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Title: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 28, 2015, 02:13:44 PM
A few other car forums I've been on have a thread like this, and I'm kind of surprised not to see one here.  More or less it's a thread for posting things you did to or for your car, and for those that don't have a project thread it's a good way of sharing what you're doing.  So here we go!

Today I(actually this last weekend) finally changed the leaky valve cover gaskets on my Firebird.  The previous owner thought slathering cork gaskets in silicone and then over tightening them was a good idea...  So of course a 10-20 minute job turned into an all day ordeal.  On the bright side I was welcomed by nice and clean engine internals and lots of new parts, so it's nice to know at least he was honest about the rebuild.
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Post by: 428 78T/A on April 28, 2015, 04:49:35 PM
Finally fixed a tranny leak. Now I'll be able to drive it for more than ten minutes before I worry about it catching on fire.
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Post by: 72projectbird on April 28, 2015, 04:55:06 PM
Today I started deconstruction of the 71 (again) for a new heart!

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20150428_172330_zpsfbmfidh4.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20150428_172330_zpsfbmfidh4.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on April 28, 2015, 05:24:22 PM
Finally fixed a tranny leak. Now I'll be able to drive it for more than ten minutes before I worry about it catching on fire.
Know how you feel, that's how it'd gotten with the valve covers.  At first it wasn't so bad, but when it got to the point oil was smoking and popping on the exhaust I decided it might be time to go ahead and tackle it. :P  In the process I got a PCV system setup in lieu of a breather cap, so happy about that as well.

Today I started deconstruction of the 71 (again) for a new heart!
Woo!  So what's going in?
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Post by: 72projectbird on April 28, 2015, 06:55:35 PM

Today I started deconstruction of the 71 (again) for a new heart!
Woo!  So what's going in?

6.0 LQ4  8)
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Post by: jonathonar89 on April 28, 2015, 07:03:17 PM

Today I started deconstruction of the 71 (again) for a new heart!
Woo!  So what's going in?

6.0 LQ4  8)

^This guy and his LS engines haha jk
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Post by: b3nny on April 28, 2015, 08:17:33 PM
Actually i just replaced a leaky fuel pump on the old 403 last night. So thats New PS pump and Pressure Hose and Fuel pump done. 2 out of 3 leaks taken care of.
WOOhooo!
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Post by: Dreamn2 on April 28, 2015, 08:41:58 PM
Ordered new fuel lines for the Formula
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Post by: hakitup on April 29, 2015, 09:02:36 AM
Started removing the warped headliner to install the new plastic board correct vinyl style.

Tom H
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 29, 2015, 10:14:20 AM
Car related, nothing....

But I did get into an argument with the water company because they couldn't give me a definitive date on fixing the water main running to my house.

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Post by: 76455sd on April 29, 2015, 11:19:01 AM
Car related, nothing....

But I did get into an argument with the water company because they couldn't give me a definitive date on fixing the water main running to my house.

fixing the main! :shock:  Is it broken and leaking?!?
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Post by: EOD9339 on April 29, 2015, 11:42:10 AM
Came across a 58 Pontiac Chieftain, removed the rear for the previous owner, listed it for sale. Drove the TA to a local car show Saturday with the t-tops off and no A/C while thinking of Box  :shock:
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Post by: Casey on April 29, 2015, 01:58:12 PM
Not sure how to feel about that. :eek:
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Post by: Ben on April 29, 2015, 03:01:27 PM
Came across a 58 Pontiac Chieftain, removed the rear for the previous owner, listed it for sale.
I'm seriously jealous of that '58 and am lusting hard after it. No rear & storage of such makes it a dilemma ;-)
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Post by: Casey on April 29, 2015, 03:20:18 PM
Having too many doors made it an easy choice for me. :P  I have enough things to do with the Firebird anyhow. 

At the moment thinking about repainting the Rally II rims and polishing out the beauty rings.  The previous owner painted them body colour and black, not too crazy about it.  Thinking do the rim itself solid gloss black and then the nicely polished beauty rings to set it off.  At least it'll look better than how it is now. :P
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Post by: pozarcar on April 29, 2015, 07:07:38 PM
Bought new amber parking light bulbs in preparation for putting the newly painted nose back on my 78 SE this Sunday and driving it from PA to a garage I have rented near my house in Northern VA so I can enjoy the car for the summer.
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Post by: 70TA Tony on April 29, 2015, 07:48:38 PM
All I had time to do was to look at the cars as I went thru the garage to get to the truck.
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Post by: EOD9339 on April 30, 2015, 05:35:10 AM
Came across a 58 Pontiac Chieftain, removed the rear for the previous owner, listed it for sale.
I'm seriously jealous of that '58 and am lusting hard after it. No rear & storage of such makes it a dilemma ;-)

Dude the car is very solid. PM me an offer, you never know what I'll do :-)
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 30, 2015, 12:20:21 PM
Car related, nothing....

But I did get into an argument with the water company because they couldn't give me a definitive date on fixing the water main running to my house.

fixing the main! :shock:  Is it broken and leaking?!?

Yes and no.  The main INSIDE is leaking right before the shutoff valve.  Not a bad leak but it's there.  The main OUTSIDE has a physically broken shutoff valve, which means the water company couldn't even shut of my water so I could fix my own leak.

The situation has been resolved but I had to get loud with a few people to get things done.

So, lol, today I....  Went to work.  I'm still here lol.  Come on 4:30!
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 30, 2015, 05:10:20 PM
Put my rallies with a pair of white letter BFGs on my car
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/image_zps61bf9b75.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/image_zps61bf9b75.jpg.html)

Not a good photo but you get the idea,
And cleaned out out the inside of the body
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/image_zps9160a0bf.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/image_zps9160a0bf.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on April 30, 2015, 07:10:06 PM
I love Alabama's lack of inspections. :P
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Post by: FormTA on April 30, 2015, 07:48:38 PM
Today I thought about working on the formula..... Ended up working on my new dock so its ready when I go up to the lake.
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Post by: Lev on April 30, 2015, 09:02:33 PM
I gathered and prep'd a bunch of parts to sand blast this Saturday Then its paint or powder coat.
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Post by: rkellerjr on April 30, 2015, 09:35:52 PM
Got a lot done this evening, see my thread....

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.msg654139#new
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Post by: Pontiac_SE on May 01, 2015, 03:20:23 AM
Yesterday I actually changed my rear wheel bearings, now I can hear the radio!!
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on May 01, 2015, 05:15:07 AM
Nothing yet.  Just woke up 15 mins ago.  Had to call off because I'm STILL waiting on the water company to shut this EFFING valve off.

This BS will get fixed correctly today if I have to grab a shovel and a torch, myself!
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Post by: 62hotcat on May 01, 2015, 07:04:48 AM
Today I finished up the brake booster install on our 1978 y-88.
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Post by: roadking77 on May 01, 2015, 02:27:22 PM
I love Alabama's lack of inspections. :P
Must be a lot of safe cars on the road :shock:
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Post by: roadking77 on May 01, 2015, 02:28:40 PM
Not today but yesterday, received a special package in the mail!! My dash bezel from Randy :grin:
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Post by: EOD9339 on May 01, 2015, 03:52:49 PM
I love Alabama's lack of inspections. :P
Must be a lot of safe cars on the road :shock:

Actually I've lived in PA (inspection state) and Alabama (non-inspection) Really no difference in the safety of the cars. They are in better shape down here because no snow and salt. I've never seen or heard of an accident down here due to an unsafe car. The inspection process isn't saving anyone, it's just another way for the state to take your money.
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Post by: Casey on May 01, 2015, 08:05:28 PM
Don't forget your time.  Yep, but the flipside to that is there are laws for minimum tread wear, rotor thickness, etc... that if you were pulled over you could get a ticket for, that or in the event of an accident that was because of faulty equipment that plays into that as well.
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Post by: Pontiac_SE on May 02, 2015, 06:02:48 AM
Today I bought some 4" speakers to mount in the dash...
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Post by: pancho400cid on May 02, 2015, 08:45:13 AM
... started loving you again...  ??????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PY2yW9Biyo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PY2yW9Biyo)
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Post by: 72projectbird on May 02, 2015, 10:56:55 AM
The inspection process isn't saving anyone, it's just another way for the state to take your money.

x2. Our inspections are $35 now, and they're every single year.  :x
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Post by: Casey on May 02, 2015, 11:29:22 AM
Picked up the air cleaner assembly from a '79 350 C-10 for the Firebird. Suppose can use it to make a cowl induction or cold air setup. That or what I'd really like to do is find a shaker lid, cut a templated hole into my hood, and then make a functional shaker assembly.  Though from what I've read I'll need the relatively rare 305 lid to work, but if a 301/400/403 works and it's an issue of fitment I could live with that.  All I know is it's not liking the tiny open air element filter with the hood closed, so anything will be better really. Of course it has lots of surface rust, but nothing that can't be easily taken care of. I did notice the lid gasket that seals onto the base was in good shape/new so that's a bonus.
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Post by: another10th on May 02, 2015, 12:12:23 PM
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn223/another10th/photos%20for%20posting/5-2-15_zpss5fslxkw.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/another10th/media/photos%20for%20posting/5-2-15_zpss5fslxkw.jpg.html)

Cleaned it up and went for a drive. Nothing better than burning gas with nowhere to go!
Maybe hit the local cruise-in tonight.
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Post by: Casey on May 02, 2015, 02:48:51 PM
Your car is so nice. 8-)
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Post by: rkellerjr on May 02, 2015, 02:57:01 PM
Did some more restoration work on my thread....

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new
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Post by: roadking77 on May 02, 2015, 05:10:07 PM
Sorry, I was being a bit sarcastic, MD only has inspections when you get your tags, but we do have emissions insp which is a load of crap. Just another revenue source.
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Post by: Casey on May 02, 2015, 06:16:17 PM
Here we just hand over money and proof of insurance and outside of that they don't care, it's great. :P

So I went to Wally-World and bought Rustoleum epoxy paint to refinish the Rally II rims and perhaps the air cleaner assembly, I suppose I know what my next project will be.  Also fuel is back up to $2.80 a gallon, which doesn't seem bad until you remember it only gets you 12 miles down the road.
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Post by: Importsmasher on May 02, 2015, 06:35:55 PM
I replaced an exhaust hanger on my 66 GTO, and started cutting up my 73 Ventura parts car....

Importsmasher
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Post by: another10th on May 03, 2015, 06:09:41 AM
Your car is so nice. 8-)

Thank you for saying so. It was a long road to get it like this, but I'm enjoying it now.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on May 03, 2015, 05:13:29 PM
Today, I wanted to finish up the parking brake setup on my T/A and perhaps start sandblasting the exhaust.  Yeah...... this was not to happen!

I ended up putting new gutters on my house  :shock:  (Trust me, it needed it!)

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Post by: Casey on May 03, 2015, 05:26:54 PM
Took an hour to readjust my choke because the holding ring had seized to the cap, and I had already warmed the engine to set it before I realized it.  So that was fun. :roll:  Wasn't too far off, but it had been since January that I last set it.
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Post by: Casey on May 04, 2015, 10:02:00 PM
So, bought something for the Firebird today. A fairly rare shaker scoop off a 305 Trans Am, to find a complete scoop/base/retainer that isn't hacked up and in fairly good shape I couldn't pass it up.  I have my brother's hood to make a template so I can cut mine out, unless I happen to find a hood local for stupid cheap.  Read something about bracing being different on shaker hoods, but I'll get a good look at my brother's hood and replicate it as best I can.

The shaker really makes the car for me, sitting in the car and seeing it rock back and forth and then when you get on it seeing the scoop lean to the side is just the coolest thing ever. I like the full Trans Am bodywork, but at the same time I like the streamlined look of the base bird. I think with just the spoiler and scoop it'll look pretty good, and it'll be a little different.
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Post by: 72projectbird on May 05, 2015, 01:41:36 PM
Today I made a mess

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20150504_184957_zpsjdalkyu7.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20150504_184957_zpsjdalkyu7.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on May 17, 2015, 09:47:31 PM
Today/Yesterday I did this:
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150517_133904_zpscebgp4rf.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150517_133904_zpscebgp4rf.jpg.html)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150517_133827_zps4guywqpv.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150517_133827_zps4guywqpv.jpg.html)

Much better than the tiny open air element that was on it.  It's a lot happier with the cooler air, go figure. :P  Next will be restoring the shaker and either finding a hood or modifying mine.
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Post by: Jack on May 18, 2015, 06:17:12 AM
Picked up the air cleaner assembly from a '79 350 C-10 for the Firebird. Suppose can use it to make a cowl induction or cold air setup. That or what I'd really like to do is find a shaker lid, cut a templated hole into my hood, and then make a functional shaker assembly.  Though from what I've read I'll need the relatively rare 305 lid to work, but if a 301/400/403 works and it's an issue of fitment I could live with that.  All I know is it's not liking the tiny open air element filter with the hood closed, so anything will be better really. Of course it has lots of surface rust, but nothing that can't be easily taken care of. I did notice the lid gasket that seals onto the base was in good shape/new so that's a bonus.

It's best to get a shaker hood (plenty around) and not deal with adding bracing to make your hood to work.
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Post by: Casey on May 18, 2015, 12:49:56 PM
Ideally that's what I'd like to do, but finding a hood locally in decent enough shape where they don't want a small fortune comes into play as well.  As long as there aren't any holes or the like I could work with it.  That's ok, the fun part is figuring out how to paint the shaker and another hood to look ok against faded red paint.
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Post by: 737driver on May 19, 2015, 12:50:10 AM
Today I got the RA exhaust headers installed, with the motor installed it is a real chore. Got some other stuff done as well including installing the O2 sensor and bolting up the exhaust. Just a few more steps until I start it up with the EFI!
Jim
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Post by: roadking77 on May 19, 2015, 11:23:23 AM
Ideally that's what I'd like to do, but finding a hood locally in decent enough shape where they don't want a small fortune comes into play as well.  As long as there aren't any holes or the like I could work with it.  That's ok, the fun part is figuring out how to paint the shaker and another hood to look ok against faded red paint.
You could do the old mach 1/ mopar look and go satin black on the hood.
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Post by: Casey on May 19, 2015, 01:17:29 PM
I had thought about that.  Rust-Oleum has this just for such occasions: http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/auto/specialty-paints/matte-finish

Though I plan on painting the Rally II rims in that gloss black epoxy paint, so I'm not sure how varying shininesses of black would work out.
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Post by: Casey on May 22, 2015, 06:30:17 PM
Covered some plywood and made a hatrack cover panel:
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150522_184404_zpslgce9631.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150522_184404_zpslgce9631.jpg.html)
Think I did a fairly good job considering this was my first time doing such a thing.  If anything it looks better than the velour that was just tossed onto it.
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Post by: Pontiac_SE on May 23, 2015, 01:07:41 PM
I realized that I have "movie cars" in my garage and thought I should take a picture of them... Yeah I know I'm a nerd   :P
(http://i1151.photobucket.com/albums/o633/Ponte79/Mobile%20Uploads/81AEBDAD-EDDA-4BF7-9FEA-5D46FD08C089.jpg) (http://s1151.photobucket.com/user/Ponte79/media/Mobile%20Uploads/81AEBDAD-EDDA-4BF7-9FEA-5D46FD08C089.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on May 23, 2015, 04:45:11 PM
Your Charger needs a big blower sticking out of the hood. :P
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Post by: Pontiac_SE on May 23, 2015, 04:53:49 PM
Yeah I think that too  :P
Actually it's my friends car "Bullit" charger, I have just mounted a Keisler TKO gear box in it.. It's a really mean car, stroked 440 very difficult to drive  8)
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Post by: Casey on May 23, 2015, 05:01:46 PM
I was thinking Bullet at first, but I think the F&F version is probably more famous these days.  After all the Highland Green fastback Mustang was the star of Bullet anyway. :P
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Post by: Casey on July 07, 2015, 01:38:57 PM
Time to bring this one back from the dead.  Did this on Sunday:
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150706_143206_zpsvtvrbpde.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150706_143206_zpsvtvrbpde.jpg.html)

Thanks again to JLeeAU on here for meeting up and trading even with me.
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Post by: Casey on July 07, 2015, 02:29:52 PM
Some more pics in front of Django the Durango:
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150707_144716_zpsjqcppzfv.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150707_144716_zpsjqcppzfv.jpg.html)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20150707_144821_zpsqq3dfsau.jpg) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/rezisehtnys/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150707_144821_zpsqq3dfsau.jpg.html)
I think it looks pretty good with the black hood and shaker, and just having the shaker and spoiler without the rest of the Trans Am attire.  I still need to get around to painting the rims solid black and polishing out the beauty rings, but not happening in this heat and humidity...
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Post by: Spoon on July 07, 2015, 08:41:23 PM
x2
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Post by: Jack on July 07, 2015, 08:57:59 PM
I would paint the trunk lid black as well... will look real nice.
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Post by: Spoon on July 07, 2015, 09:23:57 PM
Oops, I meant the x2 in regards to the TATA back on page 1 but I screwed up my post. But I like the black hood too, Box  :-D
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Post by: Soldier905 on July 07, 2015, 10:20:20 PM
Jumped the starter solenoid to be able just to turn the 301t over for the first time in awhile  .
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Post by: Casey on July 07, 2015, 10:28:01 PM
Thanks Spoon.

Jack I was thinking about doing the spoiler in black to match, kind of have the AAR 'Cuda vibe going for it.  I had thought about the decklid and maybe the trim piece above that as well, and leaving the spoiler red.  That or just leave it be, can't really decide.  Guess shall think it over some along with which rear gear to go with.
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Post by: jonathonar89 on July 07, 2015, 10:38:17 PM
Thanks Spoon.

Jack I was thinking about doing the spoiler in black to match, kind of have the AAR 'Cuda vibe going for it.  I had thought about the decklid and maybe the trim piece above that as well, and leaving the spoiler red.  That or just leave it be, can't really decide.  Guess shall think it over some along with which rear gear to go with.

My trunk lid is a rust free one from a black camaro.  Looks good with the spoiler still being body color.
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Post by: Casey on July 07, 2015, 11:01:49 PM
I think I might try doing some PhotoShop to get a better idea of what I want to do.  The only part of doing the decklid too was then I'd really want to do the roof somehow to tie it all in.  If it were a T-top car with tinted tops I'd be leaning towards that more.
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Post by: roadking77 on July 08, 2015, 06:31:17 PM
Good work Box, looks good :-D
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Post by: Casey on July 08, 2015, 07:41:32 PM
Thanks roadking. :-D  I'm trying my best to do things right by it with a limited budget.  At the very least I'm making it better than how I got it little by little.  Still trying to decide on the decklid or spoiler in black, or just leaving it be.

