My dad surprised me and took off 3 days from work to help me on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. He is very good at doing body work and we got a very good chunk of the body work done. I was a parts runner and got him whatever he needed from sand paper to body filler to gear oil. Haha :-P I needed to replace the gear oil in the transmission and the rear end. I did that while he did the body work. We are very pleased with the results and are very close to finishing the shell of the car. Once we get that done I will buy the paint and get the shell finished, and paint each piece as we go. I am getting so anxious to finish her up. It has been almost 5 years since I first bought her. But we got a lot done and couldn't be happier.

This was Wednesday

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This was Thursday

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I didn't get any pictures from Friday, but we got about 85% of the driver's side quarter finished and I need to finish D/A sanding the roof, and then the whole shell will be ready for the high build primer, block sanding and lots of wet sanding. I will try and get some pictures next time I go home. I also painted the custom brackets that I made for the dual cooling fans with POR-15.

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That's it for now. I will keep you all updated with lots of pictures.
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Post by: Nanook on March 23, 2009, 11:04:36 PM
Very nice work!  Thanks for the pics and update! :cool:

Later,

Lee
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Post by: sinister76ta on March 24, 2009, 08:46:21 AM
The diamond plate on the radiator looks good, it would look better chromed.  ;-)
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 24, 2009, 11:50:46 AM
I know  :-( I would have sent it out to be chromed but it had surface rust all over the piece so I decided to paint it with some POR-15 that i already had. I think that it turned out pretty good though because its so subtle.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 10, 2009, 04:36:27 PM
I got the roof sanded down last weekend and got it ready to primer. I also decided to buy the RodLinks Clutch Linkage for '70-'81 Camaro / Firebird. Which I got installed.

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I buttoned up some loose end things that I had been meaning to do for a while. It was mostly a catch-all day. I hope to get the whole shell into primer this weekend. I will make sure to take lots of pics.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 21, 2009, 03:24:19 PM
I haven't touched the car until this weekend, and now I have my dad to do the body work. I have the car centered in the garage and ready to start getting everything ready to paint.

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I refinished the tail panel and am slowly getting the rest of the car into primer.
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Post by: LeighP on July 21, 2009, 11:34:23 PM
You guys are coming along real nicely.....thats going to be a good clean car when you're done, all painted in those hard to reach spots that shows the difference between a good job and just a quicky paint job.
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Post by: 78TransAm on July 22, 2009, 06:24:34 PM
Keep us posted, I enjoyed seeing the progress you have made. :lol:
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Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 25, 2009, 06:32:17 AM
We were having trouble deciding how to go about painting the car. But in the end we decided to just assemble the car in a complete unit, making sure all the gaps are perfect and everything fits as it should. Then mark everything with small pilot holes and counting shims, then blow it apart paint it, put it back together. There are so many more painted parts than my dad's 1968 Chevelle. :???: Thanks for all of the feedback, I am getting so excited for it to have a color!!!

Thanks,
Ryan
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Post by: BBATCAR on July 29, 2009, 02:34:22 PM
You in the home stretch.... I remember when my car was in that stage,,,, can't wait to see it when you get color on it.... :cool:
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Post by: shakerz on July 29, 2009, 04:06:21 PM
just got in on this stage of your resto. gonna be a su-weeet 76! take ur dad out for a steak for that laser straight sheet metal work  :grin:

steve
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
Post by: ronj1977 on July 29, 2009, 10:05:25 PM
test fit your rear marker lights if you used after market skins
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Post by: Biff1212 on July 29, 2009, 11:25:12 PM
Looks sweet. Great work!
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 01, 2009, 06:34:40 PM
We did test fit the markers lights and they definately don't fit correctly. I have a 1973 Esprit, and we are going to cut out the mounts for the marker lights and we are going to weld it on that way. It will be much less stress and tedious work.
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Post by: ILLTA77 on August 05, 2009, 11:22:27 AM
Wonderful job and thanks for posting the pictures.
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Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 07, 2009, 10:56:17 PM
Just a little update, we have the side marker lights from the 1973 installed on the car. The lights are a perfect fit now.  :grin: My dad has been working on the body work about once a week now that I am back in school. He has kept hitting roadblocks that have been slowing the process. When he was putting in the marker light surrounds from the 1973 it distorted the metal slightly causing warpage. Also when he sprayed the high build primer there was so much moisture in the air that when he went back to check it a week later there were micro cracks all where he sprayed.  :?

I have found some much needed parts!!

One by a member of TAC, which is the front bumper. Thanks sinister76ta, I haven't paid him for it yet, but the payment will be on its way shortly. And I found some wheel spoilers from a member on 78ta.com. I needed those parts to finish the parts list. I also found a shaker from a 1976 at a swap meet and talked the guy down to 10 bucks from 15!!! It is in nearly perfect condition.

I will post some pictures when I am home this weekend. I will be home this Friday from school and will be helping my dad all day on it!! so hopefully we can get the doors on it, and maybe even the fenders. :-?
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 07, 2009, 11:23:32 PM
Since I don't have any pictures to post up, here are some plans that I have in store for the old girl.

Z06 Corvette dual piston caliper, and 13" rotor upgrade.  :lol:

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Dual Fan relay control panel, allowing for the new car functionality of my electric fans. :shock: I have the relay box off of a 1999 Camaro, and I have it all soldered up. just waiting to install  :smile:

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DVD Navigation in the console. Modern conveniences with great functionality. Maybe this way I can find my way to the next Bandit Run? Not sure if 2010 is in the future or not, but is a definite possibility.

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Maybe some sort of power adder to help her get down the quarter mile quicker? Or to be a good sleeper?

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I would also like to give Performance F-body a call to get her to handle much more like a newer F-body.

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To handle more like this one maybe?

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Thanks to all of those that I have taken these pictures from throughout my time on this forum. But because of all of you, now this is what is going through my head and I haven't gotten the body work done yet!!!  :-x
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Primer and Paint soon :)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 14, 2009, 02:14:21 PM
Just a little update, got the driver's side marker light fitting perfect and the quarter and rocker are smooth as glass. working on the passenger's side now.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Primer and Paint soon :)
Post by: LeighP on October 16, 2009, 02:21:55 AM
Stick with it, you'll get there....don't you love all the ideas that keep running through your head on how you'll work things out?  :lol:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Primer and Paint soon :)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 16, 2009, 10:53:27 AM
Yeah I know what you mean, sometimes I have to step back and tell myself that I need to finish it first.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Primer and Paint soon :)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 22, 2009, 07:38:59 PM
The body is in primer!!! We still need to get the doors, fenders, hood and bumpers in primer, but the biggest thing is one color. It looks really good and am very excited for it to be all together in one color.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: LeighP on December 22, 2009, 09:42:42 PM
Yeah, can't wait to see my 71 painted.  :grin:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: sinister76ta on December 23, 2009, 12:46:38 AM
We need some updated pix of your progress. I'd like to see how she's coming along, even without the primer on her yet. :cool:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 24, 2009, 02:48:17 PM
Ask and you shall receive.  :P

Here she is in primer as of Monday.  :D

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Hope this will satisfy. I talked to my dad and the both of us are either going to finish painting it by March 31st, or I am going to have my friend who does phenomenal body work complete it. But either way it will be done by March 31st. So make sure you keep checking for updates. 
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: sinister76ta on December 24, 2009, 03:06:41 PM
Quarters look real good on it, nice body lines.  8)
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 24, 2009, 03:43:26 PM
Thanks,

I'm getting so excited now that it is in all one color.  :lol:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: Scubaguy on December 24, 2009, 08:11:09 PM
Very nice!  You should be proud of your accomplishments so far you've done an excellent job.  Can't wait to see it finished.

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: LeighP on December 25, 2009, 05:07:28 AM
Very nice.  :cool:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: JayRuns79 on December 26, 2009, 10:10:37 PM
Great job! That's one beauty of a car  :-D
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-22-09 Body in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 27, 2009, 08:19:40 PM
Thanks for all of the compliments. Update, doors are in primer and are on the car.  :lol: Took some pictures, will have them posted up on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 29, 2009, 06:25:21 PM
We are really making some progress on the car, it seems to be coming together really quick. I am getting more and more excited seeing the pieces getting all one color.
This is how my dad is sacrificing for me. Leaving his baby outside so we could finish mine.

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We repaired the Passenger's side door from the Swiss Cheese that it had become. We amputated a section from another door that was in good shape and welded it back in.

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You can't even tell that anything has been done. If you were wondering, we did square everything up from when the door skin was loose. Using a straight edge, and the old calibrated eyeball.

We have both of the doors in primer and ready to be bolted onto the car. We just need to put a coat of icing bondo onto the surface of the door skin to take out any small dents, but here they are as of today.

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Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: vsefiream on December 31, 2009, 08:44:24 AM
Looking sweet!!  You are very lucky to have the help and expertise your dad is lending, not to mention that he appears to be a heck of a great guy!!
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 03, 2010, 08:46:26 PM
I am very lucky that he is willing to put in the hours of detail work. He just finished final block sanding the driver's side door and we have mounted it on the car, roughly. He just has to finish the passenger's door and then we will start working on the front fenders.

On a second note, my dad thinks that all of the compliments you guys are giving are great. I let him know all of the compliments and he gets a kick out of them.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: ronj1977 on January 05, 2010, 11:08:30 PM
watch the top 6 inches on each door they are all wavy up around the mirror area  once you get paint on it you will see  Trust me block this area carefully.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: LeighP on January 06, 2010, 05:08:39 AM
lol..thats how you tell a survivor car.....factory cars are wavy in the door tops....my 77 is like that too. :lol:
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 12-29-09 Body & Doors in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 06, 2010, 02:35:12 PM
Thanks for the advice we will definitely make sure to sand that area.

 
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 1-9-10 Doors are hung
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 09, 2010, 11:43:22 AM
Doors are done and straight as an arrow. Thanks for the tip on the top side of the door. Were getting the fenders in primer and blocked out, then onto the hood and bumpers. Not long now.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 1-9-10 Doors are hung
Post by: LeighP on January 09, 2010, 06:46:28 PM
Good work....its funny, but I never noticed the wavy door top skins either, until someone pointed it out to me.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 1-9-10 Doors are hung
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 09, 2010, 10:16:08 PM
We finished for the night, and got most of the passenger's side fender done. The driver's side we will start tomorrow, and then hopefully start on the hood.  :cool:

I will try and get some pictures posted up soon.
Title: Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Update 1-9-10 Doors are hung
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 15, 2010, 07:14:15 PM
Ok it's picture time. I got to spray some primer on the doors. :grin:

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Then once they dried we final blocked them and hung them on the car!!!

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Then we did the little work that the fender needed and put it in primer.

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Then we just hung it on the door just to see what it would look like. And it looks so good.

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These are the pictures from last weekend. I am working on it again tomorrow, and am hoping to get the other fender done and moving on to the hood and deck lid.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 1-15-10 Doors on, Fender in primer
Post by: sinister76ta on January 15, 2010, 08:44:59 PM
You're moving along on it pretty good now. Maybe you'll have her back on the road sooner then expected.  :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 1-15-10 Doors on, Fender in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 15, 2010, 09:49:07 PM
I sure am hoping. I can't wait, it just sucks being broke because I don't know how I will get the money to paint the car? But everything will work out.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 1-15-10 Doors on, Fender in primer
Post by: lfdsteve on January 15, 2010, 10:01:50 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about getting the money to paint the car. You'll be dead before that anyway if ya keep spraying paint without a respirator!

Be safe!!!!!!


Steve
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 1-15-10 Doors on, Fender in primer
Post by: LeighP on January 16, 2010, 12:35:03 AM
He's right.....
tell you a little story about an aircraft painter where I used to work in the 70's. He was "old school", didn't think he had to wear a respirator and paint suit when he was painting aircraft. Two pack paints had just been introduced, not many people were familiar with the toxic nature.....killed the guy within a year...got some wierd blood cancer.....
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 1-15-10 Doors on, Fender in primer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 16, 2010, 04:36:25 PM
Thanks, guys. I will make sure to wear one from now on. We have them, I think I just get so excited that I forget. Not a good excuse I know.  :?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 1-25-2010 Fenders are done, working on the hood
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 25, 2010, 11:34:35 AM
We got the deck lid finished, and the front fenders mounted on the car. We are working on the front and rear bumpers, and also the hood. It is getting so close.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 1-25-2010 Fenders are done, working on the hood
Post by: shakerz on January 25, 2010, 12:53:56 PM
I would do the same thing (remove mask) when spot painting real quick, etc. The harm w urethanes is the hardeners that most of it is mixed with. Just think of the hardener part of it inhaled and hardening in your alveolar sacs down in your lungs. Keeps my respirator on.  :wink:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 1-25-2010 Fenders are done, working on the hood
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 31, 2010, 07:57:25 PM
We got the hood all sanded down (5 layers of paint), and the underside of the deck lid sanded down and dents removed with body filler. It looks really good and was all me!! I have been trying to do body work on my own and I have impressed myself. It is not as hard as I had originally thought. It is just a lot of patience and learning your own techniques. I will post up some pictures next week when I go home. I hope to have the hood in sealer then primer next weekend then working on the bumpers.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 1-31-2010 Working on the Hood!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 10, 2010, 04:48:08 PM
Here is the work that we did on the trunk and hood.

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Just a little picture with both of the fenders and the trunk that we were sanding.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 2-10-2010 more pictures.
Post by: SWTWC76 on February 14, 2010, 05:27:05 PM
Since I have a 76 myself I will be keeping an eye on this thread.  Great job so far
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 2-10-2010 more pictures.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 15, 2010, 06:40:40 PM
Thanks, I am very excited about getting this car into some paint.  :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 2-10-2010 more pictures.
Post by: mrbandit on February 16, 2010, 12:32:39 PM
What year is that Nova?  My father in law loves them and they do share kinship with the GTO and ventura....kind of.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 2-10-2010 more pictures.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 20, 2010, 04:42:04 PM
The Nova is a 1969, that my dad is doing some body work on for my Uncle. Just a plain Jane car, but he plans on putting a built 400 chevy in it and putting down some serious power. I keep telling him and my dad to keep those Chevy's out of the garage.  :lol:

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update 2-10-2010 more pictures.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 26, 2010, 11:15:25 AM
Just went to the autobody shop to price out some paint for my car. I have decided that I am going to paint my car Silver Steel Gray, it is a color that is used by Chevy, Chrysler, and BMW. It is a gun metal gray with a metallic flake. It pops in the sun light. Can't wait to shoot it on the car.  :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget! Update Price out paint 3-26-2010
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 08, 2010, 03:16:04 PM
I got a test mix of the paint I want. I Love it. The car is so close to paint it is crazy. I am in the process of getting a body shop lined up, I am just waiting for my paychecks to start rolling in.  :cool:

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Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-8-2010 What do you think of this color??
Post by: rad400 on May 10, 2010, 06:22:19 AM
I think it looks really good. That will really look awesome when it is all painted. Good luck.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car early June Pictures to follow
Post by: BAN ONE on May 19, 2010, 02:46:48 PM
I like the color...are you putting the decals back on?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car early June Pictures to follow
Post by: shank0668 on June 07, 2010, 11:45:35 AM
Would you be willing to tell how much you have into it?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car early June Pictures to follow
Post by: LeighP on June 08, 2010, 03:34:22 AM
Nice colour...almost pewter...nice!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car early June Pictures to follow
Post by: Pfeiffer on June 13, 2010, 06:52:46 AM
Car is looking nice, can't wait to see it in paint.  Will look great in that color.  Keep up the good work. :D
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car soon. Pictures to follow
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 24, 2010, 03:44:25 PM
Ok, Just an update. I have not painted my car yet due to lack of funds, but last night I sold my BMW rims!! That means that I have the money for the paint. I am going to work on the car this weekend with my dad and hopefully can get the car all ready for paint. Not sure if we can get it done this whole weekend, but we are going to try.

Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car soon. Pictures to follow
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 26, 2010, 05:42:05 PM
Just a small update, I had the same idea that takidd455 had, and I used a 4th gen F-body relay box to house my electric fan control. I used the housing because it allowed for the use of relays as well as blade style fuses.

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We also pulled my car outside to give it the first bath in about 2 years!! And while I had it out I also took some pictures with my Mustang and my Dad's Chevelle.

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I also painted up the inner fenders and placed them on the car, just to see what it would look like all together.

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That's all for now, May be painting the car soon, depending on how much money I can raise.

Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-26 Project Updates
Post by: silentlycreeping77 on July 03, 2010, 07:45:36 PM
hey u have done an awesome job. your dad to. its amazing what patience will get you. I just got a 77 and ur build will definitely be motivation. can't wait to see her finished. 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-26 Project Updates
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 08, 2010, 06:12:08 PM
hey u have done an awesome job. your dad to. its amazing what patience will get you. I just got a 77 and ur build will definitely be motivation. can't wait to see her finished. 

Thanks SC77, my dad and I have been working very hard to try and get this car finished this summer. I really hope to have it in paint sometime before fall. Between everything that is going on in my life and my dad trying to build a new 28x40 garage by himself, the work isn't getting done. All I can say is just keep it up, and at the end of the day there is no rush to get it finished. this fall I will have had this car for 6 years. On my budget it is definitely not a fast build.

As far as my build is going, I haven't done much. I cut up the 1973 Esprit parts car I had and will be selling all the salvageable parts from it. And I have started to finish the underside of the hood. No pictures yet.

Cheers,
Ryan 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 5-10-10 Painting the car early June Pictures to follow
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 10, 2010, 02:44:24 PM
Would you be willing to tell how much you have into it?

To be honest I really am not sure at this point, I have kept all of the receipts of everything that I have bought new. Although I have bought many parts from ebay, TAC, 78TA.com, and other places online and locally. If I was to make an educated guess, I would have to say around $8,000. And much more after I get it painted. 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-26 Project Updates
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 10, 2010, 02:59:32 PM
I have got some good and bad news. I talked to the guy who is painting my car (my fiance's grandfather), and I think we are going to work something out for around next week to get my car into his shop. So that is good. And now for the bad.... My dad and I went into the garage, and started to work on my car a little and my dad found this on the quarter. It is a crack from where we spot welded the quarter skins on. Apparently when you spot weld the skins on, it creates potential spot for the metal to expand and contract. And over the few years since we have put on the quarter skins, it has gone through a few Winters, and summers and you know the rest.

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Also on a good note, I went to a local car show and picked up some racing seats for $50!! I am not sure if I am going to use them in my T/A, but I will find something to put them in.

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I am just hoping that the guy painting it is going to be easy on my wallet. I talked to him and he said that what has to happen to prevent this in the future is to stitch weld the quarters where they were spot welded, and refinish what we have already done.  :? But on the good side I will be getting the car out of the shop and at the shop where it is going to be painted.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 7-10-10 Good and Bad News
Post by: LeighP on July 11, 2010, 01:05:56 AM
Better to find that now, while its cheaper to fix. Those seats are a heck of a bargain!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 7-10-10 Good and Bad News
Post by: sinister76ta on July 11, 2010, 04:19:30 PM
Do you have the bumper mounting brackets from the 73 you scrapped? I could use a set.  8)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 7-10-10 Good and Bad News
Post by: Nick623 on July 12, 2010, 12:03:58 AM
Yes, that's a bad news, but nothing to shed some tears over, now, if it was painted, it'd be a different deal. Better now than later.

I like the shade of silver, are you planning on doing decals? I think blue decals will look AWESOME with that silver.

 :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 7-10-10 Good and Bad News
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 30, 2010, 12:02:59 PM
I was still planning on using the red, silver and black decals. But I may give it a thought.

Not sure when it is going to be painted, but the longer it takes the more money I have to get it done right. It will def be ready for spring next year though. So all of you are just going to have to wait.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 7-10-10 Good and Bad News
Post by: L/S bluebird on July 31, 2010, 03:06:57 PM
the color looks good keep the pics comin.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 9-20-10 Not for sale!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 20, 2010, 07:52:19 AM
I am no longer selling my baby. I was just getting nervous when I knew that my student loans were coming in, but reevaluated my budget and will be able to get by without selling the Trans Am. Just not sure when I will be able to get her painted. I am hoping maybe in late winter I may be able to do something. But for now no new updates.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 9-20-10 Not for sale!!
Post by: falcon4 on September 20, 2010, 12:49:49 PM
Great news, that's a really nice project you have.  I'm glad that you are able to keep it.

Cheers,

Jon

Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 9-20-10 Not for sale!!
Post by: sinister76ta on September 20, 2010, 04:51:26 PM
I'm glad you're able to keep it.  8-) There's some of us here that regret selling some of the cars we had.  :(
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 11-09-10
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 09, 2010, 06:53:18 AM
I have lined up a body shop, and I am one of the next projects in line to paint. So I am very excited to get some color on her.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 11-9-10 body shop soon!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 16, 2011, 02:44:40 PM
Ok, I was running a little low on cash, so I had to back out of the first body shop that I had lined up. I have the paint priced out and will be taking my car to the shop sometime next week. I have the money in my hand and nothing is stopping me.  :cool: I can't wait to see her with some color. I will have many pictures to come.

Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 2-16-11 body shop soon!!
Post by: LeighP on February 17, 2011, 03:00:44 AM
good luck with the paintwork!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 2-16-11 body shop soon!!
Post by: alanflies on February 17, 2011, 07:18:58 AM
you guys are doing a fantastic job ...

you have come so far, have you thought about painting it yourself? you already done the hard part,
and i think you and your pops definitely got the skills to do it...
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 2-16-11 body shop soon!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 17, 2011, 01:56:51 PM
We have thought about it, but one of my best friends has a paint booth in his garage and is an instructor at a local school. My dad and I had much more time when I lived at home, and now that I have moved out there is less time. I am having trouble figuring out what color though? I want a gun metal gray, but there are too many colors. I am thinking Dark Shadow Gray now, because the sample that I had before seems too light.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Need Advise Please Help!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 17, 2011, 04:31:58 PM
I need to know what color to paint my dash?? The interior is black and not sure what color black? The car is being painted week and need to know what to buy?

Thank You in advance.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Need Advise Please Help!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 17, 2011, 04:47:12 PM
I need to know what color to paint my dash?? The interior is black and not sure what color black? The car is being painted week and need to know what to buy?

Thank You in advance.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Need Advise Please Help!!
Post by: LeighP on February 18, 2011, 12:42:47 AM
The dash should be a low sheen black.....not flat, but a low sheen satin. unless you're going for a concourse resto, I wouldn't bother about trying to exactly match the gloss % that GM used....I just used satin black...looks nice.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Need Advise Please Help!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 20, 2011, 09:46:33 AM
Car is loaded on the trailer and being dropped off today!! Thought this day would never come. Should be painted in the next few weeks, with pictures to follow. Here is a little teaser shot for everyone.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/2011-02-19_14-47-05_882.jpg~original)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 25, 2011, 08:49:34 AM
Well I bought the paint, so there is no turning back now!! I can't even wait to see what it will look like in color. I am having the body shop fix the quarter's where we spot welded the quarter skins on. Also painting the dash satan black, and the rear panel along the back edge of the window that is satan black as well. Should be only a few days until he is done with the prep, and then onto paint. I am hoping that next weekend it will have some color on it.

I changed my mind on the color choice, so that will be a surprise until I post up some pictures.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: sinister76ta on February 25, 2011, 12:54:41 PM
Can't wait to see. Have I ever mentioned how much I like the 76's?  8-)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: shank0668 on February 25, 2011, 11:21:26 PM
Can't wait to see. Have I ever mentioned how much I like the 76's?  8-)
x2 for both of those.  I really want a 76!
Good luck!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 26, 2011, 08:04:57 AM
Can't wait to see. Have I ever mentioned how much I like the 76's?  8-)
x2 for both of those.  I really want a 76!
Good luck!

I feel the same way about 1976's.

Here is another teaser shot for you guys, and no you can't read the the paint color on the the can.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/2011-02-24_18-15-34_641.jpg~original)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: alanflies on February 26, 2011, 09:14:03 AM
ohhh sweet...time is short now, your gonna be sooo happy with new paint. PPG SHOPLINE thats the same brand paint i used and i was very happy with the results.

 are you going to use SEM brand paint for the dash? I think they have the best stuff for interior parts. it's a little pricey, but their system of prep color and clear seems to be the best choice. thats what i will use when the time comes.

P.S.  neeeedddd pics....must see pics when painted....having pic withdrawlllllsssss.... :-)

 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Finally off to paint 2-20-2011!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 03, 2011, 09:53:58 AM
P.S.  neeeedddd pics....must see pics when painted....having pic withdrawlllllsssss.... :-)

I know it has been too long since the last time I have posted up some pictures, and believe me I really want to get this car into a fresh coat of paint!!

And a small update, the quarter panels are fixed. If you don't remember, we spot welded the quarter skins on when in fact they should have been stitch welded.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 02, 2011, 07:04:59 AM
I got a great deal on these rims last night!! They are a cool vintage rim that looks great on our cars, and they are in fantastic shape. Eventually I want to get some vintage wheel works v40's but I don't have 2k for rims and tires right now. But these will look great in the mean time.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2011-04-01_23-29-10_725.jpg~original)

My car will be back from the body shop next weekend and then we will start the assembly. I am super excited for that to happen. I really want to get her done before the summer. It shouldn't be too long now. I will go over tomorrow and help to get the rest of the little pieces painted and then I will pick it up next weekend, or possibly Friday. I will get some pictures up as soon as I get them from my body guy.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: sinister76ta on April 02, 2011, 07:49:12 AM
My brother had a set of rims like that on his 81 T/A at one point in time, they looked good on it. Well as good as it could look with that ugly nose on it.  8-)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 02, 2011, 08:59:59 AM
My brother had a set of rims like that on his 81 T/A at one point in time, they looked good on it. Well as good as it could look with that ugly nose on it.  8-)
Agreed, but not everyone is as fortunate as us to have a '76. :)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: HOT76TA on April 03, 2011, 02:38:50 PM
That is a very nice job!  I am restoring a '75 to a '76... I love that year; I have had 2 in the past.  Bought my first one in '76 when I was 16
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 03, 2011, 07:01:03 PM
Bought my first one in '76 when I was 16

I bought mine when I was 17, so pretty close to the same.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: HOT76TA on April 06, 2011, 10:55:10 AM
At 17 you were much braver than I... you needed to build yours back, mine was brand new!!!! LOL   :lol:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: mrbandit on April 06, 2011, 01:17:00 PM
Those are Appliance wheels.  They produced the wheels sold by VSE for the Fire Am's.  They are very appropriate for your TA!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 07, 2011, 05:42:47 AM
Here are all of the photos that my paint shop took for me.

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First shots with some paint!!

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Here the parts are getting buffed to a glossy shine.

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ig109 on April 07, 2011, 05:44:20 AM
Car looks good.. I wish i could have dug into my car like you have when i was 17, i am now 25 and having to do the whole deal over.. :shock:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-7-11, New rims, Teaser shot of the paint!!
Post by: mrbandit on April 07, 2011, 07:04:59 AM
The question is....is that metalflake or a little dust.

Regardless, good job on the progress.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 07, 2011, 09:32:24 AM
Car looks good.. I wish i could have dug into my car like you have when i was 17, i am now 25 and having to do the whole deal over.. :shock:


Well I am 23 now and it still isn't complete.  :shock:

The question is....is that metalflake or a little dust.

Regardless, good job on the progress.

No that is just dust, I will post up a bunch of pictures when I get them all from my buddy.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-2-11, New rims, Back from paint next week!!
Post by: 78TransAm on April 08, 2011, 04:37:33 AM
I got a great deal on these rims last night!! They are a cool vintage rim that looks great on our cars, and they are in fantastic shape. Eventually I want to get some vintage wheel works v40's but I don't have 2k for rims and tires right now. But these will look great in the mean time.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2011-04-01_23-29-10_725.jpg)



http://macon.craigslist.org/pts/2249610123.html

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Yea those are old school wheels, someone has a set near me for $ 100.00

Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-7-11, New rims, Teaser shot of the paint!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 10, 2011, 08:26:03 AM
That is a pretty good deal for those rims. Looks like they don't have center caps though. The one thing that is bad about the rims I got is two of the center caps have some rust on them.  :???: But I picked up the rims and tires for 150!!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-7-11, New rims, Teaser shot of the paint!!
Post by: mrbandit on April 11, 2011, 06:37:11 AM
You can find Appliance center caps on ebay all day long.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 4-7-11, New rims, Teaser shot of the paint!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 02, 2011, 07:27:00 PM
Some progress from this weekend.

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I got this console at Spring Carlisle '11 for $20 dollars!!!! There is only one small flaw on it, but besides that is in perfect shape. Best $20 bucks I have spent on the whole car. Anyone who is looking for a 4 speed console would appreciate that deal.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0093.jpg~original)

I also picked up the beginning of my C5 front brake upgrade. I just need the lines, hubs and bracket from Kore3. The calipers are new never used, $45 bucks!! Gotta love Carlisle events.

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 5-2-11
Post by: falcon4 on May 03, 2011, 03:03:21 AM
Looking Good, Looking Good.    8-) 8-) 8-)

Keep it up, you'll be cruizin in no time.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Update 5-2-11
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 07, 2011, 02:37:05 PM
I finally got the car running!!! Click the image to view the video.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/th_2011-05-07_14-01-55_599.jpg) (http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/?action=view&current=2011-05-07_14-01-55_599.mp4)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! NEW!!Video of the Car running 5-7-11
Post by: LeighP on May 07, 2011, 02:48:13 PM
Mmmmm, sounds good!  :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! NEW!!Video of the Car running 5-7-11
Post by: RayB on May 07, 2011, 03:04:14 PM
Cool  8-) ...I'm a little jealous...I'm close but haven't turned the key.
Nice work  :D
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! NEW!! Video of the Car running 5-7-11
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 15, 2011, 07:25:10 AM
I installed some Fat Mat today, I have to say that I was very impressed with the quality.

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I also put the inner fenders in and put the fenders on just for a test. Everything is lining up really nice.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0105.jpg~original)

I bought some Mickey Thompson valve covers about 2 years ago, and they match my car perfectly! I was going to repaint them, but it looks like I already painted them to match my car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0099.jpg~original)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: sinister76ta on May 15, 2011, 07:46:48 AM
Coming along nicely.  8)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: Aldo on May 15, 2011, 08:17:30 AM
wow how did i miss this one,looking great ,i hope you get it done the way you wanted at the end of may,i think ill have mine only in primer buy that time.awsome work .
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: js1977 on May 15, 2011, 06:07:39 PM
looking good, keep up the great work, you'll be done before you know it.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: rad400 on May 16, 2011, 05:45:59 AM
Looks great so far keep up the good work.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 17, 2011, 05:45:51 AM
Thanks for all of the comments. I am hoping to have her all put together as soon as I can, without cutting corners.

Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: mrbandit on May 17, 2011, 08:01:02 AM
Ryan, If you aren't going to run AC you can do what I did instead of using the compressor bracket to hold the dipstick tube.  I went to Lowes and got a 1 inch wide piece of aluminum stock (aka strap).  Then I cut it to fit from the lower front valve cover bolt.  It worked very well and I polished it also. 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 17, 2011, 05:15:35 PM
I bought some speed nuts today so I will be able to put together the rest of the front clip. I am hoping to accomplish a few things this weekend, such as touch up any spots that were missed in the painting stage, such as the hinge bolts, and the hinge opened. Hoping to get more of the front end together, and the doors final aligned and possibly the fenders bolted down for good.

Also looking to cure some of my wiring issues and putting the interior somewhat back together. A lot on the agenda for this Saturday, but I hope to have a good day working.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: fixitrht on May 18, 2011, 06:20:05 AM
This kid is officially on a roll... Great work and its come so far!
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 18, 2011, 07:50:25 AM
looking good, keep up the great work, you'll be done before you know it.

I was just looking back through the posts and I like the encouragement, but are they really ever done? I am already thinking about better brakes, more power, better suspension, etc.

This kid is officially on a roll... Great work and its come so far!

Thanks Scott, I am really trying to get this car together so I can drive it this year.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: sinister76ta on May 18, 2011, 02:45:56 PM
Just be glad you're not doing multiple projects at one time like me.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-15-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 22, 2011, 05:30:39 PM
I got a lot accomplished this Saturday, but most of it was wiring and things under the car that are not obvious to see in pictures. Although I did get some of my interior installed. I solved all of the wiring issues that I had (No gauge lights, no heater controls, rerouting wires). I also put in and drilled holes in my carpet for the seats and the center console. I also got the doors final aligned today, and will touch up the paint on door hinge bolts and other places that need touching up.

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-22-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 26, 2011, 01:34:55 PM
We got the driver's side door final aligned and put the weather stripping on. The door shuts so nice!! I am very happy with the way they turned out. My father and father-in-law helped me aligning everything. The passenger's door is right where I want it, but didn't have the time to put the weatherstripping on last weekend. I am going to work on the car this Friday night and Saturday all day, hoping to get a lot done. It is tough to be efficient with my time, while trying not to take up too much time on my car and upsetting my better half.:shock: It is a very fine line.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-22-11 More pictues!
Post by: Aldo on May 26, 2011, 04:58:30 PM
I feel your pain my wife is always busting my chops,cars looking good man keep it up and you will be done in no time.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-22-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 30, 2011, 07:00:34 AM
Ok, well it is surprising how much not having power will affect how you get work done.  :shock: But lucky enough there was still some air left in the air compressor and one of the major projects that I wanted to do was use an air brush to get the door bolts, striker, and trunk bolts painted body color. I have never used an air brush before, but was quite surprised at how everything turned out. Like I have said through this whole restoration, I am not a body person. I set up the air brush and painted everything myself and I impressed myself. Other than that I just did a lot of tinkering and got a lot of small things accomplished. Didn't get any pictures because nothing significant has changed from last week.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! Updated 5-22-11 More pictues!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 27, 2011, 05:41:44 AM
I got a lot done this weekend. I got the fenders on, the heat extractors modified and some pictures of my new 17" custom Chromed Aluminum Torq Thrust D look alike rims. I got a smoking deal on the rims this weekend and couldn't pass up. I took the Kore3 C5/C6 Brake conversion template and the kit will fit the rims! So that is what I have planned for the future. Hope you like the pictures.

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Look down the side of the car, nice straight body lines.

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Once I got the Bumpers on I took my car outside for a photo shoot and my Dad brought over his 1971 Chevelle SS.

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: js1977 on June 27, 2011, 12:36:02 PM
WOW!!! That color looks awesome out in the sun... I like what you did with the vent extractors... This car is going to be done before you know it....
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: RayB on June 27, 2011, 03:05:03 PM
x2 on the color...that looks really good. Is the mesh on the xtractor special or just "regular" steel mesh up pick up at a home improvment store?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: mrbandit on June 28, 2011, 06:57:43 AM
Aren't you glad you didn't sell it?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 28, 2011, 09:03:11 AM
Aren't you glad you didn't sell it?

I am very glad that I didn't sell it! It was a weak moment and this car was all the equity that I had to my name.

Thanks for all the compliments on the color. I couldn't be happier myself. It is exactly how I pictured the color when I was building the car.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: LeighP on June 29, 2011, 03:23:40 AM
Nice job....theres some good metallic in that colour! I like the vent treatment, too.  8)
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: koury73 on June 29, 2011, 08:05:44 AM
Your car has come a long way man.  I think we are on about the same pace lol.  We started about the same time and my car sits just like yours now, just painted and put together but still a long way to go.  Car looks great.  Good luck finishing it up.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: falcon4 on June 30, 2011, 01:18:58 AM
I love it, You're doing a great job. 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 10, 2011, 09:12:22 AM
Quick update, I just bought a 3 inch mandrel bent custom exhaust with spin tech mufflers from Eroc22. I am looking forward to installing the exhaust, and being able to tune the car without having to have ear plugs. The car is about half tuned and needs to be fine tuned. But since I am getting married in less than 2 weeks this will be my last update for probably another month. I hope to have the car on the road by the end of august, but we will see.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 20, 2011, 08:11:42 AM
The glass guy came on Monday to put my glass in and what a difference that made!! It looks much more complete, and with the glass in now I will be able to finally put the interior in for good. I won't be able to work on my car for the next few weekends, but the first weekend in August I am going to go crazy on the car. I am supposed to have all of my parts back from the painter by that weekend, and that means a lot of assembly. I will also buy all of the parts needed to finish my interior.

Goals for the end of that weekend are to have the exhaust on, interior finished, and front bumper finally fitted. Anymore would just be icing on the cake. There is a local show near me on August 28th, that I would love to attend with my car.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: Brewster on July 21, 2011, 05:22:21 AM
Car looks great and wish the best to you and your better half on your big day!
Cheers,
Brew
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: muttdog77 on July 23, 2011, 02:10:51 AM
That's a cool color. Looking good
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: Flamn Chkn on July 26, 2011, 08:41:44 PM
Congratulations Ryan making great progress on your bird very exciting I'll bet your dads proud
when you get her back on the road you can give your dad a run for his money in the chevelle :-D
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget!! 6-27-11 Big Progess lots of pictures
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 31, 2011, 06:59:11 PM
Ok, I ordered the remainder of the parts from Year One. I needed a package tray, door window felts, and a shift boot. I ended up buying the Bandit rear package tray because I really liked the way that it looks, and my car is really not stock anymore so I figured that I would make the car more functional. I am going to work on my car from Friday after work, to Sunday afternoon. I hope to get the car running right, the exhaust on it, the front end sheet metal aligned and most if not all of the interior in. Will keep you all updated.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-4-11 Look what showed up at my door
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 04, 2011, 04:32:46 PM
I ordered some of the final parts to finish my car and a few of them showed up today!!

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Among other small things I ordered the YearOne Bandit rear package tray. I have seen it on a few other cars and once in person and I really liked it. It is clean and hides the modern speakers. I already have the dual speaker update for the front mono speaker, so I might as well top it off. My car has become more of a resto-mod than an original anyway, so I figured what the heck. I also got the outer window felts, shifter boot, and the trim clips for the doors. I should be able to get my interior done now that the glass is in and I bought the felts.

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I am really hoping to get a lot done this weekend. I am going right from work tomorrow and am going to work on the car into the night. I hope to get my exhaust hung, and the car tuned and running good this weekend, and anything else is going to be icing on the cake. I figure the lower my expectations are the less I will be disappointed. Will update on my progress from the weekend.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-4-11 Look what showed up at my door
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 08, 2011, 08:53:13 AM
Well... A lot more modification to the exhaust than I had expected, so long story short after 9 hours of work on Friday Night/ Saturday morning the only thing that I really accomplished was getting my H-pipe and collectors ready to be welded together. Not a good day of work, but at this point in my build I don't want to rush anything either. Fitting the 3 inch Mandrel bent pipes under the car is a little tough, especially getting it all to tuck up nice and clean.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-4-11 Look what showed up at my door
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 21, 2011, 09:00:06 AM
Ok, I can't seem to catch a break with this car. It almost feels like the car doesn't want to be finished...

So my dad helped me and we got the exhaust hung, and finally got the car running really good. I got the exhaust on and it looks like the people that had it before me made it so the tail pipes go under the springs and not over the springs with the splitters coming out from under the quarters. I also need to change the way that the driver's side muffler hangs. I think that I will leave the exhaust like this for now, and some time in the future modify it to fit the way it should. And that is the good.

Now we were running the car and I noticed some blue smoke coming from the engine compartment. Now I'm thinking to myself that is not the header wrap burning off, so I looked under my car and I see this oil pooling up? I can't seem to find where its coming from and then I look to the rear of the car and I see oil leaking right out of the rear main seal. To top it off there was oil also leaking onto the headers that I just wrapped, so It looks like I am going to be rewrapping one of my headers. It's a good think that these headers are easy to get on and off.  :shock: I thought that there would be a slim chance that I might be able to get the car out to a few cruises or to a show late in the year, but that is definitely not happening. So it looks like next weekend I will be pulling the motor and getting new seals for the engine.

Here are a few pictures of the exhaust. Let me know what you think. The tail pipes aren't bolted down, so that is why they look funny. just trying to get an idea of what they look like.

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Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: LeighP on August 21, 2011, 06:59:40 PM
Man, that sucks about the oil leak...I feel for you.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: koury73 on August 22, 2011, 01:11:37 PM
lol I just did the same thing with my motor.  mine was leaking oil from the drain plug and getting worse.  I couldn't get it to stop for anything.  Im putting my motor back in today.  I highly recommend the one peice oil pan gasket and the graphtite rear seal.  I will never, ever buy the 4 peice oil pan gasket again.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 22, 2011, 04:47:32 PM
koury, looks like we are keeping pace with each other. I think that is what I am going to do is buy the one piece seal, because it is leaking slightly from the timing cover as well. I am just praying it is only the oil pan gasket and not the rear main. I will know this friday night when I go to look at it then.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: mrbandit on August 23, 2011, 08:12:33 AM
I ran 3" exhaust on my last TA and faced the very problem you are now.  In my case I sold the car before I could extend the exhaust.  I spoke with PYPES about it and the consensus was that the exhaust gases would have cooled enough to not warrant a 3" pipe that far in the system.  I was going to install a 3" > 2.5" reducer after the muffler\axle.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: eroc022 on August 23, 2011, 11:02:33 AM
Hey Ryan, I dont think thats how those tail pipes go? but then again I never saw it mounted anyways, but tips are in the mail, you should be getting them this week.... I felt bad that I possibly didnt have them.... youll see he used the factory hangers in the rear for the tips so that should help with lining things up I hope... but the car looks great! and like I said about the package tray, much much easier to install without the rear glass to get the back two screws in, Yearone doesnt mention that part..... hope you saw the hardware taped to the box somewhere, I almost threw mine out....
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 23, 2011, 11:40:34 AM
eroc022, I didn't think that was how they mounted the exhaust either, but if it isn't like that then it interferes with the gas tank? I am not entirely sure what I am going to do about that though. I am going to try and use the exhaust the way it is and slightly modify it. From what I could tell inside the car it sounded pretty good. Although there were some leaks because it was just roughly bolted up. I will update this weekend. Once I get the tips I will be able to finish the exhaust this weekend. I am hoping that the oil leak is just the pan gasket.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: eroc022 on August 23, 2011, 12:04:23 PM
eroc022, I didn't think that was how they mounted the exhaust either, but if it isn't like that then it interferes with the gas tank? I am not entirely sure what I am going to do about that though. I am going to try and use the exhaust the way it is and slightly modify it. From what I could tell inside the car it sounded pretty good. Although there were some leaks because it was just roughly bolted up. I will update this weekend. Once I get the tips I will be able to finish the exhaust this weekend. I am hoping that the oil leak is just the pan gasket.

I do want to hear it! never got to hear it before... was told it was quite loud.....
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 23, 2011, 12:32:04 PM
Well next year I will be at the Saratoga show, so you can hear it then and see the car. I think there are too many little bugs to get worked out to run the car this year, but first think next year we will be tearing up the streets.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: js1977 on August 24, 2011, 02:22:08 PM
Brother I know it's tough, get something done and then turn around and have to redo it all over again because of one liitle thing... Hang in there, your at the end of the tunnel.  That car is going to be an awesome T/A when your done...
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 24, 2011, 03:48:12 PM
I would like to thank eroc022 for the tips. They were lost but now are found. I took a picture of a cd to show how massive they are. they are custom 3" tips. Thanks man.

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I guess this is something that will make me a little happier.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-20-11 One step forward, two back.
Post by: eroc022 on August 25, 2011, 10:16:30 AM
SWEET glad you got them ok..... hopefully it will help in how the exhaust was routed ?
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-27-11 One step closer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 29, 2011, 11:27:21 AM
Ok, so I actually feel like I made a little progress this weekend. I got the exhaust fabricated to my liking up to the rear axles. I ended up custom making some muffler mounts because the entire system was one off. It took much longer than I had thought, but now the 3" exhaust is tucked up nice and neat. I still need to run the tail pipes, but shouldn't take too much longer. No pictures this weekend because I forgot my camera. I will get some for next weekend though.

I also tuned the car a little bit and I think that I am leaking oil from a combination of the valve covers and the oil pan gasket, which would be a huge relief if that is the case. I ended up checking the oil pan bolts and they weren't all tight. :???: Not sure how that happened, but it has been about 4 years since I put the engine in. I haven't spent a lot of time examining exactly where the oil is coming from to determine it exactly but at first glance that is my guess. And it wasn't leaking when I ran it for about 5 mins, and it would typically start leaking immediately. Once I finish the exhaust I will concentrate more on figuring out exactly where it is coming from and how to stop it.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-27-11 One step closer
Post by: dlocke on August 29, 2011, 01:56:14 PM
I'm glad to see that you've gotten your mojo back.  This is one of my favorite resto threads and I look forward to seeing the end product.  Of course, once you finish it, you'll get bored and start looking for another one to save.  :-D
DJL
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-27-11 One step closer
Post by: Flamn Chkn on August 29, 2011, 03:46:39 PM
Ryan
can you take a few pics of whats behind the rear quarter trim Im toying with the idea of installing a pair of 6 in coaxial speakers in my quarter trim up high
but Im not sure if there is enough room behind for the speaker magnet
Thanks
Todd
Update :
Thanks Ryan nevermind saw what I was looking for in another thread but thanks though
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-27-11 One step closer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 05, 2011, 05:12:51 PM
I'm glad to see that you've gotten your mojo back.  This is one of my favorite resto threads and I look forward to seeing the end product.  Of course, once you finish it, you'll get bored and start looking for another one to save.  :-D
DJL

Thanks, I really appreciate it. I have put a lot of work, sweat, blood, etc. into this car over the last 6 1/2 years.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 8-27-11 One step closer
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 05, 2011, 05:39:54 PM
Finally have the exhaust done. Wow was that a project. I guess it would have been a lot faster to just buy a kit from pipes, or similar, but now that it is over I am very happy with the way that it turned out. I bought an exhaust from a fellow member that had bought the exhaust and decided to go a different direction with the car. So I ended up with it. It is a custom 3" mandrel bent exhaust with SpinTech mufflers that run out of one-off 3" exhaust splitters in the rear. I had to modify sections, extend, contract, and I am very happy with the end results, and it doesn't sound that bad either. Here is 5 weekends worth of work. Sorry about everything being so dusty. I guess that is to be expected since the car hasn't really moved in about 4 years since I installed the driveshaft!! Which I do plan to paint a different color, I was younger back then, not sure what I was thinking.  :shock:

And if you were wondering, the reason that the H-pipe looks crooked is because it is. The passenger side header hangs lower than the driver side, not sure if that was a mistake by Hooker or what. Both mufflers hang at the same level though. That was part of the reason for it taking 5 weekends....

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I wanted them to be sort of stealthy, so those huge tips would poke out just enough to get your attention. I think they look great!!

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Just to show you how massive they really are.

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I would also like to thank another member here kickstartmyheart74, who I went to see to get more parts than I originally bargained for.... I originally went there to get a 400 engine that I plan to stroke out and build up in my spare time, while still being able to drive around my car. It is a 1974 with the casting 481988 with the larger cylinder bores. I also picked up some much needed exhaust hangers to mount the tips, new tail light harness(mine was corroded), wiper motor, and an AM/FM Radio with the factory harness!! He gave me a great deal on everything and was definitely worth the 1 1/2 drive to get there. I had the 8 track player and now I have everything to put the factory radio back in my car. Everything needs to be cleaned up but here it is anyway. Take a look.

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Just for fun I weighed the radio and the 8 track player and it came in at 16 pounds!!

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Next up, finish the interior and finding out where my mysterious oil leak is coming from....
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 9-3-11 Exhaust is finally done with some new parts too!
Post by: LeighP on September 06, 2011, 08:06:35 PM
Exhaust looks good...nice and high. Tips are just right in my opinion.  :cool:
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 9-3-11 Exhaust is finally done with some new parts too!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 07, 2011, 12:30:02 PM
Thanks, Leigh. I took about an hour trying to get the tips in just the right position. I hope that it paid off.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 9-3-11 Exhaust is finally done with some new parts too!
Post by: Burd on September 07, 2011, 01:19:38 PM
I did my tips the same way, I think they look funny too far down.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 9-3-11 Exhaust is finally done with some new parts too!
Post by: eroc022 on September 07, 2011, 06:04:16 PM
Exhaust looks SICK! sorry it took so long, but it did pay off... doesnt look like too much had to be changed... nice that it sits higher than most other systems I have seen.... even above the bottom of the differential...
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, 9-3-11 Exhaust is finally done with some new parts too!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 11, 2011, 12:39:58 PM
I got quite a bit accomplished this weekend. For starters I was able to get my front end buttoned up, the body lines all squared away and now the nose fits like it should. I painted up my washer pump, brackets, and my hood latch assembly. I was able to get the front end to the point where I will be able to put my hood on soon. I also went through the bottom side of my car and torqued down everything needed to be tightened. I aligned my linkages for the 4 speed shifter, since I took everything apart to clean and paint the linkages. I also got a few parts back from my paint guy such as the rear bumper, rear spoiler ends, and front wheel spoilers. Here are some bad cell phone pictures that I took really quick when my Dad and I threw the rear bumper and rear spoiler ends on.

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Also a bit of good news, while my car was on the lift I think I spotted the culprit of where my mysterious leak was. The rear seal for the oil pan gasket was blown out just a little bit and I think it was enough to cause it to leak. I think I will just order a one piece gasket from Butler, and while I am at it get the stainless steel bolt kit from them as well.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 9-10-11
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 02, 2011, 08:31:50 AM
It seems that when I finally get ahead that I somehow seem to get behind again. I will start off with the good. I finally got the car running really good. I am super happy about that, and the oil leak has started to slow down. From everyone that I have talked to, most likely what happened is that the car hasn't ran in such a long time that the seals had dried out and were letting the oil leak seep out. But since I have been getting the engine hot more often the seals swelled up and stopped the leaks. I ended up spending 5 weekends on fitting my exhaust to exactly how I wanted it to fit, and now that I can hear the car run, it was completely worth it. I absolutely love the way that the car sounds. The SpinTech mufflers sound phenomenal, and better than I could have hoped for. Now that the car is running good I was able to take the car for the first real drive down the road. Now this really made my day. Until yesterday I had never driven the car, and it felt so good to actually drive the car down the road. After almost 7 years of building the car I was able to take it down the road under its own power. And did it have power, it had a lot of bottom end. I was just beside myself.

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Here is a cool picture I took. It sort of looks like a barn find with just the nose of the car visible.
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Here are a bunch of interior parts that are ready to be installed.
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0901.jpg~original)

Here is a video of the car running. Listen how quiet the engine compartment is.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/th_DSCN0897.jpg) (http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/?action=view&current=DSCN0897.mp4)


And now the bad...

When I was pulling the car into the driveway the front wheel fell off. I have no idea how this happened because I put all of the rims on with an impact gun. But I have to accept that at some point I must have taken the rim off and possibly just put the lugs on finger tight. Of all the scenarios that could have played out, I have to be thankful that first off no one was hurt. Second that the damage was isolated only to the front fender. There was no damage to the front windshield, doors, rocker panels, front bumper, subframe, etc. I put it up on the lift and everything was great and we re-torqued all the rims. After we put the wheel back on I took it for a second drive and it was fine. Here is what happened.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0898.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0899.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0900.jpg~original)

Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: Aldo on October 02, 2011, 10:24:04 AM
Thank god  its only that.. the video was real nice,sound amaizing
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: thebird3d on October 02, 2011, 11:39:52 AM
Your TA sounds awesome!  Love that Pontiac rumble.  That really sucks about the fender, at least that's the only damage.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: js1977 on October 02, 2011, 03:35:41 PM
Car sounds awesome!!!! Then I scrolled down and suddenly felt like I was kicked in the nuts... I can only imagine how you felt.... Glad that no one was hurt and the fender is the only thing damaged... I bet you spend the rest of your life double checking the lug nuts on your cars.. :lol: Keep up the great work...
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: LeighP on October 03, 2011, 06:43:59 AM
Man, thats a real shame.
My friend did that years ago on his 63 Pontiac...except it was a back wheel and his came off during a burnout.....now that caused some damage.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 03, 2011, 09:06:08 AM
Car sounds awesome!!!! Then I scrolled down and suddenly felt like I was kicked in the nuts... I can only imagine how you felt.... Glad that no one was hurt and the fender is the only thing damaged... I bet you spend the rest of your life double checking the lug nuts on your cars.. :lol: Keep up the great work...

Ha, you have no idea. It was probably the worst feeling that I have ever had, knowing that all of that hard work and money was just ruined. When it first happened, I just walked away and got in my car and just drove. So until I got back to inspect it, I really didn't know the extent of the damage. When I got back I was actually surprised that it wasn't as bad as I had initially thought. Something like having the lug nuts torqued is so fundamental, yet somehow was overlooked.

Although my fender was trashed, I almost feel like the weekend was a draw. I have been waiting 6 1/2 years to drive my car, and it did feel really good. I finally tuned the carb, and it has made all the difference. And the exhaust notes are so much better than I had thought initially. My dad had flowmaster super40's on his Chevelle, and I feel like the SpinTech's sound much better than his.
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: Yuk0n Jack on October 03, 2011, 09:19:15 AM
Man I'm sorry about the fender damage - I can only imagine how bad that made you feel.  A beautiful car and a repair later and it will be all good. 
Title: Re: My 1976 T/A on a budget, Update 10-1-2011 Driving without any lug nuts, Not good
Post by: eroc022 on October 07, 2011, 12:31:45 AM
Bummer about the fender.... but your exhaust sounds and looks GREAT! Id keep that motor in there, until something either happens or you feel like its time for something new..... take your time, enjoy your car, with the right time and research you can do the swap within a week....
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 16, 2011, 05:26:35 PM
Yeah the deal fell through on the LS1, just wasn't the right time, but maybe someday...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 16, 2011, 05:35:30 PM
Not a whole lot of progress this weekend. Just got the over-spray off of my door windows from the paint shop and installed the driver's side door sweep and interior door panel. I mostly just picked up my parts and condensed a lot of parts that I had scattered all around. I also got a game plan for keeping myself on track to finish the car for spring. This time I really will have it done for spring.

My newest update though is my stereo system. I bought a factory AM radio that has been converted to the specs of a newer stereo. It will play AM/FM, and has an aux input for an ipod, sat. radio, etc. So the factory AM/FM radio that I had was useless, or so I thought. I put it in the for sale thread here, and didn't have any offers until I got a deal to trade my AM/FM radio and my old 8 track player (needs work) for a completely refurbished 8 track player. So now I will have a factory looking radio, with 8 track, that has the modern functionality of a new radio!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1959.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1957.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1954.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1953.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1949.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/103_1944.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/8track2.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/8track.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/8track3.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: Burd on October 16, 2011, 09:25:40 PM
That radio is sweet!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: RayB on October 17, 2011, 04:17:01 PM
wait a minute...did you just name her Bernadine or did I miss that earlier?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 17, 2011, 05:46:51 PM
No, I just decided on that name. I think that it fits.

Both my 8 track and my converted radio are on their way to my house!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: takid455 on October 18, 2011, 06:35:02 AM
I assume you will be able to receive FM stations w/ the new radio. How do you go about station indication w/ am AM dial. I know you could best guess based on relative positioning of the indicator. Is there a digital read out?

Could they have installed an FM face plate?

just curious. Question is aside from listening habits such as Ipods, 8 tracks , ect...just pertaining to FM radio.

Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 18, 2011, 12:49:00 PM
The radio will accept FM stations and will switch be the button farthest to the left, now as far as knowing what station it is, that will be a guess. But it's not that big of a deal because I will probably be streaming internet radio off of my phone or off my ipod. Not a big deal for me. The coolest thing for me will be the ability to play the 8 Track through the existing radio!! It is more of a cool factor than anything else. There is not a digital read out, it is just purely what you see.

As far as switching to an FM faceplate I have no idea. I will post a video when I get it all installed though.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-1-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 23, 2011, 03:43:31 PM
Didn't get a whole lot done this weekend, but every little thing helps. I was able to get the trim painted on my car. I plan on painting every trim piece on the car that was chrome or polished a flat trim black. I got the front and rear window trim painted and the door handles painted as well. I think it turned out great. I am super excited. I wasn't able to put all of the trim on, but I was able to put the front window trim on and the driver's side door handle on. I am pretty excited because now the drivers side door is fully functional. I hope to have the rest of the door assembled soon and start on the passenger's side. Hope you enjoy the the pictures although there are just a few.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2011-10-22_20-02-08_444.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2011-10-22_20-01-54_117.jpg~original)

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: roadking77 on October 23, 2011, 05:08:24 PM
Looking good! what did you paint the trim with? I want to do the same with my windshield and back window mouldings, thought I would get them powder coated if that will be cheaper than buying new black. I want something that will be durable.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: js1977 on October 23, 2011, 05:55:18 PM
That look pretty good!!!, I'm having all my window trim coated black but I didn't think about the door handles, hmmm... I might have to steal this from you, lol...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 24, 2011, 06:56:08 AM
Looking good! what did you paint the trim with? I want to do the same with my windshield and back window mouldings, thought I would get them powder coated if that will be cheaper than buying new black. I want something that will be durable.
The product is called SEM Trim Black. It is designed for painting trim, and if I am not mistaken it is what is used by auto manufacturers. Also it was very easy to paint, and dried super fast.

That look pretty good!!!, I'm having all my window trim coated black but I didn't think about the door handles, hmmm... I might have to steal this from you, lol...
Don't worry because "my" idea isn't orignial either. I just hope it is going to be durable enough. I put about 5 coats on it, so i hope that it will hold up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: roadking77 on October 24, 2011, 01:13:25 PM
Thanks for the info, I think I'll give that a try, save a couple bucks on the powder coating for "something important"
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2011, 07:45:45 PM
Nothing to really update here, other than I finally found a good deal on my disk brake swap! I found a set of C5 calipers, and an almost complete LS1 rear brake set-up for sale on Pro-Touring.com. Now the only thing that I will be missing would be brake lines, adjustable proportion valve, Kore3 front brackets, Kore3 front hubs, and e-brake cables. I can't wait to get these on the car, but I wane to get everything that I need before I start the teardown, so I will have to put off installing these brakes to a later time. But the most of the expensive parts I already have.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSC_0174.jpg~original)

Eventually I want my brake set-up to look like this. I think that yellow rather than red because of the color. I will have the front and rear calipers powdercoated yellow.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/z06brakes-1.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 10-22-2011
Post by: LeighP on November 04, 2011, 08:59:04 PM
Might be a little harder to keep clean wit hthat bright yellow....but they'll highlight well against the grey.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 12-31-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 31, 2011, 10:49:24 AM
Well, it has been a really long time since my last update. It is hard to start working on your car after such a long time. It took a little while to just figure out where I left off. I decided to start putting on the cover for the deck lid springs. Then I finished putting on the rear trim.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0920.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0921.jpg~original)

I also put on the tail light trim bezels, and aligned the rear spoilers. Now that I have that done, the rear of the car is all buttoned up. It is nice to think that the rear section of my car is totally done and complete. Just one more step closer to having the car complete.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0922.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0924.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0928.jpg~original)

My sister got me the shifter knob that I have wanted ever since I saw that they were being reproduced. I put it on and love the way it looks. The car is really starting to come together.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0929.jpg~original)

I also put on the driver's side mirror.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0932.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0933.jpg~original)

I didn't get anything big accomplished, just a bunch of little things. Hope that you enjoy the pictures.

Happy New Year!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 12-31-2011
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 31, 2011, 11:03:19 AM
I just noticed that there is a good before and after picture. Let me know what you think.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/Jul31641.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/DSCN0928.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 12-31-2011
Post by: LeighP on December 31, 2011, 03:26:22 PM
Before and after really shows how far you've come....looking great!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 04, 2012, 03:21:36 PM
Well I was thinking of what I need to do to my car in the next few months and was thinking about what I can do to lower the front of my car since it sits so high. I just realized that I don't have any shims on the upper A-arm. I am hoping that if I put a few shims in the top A-Arms that it will let the front end sit down lower. Do you think that will work?

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/DSCN0534.jpg~original)

Also I think that I am going to make some panels to delete my A/C Heater box. I eventually want to put in the Vintage Air, but don't want to completely shave the firewall in case I would like to put it back to original some day. Another update is that I should be getting my fender back from the paint shop soon so I will be able to put that back on and hopefully tie the front end together, Again.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: 1blk1 on January 04, 2012, 04:51:07 PM
nice color
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: sinister76ta on January 04, 2012, 05:36:38 PM
Looks like it's jumping for joy.  8)

Well I was thinking of what I need to do to my car in the next few months and was thinking about what I can do to lower the front of my car since it sits so high. I just realized that I don't have any shims on the upper A-arm. I am hoping that if I put a few shims in the top A-Arms that it will let the front end sit down lower. Do you think that will work?

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/DSCN0534.jpg)

Also I think that I am going to make some panels to delete my A/C Heater box. I eventually want to put in the Vintage Air, but don't want to completely shave the firewall in case I would like to put it back to original some day. Another update is that I should be getting my fender back from the paint shop soon so I will be able to put that back on and hopefully tie the front end together, Again.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: Aldo on January 04, 2012, 07:20:45 PM
Those shims are for the angle (pitch of the tire) and are used when aligning the wheels ,it will not change you hight,,im almost sure you have the wrong springs for the front.many gm cars have the same looking coils but some are rated HD for trucks and maybe thats something to look into,make sure you got the correct springs.
on that note ,dont forget to tighten those nuts this time.... :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 08, 2012, 08:49:44 PM
I got some more done this weekend, but I felt more like I was going backwards. I decided that eventually I would like to get a Vintage Air kit for my car in the future, so that means good bye to the suitcase that is on my firewall and under my dash. It freed up a lot of space under the hood. I am building my own block off plates to clean up the firewall. I didn't want to weld in panels to shave the firewall so I have the option to put the car back to original.

Here are all the parts that came off the firewall.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-08_14-02-36_337.jpg~original)

Look at all the space the suitcase took up.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-08_14-02-58_303.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-08_14-03-07_990.jpg~original)

Here is the one block-off plate. I didn't get a chance to finish the other side, but will get it done next time I get to work on the car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-08_15-17-59_805.jpg~original)

Here is the finished plate, and the installed pictures.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-08_16-45-05_770.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: Aldo on January 08, 2012, 08:58:50 PM
Looks good i like the clean look,and even thought about doing the same thing,but i thought what happens if i get stuck in the rain and the windows fog up how would i get the fog out without a blower fan....so i decided not to.do you have a back up plan..
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 09, 2012, 11:21:45 AM
Looks good i like the clean look,and even thought about doing the same thing,but i thought what happens if i get stuck in the rain and the windows fog up how would i get the fog out without a blower fan....so i decided not to.do you have a back up plan..
For the time being I am just going to hope for the best, but when I get the money I want to install Vintage Air. I only intend to drive the car on nice days, but worst case scenario if that happens then I will just have to pull over and wait it out.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: js1977 on January 09, 2012, 02:47:16 PM
Cars looking awesome, had a question though...

How hard was it to line up your rear spoiler, any tips or tricks to help it line up perfect like yours?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 09, 2012, 03:24:26 PM
I made sure that my spoilers fit really well before paint to ensure they would line up. Before you start to fit the spoilers make sure that the trunk lid is completely aligned to your liking. Then I loosely fit both side spoilers to allow for minor adjustments, then placed the center spoiler to fit each side. Then once it all fit nicely I tightened it all down. It wasn't too bad. I was very happy with the fitment of the spoilers. If the car is already painted, not sure how to make the spoilers fit really well without sanding the spoilers to fit and then touching them up. Hope that helps.

The fitment that I wasn't happy with is the rear bumper. That fit horribly, but if I tightened it down any farther it would have cracked the paint.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: js1977 on January 09, 2012, 08:49:13 PM
Thanks, I just need to tweak it a little, but it's a project thats way down the list,  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 11, 2012, 03:08:55 PM
I got a great deal on some faux leather for my headliner today ($15) and I think since I got more than enough material I am going to recover my armrest. That was pretty much the last thing on my list of things that I need for my interior. I will probably glue the material to my headliner sometime this weekend and get my interior back together. After I get my block off plates done though.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: Aldo on January 11, 2012, 06:19:48 PM
Cant wait to see that headliner when finished... :-D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: 72blackbird on January 12, 2012, 12:13:32 AM
Ryan,
Congratulations on the quality of your build- you clearly put alot of time, money, labor and thought into your T/A. I was looking and looking and finally found that video of you firing up your engine- those Spintechs really make it sound like a beast!

Geno
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Update 1-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 12, 2012, 10:42:21 AM
Ryan,
Congratulations on the quality of your build- you clearly put alot of time, money, labor and thought into your T/A. I was looking and looking and finally found that video of you firing up your engine- those Spintechs really make it sound like a beast!

Geno
Thank you. I really appreciate comments like this. I have been working very hard on this project for a very long time. As my ideas for this car have changed, my philosophy has stayed the same. I have always wanted to do quaility work that was up to my standards, and/or use parts that are going to add to the quaility of my car. I haven't done anything on this car that was half-cocked and don't intend to. That is probably the reason that I have had the car for 7 years and it is still not done.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" Parts Update 1-12-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 12, 2012, 10:47:01 AM
Ok, well I made my decision. I compromised with myself and the poll that I made in the lobby section. I really need to do something with my front suspension, but also want to finish my C5 front brakes. This is what I ended up buying the following from Custom Works:

•   C5 Laser cut brackets
•   Custom Milled Hubs to Adapt the C5 rotor
•   SS braided lines for C5 Calipers
•   Solid Body Bushings
•   Gen II GT springs
•   Koni Single adjustable Front shocks

So the next few updates will hopefully be installing the front suspension parts, lowering the front end of my car and getting my 13” C5 Corvette brakes installed. They are being shipped out today and will most likely have them for next weekend.

On a side note, I just want to let people know that if you shop around you can most definitely do the C5 upgrade on a budget. Not including the 17” rims that are required for clearance, I have $325 into the front brakes! I have waited for the right time to purchased parts when I find good deals. I would concentrate other parts of finishing my car while always watching the for sale thread on Pro-touring.com.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Parts Update 1-12-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 15, 2012, 11:25:04 AM
Didn't get any work done on my car this weekend, but I did get a lot of work done on my dad's shop. My dad had a two car garage that he has outgrew and new decided a few years ago to start building a 28x40 pole barn that we are going to make into a shop, complete with a lift! We have been slowly working on this but have recently made a lot of progress on the interior. Here are some pictures.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-03-45_221.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-03-52_934.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-04-05_690.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-04-10_971.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-04-25_58.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_12-35-44_382.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_13-22-31_466.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/2012-01-14_14-17-09_527.jpg~original)

I did get a few of my Brake upgrades in yesterday. I got the hubs w/ new bearings, stainless steel braided hoses, and the laser cut brackets to mount the calipers.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-14_21-04-39_696.jpg~original)

I also got a good picture of my rear bumper. Although I am not completely happy with the way that the bumper is fitted and I think that I may take out the rear bumper and I may fabricate some hangers to fit the bumper better.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-01-14_08-45-29_902.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Parts Update 1-15-12
Post by: LeighP on January 15, 2012, 01:45:07 PM
Workshop looks good...having a floor above is really handy for storage...I miss my old shop that had a huge loft.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Parts Update 1-15-12
Post by: Aldo on January 15, 2012, 02:25:36 PM
Now that what im looking to do next ,get out of the city and find some land to build a shop of my own....nice shop man great job.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 05, 2012, 10:10:00 AM
So, I was finally able to get some time to work on my car this weekend. I was able to get everything done on my list and then some. I was able to install a lot of the parts that I had ordered. I switched out my stock coil springs with the GT springs from Pro-touring F-body. I rented a coil spring compressor from Autozone, and it made the job a lot easier. I will get a comparison picture of the ride height difference when I get the fenders back on, but I would guess that it lowered my ride by about 4 inches. I really like the way it is sitting now.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-02-05_13-01-19_481.jpg~original)

I also installed my solid body bushings from PTFB as well. I didn't get a good picture of them installed, but it definitely stiffened up the whole body. I am excited to see how the car will react with the new front springs, solid body bushings and Koni adjustable shocks.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-02-04_09-38-12_501.jpg~original)

I also bought a sheet of .050 Aluminum to create a block off plate for my A/C delete. I think that it turned out great, and it ended up being much cheaper than buying on. I went to my local steel yard and got the sheet for around 20 bucks. I cut it out using my stock A/C box as a template, and then painted it black to match my firewall. I fit great and looks better than I thought it would turn out.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-02-04_08-40-35_459.jpg~original)

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Now to the exciting part, for me. All I really wanted to do was go get my stock calipers off and get my modified 3rd gen rotors converted to Hubs installed. That will allow for me to put on my C5 brake conversion. Here is a sneak preview of what the big brake front conversion will look like.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-02-04_14-37-00_628.jpg~original)

All in all it was a great weekend, and I was very pleased at the progress that I got done. I am really starting to see the end of this project. I also came to the realization that if I keep changing my mind on this project that I am never going to get to drive the car. I am happy with what I have done now. and I am glad that I can finally see the end.

Thanks for looking,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 05, 2012, 10:24:55 AM
I also just recently bought a dash mounted door lock switch from a fellow member here ILLTA77. He was able to supply me with a bunch of parts to get the switch mounted on my dash. Eventually I am going to upgrade to power locks and windows. I want this car to be a resto-mod/ Pro-touring look with all of the modern conveniences of a modern car. I like the ideas of having the stock switches to control the modern options that I want in this car. All photos courtesy of ILLTA77.

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And this is what it will look like once it is all done. Photo of ILLTA77's car with the switch installed.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-4-12
Post by: js1977 on February 05, 2012, 10:46:23 AM
The car is coming along great.  I got a question, I got the same body bushings with the rad support bushings as well from Pro-touring.  How hard was it to install them? Did you just do one at a time?  Any words of advice?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-4-12
Post by: Aldo on February 05, 2012, 07:55:48 PM
Thats a good thing to know ,i never seen the door lock switch before like that,i have them on both door pannels ,because they are 80,but i think what your doing looks much better..
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 06, 2012, 11:12:45 AM
The car is coming along great.  I got a question, I got the same body bushings with the rad support bushings as well from Pro-touring.  How hard was it to install them? Did you just do one at a time?  Any words of advice?

I actually did two at a time, but I also didn't have any of my front end on. The way that I did it was lifted the front of the car up, put two jack stands under the front of the sub-frame. Then, since my dad has a lift in the garage, I put the lift arms under the body of the car, close to where the sub-frame bolts up, unbolted the front two bolts, and lifted the car up just enought to take the old bushings out and replace them with the new solid bushings. Then I repeated the procedure in the rear. Once they were installed I torqued them down to 100 ft/lbs. per the instructions.

As far as the core support bushings, I don't have the fenders on so they were a snap. If you have any questions feel free to pm me.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-11-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 11, 2012, 06:29:30 PM
Well I was able to get into the garage again this weekend. I wanted to concentrate on getting the interior more complete, and I wanted to start with my headliner. I bought some faux leather from Jo Ann Fabrics a while ago and I finally installed it.

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Here you can see a few pieces broke off of the corner. I had to repair that before I could lay down the material.

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I laid out the material to get the wrinkles out and get it ready to roll out. Once I was happy with the way it was laying down, I glued it down with some 3M extra strength bonding glue.

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I cut out the holes and glued down the corners and edges.

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Once I let it dry for about 3 hours I installed it in the car. While it was drying I installed the driver's side door panel.

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I also was able to install the sun visors that I took from my donor car 1973 Esprit. Notice the original label under the driver's side sunvisor telling you how to operate your new Pontiac! So cool, and it is in fantastic shape.

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Here you can see the headliner installed and won't be coming out anytime soon.

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I also installed my drivers side door panel. The interior is really starting to come together. It is nice to see some of the car complete and starting to feel like a complete car. 

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - Update 2-11-12
Post by: js1977 on February 11, 2012, 07:02:01 PM
Looking good, you'd be amazed at how much it brings the car closer to being done...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 14, 2012, 04:10:19 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. Since I had a bunch of material left, I am going to recover my center console lid and I am going to attempt to make a custom shift boot. We will see how that goes.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: falcon4 on February 15, 2012, 02:04:38 AM
Keep at it mate! She starting to look really good.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: LeighP on February 15, 2012, 04:10:29 AM
Nicejob on the ehadliner...looks great!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 16, 2012, 06:45:47 AM
Just an update, my painter took a much needed break due to overworking himself, but now is catching up with all of the projects he has taken on. He told me that he wanted another fender to match the contours of the fender that was some how damaged... we won't go there. Anyway he told me that he will have all of my parts painted this weekend, which means on Monday when I have the day off I am going to try and get this car back together. Now that my headliner is in for good, I think that the rest of my interior will go together very quickly, so I am hoping to have that completed.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: 72blackbird on February 16, 2012, 10:06:02 AM
 Looking pretty good- I like the solid headliner too, I think my 72 will get one as well.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-11-12 Custom Headliner Installed
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 17, 2012, 06:27:29 AM
I finally was able to get the pictures from my body shop of the car being prepped and painted! I didn't want to add them out of order, but here is a link to them on my build sheet for you guys to check out. Be careful, there are over 30 pictures!!

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=24465.msg380479#msg380479
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-20-12 Interior installation
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 20, 2012, 06:43:37 PM
I had the day off of work today and decided to get a little more done on my car. I was able to remove the passenger side window and remove the over spray from the painter and install the door panel. Before I could install the door panel, I had to put on the NOS door swipes that I had from YearOne a while ago. Once those were on the door assembly when quite fast. I had to take the seats out of the car and paint the tracks as they were a little rusted, and I didn't like the way it looked.

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I assembled the 8 Track and put in in the center console and installed it as one unit into the car.

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As part of updating my interior, I finally got around to installing the YearOne rear deck panel. I really like the way that it turned out. It really cleans up the look of the car.

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I also put a fender on just to see how much lower the car would sit with the new springs. Here is a sneak peak with the fender just sitting on the car.

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Overall I felt like I was able to get quite a bit done. Every little bit counts and will get me that much closer to being done!

Enjoy the pictures.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-20-12 Interior installation
Post by: Sneaky on February 20, 2012, 08:43:26 PM
Great job looks great!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-26-12 I got my Fender Back from Paint!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 27, 2012, 08:26:11 AM
After a long wait my painter sent me this picture of my fender all repaired and ready to be put back on the car. He also painted the rest of my parts. I am excited to see what my shaker will look like! Hopefully the next time that I work on my car I will be able to put the front end sheet metal back together. Possibly bolt on the hood. That would be nice to see what the car will look like all back together.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-02-269512-51-1695856.jpg~original)

I will get some more pictures soon, as they will be dropped off at my house today.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-26-12 Fender is back from paint!
Post by: koury73 on February 27, 2012, 08:45:21 AM
that new suspension really helped your stance a lot!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-26-12 Fender is back from paint!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 01, 2012, 05:27:59 PM
Small update, I started thinking about wiring up and decided that I didn't want to utilize the factory wiring connectors. I had an old wiring adapter for one of my old GM vehicles and decided to buy a reverse harness and wire it into my car. I am going to wire it in case I decide to put another stereo in the future, and it will help to make the stereo removable . Here are some pictures of what the harnesses look like soldered to the stereo.

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I plan to work on my car this Saturday morning. I am hoping to get my spindles modified for the C5 brakes, hubs re-installed, front C5 calipers and rotors installed, and putting on my front sheet metal. If I have other time I plan to wire in my stereo to the car.

Another small update, I was able to get some parts that I have needed to finish my car. I found a pair of good 76 grills and also was able to trade a timing cover I was trying to sell for a pair of AC kick panels that were in great shape.

I will update some pictures once I get done.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget - 2-26-12 Fender is back from paint!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 04, 2012, 09:29:40 AM
I wasn't able to get as much as I wanted done, but still I was able to get a huge step forward. I was able to get my C5 brakes installed. I have been collecting parts for this upgrade for a long time and now I was finally able to get it installed. It took a lot of work and patience making sure that everything lined up and was going to be square. I used the included instructions from Custom Works to modify the spindles to accept the new C5 calipers and brackets.

First I had to actually cut into my spindles, and let me tell you that was a cool feeling that I was doing the upgrade, but once that one ear came off of the spindle I realized there was no turning back.

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Once the ears came off the spoilers to clear the new brackets I used a grinding wheel to clean up and smooth out the areas where I made the cut. I think that it turned out really well.

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The two holes for the old dust cover need to be drilled out with a 3/8 inch drill bit and then tapped with a 7/16 by 14 threads tap. This is what took a really long time is making sure that the hole for the tap was completely square and that the tap was going in straight. If this is off it can cause failure by making the bolt fatigued.

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Next I had to re-install the spindles onto the car and getting the C5 brackets installed and torqued down. I made sure to check all of the fitment of the brackets before I did a final install and glad that I did because I ended up needing to remove more of the spindle. I also made sure to torque down the ball joints to the correct specs and install the cotter pins so the bolts won't come out again. I bought new grade 8 bolts and torqued them down to what was recommended by Custom Works. I added a little thread lock to them for some added insurance.

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Now it was time to install the hubs that I also bought from Custom Works. They are pieces that were machined from 3rd gen F-body rotors and turned down into hubs to allow for the correct spacing for the wheels. They came from Custom Works with new inner and outer wheel bearings along with new dust covers for the rear. One downfall to the hubs is the studs are Metric, so I either have to press on some new SAE studs make sure not to mix and match my lugs. Once they were installed I torqued the spindle nuts down to 12 ft/lbs. to set the bearings, then backed the nuts off until there was some play back and forth with the hub. Once I felt the play I tightened the nut to the next closest hold for the cotter pin and king nut to line up. I put new cotter pins in and put the dust caps back on.

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This was the most exciting part for me. I put on the rotors and calipers to check the clearance with the wheels, and what luck the 17" rims that I bought fit over the calipers! Actually I knew they were going to fit because before I bought the rims I used a template that was supplied by Kore3 to measure the rims. Although I wasn't 100% sure, I was confident enough to buy the rims. They fit great, although I may need a small spacer for the rims when I install new pads, as when they have new pads, they calipers float too far out causing the rims to contact the caliper.

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Lastly I installed the stainless steel braided hoses that came with the kit. They are conversion hoses that are metric on the side for the calipers and SAE for the side that bolts to the brake lines. That way it is a complete bolt on kit that doesn't require any other fittings. They came with new clips, crush washers, and bolts. Very complete kit from Custom Works, and they did a great job with the parts that I ordered. And last but not least my favorite picture of the day.

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There is some slight surface rust on the rotors, but will clean up as soon as I hit the brakes.The only thing that needs to be finished is the brakes need to be bled. I tried to bleed them, but for some reason they were being difficult. It was getting late so I decided to call it a day. I was able to cross that off my list of things to do. I was putting this off because I knew that it was going to be time consuming, and I am glad that I jumped in head first.

I also was able to get some 1976 grills from a member on 78ta.com, and I will be painting them black to match the trim. I am really excited to see what the car is going to look like when it is finished.

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That is all for now. Enjoy.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-3-2012 C5 Brake installation
Post by: takid455 on March 06, 2012, 07:40:46 AM
Installed 1/2-20 Studs on all 4 corners. ARP has a set for Mustang 2 front end that are cheap and get the job done. They are press-in / Knurl style. You will need a 39/64 bit. Do it once and call it a day. Cut the studs to desired length.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a budget "Bernadine" What do you think? 1-4-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 09, 2012, 03:24:39 PM
Looks like it's jumping for joy.  8)


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Not any more!! Here is a comparison of what it was like before the GT springs and after.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-3-2012 C5 Brake installation
Post by: LeighP on March 11, 2012, 06:44:42 AM
THAT looks better!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-3-2012 C5 Brake installation
Post by: AngryBird1 on March 12, 2012, 06:40:27 AM
Looking great!  New suspension really helped!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-3-2012 C5 Brake installation
Post by: Aldo on March 12, 2012, 07:43:55 PM
Wow what a difference in hight,looks great now back to normal.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-3-2012 C5 Brake installation
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2012, 07:47:47 AM
I was able to take Friday and Saturday off of work this week and I was able to get a lot done on the car. My first goal was to get the fenders and front end of my car back together. I put the fenders and nose piece together and all of the body lines matched up very nicely. The fender that is on the car was actually the fender that was damaged earlier. My body guy did a fantastic job of getting it back together and you can't tell that the fender was ever damaged. Here are some pictures.

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I was able to get the marker lights in and they fit very nicely.

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Then I got the front bumper on.

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Here is a picture of the stance with all of the front sheet metal on.

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I blacked out the front grills and the fog light bezels.

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I feel like I didn't get that much done, but I think it is because I am just getting back to where I was before I had the incident with the fender. This is all that I got done on Friday. More to come for Saturday. I will post those pictures up soon.

Ryan

Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-16-2012 Getting it back together.
Post by: 78TransAm on March 18, 2012, 09:55:41 AM
Nice progress, the car is really taking shape.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-16-2012 Getting it back together.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2012, 12:25:29 PM
Now I was also able to work on the car this Saturday as well. I wasn't able to get as much done as I hoped, but progress is progress. What took me so long was the first two tasks I did; Kick panel installation and fixing the fuel gauge. I was able to get the fuel gauge reading correctly as well as putting my kick panels on. I didn't think they were going to take that long, but that is how it goes. They ended up taking me most of the morning to accomplish. Any way, I was able to get those tasks done and on to other things.

Here is the car in the air when I was fixing the fuel gauge.

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Here are the kick panels that I installed.

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Once they were done, I was able to get my Koni Adjustable shocks on. That was a good feeling bolting on something that was new!

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While the car was on the lift, I also painted my rear drums black so they weren't in primer any longer.

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I was having trouble with my factory 8k tach so instead of having it sent away to be fixed, I gutted an Autometer gauge that I had laying around and grafted it into my factory gauge bezel. I think that it turned out great and will be a good temporary fix to my issue of not having a tach.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-03-17_15-35-07_607.jpg~original)

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I now have the rest of my parts all painted! I got the wheel spoilers and shaker back from my paint guy. Let me tell you it looks so good. I cannot wait to put them all on the car. It is going to change the appearance of the car completely. Here they are.