Right now I'm trying to figure out which torque converter stall I have.  I looked at my brother's 301 car and it's blue.  Mine looks like this bronze colour.  I tried getting ahold of the previous owner to ask where he got it or if it just came with the trans, but I guess number has changed or something.  Guess I'll be looking around Jegs and Summit trying to find something that looks similar.  Plus I need to figure out which gear set to go to, I'm stuck between the 3.08 trying to keep highway manners ok or the 3.42 taking as much strain off the trans and converter as possible.  3.23 would be a bit of a compromise I suppose.
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Post by: Lev on July 08, 2015, 09:37:05 PM
Actually it was Saturday, spent the day TxTransAms. Watched a car get painted, excellent work, learned a lot. Great times. Picked up my wheel spoilers. Thanks David
Hey Joe how you doing?
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 09, 2015, 10:27:02 AM
This was Sunday/Monday.  Tore off the rear brakes on my Camry to figure out what was making a SQUEEAALLLLL and then GRRIIIIIINNNNDDDD.....  Uhmmm frozen caliper.  That turned into replacing caliper, pads, rotors, hydraulic and hard brake lines, and tons of cursing and wasted time.

Brake line flaring tool broke, sliced open my hand and smashed one of my fingers.  Broken piece came back and missed hitting me square in the eye by a mere 16th of an inch.  NOT a good time.

Now, here's the part that pissed me off:  I had to go to a junkyard to find these parts because they are ridiculously priced brand new.  Before even entering the gate, I see a guy in open-toed sandals walk right past the guard.  There's a HUGE sign out front that strictly forbids several things in the yard, including open-toed shoes.  I pointed it out to the guard and he just shrugged it off.  Then, he insisted I open my toolbox for inspection.

I said something about that, too.  "So you're worried more about checking my toolbox for torches and jacks that DON'T have, than about the sandal clad idiot losing a toe and suing??"

The guard just gave me a dopey smile and said move along. 

Now, since I know the manager there, I brought this incident up.  He had the same attitude as the guard.

I'm done trying to be nice at that place.
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Post by: Casey on July 09, 2015, 11:52:09 AM
Sorry to hear you got so much slack out of your car and then the idiots at the yard.

That's ok, I got my FIRST driving citation last night because apparently my brother let the tag expire on the Durango and it'd be just my luck that an officer with nothing better to do would be right behind me at the stop sign...  I even asked the officer shouldn't it be in his name, but of course not since I was the one driving it...  Beyond pissed is an understatement, I know I'm sure as Hell not paying it as it's bad enough it ruined my perfect record.
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Post by: Casey on July 09, 2015, 07:23:31 PM
As if things couldn't get any better turns out the transmission in the Firebird is trashed after all.  "Thankfully" I was only stranded two miles away from the house when it decided to let go and I was able to limp it back home.  I give up.
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Post by: Casey on July 10, 2015, 10:44:51 AM
Yep, Drive is completely gone now.  I was doing about 40 when it happened, engine just started free-revving so I bumped into second thinking it was an issue with third.  Goes into second with no improvement, just higher revs.  Stop and check fluid it's full but burnt.  Only two miles from the house and the trans is trashed anyway so I just limped it in first to make it home, I wasn't about to throw more money down the drain on a two mile tow trip...  Reverse still works perfectly fine though, so at least that'll make loading it up onto someone's trailer easier...

I guess I'm glad it happened before I went through the trouble and expense of doing a rear swap and trans cooler install...
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Post by: droptopron on July 10, 2015, 12:31:32 PM
Did an experiment.  I have a one car attached garage.  When I put the car away after using it my wife carries on that the house stinks of gas & fumes.  She didn't know I used it so I put it away and put my DD in the driveway like I used that. 
When she came home not a word about any stink.  Shocking I know. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: campbellshotrods on July 10, 2015, 03:09:21 PM
Picked up my original (off another car) RH quarter panel from the sandblaster's. Now I get to try and cleanly trim it, as well as remove the quarter from my car and trim it, so the two parts can become one. At least this piece, although not perfect, will actually fit my car unlike the aftermarket garbage I've been working with.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on July 10, 2015, 03:40:08 PM
...brought home another old junk 'bird.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 10, 2015, 03:58:56 PM
...brought home another old junk 'bird.
I know the feeling. :mad:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 10, 2015, 05:20:21 PM
The woman and I went for ice cream after dinner (pizza).  All I can say is good thing we have two bathrooms.  Whole way home we were both sick as dogs.  Getting old sucks.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 10, 2015, 06:33:47 PM
That sucks, nothing like paying good money for food poisoning...  If you're not already taking acidophilus you might try grabbing some and taking it to try and get your digestive systems back in whack.

There's an older gentleman that's stopped and asked about the Firebird at least five or six times that I know of.  Last time was the day or two before I swapped hoods and put the shaker on.  I guess I'll give him a call tomorrow and see about selling it to him, the second or third time he actually pulled into the yard and said how he had a shop and would go through everything anyway so a burnt out forward clutch shouldn't be more than he can handle.  I just got done looking through and the parts for a 4-speed conversion aren't so bad; a new clutch kit, linkage, flywheel, and mount is some $300 shipped.  The problem comes in at actually finding the transmission and how much they cost.  Not much cheaper than the T56...  I wish a T5 would work and hold up, but then comes the issue of finding one out of a third gen V8 car for the proper spline count and bellhousing.  I guess it was fun while it lasted, I'm not sure what I'll get next but I do know it'll have three pedals and a lever protruding from the trans tunnel.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 10, 2015, 08:11:47 PM
That sucks, nothing like paying good money for food poisoning...  If you're not already taking acidophilus you might try grabbing some and taking it to try and get your digestive systems back in whack.



LOL!  Nah man it wasn't food poisoning.  Neither one of us can handle ice cream all that well anymore.  Both of us have had surgeries that have affected the way our bodies digest things.  This was, of course, YEARS ago and we are both fine, but some foods just don't agree with either of us anymore.   I cannot eat bacon anymore.  At All.  It will make me violently ill.  Same with her and orange juice. 

Good thing beer and pizza are not on the "do not eat" list, lol.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 10, 2015, 10:34:02 PM
Bacon/greasy foods would make me think gall bladder.  If it's just ice cream it could be the high content of butter fats and lactose could be causing issues.  Orange juice is a strange one though.

I'd still look into the acidophilus and/or some of the yogurts out there if you can handle them.  A few years back I all of a sudden couldn't eat much of anything, I had stabbing and burning pain throughout my abdomen that lasted for about a year.  It came out of nowhere suddenly one day, everyone thought it was an ulcer they but never found anything.  My grandfather who's had digestive problems most of his life suggested the acidophilus after mentioning it to him one time I was visiting.  Since it had helped him some and I figured I had nothing to lose I gave it a go.  After about two months of taking it I gradually got better until the pain was finally gone and my appetite was back, that was years ago so if it was anything outside of a bacterial imbalance it must've magically went away.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 13, 2015, 06:20:58 AM
Bought some SFC for my T/A at GoodGuys. They'll be put on same time the floors are being replaced.
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpse63286ab.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpse63286ab.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 13, 2015, 10:05:44 AM
I know my car has bigger issues than wheels and tail lights  but I did my tailights today. I'm doing my Rally IIs tomorrow. These tailights were actually a previous owners idea but I think they'll go good with the white and blue theme of the car. Thoughts?
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps33b904cf.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps33b904cf.jpg.html)
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 13, 2015, 12:19:33 PM
Bacon/greasy foods would make me think gall bladder.  If it's just ice cream it could be the high content of butter fats and lactose could be causing issues.  Orange juice is a strange one though.



You are exactly correct.  I had my gall bladder removed about 7 years ago.

Back OT.  Wasn't today, but last Saturday, I had to dig a trench to run a drainpipe off a downspout from the front of my garage.  Hopefully, this will solve the drainage problem and thereby prevent further damage to my driveway.

Today, I got up at 4:25, did a workout, got ready for work, and now lol here I sit.  Hey, it's "burrito Monday!"  That means the woman and I will be going out to dinner  :grin:
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Post by: Casey on July 13, 2015, 12:39:54 PM
If you do it like the '69 Trans Am where it was white with blue accents and interior I think it'll look right.
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Post by: 77 TA man on July 13, 2015, 01:33:03 PM
If you do it like the '69 Trans Am where it was white with blue accents and interior I think it'll look right.
Thats what the plan is, Blue interior, Blue Bird/decals, Blue Rally IIs, Blue tailights. I might do the "PONTIAC" emblem on the driverside grill in Blue w/silver lettering but not sure how that one would look.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ddman on July 15, 2015, 01:30:04 PM
Well we finally had a break in the rain so this morning I decided to wash the ol girl. Paint is not the best but I still like cleaning it up.


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g7/ddman_2006/trans%20am%2080/94DC6CBF-79C8-409B-8617-B72DE9DEA35B.jpg) (http://s52.photobucket.com/user/ddman_2006/media/trans%20am%2080/94DC6CBF-79C8-409B-8617-B72DE9DEA35B.jpg.html)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g7/ddman_2006/trans%20am%2080/AFC26FA5-C394-4F75-9A1A-84B063BC2556.jpg) (http://s52.photobucket.com/user/ddman_2006/media/trans%20am%2080/AFC26FA5-C394-4F75-9A1A-84B063BC2556.jpg.html)
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Post by: jonathonar89 on July 15, 2015, 02:42:02 PM
Well we finally had a break in the rain so this morning I decided to wash the ol girl. Paint is not the best but I still like cleaning it up.


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g7/ddman_2006/trans%20am%2080/94DC6CBF-79C8-409B-8617-B72DE9DEA35B.jpg) (http://s52.photobucket.com/user/ddman_2006/media/trans%20am%2080/94DC6CBF-79C8-409B-8617-B72DE9DEA35B.jpg.html)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g7/ddman_2006/trans%20am%2080/AFC26FA5-C394-4F75-9A1A-84B063BC2556.jpg) (http://s52.photobucket.com/user/ddman_2006/media/trans%20am%2080/AFC26FA5-C394-4F75-9A1A-84B063BC2556.jpg.html)

Your paint finish looks like a good one to practice high speed buffing on.  There are many different pads and compounds you can use to make it look better.  N

Nice car
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Post by: Mumbles on July 15, 2015, 05:51:24 PM
Technically this was yesterday, but I wanted to share this...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff392/Cottonwood121/Log%20Ride%202015_zpsdlxjvx2e.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/Cottonwood121/media/Log%20Ride%202015_zpsdlxjvx2e.jpg.html)

This is the my oldest son, my wife and I enjoying The Log Ride at Adventureland in Altoona, IA.  We spent the day there with family and had a BLAST!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 15, 2015, 07:15:28 PM
FINALLY fixed the problem with the brakes on my Camry.  I was hearing a constant grinding noise and couldn't really tell where it was coming from.  Ended up being a loose shim on the rear passenger caliper.  Fixed that and replaced the pads/rotors on the front, too. 

This, however, only lets me know I STILL have an exhaust leak because I can actually hear it now...  :sad:

I like this thread.  It lets my vent my daily frustrations w/out being judged.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 15, 2015, 07:45:41 PM
Yay brakes though!

Not sure about the Camry but the Celica had a flexpipe between the manifold and catalytic converter that could be a source of problems.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ddman on July 15, 2015, 10:47:39 PM
Have wondered about buffing it  it has a lot of rock chips in it though. Maybe some thing ill try.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ddman on July 17, 2015, 07:40:33 PM
Well today I vacuumed it out, going to see a guy in the morning maybe have him buff it. See how that looks. Going to try to find some seat covers where my front seats are ripped so bad. Ill post up some pics when I do.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 21, 2015, 08:39:40 PM
Went to work, then got home and swore I'd get to bed by 9:30.  OK... it's 10:30 as I type this.  Had to go over my mothers house and get some things done, then I decided to finish de-weeding my driveway/curb, then got a troubleshooting call (IT).  Got home around 10 and finally had dinner.  Think I'll go to bed soon...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 21, 2015, 08:54:14 PM
I got a rally painted, think I'll just keep it just a straight blue and not do blue/silver like I wanted.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 21, 2015, 09:31:51 PM
If anything wait until you paint the car and mask off the the raised part of the spokes and do the rim in the matching white.  That'd look pretty sharp.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 21, 2015, 10:03:00 PM
If anything wait until you paint the car and mask off the the raised part of the spokes and do the rim in the matching white.  That'd look pretty sharp.
White paint is going to be wayyyyy down the road. I'm planning on doing it in white primer though, I want paint and decals to be the last things I do so I can get that feel of finally finishing it. Just have to do what I can when I can.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 21, 2015, 10:54:09 PM
Primer won't protect the metal from the elements.  Where some idjit decided he was doing favours by stripping my brother's car down and covering it in primer had spots of rust coming through and it was just fading away.  Best thing to do if on a serious budget would be to buy the Wal-Mart brand white gloss enamel aerosol paint at 96 cents a can and paint it with that until you have the money for a "professionally done" paintjob.  If you do the body and prep work right and then take your time painting it in sections, it'll actually turn out pretty good.  Especially if you lay enough paint to go back and colour sand it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 22, 2015, 05:39:39 AM
Primer won't protect the metal from the elements.  Where some idjit decided he was doing favours by stripping my brother's car down and covering it in primer had spots of rust coming through and it was just fading away.  Best thing to do if on a serious budget would be to buy the Wal-Mart brand white gloss enamel aerosol paint at 96 cents a can and paint it with that until you have the money for a "professionally done" paintjob.  If you do the body and prep work right and then take your time painting it in sections, it'll actually turn out pretty good.  Especially if you lay enough paint to go back and colour sand it.
figured I would put a sealer then primer. Thank god the person who primered my car back in '97-'98 didnt skimp and get the cheap stuff. And that he actually sealed it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 22, 2015, 12:15:03 PM
I forget they have sealers, the hot thing these days is epoxy primer from what I hear.
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Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on July 22, 2015, 06:20:56 PM
well today i, got my engine tore back down. installed new rear main seal, new distributor, new oil pan, crank pulley, water pump, lifters, pushrods, put the engine back together, freshened up the paint a bit, put that on hold, took of drivers side fender. stripped down the subframe and core support, got it in primer and semi gloss black paint. the subframe is getting a ruberized undercoat spray (using a wagner electric sprayer). got my new brake booster assy. re wired some of the wiring harness. cleaned up my starter, started stripping down the fire wall. figured out i had a fender mounted antenna at one point. took out the saginaw and cleaned it up. blasted and sprayed my tie rods and pitman arm. setup a job interview! and now i think its time for a break!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: MD79TA on July 22, 2015, 08:45:33 PM
Today I got 15mpg in my TA. Never thought it would reach that number with out an OD trans.
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Post by: Casey on July 22, 2015, 09:50:47 PM
I'm not sure if you should laugh or cry.  Personally I cried, low teens with 2.41 rear was just sad.  On the way home it got about 6 mpg, almost doubled that after setting it up properly.  Wooo...  Now I need to get really angry with it one day so I can finally call the elderly gentleman and sell it, then buy a fourth gen that won't be much slower but will get a little over twice the mileage.

Guy off eBay is coming by Friday between 2-3 in the afternoon to get the Miata though.  One down one to go.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on July 23, 2015, 04:10:53 AM
Technically this was yesterday, but I wanted to share this...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff392/Cottonwood121/Log%20Ride%202015_zpsdlxjvx2e.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/Cottonwood121/media/Log%20Ride%202015_zpsdlxjvx2e.jpg.html)

This is the my oldest son, my wife and I enjoying The Log Ride at Adventureland in Altoona, IA.  We spent the day there with family and had a BLAST!

Great pic.....smiles for miles.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on July 23, 2015, 04:12:51 AM
Today I got 15mpg in my TA. Never thought it would reach that number with out an OD trans.

Were you driving it? Or is that the tow trucks mpg.... :-D :-D :-D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 23, 2015, 04:20:50 AM
I think he was going downhill with a strong tailwind. :P

Also someone needs to force me to call the older gentleman about selling my Firebird, should've done it two days ago but for some reason there's this part of me that won't do it.  Of course that part is the one that gets anxious and apprehensive as soon a phone rings or as they're dialing a number.  Someone from eBay will be getting the Miata I've had tomorrow afternoon between 2-3 or so, so if I could sell the Firebird this weekend or next week I can immediately start shopping for a T56 4th gen that'll probably take me three months to find one that's good and that I can afford.  So all kinds of fun to be had.  I hate car shopping...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 23, 2015, 05:45:40 AM
Well, I actually just woke up today, but it's been a LONG past couple of days. I've done nothing but work (not necessarily a bad thing.  Some people can't find 1 job and I'm holding down 2).

So, yesterday after work I came home and started to install a dedicated electrical line for my AC.  I got about 3/4 of the way done, and needed to remove an old copper bracket from the plumbing that used to be there.  It was attached with a nail, not a screw, and I couldn't get a hammer in there, so I dug at it with diagonal cutters.  They slipped......  I now have a deep, throbbing gash in my left thumb.  I should probably have gotten stitches but super glue is cheaper, faster, and less painful.  LoL I used an emery board and duct tape to keep my thumb from bending and opening back up.

Prior to this........  I was at Walmart getting some necessities.  Phone rings.  I dropped it as I was pulling it out of my pocket.  Screen cracks (dangit  :x third one this year) and goes completely black.  Phone still works but no user interface to see what I'm doing.  FML now I have to go to AT&T and deal with their BS. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 23, 2015, 12:09:35 PM
I drove the TA to work,  80° early morning commute.   100+ for the drive home  :?