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Here are just another few photos of the car just parked and in its current condition.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: RayB on March 19, 2012, 03:07:25 PM
Lookin real good  8)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: Aldo on March 19, 2012, 03:21:47 PM
Nice ,,,.....getting there.i really like the tac.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 24, 2012, 06:44:19 PM
I was able to get in the garage on Friday afternoon for a few hours. I have been having a lot of trouble getting my brakes bled after I did the C5 front brake conversion. My dad and I had about 10 hours logged into trying to get the brakes bled over the past few weeks. It had boggled my mind that it was taking this long and we weren't getting anywhere because we tried everything. I thought that it was the proportioning valve since that was the only piece of the system that wasn't new or refurbished. The worst part of the whole deal, was that before I put the C5 brakes on, all of the brakes were working fine? So we were all lost as to what the problem could be.

I finally said that enough was enough and we pulled the Master Cylinder off and started from there. I was very surprised to find that there was quite a bit of rust on the back of the master cylinder around the pump? Upon further inspection we found that the front plunger was sticking? I bought a new/refurbished piece from a local parts store about 4 years ago and thought that it would be good. I guess it makes me think differently about some of the auto parts stores. Since I needed a new one, I called Tobin at Kore3 and he told me that I wouldn't be happy with the petal feel on the stock MC with the 1 1/8th inch bore. He said that a good cheaper alternative to buying an aftermarket piece would be to buy a stock 68-76 C3 Corvette Manual brake MC. These come with a 1" Bore which is the same as the bore on the factory C5 brakes. It should give me the same petal feel as the factory C5 and much better stopping power than the original brakes.

Now, although I was upset that I spent all that time thinking that I had a good MC, I was happily surprised to find out that the parts store actually gave me a full exchange price on the MC I bought 4 years ago and the C3 MC was cheaper than the one I originally bought so I ended up getting back $8 in change! I didn't think that was too bad. The C3 MC was completely bolt in, with the exception of having to make a spacer to make up for the difference with the brake petal plunger. It took me around 20 mins to make the spacer and it fit great. I will get some pictures next weekend when I go to work on the car. I was able to get the new MC installed in about 20 mins and bled in about another 20 mins. It is amazing to me that it was as simple as getting a new MC, and it actually looks fairly stock. I am completely happy with my upgrade now.

That is all for now.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: LeighP on March 25, 2012, 02:15:32 PM
Car is looking great, Ryan. Yeah, brake work can be a pain, eh?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: 76455sd on March 25, 2012, 05:38:23 PM
car looks great. nice work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 26, 2012, 05:28:03 AM
Here are the pictures of my C3 new Master Cylinder. I still need to clean up my engine bay so please excuse all of the dust from sitting around.

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And it will get painted along with the lines, but I wanted to get the car outside to wash a layer of dust/dirt off of it and didn't have time to paint the master this time. I need to redo the lines because for some reason paint and brake fluid don't like each other.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: AngryBird on March 26, 2012, 06:31:48 AM
This car is awesome and the work you did on the tach is just plain slick.   :cool:

-Trevor
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: BAN ONE on March 26, 2012, 07:15:51 AM
Looking good!!

Does the tach have it's own lighting (back lit) for night time? If not, you might have problems seeing it at night with the tach mounted directly against the bezel.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 26, 2012, 07:59:21 AM
Thanks for all of the comments guys, I really appreciate it. I have put a lot of hard work into this car, hoping to reap some rewards soon.

Does the tach have it's own lighting (back lit) for night time? If not, you might have problems seeing it at night with the tach mounted directly against the bezel.

To address your question, yes the tach has it's own lighting and yes the tach will light up at night. I actually didn't allow the tach to sit flush to the bezel, which allows light from inside the cluster to be seen at night. Also the tach does have it's own light, but since I have modified it to fit the cluster I didn't hook it up. Possible shift light? Also like I have mentioned before, this is only a temporary fix. Eventually I am going to get a whole new set of gauges or get a factory appearing gauges with upgraded internals. For this summer though it is going to suite me just well. I need to get some miles under my belt.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-24-12 C3 Master Cylinder
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 29, 2012, 08:45:44 AM
I ended up buying a pair of Bosch E-code glass headlights off of Ebay, for $50 shipped. These will allow me to do the H4/9003 upgrade for a much brighter headlights during the night. Also allows me to have a replacable bulbs incase one blows, the whole headlight doesn't need to be replaced. I am very happy with the quaility when I opened them and they look more clear than what was shown in the pictures. From what I read online these headlights are on par with Hella, but are 1/3 the price. Now I had to buy some bulbs from the auto parts store, so all in I have $80 into them. I will give a better review once they are installed.

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I hope to get some time in the garage this weekend, but no guarantees. If I do, I will get the hood and wheel spoilers on and possibly the shaker. It would sure be nice to see the car complete.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-24-12 C3 Master Cylinder
Post by: richduty455 on March 29, 2012, 08:51:28 AM
awesome!!!  I've been watching this one for a while.....I'm super excited to see it all done!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-17-2012 Custom Autometer Tach
Post by: David Green on March 29, 2012, 03:12:22 PM
I need to get some miles under my belt.

Thanks,
Ryan
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Absolutely, you need to drive that beast, and summer is a great time to do that!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-30-12 Wheel spoiler Install
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 01, 2012, 08:10:22 AM
I am really looking forward to getting the car finished, (finished enough to drive, it will never be finished) and getting all the bugs worked out for the show at Saratoga Springs, NY this year.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-30-12 Wheel spoiler Install
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 01, 2012, 08:48:44 AM
I was able to put in some time this Friday to get some more accomplished on the car. I have been trying to just get as much done on the car as I can. I worked on the car from Friday at around 7:30 and continued on until 4am the next day! Once I start working on the car I just don't want to stop. I didn't get as much done as I wanted, but that is how it goes.

The first thing I wanted to do was get my dash bezel ready to install. It was super dirty and wanted it to look as good as it could without being refinished. Eventually would like to send it out to Randy Combs to be refinished, but at this time I need to focus on getting the car on the road and things like that for a later date. Here is what I started with.

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I got it cleaned up and installed, after I got the wipers working that is. I am not sure what I did to get the wipers working, but I just started to move things around inside and it finally started to work? The wipers were a mystery to me, so I am glad that they are working now. I no longer have any wiring issues, so that was a great weight lifted off my shoulders.

Here is the bezel installed.

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I also installed the door lock switch that I bought a few months ago. I bought it from ILLTA77, and he included the wiring pigtail and a new decal for the switch. Here is what it looks like installed. I don't have the power locks installed yet, but it will be something I do in the future.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-03-31_02-34-41_781.jpg~original)

Now here is what I was really excited about. I was finally able to get my wheel spoilers on! When I originally bought the front fenders I was told they were off of a 79 and I knew that we had to change the front of the fenders where the mount to accept the front bumper. But to my surprise, the must have been off of a 77-78, because my front spoilers bolted right on. I thought I was going to have to drill new holes for the front fenders. I am super happy with the fit and finish of the spoilers. They all fit so nicely. I have no regrets to buying original oem wheel spoilers.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-03-30_19-38-15_154.jpg~original)

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I also put a different nose emblem on. It is chrome and black, instead of the original red one. I think that it looks much better than the red one.

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And to top it all off, I was able to get the hood on. I still need to get the gaps all worked out on the hood, but it's on! I couldn't be happier, well I will be when I get the shaker I guess. I really feel like the car will be done soon. It has been so long since I have seen the car in one piece that it almost sounds unreal to have it all done. Also, don't mind the hood, it has been wet sanded and not buffed. I hope to have that done next weekend.

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That is all for now, Enjoy.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-30-12 Wheel spoiler Install
Post by: David Green on April 01, 2012, 12:31:19 PM
Your car is looking really good.  One thing I have figured out is Pontiac must have had some very talented people working in their assmbly plants because they can build a Trans AM much faster than we can.   :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-30-12 Wheel spoiler Install
Post by: LeighP on April 02, 2012, 04:58:23 AM
lo, you should have watched my body guys trying to figure out how to get it all straight and gapped up at the front...they are not an easy car to build.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 3-30-12 Wheel spoiler Install
Post by: falcon4 on April 02, 2012, 05:23:27 AM
Wow Ryan, she's beautifull, are you going with silver decals? 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 09, 2012, 05:31:24 AM
I didn't get a whole lot done on Friday, but it was a very rewarding step. I had my paint guy come over and wet sand and buff out my car. It looks absolutely fantastic. I took it outside to get some pictures of the car in the sun. I was just taken back at how much I love the color. It took most of the afternoon to get done, but was worth it. It was nice to see the car complete and what it will look like once I have all of the little details worked out and the bugs all taken care of. Here is what we started with first thing in the afternoon and  where we finished later in the day.

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I sanded and hand buffed the shaker. I think that it turned out pretty good for my first time.
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And outside with the new stance with the GT springs from PTFB. I am absolutely happy with the stance. Possibly lower the rear slightly, but overall very happy. I also just threw the shaker under the hood to get an idea of what it will eventually look like.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 09, 2012, 05:41:33 AM
Saturday we went over the car again with a couple other compounds to really make the paint pop, and get rid of some of the small swirls. I thought that it looked good yesterday, and when he got done today, I was just amazed. it just looks so clear and reflective. I took some more pictures of the paint, it looks like a mirror!

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I also did a little work here and there. I put in my Bosch H4/9003 conversion headlights in and realized that I only had one headlight bucket retainer for the lights. So looks like I need to find one in order to finish those. I did test them and they bolted right in. Very happy with the fit of those.

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I also modified my stock shaker base to lower it in order to fit it over the Holley carb. I have to finish adjusting the hood before I finalize the fitment of the shaker, but here is the trial run for the height. Let me know if you think that it is too low? I feel that it is slightly too low, but then again the hood isn't completely fit yet.

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That is all for this weekend. More to come in the short future.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: Aldo on April 09, 2012, 06:01:13 AM
Ryan the car has come around from a year ago ,that paint looks show room,you should pat yourself on the back for a job well done,looks amaizing.soon you will be cruzing..
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: rad400 on April 09, 2012, 10:52:13 AM
Looks great good job.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: richduty455 on April 09, 2012, 10:53:18 AM
lookin good!!!!!!  Its geting soooo close!!! 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: mrbandit on April 09, 2012, 12:22:35 PM
I agree, excellent work.  I've never heard of a painter making house calls.  Lucky you.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: Larry on April 10, 2012, 04:10:43 AM
Looks great Ryan! I agree with you on the shaker. I think it looks slightly low, but as you say, the hood isn't fully fitted yet, so best to wait and see.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: fixitrht on April 10, 2012, 11:17:39 AM
Very nice Ryan- your doing a great job!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 11, 2012, 10:03:20 AM
Thanks for all of the compliments guys. Can't wait to get her out to some shows this year.

I agree, excellent work.  I've never heard of a painter making house calls.  Lucky you.
The guy that painted my car is a really good friend of mine, and he said that he would come up and buff the car for me. It turned out great and am really excited to finish the car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: shank0668 on April 11, 2012, 03:41:18 PM
Thanks for all of the compliments guys. Can't wait to get her out to some shows this year.

I agree, excellent work.  I've never heard of a painter making house calls.  Lucky you.
The guy that painted my car is a really good friend of mine, and he said that he would come up and buff the car for me. It turned out great and am really excited to finish the car.
Nats?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 12, 2012, 10:01:50 AM
Unfortunately the Nats are not on my list of shows to go to this year. I would love to at some point, but the one way 9 hour trip would really be a downer. I would have to make a week out of it. There are several local shows here in Upstate, NY that I plan on attending. The one that I am most looking forward to is the Saratoga All Firebirds Lawn Show in the beginning of July.

All of this is assuming that I can actually finish! I gotta stop reading everyone else's thread and get to working on mine.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-6-12 Buff and Polish
Post by: MD79TA on April 12, 2012, 12:45:05 PM
Really nice job, the car looks excellent!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 15, 2012, 04:52:47 PM
Worked on the car on Saturday for a few hours and finished up some loose ends that I have been putting off for a while. I spent all of the morning working again on my brakes... The brake lines that I bought weren't going to work with my set-up as they were hitting the frame. I think that they aren't working because of the lowering springs that I bought for the fronts. Fortunately I had a set of stainless steel lines that were from my factory brakes and they worked perfectly with my current set-up. I didn't take any pictures of this because it has been an on-going dilemma and I wasn't happy of how I was spending my morning. Once that was done and I was finally able to bleed my brakes for I hope, the last time I could focus my time on other areas. I had some left over material from my headliner and I had my mom sew me together a shift boot. I tried to do it myself and failed miserably.

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I didn't get any pictures of this last time, but I deleted the window guides off my weather stripping rail for a cleaner look. It isn't a big deal, but I think a lot of little things like this add up to make a really clean car.

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I painted the rest of my trim, SEM trim black, along with my wiper arms. I installed the door locks and was surprised at how easily I installed them! I was thinking it would be much harder than it was. Good for my time management.

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I also put in the rest my interior and got my passengers seat installed. I put in the radio, but didn't get it hooked up. I am not going to worry about that at a later date and just concentrate on getting the car on the road and getting the bugs worked out. Also, I am going to used the spare headliner material to recover my console lid. 

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-14_16-45-14_885.jpg~original)

Finally, I got the hood aligned and started to get the shaker base modified to accept my Holley carb. Here are some pictures of the height at which I like the shaker. Let me know if you guys think that is a good height. I moved it up slightly from the previous post. I like it much better.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-14_17-15-32_509.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-14_17-15-38_723.jpg~original)

All for now.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: LeighP on April 15, 2012, 05:44:00 PM
Shaker looks good at that height.

Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: Aldo on April 15, 2012, 06:13:47 PM
I really like the shifter boot idea nice job.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: RayB on April 16, 2012, 04:08:37 PM
Shaker looks good at that height.

x2... I think it looks good at that height... lookin good  8)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: Flamn Chkn on April 16, 2012, 04:45:07 PM
great to see things are coming together for you Ryan looks great
the shaker looks stock to me as it looks the same as mine with a stock ported intake and modifiied qjet.
the bottom lip of my shaker lines up with the edge of the hood metal fwiw
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-14-12 Odds and ends
Post by: David Green on April 16, 2012, 06:39:26 PM
Looks good.  I had to do the same thing on mine.  I was unhappy when I realised the aircledaner wouldn't sit on the holley carb and that the edelbrock performer intake was 1/2" taller than the factory also.  So after a hammer and saw the shaker sits up there just fine, I had to go with a 2.5" tall aircleaner instead of the 3" also.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 21, 2012, 02:26:09 PM
Since I have a different intake, Holley carb and run a spacer I needed to do something about my base to run the shaker at the right height. I modified my original one, but am not happy with it. I am going to run it like this for the summer, but will get something different over the winter. Here is what I came up with. I grafted in an Edelbrock Pro-Flow air cleaner to fit under the shaker.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-21_08-21-15_493.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-21_08-21-29_945.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-21_14-35-47_198.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-21_14-36-31_39.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/2012-04-21_14-36-37_640.jpg~original)

Here is a quick video of the shaker doing what it does best... Shaking. Click the photo to view.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/th_2012-04-21_14-01-46_219.jpg) (http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/?action=view&current=2012-04-21_14-01-46_219.mp4)

I also swapped out the 650 holley for a 750. I like the throttle response better. I am very happy. I am going to get her registered this week sometime and possibly drive it around next weekend! I can't wait.

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: Solar Gold 79 WS6 on April 21, 2012, 10:12:31 PM
Be careful with that air filter. I had one catch fire on my dads GTO and burned the doo doo^ out of my hand getting it off the car before it caused more damage. Alot of people have issues with them. I'd hate to see something happen to your car over something so small as an air cleaner.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: LeighP on April 22, 2012, 01:48:54 AM
I'll back that up....those foam element aircleaners have a rep for catching fire during a backfire.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: David Green on April 22, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
You might want to use your excellent fabrication skills and make a plate that covers the hole in the bottom of your shaker and cut a square hole and install a late model k&n filter in there and not have anything in the shaker base.  you will have to close off your snorkle on the the side of the base and make a way to fasten the filter to the square hole you use but you can do that easily.  i believe this will solve your issues and provide adequate airflow without risk of fire.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 24, 2012, 08:50:13 AM
David, I think that you are right. I posted here and at pro-touring.com and everyone responded to me saying that the elements are flamable, both here and over there. I didn't realize this and appreciate the feedback. I am going to look into fabricating my own filter similar to the other drop bases that are out there. I figure since I already have the drop base at the height I want, I will just put a filter up inside the shaker. Looks like I am back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: David Green on April 24, 2012, 02:33:44 PM
YOU   CAN   DO   IT!!!   :mrgreen:   :mrgreen:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: falcon4 on April 24, 2012, 03:06:57 PM
Hi Ryan, she's looking good mate!  Not far to go now :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 24, 2012, 05:48:29 PM
YOU   CAN   DO   IT!!!   :mrgreen:   :mrgreen:
Hahaha, that made me laugh out loud.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 26, 2012, 06:49:27 AM
Update, working on version 2.0 of my shaker base since the current set-up is liable to catch fire. I also just got a complete left side rear brake assembly from a 98-02 fbody to complete my LS1 rear disk setup. No pictures until this weekend
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 02, 2012, 05:47:01 AM
I worked on the car for a few hours on Saturday and I was able to get a few things done. I installed my new battery and that seemed to get rid of the problem I was having with the "Draw", just ended up being a bad battery. I was able to get the other headlight installed and wired up. I want to give a big thanks to richduty455, he went above and beyond to get me a headlight retainer. One of the reasons that I love this site because of people like him.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120428_114728.jpg~original)

I also put on my door trim, which was the last piece of trim that I needed to install.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120428_114702.jpg~original)

I won't be able to work on the car this coming weekend, but I am looking forward to getting a lot done for the following weekend. I sent in the request for registration for vintage plates yesterday. I hope to have that back soon and then I will be able to legally drive the car on the road.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: LeighP on May 02, 2012, 07:04:39 AM
Looking good, ryan....you've bought that car a long way!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: richduty455 on May 02, 2012, 07:16:55 AM
looking good!!!  Glad to hear the ring worked out!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 02, 2012, 09:26:29 AM
Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback. I am really looking forward to getting the car on the road. I also have a great line on a blocker kit from a member here who isn't going to use it. I am going to buy that and solve my issues with the shaker base.

Also, if any of you are wondering. I am am waiting to wash and detail the car until it is finished. In my mind it is a motivator to get it done, even though my Dad thinks that I am crazy. There is a car show at the local BOCES in Ithaca, NY that I am hoping to attend on May 20th. Not sure if I can or not, but would be nice.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: David Green on May 02, 2012, 07:23:14 PM
I just noticed in the side view pic of your car in your signature block, it looks like there is some trim between your trunk and your spoiler...am I just seeing things?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: LeighP on May 03, 2012, 07:11:27 AM
I think thats just the sunlight picking up on the metallic across the change of the spoiler shape.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 03, 2012, 08:07:39 AM
Leigh is right, it is just the sunlight playing tricks with the picture. I am going to keep my fingers crossed for getting my car on the road next weekend!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 08, 2012, 05:44:46 AM
I got some parts at my doorstep on Saturday and yesterday. I got some more of the parts that I was looking for to complete my LS1 rear brakes for my car. All I need to finish the rear brake swap is the spacers, ebrake cables, and adjustable proportioning valve. I am really looking forward to this and it should make a big difference in looks and appearance.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213412.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213417.jpg~original)

I also got the blocker kit that was offered to me from Am Fan who is a member here on TAC. He gave me a price that I couldn't refuse and I am glad that I got it. I will have to do something to modify the shaker piece as it is for a 77-81 style shaker piece. I don't think that will be a problem because it is a flat piece of fiberglass. I should be able to make another one and fit it into my shaker. I should be able to put this on this weekend and finish up the rest of the little things.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213630.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213651.jpg~original)

I should get my registration back either by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. I should have sent this in sooner and not waited, but that is the way that it goes.

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: MD79TA on May 08, 2012, 08:38:20 AM
I got some parts at my doorstep on Saturday and yesterday. I got some more of the parts that I was looking for to complete my LS1 rear brakes for my car. All I need to finish the rear brake swap is the spacers, ebrake cables, and adjustable proportioning valve. I am really looking forward to this and it should make a big difference in looks and appearance.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213412.jpg)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213417.jpg)

I also got the blocker kit that was offered to me from Am Fan who is a member here on TAC. He gave me a price that I couldn't refuse and I am glad that I got it. I will have to do something to modify the shaker piece as it is for a 77-81 style shaker piece. I don't think that will be a problem because it is a flat piece of fiberglass. I should be able to make another one and fit it into my shaker. I should be able to put this on this weekend and finish up the rest of the little things.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213630.jpg)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120507_213651.jpg)

I should get my registration back either by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. I should have sent this in sooner and not waited, but that is the way that it goes.

All for now.

That blocker kit is pretty cool, I just ordered the WFO kit for my car and I may have a similar issue as I do not know if my shaker is a 79 one, I'm sure I can make it work though...keep it up, you have brought that car a long way!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 08, 2012, 09:23:50 AM
Thanks MD79TA. I think that I will be able to either modifiy the shaker insert to fit in my 76 shaker, or I will just make another one out of fiberglass. I have some material from my parents remodel of their bathroom and I will just make a new one out of that. Unless I can just modify the existing one. Not sure if anyone knows. I will get it installed this weekend, so one way or another it will be on my car by Sunday. I hope to finish my small list of things to-do as well.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Odds and ends
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 12, 2012, 04:30:56 PM
I finally finished my interior. I got all of the seat belts installed and vacuumed out the carpet. I couldn't be happier with the way that it turned out. I also detailed the car and got all of the buffing residue off the whole car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_011351.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_011356.jpg~original)

I also decided to recover my center console lid. Eventually I will get a new one, but I want to make it good enough to get me through the summer. Here is what I did let me know what you think. Keep in mind that I did this at 2:30 this morning and did it in about 20 mins. I used some more left over headliner material that I had. 

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_011737.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_013434.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_014640.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_015623.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120512_021821.jpg~original)

I also took my car for a test drive, again and unfortunately I found out that I need new axle bearings... So that means that I am now thinking of just putting the money forward and doing the rear disk brake swap. I don't want to have to pull the axles twice so I am not sure what I want to do.

I should have my registration back next week. I am using vintage plates that used to be my dad's plates. He ran them on his 1970 Chevelle, and his 1970 Camaro SS back in the day. I think that it will be really cool to use his original plates on my car, I know that it means a lot to him too.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Finished my Interior
Post by: LeighP on May 12, 2012, 11:59:23 PM
Pretty good for a 20 minute job...certainly hold you for a while.
Looking great, Ryan!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Finished my Interior
Post by: MD79TA on May 14, 2012, 03:00:54 PM
Good looking interior!

There is always something that needs work...never ending!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-28-12 Finished my Interior
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 17, 2012, 07:46:44 AM
My car is officially registered!!! I am hoping that I can take it down to my uncles shop tomorrow and have it inspected for a car show this weekend. I am taking tomorrow off from work and I am going to get everything prepared for the show on Sunday. I hope to get everything functioning as it should. Wish me luck.

Also, when I went to put on the fiberglass blockers kit it didn't fit over my Holley Carb. :shock: Seems like everything has been this way with this car. Luckily my neighbor is good with fiberglass and he is going to modify the base for me so it will fit over the Holley. Hopefully when I go to work on the car tomorrow everything will come together.

Wish me luck.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: David Green on May 17, 2012, 01:26:03 PM
Good Luck.

I am also going to my first show on Saturday with my TA.  I am planning on having a good time whether others like my project or not, It is a predominately camaro and corvette show, so I will probably stand out a little  :lol: but aren't we supposed to!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: mrbandit on May 17, 2012, 01:32:54 PM
That's how I did the console lid on my last bird.  It certianly shined up better then plastic\vinyl.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: RayB on May 17, 2012, 04:26:26 PM
Ryan...   8-)

I was hoping i could beat you to the road  :D well done  8) dam it  :-(
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: LeighP on May 18, 2012, 01:33:00 AM
Congrats....with it on the road you can do a much better job of sorting out the bugs etc.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 19, 2012, 07:06:04 AM
Ok, TAC I have a lot of updates from yesterday. I took the day off and worked my very hard and I am very glad that I did because I needed every minute I had yesterday. I was putting the finishing touches on my car throughout the day yesterday. I had a lot of projects going on. I will start with my blocker kit because that was the first thing I started.

Since I got such a great deal on the blocker kit I bought here I can't really complain, but it wasn't as simple as I thought to install. First the kit that I bought was for 77-79, meaning that I had to make my own insert for the shaker. This piece holds the filter. So I re-purposed my parents old shower and created a new shaker insert. I think that it turned out pretty good. I started with a piece of cardboard and scissors to get the right shape, then used the fiberglass board.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_085159.jpg~original)

Here is the board fit in the shaker.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_085217.jpg~original)

Cut the whole for the filter. And looks just like the one from blockers.... Well sorta.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_090354.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_091206.jpg~original)

And the insert with the filter installed.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_093909.jpg~original)

Then onto the liquid nails and wait 24 hours. (which I didn't expect)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_101452.jpg~original)

Also, since I have a Holley carb the shaker base wouldn't just fit in there. Of course why would it just bolt on that wouldn't make any sense. Anyway I have a neighbor that is really good with fiberglass and he helped me out by cutting out some holes for the float level bowls go on the Holley and patched up the holes. He even painted it for me. Great guy, he loves cars too. Even if they are ricers...

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_102151.jpg~original)

Ok, onto my next hurdle. We can call this an adventure, and I will explain along the way. I mentioned before that my rear end was making horrible scrapping sounds, so I figured it was the bearings. Well when I got the axles out I found that to be exactly the case. The bearings were toast and the axles were severely scarred.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_113640.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_113655.jpg~original)

I went to Autozone the night before and borrowed all the necessary tools to remove and re-install the bearings. Absolutely worth the time to get the right tools. I didn't exactly know what I needed for the install, so I bought the two stock bearings they had in stock and the one saver bearing they had. Once I got the axles out and realized I needed two saver bearings... So I made a phone call to one of my car guy friends, and what do you know he had a pair of z28 axles that were in great shape. The best part, only cost 20 bucks for the pair. Here is the comparison.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_134610.jpg~original)

And up close.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_134628.jpg~original)

And while I had the rear apart I painted my rear diff cover to match my body color. I thought it gave the underside a little more color than just the black paint.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_181022.jpg~original)

That didn't sound like much of an adventure, but trust me there was a lot or running around to the parts store getting new fluids bolts, and then finally negotiating with the axles.

On to the sway bar, nothing can be as easy as the sway bar right? Wrong, I went to bolt on my sway bar and the threads on one of the bolts pulled out. So, I saw a trick that so one did on pro-touring that worked great. They drilled out the holes enough to fit a shoulder nut up into the holes and then weld the nut to the frame. Pretty cool little trick.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_145712.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_145736.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-16-12 Car is finally registered!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 19, 2012, 07:18:52 AM
To continue on, I found out that because I have a new MC (C3 disk/disk) that I need to have a residual valve installed for the rear drums. The residual valve is built into the factory MC, so when I switched I no longer had one and the drums won't work as efficiently without one, so I bought one. I still need to install it soon, just need to figure out where to install it inline.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_114631.jpg~original)

Now, off to my appointment over an hour late. It is a good thing my uncle owns the shop or I doubt I would have gotten it in. I needed a front end alignment and inspection. I think that my uncle was messing with me during the inspection, saying things like "I'm not going to use my license to inspect this." or "I doubt this is going to pass like this" After all that work I was thinking, this can't be the case. It ended up getting the inspection and alignment done and then I was actually legal to drive my own car down the road. So first thing I did was got some gas. Which judging by how quickly my gauge went down will be something I am going to be very familiar with. Here are a few pictures to end the day.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_180933.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_180951.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_181045.jpg~original)

Right after I got back from the gas station. And just so I don't get people mad at me, if you remember my shaker needed 24 hours to dry. It will not have that filter on it going forward. It seems surreal to me that I am actually driving this car after 7 years of ownership. I have already put 20 miles on the car and hope the numbers keep going up.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_195713.jpg~original)

I have been waiting for a while to put this decal on so here it is. I think it looks so cool on the muscle cars. Since I have bought several parts from them, I will give them some free advertising. Also you can see my vintage plates. These actually belonged to my dad in the 70's so that is pretty cool that I can use them.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_222136.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_222146.jpg~original)

That is all for now, I hope to get some nice photos from the car show tomorrow.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-18-12 Big Progress!!
Post by: LeighP on May 19, 2012, 07:44:32 AM
I think this pic especially shows off how far you've come.....the car looks terrific!!!!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120518_195713.jpg)

Congratulations!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-18-12 Big Progress!!
Post by: dlocke on May 19, 2012, 08:05:08 AM
That car looks like it rolled out of Chip Foose' shop.  Guess all the years of hard work paid off.  Congratulations & enjoy all the looks you'll get.  Sooooo. . . . .what's the next project going to be?  A 70-73?  8) Maybe a '79 TATA?
DJL
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-18-12 Big Progress!!
Post by: David Green on May 19, 2012, 06:59:03 PM
Ryan that is sweet.  We finished up enough to go for our first drives on the same day.   :cool:  Too cool.  Your old gal looks great and you are going to fine a thousand more things you want to dop, just like me but after driving to the show today I decided to just drive her for a while before starting any new stuff with her. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-18-12 Big Progress!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 20, 2012, 04:43:42 PM
I was able to get my car done enough to attend my first show. Here are a bunch of pictures. Once I got back from the show I took a bunch of pictures of the car at my parents house. Enjoy.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120520_102213.jpg~original)

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I met a fellow member here at the show. Here is his '68 Mustang, we will let is slide because he owns two 2nd gen Firebirds. Interesting how you can meet people through the internet.

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This Cobra had a 521 cu. fuel injected BBF! Wow.

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I was too busy at the show to take many pictures of my car, but once I got home I took a bunch of them at my parents. That is where I store the car when I am not driving it.

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Lots of pictures, but I guess I am just a proud parent, haha.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: David Green on May 20, 2012, 05:39:09 PM
Very impressed.  Your first outing looks like fun.  Your car looks great, this year is going to be a good year for driving the TA.   :cool: 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: trikeaholic on May 20, 2012, 07:01:13 PM
wow that is a nice mustang! Hopefully soon to own ONE 2nd gen firebird. It was cool meeting you and your dad, and don't forget, the TATA needs some interior help! I went and saw it on the way home from the show, it has its spoilers back on, and it looked like they were doing the hood decal, but it was hard to see in the window.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: richduty455 on May 21, 2012, 07:56:03 AM
AWESOME!!!!!!  I can speak for alot of us, we've been waiting for this day!!!  Congrats!!  Hopefully you'll have alot of fun time behind the wheel!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: 1blk1 on May 21, 2012, 11:45:04 AM
turned out very nice, any decals/pinstripes in the future?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 21, 2012, 01:43:23 PM
Thanks for all of the compliments. Besides my wedding day, yesterday was the best day of my life. I couldn't have been any happier. I would also like to thank everyone on this site that has helped me out with parts, great information and advice. I can honestly say that if I wasn't part of this site, that my car wouldn't be in the shape that it is today. Thank you TAC and it's members. You know who you are that have helped me out.  :cool:

turned out very nice, any decals/pinstripes in the future?

I haven't decided yet. I am going for a stealth look, and I can't decide what I like. If I do decals I am leaning towards just doing an all black bird, all black engine call out on the shaker, and possibly the "TRANS AM" rear spoiler decal in all black. The way I feel is if you need to read what the car is, you don't need to know what it is. Haha.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: thebird3d on May 22, 2012, 01:04:08 AM
Congrats!  Your TA looks awesome, you've done a great job!  Can't wait till I'm at that point.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: transamdon on May 22, 2012, 05:33:25 AM
car looks great nice job
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: LeighP on May 22, 2012, 06:09:38 AM
I can see why you're proud enough to be taking lots of pics.....the car is a credit to you.
Your parents must be pretty proud of your effort and sticking to the project when you get those long periods when nothing you do seems to be progressing your car.
Good for you!!!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: 72blackbird on May 22, 2012, 09:21:34 AM
Ryan,
Your T/A looks fantastic! All of your hard work has paid off tremendously- congrats on an excellent job.

You may not have thought about it, but IMO a red/black/charcoal T/A hood bird and decal kit would look good your T/A, but not scream at you like the orange/dark orange/black hood bird.

Geno

Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 5-20-12 My first Car Show!!
Post by: Devilyn on May 22, 2012, 12:41:55 PM
Very very nice! I love tge colour and the little mods you've done, the car look real clean but badass as a finish. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-12 Fixing some bugs
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 05, 2012, 03:36:34 PM
So, after putting around 250 miles on the car just as I expected, there were some bugs to work out. Now, a couple of them were easy to fix, the other one not so much. I will start with the my brakes.

I knew after doing a bunch of research, that I needed to install a residual pressure valve because of my front brake upgrade and factory rear disks. I didn't want to cut my original brake lines as they were in great shape, so I had to be creative. I bought the inline valve from Wilwood, and bought a brake line that I could sacrafic and bend up to take up the space and retain my factory line. This is what I came up with. I had to buy some 1/4" bubble to 1/8" NPT adapters from All Star for the Wilwood valve to connect to my orignal valve. Here is what I ended up with.

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But once this valve was in place, I still noticed that my brakes had a long travel to stop. I then went to check to see if the rear drums were adjusted, which they weren't. It took probably 5/16ths of an inch to adjust them to be where they should be. Now they work great, I am very happy with the braking.

Next, issue was simple to fix as well. It was my clutch. I had no idea how to adjust it when I put the car together so it was too "tight" and the clutch was partially engaged all the time. Not good, on a hard shift you could feel it slipping bad. Heck it wouldn't even chirp the tires! I shortened my adjustement rod, and now that is right where it needs to be, about a 1/4 inch of play. Ok, that was done.

Now, onto my last little issue. Shouldn't be too bad, so I thought. When I first did my exhaust it was a nightmare... But when I first did it I didn't give myself enough room for the axle to articulate. At ride height I only had about 2 inches, so as you could imagine every small bump in the road my axle hit my exhaust making a terrific sound. So, I bought two 180* sections of 3" mandrel bent pipe and got to work. I started with the drivers side and was done in about an hour and a half. Checked my work, and Now had about 6" total of clearance. I was thinking this is great, now another 1 1/2 hours and I am done. I was way off. That passengers side ended up taking me about 6 1/2 hours and I didn't get home until 4 am, after starting around 6 pm Friday night. I just wasn't happy with the fitment of the exhaust so I had to keep doing it over.

Well, I finally got that done and once I get my engine to get running 100% I will be ready for Saratoga. I have about a month to get that figured out.

That is all for now. Oh, and I was way too tired to take pictures of the finished exhaust, plus it wasn't that much different than the previous set-up.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-2012 Fixing the bugs
Post by: mpride on June 05, 2012, 07:26:28 PM
I just went through the entire thread.  I am so impressed with your dedication and the quality of the work performed on the car.

The car looks fantastic.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-2012 Fixing the bugs
Post by: 1blk1 on June 05, 2012, 07:54:30 PM
was that a real superbird at the show?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-2012 Fixing the bugs
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 06, 2012, 07:21:34 AM
I just went through the entire thread.  I am so impressed with your dedication and the quality of the work performed on the car.

The car looks fantastic.

Congratulations!

Thank you. It has been a long road, but I am really glad that I kept with it. More than one time did selling/smashing/burning/pushing it off a cliff,  cross my mind. I have been fortunate enough to have a place to work on it and the support from my family. Couldn't have done it without them.

was that a real superbird at the show?

Yes, that is a real Superbird. I am just used to seeing it as he takes it everywhere and I have seen it since I was about 12 yrs old. But he has the Superbird along with many other high $$ Mopar in his garage. He is a local legend.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-2012 Fixing the bugs
Post by: js1977 on June 06, 2012, 02:47:32 PM
The car looks awesome!!! I love that color, just pops out in the sun and I'm sure the pictures don't do it justice...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-1-2012 Fixing the bugs
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 11, 2012, 07:46:36 AM
I was finally able to get a good day here on a weekend in Upstate, NY to go for a cruise. My wife and I got in the car and just drove with no particular place in mind. We ended up driving through Montrose, PA and turning around and heading north on some roads that we picked at random. We ended up putting just over 75 miles on the odometer, and it felt great. The new exhaust pipes weren't contacting my axle over ever bump, and the ride was really smooth. I ended up picking some nice windy roads, and the PTFB GT springs and Koni shocks worked flawlessly. I am very happy with the performance of the car so far. I still need to fine tune my carb, but other than that it is great.

Once I got the car back to my house, I realize how dirty the car was. I decided to give my car it's first real bath, and the first coat of wax. I had to wait to wax it until all of the parts were fully cured, 90 days. Although the shell of the car was painted over a year ago. Any way the car really polished up, and I decided to take it out for a photo shoot. The pictures turned out much better than I thought from my cell phone. Here are the results.

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This is my favorite picture from the day.

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Finally, here is a picture of my rims all cleaned up, with the C5 Brakes showing through.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: richduty455 on June 11, 2012, 07:54:00 AM
good stuff!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: rad400 on June 11, 2012, 08:14:35 AM
Car looks bad azz have fun with her.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: mrbandit on June 11, 2012, 09:21:57 AM
What a great day with the car.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: 76455sd on June 11, 2012, 09:41:39 AM
very nice.  congrats and have fun.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: transamdon on June 12, 2012, 05:38:17 AM
nice pics from a cell phone you did a good job on it the car looks very nice
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: LeighP on June 12, 2012, 06:15:26 AM
Great pics...thats a terrific job you've done on it!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 12, 2012, 09:15:04 AM
Thank you for all of your compliments. It is very encouraging to hear all of your feedback. The car is just a thrill to drive. Because I am only 24 years old I was never around to drive these cars when they were in their prime the car is a time machine for me. Just hearing all of the sounds that you don't hear in the new cars. When you shift gears you can hear the linkages and feel the heat from the engine on the floor boards. Just a cool feeling that can't be replaced.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: David Green on June 12, 2012, 06:36:12 PM
Sweet...The first drive is the best, especially after waiting for it bfor so long.  Congrats on all the good work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: Sneaky on June 14, 2012, 09:39:22 AM
Congrats looks great!!!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 14, 2012, 11:03:16 AM
"Ok so is the car ever really finished?  I already started a list or stuff to do to my "finished" TA." - David Green's signature

I did the exact thing! Besides the little bugs that I need to work out of the car, I already have a list of things I need to do. As well as a list of things that I want to do!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: collects t/a's on June 14, 2012, 05:54:49 PM
Very nice, congrats on your "new" ride.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: wim firebird on June 24, 2012, 12:03:59 AM
Nice car dude ... only, i miss one thing.... :-D

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a1/thaBassplayer/psbracket.jpg)

finished!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: 78TransAm on June 25, 2012, 05:07:46 AM
Hey that car looks really really nice. I know you got to be happy to get to this point with it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 25, 2012, 07:28:03 AM
Nice car dude ... only, i miss one thing.... :-D

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a1/thaBassplayer/psbracket.jpg)

finished!

Thanks Wim,

Those brackets look great! Let's just keep them guessing as to what they are though...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-10-2012 First real cruise!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 25, 2012, 11:53:24 AM
I thought I would share some more pictures from this weekend's cruise. I met up with another member here (trikeaholic) and drove around the Ithaca Area for some nice sights. It was nice to meet up with a fellow 2nd gen owner that was so close! I ended up putting around 200 miles on my car this weekend and here are a few photos from the weekend.


Here are a few action shots!
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Enjoy.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-23-2012 - 200 more miles
Post by: BAN on June 25, 2012, 02:31:29 PM
200 miles! Great stuff, i don't think there is anything more satisfying than racking up a healthy amount of clicks trouble free. Its a great sensation knowing that everything is finally working together... and well.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-23-2012 - 200 more miles
Post by: trikeaholic on June 26, 2012, 12:39:35 PM
see! I REALLY DO have a Trans Am!  That was fun, gotta do it again soon. I have to fight some crime this weekend, and next is booked up, but I have ALL weekends in July off!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 6-23-2012 - 200 more miles
Post by: LeighP on June 26, 2012, 03:34:58 PM
looking good, guys!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod small update
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 08, 2012, 09:22:23 AM
I guess it has been a while since I updated here. I went to the Saratoga Springs Firebird Lawn show and had a great time. I brought my dad and we both enjoyed getting away and meeting some great people. I ended up putting another couple hundered miles on the car that day.

Since then I have over 1000 miles since I first put the car on the road, I am very impressed with the power that the car is putting out now. I was very dissappointed at first, as the car was very sluggish. I think that the engine just needed to be broke in, but now that I have a few miles on the engine it is running much better. Now if I can get that carb tuned up I will be all set.

Now, some big news that is slightly related to cars. I moved to a new house, that has a huge new garage for me to work in!! Here are a few pictures that I took this morning. 

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The only problem with my workspace is that I am starting from scratch and don't have any tools. I had been doing everything in my parent's house and my dad has about any tool that I would need to do a project. It is my turn now to start collecting tools and building up my inventory. Hopefully by the end of the year, I can get myself an aircompressor, toolbox and more shelving.

Small update on my car, I got the radio and 8 track installed and it sounds really good. I was very impressed with the sound quality. I only have the front speakers hooked up for now, but it will have to do. It was really cool doing that project in my own garage. It is the first of many as I have my eyes set on getting my rear disk brakes installed soon.

That is all for now.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 8-8-12 Moved to a new workspace.
Post by: richduty455 on August 08, 2012, 09:30:56 AM
sweet deal!!!  Congrats!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 8-8-12 Moved to a new workspace.
Post by: silver78 on August 08, 2012, 10:00:35 AM
The garage looks like it has an chimney pipe and maybe a 220V outlet near the power box.  So you're ready for heat in the winter and a good 220V compressor.  SWEET!
You can find cheap tools at yard sales, auctions, and swap meets to get you started on that tool box.  Not everybody can afford buying new stuff first time out. Things are looking good!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 8-8-12 Moved to a new workspace.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 08, 2012, 02:13:15 PM
The garage looks like it has an chimney pipe and maybe a 220V outlet near the power box.  So you're ready for heat in the winter and a good 220V compressor.  SWEET!
You can find cheap tools at yard sales, auctions, and swap meets to get you started on that tool box.  Not everybody can afford buying new stuff first time out. Things are looking good!

Good eyes, man. The previous owner had a pellet stove and actually on the side addition it is also wired for 220v and had the air plumbed through the wall, so you won't have the air compressor buzzing in your ears when it comes on. I also need to find a good welder.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 8-8-12 Moved to a new workspace.
Post by: BAN on August 08, 2012, 04:15:37 PM
Congrats! Looks like a fantastic place to start kitting out.

Dont rush out and buy stuff just because you don't have it. Still take your time and borrow what you can... buy what you need and in time you'll end up with a very nice collection of tools, and not a bunch of stuff you used once and or bought a cheaper version to get by.

Cheers
Sam.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 8-8-12 Moved to a new workspace.
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 20, 2012, 07:05:37 AM
I got a couple hours this weekend to mess around in my garage. Since the motor that I bought a while ago is basically junk, I put it on an engine stand and will use it for a mock up engine. I threw the driver's side head on and test fit my custom made power steering bracket. It looks great, and I can't wait to get a pump and actually mount it to the car. Not sure if I will be able to retain my original alternator brackets or not, it will be close. If not, I will be relocating the Alternator.

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Not a big update, but a little bling.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: LeighP on August 20, 2012, 07:44:26 AM
I like your new place....love how it's got some room around it. Nice garage set up with the covered parking in front, too.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: silver78 on August 20, 2012, 08:20:02 AM
Time to start pumping out those brackets and start making some extra $$.  It looks really good.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 20, 2012, 09:45:05 AM
I knew that this would come up. :lol: As much as I would like to take credit for these brackets, they weren't made by me. They were made by a member of this site, Wim Firebird. His work is excellent and as part of our deal for him to make me the brackets, I am letting you all know that I can give you his information if you would like some brackets made like this one. He is willing to make them, and I would be his contact in the States. He is from the Neatherlands and is a really good guy. Once I get a new pump, I will get some pictures of it all assembled.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: 1blk1 on August 20, 2012, 07:04:25 PM

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/IMG_20120623_143718.jpg)


alright out with it...which ones faster?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: js1977 on August 20, 2012, 09:00:11 PM
Man, congrats on the house Brother!!! I wish I had that big of a space to work on my car, you'll have it filled with tools before you know it.  I started out with just a tool box and jig saw (why a jig saw, I don't know as I've yet to ever use it  :lol: ).  Now I have (almost) every tool I'd ever need to work on my car... 

One question... Is that garage tall enough to put a lift in it?  Just say'n,  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 21, 2012, 12:25:52 PM
Man, congrats on the house Brother!!! I wish I had that big of a space to work on my car, you'll have it filled with tools before you know it.  I started out with just a tool box and jig saw (why a jig saw, I don't know as I've yet to ever use it  :lol: ).  Now I have (almost) every tool I'd ever need to work on my car... 

One question... Is that garage tall enough to put a lift in it?  Just say'n,  :lol:

Thanks Jimmy. Right now, there are no plans in the immediate future to add a lift. Although the ceilings are a little over 10 ft. and I would be able to get one in there with no problem. Just not sure how thick the concrete is. It is such a tease though working in my garage as I only have simple hand tools, but like you said I will have a bunch of tools sooner than later. There is a new Harbor Freight that just opened up about 2 mins from my office. I have made a few trips there to scope out what I need and getting together a wishlist.

Although I have minimal tools at my place, it is nice to know that my parents house is only about 5 mins. away and they have just about any tool that I could need. I already have a small air compressor, so for now I am set but will quickly out grow it.

For now, the list is as follows for larger tools:

Acetalyene torches
Tools Box
Mig welder
More bench space
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 21, 2012, 12:28:10 PM

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Trans%20Am/IMG_20120623_143718.jpg)


alright out with it...which ones faster?

That is a good question. We didn't really get on them because we were really on an easy going cruise. I would probably say that mine would be slightly faster just because it is mine, but we never lined them up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: peter panov on September 02, 2012, 03:56:42 AM
Hey Ryan,
I am impressed with you nice cars and the efforts in restoring and taking care of them.
Regards
Peter
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: Zapper2003 on September 02, 2012, 10:00:04 PM
Hey Ryan, Zack here. Met up at WalMart on Saturday. In seeing your car in person, I never would have known how much work went into it. Awesome.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 04, 2012, 08:15:45 AM
Zach, It was nice meeting you and Leon at the cruise-in. It is nice meeting some other guys in my area with some vintage firebirds!!

Thanks for the kind words on my restoration, lots of time and energy put into this car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 8-19-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 26, 2012, 11:41:38 AM
After a great summer filled with many trips in my car, I am getting ready for the winter. I made myself some car stands to put my car on, so I can work on the car up in the air, at ride height. I haven't finished them all, but I will have them all done shortly. I build the ones shown out of treated lumber and will use them for the bottom stand, and the rest will be out of regular untreated lumber. They will put my car in the air about 12", which will give me some space in order to work under the car this winter.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20120922_165051.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20120922_165059.jpg~original)

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And lastly, here is a picture of what I should be picking up this Sunday. I will let you guys guess why I got it.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/ResizedImage951348671570129.jpg~original)

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: richduty455 on September 26, 2012, 11:54:37 AM
ls1 z28...I'm guessing its a 6 speed and the conversion will begin of changing the camaro to pontiac power???
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: silver78 on September 26, 2012, 12:20:27 PM
My guess is you were bit by the LS bug and the antidote is 50% LS 50% T/A...good find.  Post lots of pics.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: mrbandit on September 26, 2012, 12:56:10 PM
Is each layer of your stand connected?  I saw NOTATA had these for his car and I thought about making my own and connecting them with a threaded rod on the low sides. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 26, 2012, 04:55:17 PM
Here is a little more subtle hint.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120926_180821.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 26, 2012, 04:57:16 PM
Is each layer of your stand connected?  I saw NOTATA had these for his car and I thought about making my own and connecting them with a threaded rod on the low sides. 
No, I made them all separate. I had considered putting two of them together though. Not sure what I will do yet.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: 76formula on September 26, 2012, 04:58:43 PM
nice, i cant wait to see the upcoming winter project :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 29, 2012, 07:29:37 AM
My guess is you were bit by the LS bug and the antidote is 50% LS 50% T/A...good find.  Post lots of pics.
WINNER!!

I guess that my intentions weren't that secret, and over the winter I will be swapping over the LS1/T56 from the 99 Z28 into my Trans Am. I am really excited to start the process. So, you guys guessed it. Now, out with the old and in with the new. I will just let the pictures do the talking this time. Well here we go again...

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120928_235252.jpg~original)

That is it for now, and I will be picking up the Camaro tomorrow, and then I have to work on tearing that one down and getting it into my car!

I also got some spacers for my LS1 rear disk brake swap from a member on pro-touring.com. They look great! And that will be on my list of things to do this winter as well. I have all the parts, just didn't want to have my car down for that long.

That is all for now.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: RayB on September 29, 2012, 08:59:07 AM
I imagine eveything was easier coming out this time around  :-P
..but I gotta ask "why?"
Gotta do something?... can't sit still?...just because?  :D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: Ben on September 29, 2012, 11:07:11 AM
I personally would have kept it a driver until ready to drop in or found another chassis for the LS1 conversion, but that's me.  I know how the itch can be ;-)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: eroc022 on September 29, 2012, 05:03:11 PM
welcome to the club! I was just going to send you a message, I am pulling mine for a bigger engine, was going to see if you were interested..... guess you are covered.... anyways if you want to exchange numbers pm me, if you have any questions or anything.... maybe we can get together and work on both of em. haha.....
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: rroman82 on September 29, 2012, 06:06:37 PM
Nice!  I will be following the process as you post, good luck!   :-D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 01, 2012, 05:16:14 AM
After a long drive, I got the car and can't wait to start tearing it down and swapping the parts over to my Trans Am. I took the car for a quick drive up the road, and I have to say that is one of the fastest cars I have ever driven. I can't wait to get it into my car!!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120930_125737.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120930_200552.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20120930_200602.jpg~original)

Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update 9-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 01, 2012, 01:47:55 PM
I imagine eveything was easier coming out this time around  :-P
..but I gotta ask "why?"
Gotta do something?... can't sit still?...just because?  :D

Well, since I don't have a heater/defroster in the car I am done for the season now that it has cooled off, and I couldn't pass up this deal. After searching around for EFI kits (which is what I really wanted for my Pontiac), it was going to cost just as much to get an efi kit for 50+ year old technology that it was for me to swap in an all aluminum V8 with 6 speed manual transmission. That combo will give me amazing throttle response, shed a few hundred pounds, and better fuel efficiency. I know that everyone says they don't build these cars for fuel effieciency, but let's face it. Fuel prices aren't going down and I would rather put money into fun parts for the car than the gas tank only.

I personally would have kept it a driver until ready to drop in or found another chassis for the LS1 conversion, but that's me.  I know how the itch can be ;-)

The reason that I pulled the engine is because I actually swapped the 400/4 speed, all my carb parts and a little cash for the whole car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: silver78 on October 02, 2012, 06:50:08 AM
That was an awsome score to swap parts for a complete camaro.  If your 400/4 spd was not original to your T/A I woulda done the same thing.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 02, 2012, 07:44:23 AM
If your 400/4 spd was not original to your T/A I woulda done the same thing.

I ran the numbers from the motor when I first got it and it wasn't the original motor. If it was the original I would still probably have gotten the ls1/t56, but wouldn't have gotten rid of the engine/trans. I never ran the #'s for the trans, but I am not too concerned about it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: fixitrht on October 02, 2012, 09:17:12 AM
I say , build it how you want it
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: 72blackbird on October 03, 2012, 02:11:53 PM
Ryan,
Crossing over to the Dark side? :shock:

J.k.-Build it the way you like it. So I take it you're keeping the T/A then?  Good luck w/ the LS swap- I really can tell you're having fun w/ the car.

Geno
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 03, 2012, 03:45:25 PM
Thanks Geno, I am having a bunch of fun with the car. I just figure I killed two birds(no pun intended) with one stone, as I will be getting the fuel injection I wanted along with the 6 speed transmission. It doesn't hurt that I will shed around 200 pounds from the front of the car with the all aluminum engine either.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 03, 2012, 03:46:51 PM
Lucky post number 400!! My car was selected by StreetLegalTV to be a feature on their online Featured Cars list. I was really excited to know that my car was selected to be the one that they wanted as their feature for their article. Here is a link to the article.

http://www.streetlegaltv.com/news/pro-touring-build-76-trans-am-gets-a-makeover/
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: thebird3d on October 05, 2012, 01:11:17 AM
Very cool!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - Update LS1/T56 in my Garage!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 08, 2012, 05:51:28 PM
Ok, made some big progress towards my engine swap. I had my buddy come over and we stripped the front end of the car off so that today I would be able to just pull the motor out. After a few hours I was able to get the motor down and pull the body off. It is the reverse of how I have ever done engine swaps, but is actually the proper way to remove the engine from the 4th gen cars. Here are some pictures of the process.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_134042.jpg~original)

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_145024.jpg~original)

And the motor is gone...well from this car anyway.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_145004.jpg~original)

Here is the mess that will be swapped over to my car. I need to strip off all of the emissions equiptment and remove the wires from the ECU that are not necessary, such as the rear O2 sensors.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_145018.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_150012.jpg~original)

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I found this written on the bellhousing for the T-56. I think that it says Halcucca Motorsports JB Performed

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This is what I ended up with once I stipped away the wiring.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/other%20things/IMG_20121008_160215.jpg~original)

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Now that the engine is out, I need to get the engine cleaned up and figuring out my wiring right off first. I ordered some engine mounts from Dirty Dingo made for 74-81 F-body's and they should be here soon. The next thing to purchase is going to be Dynatech LSx engine swap headers. They are Ceramic coated and fit very nicely.

That is all for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on October 08, 2012, 06:07:48 PM
http://www.hanlonmotorsports.com/

You probably could call them with that date, and the vin number and see what they did.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 08, 2012, 06:10:30 PM
Awesome!! Thanks, I will check on that tomorrow.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: LeighP on October 09, 2012, 04:16:36 AM
Have a look into the Edelbrock coil covers for these engines...they really suit the look in an old school car.

(http://www.jegs.com/images/photos/300/350/350-41183.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 09, 2012, 06:55:39 AM
Those are really neat. Thanks Leigh, I will give them a look once I get the motor situated in the car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: silver78 on October 09, 2012, 07:48:56 AM
Since we're spending your money go ahead and get a pair of these!  lol

http://www.jegs.com/i/Chevrolet+Performance/809/19171269/10002/-1
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 09, 2012, 08:37:46 AM
Since we're spending your money go ahead and get a pair of these!  lol

http://www.jegs.com/i/Chevrolet+Performance/809/19171269/10002/-1

Although, I like those better I need to focus on getting the engine into the car first. My next few purchases are going to be focused on getting the engine physically into the car. I already bought the engine mounts from Dirty Dingo, and I am going to save really hard to try and get the LSx swap ceramic coated headers from Dynatech. They seem to be the best out there and make the swap super easy. After I get the motor into the car, the next obstacle will be the fuel system... Stay tuned.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A LS1/T56 Resto-Mod - Update 10-8-12
Post by: silver78 on October 09, 2012, 09:11:20 AM
It's good you have a game plan.  I was just busting your chops on spending money on pretty things.  PMing you some pics of a second gen LS swap swap. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 10-14-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 14, 2012, 09:18:44 AM
Got a little cleaning up done around my garage and the motor and trans. I also got some of my swap parts ready to install into my car. Here are the Dirty Dingo engine mounts, DSE hydraulic clutch bracket and a new Hurst shifter knob.

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Here are some before and after pictures of the engine clean up.

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And after a little Purple Power.

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Not a bunch of updates, but I was busy parting out the Camaro, and didn't have a ton of time for the TA.

All for this weekend.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 10-8-12
Post by: LeighP on October 14, 2012, 01:42:55 PM
Those new valve covers are cool. The E'brock ones I posted are just coil covers.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 10-8-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 26, 2012, 08:05:58 PM
I got all of this from a company called Waytek, and they specialize in wiring, and since it is a bulk company you can get some tremendous deals. I highly recommend the company. If you look I got two spools of wiring. I bought one red and one black 18 gauge automotive grade wiring reels 250 ft. for 18 each!! That is cheap. I also got a Bussmann fuse/relay box that is sealed and uses micro relays and micro blade style fuses. I also bought all of the necessary pieces to wire it up.

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I also bought a brand new in the box Baer adjustable proportioning valve for my LS1 rear disk swap. That is the final piece that I needed. Now, I just need to actually do the swap!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121026_203330.jpg~original)

That is all for today, but I should have some pictures from tomorrow of the first test fit of my new Engine!! I have to pick up my motor mounts from the post office first thing tomorrow and while the wife is away at an event I will be busy trying to get my engine in.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 10-26-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 27, 2012, 01:53:57 PM
Well, I got a huge update today. I got my motor and transmission in for a first test fit. Overall I was very happy with the fitment. I will have to take the motor in and out a few more times, but it fits really great for a first test. Here are some pictures.

Here is a picture of the Dirty Dingo engine mounts. They fit great and they are a very great company to work with. I ended up buying the wrong engine mounts, and needed to exchange them for the right ones. They were great and I was able to ship mine to them and get the new ones in less than a week. Excuse the oil on the engine.

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Here is one of many times the motor will be on the engine hoist, but this is the first test fit.

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And here it is in with the Corvette Fuel Rail Covers. I like what I am seeing. And for those of you that may ask, the motor is tilted towards the rear because the shifter won't fit into the interior...yet. So for now it is tilted towards down in the rear.

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Here are some pictures of the ground clearance.

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Now, the big debate I have been having is which headers to buy. But since I had the engine in there, I thought why not check and see how the stock manifolds will fit. And to my surprise they fit great! I have at least a fingers width around everything. So, for now I am just going to use the stock manifolds and save some money.

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And now it was time to see if we can get that shifter into the car, so I got out the sawzall and started cutting a little at a time. And I ended up with this.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121027_142843.jpg~original)

I know that the cuts aren't that clean, but I will make some panels and weld them in to make it look good. The reason that I cut through the factory 4 speed hump is because it was already shot. You can't see it, but before I ever got the car someone tried to change the shifter and decided to crudely cut a hole in the side of the hump. So, for now I am just cutting it up, and will probably drill out the spot welds and patch in a new panel.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121027_142850.jpg~original)

Now, a test fit of the console. Another surprise to me is that the shifter is very close to the stock location. Not sure what an auto console will fit like, but I may end up making an adapter for the shifter to have it come out in the factory 4 speed location.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121027_144209.jpg~original)

As you can see it is only about 2-3 inches back from the stock location.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121027_144224.jpg~original)

That is all for now. Won't be long and I will be uploading a video of the first start up!

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - First Engine Test fit Update 10-27-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2012, 08:02:20 AM
It doesn't look like a lot was accomplished, but it was certainly a lot of work. Pulled the motor out again, that was temporarily in the engine bay in order to mount my new engine mounts. With the mounts in the stock 350 location on the subframe, the mounts didn't quite fit. So what I did was got the engine exactly where I wanted it, and drilled my own holes.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_203615.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_203705.jpg~original)

Here is the motor in the permanent location.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214926.jpg~original)

The Dirty Dingo mounts with new Anchor engine mounts for 1980-81 Camaro with 350 Chevy Engine.

Now, I would like to ask for everyone's opinion. The shifter is located farther forward than I was thinking, so using an automatic console would put the shifter too far forward. So my question to everyone, is what do you guys think of moving the stock 4 speed console rearward about 2-3 inches? Here is the console complete as it would look in the car. I was going to flip the upper mounting locations on the front 180 degrees, and it should give me enough room to still mount in the stock location. I plan to bend the shifter to fit more towards the center, as currently it is a straight shifter that is bent slightly towards the driver. Here are the pictures in 1st gear, neutral and 6th gear. Which are all the most extreme shifter positions.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214838.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214830.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214818.jpg~original)

Here are a few pictures of how the console looks in the proposed position.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214854.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214915.jpg~original)

Here is what the difference is between the mount and where I plan to flip it 180 degrees and mount it in the stock location. Don't mind the wiring mess.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121102_214903.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2012, 08:25:48 AM
I finally did enough research on the wiring for my car that I was able to start eliminating wires from my ECU and cleaning up the wiring harness. My goal is to make the engine ECU a stand alone harness. There are many companies that do this, but most charge around $500 to do. I have spend around 120 bucks for the Bussmann relay box and all of the metri-pack connections for a factory style feel.

I have decided that I will utilize the hole in the firewall that is behind the passenger side cylinder head to route the ecu inside the car. I think it will make for a cleaner build. I will also put my fuses and relay box inside as well. I plan to mount them behind the center console similar to where they were mounted in 1981 where the CCC was located.

I started by pulling the pin retainer caps off of the two large connectors that go to the ECU.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_092614.jpg~original)

I got the factory Pin-outs online and took out the pins that were no longer needed, there were about 20 pins that I was able to take out of both connectors.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_092716.jpg~original)

You can see all of the pins that I pulled back from the main bundle of wires.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_094550.jpg~original)

Now, I am not sure why this was done, but the cam position sensor, had an extension connector with another 2 feet of wiring? So I de-pinned the connectors, and put the correct Cam Position sensor end on the pig-tails.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_105517.jpg~original)

Here is where I am currently, and I am starting to bundle the wires and recreating my harness. I need to finalize the layout and hook-up the fuse and relays to make everything work correctly.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_121254.jpg~original)

And here is a pile of wires that I was able to delete for the system.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121103_121300.jpg~original)

That is all for now. Lots more wiring to come.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: Zapper2003 on November 04, 2012, 03:40:09 PM
Very ambitious project. Coming along nicely!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2012, 08:40:05 PM
I got some more wiring done today. I cleaned up all of the wiring in the engine bay, and routed the harness through an existing hole in the firewall. The ecu is going to be mounted in the on the trans hump. All of the wiring is final in the engine bay, and I still have a bunch of wiring I need to do inside the cabin. Here are some pictures from today.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_123906.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_131708.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_132746.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_132752.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_132801.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_132812.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_134038.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_134140.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_141031.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_145819.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_145831.jpg~original)

All for now. The rest of the updates are going to be slow, since I will be doing the wiring nightmare. Not really, the wiring shouldn't be too bad, there is a lot of support from people that have done the swap before.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: BAN on November 04, 2012, 10:16:25 PM
Really movin along, great to see your progress, im sure its been said before, but really glad you kept the car and are taking it this route. Good work man.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: Formula8 on November 05, 2012, 07:18:13 AM
I'm pretty sure the Year One Bandit cars use the auto console so they have a bezel available.  https://www.yearone.com/Catalog/Filter?bpid=35&tags=%7C68%7C132%7C658%7C14473

My bet is you can swap your 4 speed console for an auto and have enough money left over to buy the bezel and a boot for it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: Dreamn2 on November 05, 2012, 08:19:25 PM
Love what your doing but PLEASE do not leave the Corvette covers on it! One of my biggest pet peeves on such an easy area to customize. Literally thousands of covers available or just mod what you have. Top notch work on everything else so far!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 06, 2012, 09:41:53 AM
Really movin along, great to see your progress, im sure its been said before, but really glad you kept the car and are taking it this route. Good work man.

Thanks Ban, I am glad too. I never really wanted to get rid of my car, but I really wanted something that would get better fuel economy, and more reliable. I always thought that the LSx swap would be too expensive, so I never really considered it. I came accross this deal and couldn't pass it up. It will be an exciting winter with all the progress I am making.

I'm pretty sure the Year One Bandit cars use the auto console so they have a bezel available.  https://www.yearone.com/Catalog/Filter?bpid=35&tags=%7C68%7C132%7C658%7C14473

My bet is you can swap your 4 speed console for an auto and have enough money left over to buy the bezel and a boot for it.

That is a nice piece, I wasn't even aware that you could buy that! Thanks for the tip.

Love what your doing but PLEASE do not leave the Corvette covers on it! One of my biggest pet peeves on such an easy area to customize. Literally thousands of covers available or just mod what you have. Top notch work on everything else so far!

I got the covers in trade that I did and I think that they look really cool. I will use them for the time being, and possibly change them out later on. I like how they look and help to cover up some of the engine clutter. Thanks for the compliments.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on November 06, 2012, 10:26:11 AM
If you just take some plastic filler and fill in the "Corvette" lettering, sand it smooth and paint it, the covers look great.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Update 11-3-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 13, 2012, 10:30:52 AM
Small update from the weekend. I straightened out some more wiring. If you noticed my lump of wiring from before, I couldn't live with that. I needed to straighten it out and lengthen a few of the wires to get more of a straight shot for the wiring.

Before
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_134140.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121104_134038.jpg~original)

During
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121109_233508.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121110_004417.jpg~original)

After
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121110_180238.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121110_180245.jpg~original)

Now that I have the wiring straightened out, I need to figure out the next step of my wiring which is my relay/fuse panel. I first need to figure out where I want to mount it, then route the wiring to the fuse panel. I am trying to replicate the factory wiring, by separating circuits in order to make it easier to trouble shoot malfunctions.

All for now.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: RayB on November 13, 2012, 05:24:24 PM
wow..I give you a LOT of credit for dealing with that s....
nice  :D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: Flamn Chkn on November 13, 2012, 06:16:34 PM
Nice Job Ryan
Did that Spaghetti come with meat sauce or Marinara :-D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 14, 2012, 03:45:17 PM
No sauce, I ate the spaghetti raw... :lol:

I am surprised that nobody pointed out the car battery in my kitchen. I needed it to test the wires that I soldered to make sure that I had a good connection and solid contact.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: LeighP on November 15, 2012, 06:00:26 AM
Thats because no one here really thought that was out of place.....  :shock: :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: silver78 on November 15, 2012, 06:55:51 AM
Batteries in the kitchen wrenches in the sink...it's all good
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: mrbandit on November 15, 2012, 07:04:19 AM
I remember the dirty looks from my wife when I used her huge stew pot to redye my seat belts.  Tools and car parts definitly belong in the kitchen.   :P
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: wld79TA on November 15, 2012, 07:55:12 AM
I remember the dirty looks from my wife when I used her huge stew pot to redye my seat belts.  Tools and car parts definitly belong in the kitchen.   :P

 :lol: :lol: :lol:
I assembled a custom built rigid framed motorcycle in my living room!

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on November 15, 2012, 08:41:24 AM
I rebuilt a transmission in the living room.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: superdutybob on November 15, 2012, 11:15:26 AM
How many of you have cleaned parts in the dishwasher when the wife was away? Works fantastic! :shock:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: Formula8 on November 15, 2012, 11:18:29 AM
Thats because no one here really thought that was out of place.....  :shock: :lol:

So true....I noticed it and didn't even bat an eye.  I cleaned a set of aluminum SBC cylinder heads in the dish washer once.  That did not go over well with the wife at all.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: mrbandit on November 15, 2012, 11:21:56 AM
I hate washing dishes, so I wouldn't dare chance messing that appliance up.  I had to replace the motor in ours this year and had to do the dishes for a week.  I could have been working on my projects.  Keep in mind we are a family of 8 and run a full load everyday.  That is a lot of dishes.  I would have just bought another dish washer, but I paid $1k for it 5 years ago and couldn't do it again or get one even close to it without paying 3 times what the motor cost.  
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 15, 2012, 03:18:44 PM
How many of you have cleaned parts in the dishwasher when the wife was away? Works fantastic! :shock:

I will have to agree with Mike on this one. I really don't like dishes, so I am not going to take a chance of ruining it. I just use the old trusty brake clean.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: Superman on November 17, 2012, 09:50:50 PM
Ryeguy, that is a beautiful looking piece of machinery you have there. I am really liking the color you chose for it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: silver78 on November 18, 2012, 09:40:15 AM
How many of you have cleaned parts in the dishwasher when the wife was away? Works fantastic! :shock:

I will have to agree with Mike on this one. I really don't like dishes, so I am not going to take a chance of ruining it. I just use the old trusty brake clean.

Well there are some lines you just do not cross.  Parts in the dishwasher is one of them!  lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-10-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 19, 2012, 09:04:18 AM
Thanks for all of the compliments guys. I am making progress, but it is much slower than I thought. I am taking my time with the wiring as I really only want to do it once.

I finally finished the wiring for the engine. I had to take the wiring harness out and lengthen a bunch of wires to allow the wiring to lay straight rather than bunched up as pictured before. I hopefully installed it for the last time, but time will tell. I still need to Loom the wires with covers, but I am not going to do that until I am 100% sure that the motor runs without any issues. Here is the finishing up of the wiring.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170312.jpg~original)

Here is a plug that I wired in to allow for easy removal of the harness if it became necessary. This harness will route all the wires to the relay box.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170322.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_212724.jpg~original)

And now the harness is finally installed!

Now, I started to think of what console I wanted to run. I bought an auto console for the swap, but wasn't sure if that was the look that I was after. Then for fun, I took the center console from the Camaro that I parted out and put it in place just for fun. To my surprise it actually fit quite well, and didn't look bad at all. I actually really like the way that it looks. I am going to either redye it black to match the rest of the interior or possibly wrap it in leather to give it the original texture.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170431.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170446.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170350.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_170408.jpg~original)

I really like the way that it looks, and it feels really comfortable. I really like where everything it located using that console. I will have to bend the shifter slightly, but gives a great feel overall.

Now it was time to start on the relay/fuse box that I bought. It is a very compact unit, that I want to place somewhere where it will be easily accessible, yet completely hidden. I thought about the glove box, just not sure that I like that.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121116_230357.jpg~original)

Then I thought that if I am using the 97-02 center console, it would fit nicely below the upper console cover. It fits down in their and would allow for easy access if needed.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121116_232756.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/IMG_20121116_232741.jpg~original)

Although I haven't finalized the placement of the relay/fuse box, I still wanted to start wiring it up. I started off with my computer, diagrams, pinouts, tons of waytech wiring and a lot of luck. I haven't finished with all the relays, but the fuses are all finished.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121117_222656.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121118_163613.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121118_173007.jpg~original)

And that is all from the weekend. Not too much visual progress, but a lot of solder wire and time. I still need to figure out where exactly I am going to put the relay/fuse box and then I can finally place it. I also need to build brackets for the ECU, new console, and relay box. Along with about 100 other things.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-17-12
Post by: LeighP on November 19, 2012, 11:21:19 PM
Wiring is time consuming for little visual progress, lol.

I really like that centre console! its a great fit with the interior.....I'd dye it, I had really good results on my seat back plastic parts with VHT Satin Black dye.....came up nice.
I'd put the fuse box under the console where you showed it....I've got some electronics in the same location, pretty convenient.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-17-12
Post by: nocturneTA on November 19, 2012, 11:32:33 PM
ryeguy,

that is looking great.  i also like the 4th gen console and you will have cup holders.  how did the auto console look though?  oh, and thanks for the push on my motor/trans.  :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-17-12
Post by: mrbandit on November 20, 2012, 09:00:44 AM
That console looks right at home and with a redye it would pass for stock by the untrained eye.  I'd use it if it were mine.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - ECU Wiring Still 11-17-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 21, 2012, 03:49:49 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I have decided that I am going to use the 99 center console. It fits really great and will give the interior a little custom feel. And having cup holders won't hurt either.

Anyway, I got tired of wiring so I took a break and focused on other things. I started out by fitting my headers to the engine. I bought some mid-length  Mac headers. They are originally for a 98-02 Camaro so they had to be modified to fit. I had to notch the subframe in order for the passenger side to fit.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_114924.jpg~original)

Once it was notched it fits great. The picture makes the header look closer to the sub-frame than it really is.

The driver's side needed to be bent in towards the engine around 1 1/2" to clear the lower control arm mount. Now after wearing myself out by trying to pry the headers with a long bar and a torch, I realized that I need to work smarter and not harder. I put a ratchet strap around the motor/trans and slowly tightened the strap and heated the headers to make them fit tighter to the block and away from the lower a arm mount.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_010540.jpg~original)

It is hard to see, but you can see there is about a 1/2" gap between the header and LCA mount.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_114948.jpg~original)

And here is the motor with both headers on!!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_115005.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_115012.jpg~original)

I also had to notch the frame to let the Alternator fit. Since I slid the motor back I didn't have much clearance. I cut some small sections out and will weld in some steel to fill in the hole.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_010732.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_100756.jpg~original)

I also finished up my transmission mount. I ended up flipping the cross member and cutting the mount off and re-welding it on. It fits great and I ended up putting it on the farthest stock mount on the sub-frame. So I didn't need to drill any new holes. This has been the easiest part of the swap so far! With the transmission crossmember finished, and the subframe notched for the headers I now have the the final placement for the motor.

It has been over 6 months since I have laid down a bead of weld so be easy on me. But by the end I got the hang of it. Just like riding a bike.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_131538.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_132611.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_131538.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_132625.jpg~original)

And the finished product.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_145046.jpg~original)

I still need to patch up the holes that I made for the alternator and header, so that will have to wait for another day. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-21-12
Post by: LeighP on November 21, 2012, 04:19:29 PM
Not sure if you mentioned if you're going to run AC or not....but if so, the low mount compressor will need a notch in the front of the passenger side frame similar to the one you made for the alternator. If AC is even an eventual thought, might be best off to mod the crossmember now while you have easy access.
Should look good once everything is welded, cleaned up and painted. Nice work!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-21-12
Post by: nocturneTA on November 21, 2012, 04:22:28 PM
That's funny.   You see the light at the end and I see the beginning of a black hole  with dollars  swirling the edge.   It is looking great though and I am keeping tabs on what you are doing.      Keep it up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-21-12
Post by: green-hornet on November 23, 2012, 01:09:59 AM
Nice work,what a project  :shock:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-21-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 25, 2012, 12:20:22 PM
Small visual update, but I got lots accomplished. I finished welding up the notches that I made on the sub-frame. Then ground it all down and sprayed on some duplicolor black paint so it won't rust. Lots of time welding, shaping and grinding that isn't seen.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121123_210121.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121123_213726.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121123_213736.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121124_004953.jpg~original)

Then I made brackets to finalize the mounting of my new center console.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121124_005025.jpg~original)

And here is the final position of the center console. When I am finished it will either get a black vinyl wrap, or painted black to match the interior. I am leaning towards the wrap, but I will decide at a later date.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121123_221618.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121123_221605.jpg~original)

Smaller update this weekend, but a lot of time was spent planning and thinking about how best to accomplish what I want to do. Now that I have the brackets finalized, I need to patch up the hole that I made for the 6 speed shifter. Then I will be done welding and can focus back on wiring and the final installation of my engine!! Lots more to do, but having a bunch of fun doing it.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: LeighP on November 25, 2012, 05:42:44 PM
That console just looks really good in there, Ryan...I love the curves on it! Great pick!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: Formula8 on November 25, 2012, 06:22:19 PM
X 2.  I wasn't sure at first but now I am feeling the console.  I would go with the 4 gen.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: nocturneTA on November 25, 2012, 09:12:57 PM
that is some great progress.  I am also leaning towards the 4th gen console.  keep up the good work!!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: fixitrht on November 26, 2012, 05:39:19 AM
your doing a great job, I like the detail and we have one at the shop that has been thinking this project through
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: rshell455 on November 26, 2012, 12:22:15 PM
When you changed to the 160 speedo did you have to change speedo gear the trans.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 26, 2012, 12:26:39 PM
When you changed to the 160 speedo did you have to change speedo gear the trans.

Believe it or not, but the speedo 100 mph and 160 mph speedo's are calibrated the same. So, when you swap them out they will read just the same as one another. No need to swap the transmission gear. I just ordered some new gauges, and may be interested in selling the current gauges that I have.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 26, 2012, 12:35:55 PM
I ordered my gauges last Friday from Speedhut. They had a 25% off sale that I couldn't pass up. I ordered all gauges for my car; Speedo, Tach, water temp, oil press, volt, fuel and a clock. I bought a beat up bezel a few weeks ago that I will use as a template and put a new piece of metal in and custom cut my gauges in. I am going to delete things like the HVAC and turning signals, then wrap the whole bezel in a 3M REAL 3D carbon fiber vinyl. The wrap looks just like the real thing. Once I get the gauges I will post up a picture of what they really look like, but for now here is a poor representation of my vision.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/TangerineCarbonFiberPanel.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: mrbandit on November 26, 2012, 01:46:46 PM
That is going to look killer when you are done!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: LeighP on November 26, 2012, 02:04:12 PM
I agree...good choice on the orange.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: Thor70 on November 27, 2012, 12:08:57 PM
You will be real happy with the Speedhut gauges and 3m carbon fiber vinyl. That is what I used. The only thing that was a pain was working with the vinyl. I wish I had 3 hands. A tip when installing the vinyl make sure you have a hairdryer so that you can heat and stretch it.
Here are some pictures of the finished dash and gauges. They are towards the bottom of the page.
http://v8tvshow.com/1971_FB/index2.html (http://v8tvshow.com/1971_FB/index2.html)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: mrbandit on November 27, 2012, 02:03:52 PM
That looks awesome Thor.  That engine looks like a monster.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: Thor70 on November 28, 2012, 10:58:14 AM
Thanks.
Every time I drive it I can't stop smiling for days after.
Before the snow flies around here I need to borrow a video camera and get some footage of the engine running through the exhaust and driving  this beast. It is a blast. Will post in my build thread so that I don't step on Ryan's build thread here.
Scott
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 29, 2012, 06:23:08 PM
Well, I found a great deal and couldn't pass it up. Dynatech Muscle Maxx 2nd gen swap headers.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Dynamaxxheaders.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: nocturneTA on November 29, 2012, 09:26:40 PM
those look great Ryan!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: silver78 on November 30, 2012, 07:09:49 AM
Headers look good.  Will they work with you Dingo motor mounts?  Seems the motor mounts and header combination need to match or ya get into fitment problems on these swaps.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 30, 2012, 07:52:20 AM
 My mounts are adjustable, so I should be able to make them fit. And if they don't I got a great price on them so I should be able to get rid of them quickly if I need to.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: LeighP on December 01, 2012, 06:34:07 AM
Nice score, Ryan!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 11-25-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 01, 2012, 08:54:03 PM
I finally got done with what I had been putting off for so long... Welding in the floor pan extensions due to the new transmission being located towards the rear. I started out trying to weld in a piece of metal that my dad had laying around. That was a terrible decision. It didn't fit well at all, so I went to get some new 20 gauge steel panels which were the same size as my floor pans. That turned out much better than I even though. I was mostly putting this off because I didn't want to tear my interior apart. Which turned out to be not as bad as I thought originally.

First I had to remove the factory 4 speed hump as it was badly damaged.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_151017.jpg~original)

Once that was removed, I could get a clear view of what needed to be welded in.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_154549.jpg~original)

Then I welded in the first new panel and cut around for the shifter to come through.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_173121.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_175647.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_190716.jpg~original)

Then the other half of the panel to the rear fill all around the shifter. I painted the raw steel to prevent any rust and put my carpet back down.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121201_201118.jpg~original)

I am glad that I got that done and over with. I was putting it off mostly because I wasn't sure how I was going to tackle the project.

Next on my list is to fully shave the firewall. I have decided that I don't like the way that the block off plate that I made, and it will look best with it fully shaved. While I am in there I am going to smooth off any imperfections and fill any holes in that I don't need.

That is all for now. I look forward to testing how the Headers fit that I just bought. I am hoping that they will fit with the engine in it's current position. If not, I am going to have to redo somethings...

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: nocturneTA on December 01, 2012, 09:26:23 PM
what shifter are you running?  it looks different from the Hurst shifter that came with mine.  Nice work though.

one other thing, is that matting similar to dynomat?  how does it work?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: LeighP on December 02, 2012, 05:44:20 AM
I think thats Fat Mat...pretty much the same thing as Dynamat.

Ryan...nice job on the shifter hole!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 02, 2012, 09:36:52 AM
Nocturne, the shifter is aftermarket. It is the Pro 5.0, it came on the transmission when I bought it, but I will say that the shifts are well worth it. And Leigh is right, it is called FatMat, it is much cheaper than Dynamat and is basically the same thing. I think that 100 square feet was around 120 bucks. I only used 50 because I split it with my dad.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: nocturneTA on December 02, 2012, 01:13:53 PM
Where can you get the fatmat?   I was planning on lizard skin but may go that route to cover the floor.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 02, 2012, 02:36:51 PM
www.fatmat.com It worked great and kept some of the sound out.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: nocturneTA on December 02, 2012, 03:11:39 PM
Cool. Thanks
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-2-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 03, 2012, 08:17:55 AM
I got another few mins in the garage on Sunday. I finalized the placement of the center console and the shifter. I had to make a pretty serious bend in the shifter and to my surprise, got it right on the money the first time just eyeballing it! It fits perfectly and shifts great. Once I get the seats in I will be able to see how comfortable it is to shift.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121202_194205.jpg~original)

And here is the console fully bolted down with the shifter boot in place. Next step is to paint/wrap it to match my interior.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121202_191506.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121202_191452.jpg~original)

I am very happy with the fitment and can't wait to get it painted/wrapped to see how it blends with my interior. I am still playing around with the placement of my fuse/relay box. I may just put it in the center console so it is very accessable, but still is up in the air.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121202_191358.jpg~original)

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: mrbandit on December 03, 2012, 09:26:36 AM
What mods to the console are you planning?  I see the cig lighter is redundant and the emergency brake slot isn't needed.  I do think the console as a whole was a great choice.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 03, 2012, 10:18:35 AM
I am not sure at the moment. I do know that I will not be using the console mounted Emergency Brake, so that will need to be addressed. I am not sure how I will fill the hole. And will probably delete the redundant cigarette lighter on the dash. Time will tell.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: mrbandit on December 03, 2012, 11:55:39 AM
Of course you could just wire in the cig lighter and buy a USB plug and call it a day.  Everything has a USB charger these days....right?