I long for the day I can drive my TA to work...  55 miles one way though.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on July 23, 2015, 12:23:12 PM
today i had a job interview and it went well, now i just have to get my sore self out there and start on the frame again
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 23, 2015, 04:58:41 PM
Well got it over with and called the guy about the Firebird.  Old people are really direct by the way.  He asked what I wanted and I said that I was planning on placing it on eBay for $4,000 OBO and see what happens.  Then he's like, "What's your real price boy?"  At first I was like what...  Then I told him $3,000.  So tomorrow will be eventful between the guy from Louisiana getting the Miata from 2-3, and then whenever he decides to drop by and look at the Firebird.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on July 23, 2015, 07:37:54 PM
Lol...who you calling old.  Direct and to the point.  Old guys don't have time to play games.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 23, 2015, 07:59:37 PM
He's in his 60's or 70's, so I'd consider that old.  Well since he's gotten my no bullcrap no haggling price that's it, I'll be more than happy to put it into the front of the yard and onto eBay.  It's not like he's the only one that's stopped and asked, just the only one to ask to call if I decided to sell.  Since I'm a man of my word that's what I've done, but I'm not going to give it away since he's the first one there with cash and I haven't even put it on the market.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 02:12:45 AM
The more I think about it the more I'm having my doubts with the old man. On the phone I was saying how the trans lost drive when I was going to the fuel station the other day and he was like, "Well that'll be like $1,200-1,500 to fix right there." For one the whole world knows you can do a core exchange plus $500-600 for a rebuilt TH350 at most any trans shop, and secondly you told me you had a shop that you'd be going through everything anyway. For some reason now I'm getting the distinct feeling I'm going to be quite pissed off sometime later this afternoon.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79merlin on July 24, 2015, 06:12:46 AM
Just because he doesn't want to play your games, doesn't mean he doesn't want you to play his.  :D
He is going to highball every defect on the car to help convince you to bring the price down. I don't think I have ever bought or sold anything private party without that happening...

Good luck with the sale.

Todd

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on July 24, 2015, 08:58:01 AM
I drove the TA to work,  80° early morning commute.   100+ for the drive home  :?

I long for the day I can drive my TA to work...  55 miles one way though.

I wish I could drive anything to work.  I work in NYC and have to take the train.  It sucks.  I had a job interview 15 mins from my house but the $$ wasn't there. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 10:09:52 AM
Just because he doesn't want to play your games, doesn't mean he doesn't want you to play his.  :D
He is going to highball every defect on the car to help convince you to bring the price down. I don't think I have ever bought or sold anything private party without that happening...

Good luck with the sale.

Todd
I'm trying to be realistic, I know it needs $400-600 for the trans to be rebuilt/exchanged with a trans shop.  Maybe it'd be $1,200-1,500 if you took the whole car to a garage, but in that case the o.e. ATP master kit is $80...  I've looked around Craigslist and unless you have $8,000+ mine is the best out there currently.  Just some examples... http://bham.craigslist.org/cto/5101826073.html  http://montgomery.craigslist.org/cto/5097534344.html

So even at that asking $4,000 OBO given the state of the car's body, interior, and the engine especially isn't too far fetched.  He wanted my no bs no haggle price and he has it.  If I'm going to give it away I'll give it to my little brother to replace his '80 301 Trans Am since he's been wanting to replace the drivetrain.  Otherwise there are plenty of others that'll stop by with it at the front of the yard and message about it on eBay.

Thanks for the well wishes.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on July 24, 2015, 10:41:57 AM
Just because he doesn't want to play your games, doesn't mean he doesn't want you to play his.  :D
He is going to highball every defect on the car to help convince you to bring the price down. I don't think I have ever bought or sold anything private party without that happening...

Good luck with the sale.

Todd

When I had my car up for sale a guy asked for my bottom dollar price.  I gave it to him & said if I can't get that amount out of it I'm not selling it.  Guy then proceeds to keep trying to bring the price down more.  I told him when I gave him my bottom dollar price I was serious & that was it. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 24, 2015, 11:04:03 AM
Today I spun the LO5's (350 TBI) crank by hand. So thats good, i felt really stupid when I realized I was an intake swap away from having a TPI 350. If i get an LO3 car then it'll stay TBI. If I get a later LB9 I'll put the TPI intake on (with the 350 injectors and esc for both of course...)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 11:46:03 AM
Old man just dropped by and looked the car over. Had the hood up and he asks me does it run? I was like of course, the engine is perfect. I hopped in, pumped the pedal once, and it fired right over as if it were fuel injected. The look on his face was priceless. After he has me turn it off he asks what do I want, I tell him I plan to put it on eBay for $4,000 OBO. He asks $4,000? Then I told him after looking on Craigslist this morning anything under $4,000 is a piece of crap. He said he'll have to talk to his shop and will get back to me. :twisted: :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 11:54:20 AM
Today I spun the LO5's (350 TBI) crank by hand. So thats good, i felt really stupid when I realized I was an intake swap away from having a TPI 350. If i get an LO3 car then it'll stay TBI. If I get a later LB9 I'll put the TPI intake on (with the 350 injectors and esc for both of course...)
It's a little more involved than that, but basically.  The L98 had a bigger cam and the compression will be a half to a point higher.  Of course the electricals will be a lot more involved as well.  My grandfather had an early 90's 1500 with the TBI 350 backed by a 5-speed and it'd chirp the tires all the way to fourth if you did it just right.  Of course being a truck there's no weight on the back of it, but still not bad for an old truck.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 24, 2015, 12:48:53 PM
As far as I know the ('88-'92)LB9 intake bolts right up to the LO5. When I asked about doing this none of the people on TGFBW have said anything electrical wise other than I'll need 22lb injectors vs the 19lb injectors used by the 305. And the 350's electronic spark controller. I know it wont be an L98, it'll just a LO5 w/TPI. But its still a "Tuned Port 350"...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 03:26:58 PM
I'd just use the the L98 intake, injectors and rail since it is a 350.  The only difference really between the LO5 and the L98 is in the cam, heads, and its intake and method of delivering fuel.  I've thought about doing the same with mine to make it MPFI, though I'd have to swap heads since mine is gen I.  As far as the electricals go I meant it'd be a little less involved doing TBI over MPFI.  If you have everything for the LO5 to drop it in as far as wiring and the computer I'd go with that at first.  For the MPFI conversion you'd really want to go with one of the years that used a mass air flow sensor over a manifold pressure sensor as they're more mod friendly before you have to get into burning custom tunes.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 24, 2015, 11:04:35 PM
Well I might be disillusioned, but whatever 3rd gen I get will need to be not just going but driving as soon as possible. I will be working with what ever items I have on hand to get this car, this dream driving. I dont expect you guys to understand, and I know this might make me sound like a spoiled brat who didnt get what he wants to some of you but just listen. Since the day I picked up my '77 T/A to just a few months ago the only thing I'd wanted to do was drive it. Since late 2013 its been my dream to have one of these cars as my daily driver. This is where I explain why I want a 3rd gen so badly: my school cut busing at the end of my freshman year. Nearing the end of sophomore year my parents work schedule changed, mom worked third shift and couldnt get me to school on time so the only way for me to get to school was to be dropped off a full hour and half before school started by my dad going to work at 07:00 am. And many times I couldn't be picked up until 18:00 or even 19:00! I was putting in a 12 hour day with only 7 hours worth of classes. Boo-hoo you might say at this point? Yes, I agree I did suck it up and counted my self lucky because I had missed being dropped off the winter months at that one of the coldest we had experienced.  Same situation at the beginning of my junior year, dropped off at 06:00 and picked up at 17:00-19:00.  Except this time I didn't miss the winter months, I went right through them. The winter of '14-'15 was what really set me off,colder and harsher than the last and I still didn't have my license then. I feel I should now mention that school policy is that the doors only open early to students when its 0 degrees out or colder. I don't think that any of you will understand what its like to be sitting alone, in the dark, on top of an algebra book so I didn't have to sit on the cold brick floor when its -7 degrees out w/o windchill. But to make the time until the doors open go faster I let my mind drift. I wasn't huddled in a corner with snow piling up on me, it was summer time and I was in my Trans Am tearing up our local country backroads. I cant remember how many arguments me and my parents have had over my license and that car then, they said they hated me being there that early too but they will never know how bad it really was.   My Trans Am morphed and became more than a car, it became my daily escape. I've wanted to use it as a daily driver since day one but  a late Thirdgen F-body is probably as close as I'll get to having one of these as my daily. I know its not the same and it cant replace the experiences(or lack there of..) I've missed because of my second gen T/A but its as good as I can do. Yes, I DID have the proper cold weather gear for an extended stay outside incase anybody is wondering.
I hope this makes sense because its hard to explain and its 01:11 here...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 11:27:12 PM
Trust me, I understand the broke and not having money thing, I was just trying to point you in the right direction for what it sounded like you were doing.

Given your case find a TBI 305 car with a blown/sick motor to drop your motor into, wire it up and hook in your computer.  I'd go over to third gen as I think they have some good info on going from the LO3 to the LO5.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 24, 2015, 11:45:41 PM
Found the main one: http://www.thirdgen.org/forums/tbi/379459-how-305-350-swap.html  I remember seeing a few more as at one point I thought why not get a TBI car since they seem to pop up with the 5-speed more often, and then I could just swap the motor and computer etc...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 26, 2015, 09:40:29 PM
Listed the car on eBay, so will see how that goes...  Ended up riding in my brother's 301 Trans Am earlier and that made me second guess myself.  Even before the transmission fiasco I had thought about selling it but could never convince myself regardless of how unfeasible of a daily it is.  I wish I had a shop with a lift, then I'd just rebuild the TH350 with my stepdad and a rebuild handbook.  I wish I were still physically capable, hell washing the car earlier kicked my ass and it was just a quick wash off...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 02:23:12 AM
I really want a black hardtop LT1/T56 Formula...
(http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2007/03/13/20/50/1994_pontiac_firebird_2_dr_formula_hatchback-pic-31464.jpeg)
So much sleekness.  I like the LS1 cars too, but they really are on the ostentatious side.  I just love how sleek and smooth the LT1 Formula is, that's it I've made my mind up.  I guess if any other colour that's not red were to come up that'd be ok too.  The blues, teals, and purples were really nice and would be on par with black, and purple would be first choice but it's incredibly rare.  Just one blacked out and lowered a little would be so awesome looking though.  To me the LT1 birds just have that timeless futuristic look, especially in darker colours.  I just hope my knee cooperates for a few years at least.  I guess worst case I could always get cortisone injections... 

Anyway, it'll help ease the pain of selling the '79 as I've always wanted a 6-speed fourth gen too.  My knee was the primary reason in buying the '79 as it was a compromise in getting an automatic, at least it was a car I've always wanted and an automatic in an old muscle car isn't as bad.  I just hope I can find a 6-speed Formula that isn't red, and preferably with the hardtop.  Though on fourth gens the T-top isn't as big of a deal since the hardtop was just a composite panel sealed into place over the T-top cutouts.  Plenty of junked hardtop 3.4 cars to take the panel, seals, and headliner from.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 28, 2015, 07:37:11 AM
I'm going to try to get this thread back on topic one more time....

TODAY I....

Got up at 5 am and dragged my tired a$$ to work.  The older I get, the less I can handle this early morning BS.  I didn't even get up that early when I was in the Army!
Tonight I'll be busy up until about 10 pm.  Getting highly sick of this...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Steve B on July 28, 2015, 07:40:32 AM
^^^X2!  So true!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 28, 2015, 07:56:49 AM
Today I....
   
Started looking for the LO5's 16128261 ESC required for swaping in the TBI350 in place of the LO3.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 11:36:33 AM
My post was a Today I made a discovery about myself and what I want.  Besides I made this thread, so I make the rules. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 11:37:54 AM
Today I....
   
Started looking for the LO5's 16128261 ESC required for swaping in the TBI350 in place of the LO3.
Might consider making a post on thirdgen.org, that or if you could find a forum dedicated to the 1500 I'm sure you'd have no problems finding one there.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 28, 2015, 03:15:45 PM
Today I....
   
Started looking for the LO5's 16128261 ESC required for swaping in the TBI350 in place of the LO3.
Might consider making a post on thirdgen.org, that or if you could find a forum dedicated to the 1500 I'm sure you'd have no problems finding one there.
we pulled all the wiring stuff off the '89 1500, I know the esc is in a box around here somewhere...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 04:02:18 PM
Ahhh ok.  Well it'll probably be in the last spot you think of, because that's how those kind of things work.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 28, 2015, 04:37:28 PM
Today I....
    Realized that by the time I buy a 3rd gen,fix everyhing and  throw it all together and get tags, tires and Insurance that I could do a T-56 swap to my '77 for the roughly same amount of $ and get roughly the same mpg as a third gen. Now I guess it depends on how little I can get that '91 Formula for and the difference in insurance.  The struggle is real...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 05:09:28 PM
Wasn't the '77 also needing engine work and lots of body and interior work?  That and you may need to change the rear gear to accommodate the manual trans.  If you start off with a decent TBI 305 that the only thing wrong is the motor you'll come out ahead.  Plus I personally would find it easier to drop in a TBI 350 into a TBI 305 car(more or less direct swap, change out ECU and some other small things) than to adapt a T56 to a non Chevrolet motor and get it into the car, change the drive-shaft, and set up the clutch master and pedal assembly.  Plus it'd be cheaper since a T56 itself costs as much if not more than a decent third gen with a sick/blown motor, sadly.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on July 28, 2015, 05:17:01 PM
The day before yesterday I put the correct headlight bucket springs on the TA.   :lol:

Sorry, I'm 2 days late on posting.  :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 05:22:36 PM
The day before yesterday I put the correct headlight bucket springs on the TA.   :lol:

Sorry, I'm 2 days late on posting.  :lol:
That's ok, the Today portion is loose.  My days slip together so by the time I think to say something today is really yesterday and tomorrow is really today.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 28, 2015, 06:55:37 PM
Wasn't the '77 also needing engine work and lots of body and interior work?  That and you may need to change the rear gear to accommodate the manual trans.  If you start off with a decent TBI 305 that the only thing wrong is the motor you'll come out ahead.  Plus I personally would find it easier to drop in a TBI 350 into a TBI 305 car(more or less direct swap, change out ECU and some other small things) than to adapt a T56 to a non Chevrolet motor and get it into the car, change the drive-shaft, and set up the clutch master and pedal assembly.  Plus it'd be cheaper since a T56 itself costs as much if not more than a decent third gen with a sick/blown motor, sadly.
Yeah, I think the timing is way off on the 400. If I do the T-56 swap I'd want to remove the whole front end to do it and at that point I might as well do make a tubular subframe like I want to but at that point I might as well just buy the EFI kit and not bother with taking the front end off....so yeah, I think a beat up/sick LO3 car is the best way to go.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 28, 2015, 06:57:28 PM
TOMORROW, I plan to be at work from 7am until 10pm.  Yeah... one LONG shift, then I get to do it again on Thursday, lol.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 07:39:01 PM
As far as getting a decently quick stick car for cheap easily that'd be the way to go, especially since you have the TBI 350 and everything to go with it.  Keep working on the '77 as you go so you're not in a rush and stressed.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 28, 2015, 08:18:02 PM
As far as getting a decently quick stick car for cheap easily that'd be the way to go, especially since you have the TBI 350 and everything to go with it.  Keep working on the '77 as you go so you're not in a rush and stressed.

OH FFS..  I had a 91 Formy with a 305 TBI.  Bought it for $600 with a rod knock.  Found a 92 305 TBI out of a Camaro, dropped it in, ran EXCELLENT until I sold it like an idiot. 

Had to throw that in. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on July 28, 2015, 08:31:06 PM
OH FFS..   

Took me a minute to figure that one out... :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on July 28, 2015, 09:34:04 PM
As far as getting a decently quick stick car for cheap easily that'd be the way to go, especially since you have the TBI 350 and everything to go with it.  Keep working on the '77 as you go so you're not in a rush and stressed.
Today I....
Realized I have 2 months after I'm 18 to 1)get a car, LO3 and T-Tops,
2) fix mechanical issues, complete crapshoot probably not good, 3) drive it enough to work the bugs out.
So yeah, As much as I hate to say I will be rushing and probably cutting corners to get this car ready for senior year. I'm not going to do stupid/unsafe stuff fixing it up but I will have to do the bare minimum and be
Resourceful. Effectively if the part/tool I need isnt out in the garage I am almost SOL. But I dont think there is anything a thirdgen needs that we dont have, except brake/fuel lines/possibly wiring.
I found this on TGO:
There are 3 ways to do a project: Good,Fast, and Cheap
Pick any two.
If its done good and fast its not going to be cheap,
If its done good and cheap its not going to be fast,
If its done fast and cheap its nots going to be good,

I believe I will be the latter because of circumstance/resources. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 10:27:06 PM
I hate that saying and its variations, you can have it all if you know what you're doing and are capable.  If you're in that big of a hurry and short on money try to find a TBI car that at least still runs but the motor is sick, at least that way you know things like brakes and etc... still work.

That or say flip^ it all and sell everything and buy a 3.8 4th gen since you can get them for next to nothing in good shape and it'll be a reliable and efficient daily.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 28, 2015, 10:29:10 PM
As far as getting a decently quick stick car for cheap easily that'd be the way to go, especially since you have the TBI 350 and everything to go with it.  Keep working on the '77 as you go so you're not in a rush and stressed.

OH FFS..  I had a 91 Formy with a 305 TBI.  Bought it for $600 with a rod knock.  Found a 92 305 TBI out of a Camaro, dropped it in, ran EXCELLENT until I sold it like an idiot. 

Had to throw that in.
That's more or less exactly what said to do? :-?  Find a TBI car to drop the motor he already has into it.  If he can live with an auto that'll probably make the search easier, but stick cars are out there.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: MD79TA on July 29, 2015, 07:43:11 AM
Today I ordered 2 replacement brown speedometer gears to fix my speedometer.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 29, 2015, 07:47:31 AM
As far as getting a decently quick stick car for cheap easily that'd be the way to go, especially since you have the TBI 350 and everything to go with it.  Keep working on the '77 as you go so you're not in a rush and stressed.

OH FFS..  I had a 91 Formy with a 305 TBI.  Bought it for $600 with a rod knock.  Found a 92 305 TBI out of a Camaro, dropped it in, ran EXCELLENT until I sold it like an idiot. 

Had to throw that in.
That's more or less exactly what said to do? :-?  Find a TBI car to drop the motor he already has into it.  If he can live with an auto that'll probably make the search easier, but stick cars are out there.