(http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2009/04/21/belkincarusb.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: nocturneTA on December 03, 2012, 12:23:29 PM
Let me know how the reach is on the shifter once the seats are in.   I looks like there might be too much distance but pics can be misrepresenting.   I am going to remove the brake lever and try to mount some window switches in there.  That's my thoughts anyway.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: LeighP on December 05, 2012, 12:56:13 AM
I like the USB adapter idea.
Console looks terrific!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-1-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 08, 2012, 05:07:07 PM
It is time to shave my firewall. I wanted to add a something to my shaved firewall so that it wasn't just a large flat space. I took a 1/2" bead roll and put two parallel 16" bead rolls into the panel that I cut out of my 20 gauge steel. I took a cardboard template to check and see what it would look like. Here are some pictures. I am almost done with welding on this stage of my project, and look forward to that.

Here is what I started with.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_115012.jpg~original)

And the process of making my block off plate.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_104456.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_110400.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_145640.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_154659.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_163314.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_165021.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_165030.jpg~original)

Making sure that there was good penetration with the welds.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_165043.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_170136.jpg~original)

And here it is with some gloss paint on it. I still need to add body filler in and make everything smooth, but for now I just wanted to put some paint on it just to see what kind of work I need to do in order for it to get it straight.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121208_170144.jpg~original)

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-8-12 Shaved Firewall
Post by: LeighP on December 09, 2012, 01:07:38 AM
Good idea putting those two rolled strips into it....stop any oil canning that might happen when you're driving. Coming along well!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-8-12 Shaved Firewall
Post by: fixitrht on December 11, 2012, 10:42:22 AM
Unless you are going to clean the entire firewall, I would consider seam sealing the crap out of it with a cut off paint brush. It would look "factory" and fit in with the rest of the firewall. Otherwise you may need to do a lot of detail work. Just depends on the project.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-8-12 Shaved Firewall
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 11, 2012, 01:32:18 PM
My plan is to revamp my engine bay. I am going to smooth any dents, delete the firewall drip edge, and fill any imperfections in the firewall, inner fenders and core support. One of the biggest things that I was unhappy with my car when I would go to shows this summer was the engine bay and how it looked. It is far from finished in the pictures, and I need to do the firewall before I can put my motor back in for good.

I also plan on hiding as much of the engine wiring as possible to create a very clean engine bay. I haven't decided if I am going to paint the firewall body color, or satin black.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-8-12 Shaved Firewall
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 18, 2012, 08:27:00 PM
I finally got my Speedhut gauges!! I couldn't be happier. I love the way that they look. The gauges are a little lighter than they looked online, but still very happy and can't wait to get them all hooked up.

I also got a free t-shirt and decals.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_203041.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_201126.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_201106.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_203036.jpg~original)

Here is all of the installation wiring and diagrams.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_201529.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121218_201517.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: LeighP on December 18, 2012, 10:57:33 PM
Very neatly made, with the smooth backs and pre-wired.
They look good!
Can you explain the controls/lights on the tach?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: 1blk1 on December 18, 2012, 11:05:12 PM
Can you explain the controls/lights on the tach?

was wondering that as well
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: nocturneTA on December 19, 2012, 09:01:11 AM
Those look great.  I got mine in a few weeks ago but must not have spent enough money, I didn't get a t shirt or stickers.  Not that I would use the stickers.   I may end up getting the smaller gauges later, not sure yet.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on December 19, 2012, 09:02:25 AM
They used to have instructions on the website i cant find them anymore.  But LED's are a progressive shift light, and the buttons on the front are to set the shift light and adjust the brightness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_HWxjj4qP8
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 19, 2012, 10:01:21 AM
There were instructions for each gauge inside the box, I skimmed over the programming part really quick, but didn't get a chance to look through the specific details. Once I get my firewall fully shaved and completed I will move back to wiring. So for now they are going to be sitting in the box.

I wanted to go into more details for those thinking of purchasing them as well. I spent the extra money and bought the Revolution Series(Better) Tach and Speedo, and opted for the Speedhut Series(Base) for my other gauges. The difference is the sensors that are used and that the Revolutions have warning lights and buttons for adjustment on the face of the gauges. Just like my speedo and tach. I liked the way that the Speedhut Series looked as opposed to the Revolution. I can't wait to see what they look like with the carbon fiber background!!

If you want the gauges and can wait about a year for them, Speedhut has a great Black Friday sale. It was 25% off of everything, I ended up getting everything for under 600 shipped to my door. I got a different face and custom lettering so it took longer to put together, so it took longer to assemble and ship to me. Great company and great service.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 20, 2012, 11:34:23 AM
My dad Emailed me this picture that he took with his phone recently. It is me under the car taking out the headers for the last time on this Pontiac engine. Made me a little sad, well maybe not.  :lol:

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/photo.jpg~original)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 20, 2012, 02:30:35 PM
Ok, so I have to say I hate when people don't do what they say. I will explain. As you will see earlier in my build, I bought a set of swap headers for my project. It has been over 3 weeks since I bought them and they haven't been received and I cannot get ahold of the seller. So, I filed a complaint and will get my money back... Hopefully anyway, shouldn't be a problem but you never know. Anyway, so I have been bummed out because I was looking forward to the Dynatech swap headers and I have since sold any manifold that I could use, I am without an exhaust. Or so I thought. I posted up a wanted ad on another forum, and within minutes I had someone respond to me. Speedway motors hasn't had the Dynatech headers since they went from 399.99 to 600.00 bucks, but they must have had a set that was returned because there was a pair in "Garage Sale" Section. They were having a 7.99 flat rate on shipping, so I got an almost brand new set of 600.00 headers a grand total of $377 shipped to my door.

I am very pleased with Speedway already. I placed my order at 12:58 pm and the order was shipped out UPS at 2:04 pm with a tracking number!! Talk about fast service!! They should be here around 12/26, so it will be a late Christmas present to myself! Here is the picture that they provided.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/AUP1372_L_17f62eba_zps8e1fc2a2.jpg~original)

They look really nice!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: LeighP on December 20, 2012, 11:02:23 PM
NICE! Thats a win! :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 21, 2012, 11:07:38 AM
Just messing around last night and grabbed my stock bezel out of the car and threw the gauges into it. It actually doesn't look half bad, but not as good as it will look with the Carbon fiber look. I also wired them up breifly just to see what they look like, but didn't get a good picture of them.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121220_194120.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121220_194127.jpg~original)

Not too shabby.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: REDL1NE on December 21, 2012, 02:31:14 PM
Wow. Looks great. I love the overall project, but I really love that gauge look. Nice job!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: LeighP on December 21, 2012, 02:33:20 PM
Yeah! They look fine!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: nocturneTA on December 21, 2012, 09:03:01 PM
Ryan,  I may have to get the of the gauges now.   Thanks for spending more of my money.  Lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on December 21, 2012, 09:29:41 PM
(http://i46.tinypic.com/v45dvb.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 23, 2012, 07:11:34 PM
That Photoshop looks great. Thanks for doing that for me.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on December 23, 2012, 08:14:12 PM
No problem, on mine I'm going to see about using some kind of spray black tint on mine.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-18-12 Speedhut came through!!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 23, 2012, 09:09:47 PM
Got a chance to get into the garage today. I was focusing on getting the firewall done so that I can get my engine in for a final fitment. I got all of the spot welds ground down and some filler put on to fill the imperfections. Not a whole lot to show for it, but was a lot of work. I still need to do a lot more finish sanding and then I can paint it. I am also going to finish the top of the cowl and fill in any dents and smooth everything out. I need to get my air compressor fixed so I can borrow some power sanding tools.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_111401.jpg~original)

I feel like I am going backwards on this project sometimes...

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_140752.jpg~original)

I needed to get the stock ducting out from behind the dash, so I could better fit my components such as the LS1's computer. So, out goes the dash. Again. While it was out I took the liberty of modifying it for my other new 'mini' project... Delay wipers. Here is the motor I will be using.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121121_092906.jpg~original)

One think that I never liked about the stock firewall was that huge wiper motor. So, I decided to do something about it. First I needed to decide how to I was going to control the wipers. I took the switch out of the stock 1999 Camaro column, and I am pretty sure that it is a common switch that is in many different models.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121222_163658.jpg~original)

Once it was out I cut off the aluminum bracket that was attached as I will no longer use it.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_115746.jpg~original)

Now, I needed to figure out how I was going to attach it near the stock position for the wiper switch. Not sure how it came to me, but this fits in there almost like it was made for it. Using the tab on the one end as a main anchor point, drill a small hole into the duct on the side near the stock location for the switch.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_141847.jpg~original)

Once the hole is drilled, I also had to cut down the lower screw hole, and notch the one side of the opening for the switch to mount in there.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_115735.jpg~original)

Once you have those small modifications done to your dash, the switch will fit in there very nicely.

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This won't be my final mounting, but for temporary I used a zip tie, which actually works quite nicely.

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Since I had a few extra wiper switches, I gutted one and used the steel shell as a template for a bracket that I will make in the future. I will also make a decal for the actual functions of the car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_070435.jpg~original)

I used the stock turning signal switch from the 99 Camaro and cut off the end to use as my new switch. I will attach the stock knob onto the switch when everything is all done.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_115642.jpg~original)

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Here is the switch at rest.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_142920.jpg~original)

And here is the switch at high speed function. As you can see the knob spins and will function just the same as the stock switch on the 99 Z28. It is very similar to the switch that DSE has for their delay wiper upgrade.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_142937.jpg~original)

Now, this isn't the final product. But as a first test fit with the bezel on it clearly needs to be raised up in order to look normal in the off position. But here it is with the bezel in and in the stock position.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121223_143128.jpg~original)

The best part of this is that even if you wanted to do this swap and return your car to stock in the future you would be able to. Nothing that was modified will be able to be seen while the car is fully assembled. Everything that I have done on my car has been done with this thinking. Although my firewall was shaved, if the spot welds were drilled out the whole panel would come off and someone could put the stock heater box back on.

All for this weekend. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-23-12
Post by: fixitrht on December 24, 2012, 06:43:07 AM
I think this is a great mod once complete. A full decal that covers the entire switch housing, straighten her up a little and this is just what our cars need!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-23-12
Post by: nocturneTA on December 24, 2012, 10:51:08 AM
Some great ingenuity there Ryan.  Its looking great as well as the fire wall.  I am making some progress to but had to put it on hold a few days to take care of Christmas. 

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-23-12
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 27, 2012, 10:49:25 AM
Ok, I got a little more done yesterday. It isn't a very time consuming modification, but is a very visual modifcation. Plus I was able to do this work inside where it is nice and warm. I wanted to see what the stock bezel would look like with the vinyl wrap I got from 3M and see how it would cover. I did a test fit and it looked pretty good and decided that it looked good enough not to justify custom making my own bezel. Maybe at a later date I will get a real piece of carbon fiber and make a custom piece like the write up in one of the threads on this site. Anyway here are some pictures of my test panel to see what the turning signals would look like covered up with just the wrap.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121226_135917.jpg~original)

I thought that it looked good enough to justify wrapping my bezel. So here we go.

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I have been waiting for a long time to see what those gauges would look like against the carbon fiber and it was certainly worth the wait. I think that it looks great and I can't wait to see what it will look like with the dash back in the car. I just need to finish doing the wiring for the gauges while the dash is out, and then figure out centering my new wiper switch in the bezel and I think I will be good to put the dash pad back into the car and wrap my interior up.

I should be getting my headers today, but really depends on the weather. We got around a foot of snow last night so UPS will be a little behind today.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-27-12 Carbon Overlay with Gauges!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 30, 2012, 05:44:04 PM
Small update. I finally got my set of Dynatech headers. I ended up getting them from Speedway Motors, and they were absolutely great to work with. I am certainly going to work with this company again. The Headers were Garage Sale items, and they were at a nice discount and they were having a sale on their shipping for 7.99 flat rate shipping, so I got the headers for $377 shipped to my front door. And as garage sale items they said that the items may be dinged up or scratched, but they were in brand new condition. I am very happy with them. Here are some pictures.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121228_162220.jpg~original)

And here they are installed.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121228_222128.jpg~original)

The headers hang a little lower than I would have liked, but time will tell on how they actually ride. I think with 300 pounds off the front end of the car, the springs will react differently so I may be surprised. Many people have these headers and don't have any issues with the headers scraping.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121228_222128.jpg~original)

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This is the great quality fitment.

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And from the front, seeing those massive 1 7/8 primary tube headers.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20121228_222609.jpg~original)

Overall I am very happy with the fitment and quality of these headers. Would recommend them to anyone.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: nocturneTA on December 30, 2012, 08:49:50 PM
Those look great and lots of clearance.   The gauges are looking top notch also.     You mentioned the weight difference in the motor,  what is the diff. between the 400/4sp and the ls/6sp ?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 31, 2012, 06:21:40 AM
Those look great and lots of clearance.   The gauges are looking top notch also.     You mentioned the weight difference in the motor,  what is the diff. between the 400/4sp and the ls/6sp ?
From what I gather from research, the ls1 with all accessories, fluids, and clutch weighed in at 497 pounds. The best weight number I could come up with for the Pontiac engine was ~700 with no fluids or accessories. So I figure that with the accessories on the Poncho it would weigh another 50-75 pounds. Also the ST-10 weighed in at around 80 pounds and the T-56 is around 125 although the transmission is more centrally located in the car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: nocturneTA on December 31, 2012, 05:33:53 PM
that will make a substantial difference handling.  maybe even take some of that Fbody float out of the front end.  WE shall see in a few months.... :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: Ben on January 01, 2013, 12:16:55 PM
The best weight number I could come up with for the Pontiac engine was ~700 with no fluids or accessories.
Fully dressed with accessories and iron intake is ~650lbs for a Pontiac v8 (traditional 326-455).
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: 77ta502 on January 02, 2013, 05:41:27 AM
Pretty sweet build, thinking about doing the same thing in my 77.  How many hours do you think you have in the swap?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: mrbandit on January 02, 2013, 07:38:07 AM
Those do hang down pretty far.  Better watch our for speed bumps.  :shock:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on January 02, 2013, 09:04:27 AM
So an aluminum head and intake manifold engine with a/c removed, stripped down to just what it needs.  Should be in the 525-550lbs range.  Good to know.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 02, 2013, 10:18:38 AM
Thanks for all the compliments. I can't wait to hear this engine run!!

Pretty sweet build, thinking about doing the same thing in my 77.  How many hours do you think you have in the swap?

That is hard to determine. Since I took the fenders off to first pull my Poncho, I would estimate that I have around ~100 hours give or take 20? It isn't really something that I have been keeping track of. I would say that if you had all the parts you needed to start with and you were just transplanting the engine and not rebuilding, that you could do the swap in 3-4 weeks. I mean for example, once I got my engine mounts I was able to get the engine fit and in the car in 1 day(8-9 hours).

Those do hang down pretty far.  Better watch our for speed bumps.  :shock:

I know... I am hoping that it won't be a problem, but it can't be any worse than with the Hooker Headers that I was running on the car before. It will be hard to tell until I get the car on the ground with full weight and the springs have settled.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: nocturneTA on January 02, 2013, 01:12:28 PM
Ryan, how much longer do you thing it will be before you fire yours off?  I am making progress but it seems to be scattered.  one week its the front end and the next it is the rear.  it will all come together at some point though.

I am thinking of installing an inertia switch to control the fuel pump in case of a hard hit.  It will also second as an anti-theft if needed. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 02, 2013, 02:19:53 PM
It is hard to say how long it will be until I get her started. I don't have that much left to do, just more about my time and money. Once I get the firewall done, the motor will be in for good and I can bolt everthing down for good. After that, I need to buy the Vetteworks kit for my fuel pump, plumbing, and finishing up wiring. Then I should be good for ignition.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: 77ta502 on January 04, 2013, 12:17:12 AM
Fuel system and wiring is the biggest thing I'm worrying about. What is the vetteworks kit, and how did you put your wiring together.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on January 04, 2013, 08:39:23 AM
Vetteworks

http://vetteworksonline.net/ls1_conversion_fuel.htm
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 12-30-12 New LS1 Swap Headers
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 04, 2013, 10:00:24 AM
Fuel system and wiring is the biggest thing I'm worrying about. What is the vetteworks kit, and how did you put your wiring together.

The Vetteworks kit is what is shown above. It utilizes the factory 98-02 Fbody Fuel pump assembly and once the kit is welded in and the hole is cut in the take, the fuel pump assembly will bolt in place. As far as my wiring, I have modified the original 1999 LS1 computer and wiring to run the engine, and I will splice it all into my existing wiring harness.

For the most part the stock computer is stand alone from the factory, and has 5 main connectors that feed all the data, power, and grounds to the main body harness. I have a fairly detailed write-up in the LSx and LTx section of the forum that explains all of my wiring up to this point and where to go for more information. I will be using a Bussmann micro fuse/relay panel to run the motor, fans, fuel pump and accessories. Once I finish my firewall and drop the engine in for good, I will finish up all of my wiring and update my thread and my LS1 swap write-up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 13, 2013, 06:59:07 PM
I got a little bit further on getting my firewall done. I have to admit, I am getting sick of body work. :???: It isn't something that I do very often so I am quite slow at it, but I am slowly progressing. It is tough to get everything straight and looking good. I think, I am about 80% done with the firewall. I just need to do some more finish sanding, and it will be ready for final coats of paint. Anyway, here are a few pictures.

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And now for the interesting part. After quite a bit of research and going back and forth with my A/C options, I have decided to utilize the factory A/C compressor as it sits down low and won't be a eye sore in the engine compartment. So, in order for me to use the stock A/C compressor I needed to notch the frame. I will post up more on what I will have to do in order to use the factory A/C compressor. In a nutshell, the factory compressor is a variable load, and I need to convert it over to fixed in order to work properly with Vintage Air.

Please excuse the compressor and bracket being filthy. I didn't have time to

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It ended up being much easier than I thought and I am so thankful that I bought adjustable engine mounts. I have changed the motors position at least a dozen times for different things. Now the motor is in its final position. Once I finish the firewall the motor will be put in for good, and not to come out for a long time. (Hopefully)

Here is a perspective picture of how quickly my garage filled up once I started stripping out two cars.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130112_174908.jpg~original)

That is all for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: nocturneTA on January 13, 2013, 11:49:30 PM
your progress is looking great.  i wish i had as much space to work.   your vintage air setup, does it include new (factory looking) controls or universal ones?   when i last checked, they didnt offer stock type controls for the firebird.

i decided to use relocation brackets for my ac system.  i had to buy a sanden compressor for it to work.  i bought it from a friend at a good deal.  your firewall looks good.  i stayed with the stock heater/ac stuff except the compressor.

i know you are ready to be done with yours, i am!   i sometimes wish i had done this in stages but no going back now... :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 14, 2013, 04:17:50 PM
Nocturne, I don't have the VA kit yet, just planning for the future. I don't want to get my frame all painted up and then have to worry about cutting it up when I want to run AC. My tight budget requires that I plan ahead, and this time around I know what I want. I am not going to spend money on parts that are only going to be replaced with aftermarket parts.

And yes, in a sense I do just want it done, but I do enjoy working on it. I have a disease I think...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: Trans Am Mike on January 14, 2013, 05:07:35 PM
 your vintage air setup, does it include new (factory looking) controls or universal ones?   when i last checked, they didnt offer stock type controls for the firebird.

I believe Dave at Texas Trans Ams sells a kit which will allow you to use your factory controls with the aftermarket set-up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 24, 2013, 05:18:20 PM
Ok, so I am sick of not making progress on my car due to lack of motivation. I have said it before, but I don't like doing body work. I am going to get it done this Friday no matter how long it takes me.  :-D

Here is what I will start with tomorrow, and some materials to get the job done.

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I bought some more parts for my car, so here is a sneak preview of what's to come. I am going to redo, my bezel, and I am going to use a woodgrain so I can weld and finish the underside to reapply some of the carbon fiber wrap again.

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Lokar throttle cable.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130124_171908.jpg~original)

Stainless Steel Dynatech Musclemaxx reducers

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130124_171843.jpg~original)

And a new Spectra gas tank in order to modify for my 4th gen fuel assembly. More on that to come.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130124_171813.jpg~original)

By the end of tomorrow I will have my firewall done and the engine in for final placement.

More to come, Ryan.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: nocturneTA on January 24, 2013, 10:36:17 PM
keep up the progress...  post more on the tank setup as you do it.  it wont take too long to finish the firewall.

I picked up an extra bezel for free that I am thinking about covering with a vinyl wrap also.  I'm not sure which direction I want to go just yet.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 25, 2013, 10:22:45 AM
I will do a small write-up on the 4th gen pump into my tank once I get it done. I will keep you posted. I don't think it will be too difficult.

Also, wanted to give a big thanks to Mrbandit, aka Mike. He gave me a great deal on, hopefully my last big ticket item for my build, a painless wiring harness. Looks like I will have lots of cutting and splicing in my future. I can't wait. Wiring is a lot more fun for me than doing body work. Thanks again Mike.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: richduty455 on January 25, 2013, 10:24:56 AM
love that garage!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 26, 2013, 06:44:09 PM
Ok, well after a long night and some time today, I was finally able to get that firewall done.  :-x After a difficult battle getting my garage from 30* to around 50 in order to paint, I was finally able to get some matte black paint on my firewall. Since it was in the single digits outside it was such an uphill battle. I had to have my kerosene heater running as well as my wood stove roaring at full boar. I was finally able to get to 55 and able to spray some paint.

It is a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders having this job done. It isn't perfect, but it is good enough for me. Overall I am happy with the way that it turned out. I still need to make a bracket for my new wiper motor to mount to the firewall, but there isn't any hurry for that. It doesn't look like a big update, but there are many hours into getting the firewall straight and filling in little imperfections.

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Now that I am done painting the firewall, I need to clean everything up from all the sanding dust!

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When I get done with my sub-frame clean up I will bolt in the engine and transmission for good. Can't wait. One more step closer to hearing the car come to life again.

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: Trans Am Mike on January 26, 2013, 07:07:33 PM
I'm keeping tabs on this one because my secret dream is to find one of the more than abundant 1980 Indy Pace cars sporting a non original motor and do a LS/OD tranny swap. Looking good so far!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: nocturneTA on January 26, 2013, 08:49:00 PM
I am finding the little steps add up to being finished.   It's looking great .
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: Zapper2003 on January 27, 2013, 07:45:44 AM
I am finding the little steps add up to being finished.   It's looking great .
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Every little bit is progress.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 27, 2013, 11:51:35 AM
I am finding the little steps add up to being finished.   It's looking great .

That is how I have always tried to look at the project. A whole lot of little ones. I am so glad to be done with the firewall because that was the only project where I needed to have the garage at 50* degrees in order to do. Paint doesn't like to dry/lay properly until it is in the right range of temperature. All other little projects the heat is just for me.  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on January 27, 2013, 06:32:01 PM
Progress looks good!  I spent half the day in the shop too.  I'm installing sound deadening material.  I'd rather do bodywork. :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: Trans Am Mike on January 27, 2013, 06:41:16 PM
Really looks good! We will be doing a little firewall work ourselves so I'm taking notes.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: jtsharkin9 on January 27, 2013, 11:25:51 PM
Looking good!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 1-26-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 30, 2013, 08:27:38 AM
Seems like most of my updates have been parts updates, but I plan to get some time in the garage this Friday and Saturday so I am hoping to make some real progress. These are hopefully the last two large components for my LS1 swap! I am sick of spending money.

Here is the Vetteworks Kit that will allow me to use my 1999 LS1 Fuel Pump Assembly. It was a nice touch that they laser engraved the panel on the top. Also came with a full set of color installation instructions.

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And the other is a Universal Painless wiring harness that I got from Mrbandit. Great guy to deal with. It is an 18 Circuit harness with provisions for power windows, locks and other accessories. He gave me a great deal on it and my next project will be fully wiring my whole car. I am actually excited to do because I like the challenge of wiring and getting everything to work properly.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130129_193653.jpg~original)

And a big box of wires for the rest of the wiring.

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Cheers,
Ryan

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 1-30-13
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on February 01, 2013, 08:54:37 AM
Sure you wouldn't rather do body work than figure out all those wires? :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 1-30-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 01, 2013, 10:12:04 AM
Sure you wouldn't rather do body work than figure out all those wires? :lol:
I would much rather do the wiring than body work. No dust, fumes, or dry times.  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 1-30-13
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on February 01, 2013, 12:18:31 PM
I just got done putting carpet back in after laying down the sound deadening material.  My knees are killing me. :shock:

Now on to the new headliner and button it back up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 1-30-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 03, 2013, 08:17:54 AM
The motor is finally in!!! I am excited to have the motor in for good as it is one huge step towards getting my car back together. To me this is a big deal because now, I can do many of the little projects as I get time. Once the motor was in finally for about the 20th time, I started on some of my other larger tasks. Here are some pictures.

Before I could put in my motor I wanted to clean up the sub-frame and freshen up the paint. I painted some of the steering linkages to break up all of the black. Here is what I started with and here is what I ended up with.

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Now that the sub-frame is all painted up it is ready for the motor.  :grin:

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Here is the wiring mess that I have to look forward to! And as a side, I am still up in the air about what center console to use. I really like the way that the 99 console looks, but where the shifter comes out, may not be comfortable. When I had the full interior in with the transmission in its current spot, with the straight shifter shown with the stock tan console, the shifter was very comfortable. I feel that it may be a reach for the 99 console. For now, I am going to focus on the wiring.

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I put in the clutch hydraulics bracket on and got my clutch test fit. It is amazing how easy things can be with the right parts. The bracket is from DSE and it is made specifically for the LSx swap which allows you to bolt on the stock slave cylinder and puts it at the correct angle. All I had to do to modify the firewall slightly and drill another hole in the clutch petal. The bracket sandwiches between the firewall and the brake booster.

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I drilled my one hole in the firewall for my engine wiring. I laid out the wiring where it will roughly go, and will eventually loom up the harness and get everything looking clean.

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I feel like accomplished quite a bit this weekend and I feel great because I am now starting to bolt things back onto the car rather than tearing them off or modifying. I should have the car fired up within the next month. I hope to have it running by the end of the month.

Thanks for looking.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: LeighP on February 03, 2013, 09:32:53 AM
Looks great. Use the late model console....if you think you need to, buy another shifter handle to bring the knob back to a more comfortable position...they make tons of different profile shifter handles.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on February 03, 2013, 10:01:59 AM
Looking good!  Should be a fun ride when you're done!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on February 03, 2013, 10:39:34 AM
Ryan, that is all looking great and I understand your excitement.  You may want to double check the travel on the clutch rod.  I used the same bracket and had to put a slightly stronger angle on the bracket to get the angle on the master cylinder spot on for the rod to travel in a straight line as the clutch pedal is pressed. 

If you still want to use the 99 console, look for a bent shifter.  I am using a Hurst shifter that has is angled back tad.  I dont have my seats in for a test fit but it looks good.  Speaking of seats, are you using those Camaro seats in the back ground?  If so, how do you like them?

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 05, 2013, 02:05:31 PM
Ryan, that is all looking great and I understand your excitement.  You may want to double check the travel on the clutch rod.  I used the same bracket and had to put a slightly stronger angle on the bracket to get the angle on the master cylinder spot on for the rod to travel in a straight line as the clutch pedal is pressed. 

If you still want to use the 99 console, look for a bent shifter.  I am using a Hurst shifter that has is angled back tad.  I dont have my seats in for a test fit but it looks good.  Speaking of seats, are you using those Camaro seats in the back ground?  If so, how do you like them?

Keep up the good work.

Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I like what you did for a clutch stop. I am going to look into that. As for the seats, I am using my stock seats, but I know that a guy on here named reedld is using some factory 4th gen seats in his 78 and he loves them. If you are interested in the seats they are for sale.  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: 77ta502 on February 07, 2013, 05:58:43 AM
Lookin good man, really some great work you are doing, I enjoy checking up on your build to see how much progress your making.  Keep it up!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: Jack on February 07, 2013, 07:21:28 AM
Looks real nice, the more of these projects and restorations I see, the more I hate myself for not doing this when I was much younger.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: eroc022 on February 08, 2013, 06:49:33 AM
your clutch master, is it adjustable ? if so you can work it so you dont "over extend" you only need 7/8" movement for full clutch actuation. but its looking good....
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 08, 2013, 06:41:17 PM
Ryan, looks friggen SWEET!  You are coming along nicely and wow I wish I had your perseverance! 

On the other hand, I do not agree with this:

Looks great. Use the late model console....if you think you need to, buy another shifter handle to bring the knob back to a more comfortable position...they make tons of different profile shifter handles.

Sorry but IMO, you should stick with the stock console and shifter. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 12, 2013, 02:50:46 PM
Thanks again for all the compliments guys it is keeping me motivated.

your clutch master, is it adjustable ? if so you can work it so you dont "over extend" you only need 7/8" movement for full clutch actuation. but its looking good....
No, my clutch master is the stock take out piece and is non-adjustable. I think what I will end up doing is building some sort of clutch stop like what NocturneTA did on his car.

Sorry but IMO, you should stick with the stock console and shifter. 

I am actually leaning more towards the stock console, but I won't know until I get the seats installed to see what the feel is going to be.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 12, 2013, 03:02:16 PM
No really huge progress, but I couldn't sleep last night so I went in the garage for a few hours to clean up and package up some parts I sold. After I finished cleaning up, I looked over at my wiring mess and thought to myself, "What have I done now..."

I sat down and started looking at the wiring and started placing bundles of wires where they would go. Once you break the wiring down into sections it really isn't as intimidating as it looks. Each wire is labled "radio section" or "lighting section" so it is very difficult to mess up. The biggest task is going to be figuring out the wiring diagrams for my stock car, because the wiring is a universal harness, everything is un-terminated and you have to re-use the stock connectors. Which isn't a big deal for me. I like the idea of upgrading to the blade fuses with newer technology. Over the next few weeks I will be blending the Painless harness into my car, and integrating with the factory LS1 engine harness.  As well as adding my Speedhut wiring, as some gauges have their own sensors. (oil pressure, coolant temp)

Here is the mess a little more organized and the engine a little more complete.

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I will get some better pictures, and some better updates soon. My wife will have to start working on Saturdays starting Feb. 23rd so I will have a lot of Saturday's to get the car back together.

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on February 13, 2013, 07:20:29 AM
Its coming along nicely!   I think one of the reasons I am moving along as well as I am is because my wife keeps her head buried in her nursing books.   That leaves alot of idle time for me.  I am not looking forward to the wiring, its not difficult just time consuming.   It baffles me as to why SpeedHut didn't put plugs on their gauges (well atleast mine).   
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 18, 2013, 07:11:56 PM
It is difficult to capture what I have done through pictures as I have been doing a lot of wiring. I did find a final place for my ECU, and I am really happy how well it is hidden. I mounted it in the vacant pocket where there used to be a vacuum operated flap for the A/C. I used a modified ecu bracket from the 99. I removed the insulation that was glued into the cup and slightly trimmed the back of the cup. Here are some pictures.

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That is all for now. I am hoping to start up the car within the next month... We will see if that happens.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on February 18, 2013, 08:54:13 PM
It's looking good Ryan!   I like your hiding spot for the computer.   Keep it up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: mrbandit on February 19, 2013, 07:05:15 AM
That does look nice.  Don't forget to insulate that firewall.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: richduty455 on February 19, 2013, 07:50:27 AM
coming along nicely!!!  Cant wait to hear that you started it!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: bhcustomdesigns on February 24, 2013, 07:46:08 PM
Looking really good!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Motor is in for good!! 2-3-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 25, 2013, 10:10:19 AM
Again, not much for visual progress for an update, but I got most of my custom wiring done. It was difficult figuring out all of the wiring schematics and finding a way to splice them all together, but in the end it turned out great. I was able to get all of the relays and fuses hooked up for my LS1 harness and was able to splice it all together and blend well. It helped once I found a good easy to read relay diagram, which I can share if anyone needs.

I was able to mount the relay box in the glove box for easy access, while not taking up too much room. I have also been trying to think ahead at any future modifications that I may want and wiring them in now. I brought in a constant main feed into the cabin for any future electronics. I wired in the trunk release and ran that to the trunk so I can finally hook up the auto release button. Here are the few pictures that I took.

A lot of my time was dedicated to making the mess of wires manageable and neat. I decided to use zip ties rather than electrical tape because it is much easier to cut a zip tie and replace rather than trying to tape and retape everything.

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Trying to make all the wiring neat and easy to read.

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I also started to wire up the tail lights and trunk release. There was a lot of custom wiring and although, I don't have much to "show" for it, there was a lot of progress made. In reality, the fuse block I wired up only accounts for about 20% of the wiring, but due to its complexity takes up majority of the time. I am about 70% done with my wiring now, since most everything will be very easy to splice and solder together.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: mrbandit on February 25, 2013, 10:23:13 AM
That looks factory Ryan!  Great Job!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: LeighP on February 25, 2013, 06:28:56 PM
Nice work, mate! I like the tidy mounting for the ECU and the electrical panel.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on February 25, 2013, 11:07:12 PM
that is looking very clean and tidy.   I definitely think you're going to be up and running before me.  :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 26, 2013, 09:52:06 AM
Thanks for all the compliments guys. I put in a good 15-16 hours this past weekend working on strickly wiring. The funny thing is I really don't mind it. I have beent taking my time and testing each connection and relay to hopefully have a trouble free fire up!

Another cool update is I got some bulkhead terminals from Painless yesterday. Now I can run the additional wiring for my delay wipers and cooling fans through the bulkhead rather than drilling new holes in my fresh firewall!

that is looking very clean and tidy.   I definitely think you're going to be up and running before me.  :grin:
Cameron, I think you are right :cool: I think that I will have my wiring done by next weekend and then I can focus on getting my fuel system finished up.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on February 26, 2013, 11:08:48 AM
I cant wait to hear how you like the difference in driving the old vs new. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 03, 2013, 08:22:50 PM
I got some more wiring done yesterday. It isn't completely done, but is getting close. I got all the wiring done for the trunk, which has provisions for a third brake light, power antenna(or amplifier remote), and one other thing I can't remember. :lol: I finished my wiring for all my Speedhut gauges and wired in connectors for ease of removal. I soldered all the joints and shrink wrapped all connections for longevity. I don't want to have to redo everything in the future.

Here is the wiring in the trunk with the connection.

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I didn't realize that I was going to have to take out almost all of my interior just to get the wiring routed to the trunk...

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I started with this mess and had to sort, solder, and heat wrap every connection. Doesn't sound like a lot of work, but very tedious to do, although I am having a lot of fun.

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This is the type of connection that I used for the gauges.

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Here are my gauges installed and one with them lit up at night. I am not sure if Speedhut made the speedomoter brighter than the rest because that is the most important gauge, or if it was a mistake. I need to call them to verify, but all other gauges are the same brightness. The gauges also have a rheostat controller to control the dimmer. 

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All for now,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on March 03, 2013, 08:59:06 PM
That's looking great.   I do not understand why they ( speedhut ) doesn't put plugs on their wiring for the gauges.    Wiring is on my long list of things that still have to be done.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: Jack on March 03, 2013, 09:10:55 PM
Looks good, where did you move the HVAC controls? and what will you do with the vent opening?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 03, 2013, 09:52:46 PM
Looks good, where did you move the HVAC controls? and what will you do with the vent opening?
At the moment, I don't have any HVAC, so the wrap is just covering the holes. I bought a woodgrain bezel that is made of steel and I will weld up the holes and fill it in. Eventually, I plan to upgrade to a Vintage Air set-up and will drill new holes for the new controls. But for now, just running without them.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on March 03, 2013, 10:08:04 PM
Which headers and price?

Which harness and price?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 03, 2013, 10:24:22 PM
The headers are dynatech musclemaxx swap headers for 70-81 and I paid 379, but they normally go for 600. I found the headers at Speedway motors in the garage sale items.

The harness is a stock 99 harness that was modified by me and cost about 200 for the fuse/relay box. You could use any relay box from a scrap yard and it would work the same. Not including my time to modify.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: LeighP on March 04, 2013, 12:16:04 AM
Darned nice work on the dash, mate!!!!!!!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: Thor70 on March 04, 2013, 09:27:38 AM
Ryan-
How did you like that 3m Di-NOC vinyl work for you? It looks real good. I know when I did it I wish I had a 3rd or 4th hand.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 04, 2013, 09:34:48 AM
Ryan-
How did you like that 3m Di-NOC vinyl work for you? It looks real good. I know when I did it I wish I had a 3rd or 4th hand.

Thor, it worked great for me. I laid it down without any heat gun, although I am not 100% happy with how it laid down. I bought another bezel and will redo it at some point, but I am going to run it for this season.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-2-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 06, 2013, 08:54:40 AM
Small update from last night. My wife had to work late, and for a change I didn't so I got a few hours of garage time. I decided to get the dome lights wired up, so I could put the interior panels and rear seats back together. It wasn't too bad other than trying to fish the dome lights through the headliner without taking it off. I managed to get a wire through the dome light hole, just need to solder the connections to the dome light and install.

Went from this

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Back to this

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Here are the dome light wires ready to be soldered.

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I also for got to show this over the weekend. I bought a piece of 1/4" sheet aluminum to make a bracket to hold my new wiper motor that I will be converting to. I still need to wire up the switch and make the bracket, but I will be swapping on my 99 Camaro wiper motor.

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All for now. I am hoping to get some time out in the garage this Friday too. I gotta get this thing running soon, the warm weather is on the way!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on March 06, 2013, 11:11:27 AM
"I gotta get this thing running soon, the warm weather is on the way!!"  Rub it in...   :lol:   Ryan, its looking good.  You should be up and running in no time.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 06, 2013, 01:21:34 PM
I just bought the hole saw I need for the Vetteworks kit and my fuel lines, so I will be modifying my tank this weekend and I hopefully get it running next weekend!! I don't want to rub it in though. :lol: I will make sure to take a lot of pictures and will make a write-up for the Vetteworks kit.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: BAN on March 07, 2013, 12:04:30 AM
Great progress as always... the dash looks fantastic!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: fixitrht on March 08, 2013, 12:43:12 PM
cant wait!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on March 08, 2013, 06:23:45 PM
Youtube video the first start!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Wiring Update 3-5-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 11, 2013, 10:38:55 AM
I didn't get too much done this weekend, as I was doing a lot of trial and testing of wires and sensors. Although I did take a lot of pictures. The one large thing that I did complete was that I got my fuel tank modified to accept the LS1 Fbody fuel pump assembly. The full write-up can be seen in the LSx swap section of the site here > http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=56613.0

Here are some pictures of the before and after.

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It is important to think of how the fuel pump assembly needs to be clocked in order to get the fuel level sender to read properly, I will get to that in a min. With my Speedhut gauge, I needed to flip the fuel float from one side to the other so it will read correctly. The stock sender reads 40-240 ohms, and my gauge reads 240-33 ohms. So, it would be opposite if I left it stock. But I just took out the float assembly and flipped it to the other side by bending it 180* and it reads properly.

The arm simply unclips from the sensor, and just needs to be bent. I took some before pictures of the arm at full and empty positions so I could get it the same.

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And after it was modified, how it looks. I hooked up my gauge to the sensor and it reads properly full/empty/middle/etc.

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Now, to show the importance of having the fuel lines clocked properly. It is hard to tell from the picture, but with the fuel assembly clocked pointing directly towards the fuel neck, the sender will have plenty of room for a full range of motion. There may have been other ways to attempt this, but I decided to go with this direction.

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I haven't fully completed the final assembly of the fuel pump assembly, but will be doing so in the near future. It is also important to note that the kit also requires a tank seal.

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Onto my other project. I went back and forth between fuel lines with three different options. Stainless hardline vs. NiCopp hardlines vs. Nylon lines. After much research I concluded the following. Of the three I found that it was a tie between Stainless, NiCopp(European Nickle Copper Iron mix), and Nylon lines for longevity. When it came to Function NiCopp lines and Nylon won over stainless due to the difficulty of getting the stainless to seal properly as well as difficulty of bending. And when it came to the price, Nylon won as it only costs about 40 bucks for fittings and lines. As opposed to Stainless and NiCopp which cost around 200 all in. And with Nylon you can make your own tool to press in the fittings. So, I went with Nylon lines and will report back on how they work. I have a buddy that used Nylon on his LS1 swap and he hasn't had any troubles with it.

I bought a roll of 25 Ft. of 3/8 Nylon tubing from Dorman, 2 Straight quick connect fittings, and 10 pack of 3/8 All-Star insulated clamps. Cost: 40 bucks on Amazon.

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Now, rather than spending $60 plus on the actual installation kit, I found that you can actually do the same thing with a flaring tool kit, calking gun, large nut, and some patience. I didn't get any pictures, but there are many write-ups to this online to choose from.

Here is the tubing before and after. Important to note, that you need to cut the line to get the end very straight. I used a fresh razor blade. Then press on the fitting with a little dab of oil.

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Here is what it looks like on the engine. Very clean stock look. I like it a lot.

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I need to figure out my next step. I need a fitting that will go from this fitting pictured below, to the quick connect fitting Pictured above.