That post had nothing to do with what you said.  I did that to share my own story since this thread has clearly strayed....
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Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on July 29, 2015, 10:47:56 AM
Today I decided to fix AC box while I wait on engine parts wiring parts. This is my first time doing this so don't be too big of a critic  :P
I mixed up a bottom layer and coated, layed and formed the mat, then covered it. Did the same for the back...currently waiting on it to cure. In the meantime I'll clean up my inner fenders
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on July 29, 2015, 11:19:51 AM
Today I         Took the day off to get much waited for hearing aids.......Hour and a half one way because of traffic/construction only to get there and be told everthing hadn't come in and they didn't know till I got there!So after a few choice words with my doc I head home  only 45 minutes. First long trip in the TA   400 4speed 308 rear....17.3 mpg    not bad
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on July 29, 2015, 12:58:35 PM
Today I         Took the day off to get much waited for hearing aids.......Hour and a half one way because of traffic/construction only to get there and be told everthing hadn't come in and they didn't know till I got there!So after a few choice words with my doc I head home  only 45 minutes. First long trip in the TA   400 4speed 308 rear....17.3 mpg    not bad

That's finding a silver lining
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Steve B on July 29, 2015, 02:26:07 PM
Today I...Added up what I've spent in parts on my restoration(receipts, credit card charges, etc.) then I passed out.  I wouldn't recommend anyone doing that.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on July 29, 2015, 02:35:18 PM
Today I...Added up what I've spent in parts in on my restoration(receipts, credit card charges, etc.) then I passed out.  I wouldn't recommend anyone doing that.

i do that sometimes when i clean my glovebox in my DD to file reciepts and i have a stack of reciepts that could suffocate a person. i second that statement
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on July 29, 2015, 03:11:05 PM
I hate when doctors tell you to come in only for them to walk in an hour and a half later since you arrived to tell you it'll be your next visit for x or y to get there... :-x
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Raptor on July 29, 2015, 04:02:37 PM
Today I repaired both cracks in the floor of my red '79 Mustang (very common issue on the front seat rear mounting points), put some anti rust paint on the inside of the frame rails where I cut the rust holes in the floor, and made four patch pieces to repair those holes and painted the back side of these with anti rust paint. Tomorrow I'll weld those pieces. There will be only one other repair to do and I'll put the interior back in. I'm not restoring it but it needs to be done right.
Then I'll have to tackle the same job on my Vaquero Gold '79 Mustang which has the same rust problems, but also rust on the driver side quarter panel and the roof.
Luckily my white hatchback V6 does not have spot of rust. I even found a very nice build sheet in this one !
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on July 31, 2015, 06:41:34 AM
Yesterday I worked all frikken day.  Today I get to scrub my bathroom....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 01, 2015, 05:19:51 AM
Booo!!!!  Scrubbing Bubbles is your friend.

Today, actually yesterday but just noticed, I received an offer for the Firebird on eBay.  When I first saw the notification I was expecting a lowball, but it was actually pretty fair.  Will send a counter and work things from there.  It sounds weird but part of me was hoping no one would want it, then I'd really have no option but to fix it somehow.  Even the thought of owning a fourth gen doesn't soften the blow much.  I get attached to my cars regardless, but I've always wanted a second gen so that makes it even harder.  That and knowing I'd want another one some time in the future makes it even worse.  Logic and reason says sell it and get into a fourth gen that gets decent economy, has A/C, has modern crash safety, and other things from the factory I wanted to do with the second gen.  Not to mention the fact since it is my sole transportation...  The ten year old in me says I'm a big meanie for selling it and that they'll never forgive me though.  I wish I had more money than sense and I'd just take it to one of those big restoration shops and go all out, but that's certainly not an option.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 03, 2015, 07:36:42 AM
Work work work...  That's all I do anymore.

Today I...  Got up at 5 am to be at my "regular" job for 7. 

Tonight, lol, I actually plan to watch a movie with the woman. 

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on August 03, 2015, 09:31:11 AM
Today I finally got a check from the insurance company to fix my truck.
July 2nd I had the day off so decided to work on the TATA..........if you have read my post, it has been a struggle.
This was the day I discovered all the damaged push rods and the machine shops horrible assembly.
Frustrated, I locked up the garage, got a shower, and took my wife out to eat to get my mind off the car.
Just to have a pizza delivery boy pull out in front of me and do $7000.00 in damage to my 2012 Dodge Ram.
Needless to say..........it got my mind off the TA for awhile.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 03, 2015, 06:29:18 PM
I hate insurance.  It took them three months to settle things with my Miata, and by law they're supposed to do it within 30 days or maybe 45 as I can't remember now.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 03, 2015, 07:58:23 PM
Today I....Stripped down my test Rally II because I messed up and paint was being pulled by the masking tape.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 03, 2015, 08:06:39 PM
  Yesterday I removed the back seats to remove the rear seat shelf to have it repaired. That's when I realized that one of my speaker covers (insulation) was missing. Also run the wire for the trunk release. Again a day late. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 03, 2015, 08:10:25 PM
  Yesterday I removed the back seats to remove the rear seat shelf to have it repaired. That's when I realized that one of my speaker covers (insulation) was missing. Also run the wire for the trunk release. Again a day late. :lol:
I took my rear seat shelf out w/o removing the seats....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on August 04, 2015, 02:38:19 AM
Today I finally got a check from the insurance company to fix my truck.
July 2nd I had the day off so decided to work on the TATA..........if you have read my post, it has been a struggle.
This was the day I discovered all the damaged push rods and the machine shops horrible assembly.
Frustrated, I locked up the garage, got a shower, and took my wife out to eat to get my mind off the car.
Just to have a pizza delivery boy pull out in front of me and do $7000.00 in damage to my 2012 Dodge Ram.
Needless to say..........it got my mind off the TA for awhile.

 :-(
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 09:58:17 AM
I didn't remove my rear seats either when removing the shelf to recover it and when putting it back in.

Today I'm thinking about keeping the '79 as the one person to make an offer on the car so far was just rude.  Well then there was Jonathan on here that offered his '91 350 Camaro which was a good offer, but if I'm going to stay auto I'd just rather fix the '79 somehow.  Which I had a thought maybe with a properly rebuilt trans it'd get better mileage since technically it did nothing but slip the entire time...  I keep hearing about how 4-speed swaps are cheap for Chevy motors but I went looking and all of the Muncie and Borg Warner 4-speeds weren't much cheaper than a T56.  A truck transmission from what I can find is really just a 3-speed with a granny gear, so that's not much use either.  Which that still doesn't solve the no A/C issue, so probably just better off selling it and getting a fourth gen like planned anyway.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 04, 2015, 11:40:07 AM
I didn't remove my rear seats either when removing the shelf to recover it and when putting it back in.

Today I'm thinking about keeping the '79 as the one person to make an offer on the car so far was just rude.  Well then there was Jonathan on here that offered his '91 350 Camaro which was a good offer, but if I'm going to stay auto I'd just rather fix the '79 somehow.  Which I had a thought maybe with a properly rebuilt trans it'd get better mileage since technically it did nothing but slip the entire time...  I keep hearing about how 4-speed swaps are cheap for Chevy motors but I went looking and all of the Muncie and Borg Warner 4-speeds weren't much cheaper than a T56.  A truck transmission from what I can find is really just a 3-speed with a granny gear, so that's not much use either.  Which that still doesn't solve the no A/C issue, so probably just better off selling it and getting a fourth gen like planned anyway.
200-4R maybe? Not a stick but better than a TH-350. You'd have to update the factory shifter to work with the OD trans but better MPG although I dont know by how much. Whats you rear end gear Box?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 11:50:07 AM
My concern with the automatic overdrives(4L80 excluded) would be my motor blowing it up.  That and for what it'd cost and the hassle(TH200-4R excluded) I rather just do a manual conversion anyway.  I tried finding the code on the axle tube, but going by the rotations of the driveshaft and rear wheel it's a 2.41 final which would need changed with every manual trans except for maybe the ST-10 used in early 80's Camaros and Corvettes that had a 3.42 first gear.

Still no A/C, and I need A/C with this heat and humidity.  Though I could use it as a Fall and Winter car perhaps. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on August 04, 2015, 12:00:36 PM
The company I work for is a distributor for Performance Automatic transmissions.
They offer a couple different 200r4, 4l60e, & 4l80e.
From 355hp rated up to 770hp rated.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on August 04, 2015, 12:15:46 PM
Lots more done to the car, almost done...

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.200
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 04, 2015, 12:27:51 PM
Actually Saturday, on my 44th BD. Went to look at a 1980 TA, I may purchase.
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And yes that decal is correct, it's not a 6 cylinder in it. We tried to get it to fire up but no go. Going to see what kind of deal I can get since it doesn't run.
The second pic of speakers is the door panel. Third pic of speaker is where the rear seat should be.. The audio system doesn't function either.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 04, 2015, 12:37:16 PM
Actually Saturday, on my 44th BD. Went to look at a 1980 TA, I may purchase.


I'm right behind you.  Just turned 36.
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Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 12:54:37 PM
Happy belated birthday!  Also the links got messed or something as it just says the images aren't available.
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Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 01:01:06 PM
The company I work for is a distributor for Performance Automatic transmissions.
They offer a couple different 200r4, 4l60e, & 4l80e.
From 355hp rated up to 770hp rated.
I'd just redo the TH350 at least if I had somewhere safe to lift the car to get the transmission out, but I don't.  That's ok I'm too poor to try and make the second gen into something it's not, and in this particular case the direction the previous owner was going compromises what I want.  The motor sucks down at least a gallon every 30 minutes of idling, at least in park anyway.  My original plan was to get an all original 301 car for peanuts and then drop in a LT1/T56 out of a totaled 4th gen or C4 Vette.  If it was a weekend only car the terrible economy and lack of A/C(originally led to believe it was only the compressor) wouldn't matter so much, but I'm stupid and decided to use it as my only car.
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Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 04, 2015, 01:33:46 PM
Anyone else having trouble see the pics?
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Post by: Pats TA on August 04, 2015, 04:53:34 PM
Anyone else having trouble see the pics?

YES
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 04, 2015, 05:36:13 PM
Today I found that we do not have 200-4R on the Transmission wall.That Sucks, now I have to go find one....
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Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 05:51:41 PM
Today I found that we do not have 200-4R on the Transmission wall.That Sucks, now I have to go find one....
Good luck with that, they're a bear to find and when you do it's not cheap usually.  That and depending on how much power you're pushing it'll need built up to handle it.  If you're mostly city driving it won't really help anyway, if you are doing mostly highway just use the TH350 and pop a 2.41-2.73 ring & pinion in the back.  Knowing what I know now even with the transmission falling apart mine had no problems getting up and going with the 2.41 rear, it still takes off like a scalded dog in reverse which is 1.93 versus first which is 2.52 if that says anything.
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Post by: 77 TA man on August 04, 2015, 08:09:33 PM
Today I found that we do not have 200-4R on the Transmission wall.That Sucks, now I have to go find one....
Good luck with that, they're a bear to find and when you do it's not cheap usually.  That and depending on how much power you're pushing it'll need built up to handle it.  If you're mostly city driving it won't really help anyway, if you are doing mostly highway just use the TH350 and pop a 2.41-2.73 ring & pinion in the back.  Knowing what I know now even with the transmission falling apart mine had no problems getting up and going with the 2.41 rear, it still takes off like a scalded dog in reverse which is 1.93 versus first which is 2.52 if that says anything.
yep, I am now reading into a 700R4 conversion behind the 400. Not a big fan of changing the rear end gears. I'll figure something, I've still got time before it hits the road and Hopefully most of my driving in the '77 will be highway with as little city as possible.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 04, 2015, 09:46:47 PM
Probably would still looking at building it up.  From what I've heard the 700R4 isn't that strong stock either.  I know the 4L60E is garbage, I lost count how many my father's stock LT1 Camaro went through and he was the second owner after buying it from an older gentleman with some 60K miles on it and at the time it was only 8 years old.  I know he put in at least two within the time he bought it and the time it died again for the last time at some 170K miles.  They were whatever that big company that does all the GM motor and trans rebuilds too...starts with a J I think?  Either way it was ridiculous as even though he'd get on it once in awhile he was using it for daily use 60 miles a day all highway/interstate.

If it were me I'd just go ahead and look into the 4L80E as it's more or less a modern TH400, especially since you have a Pontiac that's on the torquier side.  They make standalone computers these days, not only would you get the benefit of overdrive but you'll also get a lockup converter further improving economy.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 05, 2015, 12:15:47 AM
Jasper, that's the one.  Just hit me out of the blue when I wasn't thinking about it.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 05, 2015, 10:18:31 AM
Yesterday I...

Went to work at my second job.  I went out to install a batter in a customs vehicle and saw two underage african americans running from the store next door and attempted to proceed to a get away vehicle.  They failed.  The clerk chased after them.  Cops showed up 45 minutes later. 

I have two things to say about this: 

1.  That's the last time I leave my personal protection device at home while I'm at my second job.

2.  The customer I was helping came out with a hilarious one liner that I'm still laughing about.  Not sure I can post it here as it was borderline racist.

My point is I'm getting VERY, VERY sick and tired of hearing about all the drugs and crime where I live.  Granted, I live on the outskirts of the city where it's mostly calm and quiet...  But cripes, one doesn't even feel safe walking the streets (inner city) in the DAYTIME!

4 more years and I can sell my house....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 05, 2015, 10:25:30 AM
.....and then you can move to Baltimore, gotta be one of the safest cities in the country  :shock:
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Post by: Casey on August 05, 2015, 02:23:51 PM
Move down to rural Alabama, the town I'm in and the surrounding areas have the lowest crime percentages and the crimes we do have are non-violent offences.
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Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 05, 2015, 03:15:59 PM
Today I got my new fuel tank and sending unit coated with por15. Man that stuff doesn't like to stick without an adhesion promoter. Anyways here's how she looks.

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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 05, 2015, 07:36:52 PM
Today I... finally went to get bloodwork done.  Dr. has been bugging me about it for months.  I get there (after fasting 12 hours, only getting 4 hours of sleep, and having to take some sick leave from work) only to have the female dog receptionist tell me the paperwork is wrong!  OHHHHHHHHH I was PISSED!!  In my rage, I accidentally left my drivers license and insurance card behind.  Gotta go back tomorrow and get them (and tear that lady a new one).
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 06, 2015, 06:04:35 AM
Let it go Decaff, they messed up...it happens.  I mess up...do you?  Life is too short.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 06, 2015, 12:26:53 PM
Let it go Decaff, they messed up...it happens.  I mess up...do you?  Life is too short.

LoL I messed up one day in 1979 and it's been Hell ever since!

Hehehehehe I did call that B**CH back and I hope her ears are still ringing.  She swears she gave me my license back.  I checked my coat pocket and there it was....   :shock:  :shock:
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Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 06, 2015, 01:19:40 PM
decaff doesnt that remind you of the days in the service? somehow the paperwork is ALWAYS messed up lol :P
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 07, 2015, 05:04:58 AM
decaff doesnt that remind you of the days in the service? somehow the paperwork is ALWAYS messed up lol :P

Oh for sure! 

Especially on my discharge papers.  I had just spent a year overseas and the paperwork said zero. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 07, 2015, 07:38:38 AM
today i bent a pushrod. seized lifter. i never get a break
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 07, 2015, 08:09:28 AM
I know that feeling.  I'll trade my transmission issues for your motor issues.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 07, 2015, 11:15:02 AM
haha no thank you, at least i know an engine, transmissions im just lost  :shock: :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 07, 2015, 11:26:47 AM
Be that way. :eek:

I still keep waiting for a manual transmission to magically install itself, and it's not happened yet. :-(
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 07, 2015, 04:40:20 PM
Stopped by the little old lady's house about the 1980 TA, to give her a price I would be willing to pay her for it. (Pics are a few post back). Keep in mind the motor won't turn by hand or with juice to it, needs paint, can't get fuel to the carb ( why it was parked in the first place), and the stereo system doesn't work. General TLC also.
 She said she'd call me back after she talked to her three boys.
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Post by: roadking77 on August 07, 2015, 06:05:56 PM
Stopped by the little old lady's house about the 1980 TA, to give her a price I would be willing to pay her for it. (Pics are a few post back). Keep in mind the motor won't turn by hand or with juice to it, needs paint, can't get fuel to the carb ( why it was parked in the first place), and the stereo system doesn't work. General TLC also.
 She said she'd call me back after she talked to her three boys.

After checking the auctions that car has got to be worth at least 60k :lol:
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Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 07, 2015, 07:51:46 PM
Stopped by the little old lady's house about the 1980 TA, to give her a price I would be willing to pay her for it. (Pics are a few post back). Keep in mind the motor won't turn by hand or with juice to it, needs paint, can't get fuel to the carb ( why it was parked in the first place), and the stereo system doesn't work. General TLC also.
 She said she'd call me back after she talked to her three boys.

After checking the auctions that car has got to be worth at least 60k :lol:
No way..It doesn't even run.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 07, 2015, 08:30:19 PM
He was being sarcastic given what recent "Bandit" cars have brought at auction.
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Post by: Pats TA on August 08, 2015, 09:40:44 PM
 replaced 2 courtesy lamp bulbs and dome light bulb on the TA. And they worked. I can't believe all 3 were bad but  they were.
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Post by: Pats TA on August 09, 2015, 04:47:38 PM
put my rear window louvers on. All though I need to take them back off to be repainted. But wanted to see how they looked on the TA.



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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 10, 2015, 01:03:11 AM
I was wanting to do rear louvers too.

Anyhow trying one more time on eBay, if no one buys it this time I'll try and find somewhere safe to either repair or convert the transmission. The easiest thing to do would be to just buy a used transmission for $200 or so and then swap them in a couple of hours, but then I'm rolling the dice on a used most likely original components transmission. If I did that I'd only do it for the TH-350C which has a lockup converter that I'd wire in manual control and that'd help with fuel economy on the highway. The cheapest option would be buying the ATP master kit for $75 shipped off Amazon, with the way I drive a fresh o.e.m. rebuild would probably be fine anyway. Plus from what I read by one guy he was saying if it were streetable and you weren't racing it all of the time you don't need the higher performance frictions and steels anyway. Even then the top end Alto master kit with red frictions and kolene steels is $220 shipped off eBay.
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Post by: 79merlin on August 10, 2015, 05:58:54 AM
Those Louvers look really nice.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 10, 2015, 10:59:22 AM
AHHHHH!@#$  :x. Where do I begin?

Friday morning: woke up around 7 am, ready to be out the door and on my way to the beach by 8.  It was supposed to be the start of a few days of beer,  boobs, and beach.   Yeah.. ok.... I go out to start my car and there was a strong gas smell. I look underneath and there's a puddle of gas under the tank.  I had just filled it the night before,  too.  Not taking the Camry, AGAIN  :x.

The tank was leaking so bad I had to pull the car to my back yard and drop it.  Then siphoned the remaining gas to the woman's Jeep.  That set us back 3 hours (took awhile to find a new tank and it was $300!!!)  There goes half my beach money  :x


So we load up the Jeep and halfway to the beach a POS Chevy van pulls out in front of me and I had to SLAM on the brakes.  Good news is that Jeep is well maintained and slid to a straight, smooth stop.   No collision.   Bad news is I'm sure I took 500 miles off those tires from skidding like that. 

Finally get to the hotel,  have dinner,  and go see a band we knew would be there.   Now, guys, I can down about 10 beers no problem and be FINE the next day (albeit very hungry all day).  I had a mere 3 beers and ONE shot...and OH MY GAWD did I pay for that the next day!  Worst hangover of my life.  I guess I'm done for good with hard liquor.  Nothing like vomiting twice in the middle of the street. 

Ok so that's over. .. but then we had to go scream at the hotels owner because the maid never cleaned our room.

BLAHHHH it's been a great vacation so far...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 10, 2015, 11:02:05 AM
What beach did you go to?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 10, 2015, 11:44:28 AM
[(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/Mobile%20Uploads/20150810_132545_zpsftoskt97.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150810_132545_zpsftoskt97.jpg.html)

What beach did you go to?

Just for you, roadking77.  Hope this works as I've never posted a Photobucket link from my phone before.



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Post by: 77 TA man on August 10, 2015, 01:01:08 PM
AHHHHH!@#$  :x. Where do I begin?

Friday morning: woke up around 7 am, ready to be out the door and on my way to the beach by 8.  It was supposed to be the start of a few days of beer,  boobs, and beach.   Yeah.. ok.... I go out to start my car and there was a strong gas smell. I look underneath and there's a puddle of gas under the tank.  I had just filled it the night before,  too.  Not taking the Camry, AGAIN  :x.

The tank was leaking so bad I had to pull the car to my back yard and drop it.  Then siphoned the remaining gas to the woman's Jeep.  That set us back 3 hours (took awhile to find a new tank and it was $300!!!)  There goes half my beach money  :x


So we load up the Jeep and halfway to the beach a POS Chevy van pulls out in front of me and I had to SLAM on the brakes.  Good news is that Jeep is well maintained and slid to a straight, smooth stop.   No collision.   Bad news is I'm sure I took 500 miles off those tires from skidding like that. 

Finally get to the hotel,  have dinner,  and go see a band we knew would be there.   Now, guys, I can down about 10 beers no problem and be FINE the next day (albeit very hungry all day).  I had a mere 3 beers and ONE shot...and OH MY GAWD did I pay for that the next day!  Worst hangover of my life.  I guess I'm done for good with hard liquor.  Nothing like vomiting twice in the middle of the street. 

Ok so that's over. .. but then we had to go scream at the hotels owner because the maid never cleaned our room.

BLAHHHH it's been a great vacation so far...
Have you heard the saying "Liquor before Beer, you're in the Clear. Beer before Liquor never been sicker"?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 10, 2015, 01:46:43 PM
Looks nice 'caff, hope your time there is better now.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 10, 2015, 03:15:59 PM
Those Louvers look really nice.

Thank You
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 10, 2015, 08:53:16 PM
That's exactly why I never go places, only bad things can happen.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 11, 2015, 07:50:27 AM
Looks nice 'caff, hope your time there is better now.

Well, considering today is the womans b-day (thats the whole reason we are here) and it's POURING down rain, yeah... whole lot better...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 11, 2015, 09:30:18 AM
That's Murphy for you. :x
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 11, 2015, 09:27:38 PM
Today I... took the woman to The Melting Pot in Atlantic City for her birthday dinner.

I went there fully prepared (financially) for the full course meal + gratuity.  Also, I had ordered a dozen roses to be set at the table before we got there.

The restaurant manager calls me an hour before our reservation.  I thought what NOW?

He said the roses were never delivered so the meal was on them.  SWEET!!!

$150 meal ended up costing me $30. I did still have to pay for alcohol and tax.  I can't complain :-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 11, 2015, 11:15:24 PM
Glad to hear things worked out in your favour for once. :grin:

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: twov8sandat4 on August 12, 2015, 05:02:40 AM
Bought a pair of Edelbrock CNC round port heads, round port Hooker headers, Lunati cam, and all the associated pieces for the swap.  Had enough of near stock 74 400 power levels...  And so begins the snowball effect... :shock:  :cool:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 12, 2015, 11:02:23 AM
Woooo go fast parts!  I guess you're just swapping everything over or are you going all out and removing the engine and redoing it all?
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Post by: twov8sandat4 on August 13, 2015, 04:53:58 AM
Woooo go fast parts!  I guess you're just swapping everything over or are you going all out and removing the engine and redoing it all?

Swapping them over for now as the bottom end checked out fine.  Next year we will do a stroker update on it.  Should hold me over until the turbo mill... :cool:

That means I have to update brakes, suspension, chassis stiffness,....  :grin:  Like I said snowball  :shock:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 13, 2015, 06:56:54 AM
Nah, just do like my previous owner did and more than double the power without doing anything else. :P  Which had been fine since I drive like a sensible person, but I was wanting to go through and update the brakes and suspension before I ever took it anywhere for all out driving.  I never noticed any issues with chassis stiffness, in fact I was impressed with how quiet and rattle free it was.  Of course mine being a hardtop goes a long way I'd imagine.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on August 13, 2015, 10:25:19 AM
Depending on when your cars engine was rebuilt by the previous owner,
that just seemed to be the norm, I knew all kinds of guys back in the day
that made their cars all go and no whoa.
Atleast now a days people seem to have more concern about stopping and
not just going fast in a straight line.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 13, 2015, 11:15:12 AM
It still wont start. Might be the cheap plug wires though. I feel like that gear drive was a bad decision and I shouldve just repaired the damage(water pump bolt broke off in block) and not messed with it. Oh well its too late for that...
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps8f2abc20.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps8f2abc20.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 13, 2015, 01:08:00 PM
Depending on when your cars engine was rebuilt by the previous owner,
that just seemed to be the norm, I knew all kinds of guys back in the day
that made their cars all go and no whoa.
Atleast now a days people seem to have more concern about stopping and
not just going fast in a straight line.
Last year. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 13, 2015, 01:11:58 PM
It still wont start. Might be the cheap plug wires though. I feel like that gear drive was a bad decision and I shouldve just repaired the damage(water pump bolt broke off in block) and not messed with it. Oh well its too late for that...
Do you have fuel and spark?  If so have you made sure the distributor isn't 180 out and that the cam timing is right?  Battery high enough amperage with a good charge on it?

Might consider getting new plug wires and a conventional timing set off RockAuto.  Side note I'd leave driver side hood spring up too, last thing you want to happen is decide for it to pop up while you're standing over it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 13, 2015, 01:29:36 PM
It still wont start. Might be the cheap plug wires though. I feel like that gear drive was a bad decision and I shouldve just repaired the damage(water pump bolt broke off in block) and not messed with it. Oh well its too late for that...
Do you have fuel and spark?  If so have you made sure the distributor isn't 180 out and that the cam timing is right?  Battery high enough amperage with a good charge on it?

Might consider getting new plug wires and a conventional timing set off RockAuto.  Side note I'd leave driver side hood spring up too, last thing you want to happen is decide for it to pop up while you're standing over it.
Fuel? Yes. Air? Yes, Spark? Occasionaly. It gets a couple a couple of pops but thats it, I never looked at the volts gauge but it had a battery charger hooked up to it so it had good  charge. Fuel line was unhooked but we're just putting fresh gas right into the carb. The distributor has been flipped around 180 both ways. I dont know about the cam timing but I checked the plugs and they were way under gapped so I fixed that.  Yeah, the hood springs went down because I covered the engine bay I always pop them up before I start working on that side.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 13, 2015, 07:45:23 PM
Are you filling the fuel bowl or just pouring it down the throat?  If you're not filling the fuel bowl do it that way as then it's like normal operation.  Seems like the issue is spark if it's not consistently firing.  Is the cap and rotor new?  Has the ignition coil been checked and is it hooked up properly?  Easiest way to check the battery and other electrical things is with a multimeter.  Other thing being was the distributor gear in good shape and properly lubricated?

Found this diagram for cam/crank marks:
(http://repairguide.autozone.com/znetrgs/repair_guide_content/en_us/images/0900c152/80/08/4a/07//small/0900c15280084a07.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 13, 2015, 08:53:10 PM
Everything ignition wise is brand new and is hooked up properly.
12 and 12, I think the top cam gear might be 1, maybe 2 teeth forward of 12 o clock but that shouldnt cause a big deal?
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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 13, 2015, 09:30:01 PM
It does seem like it's off by a tooth, also did you degree the cam?  Here's a good how to: http://www.lunatipower.com/Tech/Cams/HowToDegreeACam.aspx
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 14, 2015, 04:26:43 PM
IIRC we havent timed the cam.
As a side note: anybody like my new profile pic?
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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 14, 2015, 07:50:12 PM
 (We) started to put some of the SE striping on the TA. I will post some pics tomorrow.
 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 14, 2015, 08:26:28 PM
Your oil pressure is off the charts. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 14, 2015, 08:37:32 PM
Your oil pressure is off the charts. :P

Yeah.......a PO's wife blew up the last 400 in the car by driving it w/o oil pressure from what the guy said. So IDK if thats the cause or thats the effect of that so......I'm going to look at it when I get the chance and attempt to fix it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on August 14, 2015, 09:49:13 PM
Finally changed out the turn signal switch, I hate taking the colum apart! Old switch wouldn't center so one side of the tail lights wouldn't work sometimes. The centering spring jumped out of the track, I thought for a minute I wouldn't have to change it. But it only took a couple of uses to get it back out of the track.

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 14, 2015, 09:56:15 PM
Today I...  FINALLY finished installing a new gas tank in my 2000 Camry.  What a P - I - T - A!!!

Here's a step by step writeup:

1.  Park vehicle in backyard so garage doesn't catch on fire from fuel fumes.
2.  Remove gas tank and put it in a wheel barrow.  Cover it with a tarp so the neighbors don't bitch.
3.  Come back from vacation 5 days later and tow vehicle back into garage using g/f's Jeep; then, get screamed at for cracking a vanity license plate that was found on Ebay.
4.  Go the the junkyard 17 times to replace parts that broke from gas tank removal. 
     4b.  Take pics of evap lines at junkyard so you can correctly replace the ones that were hastily cut off during gas tank removal.
5.  Begin install of new gas tank.  Go wash face from the 50 billion rust particles that fall in your eyes. 
6.  While installing new gas tank, smash forehead off of rear wheel hub.
6.  Apply ice to golf ball on forehead.
7.  Use special tool DH-10 from Lowes to siphon gas from old tank in a wheelbarrow, into new tank.
8.  Test drive vehicle and take g/f to Applebess after 10 hours of aggravation and not having lunch or dinner.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 14, 2015, 11:10:06 PM
Today on my TA....

Finished installing my newly rebuilt tranny that went out after 18 miles of driving it a year ago.
Changed all the fluids
Started it for the first time since November
Washed it
Adjusted the exhaust splitter location
Added bilstien shocks to the rear
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 15, 2015, 05:41:54 AM
Today on my TA....

Finished installing my newly rebuilt tranny that went out after 18 miles of driving it a year ago.


18 miles??  I hope you didn't use the same tranny shop.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on August 15, 2015, 05:49:14 AM
Actually, yesterday I ....

Just about finished this portion of my restoration project, car is pretty much back together...

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.240;topicseen
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 15, 2015, 08:04:07 AM
I worded that wrong decaff.  I bought the Ta last April and only got to drive it 18 miles before it went out. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 16, 2015, 08:31:53 AM
I worded that wrong decaff.  I bought the Ta last April and only got to drive it 18 miles before it went out.

LoL that sounds more likely.

Yesterday I...  Went to work for a few hours and then had to go straight to a house party that I DID NOT want to go to.  I didn't have a single drop to drink.  Water and soda for me only.  Wow...  so much different when you're the only sober one amongst at least 30 drunk people.

Today I... will hopefully get some time after work today to put the timing chain cover back on my 400 build.  I had to special order JUST that gasket, along with the fuel pump gasket.  Hopefully the next payday or two will find me a one-piece oil pan gasket and pan from BOPengineering.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 16, 2015, 10:09:51 AM
Yesterday truthfully..Got the fascia board prepped and painted for new gutters Monday.
Had a load of sand hauled in to fill in all the washed out spots in the yard from all the rain we had a couple of months ago.
Almost got the lady to sell the 1980 TA to me, I had cash in hand. Still trying... :smile:

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: FormTA on August 16, 2015, 12:54:15 PM
Epoxy primered the last section of my 79 Formula and a few other parts so I can pack it away for a while. I'm going to start work again on my 79 TA.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 16, 2015, 08:18:34 PM
Yesterday I...  Went to work for a few hours and then had to go straight to a house party that I DID NOT want to go to.
Then why did you go? :-?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 16, 2015, 09:31:05 PM
Its 0:04 here, so today I go back to school, I just know I'm going to catch some doo doo^ about the Trans Am not running since I'm a freakin senior riding the dang bus. Someday, but not today I'll show them what I've been waiting for. Well at least we have busing this year. Well I guess I'm going to finish my summer H.W. now....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 16, 2015, 09:46:19 PM
Today I took Luke, Sam, and Lily on our first ride.  The tranny shifted great, but their was a awful squeal coming from under the hood under load  I'm going to buy a new water pump and belts tomorrow.  It went past 220 went idling, which is why I suspect the pump.  It road and drove great.  I highly recommend bilstein shocks.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: twov8sandat4 on August 17, 2015, 04:38:16 AM
Depending on when your cars engine was rebuilt by the previous owner,
that just seemed to be the norm, I knew all kinds of guys back in the day
that made their cars all go and no whoa.
Atleast now a days people seem to have more concern about stopping and
not just going fast in a straight line.

Engine was rebuilt in 1988.  It is still in fantastic shape so no worries there.

Braking and suspension have always been high on my list, just never drove the car enough to get motivated to do it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 17, 2015, 07:46:29 AM
Yesterday I...  Went to work for a few hours and then had to go straight to a house party that I DID NOT want to go to.
Then why did you go? :-?

Because my stupid g/f wanted to go.  It was more about her than me.  I'm happy dwelling in a half lit garage/cave with no one around to bother me.  She feels the need to associate with people.  I'll never understand that.

Oh and btw, to make things even more awkward, the host of said house party was her ex-husband   :shock:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 17, 2015, 07:05:10 PM
I'll never understand it either, I honestly can't remember the last time I attended a social gathering that wasn't family oriented.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 17, 2015, 07:17:06 PM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: another10th on August 17, 2015, 07:37:42 PM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.


Well, congratulations!! That's a great feeling, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 17, 2015, 08:51:22 PM
Should throw a housewarming party. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 1sgtretired on August 18, 2015, 05:50:03 AM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.
Wow congratuations Mike!!! wonder if I'll ever get there?  we did the two daughters through school and two marriages... both doing well,  the house?  who knows.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on August 18, 2015, 07:10:08 AM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.
well that's a busy day!  Congrats, I'll bet it's a great feeling and I hope to be there one of these days..
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 18, 2015, 07:43:22 AM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.

Congrats.  I cannot even imagine how good that must feel. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on August 18, 2015, 08:23:01 AM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.

Congrats.  Paid mine off last year.  It's a great feeling.  You'll be cashflow rich going forward. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Steve B on August 18, 2015, 09:35:19 AM
Yes, congrats.  We paid ours off in 2013.  Freed up money for the T/A!!  :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 18, 2015, 12:29:48 PM
LoL I haven't even been in my house for 1 year yet (very close, though!).  It's going to be awhile before I pay it off or sell it.....

So, Today I got up @ 5 am and ALMOST went right back to bed.  I was so tired that I almost felt drunk.  Weird.  Nope, had to get up and go to work.  Getting sick of doing that.  LoL but then again if I have more than 2 days off in a row, I don't know what to do with myself.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 18, 2015, 02:13:23 PM
Congrats Mike. That explains the price drop on parts. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 18, 2015, 04:00:05 PM
well today i ummm worked and well slept lol
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 18, 2015, 07:01:33 PM
Took some pics of the SE pin stripping.



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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on August 18, 2015, 07:34:37 PM
Pats looking good. Nice work.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 18, 2015, 07:49:12 PM
Pats looking good. Nice work.

  Thank You, It's taking longer to put the se stripes on than it did to put the bird and ta decals on. I have the precut se strips but the pre mask is not holding up for they are 10 years old. So now we are doing the strips with a roll of 3m pin striping. Which seems to be very difficult.     
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on August 18, 2015, 08:01:40 PM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.

I guess I need to follow this thread to keep with everyone. Well congrats Mike, it must be a great feeling not to have a mortgage.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 18, 2015, 08:09:57 PM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.

  Congrats Mike, I had my old house paid off back in 2006 for about 6 months. It was nice not having a mortgage payment. But then I got the bright ideal to build a new larger house. My wife still hounds me as mister know it all.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 18, 2015, 08:40:20 PM
  Congrats Mike, I had my old house paid off back in 2006 for about 6 months. It was nice not having a mortgage payment. But then I got the bright ideal to build a new larger house. My wife still hounds me as mister know it all.

haha.  I told my wife that I would like to build one more house while I am physically able.  She first agreed, but after thinking about it, she said that unless I hired it all done, she was staying where we are.  Since there's no way that I would hire someone to build it, wire it or plumb it, she knew that was a deal-killer.  Guess I'm staying where I am.
  Your car looks great!  I did Rita's white '78 in a full SE theme a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 18, 2015, 08:42:26 PM
White Special Edition, the anti-Bandit...  So it's a Sheriff...?  Hmm...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 19, 2015, 07:41:59 AM
Today I... got up and went to work.  Today is essentially a double shift. 

Can't wait for Saturday :-)  The woman and I will be on a boat sipping rum & coke and chowing down some good food.  LOL then I get to go right back to work on Sunday. 

This crap of having two jobs really sucks but it won't last forever.  Like Yeti said, I'm doing this now while I'm physically able to do it. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 19, 2015, 09:27:59 AM
At least you get to work, I'd maim or seriously injure to be able to work.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 19, 2015, 10:02:43 AM
Got a text from the older son that they don't want to sell the 1980 TA that's just sitting and deteriorating in the sun and rain.  :sad:
So sad to see... don't know whether or not to keep trying or give up..
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 70TA Tony on August 19, 2015, 10:17:15 AM
Finally, my turn to contribute to the thread.   Today I---------------  Sold my home and property where my daughter lived as she went to MSU for 6 years; AND I paid off my home where me, the wife, and the cars reside.  It really is mine after 13 years of co-ownership with the bank.
Wow congratuations Mike!!! wonder if I'll ever get there?  we did the two daughters through school and two marriages... both doing well,  the house?  who knows.