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I am not sure if I can just use a NPT fitting with some thread tape and that will seal enough for 60+psi or not. Professional Products makes a NPT to quick connect adapter that will work perfectly, just need to do more research.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: fixitrht on March 11, 2013, 12:11:58 PM
you keep this up and Im pulling my motor.. your making it way to cheap and easy.... 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: LeighP on March 11, 2013, 01:57:15 PM
Nice write up....you're helping people out with all this info, Ryan.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: nocturneTA on March 11, 2013, 10:12:21 PM
He is doing a fine job and I am picking up tips for my install as he goes along.. :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: mrbandit on March 12, 2013, 07:21:59 AM
When we did the NPT fittings on my old bandit my brother (a mechanic) brought home a 3 angle flair tool.  The ends were not like yours in the picture.   I had a 20 psi pump and it was required for that, so I think you are going to need it as well.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 12, 2013, 07:35:41 AM
Well, the part was $18 Dollars, so I guess I will give it a shot. This is the part that I bought. I used to play paintball, and I would use the NPT with tape and it would hold up to 800-1000 psi, and the CO2 was liquid. I am going to give it a shot and see what happens. I couldn't find a line that has a quick connect and the oring based end on the other side. I have a good feeling that this will work just fine.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: nwrclint2000 on March 12, 2013, 08:47:32 AM
Since I have a different intake, Holley carb and run a spacer I needed to do something about my base to run the shaker at the right height. I modified my original one, but am not happy with it. I am going to run it like this for the summer, but will get something different over the winter. Here is what I came up with. I grafted in an Edelbrock Pro-Flow air cleaner to fit under the shaker.

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Here is a quick video of the shaker doing what it does best... Shaking. Click the photo to view.

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I also swapped out the 650 holley for a 750. I like the throttle response better. I am very happy. I am going to get her registered this week sometime and possibly drive it around next weekend! I can't wait.

All for now.

When you made this base how did it work out?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: 72blackbird on March 12, 2013, 09:53:03 AM
Ryan,
Nice work on the gas tank mods- beats spending $700+ for a "bolt-in" EFI tank that will may still need some mods.

Geno
Title: Re: 1976 T/A on a Budget turned Resto-Mod - 4-21-12 Shaker Base Modification
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 12, 2013, 10:59:31 AM
When you made this base how did it work out?

It fit great, but soon after I made the shaker base I realized that the filter in that system is prone to catch fire. So I scrapped the idea. I still have the base just not sure what to do with it.

Ryan,
Nice work on the gas tank mods- beats spending $700+ for a "bolt-in" EFI tank that will may still need some mods.

Geno

Thanks Geno.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: REDL1NE on March 13, 2013, 01:42:14 PM
Awesome build and great write up. Always interested in shaker on FI setups.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 13, 2013, 02:45:05 PM
Awesome build and great write up. Always interested in shaker on FI setups.
Stay tuned. I plan to use my Blockers kit and modify it to work with my LS1. That way I can keep my shaker functional.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: REDL1NE on March 13, 2013, 03:34:33 PM
Awesome build and great write up. Always interested in shaker on FI setups.
Stay tuned. I plan to use my Blockers kit and modify it to work with my LS1. That way I can keep my shaker functional.

I appreciate that. I will be following!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small wiring update 2-24-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 14, 2013, 03:02:32 PM
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Small update on my Speedhut Gauges. I sent them this picture on the email and they said that they must have missed a layer during the lamination process, so they are sending me a new gauge face for me to install. They also sent along an instructional video to help me with the installation. I was curious since they could send me a new face what it would cost for Speedhut to just send me a completely new face if I ever wanted to change my look.

"We will get that dial going for you. The cost on dial remakes if you decide to change them in the future is $15 each on the 2” and $22 each on the 4” plus shipping" quote from my email.

So for around 100 bucks I could get completely new gauge faces and change the look of my interior. I think that is great. I have had nothing but good experiences with this company
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: Zapper2003 on March 14, 2013, 05:57:48 PM
That's awesome!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: Waygonner on March 14, 2013, 07:52:32 PM
I really like those gauges, were they a fairly straightforward install?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2013, 08:25:32 AM
I really like those gauges, were they a fairly straightforward install?
Thank you. I love the way that they look and I hope to see how they function in the next few weeks. :grin: Speedhut provided all of the instructions and it was as simple as connecting all of the wires to the appropriate senders. And as for the lighting/dimming fuctions, Speedhut has a neat daisy chain style connectors that are all hooked together, so all you need to do is click them all together and give the one side the power. Very simple. It took longer to solder and heat shrink everything, lol.

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2013, 08:34:13 AM
Very small update. I did a lot of work in the garage, but it is all just wiring. I must admit, I am a little burnt out on wiring, but it is definitely nearing the end. All I have left is to wire up the neutral safety switch, Back up lights, add in a few grounds, fuel pump and fuel level wire and give some power to the remote trunk switch and we are good to go inside the car. The other obstacle is going to be my delay wiper wiring, which shouldn't be too bad. I have all the wiring diagrams and have tested everything and it works great. I look forward to getting all the wiring done, then it is on to plumbing.  :lol:

Here is the one picture I took yesterday. This is my delay wiper motor and switch wired up crudely to test everything for functionality. It worked great and a video can be seen over in the electrical section.

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Oh, and I cranked the car for one second to see if the starter was wired up correctly. Oh, it was such a tease as I am getting very close to firing it off. Very soon.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: BAN on March 18, 2013, 09:49:32 PM
I know exactly that feeling of bumping over a fresh build just to "test" that you got everything working. Great feeling of progress, but it hurts not being able to just keep cranking and fire it up.

Fantastic work as usual Ryan, your really nailing this build.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: LeighP on March 19, 2013, 05:56:06 PM
I have to agree.....I've watched since you first started the build on the 76 a long time ago. What you're doing now is so far ahead of what you were doing at the start....you've come a long way.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 20, 2013, 08:50:56 AM
I have to agree.....I've watched since you first started the build on the 76 a long time ago. What you're doing now is so far ahead of what you were doing at the start....you've come a long way.
Thanks Leigh that means a lot to me. You are right, when I first started rebuilding this car it was going to be completely stock. Now that I joined some of the pro-touring sites, I changed my direction for the build. The custom stuff is more fun to me. Especially since the delay wipers didn't cost me anything since I had the parts from the 99 Z28 I parted out. Other than the aluminum stock I had to buy that is.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel tank modification 3-10-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 21, 2013, 04:07:05 PM
I thought this may be worth a quick update. I have been keeping my eyes out for a rear end for my car with 3.73 gears for a while since finding a rear with the gears in it is much cheaper than buying the gears and doing it yourself. So, I was checking craigslist and found an ad "10 bolt Chevy rear", so I checked it out just out of curiosity. Turns out that the rear is out of a 79 Camaro, and had 3.73 Richmond gears, an Auburn Posi Diff. and the best part is it didn't have any miles on it! The guy that I bought it from bought the 79 to part out. The 79 was someone's project that was never finished. Engine, trans, and rear were all new and the car was just never finished. His loss, my gain. Oh, best part. I got the rear for some old traction bars and $225 bucks!!  8)

Just to be safe, I am having the guy I bought it from contact the original owner to see who installed the rear diff and gears. If he did it himself, I will pay someone to set the gears correctly, but if a reputable shop installed them I will just take my chances. I also want so pull the axles and check the bearings and etc. for wear.

I picked up the rear in my parts hauler Mustang GT...  :lol: I guess that's what happens when you find a good deal, you have to improvise.

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EDIT: more pictures.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: LeighP on March 22, 2013, 03:52:53 PM
Great deal...the gear set alone is worth more than that!!!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: fixitrht on March 25, 2013, 07:46:18 AM
sweet deal!!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: 1blk1 on March 25, 2013, 11:27:40 AM
you may have answered this before but, did the gauges use stock senders or come with their own?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 25, 2013, 12:47:53 PM
The gauges come with their own sensors. I looked into using the stock sensors from the LS1, but the ohms were wrong, and it would read inaccurately. I am going to do my best to hide the sensors so they aren't easily seen.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: RayB on March 25, 2013, 04:26:57 PM
hey... 8-)
Gotta jump in here...Thinking ahead here to my "phase 2" and I suspect you know what i mean...3.73?????
I was originally thinking that kind of number, but was starting to think I was too agressive and should back off to 3.50...give or take.
That car is gonna jump of the line...
I'm on the fence  :?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 26, 2013, 07:00:46 AM
Ray, I am not sure what sort of driving you intend to do, but if you plan to ever do any highway driving I would steer clear of the 3.73 gears. I am upgrading to the 3.73 gears because my 6th gear is a .5 overdrive which will put me at around 1600-1700 rpms on the highway at 70-75.

Last summer when I still had the Poncho, 4 speed and 3.08 gears, when I was on the highway I was pulling around 3000-3200 at 70 on the highway. Which was way to high for my liking. So, I would typically drive around 60 and it would drop my rpms to around 2500. So, if that helps your decision, I wouldn't go any higher than 3.08 gears with a final gear ratio of 1:1. Plus the 3.08 gears gave plenty of seat of the pants feel when you smashed the go petal. :-D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on March 26, 2013, 07:43:17 AM
Ray, I am not sure what sort of driving you intend to do, but if you plan to ever do any highway driving I would steer clear of the 3.73 gears. I am upgrading to the 3.73 gears because my 6th gear is a .5 overdrive which will put me at around 1600-1700 rpms on the highway at 70-75.

Last summer when I still had the Poncho, 4 speed and 3.08 gears, when I was on the highway I was pulling around 3000-3200 at 70 on the highway. Which was way to high for my liking. So, I would typically drive around 60 and it would drop my rpms to around 2500. So, if that helps your decision, I wouldn't go any higher than 3.08 gears with a final gear ratio of 1:1. Plus the 3.08 gears gave plenty of seat of the pants feel when you smashed the go petal. :-D

As a guy with a turbo 400 and a 3.08 backed by a high torque motor: I turn around 2750-3000 at 70 miles an hour (when I hit the highway) and I do have a little "seat of the pants" feel. I've considered building an OD trans.

Rye: I'm fairly new here: but I read all 40 pages of your post over the course of a couple weeks. Holy crap dude. Your build is freaking awesome.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: MD79TA on March 26, 2013, 07:55:11 PM
Ray, I am not sure what sort of driving you intend to do, but if you plan to ever do any highway driving I would steer clear of the 3.73 gears. I am upgrading to the 3.73 gears because my 6th gear is a .5 overdrive which will put me at around 1600-1700 rpms on the highway at 70-75.

Last summer when I still had the Poncho, 4 speed and 3.08 gears, when I was on the highway I was pulling around 3000-3200 at 70 on the highway. Which was way to high for my liking. So, I would typically drive around 60 and it would drop my rpms to around 2500. So, if that helps your decision, I wouldn't go any higher than 3.08 gears with a final gear ratio of 1:1. Plus the 3.08 gears gave plenty of seat of the pants feel when you smashed the go petal. :-D
Have to agree. I think 3.08s are the best with no OD. I can still drive my car on the highway AND haul ass from a stop.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: LeighP on March 26, 2013, 10:59:41 PM
Ray, I am not sure what sort of driving you intend to do, but if you plan to ever do any highway driving I would steer clear of the 3.73 gears. I am upgrading to the 3.73 gears because my 6th gear is a .5 overdrive which will put me at around 1600-1700 rpms on the highway at 70-75.

Last summer when I still had the Poncho, 4 speed and 3.08 gears, when I was on the highway I was pulling around 3000-3200 at 70 on the highway. Which was way to high for my liking. So, I would typically drive around 60 and it would drop my rpms to around 2500. So, if that helps your decision, I wouldn't go any higher than 3.08 gears with a final gear ratio of 1:1. Plus the 3.08 gears gave plenty of seat of the pants feel when you smashed the go petal. :-D
Have to agree. I think 3.08s are the best with no OD. I can still drive my car on the highway AND haul ass from a stop.

Yep.... 3.08:1 in the back of my car and they're great all round gears for a non-OD car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 27, 2013, 07:16:29 AM
Rye: I'm fairly new here: but I read all 40 pages of your post over the course of a couple weeks. Holy crap dude. Your build is freaking awesome.

BBB, thanks I appreciate it. I have put a lot of work into the car. I am hoping the new motor swap is going to pay off in the end.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on March 27, 2013, 09:56:57 AM
Rye: I'm fairly new here: but I read all 40 pages of your post over the course of a couple weeks. Holy crap dude. Your build is freaking awesome.

BBB, thanks I appreciate it. I have put a lot of work into the car. I am hoping the new motor swap is going to pay off in the end.

I hate I didn't have a steering box for you- but I think this is gonna be a sweet set up. It's all worth it, even just for the experience.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Sweet Deal!! 3-21-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 02, 2013, 03:02:20 PM
It has been a few weeks since I made any really good update, and unfortunately still no big update. I am inching closer and closer to getting the car to fire up, but have hit many snags along the way. My first big obstacle was finding a fitting that would allow me to use the stock fuel lines from the 99 Z28 and allow me to run the nylon fuel lines from the block to the fuel rail. So, after many parts that didn't work, I decided that having the part made would solve many of my problems. I needed an o-ring based fitting on one end and a GM/Chrysler Quick Connect on the other. To my knowledge, no one makes such a fitting. I took it to a local shop in Binghamton, NY and they made it for me for 10 bucks. That allowed me to connect the the nylon lines to the Tee fitting on the stock lines. Solved that issue.

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Next, issue had to deal with my fuel tank, not so much the lines. I was still going back and forth between how I wanted to solve my fuel level sender issue. Originally I planned on using the stock 4th gen sender, but due to some functionality issues I changed my mind. Then I thought about my original sender. It worked fine, but I had heard that it may contact the fuel pump assembly. So, I decided to check on my own, and to my surprise it had about an inch of clearance! I cut off the pick-up off the bottom, removed the vent tube, welded the hole for the vent tube, and welded the pickup tube. I needed to keep the pick-up tube in order to keep the sender in the stock location. It also solved my issue of what to do with the sender hole on the tank. 

Here are some pictures of the modified sender and the clearance with the Vetteworks kit.

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Now, you see it. (Picture is taken at an angle)

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Now you don't. (Picture was taken straight up and down.

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Here is the tank all together waiting to go back into the car for a test fit. I still need to somehow lower the tank roughly 1" to clear the fuel pump assembly out of the top. Looking back I should have just recessed the top of the tank slightly.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130329_181526_zps3d8c9e18.jpg~original)

What I didn't take a picture of was how I have the tank setup currently. I wired the pump up and plumbed the car to check for leaks with the tank sitting next to the car on the ground. I wanted to check for leaks without having to be under the car. It worked very well, just unusual I guess. Good news was there were no leaks in the fuel system. That means I can move forward with getting the tank in place and finalize the fuel lines. I need to heat and bend the nylon lines in order to fit around components and look good.

When I went to start it this weekend, to my disappointment I have a wiring issue with the car. I need to trace back the wiring that I did and find out what I did wrong. Luckily, I was able to narrow it down to my relay box that I made for the car. I had a lot of late night wiring, so I will blame it on that. :cool: I am getting home early tomorrow night and hope to possibly solve the issue. On a good note, I was able to use HP Tuners to unlock my ECU and delete my VATS, rear O2 sensors and disable my AIR. Then I uploaded that tune to my ECU. Really cool program and I really look forward to using it to the full potential.

Hoping to have the car started very soon.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 4-2-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on April 02, 2013, 06:37:04 PM
How are you planning on lowering the tank? With a couple long blocks?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 4-2-2013
Post by: silver78 on April 02, 2013, 07:52:14 PM
Some good progress there.  For easy access I think I'd cut the trunk floor and make a hump in it to allow room for the fuel lines and wiring.  It will also allow access to those parts.  You can seal it with a rubber gasket and use sheet metal screws to secure it.  Think of a cake pan turned upside down...but don't use the wifes!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 4-2-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on April 02, 2013, 08:37:19 PM
Ryan, glad to hear you are getting the bugs worked out.   Even though I have done so much, it feels like there is still much more to do.   We are getting there thou.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 4-2-2013
Post by: mrbandit on April 03, 2013, 06:28:06 AM
When I restored my old bandit I was given a new tank by a friend.  The only problem was I had a 77' and the tank was from a 79'.  The neck on the 77 was shorter, so the tank had to be dropped down.  I used strips of tar paper to insulate\deaden the sound and space the tank down.  Then I went to lowes and bought two 1.5 inch wide strips of aluminum stock that were a couple of feet long.  I used them as tank straps.   It worked out great, but I had my doubts at first.  I was worried the straps would lose the shape of the tank under the weight of a full tank, but it never happened.  I ended up painting my tank black and the aluminum really stood out.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 4-2-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 05, 2013, 08:43:38 PM
It finally runs!! I had some issues with the tune, as I needed to delete some of the stock systems on the car. Such as the VATS, EGR, A.I.R. Pump, and rear O2 sensors. I thought I had a large wiring issue, but it ended up being a poor ground to the engine. After I flashed the new tune on the car and got the ground figured out the car started up and idled. I was alone, so I couldn't get a video, but once the radiator is hooked up and I can let it idle for more than a few seconds I will get a video posted up.

Here is a picture of how the car was set up to test the fuel lines and fuel pump. It is a very temporary setup, but works to get the car running and allowed me to check for leaks without being on my back under the car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130405_194255_zps41c5d4bc.jpg~original)

Also, here is the the fitting that I got to adapt the temp sensor to the block. Some people tap the block, but I didn't want to do anything irreversible.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130405_194309_zps5fd74e72.jpg~original)

I didn't work on the car very long, but I feel like I got a huge step forward. I am really happy to have the car running!! I hope to get a little work done tomorrow as well. I hope to get the tank in the car tomorrow and the fuel lines fully routed. Time will tell.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on April 05, 2013, 08:50:30 PM
Saw-weeeeeeeettttttt
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: Jack on April 05, 2013, 08:59:11 PM
That's huge - you must be very excited, video please, I can't wait... But please fix your update date - I thought for a minute that I fell asleep for 3 days  :shock: :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on April 05, 2013, 09:04:16 PM
i guess someone had to be first!!!   :lol:   I am glad it is all working well, now I just need to get mine up and running, painted, interior installed, etc. etc. etc.   
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on April 06, 2013, 06:49:29 AM
Looking forward to seeing that car at one of the shows in the Elmira area!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: fixitrht on April 06, 2013, 07:20:05 PM
Awsome news Ryan, keep up the great work!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 08, 2013, 07:37:39 AM
That's huge - you must be very excited, video please, I can't wait... But please fix your update date - I thought for a minute that I fell asleep for 3 days  :shock: :lol:

Thanks guys I appreciate all the feedback. It was a huge step forward for me and was very encouraging that everything was wired up properly. My wiring issue was actually a ground issue, so I properly grounded the engine and all the wiring issues went away. :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 08, 2013, 08:15:17 AM
I got a little more done on Saturday, so I thought I would post it up. I finally was able to get that gas tank installed. After fighting with it on my back for an hour trying to make the spacers work, I had enough. I went with my original plan and cut an access panel in the trunk. Since I have already pissed off the purists with the LS1, how much more angry can they get, right? Anyway, it worked great and I will be able to change fuel pumps very easily in the future.

Please excuse the mess in the trunk. I am still figuring out wiring for my fuel pump and fuel sender and the trunk has become a nice hiding spot for parts waiting to go back on the car.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130406_181046_zps94fd65df.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130406_181041_zpsec9490e2.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130406_181019_zps497a9c4e.jpg~original)

After I got the tank fitted in it's final position I got the fuel lines ran. If you guys don't remember I will refresh your memories. I went with Nylon fuel lines due to the cost and their compatibility with today's fuels. Now, I want to first say that it is very easy and difficult to work with. I will explain. The fittings require the use of the GM/Chrysler Quick Disconnect lines that I have shown before. They are supposed to be pressed into the lines by using a repair tool (or the calk gun method) or by dipping the line in boiling water and forcing it in. I used the calk gun method and it was easy to work with. The fittings very easily were pressed into the line by using a flairing tool to hold the line and a dab of oil to help the fitting slide in a little easier. The hard part of working with the lines is they can very easily kink. I found the best method for working with it was working slowly and applying a little heat from a heat gun to carefully work the lines. I routed the lines in the factory location, with the acception of the fuel filter which I put where the tranverse muffler used to live.

I didn't want to get under the car as I was under their enough on Saturday. Maybe if I get ambitious someday I will take some photos, but you get the idea. Here are some pictures.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130406_181149_zpsc590178d.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130406_181118_zpsa323f155.jpg~original)

Overall, I was very pleased with the nylon and would do it all over again if I had to. Once everything was installed, I tested the system again with no leaks. Overall very successful day. My main issue today is figuring out my tune. I need to go through and delete all the systems that I took off of the stock motor such as VATS, A.I.R., CAGS, EVAP, and rear O2 sensors. Once that is finalized, I am going to reflash that tune to my ecu and see how she runs.

I also picked up this little gadget. It is a rear mirror that has the outside temp and a compass built in. I didn't need it but there was a good price, and I am a sucker for a good deal.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/Mirrorandsensors_zps2b9a1c5f.jpg~original)

All for now, Cheers.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on April 08, 2013, 06:54:16 PM
It's looking good Ryan .   I haven't made any progress on mine lately,  we bought a gmc suburban for the wife and it needed a little tlc .   I will get back on it tomorrow.   

Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on April 08, 2013, 08:36:19 PM
Great job Ryan!  Can wait to see the video!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: Ben on April 08, 2013, 08:39:30 PM
I like this build.  Excited to see you drive it down the road, which doesn't look like too far off either.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on April 08, 2013, 09:01:09 PM
Youtube vids man!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - It Runs!! 4-8-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 10, 2013, 12:00:47 PM
I should be getting some youtube videos if I can work on the car this weekend. I bought a bunch of parts today a mix of online and at stores on my lunch break. Fittings, hoses, gaskets, new studs and lug nuts. I should have everything by this weekend to allow me to get some coolant into the motor, so I can run it for longer than 30 seconds at a time. I would like to get all my gauges wired up as well so I can monitor the motor through my cluster rather than my laptop.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video!! 4-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 15, 2013, 09:00:36 AM
I made a lot more progress this weekend towards getting the car back on the road. And what everyone has been asking for, finally a video of the car running to prove that I really did get it running. I will start with the things that lead up to me getting it running for more than just 30 seconds.

In preparation for the rear disk brakes I will be running and the front brake upgrade I have currently. I needed to upgrade my wheel studs. Since it is going to cost the same, I decided to upgrade to the 1/2 ARP studs with open face Gorilla lugs. With these I will be able to get full lug nut thread engagement, and will more than likely trim the extra length off of the lugs for a cleaner look. I will need to pull my hubs and axles off and drill out my holes in a drill press and then have the new studs pressed into place. Also, what isn't shown is the wheel spacers that I bought for the front. With new brake pads in the front, the caliper would be pressed out too far and contact the spokes of my wheel. The spacers are slightly more than 1/4" so it shouldn't affect the fitment of my front wheels too drastically.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130412_212631_zpsd41f4520.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130412_212631_zpsd41f4520.jpg.html)

After much research and going back and forth, I decided that the most effective way to deal with the steam ports on the LS1 was to route the coolant through to the water pump. I had to drill and tap my water pump for 1/8" NPT and will put in a 90* barbed fitting and re-routed the steam coolant passages to the water pump. On the stock coolant system in the Camaro, the coolant was routed throught the throttle body, then to the radiator. So, by not having 200* coolant flowing through my throttle body, I should pick up ~5 HP and it makes for a cleaner look. And for those that may ask, there is no interference with the throttlebody or cable.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130412_220227_zps10edf8a4.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130412_220227_zps10edf8a4.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130412_220940_zpscfd1f796.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130412_220940_zpscfd1f796.jpg.html)

Due to the way that the LS1 motor is setup, I had to relocate my battery to the passenger's side. Great thing about the way that GM made our cars, is that the core support is symetrical, so it just bolted in. Always cool when stuff like that works out!  :cool:

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130413_021624_zps2fe62fce.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130413_021624_zps2fe62fce.jpg.html)

One other obstacle that I had gone back and forth with was what to do about my power steering pump and lines. The LS1 has metric fittings on the lines, and the stock 1976 steering box I had was SAE, and also used different fittings. So, I either took the lines and had them reflared, or I could use a metric box. So, after looking around on the good old internet, I found out that there are several boxes out there in Junkyards that are bolt in and metric. But what gets even better, is that some of the boxes not only bolt into the car and have the correct fittings for the lines, but have a quick ratio steering! I have a buddy who had the exact box I needed. So, after a little elbow grease and paint, I took my old box off and bolted this new box on. Almost too easy.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130413_021709_zpsdc789f16.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130413_021709_zpsdc789f16.jpg.html)

The last sensor that I needed to hook up was my oil pressure sensor. Now, with the Speedhut gauges, they require their own sensor for the gauge to fully function, so I had to find a port for the sensor. I don't like the look of the redundant sensors, but unfortunately I don't have a choice on this one. A little research yielded me some nice results. The block off plate above the oil filter on the LS1's can be tapped to put a sensor, and great thing is it is down low and completely hidden from sight. The sensor was too close to the exhaust so I needed to get it in a different direction. I bought a 90* fitting from Lowes (I plan to buy a 45* in, but that was all they had) and installed it so it was closer to the engine and away from the headers.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130414_124952_zpscd033557.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130414_124952_zpscd033557.jpg.html)

I forgot to get a picture before I put the radiator on again, but the serp belt and all accessories are installed.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130413_021727_zpsb81575a7.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130413_021727_zpsb81575a7.jpg.html)

Ok, so what everyone has been waiting for. Now please keep in mind that I am having some issues with my tune and that is the reason that it isn't idling down properly. I think I have a vacuum leak somewhere as it is running at 1200 rpms in the video. I will get my tune figured out and get a good video of the car at idle. I also wanted to mention that I have had many things off of the engine so while I was making this video I was checking everything for leaks etc. I am happy to say that the only leak I have is a slight weap from the thermostat housing.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/th_20130414_143623_zps5f44a6bf.jpg~original) (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130414_143623_zps5f44a6bf.mp4)

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: LeighP on April 15, 2013, 10:35:33 AM
RUN FOR THE HILLS....ITS ALIVE!!!!!!!
Its a beast, mate!  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: Jack on April 15, 2013, 11:16:32 AM
Sounds so sweat but scary - it will be a beast once you pull next to whatever with an attitude...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 15, 2013, 12:33:10 PM
RUN FOR THE HILLS....ITS ALIVE!!!!!!!
Its a beast, mate!  :cool:

Thanks, haha. It will sound much better once I figure out my idle issue. Not sure if it is my tune or a vacuum leak.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on April 15, 2013, 07:50:13 PM
Very cool! Mine came to life tonight too after the cam swap, only issue I have is a slight oil leak now! :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: NGRYBRD on April 15, 2013, 08:36:09 PM
That's awesome.   Beautiful dash too.   I love how it came out.   Is the speedo mechanical or one of their GPS units?  I'm sure you posted about your gauges somewhere in here but I'm too lazy to look,   I love speed hut gauges. gotta save up the $900 I need for them though...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on April 15, 2013, 09:01:58 PM
Ryan, I'm proud for ya!   that thang sounded great.   just more motivation for me  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 16, 2013, 07:25:49 AM
That's awesome.   Beautiful dash too.   I love how it came out.   Is the speedo mechanical or one of their GPS units?  I'm sure you posted about your gauges somewhere in here but I'm too lazy to look,   I love speed hut gauges. gotta save up the $900 I need for them though...

Thanks NGRYBRD. All Speedhut gauges are electronic, and I have the gauge that utilizes the VSS. It is programable, you set the programmer, drive a measured 2 miles, and finalize the programmer. Then you are done. Pretty easy, and for another 150 bucks I couldn't justify the GPS, when I had a fully functioning VSS on the 6 speed.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on April 16, 2013, 09:33:33 AM
Man: I can't wait to see a video of this thing running the roads. Whats your first drive plans?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: 72projectbird on April 16, 2013, 01:36:13 PM
We're in the same boat with the whole water pump, coolant line thing. I ended up splicing it into the upper rad hose.

For the steering hose, I made it out of AN line. We'll see how that works out. :???:

What length did you use for the throttle cable?

The car looks killer!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 16, 2013, 10:15:41 PM
I had a few people ask about the throttle cable, I bought the Lokar 36" cable made for the LS1. It is a little too long, so I may shorten it. For now it works great.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Video 4-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 13, 2013, 10:50:13 AM
I fell off this project with all of the good weather as I was preparing my house for the summer, lots of work outside. And a few weekends ago Spring Carlisle, so not much work in the last month. I got a few good scores at Carlisle. I got an aluminum driveshaft, GTO coil covers, and some tools.

As for my car, I had a buddy prep my rear end for me with 3.73 gears and the Auburn posi unit. I swapped out my old rear and put the new one in, along with my LS1 rear backing plates. I thew on the rotor just for a quick picture, but I still need to shim the abutment, run the lines, and install the adjustable proportioning valve. But now that the new rear is in, I will take the measurements for my driveshaft to be shortened, and get that installed.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130503_203456_zps66d723d9.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130503_203456_zps66d723d9.jpg.html)

I still have a bunch of wiring to do, but I should get that done this weekend. (I hope :?) I am almost ready for the passenger side fender to go back on. Once I finish the wiring, I can put all the rest of the body panels back on. Then I can possibly take the car for a spin around the block. I still have a few issues that I need to work out with the clutch petal as well, but that shouldn't be too much work. I am trying not to rush getting the car back together, but it is difficult with all the nice weather we have been having in Upstate, NY.

I did some tuning and got the car to idle down around 800. Here is a better video. Sorry, the sound quality on my phone is terrible so it doesn't sound nearly as good in as in person.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/th_20130422_183345_zps0927ff57.jpg) (http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130422_183345_zps0927ff57.mp4)

Enjoy. Hope to get some videos of the car on the road soon.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: fixitrht on May 13, 2013, 11:57:09 AM
i think we all may have fell off our projects... Im spending so much time on the barn project I havent even looked at my car
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 15, 2013, 08:36:24 AM
Here is my To-Do list before I get the car back on the road.

•   Wire up New Wiper Motor
•   Make bracket for Wiper motor.
•   Finish Rear Brake install
•   Install adj. proportioning valve
•   Modify front proportioning valve for rear disk
•   Bleed brakes
•   Fix Reverse Light
•   Install ebrake cables
•   Wire temp/compass mirror
•   Fill Trans 4 quarts Dextron III
•   Final wiring
•   Install new aluminum driveshaft
•   Loom wires
•   Install fenders and hood

Then hopefully it will be back on the road! I am hoping to get a huge chunk of this done this weekend.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: nocturneTA on May 15, 2013, 10:12:33 AM
That's awesome Ryan .   I am working on getting my exhaust hooked up so I can hear unusual noises.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: LeighP on May 15, 2013, 09:16:55 PM
You're a machine! You'll get there in no time!  :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: 1 bad disco bird on May 15, 2013, 09:43:39 PM
That is great! Although I'm one of those purists to a point I think you did it to the right car. You know if it were a low production older TA then I would be like don't do it man. But you built that one to look good and drive good job very well done.

 So since you're old/new high tech Pontiac has the engine why not the stereo system too? I think that upgrade would make it a wonderful cruising machine.

 Regards,
 Ron.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 16, 2013, 09:20:18 AM
That is great! Although I'm one of those purists to a point I think you did it to the right car. You know if it were a low production older TA then I would be like don't do it man. But you built that one to look good and drive good job very well done.

 So since you're old/new high tech Pontiac has the engine why not the stereo system too? I think that upgrade would make it a wonderful cruising machine.

 Regards,
 Ron.

Thanks Ron. I appreciate the compliments. As for my stereo, look back in my build and you will see that it is already upgraded! It is an original 71 AM radio that has been converted to all modern internals and has an AUX input for ipod or etc. It is crystal clear and really sounds good, just looks completely original from the outside. Very sneaky!  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 20, 2013, 07:22:50 AM
It has been a fast moving few days for me. It started when I got a phone call on Thursday morning about my Daily Driver Mustang GT I was selling. The guy wanted to take a look at my car so we set up a time to meet that night. To my surprise, he brought a pocket full of cash, and a dealer plate. Looked my car all over and bought it on the spot. Now, at this point I was happy I sold the car, but worried because I don't have anything to drive. I wanted to take my time when buying my next car, so what to do. I have an almost complete 76 Trans Am that is begging to get driven. So the rush begins.(Although I am not cutting any corners)

So, in order to get the car ready, I have been very focused and prioritizing my time as it is limited. Also a few late nights, :lol:. Now, let me get to the pictures. I was confident that everything was finished on the passenger's side. Time to mount the fender and inner fender. It is starting to look like a car again.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130517_012902_zpsf0cf8637.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130517_012902_zpsf0cf8637.jpg.html)

After a few attempts, I finally got my driveshaft back from the local shop. I took it to them with the measurements they asked for, and it was an inch too long. So, back to the shop and they took another 1" off of it and now it fits perfectly. It also too me a long time to find some place that carried a 1310 to GM 3R U-joint, but finally tracked one down. I got this driveshaft down in Carlisle for $35, Cut and balance $77, new U-joint $12. Grand total for an Aluminum driveshaft that will handle 600-700 HP, $124 bucks. NICE :cool:

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I started working on the brakes. They were the biggest thing I was putting off. I didn't grab any pictures, but I had to "gut" my stock proporting valve, which turned it into a distribution block. Essentially it is just removing the valving and springs inside that restrict the rear brakes at a hard stop. Not too difficult to do, just time consuming. Once that was done, I installed the inline adjustable proportioning valve right below where the rear hose connects to the hard line. Real easy and very accessable. Then ran the lines and installed the rear backing plates and brackets. Once, they were intalled I test fit the passenger's side shock and drilled a hole to relocate it to clear the caliper. It was about 1 1/2" rearward that I relocated. Very easy and thanks to Eroc022, I didn't need to do the swap with two left sides. Now both calipers face the front. I like when things are symetrical. Once, the shock was relocated, I bolted everything down and tested the wheel. No clearance issues at all. Repeat on the other side, and bleed the brakes. DONE.

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For those that may ask about E-brake cables, I haven't bought or installed those yet. I will be using the universal Lokar cables when the time comes. For now, its leaving it in gear. That will change shortly.

Once, the brakes were done, it was time to put the other fender on and the front nose. Because I was thinking ahead, I saved the shims and adjustments for all the body panels. I recommend this to anyone because everything fell into place. This is after about 15 mins of adjusting.

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I changed pace, and decided to work on my wiper motor upgrade. Here is what I came up with so far. I made this bracket out of 1/4" aluminum plate, and drilled holes for the motor to mount to, and then I will drill holes in the plate and the firewall to attach the plate to the firewall. pretty simple, and at this point it is crude, but I will smooth off the edges and finish the wiring on it. All in good time.

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After that, my father-in-law stopped by and we installed the hood and nose piece. Even with all the same shims in place the hood still too us an hour to fit properly.  :? Anyway, its done now and I can worry about other things.

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Here is the car this morning. As you can see I didn't quite finish last night. I was able to borrow a car for today to get to work, but after tonight it will be all ready. I still need to finish a few little bits of wiring, such as the headlights, marker lights, and the cooling fans. Once those are done, I just need to fill the transmission with fluid, put the ont bumper on and take it for a spin!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130520_074934_zps6ac84842.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130520_074934_zps6ac84842.jpg.html)

That's all for now. Should have some more pictues and maybe a video later tonight.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: mrbandit on May 20, 2013, 09:05:15 AM
Timing is everything Ryan and it looks like it is all coming together for you at the right time.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: rroman82 on May 20, 2013, 11:01:49 AM
Man you work quick!  Good job! :D
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: JLeeAU on May 20, 2013, 11:58:55 AM
Been keeping up with your build Ryan and just wanted to commend you on all the great work.  Nice to see it almost ready to go.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: nocturneTA on May 20, 2013, 12:47:52 PM
HEY NOW!   That is entirely too much progress at one time.   :lol:    It looks fantastic keep up the work so you can tell me what you think about everything.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 20, 2013, 01:09:49 PM
HEY NOW!   That is entirely too much progress at one time.   :lol:    It looks fantastic keep up the work so you can tell me what you think about everything.

That sounds just like what my wife was telling me all weekend. Especially when I was working until 3 am,  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: 72projectbird on May 22, 2013, 10:15:05 AM
Looks good! I love the color of your car.

Is that a crack in the driveshaft?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: 1 bad disco bird on May 22, 2013, 06:38:03 PM
 Wow that does look good..... I looked back at the stereo upgrade, well done!

 That wiper motor upgrade looks interesting, keep up the great work.

 Regards,
 Ron.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 23, 2013, 11:44:41 AM
Looks good! I love the color of your car.

Is that a crack in the driveshaft?

That is not a crack, but where something rubbed against it. Being aluminum it doesn't take much to scar it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: 72projectbird on May 23, 2013, 04:41:04 PM
Looks good! I love the color of your car.

Is that a crack in the driveshaft?

That is not a crack, but where something rubbed against it. Being aluminum it doesn't take much to scar it.

Yeah I hear ya, Ive had aluminum driveshafts get worn through before.

Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 24, 2013, 02:24:36 PM
Ok, so for those that thought I was crazy for temporarily daily driving my car and thought I was crazy... you won(along with my wife :lol:), I found a DD. Its a really nice 2003 Acura RSX 5 speed.

Updates on the car: It is very close to being done. I just need to take off the DSE bracket for the clutch and clearance some areas for the brakes. It is causing the petal rod to bind and not getting the full range of motion. Also, need to fabricate some sort of stop for the petal so it doesn't over extend the clutch master cylinder. Then, bleed the brakes, charger the battery and drive it!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: nocturneTA on May 24, 2013, 10:10:22 PM
Ryan, that's good to hear you're about done.    The stop I made for my clutch pedal works very well.    I had posted it in my thread .     Glad to hear you also picked up a DD.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Quick Update 5-13-13
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 28, 2013, 07:50:36 AM
Lots of progress over the long weekend. There were so many little things that I had to finish up, I won't list them all. I will show the larger tasks that may help others. My first order of business was to figure out what was wrong with my brakes. Ever since I installed the DSE hydraulic clutch master cylinder bracket, my brakes weren't working correctly. I realized that I needed to clearance the bracket because it caused a bind with the petal lever. I clearanced the hole, and then reinstalled everything. Still had a bind? Still not sure what caused the issue, but I took the master cylinder off and to the bench to verify it was working. Then reinstalled and the brakes worked great.  :???: Anyway, that is done, just need bench bleed it and reinstall.

While I had the booster off because of the clutch bracket, It was time to figure out a method for making a petal stop. If I don't do something about that, a hard shift could over extend the clutch MC and ruin it. Which in turn would leave me stranded. Here is what I came up with.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130526_203236_zps09687dc0.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130526_203236_zps09687dc0.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130526_203244_zps125544e2.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130526_203244_zps125544e2.jpg.html)

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And the final product. It works great and is fully adjustable.

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Another issue that I ran into is making sure that the clutch throw is sufficient to fully engage and disengage the clutch. My solution came from someone on LS1tech.com. I used a 3/8 - 16 coupler and jam nuts, cut and threaded the shaft, and made my own adjustable clutch master cylinder! If you do decide to copy me make sure that when you cut the shaft, that you actually cut about an inch out of it in order to make sure you can shorten it if necessary. Also, don't thread the shaft all the way down. A section towards the bottom is hollow, which causes a weak point and people have had problems where on a hard shift that the shaft will break.

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(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130527_110107_zps3c024e4b.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130527_110107_zps3c024e4b.jpg.html)

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After all the work for the clutch it works great! It took some time making sure that the clutch was working properly, but well worth it. It works just like stock. The only think I haven't finished is the neutral safety switch. But the clutch grabs really nicely, and is much different than the stock set-up. Something that I will have to get used to.

The last hickup( or so I thought), was making sure that I had the correct rag joint. It took me about an hour of messing around to realize that the metric box I have, had a smaller diameter than my stock box. So, after messing around and talking to some car friends of mine, I found one! I don't know what the breakdown of years is, but this was out of a '77. Not sure if that is a mid-year thing, or if the box was actually off of a later metric box. Either way, I got it on and it worked great.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130526_172759_zpsc59b126c.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130526_172759_zpsc59b126c.jpg.html)

Now, the fun part. I test fit everything and double checked to make sure that everything I had done was tight, etc. I finally took it off of the jack stands. Since I know that I had the wheels off a few times I went around with a torque wrench to ensure they were tight. I am not going through that again... :shock: Anyway, I forgot how low to the ground the car was.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130527_162919_zpsbcce5d53.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130527_162919_zpsbcce5d53.jpg.html)

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Here are some gound clearance pictures. Just have to be aware of those when I am driving. Although, they aren't any lower than the hooker headers I had.

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Well, I suppose it was time for a test drive. Being really excited to finally get the car out and drive it around and listening for anything out of the ordinary, I forgot one thing. GAS!!! Here I am stranded at what used to be a gas station.  :lol: I couldn't be mad and I was only about a mile from my house, so my wife came and got me and we threw some more gas in it. I think it was a good think that I ran out of gas anyway because the axle bearings were screaming at me. I needed to replace them, but thought I could get away with them for a little while. Nope, they need it asap. I think for the summer I will get two saver bearings and let it ride.

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Yes, I know this was my initial shake down run. So no shaker, passenger seat or front bumper. What can I say, I was excited. It was hard to say how the car really ran because I couldn't hear anything but the axle bearing. I will say that the car had great throttle response, and with the 3.73 gears it will be very fast. I churped or spun the tires everytime I started from a stop. It will be very fun! :lol: Another thing I noticed is the car is quieter than with my Pontiac? Weird. Overall really happy with the progress and I can't wait to put some miles on it!

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: REDL1NE on May 28, 2013, 08:13:39 AM
Congrats buddy! So awesome that you get to enjoy it some now after all that hard work!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on May 28, 2013, 08:17:47 AM
Awesome work!  Glad to see it on the road.  Shoot some video when you get time.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: nocturneTA on May 28, 2013, 08:34:46 PM
that is some great news aside from the bearing issue.  how was the drive for the first mile?  lol.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 29, 2013, 07:21:27 AM
Thanks for the compliments guys. I can't wait to get some real miles on the car and work the bugs out. As for the drive, the car felt great with the new engine. With the LS1, 6 speed and 3.73 gears it is going to be a beast on the street. I either spun or churped my tires everytime I started the car! It just wanted to go fast. :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 29, 2013, 07:23:36 AM
I got some more pictures last night. I can't believe I didn't get any shots of the engine!

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130528_210954_zps2d80f85d.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130528_210954_zps2d80f85d.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130528_211002_zpsd7450395.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130528_211002_zpsd7450395.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130528_211013_zps565c4edc.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130528_211013_zps565c4edc.jpg.html)

Here is a better shot of the rear disk brakes.

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And here is were I put the rear adjustable proportioning valve. Very accessable, but completely hidden. And you can also see my stainless steel braided rear lines.

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Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: nocturneTA on May 29, 2013, 10:14:45 AM
it looks good Ryan.  what type of mufflers are those?  I noticed they were very flat.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on May 29, 2013, 01:41:58 PM
Probably Spintech's

(http://www.spintechmufflers.com/images/uploads/STREETMUFFLERS/Street%20group2%20web.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 29, 2013, 02:13:45 PM
Those are SpinTech Mufflers.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on May 29, 2013, 04:06:28 PM
Yep, I just put a set of 9000's on my Cuda.  They sound a lot like the Texas T/A mufflers on my Trans Am's
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: nocturneTA on May 29, 2013, 08:01:11 PM
they look like they would be good for the limited space under the TAs
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: NGRYBRD on May 31, 2013, 10:57:26 AM
man ryan, you are kickin ass and taking names.  how about a video or two?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 31, 2013, 11:25:44 AM
Once I get all the bugs worked out of the car I will get some videos. One video may possibly have some tire smoke. After realizing that my axles bearing surfaces were toast, I bought some repair bearings. I will run those until I can get some new axles. I have heard good review of the repair bearings, so I will just use those for now.

I hope to get the new bearings installed this weekend as well as bleeding my brakes. Then I can take the car out and run it a little. I want to run it so I can allow the computer to learn and throw off any codes so I can start my initial tune on the car. Due to the air intake and the free flowing exhaust the tune needs to be adjusted slightly. Hopefully that is the last round of parts that I need to buy. My wallet needs to recover from the more recent purchases. :shock:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: BAN on May 31, 2013, 03:08:24 PM
Great news, good luck on the weekend.

I hate how wallets empty faster than they fill  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: nocturneTA on May 31, 2013, 08:14:45 PM
Brother ain't that the truth!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 03, 2013, 09:19:17 AM
Ok, guys. I pissed the wife off again this weekend... I worked on my car almost all Saturday and most of Sunday, but made tons of progress towards getting this car to a reliable driving status once again. So, a recap of my work. I started off by installing two axle saver bearings. With the right tools they were simple to install. After struggling a little with the passengers side, the driver's side went in within minutes. Buttoned up the rear end and the axles were all done. Then took the car for its first official test drive, with gas this time. I was much more pleased with the way that the car performed with the new axle bearings. NO more screeching. Still have a slight scrapping sound from a rear backing plate contacting my rotors, but overall not bad. I just drove about 10 miles basically to get gas and back.

Then Sunday morning, I wanted to get the car ready for a longer cruise. Which meant I had to put exhaust gaskets on, reinstall the interior and front bumper, bleed the brakes and other finishing touches. I finally finished it up around 2 pm on Sunday. It was time to clean up and take the car out. Now, up until then I hadn't taken the car past 3k rpms. I was listening for any odd noises, rattles, etc. After about 25 miles or so, I felt good enough to get on it while entering the on ramp. All I can say is WOW. If I could race my car from last year vs. my car today, the car today would blow it out of the water. No contest that the LS1 really woke up my car. Once on the highway, the 6th gear was finally useful. At 70-75 mph the car quietly drove along at 1800 rpms! Absolutely impressed.

Once I got the car back from the test drive, I took a few pictures of my accomplishments.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130602_200407_zps2fb42ba4.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130602_200407_zps2fb42ba4.jpg.html)

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Still need to adjust the hood to fit better on the driver's side.
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130602_200423_zps424535d3.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130602_200423_zps424535d3.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130602_200607_zps4f604253.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130602_200607_zps4f604253.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130602_200616_zpsb8b4ab05.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130602_200616_zpsb8b4ab05.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130602_200629_zpsf59a7f71.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130602_200629_zpsf59a7f71.jpg.html)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130528_210954_zps2d80f85d.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130528_210954_zps2d80f85d.jpg.html)

Overall, Great experience. There wasn't any significant issues other than the backing plate that is lightly scrapping against the rotor. Should be a simple fix. I also need to finish up some lingering projects such as my wiper motor conversion, paint the top of my cowl, find a better lower radiator hose, wire in my headlights and parking lights, and somehow fix my shaker to the hood.

There is a car show in two weeks that I plan to attend. It's called Cruisin' Palooza in Whitney Point, NY for those in the area if you want to swing by and talk cars.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: REDL1NE on June 03, 2013, 09:26:28 AM
Great work! I know that a post is going to show a lot of progress if it begins with, 'so I pissed my wife off this weekend'...hahahaha
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: NGRYBRD on June 03, 2013, 02:41:43 PM
so you're gonna fix the shaker to the hood?  maybe some of that kick ass 3m rubbery double sided tape?   itd suck to pop in some rivets and mess up the paint.    what about rigging up an air box to mount the shaker on? itd still be mounted on the engine, and can still shake (which is the coolest part about them)   maybe a small collection of cold air intake parts (the polished stainless ones)   i dont remember where i saw it, but i saw an ls1 once with the intake on backwards, the throttle body went into polished elbow that went into an air box with a massive filter (probably a 14"X4"?) with a 3 butterfly style carb scoop on top of that.      i dont think you'd have the room to spin the air intake around given how close the firewall is, (or if its even direct swap or if there's work involved) but i love the way i can watch my engine shake while driving, so id try to mount the shaker to the engine, but that's just me.   

ooo while typing i got another thought, you could swap to a formula hood, just make the vents functional.   then you could use the air box from a fourth gen ws6. you could probably make it work great just with some clever weather stripping placement to seal it up to the hood. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 03, 2013, 02:52:11 PM
The shaker will definitely be attached to the car at some point in the near future. I am debating on what to do now. I have an idea in my head right now for how to attach the shaker to the engine using a frame to secure the shaker to the fuel rail bolts using the existing shaker ring. I also want to make the shaker functional eventually using the blocker's fiberglass frame that is in my shaker currently. All in good time.

I actually am still debating on using a Formula hood, but the problem is finding a 76 Formula hood as it is a one year only hood. Of all the Different years, I like the 1976 Formula hood the best and if I could find one I will probably paint it to match my car and put it on. Who knows what the future holds.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: nocturneTA on June 03, 2013, 03:48:52 PM
That is awesome work.   Did you keep your stock ps box?   I am glad you are satisfied with the swap.   
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: 428 78T/A on June 03, 2013, 05:39:33 PM
You did a bang up job on that man. You should be proud.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: Ben on June 03, 2013, 06:41:01 PM
Very nice!  Always a great feeling to take it for its first "road test" and open it up, isn't it?  Now it's just simple things, no more major work.  Headlights and wiper motors should be simple after fabricating parts and doing an engine install.

I agree with the others, a shaker could be attached to the airbox (there were pictures posted of it being done recently) which I would go with rather than risk damaging the paint on the hood or Mickey-Mousing it up.

The more I see these conversion threads the more I want to give it a go.  Not because I have dreams or better fuel economy or better performance, but because I love a challenge and working on cars.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: rroman82 on June 03, 2013, 07:04:27 PM
Here is a photo from HRPT that shows a Trans am with a mock up that was done on an LS engine, kinda hard to see the bracket:
(http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff339/twdwyz/20130601_111714_zpsc5a716cf.jpg) (http://s537.photobucket.com/user/twdwyz/media/20130601_111714_zpsc5a716cf.jpg.html)

(http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff339/twdwyz/20130601_111722_zps506959e3.jpg) (http://s537.photobucket.com/user/twdwyz/media/20130601_111722_zps506959e3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 04, 2013, 06:50:39 AM
Thanks for the picture rroman, that looks like something very similar to what I want to do with mine.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: mrbandit on June 06, 2013, 11:17:40 AM
Ryan, I came across this today after thinking about what to do with my flat hood.  This guy came up with an LS1 mount that is adjustable and simple.  http://www.ls1.com/forums/f36/functional-shaker-scoop-4th-gen-111258/index3.html#post2320399 (http://www.ls1.com/forums/f36/functional-shaker-scoop-4th-gen-111258/index3.html#post2320399)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 06, 2013, 12:45:56 PM
Mike, I appreciate you thinking of me. I actually have something very similar in mind for my mount. I have also decided against mounting the shaker to the hood. I think it will just make more work for me in the future. So, I went and bought the materials today and will hopefully start on mounting the scoop to the motor this weekend. Possibly tomorrow.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 09, 2013, 09:40:32 PM
Here are some pictures from the weekend. On Friday night, my Dad came over and helped bleed my brakes and we took the car for a ride. I didn't realize it during the ride, but I had a problem. My power steering line on the pressure side was too close to the pulley. It wore through and caused a lot of fluid to go all over my engine compartment... Not good, but could be worse.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130608_215030_zps33bc481d.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130608_215030_zps33bc481d.jpg.html)

So, what's another $35 for another hose. Just throw that on my budget... Here is the new hose installed. Leak free, and away from the pulley this time.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130608_215041_zpsc35b3e3a.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130608_215041_zpsc35b3e3a.jpg.html)

And just to prove that I really did take the car out of my garage, here is a picture from my outing.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130609_160600_zpsfe041db9.jpg~original) (http://s105.photobucket.com/user/ryeguy2006a/media/20130609_160600_zpsfe041db9.jpg.html)

So, far so good. I calibrated all my gauges, now all of the gauges are completely accurate. I put another 50 miles on the car today and everything is really starting to break in and work great. I hope to have the my mount fabricated for my shaker soon, and then the car will be complete again!

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: mrbandit on June 10, 2013, 08:41:53 AM
Ryan I hope you look back and really think about what you've done with that TA over the past 3 years.  Aren't you glad you decided to keep it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 10, 2013, 01:18:08 PM
Ryan I hope you look back and really think about what you've done with that TA over the past 3 years.  Aren't you glad you decided to keep it.
Thanks Mike. I appreciate all of the support from the forum members here. You are right though, it has gone through quite a transformation in the last 3 years.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 10, 2013, 01:33:57 PM
So, I thought I would share my interesting experience from yesterday. :???: Being that, I thought I had the shake down runs completed, I decided to see what she had in her. I was on the way to a friends house to show him the car.(the guy that painted it for me) There is a very long straight away that leads up to his house on a back road with fields on both sides and that ls1 was asking to be opened up. So, I gave in and let her have it. Then right around 95-100 mph right as I was letting off, there was a very loud pop and then lots of vibrations. My first thought is I blew my rear end and the axles were going to fall out. My heart sank and visions came back to when my front wheel fell off... I get the car to a stop and looked under it. After careful inspection, the u-joint that I installed was apparently done incorrectly as one of the caps had come off!! Wow, that could have been so much worse! The driveshaft was still in the yoke, so I took the chance to drive it to my buddy's house, which at that point was maybe 1/2 mile. Luckily I actually bought another u-joint, so we ran to my house grabbed it and replaced it.

I also thought that with the aluminum driveshaft it would have ruined the mounting surfaces, but surprisingly it didn't do much of anything? HOLY COW!! So we installed the new u-joint making sure that all the clips were properly installed, and off I went.

Moral of the story, double check everything!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: REDL1NE on June 10, 2013, 01:54:33 PM
So, I thought I would share my interesting experience from yesterday. :???: Being that, I thought I had the shake down runs completed, I decided to see what she had in her. I was on the way to a friends house to show him the car.(the guy that painted it for me) There is a very long straight away that leads up to his house on a back road with fields on both sides and that ls1 was asking to be opened up. So, I gave in and let her have it. Then right around 95-100 mph right as I was letting off, there was a very loud pop and then lots of vibrations. My first thought is I blew my rear end and the axles were going to fall out. My heart sank and visions came back to when my front wheel fell off... I get the car to a stop and looked under it. After careful inspection, the u-joint that I installed was apparently done incorrectly as one of the caps had come off!! Wow, that could have been so much worse! The driveshaft was still in the yoke, so I took the chance to drive it to my buddy's house, which at that point was maybe 1/2 mile. Luckily I actually bought another u-joint, so we ran to my house grabbed it and replaced it.

I also thought that with the aluminum driveshaft it would have ruined the mounting surfaces, but surprisingly it didn't do much of anything? HOLY COW!! So we installed the new u-joint making sure that all the clips were properly installed, and off I went.

Moral of the story, double check everything!!

lol glad it was just that! With doing all that you did I bet it can be very easy to overlook a small detail. Happy to hear that it was just something small. Good job on having a spare!

BTW, was there video of such 'rippage'?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 5-28-13 First Test Drive, Again!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 17, 2013, 07:37:45 AM
So, other than racking up a few more miles here and there, I actually did work on the car a little bit. I started to fabricate the frame for mounting the shaker to the motor. I am using angled aluminum to make a solid light weight frame to hold up the shaker. To get the right height I used a cardboard box and kept cutting it until it was at the right height for the shaker on the motor. I ran out of materials to finish this weekend, but should be finished this weekend.

Pictures of the shaker mocked up with my box method. :lol: I shouldn't have waited so long to get the shaker back on. It looks so much better.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130616_101358_zps7df369b3.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130616_101425_zps1756c093.jpg~original)

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I hope to get all the finishing touches done during the week and get it inspected on Friday.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 22, 2013, 08:29:29 PM
I finally got around to making a mount to hold my shaker. I still have to make some fitment adjustments before it is final, but I am overall very happy with the way that it came out. Here are the pictures of my progress.

Started with a template, and marked my aluminum angle and trimmed it to fit.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130622_101454_zps85b794da.jpg~original)

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Once I got the frame fit, it was time to get a real test for the fitment. I had to adjust a few more times, but got to a level that I am happy with.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130622_101751_zps21e3bcd6.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130622_101757_zps102e9edf.jpg~original)

I added a front support with spacers that the front lip of the shaker base fit into. And the rear is secured by some stainless hardware on the other end of the lip.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130622_214625_zpse45577ec.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130616_101407_zps9f1b2cca.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130616_101425_zps1756c093.jpg~original)

Overall it was very easy to do, just had to think the process through. It is very sturdy, and holds the shaker very nicely. I should be able to fabricate something eventually to make the shaker fully functional, but for now it will be there for looks and to vent the heat from the engine bay.

Didn't get much else done on the car, just added a few more miles to it. I am more happy with the LS1 everytime I drive it!!

Cheers, Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: Jack on June 22, 2013, 08:39:29 PM
Ryan, do you know what MPG you're getting with the LS1?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 22, 2013, 08:49:00 PM
Jack, I haven't calculated it, but it has to be upper teens or low 20's. That is if I can keep my foot out of the throttle, the car just wants to go!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: mrbandit on June 23, 2013, 12:12:44 AM
I don't see a drain there.  Aren't you worried about water getting on that engine?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: LeighP on June 23, 2013, 01:23:34 AM
Cheap shaker drain.....

1. use a garden sprinkler system joiner...the type that presses into the black poly tube on both sides.
2. cut one barb end off the joiner. This leaves you with a roughly 1/2" barb with a neat flat end.
3. drill a hole in the flat drivers front corner of the shaker for the barb end to pass through. Use some RTV or similar under the flat "washer" to seal the hole.
4. push a short section of heater hose onto the bottom of the barb poking through the shaker and run the hose clear of the engine.

Takes a few minutes to do, costs a few cents to make....easy.     

this is the sort of part I'm talking about....

(https://bnnn72.ssl-cdn.s.mel.secureinf.net/Product-800x800/864eef08-9d9d-4c29-91eb-60099c9e64ca.jpg)

I really have to give you total respect for the way you've built this car up......awesome job, I'm sure glad you hung onto it. Enjoy!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: Jack on June 23, 2013, 06:19:10 AM
Good idea, I ran a similar set-up until I found an original replacement - two problems:

1. The connecter sticks up about 1/8" into the shaker (some water will remain there)
2. The only black hose I found was the hard type and I had to heat it to mold it - no big deal but it makes it hard to remove.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-16-13 Small Update: Shaker Mount
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 23, 2013, 07:06:27 AM
Cheap shaker drain.....

1. use a garden sprinkler system joiner...the type that presses into the black poly tube on both sides.

I really have to give you total respect for the way you've built this car up......awesome job, I'm sure glad you hung onto it. Enjoy!

Leigh, Thanks for the tip and Mike thanks for pointing that out. I hadn't given it much thought. The shaker needed to be repaired on that end and I don't think the guy I had do the repair knew that their was a drain there. It is something I will had to address in the near term.

Also, thanks for the compliments. The car was fun to drive with the Pontiac 400 and 4 speed, but with the new drivetrain it is a whole other animal. I absolutely love the way that the motor sounds and runs. It really woke the car up.

Thanks,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nocturneTA on June 23, 2013, 09:06:01 PM
Ryan, everything is looking great!   I am glad to hear you are satisfied with the performance of the swap.  I am still making progress on mine but it seems slow at times.  I have been on the road every weekend so far the month of June with family stuff.

Again, it is looking great.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: NGRYBRD on June 24, 2013, 10:26:56 AM
ryan, that is the balls....   looks great.   my only concern is does it live up to its name? ls1's run nice and smooth, you may have to come up with a nick name other then "shaker" lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 24, 2013, 11:59:11 AM
ryan, that is the balls....   looks great.   my only concern is does it live up to its name? ls1's run nice and smooth, you may have to come up with a nick name other then "shaker" lol

What's funny is you are exactly right. It hardly shakes while idling, and even when I throttle up, it only moves maybe a 1/4". Maybe when I get a more aggressive came it will shake more. At least it is finally mounted, I am glad that I didn't bolt it to the hood. Regardless if my shaker's lacking, well its shake.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: NGRYBRD on June 24, 2013, 12:10:31 PM
lol absolutely, there's something about trans ams that they NEED to have a hole in their hood.   a cam should help that, and you think the ls1 woke up the car, in high-school my friend had an 01 TA, and just going mildly aggressive over stock with the cam made a ridiculous difference.  those engines are SOOO tunable.    i cant wait to see what you do to make the shaker functional, just gotta get creative with the plumbing, as long as you have an imagination theres almost nothing you wont be able to figure out, and like the others said, im glad you decided against selling the car, its come out awesome.   when you like working on cars, finishing one means you dont really get to WORK on it so you can lose interest, unless you keep it a project, with always bigger and bigger changes and plans.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nwrclint2000 on June 27, 2013, 11:26:30 AM
Awesome work
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 27, 2013, 11:57:52 AM
when you like working on cars, finishing one means you dont really get to WORK on it so you can lose interest, unless you keep it a project, with always bigger and bigger changes and plans.

Are they ever "finished"? I could keep the car for another 8 years and it still won't be finished, lol.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 28, 2013, 02:14:58 PM
So, I made another purchase today. http://www.holley.com/2472-1HKR.asp
I decided that I would like to keep headers and not go back to stock manifolds. Hooker Headers recently came out with a Mid-Length header for 70-81 Fbody's and I am going to try it out. Hooker says that the headers will only fit with their mounts, but I think that because mine are adjustable they will work. I hope at least...

Because of the ground clearance issues with the Dynatech's I decided to go with the Mid's do eliminate any issues. I don't think I will be giving up that much power vs. a full length header. They should be here in the middle of next week. I will most likely pull off my old headers this weekend and try to get the new ones installed next weekend or possibly through the week. I will take the time to change the plugs and wires while I am in there doing the headers. Now someone needs to buy my old headers!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nocturneTA on June 28, 2013, 03:48:45 PM
I would buy them but ground clearance is a major issue with my driveway.  :sad:  How much were the Hooker headers if you dont mind me asking?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 01, 2013, 07:43:00 AM
The Hooker Mid-length headers were $470 at Jegs right now, and they are offering free shipping right now. I am taking a risk with them because they claim the headers will only work with their mounts, but since mine are adjustable I figured mine will work.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nocturneTA on July 01, 2013, 08:02:32 AM
look forward to hearing how they fit and work for ya.  that seems like a very reasonable price to.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 01, 2013, 08:04:46 AM
I am slowly getting all of the bugs worked out of my car. I have a list of little things that need to be done in order for the car to be fully reliable and trustworthy. The first on the list was for me to finish my wiper project. I finally got around to finishing off the mount and wiring. Now, my car is fully equipted with delay wipers and a newer, smaller wiper motor. I really wanted to get that large ugly wiper motor off of the firewall in favor of a more modern cleaner looking unit. Here it is all done.

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130630_094317_zps69212619.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130629_142909_zps3150ebfe.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130629_142851_zpsbbcc4b78.jpg~original)

Everything functions as it should other than one small detail. I need to modify the arm that is on the motor. What it does is rather than coming to a stop at the rest/park location, it will be at the full sweep location while it is delaying. So what I need to do is fabricate some sort of arm, to let the motor rotate another 180* in its rotation.

I also was cleaning up the garage a little and got around to applying my TransAmCountry.com decals that I have had for over a year now...

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130629_123049_zps87a87718.jpg~original)

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m215/ryeguy2006a/20130629_122852_zps069c191d.jpg~original)

Overall it was a very productive weekend. One of the other issues I have been dealing with is my driver's side front coil was contacting my sub-frame which is no good. I am now in the process of getting that taken care of, but wasn't able to finish over the weekend. The front suspension is out of the car on the driver's side. I need to modify the "fingers" that locate the top of the coil in order to locate the spring to center it more. They appear to be bent in the direction that the spring is contacting the frame. Also, while I have it in the air, I am going to re-torque all the bolts under the car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nocturneTA on July 01, 2013, 08:21:42 AM
I understand all the little finishing touches that need to be done.  I have a strong feeling I will need to pull my front springs out again to remove a little more height from the front end. 

for some reason the pics wouldn't pull up but I am sure it looks great as usual.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 01, 2013, 09:20:15 AM
for some reason the pics wouldn't pull up but I am sure it looks great as usual.
I noticed that too, I have exceeded my bandwith for the month...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on July 01, 2013, 09:27:24 AM
Pretty good you managed to exceed it on the 1st day of the month.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: nocturneTA on July 01, 2013, 10:02:05 AM
thats funny.  I will probably be right there with ya.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 01, 2013, 01:01:21 PM
Pretty good you managed to exceed it on the 1st day of the month.
That would be pretty bad if that was the case, but they key their "month" off of the day of the month you opened up your account. I have 14 Days left until it resets. I am going to switch to flickr since they have unlimited bandwidth useage, and allow for up to 1 TB of photos and videos! I have 2.1 GB with photobucket.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 6-22-13 Update: Shaker Mount Finished
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 02, 2013, 10:43:59 PM
I got my Hooker Mid-length headers today. I got too excited when I saw the boxes that I test fit them tonight. I am overall very happy with the fitment. The passenger's side fit great and actually was able to be installed through the top! But the driver's side contacts the engine clamshell, which I think can be easily modified to avoid the first primary tube.

Here are the pictures of the headers and the fitment for the passenger's side.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/9198679356_e0febbe399.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198679356/)
20130702_224639 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198679356/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/9195893527_7d21a0ee39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195893527/)
20130702_225255 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195893527/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/9195891685_59c8fe4e59.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195891685/)
20130702_225305 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195891685/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/9198674744_0197210c8d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198674744/)
20130702_233259 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198674744/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/9195889007_7661b6cf06.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195889007/)
20130702_233306 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195889007/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/9198671990_b93275d992.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198671990/)
20130702_233313 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9198671990/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/9195886337_7682087eb2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195886337/)
20130702_233318 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195886337/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/9195884971_3d351fcdcc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195884971/)
20130702_233343 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195884971/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

And Here is what ground clearance looks like.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7292/9195987979_a9a15797ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195987979/)
20130702_233354 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9195987979/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-2-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: BAN on July 02, 2013, 11:12:04 PM
Awesome, those headers seem fairly manageable compared to everything else you've gone through in this build.  They tuck up neat too...  Had to chuckle about your bandwidth issue.  I'm using a Flickr and its been great, also was previously on photo bucket .    My only wish is that I uploaded all my original pics at full quality for printing albums at a later date.


Lookin good!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-2-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: nocturneTA on July 03, 2013, 08:09:48 AM
man, those headers look good!  great choice.  curious about the driver side fix.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-2-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 03, 2013, 08:35:08 AM
I relocated the clamshell mounts towards the rear for clearance reasons with the accessories and because of that it is now affecting the fitment of the driver's side header. If the clamshell mount was in the stock location I wouldn't have any issues with fitment. I just need to clearance the clamshell mount slightly and it will fit no problem. Just one of those things when you change something it will affect many other things.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-2-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 08, 2013, 11:03:11 AM
I got some issues worked out over the long weekend. I was having a problem with my front springs contacting the frame, and installed my exhaust. My issue with the frame ended up being rust had expanded some of the metal in between the subframe causing it to contact the spring. I heated it up and bent it back. Now the spring is completely centered in the pocket and no problems with the spring contacting anything.

Next up was the headers. The passengers side was a breeze to install as it went right in from the top with no issues contacting as you can see in a previous post. The driver's side, that was another problem all together. Front primary tube directly contacted the frame motor mount and the engine motor mount. No good. So, after lots of manipulation and a BFH I got it installed. Now, for those that are wondering, get ready for it... hit in my primary tube. :? Without making it a long production and taking up even more of my time this was the easiest solution. Now, over the winter, I will be changing this. What needs to be done in order to make everything fit correctly, is to remove the headers again, and cut a section of the primary tubes out, and weld in a section that will give the mount enough clearance for my mount.

I didn't get any pictures of the passenger's side installed. But next was onto my mid-pipes and connecting the headers to the rest of my exhaust. So, by now I have gotten pretty good at welding exhaust since I have more man hours into exhaust work than any other component on my car... Anyway here are some pictures.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/9224875545_b51ef58b34_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9224875545/)
20130706_205113 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9224875545/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

Because the headers didn't have any provisions for o2 sensors, I had to weld some in. Luckily I saved some sections from my parts car and were able to salvage them

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2877/9227657082_0be82ee65d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227657082/)
20130706_205123 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227657082/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9227658080_462b9a88d0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227658080/)
20130706_205134 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227658080/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9227659172_6b8638cef5_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227659172/)
20130706_205118 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227659172/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

One of the best welds of the day.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/9227751386_2c66329375_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227751386/)
20130706_210955 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9227751386/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

Another decent weld.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/9224376559_204a2fef69_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9224376559/)
20130706_190931 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9224376559/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

It's hard to tell from the picture, but I gained a lot of clearance.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/9241393866_1f6be3f7eb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9241393866/)
20130707_131746 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9241393866/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

Once this was all complete yesterday, the wife and I went on a 50-60 mile round trip around the Cayuga Lake region of Ithaca, NY. It was great driving the car and with the new exhaust it sounds much more crisp. There were some issues with the way I had the other exhaust and there were a few leaks. I drove all around without one issue, and especially no more exhaust hitting! Overall it was a great drive and another troublefree 50-60 miles on the car. Still a few more bugs I need to work out, but very insignificant issues that will slowly get fixed over the summer.

All for now,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-7-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: nocturneTA on July 08, 2013, 12:33:59 PM
ok now, Im jealous!  you're not suppose to be out enjoying your car until I get mine done also.  just kidding.  I like the looks of the new headers a lot better.  have you noticed any sacrifice in performance over the long tube headers? 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-7-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 08, 2013, 01:28:11 PM
ok now, Im jealous!  you're not suppose to be out enjoying your car until I get mine done also.  just kidding.  I like the looks of the new headers a lot better.  have you noticed any sacrifice in performance over the long tube headers? 

Honestly, not even a little. I think at this point the heads and intake are more of a restriction than the headers. And I think I read somewhere that the difference between Long tubes and Mids are less than ~5rwhp, which you can't even feel. As far as enjoying the car, you are going to be very surprised at how much of a difference the LS1 will make for you. I am stoked overall.

I also forgot to mention that in the 50-60 miles I drove I only used a little over an 1/8 tank of gas!! Love that.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-7-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 15, 2013, 10:07:24 AM
Small update from the weekend. I am getting all of the finishing touches done on the car as well as working out the little bugs. One thing that needed to be addressed was my cowl area and the core support. The cowl area had spots from the wet sanding of the clear coat that were stained and the core support was showing its age. The cowl just needed to be scuffed up and masked, but the core support needed to be ground down and refinished. I guess after owning the car for over 8 years now, I need to realize that some of the parts I painted/restored will need to be refinished to keep looking fresh. I got out the wire wheel and flap disk, and smoothed off the core support. Then shot it with a few coats of primer and then the Trim Black.

I wanted to make the engine bay more uniform and repainted both with a satin black called SEM Trim Black. It turned out great and gives the engine bay a much more uniform look. Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of the finished product... So, I will try and get some tonight but for now, here is the in between stages.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9291462885_a9ab6b71b3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9291462885/)
20130713_162838 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9291462885/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3677/9294236794_c73d9e4e95_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9294236794/)
20130713_162852 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9294236794/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

I also relocated my shifter with some flat steel plate and clocked the shifter to my liking. It is roughly in the same position and is really comfortable. I also flipped the console mounts 180* to shift the console back an 1" and with the relocated shifter it fits perfectly. Now the console is mounted for final. If anyone is looking to try the same thing, I needed to modify the 4 speed insert for the console to account for the shifter relocation bracket. Nothing significant and without looking for it you won't see it. I will get pictures tonight, I was in a hurry to get the car ready for the show.

I had to get everything all cleaned up for the local car show. So far, the car is running great and I couldn't be more happy. I had so many compliments at the show about the LS motor and people asking me how I did it. I just smiled and said a lot of time. :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: NGRYBRD on July 15, 2013, 10:44:44 AM
ryan thats awesome, did you relocate the shifter to make it more comfortable for you? like a little farther back?   or did you put it into a more stock location because it was off from the whole engine swap?   ive gotta clean up my core support too, but i got a nice one from blurr and ill sand blast and refinish the whole thing then swap them out.     i love the look of the painted headlight buckets, getting rid of the chrome and what not, but for my car im torn between the chrome and the paint. id love to black out the whole car, short of just the front and back window trims being brushed stainless, and i was thinking of blacking out the headlight buckets and grills too, but maybe leave them chrome for a touch of shine on the front end. so many decisions... and watching your build brings up sooooo many more....  great job though.   when mines on the road again, ill hafta go for a nice drive and see it in person.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 15, 2013, 03:41:41 PM
I relocated the shifter to be centered in the console. The position that it was in was comfortable enough, but I wanted it to fit into the stock console. I love the way that my car looks with all the trim blacked out. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. What I love about my car is that it is a hobby first and foremost, and I don't rely on it as primary transportation. So if I want to tear it completely apart to change something, I can. Hence the LS1/6 speed swap,  :lol: If you want to tear apart something and change it, go for it if you are ambitious enough.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 15, 2013, 08:32:30 PM
Ok, here are some pictures of the engine bay completed.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5510/9295264985_e9829bcb1e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295264985/)
20130715_213741 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295264985/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9298043452_94a02c584f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298043452/)
20130715_213751 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298043452/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/9295262413_035d41b270_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295262413/)
20130715_213801 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295262413/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

And here are some better pictures of my relocated shifter.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/9298040938_820c037c1a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298040938/)
20130715_213817 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298040938/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/9298039714_51724a47e9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298039714/)
20130715_214053 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298039714/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/9295257953_bd0557383c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295257953/)
20130715_214101 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295257953/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

This is in reverse which is all the way to the right. No contact, and the same distance for 1st which is all the way to the left.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/9298036196_2a40e16d19_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298036196/)
20130715_214119 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298036196/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9298034770_9d2b516c88_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298034770/)
20130715_214247 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298034770/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

The only dead giveaway is the 6 speed ball.  :grin:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3719/9295253987_1e518e67e1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295253987/)
20130715_214319 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295253987/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 15, 2013, 08:44:55 PM
Here is one of the next upgrades I will be doing over the winter. It is a 1970-72 Chevelle 12 bolt rear end. The widths are the same as our cars, but the  old brackets need to be cut off and new perches need to be welded on.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/9298024140_cd7a028c66_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298024140/)
20130715_220537 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298024140/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/9295250735_6142caac25_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295250735/)
20130715_215149 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295250735/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/9298032228_6129602aa3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298032228/)
20130715_215134 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298032228/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

I had planned on building up my 10 bolt, but my dad had this 12 bolt that was just collecting dust and he said I could use it. I will hunt around for some good parts. I plan to put 33 spline axles, eaton posi, 3.73 or 3.90 gears, and I will reuse my LS1 rear brakes. In the mean time I will clean it up and send it off to be sandblasted.

All for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on July 15, 2013, 10:50:08 PM
Ryan, that looks good.   I trying to make some progress on mine but it seems like everything else is taking priority. 

the under hood looks much better but could use a little wire loom on the harness to finish it off.  :lol:

I like the console idea.  I was planing on using the 4th gen because of cup holders but I dont like the overall fit.  I have an auto console and there is enough room between the map pocket and shifter hole to put two cup holders side by side so I think that is the direction I will try for now.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 16, 2013, 09:14:20 AM
Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. Now that my car runs great and is completely legal, I am lacking the motivation to finish the little things. I plan to eventually loom the wires in the engine bay and tweak little things here and there.

I tossed around the 4th gen console idea, but at the end of the day it just didn't look right to me. It fit, was more functional, just didn't have the right feel. I am glad that I finally got around to making that shifter relocation bracket and bolting down my console. Before it was just floating around in the interior. It looked better than with no console so I just ran it that way.  :???:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 01, 2013, 08:00:22 PM
Small update. I figured out that with the right amount of throttle and a quick reaction of the clutch results in a large amount of smoke.  :cool: :cool:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/9416871191_ec75d2b30f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9416871191/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9416871191/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

That was my first time after the ls swap really getting on the car. I didn't want to get to crazy with it, at least ease myself into it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: BAN on August 01, 2013, 09:26:48 PM
Great!  Nothing completes a project more than laying some rubber, congrats!

Im also guilty of getting a project going and never getting to the loose ends.   I've put off installing inner fenders that I patched and painted over two years ago.  When youmthinkmabiut the years of work we put into these cars but somehow can justify not spending 2 hours to finish something simple. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 02, 2013, 07:31:42 AM
I am glad that someone understands me and my disease. :grin: The things that I am putting off aren't 100% necessary for cruising. Such as windshield wiper arms and e-brake cable. I made sure that my car was 100% ready for street driving before I started driving it around. I am loving the 6 speed! Highway speeds of about 75mph and rpms were about 1750-1800!! NICE!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-16-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 16, 2013, 07:00:30 AM
I had a little time this morning and since I couldn't sleep I figured I would go out to the garage to figure out why my clutch was acting funny and going into gear hard. At first I thought it was low on fluid, so I made a bracket out of some scrap stainless I had to give it a more secure mounting place.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/9524089878_ace2646e3e_c.jpg)

After I made the bracket, I went to top off the fluid and the reservoir was full. Their is a plastic piece inside that holds the fluid down so it looked empty, but was really full. So, either way I made a bracket that I should have done a long time ago. Then, I went down to my adjustable clutch, there was the culprit. I put a jam nut on one side of it and not the other side. It was allowing the rod to slowly shorten itself, and not fully depress the clutch. Hense being hard to get into gear. I added the jam nut and lengthened the rod again, and it worked like a charm. Problem solved.

Cheers,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: LeighP on August 16, 2013, 08:12:23 AM
Don't you love the easy fixes?  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on August 16, 2013, 03:23:08 PM
Easy fix for an easy mistake.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: 72blackbird on August 17, 2013, 11:20:11 PM
Ryan,
I saw your listing over pro-touring.com to sell your car. After putting all of the work you did in building it, now you want to sell it? I saw your reasons why and I understand- sometimes the journey is more meaningful than the destination.

Geno

http://www.pro-touring.com/classified-ads-marketplace/cars-for-sale/1976-trans-am-pro-touring-ls1-6-speed-3-73s-tons-more-testing-waters-100841.html
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 18, 2013, 09:25:19 PM
Geno, I have it posted as a Testing the waters. Not actively looking to sell, but if someone comes up with the money, I can let it go.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 18, 2013, 10:01:51 PM
Went to a local car show today and got a lot of good shots of my car. I ended up taking third in the class that I didn't belong in, lol. They put me in the 72-78 Production class, and everyone else in the class were all stock examples. Here are the shots of the car.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3735/9544313732_b6fe8c33f3_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/9544311560_6c314b8ec4_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/9544305806_ac42071aa2_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/9544302506_6b9297953d_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/9541511255_d215f4b0a2_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/9544296918_1fe0b07d38_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/9544294338_059ea6c497_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3804/9541503503_39f9a73657_c.jpg)

There was a woman from my work who was going to be working at the show, and remembered that I had a rip in my seat. She brought a needle and showed me how to repair the seat. You cannot even tell that I fixed it!! I was really impressed with the technique that she showed me. It was called a reverse stitch that looks completely original.

Before:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3718/9544548602_4b2e231f9d_c.jpg)

After:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/9541501193_46f4f91675_c.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: BAN on August 18, 2013, 10:39:19 PM
Awesome!  Ha your seamstress skills for a first timer are starting to worry me!


That thing looks really good with a bit of cloud cover, nice to see how deep that paint is.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: LeighP on August 19, 2013, 12:32:59 AM
Pics look great!
I love the repair job....nice work!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on August 19, 2013, 07:37:17 AM
how do ya do with buttons?   :lol:    Ryan, the car looks great and congrats on placing even out of your class. 

Photos like that would make me think twice about "testing the waters" as far as selling it.  Great car none the less.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 19, 2013, 10:31:47 AM
I could put some buttons on your new Fiero seats if you want.  :cool: I knew I would get some flack for my upholstery abilities, but I think it turned out pretty good. If I never said anything, I highly doubt anyone would even notice. Just the way I like it.

I also started thinking about the placement at the show over the weekend and I have to say that I am pretty happy that he thought my car was stock appearing. That is one thing that I have tried to do through the build is not distorting the cues that make a Trans Am. I think that once you pop the hood though its a pretty dead give-away that something isn't quite stock.  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: duffinatur on September 11, 2013, 06:59:35 PM
Ryan,
Thanks for the info on the Hooker mid length headers!  Seeing your installation and the info you gave me locked them in for me.  I ALMOST feel guilty about borrowing your
ideas..but then I see the pics of your car.  KUDOS! You've done a fantastic job.   I've always been partial to the 76, my first car at 16 was a goldenrod yellow
76 (bird delete, deluxe black interior, massaged 400, Rally II's) that I bought from my dad, who bought it new.  (who also sold it when too many "speed contest"
tickets threw the families insurance through the roof, lol)
Maybe I'll find a 76 after I finish the 79?   8-)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 12, 2013, 02:34:35 PM
Thanks for the compliments Duff. Lots of time and energy spent on this car, but I have enjoyed it thoroughly. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: LilSki on September 12, 2013, 04:02:48 PM
I may have missed it but what T56/shifter combo are you using to have the shifter come through the factory 4spd location?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 12, 2013, 07:07:32 PM
What I did for the 4 speed console to fit was flip the mounting tabs on the console 180* in order to move it to the rear about 1" and made a bracket to move the shifter forward about 2". It fits very nicely in the console and feels very good. A few pages back will show the bracket that I made to move the shifter forward.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on September 12, 2013, 08:28:20 PM
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=24465.465
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: LilSki on September 12, 2013, 09:15:13 PM
Aha I see very cool! Thanks for the link!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: 737driver on September 12, 2013, 09:49:14 PM
This is has been a very interesting thread! Love it!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 7-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 13, 2013, 12:42:13 PM
And here are some better pictures of my relocated shifter.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/9298040938_820c037c1a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298040938/)
20130715_213817 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298040938/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/9298039714_51724a47e9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298039714/)
20130715_214053 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298039714/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/9295257953_bd0557383c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295257953/)
20130715_214101 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295257953/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

This is in reverse which is all the way to the right. No contact, and the same distance for 1st which is all the way to the left.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/9298036196_2a40e16d19_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298036196/)
20130715_214119 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298036196/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9298034770_9d2b516c88_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298034770/)
20130715_214247 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9298034770/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

The only dead giveaway is the 6 speed ball.  :grin:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3719/9295253987_1e518e67e1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295253987/)
20130715_214319 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9295253987/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

Cheers,
Ryan
DEIVIONCRX, that was my first attempt. The pictures you see above are from a few weekends ago when I relocated it further forward using a bracket. The first method made the shifter sit too low. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 13, 2013, 12:43:29 PM
This is has been a very interesting thread! Love it!