Congrats Mike.  Must be a good feeling to be out from under a home payment.  It's coming soon for us, just not soon enough :) , on both places. 
George I have wondered the same for years. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 19, 2015, 10:42:17 AM
Got a text from the older son that they don't want to sell the 1980 TA that's just sitting and deteriorating in the sun and rain.  :sad:
So sad to see... don't know whether or not to keep trying or give up..
Would say if you were closer could just buy mine at least all it needs is the trans redone again...  Or just Ace Ventura it and use reverse all the time. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 19, 2015, 01:36:00 PM
Threw the bird back onto eBay, just don't have it in me to fix it even if I had a safe place to do it.  Doesn't look like a 4th gen will pan out either, so meh...  Not sure what I'll get.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 19, 2015, 08:10:16 PM
Did some cutting of the old floor pans drivers front
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before
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after
rear drivers
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 Not today but... took out factory suspension to upgrade to tubular control arms and coil overs.
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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 19, 2015, 08:27:23 PM
Nice felony hole. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 20, 2015, 07:48:14 AM
Today I...

Showed up to my (real) job with two arms out and one foot dragging.

Last night I...  almost blew up a battery on the charger.  I had the taste of acid in my mouth for several hours after that. 

Tonight I... am going to a nice relaxing dinner out with the woman.  Then I'm going to bed early lol.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 21, 2015, 02:12:08 PM
Got a nice package from Ames....... window hardware, parking brake, and a few misc. items. Now the fun begins :-D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 23, 2015, 07:32:13 PM
Today I ... noticed my rear passenger tire was near flat

I checked it out after work and found a frikken 1-3/4" self tapping wood screw in the treads.  Even though it only took me 2 minutes to fix it, it's the whole concept of that I shouldn't have had to!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 23, 2015, 08:04:13 PM
installed new lug nuts
cleaned up my center caps
glued the emblems on the center cap

 
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added more se strips (a slow process)


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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 23, 2015, 08:10:11 PM
Sorry if stupid question, but can you get that tailight striping in blue?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 23, 2015, 08:26:15 PM
Sorry if stupid question, but can you get that tailight striping in blue?

I don't know if you can get it pre cut from Phoenix Graphix, but 3m sells by the roll.   
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 23, 2015, 09:12:06 PM
Sorry if stupid question, but can you get that tailight striping in blue?

I don't know if you can get it pre cut from Phoenix Graphix, but 3m sells by the roll.   
Thanyou! I will eventually need to buy some blue striping to help accentuate my blue paintedtailights.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 23, 2015, 10:51:37 PM
Car looks great Pat! 8)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on August 24, 2015, 08:59:43 AM
installed new lug nuts
cleaned up my center caps
glued the emblems on the center cap


It makes all the difference in the world
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 24, 2015, 01:53:23 PM
26 watchers and almost 1,400 views with over a day and a half left, but still not the first person has contacted me...  I'm getting to the point of I don't know what to do anymore, I only have one more listing left.  If I could fix it I'd just do that, rebuild kits are dirt cheap or just another transmission is only a few hundred.  I just don't have anywhere to do it though and even if I did it'd take me forever to do it.  I'm seriously thinking about just not buying a car after this, my brother has plenty of spares that sit around and it's not like I do much driving anyway...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on August 24, 2015, 03:29:58 PM
  Thank You for all the great compliments. All that's left to do is door panels (upholstery shop should be finished with them by Thursday) . Rear seat shelf and head liner. Then I get to go to the DMV to get tags. That should be fun.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 25, 2015, 02:30:02 AM
Wooo almost done!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 25, 2015, 07:35:22 AM
26 watchers and almost 1,400 views with over a day and a half left, but still not the first person has contacted me...  I'm getting to the point of I don't know what to do anymore, I only have one more listing left.  If I could fix it I'd just do that, rebuild kits are dirt cheap or just another transmission is only a few hundred.  I just don't have anywhere to do it though and even if I did it'd take me forever to do it.  I'm seriously thinking about just not buying a car after this, my brother has plenty of spares that sit around and it's not like I do much driving anyway...

I'm assuming you are talking about an Ebay auction?  You need to wait until the final few seconds.  People will bid snipe the crap out something if they want it that bad.  I've done that several times when money is no object and you REALLY want or need an item.

Now, Today I...  Went to work LOL! 

Yesterday I... got a letter in the mail saying my mortgage is going up because the county taxes increased.  BULLSH**!!!  I won't get into the many, MANY reasons I hate politicians, but I think at least one of them is clear now.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on August 25, 2015, 05:15:35 PM
Took the sub frame back out to cut out the passenger side floor pans, worse than the drivers side.
Took the rear window out of the TA lot of rust at the drivers side lower corner and in the rear deck.
Removed all the brake and fuel lines.
Removed the dash, heater core box and all that other stuff that's a pain in the butt.
Now just need someone to weld my new pans in, because my wire feed skills suck.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 26, 2015, 02:15:04 AM
I'm assuming you are talking about an Ebay auction?  You need to wait until the final few seconds.  People will bid snipe the crap out something if they want it that bad.  I've done that several times when money is no object and you REALLY want or need an item.

Now, Today I...  Went to work LOL! 

Yesterday I... got a letter in the mail saying my mortgage is going up because the county taxes increased.  BULLSH**!!!  I won't get into the many, MANY reasons I hate politicians, but I think at least one of them is clear now.
eBay yes, but it's a BIN with Best Offer.  Up to 31 watchers now with over 1,700 views but it ends here in a few hours.  That's the irritating part about it, why watch a BIN listing you're not interested in?  I don't know, just makes things even harder than what they already are.  When someone does end up buying it I'll have to keep myself from crying and when they leave with it I'll probably just fall onto the ground in tears.  I bought it under illusions of grandeur I'd get better and would be able to do all the work, that and I was under the assumption the driveline would be good to go so it'd be smaller stuff anyway.  Well we see how all of that turned out.  If I had money falling out of my orifices I'd just take it to a renowned restoration shop and have them do everything to make it exactly how I want it, but sadly that's not an option.  So meh...  Just to add insult to injury I can't find a decent fourth gen which was the one car I was wanting anyway.  At times I think life would be easier if I were like most of the population and couldn't tell the difference between a car and a refrigerator.

Also that sucks terribly.  Why I go with locked in rates, as I see it knowing my luck things will only get worse if at all possible.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on August 26, 2015, 07:17:11 AM
Also that sucks terribly.  Why I go with locked in rates, as I see it knowing my luck things will only get worse if at all possible.

If the reference is to DeCaff's mortgage increase...I don't think rates have anything to do with it.  It sounds like his property taxes increased and they escrow the annual taxes into the mortgage causing the monthly mortgage payment to increase to cover the addtional taxes.  The actual mortgage payment portion is the same.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 26, 2015, 07:31:54 AM
He's right Decaff, the only thing that went up is the taxes and if you don't want your mortgage to go up you can pay the difference in one lump sum, but it'll just sit there until the taxes are due when you lender releases the funds.  You can look at it like this.  Increased taxes just means your house is worth a little more and that helps when it comes time to sell.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on August 26, 2015, 09:50:06 AM
I started disassembly of the 73.

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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on August 26, 2015, 03:00:58 PM
I'm assuming you are talking about an Ebay auction?  You need to wait until the final few seconds.  People will bid snipe the crap out something if they want it that bad.  I've done that several times when money is no object and you REALLY want or need an item.

Now, Today I...  Went to work LOL! 

Yesterday I... got a letter in the mail saying my mortgage is going up because the county taxes increased.  BULLSH**!!!  I won't get into the many, MANY reasons I hate politicians, but I think at least one of them is clear now.
eBay yes, but it's a BIN with Best Offer.  Up to 31 watchers now with over 1,700 views but it ends here in a few hours.  That's the irritating part about it, why watch a BIN listing you're not interested in?  I don't know, just makes things even harder than what they already are.  When someone does end up buying it I'll have to keep myself from crying and when they leave with it I'll probably just fall onto the ground in tears.  I bought it under illusions of grandeur I'd get better and would be able to do all the work, that and I was under the assumption the driveline would be good to go so it'd be smaller stuff anyway.  Well we see how all of that turned out.  If I had money falling out of my orifices I'd just take it to a renowned restoration shop and have them do everything to make it exactly how I want it, but sadly that's not an option.  So meh...  Just to add insult to injury I can't find a decent fourth gen which was the one car I was wanting anyway.  At times I think life would be easier if I were like most of the population and couldn't tell the difference between a car and a refrigerator.

Also that sucks terribly.  Why I go with locked in rates, as I see it knowing my luck things will only get worse if at all possible.

JMO but I think you are out of the money on it.  I don't see someone laying that out for that car with an inoperable transmission. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SMFS_Fear_Mii on August 26, 2015, 07:55:41 PM
I think you all seen what I did today
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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 26, 2015, 08:36:07 PM
JMO but I think you are out of the money on it.  I don't see someone laying that out for that car with an inoperable transmission.
A trans that's $200 off Craigslist, I could understand if it were a $1,000+ Muncie.  With as many watchers and views can't be too far off.  I don't know what to do, I have to be able to buy another car if I sell it and I'm incapable of fixing it because my life sucks and the universe decided I should be crippled by the time I was 23.  As usual I get screwed  on freaking cars, isn't the first time and it won't be the last.  The only car I bought that wasn't crap was the Celica from my uncle since he'd gone through it already and then the Miata I bought from an older lady that was only selling it since she moved to a condo with limited parking space.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 27, 2015, 02:22:41 PM
Also that sucks terribly.  Why I go with locked in rates, as I see it knowing my luck things will only get worse if at all possible.

If the reference is to DeCaff's mortgage increase...I don't think rates have anything to do with it.  It sounds like his property taxes increased and they escrow the annual taxes into the mortgage causing the monthly mortgage payment to increase to cover the addtional taxes.  The actual mortgage payment portion is the same.

That's 100% correct.  It had nothing do to with an increased rate of any kind.  It had to do with filthy rotten corrupt county officials trying to line their own pockets.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 28, 2015, 02:52:26 AM
Straight up what would everyone pay for my car?  At $3,500 OBO I had 31 watchers and right under 1,800 views but no one ever made any form of contact.  I only have one listing left so I need to know what to do.  I need to be able to buy a car after I sell it so I'm already nearing the point I can't afford to lose much more off of it.  I wish I could fix it, if I could I'd have done that a month ago but thanks to freaking fibromyalgia I physically just can't do it and there's nowhere safe to do the work here anyway.  It's why it took a month to figure out my rebuilt transmission wasn't wonky but just trashed, since I had to wait for my brother to get off work to redo the filter and pan etc...  There's an expired listing on eBay and one here so I won't bother plaguing this area with all the details, but surely I can't be that incredibly far off?  It's a complete solid car with a clear title and the motor alone is worth as much as the car is as a roller.  I should've never bought it, but I'm a giant idiot and thought with my heart instead of my mind and for whatever reason I thought I'd get better so I could handle anything that popped up.  Of course with the engine and transmission being rebuilt I was under the impression anything that happened would be small things, but no of course the one that rebuilt the trans had too many beers that day and screwed it up.  I'm sorry, I'm just so tired of everything.  I'm tired of feeling like I'm being steamrolled every day 24/7 and I'm tired of not being able to sleep, I'm tired of the fact at 23 my life is over.  It's just for once I'd like something to halfway work out.  Hell it's not like I need a car anyway, so I guess none of this even matters.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 28, 2015, 06:37:28 AM
...went thru the Chick-fil-a drive thru this morning for breakfast only to find out the car in front of me paid for my breakfast.   :D

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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 28, 2015, 06:53:52 AM
... and there's nowhere safe to do the work here anyway.

What exactly do you mean by that?  Bullets flying overhead or just no sidewalk to pull up on?

That, and I had to google fybromyalgia.  I'm really sorry to hear that and for what it's worth, I do hope you feel better. 

On the flip side, you are not the only one with medical problem plaguing your life.  Google "aural migraine".... no better yet:  youtube it.  Someone managed to make a video that's about 99% accurate of what goes on during a migraine.  Scary and painful stuff. 


So, Today I woke up at 5:38 am.  I'm used to being out the door by 5:45, to get to work.   :shock:  :lol:  :shock:  :lol:  Hehehehe it's going to be an interesting day.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ben on August 28, 2015, 07:01:20 AM
Straight up what would everyone pay for my car?
Straight up, no bs answer: it's a $750-1500 car. Bad transmission coupled with an Esprit low option car just does not make for a desired combo. The engine being worth $XX doesn't count because it doesn't drive due to aforementioned transmission problems. Not to mention no matter how many receipts you have for an engine, you'd be hard pressed to sell it for 1/2 what it costs unless we're talking very high end big name players in the engine building world (a Butler 461 stroker set up for boost & racing with time slips showing how fast it was will sell for much more than the local machine shop rebuilt 350).  Absolutely none of this is fair, but it's reality. A friend of mine was in your shoes. She had a beautiful 1974 full size Buick with 455 that she needed some engine work due to being tired & having oil leaks. The shop talked her into a full rebuild for $5800.  It ran great for 6 months until her dingbat husband blew the transmission. She tried to sell it for close to what it cost in the engine rebuild and absolutely no one would buy it. It's still sitting in a field rotting away after 10+ years because she wouldn't accept a low price and no one wants to pay running car prices for a non-running car, even with receipts.

I'm sorry, I'm just so tired of everything.  I'm tired of feeling like I'm being steamrolled every day 24/7 and I'm tired of not being able to sleep, I'm tired of the fact at 23 my life is over.  It's just for once I'd like something to halfway work out.
I have an endocrine disorder and have very little to any muscle mass and can't build upper body strength, so lifting things heavier than 25-30lbs is just something I can't easily do nor can I easily tighten/loosen bolts, move heavy things around, grip tools, etc. Coupled with a bad back and bad knee, doing serious car work is extremely difficult. I've had to learn my limits and plot every job out in excruciating detail before hand. I've learned the motto of "work smarter, not harder" to get anything done. Never brute force anything as I can't.  I'm slower but I still get it done. I've had my problems since 12 & the bad joints since 19.  Your life isn't over, it sure as hell may suck more than some other guys here, but you can choose to learn to live within your limitations like I did.  You're smart & resourceful, I know you can do it.

I like to joke that I got to be an old fogey at 20 so 50 won't be so hard on me as I'll have been there most of my life already ;-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on August 28, 2015, 08:16:46 AM
Well Box, I wish you were closer to Illinois.
Because I would be more than happy to help out a person in need.
I can not believe there is no person on this forum that is not within driving
distance of you and willing to help out.
I hope someone steps up.............we "ALL" need a little help now and then.
I wish you the best of luck, you have always been quick to offer information to me on here.
Thank you
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 28, 2015, 09:26:34 AM
Well Box, I wish you were closer to Illinois.
Because I would be more than happy to help out a person in need.
I can not believe there is no person on this forum that is not within driving
distance of you and willing to help out.
I hope someone steps up.............we "ALL" need a little help now and then.
I wish you the best of luck, you have always been quick to offer information to me on here.
Thank you

Same here.  I'd help out in 2 second if I were closer.  I'm in NE PA though so that's not exactly a drive around the block.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on August 28, 2015, 10:41:37 AM
Sorry to hear about your health, but since you asked I'm with Ben on this one... I say $1500 tops, different story if it was a TA or earlier year car.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 28, 2015, 10:56:26 AM
Sorry to hear about your health, but since you asked I'm with Ben on this one... I say $1500 tops, different story if it was a TA or earlier year car.
IMO 2K max since the body its self is clean. 2k for a good body is decent, 5K-7K around here gets you a painted, Running, driving late 2nd gen.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on August 28, 2015, 11:15:08 AM
Sorry to hear about your health, but since you asked I'm with Ben on this one... I say $1500 tops, different story if it was a TA or earlier year car.
IMO 2K max since the body its self is clean. 2k for a good body is decent, 5K-7K around here gets you a painted, Running, driving late 2nd gen.

Yes if it had TA fenders and flares.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 28, 2015, 11:46:02 AM
Sorry to hear about your health, but since you asked I'm with Ben on this one... I say $1500 tops, different story if it was a TA or earlier year car.
IMO 2K max since the body its self is clean. 2k for a good body is decent, 5K-7K around here gets you a painted, Running, driving late 2nd gen.

Yes if it had TA fenders and flares.
yeah, I should've said late 2nd gen T/A. 10K gets you a clean '70-'73 455 Trans Am here too.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on August 28, 2015, 11:59:57 AM
Box, sorry for your plight. nobody should have to deal with this shyt but unfortunately you can't change it.  Isn't your brother some sort of mechanic?  See if he can help you out?  Only a special car will get any sort of real $$ if it has to be taken away on a trailer. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Dreamn2 on August 28, 2015, 03:12:16 PM
Drove to the TA NATS :-P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 28, 2015, 03:22:23 PM
Drove to the TA NATS :-P
Worked at TA nats
;)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 28, 2015, 04:45:55 PM
Thanks everyone.  I guess I'm just better off parting it out then somehow...  By meaning having nowhere safe to work on it there's nothing but dirt and grass to lift the car up on.  I have jackstands but the car still sinks them with the ground dry, changing the filter and oil was bad enough and it's not worth risking serious injury or death to fix it.  I used to do all the mechanic work before fibro ruined everything, I can still do things that aren't overly strenuous but I still end up paying for it in some shape or fashion.  I just can't afford to lose over half on it, so I don't know what to do, I just wish I had never bought it at this point.  Actually I wish the trans rebuilder knew what they were doing, but oh well...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 28, 2015, 05:01:15 PM
Thanks everyone.  I guess I'm just better off parting it out then somehow...  By meaning having nowhere safe to work on it there's nothing but dirt and grass to lift the car up on.  I have jackstands but the car still sinks them with the ground dry, changing the filter and oil was bad enough and it's not worth risking serious injury or death to fix it.  I used to do all the mechanic work before fibro ruined everything, I can still do things that aren't overly strenuous but I still end up paying for it in some shape or fashion.  I just can't afford to lose over half on it, so I don't know what to do, I just wish I had never bought it at this point.  Actually I wish the trans rebuilder knew what they were doing, but oh well...

Put 3/4" plywood under the jack stands.  Works every time.   Pulled a few engines that way, did 3 clutches that way, did many, MANY brake jobs that way... also started the T/A resto that way.  I eventually got sick of using plywood, learned to weld, and welded 1/4" steel plates under my jack stands.  Worked nicely.  LoL then I bought a house with a garage.  6 of one, half dozen of another.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 28, 2015, 06:33:51 PM
That'd be one option, but then it's up to having my brother be nice enough to do pretty much all of it.  Also with the migraine thing, my mom gets them all of the time on top of having the fibro and I realize others have it worse like those with cancer and have loss of limbs physically or neurologically.  I guess it'd just be less infuriating if any of the of the medicines actually helped, I've been on everything there is for it and I only get the negative side effects.  Pain killers that'd knock normal people onto their ass are useless to me(and my mom and grandfather, yay genetics) as I might as well just drink a glass of water, and only muscle relaxers somewhat help every now and then.  I wanted to be a technician but fibro ruined that for me, no one will hire me now because not even I know when I'll be able to halfway get around one day or be motionless in one spot the next.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 28, 2015, 09:42:13 PM
, no one will hire me now because not even I know when I'll be able to halfway get around one day or be motionless in one spot the next.

That's more than double of what the people where I work do (http://www.tobyhanna.army.mil/).  Technician eh? What sort? 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 29, 2015, 12:05:50 AM
I wanted to be an ASE Master Technician for Toyota or Chevrolet, or any of the other brands I particularly like.  When I was knee high I wanted to be a mechanical engineer, but my AP Calculus teacher kind of ruined that for me.  The teacher that took her place during maternity leave was 1,000 times the teacher she was and I got back into liking math, but as soon as she came back for the rest of the year she made me not want to look at the stuff ever again.

I moved the car to the front of the yard earlier and threw a For Sale sign in the window, as many people as I had stopping and asking about it when I first got it surely someone will want it enough to where I can at least buy another car.  The thing to do would be to sell the engine to a Chevy guy or someone wanting a circle track motor and then sell the car as a complete solid roller for them to do whatever they want to with it.  I just so happened to make the grievous mistake in assuming a nice Firebird would be worth more than a burnt out Trans Am and that a built to the hilt 350 would be worth more than a worn out dog of a 301.  That and it was a good idea to be my only car and trust a freshly rebuilt automatic.  Funny thing it was supposed to be a compromise to giving up driving a manual because of the fibro, and this crap happens.  At least it was a car I'd always wanted and that'd make up for having to drive an automatic, so it not being a T/A etc... didn't matter as I planned on never getting rid of it...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 29, 2015, 08:53:57 AM
...went thru the Chick-fil-a drive thru this morning for breakfast only to find out the car in front of me paid for my breakfast.   :D

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I had this happen to me a while ago at a Micky D's, was totally surprised! we stopped and ordered a happy meal for our grandson, I joked to the guy at the register if I had known I wasn't paying I would've ordered more.  :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on August 29, 2015, 03:09:49 PM
Picked up front window trim, power window harness, passenger side sill plate, and a NOS ratchet shifter knob with perfect bird today at nats. Anybody else see the silver GTR in Roadhouse's parking lot?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on August 29, 2015, 03:45:26 PM
Finished my restoration projects for this year...

transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new (http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 29, 2015, 05:05:19 PM
Finished my restoration projects for this year...

transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new (http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new)
Congrats Rich, that deserves a celebration :grin: I finally started to put my dash back together, I bought new bulbs at 2 diff times for the gauge cluster. When I went to install them I realized I got 2 diff kinds. Need to go back to autozone tomorrow. I did get my parking brake cable installed inside the car.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on August 29, 2015, 07:12:48 PM
Put about 50 miles on the TA and I think I've got the bugs worked out.  The whine was just a loose belt and the heating issue turned out to be a leaky radiator hose.  Oh and a vacuum leak.  It won't win many drag races, but it'll shred the tires.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 29, 2015, 07:13:31 PM
Today I went to job #2 and OMG the day FLEW by!  Tomorrow I'll be doing something super cool!  I'll post pics/vid soon as I can.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on August 29, 2015, 07:40:58 PM
Finished my restoration projects for this year...

transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new (http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.new#new)
Congrats Rich, that deserves a celebration :grin: I finally started to put my dash back together, I bought new bulbs at 2 diff times for the gauge cluster. When I went to install them I realized I got 2 diff kinds. Need to go back to autozone tomorrow. I did get my parking brake cable installed inside the car.

I had the bulb go out that shines on the gas/electrical gauges, looks like I'm not quite done :(
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on August 29, 2015, 07:41:22 PM
Put about 50 miles on the TA and I think I've got the bugs worked out.  The whine was just a loose belt and the heating issue turned out to be a leaky radiator hose.  Oh and a vacuum leak.  It won't win many drag races, but it'll shred the tires.

Shredding .... :D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 29, 2015, 10:39:21 PM
Took a ride to the bank on state highways in brother's '12 Genesis Coupe, it hurt.  Not really any worse than my Celica, better than the Miata was, and oddly not as good as the Firebird.  I want a '68 Coupe DeVille, 129.5" of luxurious wheelbase to navigate through these rough waters...  I mean roads...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 30, 2015, 06:33:55 AM
Took a ride to the bank on state highways in brother's '12 Genesis Coupe, it hurt.  Not really any worse than my Celica, better than the Miata was, and oddly not as good as the Firebird.  I want a '68 Coupe DeVille, 129.5" of luxurious wheelbase to navigate through these rough waters...  I mean roads...

I'll see your Coup DeVille and raise you a 68 Bonneville :-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on August 30, 2015, 06:46:07 AM
Interesting...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 30, 2015, 09:39:56 AM
Just so majestic:
(http://www.classicpromenade.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/IMG_1990-920x620.jpg)
I had a '67 but the lack of parts availability and support for the 429 sucked.  '68 got the 472 which later stroked out to the 500 for the '70 Eldorado and then later DeVilles.  Actually there's good support for the 472/500 and you can build some Hellacious motors out of them.  Mmm... gratuitous amounts of torque.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 30, 2015, 05:47:34 PM
I finally got a little bit of time and decided to start putting my int. together. I wanted to put new bulbs in the dash before I installed it. I went to 3 auto part stores to get enough of them from the same manufacture and still no luck. Searched the net, no luck. I guess I need to go back to the first place and have them order for me. I am 5 short of getting the dash in.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on August 30, 2015, 07:02:29 PM
I have an old 18' open bow runabout... (94 Mariah Diablo - 3.8 L GM V6).   I had it at a shop last week because the tilt/trim fluid was milky looking due to water.  Got it back.  Took the wife and son and put the boat in on lake Travis yesterday - first and possibly only use this year... which sux.  Had a blast!  Then looked a the tilt/trim fluid - milky again.

Can't see any evidence of leaks - so wondering how well the shop did when they flushed it.  Decided to flush it myself today.  I'm no boat mechanic but I have a manual (almost useful!) and looked at some vids.  About 5 hours and 15 quarts of fluid later the fluid seems to be clear and the trim seems to be working right.

I flushed it with "cheap" (yeah right!) Autozone 10W-30 first.  The fluid FINALLY cleared up just as I was emptying the THIRD 5-quart jug.  Then I flushed out the 10W-30 with Mercruiser tilt/trim fluid which is VERY expensive (thus not used to flush the water at first).  It sucked - but all's well that ends I guess.  Need to make at least one more lake run to test it out.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 30, 2015, 11:10:37 PM
Rained all day and cleaned the Firebird off for me, so that was nice.  Had tree dust on it from where I had it parked further back into the yard.  If anyone nearby wants to throw in a TH350C for me I'd just keep it, especially now since there are some cheap ways of getting A/C working again which was my biggest detriment with keeping it.  That and the TH350C would help mileage, not like I drive too terribly much anyway these days.  It took over 6 months to put on a few hundred miles to break the motor in and the trans to show it was trash...  Just aggravating, had I driven it more sooner warranty would've replaced it...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 31, 2015, 06:20:54 AM
Rained all day and cleaned the Firebird off for me, so that was nice.  Had tree dust on it from where I had it parked further back into the yard.  If anyone nearby wants to throw in a TH350C for me I'd just keep it, especially now since there are some cheap ways of getting A/C working again which was my biggest detriment with keeping it.  That and the TH350C would help mileage, not like I drive too terribly much anyway these days.  It took over 6 months to put on a few hundred miles to break the motor in and the trans to show it was trash...  Just aggravating, had I driven it more sooner warranty would've replaced it...

Where are you located again?  I'd happily help you throw another trans in there.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on August 31, 2015, 07:28:12 AM
Sunday (y'day) left me house at 6:20AM for Cars & Coffee at the OBI on Long Island.  Biggest cruise in the area.  Always good to get together with the guys but hard to schedule with everything everybody has going on.  Arrived about 6;40 and couldn't get a parking spot.  Had to park on the grass. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on August 31, 2015, 08:40:16 AM
Sunday I finally got the TATA buttoned back up.
Drove it about 8 miles or so and everything seems to be good now!!
Finally!!!!!!!!!!!  It felt like it would never be done.
Thanks for all the input on here.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 31, 2015, 09:28:15 AM
Where are you located again?  I'd happily help you throw another trans in there.
I'm all the way in Alabama, thanks for the offer though it really means a lot.  I remembered there's a guy not too far down the road that runs a shadetree mechanic shop, even has a lift.  I went there for some used tires once and replacing broken wheel studs, was real reasonable on pricing.  The last few times I tried calling him for something the line was always busy or dead, guess I should drive by one day and ask about how much it'd cost to do a direct replacement.  Though part of me is wary about using a used transmission, really need one with better frictions given the motor that's in it.  Then again I don't abuse it anyway.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on August 31, 2015, 11:26:14 AM
Man I'd love to build a 3rd gen Coupe DeVille.

Black exterior, black interior, bagged, black spoke chrome lip 20's and 22's, and a twin turbo Lsx!



Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on August 31, 2015, 12:20:04 PM
I'll throw in an actually on topic remark here.


Yesterday I... got behind the wheel of a 600+ hp 2015 Camaro!  It was a belated birthday gift from the woman.  This was at the Maple Grove drag strip near Reading, PA.  WOW what fun!!  I got 6 passes but came in 2nd place.  Not bad for never racing a day in my life.  I have pics and video but I need time to upload them.  Also, need to figure out how to do some simple video editing as the vids are just wayyyy too long.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on August 31, 2015, 03:02:29 PM
I'll throw in an actually on topic remark here.


Yesterday I... got behind the wheel of a 600+ hp 2015 Camaro!  It was a belated birthday gift from the woman.  This was at the Maple Grove drag strip near Reading, PA.  WOW what fun!!  I got 6 passes but came in 2nd place.  Not bad for never racing a day in my life.  I have pics and video but I need time to upload them.  Also, need to figure out how to do some simple video editing as the vids are just wayyyy too long.
That sounds like fun :grin:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on August 31, 2015, 05:11:05 PM
Man I'd love to build a 3rd gen Coupe DeVille.

Black exterior, black interior, bagged, black spoke chrome lip 20's and 22's, and a twin turbo Lsx!
I was wanting to do similar except for pearlescent purple, 17-18" wire wheels, and building a 500 for it.  All the torques.

I guess by similar that'd be black interior and air suspension. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 01, 2015, 06:27:56 AM
I'll throw in an actually on topic remark here.


Yesterday I... got behind the wheel of a 600+ hp 2015 Camaro!  It was a belated birthday gift from the woman.  This was at the Maple Grove drag strip near Reading, PA.  WOW what fun!!  I got 6 passes but came in 2nd place.  Not bad for never racing a day in my life.  I have pics and video but I need time to upload them.  Also, need to figure out how to do some simple video editing as the vids are just wayyyy too long.
That sounds like fun :grin:

X2 love to see the video.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 01, 2015, 09:17:27 AM
Alright I did my best to edit in only the good parts.  Vid is about 1:38 long.

https://youtu.be/oVniQxut4Y4

As for pics:

Yellow car was for pic purposes only.  I was actually racing in a red Camaro.

Me and my father.

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02636_zpsdcdhoohu.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02636_zpsdcdhoohu.jpg.html)

Since the woman feels the need to take an effing selfie everywhere we go...

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02638_zpsgh2bsr98.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02638_zpsgh2bsr98.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02648_zpsyrma2rgb.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02648_zpsyrma2rgb.jpg.html)

Here I'm actually in the driver seat.

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02658_zpsveanyrjy.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02658_zpsveanyrjy.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02663_zpstjnqibcf.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02663_zpstjnqibcf.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02641_zps37pd7odz.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02641_zps37pd7odz.jpg.html)

I'm told I look badass in this pic, so it may get further edited for intimidation purposes to jealous co-workers :-)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02635_zpsazbngddg.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02635_zpsazbngddg.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 01, 2015, 09:39:14 AM
Looks like it was a lot of fun.  Nothing like beating on someone else's car. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 01, 2015, 10:01:37 AM
Today I.......actually drove the TA to work for the first time
in quite a while.
Feels sooooooooooo good!!!!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on September 01, 2015, 04:46:23 PM
Nice pics DeCaff. I would hate to buy one of those cars in the used marketplace though.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 01, 2015, 05:45:14 PM
I hate when this happens, when absolutely nothing is being done to the car. I dont care if its small progress but stuff needs to be done. I'm at the point where I'm "farming" out what I need and saving everything for a 3rd gen.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 01, 2015, 06:47:00 PM
  Picked up my door panels. She just replaced the cardboard backing and installed NOS GM weather felts. The rest of the panel is original. 


(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/002_zpscqh8mhy1.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/002_zpscqh8mhy1.jpg.html)

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/001_zpsj7rod30g.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/001_zpsj7rod30g.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 01, 2015, 08:32:45 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: rkellerjr on September 01, 2015, 08:53:16 PM
Finished my projects for the year, see the final results here...

http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=68069.240
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 01, 2015, 09:11:19 PM

Since the woman feels the need to take an effing selfie everywhere we go...

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/DSC02638_zpsgh2bsr98.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/DSC02638_zpsgh2bsr98.jpg.html)



Mr. grumpy is actually smiling...

Nice video (well done) but I thought the cars were manual.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 02, 2015, 06:17:31 AM
I hate when this happens, when absolutely nothing is being done to the car. I dont care if its small progress but stuff needs to be done. I'm at the point where I'm "farming" out what I need and saving everything for a 3rd gen.

 Alright guys, I need your opinion on this.  My Trans Am has been sitting for the last 15 years, it hasnt ran in over a year.  Should I take it all down, by this I mean rebuild the engine the way I want to, tubular subframe and control arms, SFC,properly build a 700R4 to handle the new 400's power and effectively replace/repair every rusted body panel on the car along with freshening up the interior.  The cars not being driven as it is, so that doesn't matter. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on September 02, 2015, 06:37:19 AM
I hate when this happens, when absolutely nothing is being done to the car. I dont care if its small progress but stuff needs to be done. I'm at the point where I'm "farming" out what I need and saving everything for a 3rd gen.

 Alright guys, I need your opinion on this.  My Trans Am has been sitting for the last 15 years, it hasnt ran in over a year.  Should I take it all down, by this I mean rebuild the engine the way I want to, tubular subframe and control arms, SFC,properly build a 700R4 to handle the new 400's power and effectively replace/repair every rusted body panel on the car along with freshening up the interior.  The cars not being driven as it is, so that doesn't matter. Thoughts?

That's quite a hit list.  Do you have the $$, talent, time, desire, etc?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 02, 2015, 07:30:48 AM


Mr. grumpy is actually smiling...

Nice video (well done) but I thought the cars were manual.

Is it that obvious (that I'm grumpy)?

Well Jack maybe some of them are but these were slush boxes.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on September 02, 2015, 07:41:51 AM
...had a few firsts with the TA.  I drove my TA more then 5 miles away from my house, Drove my TA to work for the first time, and drove it in morning stop light traffic.  Most of you know this TA used to belong to the late "Russman" and I have had to do a lot of maintenance to get it road worthy.  I'm happy to say that is ran and idled flawlessly in traffic and ran 180 the whole time.  I did have trouble with the lockout rod not letting me remove the ignition key, so that thing may come off very soon.  Here it is in the parking lot this morning.

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/frontpassview.jpg)

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/frontdriveview.jpg)

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/backpassview.jpg)

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/backdriveview.jpg)

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/dashview.jpg)

(http://transamcountry.com/misc/79ta/int1.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ThKidd on September 02, 2015, 08:09:27 AM
Looks great.  Congrats on being able to drive it to work.  Notice that you (wisely) parked it back away from everyone else.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 02, 2015, 09:11:36 AM
Mike, car looks great, I always liked the decals but I'm not to crazy about the rear spoiler TA call out. I love the interior, the seats look very comfortable and provide a lot of support, are they from a 4th gen?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Steve B on September 02, 2015, 09:15:29 AM
Looks great.  Congrats on being able to drive it to work.  Notice that you (wisely) parked it back away from everyone else.

I always try to do the same.  But most times someone ALWAYS parks next to it.  Wish I could park it in a tree sometimes...

Car looks great!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 02, 2015, 09:34:34 AM
I have to agree that ride looks fabulous! 

Today I...  will be working the equivalent of a 13 hours shift on just under 4 hours of sleep.  Life is awesome.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 02, 2015, 10:18:40 AM
Had a father and son apparently stop and look at the car while I was busy dying yesterday, said they'd come back to check it out more and that they're not too far away.  Hopefully they'll want it enough to buy it.  I found a rare car for sale locally and I need the money...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on September 02, 2015, 10:37:53 AM
Mike:  the car looks great.  The skeletal bird hits the streets again!  Congrats and have fun.

What is the equivalent of a 13 hour day?  Are you in a time warp again?  :grin:

Box: quit dying and sell that car!  Hope it works out for you.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on September 02, 2015, 10:44:32 AM
Thanks for the compliments and I too hate the rear spoiler.  I have another one and a base coat clear coat aerosol kit to paint it black along with the front chin spoiler that is flat for some reason.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 02, 2015, 10:54:28 AM
Thanks 76455sd.  Well until they come up with a cure for this garbage I'm afraid that won't happen anytime soon, but hopefully they do buy it.  I just want it to go to someone that'll continue to improve it, it deserves it even if it's only a Firebird.  Even with the borked transmission it's a lot nicer than what's on Craigslist locally for the same price and under.  That's where I know I'm going to regret selling it already...  If I were the more violent type I could strangle the one that rebuilt the trans...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 02, 2015, 12:56:17 PM
I hate when this happens, when absolutely nothing is being done to the car. I dont care if its small progress but stuff needs to be done. I'm at the point where I'm "farming" out what I need and saving everything for a 3rd gen.

 Alright guys, I need your opinion on this.  My Trans Am has been sitting for the last 15 years, it hasnt ran in over a year.  Should I take it all down, by this I mean rebuild the engine the way I want to, tubular subframe and control arms, SFC,properly build a 700R4 to handle the new 400's power and effectively replace/repair every rusted body panel on the car along with freshening up the interior.  The cars not being driven as it is, so that doesn't matter. Thoughts?