Thanks, I really appreciate it. I am now getting the urge to modify it again... I am thinking this time I might put a turbo on it. :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Small Update 8-15-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 14, 2013, 03:07:48 PM
Nothing big to report, just cleaned up a few remaining issues in my trunk and tried out my 4th gen console.  I had a rats nest in the trunk that I cleaned up. I had a few wires that I still had left to solder. I took care of those and vacuumed it out. I still need to finalize my method for closing off the fuel pump access panel, and then I can coat the trunk with spackle paint. Here are a few of the final product.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/9741996144_49b0fb5455_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/9739784493_bb8e5f8aa2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739784493/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739784493/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/9739783297_fbca268865_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739783297/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739783297/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

That is what I am left to cover. Not 100% sure what method I am going to take to cover it yet.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7426/9741992402_884a3c84d2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741992402/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741992402/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

And for those that asked, here are some pictures with the 4th gen console mounted in the car. I wanted to give it a chance, mostly because I am on  the fence with it. I will say that it is more comfortable for resting my arm, but we will see how functional it is once I drive it around.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/9739780671_d56ea2c249_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739780671/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9739780671/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7283/9741989840_f1f52602c9_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741989840/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741989840/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/9741988818_c5b8533284_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741988818/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741988818/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/9741987868_6712b37f01_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741987868/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9741987868/) by ryanbabcock06 (http://www.flickr.com/people/98271343@N03/), on Flickr

All the pictures for now.

Cheers,
Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: LeighP on September 15, 2013, 07:06:50 AM
Once you dye that console, it'll fit right in there...I like it!

Trunk hole......I'd form a cover piece of metal, drill a series of holes around the edge trough both cover and trunk...then use some U nut clips like you see for interior trim screws or such....then screw the panel on with a little seam sealer between it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 16, 2013, 12:19:37 PM
Now, that's an idea. I am not quite sure what you mean by U nut clips though?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on September 16, 2013, 02:01:30 PM
J-Nuts, U-Nuts, Speed Nuts, they are called many different things.  GM used a ton of them on our cars.

(http://www.wjjeeps.com/rail_unut.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 16, 2013, 03:00:19 PM
Ah, I got you now. That is a pretty good idea. What my thought was originally would be to place a cardboard template exactly how I want on the floor and make a fiberglass template that would make an illusion that the trunk is stock, and have the panel glued in place or possibly bolted in place.

My concern with bolting it down is having the Pinto effect where, god forbid, I get in a rear accident and the tank hits one of the screws and explodes. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on September 16, 2013, 03:56:02 PM
If you found the version of those J-nuts that have a real nut welded to them, then use an exact length bolt so its flush on the bottom, you wouldn't have anything protruding for the fuel tank to catch on.

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/oxdieu_trcycleappcom/fw3d156z)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on September 16, 2013, 08:13:06 PM
I agree with painting the console black to match the interior better.  it does look good in there.

as for the trunk, fiberglassing the floor would give it a smoother more finished look but would make it more difficult to re-access at a later date if needed.  You could also rivet a contoured piece of metal in place and not have the sharp points of screws  pointed toward the top of the tank.

There are some good options listed above with the other post to, decisions... decisions...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: mrbandit on September 17, 2013, 02:06:11 PM
Do you plan on running a factory trunk mat? 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 17, 2013, 02:11:02 PM
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/oxdieu_trcycleappcom/fw3d156z)
Where would one find those? What would the name be?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on September 17, 2013, 02:33:50 PM
Your closest hardware store probably has them, or mcmaster carr.
I call them J-nuts.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#clip-on-nuts/=oju1if
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on September 17, 2013, 04:31:26 PM
Ryan, I know for sure that Elmira Auto Paint has those on their shelves. Also, I think autozone sells them in blister packs.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 18, 2013, 12:50:28 PM
Thanks Zach, Good to know. I think this will be my winter project.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on September 18, 2013, 01:29:20 PM
No need to rush it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Installed 4th gen Console 9-14-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 22, 2013, 05:05:36 PM
Some may have seen my post in the lobby, but I decided that I wanted to make some fender braces for my car. These are the photos of the braces I made for my car. I have installed them with new J-nuts and stainless hardware. I love the way that they make my car look. I figured that since I was making a set for myself, it wouldn't be that much more difficult to make a few more sets for others since, to my knowledge that no one makes them any longer. Here they are on my car. I think that I may take them off and brush them and sand down all the slight blemishes from processing.

I am actually surprised that they seem to strengthen up the whole front of the car. I will see once I get the car out and drive it around if it has made any difference. Overall I am really happy with the way that they turned out.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/9884109235_d798dcfa15_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2826/9884102325_6343fd70cc_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/9884098276_d1d6d6a97e_c.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on September 24, 2013, 10:50:51 AM
Car looks great! I have my ls1/ls6 frankenstein motor in my shed. Question is will the fuel pump from my c5 work in the t/a? Also I have only been able to track down an lt1 t56. What problems will I run into trying to mate it to an ls1?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: rkellerjr on September 24, 2013, 11:33:23 AM
Those look fantastic, great job!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 24, 2013, 12:46:27 PM
Car looks great! I have my ls1/ls6 frankenstein motor in my shed. Question is will the fuel pump from my c5 work in the t/a? Also I have only been able to track down an lt1 t56. What problems will I run into trying to mate it to an ls1?

Not sure on the fuel pump itself, but many people use the fuel filter/regulator combo for their swaps. You can use the LT1 6 speed, but you will have to change the input shaft over to the LS1 style shaft which is longer. It can be done, but lots more work than what its worth. Just keep your eye out and be very cautious of any transmission under 1200-1300 dollars. Did you say that your vette had the 6 speed in it? If that is the case I am pretty certain you can put an fbody tail housing on the vette trans and it will be better than the fbody trans.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on September 24, 2013, 01:44:46 PM
Wonder if I can use the pedals from the vette
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: 737driver on September 25, 2013, 01:39:59 AM
That looks really sharp! The custom work is really fantastic!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 25, 2013, 12:53:02 PM
Thanks for all the comments guys. I appreciate them. It is actually nice to be able to start and finish a project over the weekend, then still be able to drive it the next day! I think that I am done with large projects for a while.

Wonder if I can use the pedals from the vette

As for the petals, you may be able to use them but I would advise against it. The gas petal is DBW, which adds another layer of difficulty to the LS swap. For the clutch and brake petal, you would also run into a bunch of problems getting them to line up correctly and what brake booster and clutch Master Cylinder to use. My recommendation would be to use the stock petals, run a Lokar or JY throttle cable using the DBC throttle body and using a Detroit Speed bracket that bolts between the firewall and brake booster to hold the 98-02 Fbody clutch MC. That is the most common swap.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: nwrclint2000 on September 25, 2013, 07:33:50 PM
I ordered an oil pan and dirty dingo mounts today. Decided to go with an auto trans. Seems easier amdwill fit my driving needs.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Made and installed Fender Braces 9-22-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 23, 2013, 06:50:51 AM
It has been a while since the last time I updated because I haven't been driving the car that much. I got a new job and been busy with that transition and haven't had much time to do much of anything. Anyway, I had a chance this Monday to get the car out to stretch its legs and had an interesting stable mate at one of my stops!

A Rolls Royce!
 
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/10438616946_7b061298a6_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/10438770933_177df7b5a0_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/10438619045_06338dec4a_c.jpg)

When I got back from my cruise, I decided that I was going to seal up my trunk and finally make the removable panel for the fuel pump access. Since it is going to be something that isn't accessed very often, I decided that it would be a fairly permanent fixture. I spoke with the guys at my local body shop, and they recommended that I made a panel of steel (I used some scrap aluminum) and adhere it to the trunk with the seam sealer. It can be pried off the truck with some work, but will not have an issue vibrating loose. Here are some pictures of my progress.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/10438597616_59a8d2d1f0_c.jpg)

I had to use something heavy to hold the seal down. I had a piece of old railroad iron that my Dad gave me.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/10438610255_38eac1b032_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/10438745083_d0540f4517_c.jpg)

And the final product. Just need to lay down some trunk splatter paint and she will be good as new.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/10438739563_12f771e69a_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/10438750273_634a9a6d49_c.jpg)

All for now,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel Pump Access Panel Installation 10-23-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on October 23, 2013, 10:08:33 AM
I think your fix will work just fine.

Man that Rolls makes your car look small.  That thing is massive!  Your car takes the attention away from it though  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel Pump Access Panel Installation 10-23-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on October 24, 2013, 08:27:27 AM
I think your fix will work just fine.

Man that Rolls makes your car look small.  That thing is massive!  Your car takes the attention away from it though  :lol:

Thats what I was thinking. Big and ugly, thats what new Rolls are.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel Pump Access Panel Installation 10-23-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 24, 2013, 02:19:56 PM
I never said that the car was good looking. :cool: I just know that they demand a few coins.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel Pump Access Panel Installation 10-23-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 31, 2013, 09:42:10 AM
I finally got around to painting my trunk with the splatter paint. It was one thing that I have been waiting to finish for a while. I originally painted it with POR, which has lasted pretty good, but was showing its age. It was time to freshen it up a bit, and there were also some parts that were still in primer. :-? Just need to put everything back together. Does anyone have a better trick to removing and reinstalling the tails on the 76's? It almost seems that you need to loosen the rear bumper to get them on and off smoothly.

Anyway, here is the finished product.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/10590262094_dc2d1eb144_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/10590240566_e227044073_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/10590471523_e0367e48f4_c.jpg)

First coat.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/10590254614_76c34c8853_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/10590252614_0acf7c4c3f_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2827/10590460983_eba39bda30_c.jpg)

That's all for now. Cheers!

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Fuel Pump Access Panel Installation 10-23-2013
Post by: LeighP on October 31, 2013, 03:06:07 PM
Looks nice and neat, and the mat will lay nicely over your access cover.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Update 10-30-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2013, 07:25:55 AM
Well, as usual with the projects that I do one thing leads to another and I have multiple projects going at the same time. The first time around, I wanted to tint my tail lights and side marker lights. So, while I had them out for the trunk makeover, I might as well do it now. I figured out too that if you removed the side spoilers that it makes installing the tail lights much easier. Well, I started with some spare marker lights I had laying around and decided that the tail lights should be at 2 coats and the marker lights I liked at 4 coats. When I had the car painted originally, I also had a set of black tail light surrounds painted. I figured I would try them out and I really liked how they look. Now, picture time.

Here is what I started with.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/10655182853_c7bc594efd_c.jpg)

With Black Tail Surrounds

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3703/10654988576_512c4fbfe7_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/10654992026_2e662e9769_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2887/10654997304_aff21b0ab5_c.jpg)

Tint comparison vs. stock.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/10655192133_2912e16d34_c.jpg)

2 Coats of Tint

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3774/10654978255_c8d2eb446c_c.jpg)

4 Coats, I think it looks just right!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/10655829375_1eae5991b0_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/10655820065_97aecc69cd_c.jpg)

And 2 coats of tint on the tails. Just perfect!! Don't want to go any darker and attract unwanted attention.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/10655187823_8819168ef1_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/10656043603_1a5eebfc7d_c.jpg)

I hope to have the tail lights installed soon and my trunk freshen up project done.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on November 04, 2013, 09:27:10 AM
I like the tint it looks nice.  I thought about doing the same thing to my Grand National but don't want to be talking to Johnny Law if I don't have to.

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2013, 09:28:19 AM
And now, the finished product. I am very pleased with the results. I still have to tint all of the marker lights, but this is what they will look like all around.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2806/10671282734_045d4b1b65_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/10671197645_c33028f6cd_c.jpg)

Installed the tinted tail lights. I am really loving the way that they look!!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3714/10671461053_03bba3afa0_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/10671261054_8d2ac2e2fe_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/10671231726_90e07ee883_c.jpg)

And aside from the marker lights, I have no intentions of doing any large modifications this winter. I may put new springs, shocks and sub-frame connectors on the rear, but no motor swaps or anything.  :cool:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/10671440763_9a9b9a4cc7_c.jpg)

Thanks,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: 737driver on November 04, 2013, 12:14:22 PM
That Looks very good! Great work!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on November 04, 2013, 12:14:35 PM
looks great Ryan.  as far as the springs and stuff, I have been really impressed with the PTFB stuff.  Get his shocks, they do make a difference.

That last shot makes the car look as though it is put away for the winter.  sad sad
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 04, 2013, 12:47:22 PM
Cameron, unfortunately that is exactly what it is happening in the last picture. When my wife and I were out yesterday it was snowing. Here in Upstate, NY when the snow flies, it doesn't take long for the salt trucks to get out and spread the rust. I might have it out once more if we get a warm day here in the short term.

I love the PTFB stuff I have on the front, and I am hoping to get it for the rear soon. I may try to work on my exhaust again this winter. I would like to put the tail pipes on again. Just little thing projects here and there to keep me occupied throughout the long winter.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: LeighP on November 05, 2013, 06:31:04 AM
I like the job you did on the lights.......just a suggestion, have a look at the Vleds site  http://www.vleds.com/ (http://www.vleds.com/)   for their LED globes to suit our old style holders..... I think they're 1157 type for stop/tail.
These lights are VERY bright, you can buy them in red (or white or amber or switching amber/white).....with them in the tail lights, you'll have no issue with the lights not showing through the tint.
They aren't cheap, but they are very good. I have a pair of the switching amber/white in the front of my Firebird. They also have a newer design called the V3 Triton, thats even brighter.

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m195/TA76400/71%20Firebird/71%20Firebird%203/parklights.jpg) (http://s104.photobucket.com/user/TA76400/media/71%20Firebird/71%20Firebird%203/parklights.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: NGRYBRD on November 05, 2013, 08:34:04 AM
ryan that looks awesome. especially the subtlety of the black surrounds.   i never thought of tinting the lights.  i think you gave me my solution instead of trying to find nice shiny new lenses, i can save the quazi faded ones i have and just tint them.   
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: Big Block Bird on November 05, 2013, 09:27:08 AM
Those tail lights look great!

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 05, 2013, 11:41:41 AM
Thanks guys. I can't tell if I like the black lenses or not. I may end up swapping back to the body color surrounds. The black surrounds sorta wash out the tinted look. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on November 05, 2013, 06:13:32 PM
Ryan, you know what opinions are like so I will give mine anyway.   I think the black gives a great contrast to the rest of the car and  breaks up the grey on the back.  I would leave it like it is.   Just my stinky $.02.   :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: BAN on November 05, 2013, 10:09:05 PM
Cool stuff Ryan,   I'm a huge fan of black and grey combos....  May I suggest some black steel wheels to go with it?  :cool:

My favorite picture in your whole thread is the one of the car under the cover.   Nothing says a project is complete/running driving more to me than a covered car in a garage.    Awesome!   This car and your skills and knowledge have been on quite an adventure!

Cheers
Sam
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: N PRGRES on November 15, 2013, 04:09:35 AM
Those look great. There is also a guy at www.jonstintedtails.com that does a very nice job as well.  While my 81 doesn't have as much red showing through I would like to black it out a tad more.  I think the way you did it knocks off some of the red and gives it just the right amount of color.  Sweet!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: 70_71_78 on November 15, 2013, 06:48:20 AM
I really liked the blacked out tail light look, (when I still had a driver in the '80's), but I did not want the tint to scratch when cleaning. I broke the lights down and used spray tint on the inside of the red lens and polished the outside. The result was that the pattern on the inside shows up real prominently, the tint doesn't get scratched off and they still look almost black until lit. Because the coating is a little thinner on the top of the pattern’s bumps the light output is still bright enough to be safe and never had a problem with the law.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 16, 2013, 07:03:46 AM
Thanks for all the compliments guys. I prepped the tail lights before I painted them, so I shouldn't have any problems with the paint coming off. And considering the project was almost free, I am super happy with it. I think that the NightShade paint was $5, and it looks a heck of a lot better in my opinion.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 14, 2013, 08:11:19 AM
No, updates for a while but since I can't leave well enough alone I am going to start collecting parts for a few other projects I have in mind. I have purchased a set of non-egr 06 truck manifolds that will be the starting point for a turbo installation! I am going to start collecting the parts to do a custom turbo installation as always on a budget, which should yield me at least 500 rwhp depending on the boost levels I decide on! I am going to use this as a complete learning experience because I have never done anything at all with forced induction. I plan to tune myself using the HP tuners system that I have. Some of the major components I will need are as follows:

Modify truck manifolds with V-bands to clear the upper control arm
GT45 ebay turbo (tons of great real world reviews on LS1tech)
Intercooler and piping
BOV and Wastegate
manual boost controller(for now, I would like to go electronic)
2.5" hot side piping
Either Dual 255 fuel pumps or single 340
AFX Wideband O2 sensor

There are a bunch of other little things that I will need, but this will be a longer term project as I will need to collect parts. My short term project is finding a used factory hurst shifter and modifying it to fit my 6 speed shifter. That way I can use the factory shift knob, but get a custom 6 speed pattern in the top. :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on December 14, 2013, 09:18:53 AM
Now you're talking brother!   I will be interested to see how this turns out.   I assume you gave up on selling? 


Btw, Thanks for the compliment on the banner.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 17, 2013, 01:01:25 PM
I haven't given up selling, but I am always looking at new things to do to the car. When I see a good buy, I will bite and I couldn't pass up the deal on the manifolds. I will have to modify them to work with our subframes, but I like a challenge!

I think my next big purchase(if the car doesn't sell) will be either Vintage Air or Ridetech's 4 link system.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on December 18, 2013, 11:10:26 PM
hadn't you put the Hooker Mid-lengths on your car?   as for your two options for big purchases, I would go with the AC.  The wife will be happier to. :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: N PRGRES on December 19, 2013, 03:19:32 AM
Those 4 links are cool. I always thought too that a bagged ta would be neat I just don't have the funds to do it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 19, 2013, 05:45:25 PM
Yeah, the 4 link system is pretty cool and with that system you could upgrade to the air ride later on if you like!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: N PRGRES on December 20, 2013, 05:27:31 PM
I'll get mine on the road first and worry about upgrades later lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on December 24, 2013, 11:12:34 AM
I'll get mine on the road first and worry about upgrades later lol

Huh... That is what I should have done. :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: REDL1NE on January 10, 2014, 05:06:43 PM
I second the happy wife comment..lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 13, 2014, 01:39:05 PM
I second the happy wife comment..lol

If she is happy, I am happy.  :cool:

Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 13, 2014, 01:42:42 PM
Ok, well after my car being on the market a while it is pretty clear that it's not going to be sold. I had a fellow forum member give me some constructive criticism on betting my chances of selling, and gave me a very convincing photoshop photo. Let me know what you guys think about adding some YO Honeycomb rims. I never really considered the Honeycomb wheels as I always thought that the snowflake wheels would look better on my car, but they look really good to me. I realize that in stock appearance they will be lighter, but the way it is photoshopped I think I would have them tinted ever-so slightly to match the sinister look. What do you guys think??

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/11929812814_e30dd5668a_c.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: mrbandit on January 13, 2014, 03:50:42 PM
That does look good and I agree that a darker version would be better then natural.  Have you considered installing decals also to improve the sale.  I am in no way saying your look isn't great, because I do like it a lot.  The association of TA's with decals would just broaden your demographic market.  There are just a lot of people out there that are going for the TA look. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on January 13, 2014, 05:17:38 PM
I would look into the Restore A Musclecar Platinum trans am decal set. I personally am not a fan of the SE pinstripes, but their two-tone hood bird would probably fit your car very well as it's two-tone silver/charcoal as opposed to the factory charcoal bird with the red outline. It's damned expensive though. http://www.restoreamusclecar.com/vehicles/view_details?fdid=940511



Also, the honeycombs do look pretty sweet with the darker tint when compared with what you've currently got on the car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: 737driver on January 13, 2014, 06:17:07 PM
I think the HoneyCombs would look really great, additionally a great set of graphics would look awesome. However I feel as is your car looks amazing! I think honey combs and graphics would draw more potential buyers but may or may not get you any more money for it.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: nocturneTA on January 13, 2014, 09:12:10 PM
Ryan, I think those wheels totally changed the look of your car.  that is a much more aggressive look for sure.  I had to do a double take at first, thats a good photoshop.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 14, 2014, 08:14:27 AM
Thanks for all the compliments guys, I wished I could take credit for the photoshop, but I cannot. But it is a very convincing photo... Now, that is all I can think about is getting those wheels. Man I have a problem.

I would look into the Restore A Musclecar Platinum trans am decal set. I personally am not a fan of the SE pinstripes, but their two-tone hood bird would probably fit your car very well as it's two-tone silver/charcoal as opposed to the factory charcoal bird with the red outline. It's damned expensive though. http://www.restoreamusclecar.com/vehicles/view_details?fdid=940511

Also, the honeycombs do look pretty sweet with the darker tint when compared with what you've currently got on the car.

I had actually looked into that, but I am heavily leaning towards a flat black bird. There are a few places on ebay,(I know, hold the rotten tomatoes) that look to have decent decals. The one place has a full set of decals other than the hood bird for 35 bucks in flat black. It is worth a shot to try them even if they only last a year.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: mrbandit on January 14, 2014, 12:42:51 PM
If you could sell your wheels and get the others that would be good, but as was mentioned improvements that cost money may not net you more money on a car that is complete as yours.   It is a slippery slope.   
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 14, 2014, 02:47:29 PM
If you could sell your wheels and get the others that would be good, but as was mentioned improvements that cost money may not net you more money on a car that is complete as yours.   It is a slippery slope.   

Mike, Slippery slope should be the project name for my car. :grin: But That was the idea that I had, but likely it would take a little time for the wheels and tires to sell. But if the price is good enough, I will probably jump on them as I impulsively do.

On a side note, my new decals are on their way to my house. I will have decals for the rear spoiler, fender, sail panel, "Pontiac" nose, and call out on the shaker. All in matte black. Still debating on the hood bird though. I will see how I like these decals first.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: Zapper2003 on January 14, 2014, 04:08:21 PM
That'll be neat to see how that turns out. I'm still up in the air on a hood bird myself. The sleek beak is just begging for SOMETHING. I really really wish someone made a 2" cowl for this car. Lots of shakers out there and I don't really dig the formula hoods.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: 72blackbird on January 14, 2014, 08:25:23 PM
Ryan,
I vote for a flat black or simple silver silhouette of a Hood Bird on your TA- either would add a very nice accent.

Geno
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: NGRYBRD on January 15, 2014, 07:04:20 AM
i'm a huge fan of the thought of flat black decals, but i have yet to see them on a car so i cant wait to see how it comes out. do you have a link to the ebay listing?   should look awesome with your taillights.  and +1 on those wheels, thatd be sweet. 

on the slippery slope point, during a christmas party we were playing some battle of the sexes game, and all of my cousins are the kind of guys who dont get grease under their finger nails, but one of the questions was "what is the primary reason i buy a car" and the choices were performance and styling, cost effective and economical, or strictly to fit your need to have a vehicle.   for whatever reason the other guys were picking cost effective and economical (lame) and i was the only one who  picked performance and styling....   being into cars is a life style not just a hobby, we do it for what makes us happy, ya we may need to live off ramen for a month or two after some of our decisions, but they are almost always worth it.     i never do something based on the return down the road. sometimes it does help finalize the details of a decision, but it will never steer me away from that decision.   its like donating to charity.  at our company xmas party we had a little shoebox, you quietly put what cash you would like in it, and put what charity youd like to donate to on a post it note and threw it in a hat.  at the end, the boss picked a charity from the hat. it was really very nice.   well when we planned this and mentioned it at the meeting before hand, one lady yelled out, "hold on, if we donate anonymously how are we suppose to get the tax write off"   seriously?!?!  wtf you give because it helps some one and makes you feel good, not to get a break on your taxes...   so as i tell my wife, " honey its going to a very good cause"  hehe
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - Tinted Tail lights 11-4-2013
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 17, 2014, 09:46:51 PM
So, I received my decals today and I have to say that I am more than pleased for the 35 bucks I spent! Apparently this woman has the GM licensed authority print these decals and she can customize them. Instead of the decal that said SD-455 she changed it to LS1-346! I was very pleased with the results. Here are a few pictures I took out of the box, I will try and get them on this weekend. Now, I just need to know what the dimension for placing the decals.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/12002843715_bd7bea261c_c.jpg)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: takid455 on January 18, 2014, 05:37:20 PM
PM me her info. Can she do the big hood bird?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: nocturneTA on January 18, 2014, 08:21:10 PM
and you haven't put them on yet?  slacker!   :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on January 19, 2014, 08:20:38 AM
I love the wheels!  Have them powder coated like the color of your car.  That picture totally changed the attitude.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: scarebird on January 19, 2014, 10:27:40 AM
I would not mind seeing that gal's contact info either;  need a T/A 6.2 in white for the hood scoop.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 20, 2014, 08:33:50 AM
Hey guys, I will post up her contact info in the Lobby area and send pm's to those that have requested it. The decals were at my house in 2 days and I am more than happy with the results. I put on two decals last night, and I love they way that they look!!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/12043308016_a614703347_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5519/12042448135_58fdd113d5_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/12042445635_361da6773b_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3808/12042834224_556af125c6_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/12043295966_93757a1815_c.jpg)

All for now,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: nocturneTA on January 20, 2014, 12:44:32 PM
I think it looks great!  get the rest on there.   :-)   I would crack the whip on ya but my wife is using it on me to get the kitchen finished up...  dang, here she comes.........
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 20, 2014, 02:35:22 PM
I had all I could do to sneak those on there, while I was supposed to be in the garage refinishing an antique cabinet we bought recently. :cool: I will get the rest of them installed on Wednesday when I have off.

I am still on the fence about installing the whole "LS1 - 346" or just the 346. Any thoughts??
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Zapper2003 on January 20, 2014, 04:38:18 PM
They look great! Good choice. As far as the shaker callout, I'm gonna be brutal and say I really think the LS1 346 looks cheap compared the rest of them because of the difference in the font.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: 737driver on January 20, 2014, 05:56:36 PM
Great choiceon the decals! They look very sharp!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on January 20, 2014, 06:38:53 PM
I had all I could do to sneak those on there, while I was supposed to be in the garage refinishing an antique cabinet we bought recently. :cool: I will get the rest of them installed on Wednesday when I have off.

I am still on the fence about installing the whole "LS1 - 346" or just the 346. Any thoughts??

What about just LS1?

Or I might vote for the 6.6 decal since it matches the others.

Anyway you do it will look good.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: N PRGRES on January 20, 2014, 07:43:18 PM
They look great! Good choice. As far as the shaker callout, I'm gonna be brutal and say I really think the LS1 346 looks cheap compared the rest of them because of the difference in the font.
i agree. I dislike the font and IMO will look out of place on such a nice car.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: nocturneTA on January 20, 2014, 10:02:07 PM
I think the LS1 decals look generic at best.  The rest of the decals look great and suit the car very well.  I'm for leaving the shaker plane or stock decals.   Why advertise?   I like the look of surprise on peoples faces when I pop the hood.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Zapper2003 on January 21, 2014, 06:31:31 PM
 Why advertise?  I like the look of surprise on peoples faces when I pop the hood.



Most car show attendees anymore don't know the difference anyways  :lol:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 23, 2014, 05:07:38 AM
I got the rest of my decals on yesterday. I couldn't be more happy. I was a little reluctant with the shaker decals, but I really like them. The font isn't exact, but is close enough for me. It doesn't look as good in the pictures as it does in person. Overall very happy with the results. I think that the fender decals were a little too close to the door, and should have been more centered, but doesn't look too bad. It was hard to capture the decals inside, but I think once the car is outside they will really pop!

Here are the rest of the decals, and please excuse my car being so dirty.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/12093427534_f8ec87cb7b_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/12093341783_be4475b7ea_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7430/12093422714_cb75befe82_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/12093039405_68d638ac70_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/12093334783_51a404da68_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2870/12093415174_7451c163b6_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5523/12093410364_564d7b4e1d_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/12093325003_65d472a7cb_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/12093671956_3bd8735938_c.jpg)

Cheers,

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: mrbandit on January 23, 2014, 08:19:04 AM
Its amazing how a few stickers can change a look.  Are you going to get a hoodbird still?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: NGRYBRD on January 23, 2014, 10:32:38 AM
ya those look awesome, i think you're right, i was hesitant about the shaker decal too, but i think its far enough away fromthe fender decal so you dont notice the different font.     i think a hood bird in that flat black would look awesome.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 23, 2014, 11:47:36 AM
Are you going to get a hoodbird still?

I haven't decided yet. I want to take it in stages and see how I like this look. If I do put a hood bird on it, it will be flat black just the same as the other decals.

Thanks for the compliments Ngrybrd. Well the Decals on the shaker very closely match the stock decals for the early cars. My car would have said either 400 or 455 on the shaker, in that same font.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: 737driver on January 23, 2014, 01:34:24 PM
I think the deacals look really great! In my opinion I think it would look very good with a screaming chicken on the hood. Either way that is truely a great looking car!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: MD79TA on January 23, 2014, 07:18:42 PM
I like the decals! I go back and forth on hood birds, I think it would look great though!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: nocturneTA on January 23, 2014, 07:37:44 PM
That looks good Ryan.  The shaker looks better than I pictured also.  I dont think you will regret the bird either. 
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Denial101 on January 24, 2014, 08:38:37 PM
Looks great.....
That car wants to come live in Florida....
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on January 25, 2014, 09:04:50 AM
Looks great!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 30, 2014, 08:57:58 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys!!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on January 30, 2014, 09:09:58 PM
After working in the garage all day I realized that I never really cleaned up my car before I put it away and decided to give it a bath! Here it is cleaned up with the new decal on the fender! (oh and the hood is up)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/12230139184_c1e1d15195_c.jpg)

I also had a little time and took care of a little wiring issue that has been bothering me. I never loomed the wiring for this section and I think that it looks so much better.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/12230143234_639e28c646_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/12229909183_8498f6c655_c.jpg)

I also got some speaker upgrades for my car today! Going to replace the no name speakers with the Pioneer units.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/12229735055_3bb5014d40_c.jpg)

All for now!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: 737driver on January 30, 2014, 11:41:15 PM
Very Cool! Looking real good!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Big Block Bird on January 31, 2014, 12:17:02 AM
Looks good man! Any idea where to buy the fender clips for the wiring harness?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: MNBob on January 31, 2014, 09:42:32 AM
Hey Ryan, hope you are doing well.  The paint looks great along with the new decal.

To answer the previous posters question, the loom straps are available at Ames for $1.50 (part no. FP100A).
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Big Block Bird on January 31, 2014, 12:14:47 PM
Hey Ryan, hope you are doing well.  The paint looks great along with the new decal.

To answer the previous posters question, the loom straps are available at Ames for $1.50 (part no. FP100A).

Gratzi. Haha I wasn't sure what their called.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: LeighP on January 31, 2014, 07:30:57 PM
Car's looking great....love those decals on it!

I notice no seal on the shaker scoop to keep water out.......I used pinchweld (find it as seals on van doors, usually) on my shaker....worked great.

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m195/TA76400/Projects/finishedscoopfmRR.jpg) (http://s104.photobucket.com/user/TA76400/media/Projects/finishedscoopfmRR.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 01, 2014, 10:49:32 AM
Thanks Leigh, I actually have a shaker seal for it, but I need to modify the shaker base that I made down slightly and forward slightly to allow for the perfect placement. Currently, if I put a shaker seal on it the motor doesn't even shake! I also need to drill the hole for the drain.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: LeighP on February 02, 2014, 12:56:47 AM
 :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on February 02, 2014, 02:28:41 AM
Just drill some holes in those motor mounts.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 03, 2014, 08:43:21 AM
Just drill some holes in those motor mounts.
I know, I just need to slot the brackets that I made in order to perfectly position the shaker. Just need to take the time to do it, lol.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: DEIVIONCRX on February 03, 2014, 02:02:46 PM
I was going for the random holes so it will move around more but whatever works. lol
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: 78TA_In87 on February 09, 2014, 04:39:56 PM
Hey ryeguy2006a,

I've had this thread bookmarked for a few weeks now, using it whenever I wanted access to this website.  I've finally created an account an just wanted to say how I thoroughly enjoyed reading your entire thread.  Your car is sooooooo AWESOME!!!   You did a fantastic job documenting the work you've done on your TA!!  I wish I had your skills and patiences!!  Enjoy!!

Peter
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: Pistol Pete 1717 on February 09, 2014, 10:15:09 PM
Your looks awesome, I am in the process of building my 78, you gave me a lot of great idea's, I will post some pics soon. I just installed my new Ride tech suspension, it looks great.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on February 10, 2014, 09:33:07 AM
Hey ryeguy2006a,

I've had this thread bookmarked for a few weeks now, using it whenever I wanted access to this website.  I've finally created an account an just wanted to say how I thoroughly enjoyed reading your entire thread.  Your car is sooooooo AWESOME!!!   You did a fantastic job documenting the work you've done on your TA!!  I wish I had your skills and patiences!!  Enjoy!!

Peter

Thank you, I appreciate the compliments. Lots of work went into the car. I am getting the itch for spring to come so I can drive it!

Your looks awesome, I am in the process of building my 78, you gave me a lot of great idea's, I will post some pics soon. I just installed my new Ride tech suspension, it looks great.

I would love to put the Ridetech on my car, I am saving up now for the rear 4 link system! Please post up your pictures of the installation!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 07, 2014, 07:50:10 AM
After a long tortured week of being on the fence of letting the car go or keeping it, I decided to let the car go to a new owner. I have had a lot of good memories with the car, and have very much enjoyed owning the car. I came to the realization that I have taken the car from a thought in my mind of what I wanted the car to be, into a beautiful machine that is a work of art. As much as I love the car, I would also really like to build another car, and I don't have the cash flow to start another project.

I have gained so much from this site over the years, and give a lot of the credit in building my car to this forum and it's members. I will keep this build thread and its pictures up for others as inspiration. I am very proud of what I have build and the fact that it was desired by others makes me know that I did a good job. I will start my search for a new project and I am unsure of the direction I will be going with. It will be fun searching for the new project and then creating my vision into the car.

Here are the last pictures I took of the car as it was leaving on the trailer. I am happy that I was able to give the car new life, and it will live on for another 40 years!!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/12989183283_59b62ebf0e_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3517/12989055345_7b98319877_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/12989051885_b0be4c94c4_c.jpg)

Thanks to everyone that helped with my build, whether it be advice, parts, knowledge, or any other contribution.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: NGRYBRD on March 07, 2014, 08:29:35 AM
its sad to see it go, even for us, its like watching a kid grow up and leave home. you did an incredible job on the car. make sure you let us know what you end up with as your next project.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: BARRACUDA1968 on March 07, 2014, 08:33:17 AM
Hard to see them go sometimes but if you're ready for a new project them it's time to move on.  It was fun watching your build and when you start another project let us know what it is.

Brett
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: mrbandit on March 07, 2014, 11:43:29 AM
Was it the decals that made the difference?  This project has made such an impact on all of us and I'm proud to say that I've put parts on that TA and helped some.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: LeighP on March 07, 2014, 12:19:57 PM
Totally understand.
Is the new owner going to drop in here?
Good luck on the new project.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: BAN on March 07, 2014, 08:28:05 PM
Man that last picture of it ready to leave is just gut wrenching.    So glad you had us on for the ride, it was a great one!

I agree more than ever...   Its odd. As soon as a car i build becomes reliable.. it just ends up collecting dust while i fix up a busted POS thats parked next to it, what kinda messed up hobby is this!  :???:

Good luck with the next one... can't wait!  Don't be affraid to even just share your thoughts on what you might do next, before you pull the trigger.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: MD79TA on March 07, 2014, 10:45:34 PM
Thank you for sharing all that you have done. Your build serves as inspiration for many, including me!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: duffinatur on March 15, 2014, 01:13:18 AM
Hey Ryan,
It's tough to let them go sometimes, but if you're anything like me you enjoy the build as much as the driving.
I had a tough decision to make when I was selling my Cobra, but eventually came to the same decision you did about
your TA, so I know a little about letting go of a long term, loved, finished project.  Keep us informed about your next project,
no matter what it is...you've been a terrific help to me in many of my decisions regarding my current build and I reference
your build thread often.  A hearty thanks,
Duff
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - New Decals!
Post by: werks on March 17, 2014, 01:40:38 PM
Totally understand.
Is the new owner going to drop in here?
Good luck on the new project.
Im here 8-) I have a few ideas on where to go from here. I've already picked up a few parts for it. I aim to take it to the next level and make it more my own. I'll make a build thread once I get to working on the car, after the weather breaks of course. I have a few other projects in the mean time that take priority ('69 Corvette Vert, '72 Olds 442) but hopefully things will start happening in the spring.

-Brad
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: LeighP on March 17, 2014, 01:44:40 PM
Good to see you here, Brad....I'm sure everyone will be interested on what you have planned.  :grin:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: mrbandit on March 17, 2014, 01:47:46 PM
Trans Am's and 442's....my favorite!  Welcome to TAC Brad!

As soon as you get 10 posts the classifieds section will become available.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - 7-2-2013 New Headers with ground clearance
Post by: duffinatur on July 20, 2014, 11:32:41 PM


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/9224875545_b51ef58b34_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/9224875545/)
Ryan,
How did you end up connecting this to you Hooker headers?  Are these slip fit with a clamp? 
I have the same headers and have started thinking about exhaust/O2/hangers, etc.
Thanks,
Duff
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 01, 2014, 05:33:28 AM
With the new job I haven't been able to get on as much as I like. Yes, they are a slip fit design and I attached them with stainless steel band clamps. They worked great and gave a leak free seal. I would however do it a little differently if I had to re-do it. I would add one of the re-usable style fittings. Such as a ball and socket design.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on August 01, 2014, 05:34:18 AM
A little late I know, but here is a video walk around of my Trans Am a few months before I got rid of it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98271343@N03/14776924534/
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 23, 2016, 07:42:08 PM
Hard to believe it has been over two years since I sold the '76 T/A...
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: MD79TA on March 23, 2016, 08:03:53 PM
You did a great job on it,  looks like your new 68 will be great as well.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: Headintheclouds on March 26, 2016, 04:59:01 PM
Would have been cool to see those Grey honeycombs on it. Such a nice 76!
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 09, 2016, 01:29:26 PM
Thought I would keep this thread alive, even though it's not mine any longer. :???: I got these photos of the car from the owner when I was texting him recently. He pulled the wheels off that I had, and put on the 17" Honeycomb wheels. I am really regretting that I didn't put those on when I owned it!!

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7368/27566751755_163514865e_b.jpg)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7167/26957053884_f222f03f5e_b.jpg)

Thought you all may like to see this.

Ryan
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: cal30_sniper on June 09, 2016, 02:31:57 PM
Thought I would keep this thread alive, even though it's not mine any longer. :???: I got these photos of the car from the owner when I was texting him recently. He pulled the wheels off that I had, and put on the 17" Honeycomb wheels. I am really regretting that I didn't put those on when I owned it!!

Would have looked even better with 17" Honeycombs, but the 17" Snowflakes don't look too bad... :-P

How's the new project coming?
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: 79merlin on June 09, 2016, 07:36:34 PM
Looks great, but if it were mine I would add some body side molding down those side panels. To tie in the black and polished from the wheels, and to break up the sea of grey a bit...


Todd
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on June 10, 2016, 09:55:55 AM
Yeah, I am up in the air with the honeycomb wheels or the snowflakes, but either way that is the style wheel it needed.

The new project is going pretty well. I'm doing a lot of rust repairs, but that is what you get for buying cars in Upstate, NY. Nearing the end, and hoping to start on the LS swap soon.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on July 07, 2017, 10:11:14 AM
Sorry for the loss of all the pictures.....seems Photobucket has gone into the Protection Racket....they're now forcing you to buy a very expensive plan (try $400 a year) to allow/restore photo linking / embedding. I'm not paying.

Copying the quote from Leigh's thread because it is the same situation for me. If you need anything or have a question, just shoot me a PM. It's really unfortunate that they decided to go this direction... Some of the more recent stuff is still up because I switched to Flickr, but all the old stuff is missing.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 15, 2017, 08:54:25 AM
The ~original fix seems to be working for now. I updated all my photos so they are visible again.
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 05, 2019, 08:23:41 AM
Blows my mind that I sold this car 5 years ago last month! Just went back through the thread to go down memory lane.  :cool:
Title: Re: 1976 T/A Resto-Mod LS1/T56 swap - off to a new home
Post by: MD79TA on April 19, 2019, 02:28:05 PM
I still read it from time to time, excellent work man!