That's quite a hit list.  Do you have the $$, talent, time, desire, etc?
no, yes, yes, yes. Doing a complete resto at one time would take the car down for at least a year if not more. I dont want to end up like my cousin who has a 1979 Z/28 all sandblasted and on the  roticery, admittedly much rougher than my '77 T/A but that car shell has been sitting on the stand for 3+ years in the same condition.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 02, 2015, 07:03:33 PM
installed my new seat shelf. My son had it custom made all vinyl to match seats. Early birthday present.

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 03, 2015, 01:47:18 AM
Good thing you have louvers and probably don't park in the sun often or use it for storing hats.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on September 03, 2015, 07:37:43 AM
installed my new seat shelf. My son had it custom made all vinyl to match seats. Early birthday present.

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg.html)

That is nice!!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 03, 2015, 09:36:24 AM


What is the equivalent of a 13 hour day?  Are you in a time warp again?  :grin:



9 hour day at regular job, then 4 more hours at second job.  Makes for one LONG day when you are tired to begin with.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on September 03, 2015, 11:34:15 AM


What is the equivalent of a 13 hour day?  Are you in a time warp again?  :grin:



9 hour day at regular job, then 4 more hours at second job.  Makes for one LONG day when you are tired to begin with.

yes it does.  Time to hit the rack.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 03, 2015, 12:19:40 PM
Oh that I did, only to get up at 4:30 the next morning and LOL I was almost late for work.  Reason being that the woman decided to take my thermos apart to clean it.  She failed to inform me of this.  It took me a good 15 minutes to figure out how to put it back together (and it's still not quite right). 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 03, 2015, 12:33:01 PM
I have 48 hour days, I don't suggest them to anyone.  So I'm lamenting the thought of making a Craigslist ad, well because I hate Craigslist and the people that use it.  You know what I mean, that guy that tries to negotiate over the phone without having even seen the car in person yet.  How rude and classless.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 03, 2015, 01:30:59 PM
I hate when this happens, when absolutely nothing is being done to the car. I dont care if its small progress but stuff needs to be done. I'm at the point where I'm "farming" out what I need and saving everything for a 3rd gen.

 Alright guys, I need your opinion on this.  My Trans Am has been sitting for the last 15 years, it hasnt ran in over a year.  Should I take it all down, by this I mean rebuild the engine the way I want to, tubular subframe and control arms, SFC,properly build a 700R4 to handle the new 400's power and effectively replace/repair every rusted body panel on the car along with freshening up the interior.  The cars not being driven as it is, so that doesn't matter. Thoughts?
Thanks guys, what I think I'll do is wait until spring to see if there is a good chance of it
Being able to make it to the local shows. If there is I'll drive it for the show season and then take it down at the end of 2016. If there isnt a good chance of it being driven then I'll start taking it down at the beginning of 2016.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 03, 2015, 07:56:56 PM
Here's one:  TOMORROW I.... plan to fix a joist in my basement, replace at least one of the gutters on the back of my house, and probably will have to put new front pads and rotors on my moms car. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 03, 2015, 08:10:26 PM
Good thing you have louvers and probably don't park in the sun often or use it for storing hats.

Yes I keep her in the garage, other wise I'm sure it wouldn't last long.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 03, 2015, 08:12:51 PM
installed my new seat shelf. My son had it custom made all vinyl to match seats. Early birthday present.

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/IMAG1583_zpsr4ymzqp0.jpg.html)

That is nice!!!

Thank You KY, it looks real nice close up. It's a same it's hidden by the louvers.   
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on September 04, 2015, 09:56:29 AM
Today I sold my rally II no changing my mind and switching back. They went to a good home, guy working on a 67 GTO.

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 04, 2015, 10:16:44 AM
So, a wizard stopped and looked at my car apparently and took some pictures yesterday. By wizard I mean an old guy with long white hair and a beard. Supposedly he has a co worker that used to own one and has been looking for one for awhile now, so here's to hoping. The hardest part will be the act of selling it regardless of the price, I'll probably start crying halfway through it. By probably I mean definitely.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 04, 2015, 02:09:24 PM
So, a wizard stopped and looked at my car apparently and took some pictures yesterday. By wizard I mean an old guy with long white hair and a beard. Supposedly he has a co worker that used to own one and has been looking for one for awhile now, so here's to hoping. The hardest part will be the act of selling it regardless of the price, I'll probably start crying halfway through it. By probably I mean definitely.

It sucks to see anything you love go, but that attachment is what makes the car special to you. Without that attachment the car is just that, an old machine.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on September 04, 2015, 02:11:39 PM
Box, so I assume its the same guy that's in your avatar?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: EvilEdOlean on September 04, 2015, 03:05:03 PM
Today I started deconstruction of the 71 (again) for a new heart!

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20150428_172330_zpsfbmfidh4.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20150428_172330_zpsfbmfidh4.jpg.html)

Des your center console have seat belt guides?   Just wondering my 1979 trans am project car can with a console with seat belts guides.  I think this means the console is from a 1971-72 Trans am but not certain.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 04, 2015, 04:41:44 PM
My 71 does but not the 72.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 04, 2015, 08:36:34 PM
Today I recieved a New in box 2011 Cobra 29 CB as a gift. Figured it'd go in the S10 vs the Trans Am.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 04, 2015, 09:01:13 PM
Today I... actually had a day off, so I fixed said joist in my basement.  For those of you that know anything about construction, that joist had 3/4" of sag in it AND it was cracked!  I'm jacking it back up with a 20 ton hydraulic jack... 1/8" at a time lol.

Then I... called my mother and ended up having to replace the brakes on her 2012 Nissan Versa.  1.6 econobox junk.  Suits her needs though.  When I took off the rotors, they had such bad grooves in them that I had a hard time getting the pads off.  Nothing a hammer and chisel couldn't fix.  Instead of OEM organic garbage, I installed Duralast Gold semi-metallic pads and Z-clad rotors to match.  She will never have front brake problems again  :cool:

Then, after a crap load of errands and other BS of wasting my day, I FINALLY got back home about 6 hours later.  Not at all the way I wanted to spend my only day off  :sad:  then, I decided to work on the T/A's engine for a bit and that turned into the final aggravation for the day (see my resto thread). 

I had to step away, clean up, and have some dinner.  Ever just have TOO much stress in one day?  Well that was today.  I would have rather been working all day.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 05, 2015, 04:04:03 AM
Box, so I assume its the same guy that's in your avatar?
I wished it was Ian McKellen that was stopping by to buy my car.

Yesterday afternoon I decided to have a flare, everything was burning intensely and my arms and legs even swelled up and turned red...  Those are the days I feel like dying...  Took over twelve hours to get back to what I consider somewhat normal, I just had to lay down and do nothing.  On a positive note I was able to catch some sleep for once.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on September 05, 2015, 07:47:24 AM
A day behind, but last night I finished the ductwork, got my dash installed and installed my Beautiful Gold dash bezel restored by Randy Combs. Windshield and back glass are scheduled for tuesday
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 08, 2015, 07:37:58 AM
Yesterday I...  was so frikken busy that I didn't even have a chance to post anything!  Got up @ 8am, start sandblasting... and only got my manifolds done.  Would have gotten more done by my air compressor started missing.  How the Hell does an electric motor have a miss?  Turns out it needed a new air filter and an oil change. 

Ok so now half the day was shot already.  Then I threw an oil change into my Camry, replaced the battery terminal connectors (that turned into another project!), cleaned up the garage a bit, and then I saw my neighbor trimming some shrubs.  That reminded me I had to do the same to the pine trees in my hard.  That leg to a $140 trip to Lowes for an electric pole saw.  Even with the right tool, OMG what a job that was!

THEN, my father shows up and says his HHR needs an oil change.  Ok so that's my second trip to Auto Zone.... 

Grrrr... well now it's getting dark and POOF!  My porch light decided to blow one of the 100W halogen bulbs.  Back to Lowes!@$#%. 

Finally got that done and the woman says the burgers are ready.  I take one bite and they are pink and bloody in the middle.  Double GRRRRR!!!

At that point I said EFF THIS and went to bed! 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 08, 2015, 08:09:09 AM
DeCaff.............your gonna have a heart attack!!!   lol
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Steve B on September 08, 2015, 08:32:37 AM
Yesterday I...  was so frikken busy that I didn't even have a chance to post anything!  Got up @ 8am, start sandblasting... and only got my manifolds done.  Would have gotten more done by my air compressor started missing.  How the Hell does an electric motor have a miss?  Turns out it needed a new air filter and an oil change. 

Ok so now half the day was shot already.  Then I threw an oil change into my Camry, replaced the battery terminal connectors (that turned into another project!), cleaned up the garage a bit, and then I saw my neighbor trimming some shrubs.  That reminded me I had to do the same to the pine trees in my hard.  That leg to a $140 trip to Lowes for an electric pole saw.  Even with the right tool, OMG what a job that was!

THEN, my father shows up and says his HHR needs an oil change.  Ok so that's my second trip to Auto Zone.... 

Grrrr... well now it's getting dark and POOF!  My porch light decided to blow one of the 100W halogen bulbs.  Back to Lowes!@$#%. 

Finally got that done and the woman says the burgers are ready.  I take one bite and they are pink and bloody in the middle.  Double GRRRRR!!!

At that point I said EFF THIS and went to bed!

Read what DeCaff did yesterday.  Got tired and called it a day!  lol...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 08, 2015, 10:20:03 AM
Just read my previous post again.  I knew I was getting a migraine and wow...  all the spelling errors prove it. 

LoL so today I... (am having) a migraine that may force me home early from work.  I really hate that.

PARTSMAN76:  Both of my paternal grandparents died of heart attacks, and my father has already had a heart stent (he did have a stroke, though).  I've been tested again and again and again...  I have a perfectly healthy heart, I eat right, and I keep in shape.  Maybe it skipped me?

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on September 08, 2015, 10:42:09 AM
I'm taking the 82 jeep for its first smog test with the CARB approved fuel injection and header. I hope they don't hassle me or refuse to smog it.
Fingers crossed for nice smog natzi's!!!

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 08, 2015, 11:16:05 AM
Yesterday........me and a friend took our TA's on a road trip.
(http://i.imgur.com/eob0d9L.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on September 08, 2015, 12:57:38 PM
Y'day - of all the jobs I have to do around the house, my wife picks paint the garage floor.  Besides the car there is a bunch of other shyt in there.  Emptied it, shop vacced it, scrubbed the floors with concrete cleaner, shop vacced it again, let it dry & painted it.  I didn't have time for a 2-pt epoxy so used a Behr concrete paint that's rated for garage floors.  IDK how durable it will be but it laid down pretty nice with a roller but there were a lot of spots I had to do with a brush. 

Finished product - house was built in 1954 and floor was bare concrete

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/6EBB2ADD-1431-4E1A-92F5-C9224A028B5E_zpsl7kdbicx.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/6EBB2ADD-1431-4E1A-92F5-C9224A028B5E_zpsl7kdbicx.jpg.html)

Also found these, which came off the TA when I bought it.  Why do I save this stuff?

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/DD8562C9-A80F-4070-9244-56BDACC566FD_zpsnqtk3ffx.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/DD8562C9-A80F-4070-9244-56BDACC566FD_zpsnqtk3ffx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on September 08, 2015, 01:47:33 PM
Because they are Limited.  Sorry, someone had to say it.   :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on September 08, 2015, 07:10:17 PM
I'm taking the 82 jeep for its first smog test with the CARB approved fuel injection and header. I hope they don't hassle me or refuse to smog it.
Fingers crossed for nice smog natzi's!!!

Tom H

As I suspected smog didn't go well as the guy didn't know what to do with the removed parts list. I think you would put N/A for smog pump and heat rise tube etc. he recommended the referee so I sat on hold for 35 minutes to have them say "you have to be tested and fail before you can go to the referee" So I will try again tomorrow at a different station.

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on September 08, 2015, 07:26:17 PM
Quote
I will try again tomorrow at a different station

Not sure where you are but in most places the computer shows you've already tried and failed so multiple attempts don't really help because if one place fails you and another passes you the second place has to have clear records of you passing "fair and square" to protect themselves.....  In other words the second guys looks at you harder than the first.... my experience anyway.  Best of luck.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 737driver on September 08, 2015, 10:51:48 PM
Today I finished doing a complete wiring and electrical job on a 1937 Hudson Super 8. Although it wasn't a Trans Am, a complete wire and electrical install was a great experience. I used a Painless Wiring kit which worked quite well. The original wiring and installation was an absolute nightmare. However everything worked excellent, and I was happy to have it all done. It took longer than anticipated (about 30 hours or so). Good thing is the experience and understanding of automotive electrical that gained.
Jim
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on September 09, 2015, 04:26:03 AM
Today I paid a deposit for a 10 x 9 metre garage to hide my toys....
Well at least 3 of them..... :D :D :D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 09, 2015, 05:35:30 AM
So roughly 33x29 feet in American, should be able to squeeze in 8 decently sized cars back to back and side to side.  Never said anything about getting them in and out. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on September 09, 2015, 10:01:26 AM
Quote
I will try again tomorrow at a different station

Not sure where you are but in most places the computer shows you've already tried and failed so multiple attempts don't really help because if one place fails you and another passes you the second place has to have clear records of you passing "fair and square" to protect themselves.....  In other words the second guys looks at you harder than the first.... my experience anyway.  Best of luck.

He never tested it, he stopped at the visual because he didn't know what to put for the heat rise tube since the EFI removes the complete air cleaner assembly and has an open air cleaner. When I called the referee to make an appointment they ran the plate and had nothing to reference for the test. So the next place either passes it or fails it so I can move on. What kills me is I upgraded to CARB legal EFI to make it better but still have to fight because they don't have clear guidance on how to test it.

Tom H
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 09, 2015, 11:03:07 AM
I am so glad we do not have inspections here.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 09, 2015, 12:17:17 PM
Quote
I will try again tomorrow at a different station

Not sure where you are but in most places the computer shows you've already tried and failed so multiple attempts don't really help because if one place fails you and another passes you the second place has to have clear records of you passing "fair and square" to protect themselves.....  In other words the second guys looks at you harder than the first.... my experience anyway.  Best of luck.

He never tested it, he stopped at the visual because he didn't know what to put for the heat rise tube since the EFI removes the complete air cleaner assembly and has an open air cleaner. When I called the referee to make an appointment they ran the plate and had nothing to reference for the test. So the next place either passes it or fails it so I can move on. What kills me is I upgraded to CARB legal EFI to make it better but still have to fight because they don't have clear guidance on how to test it.

Tom H

OMG dude seriously just find a lick-n-stick place and be done with it.
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Post by: mrbandit on September 09, 2015, 12:31:22 PM
Post 1995 won't let you do that Decaff, at least around here in NC.  I would think everywhere is pretty much the same.  You are permitted one code, but that is it. 
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Post by: roadking77 on September 09, 2015, 03:00:06 PM
Finally! Got my windshield and back glass installed. He was supposed to do it yesterday but I wasn't quite ready. Two guys, very professional and did a nice quick job. They even attempted to do the mouldings but the clips I had were junk so I ordered new ones. The guy goes by my house often and said he will stop back and do the trim when I get the new clips. I got his name from my glass guy (who doesn't do car windows anymore), and small world, the guy lived 2 houses down from me when we were kids. He moved away when I was still very young and I didn't know him but he knew my older siblings. My dad built the house he lived in!
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Post by: Casey on September 09, 2015, 03:13:39 PM
Move to glorious Alabama where all you have to do is have proof of insurance and throw money at them once a year for a tag sticker and they don't care in what shape your car is.

So, I'm contemplating just buying a used TH350 and have it installed by my brother and I.  Visited my father this past weekend for Labour Day and he's the manager of the service department at the dealership my brother also works at, and he said I could use the shop one Saturday to replace the transmission.  So it's just a matter of finding a good used transmission and a way of getting it there since it's about 25 miles away.  Brother has a '00 Durango 5.9 4x4, so have something to tow it just need a dolly or trailer.  I'd imagine should be able to get the borked one out and the hopefully not borked one in within a few hours having a lift and transmission jack.
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Post by: Casey on September 09, 2015, 04:18:04 PM
Well just had someone drop by and showed them the car, he took my name and number so I dunno. Most promising so far since he actually came to the door and wanted to look it over better. Apparently he has a friend with a shop so I guess we'll see.
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Post by: hakitup on September 09, 2015, 04:22:21 PM
Well I got past the visual but failed anyway, looks like the EGR is not working correctly and possibly the cat has an issue. This guy did exactly what I thought he should, answered the questions EFI (yes) carb (no) Cat (yes) smog pump (no) heat rise switch (no) check engine light (yes) MAP (yes) EGR (yes) Thermal switch (yes) Charcoal can (yes) O2 sensor (yes).............PASS!!!!! run the test FAIL!!! I happy I got this far.

Tom H
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 09, 2015, 05:41:15 PM
Today I... came home from work and saw this monster on my garage door!

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20150909_181944_zpspklxax8b.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20150909_181944_zpspklxax8b.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on September 09, 2015, 05:47:05 PM
I would've set the front of the house on fire at that point.  I HATE bugs and especially spiders...  Oddly enough snakes and sharks don't phase me, go figure.  Well I take that back, some bugs I'm ok with like butterflies and moths and caterpillars.  Wooly aphids and inch worms make my day.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 09, 2015, 06:11:11 PM
I would've set the front of the house on fire at that point.  I HATE bugs and especially spiders...  Oddly enough snakes and sharks don't phase me, go figure.  Well I take that back, some bugs I'm ok with like butterflies and moths and caterpillars.  Wooly aphids and inch worms make my day.

LMAO!!!!!  Now that made me laugh pretty hard!  We have something in common, Box.  Spiders are, bottom line, the thing I fear the most.  The doorknob in the background makes that monstrosity seem larger than it actually is, but.. still dam scary!
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Post by: Casey on September 10, 2015, 12:51:04 AM
What's really bad is the huntsman spider in Australia...  Never going to Australia for that reason alone.
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Post by: Mumbles on September 10, 2015, 02:47:46 PM
Yesterday........me and a friend took our TA's on a road trip.
(http://i.imgur.com/eob0d9L.jpg)

Nice!  That's an @#$%ing cool pic!  :cool:
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 10, 2015, 02:53:16 PM
Thanks Mumbles.....thats the wifes handy work
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Post by: roadking77 on September 10, 2015, 04:13:17 PM
Yes, that is a really neat pic. I like the structure of the bridge as well, where is it located? Looks like something around Wheeling WVA.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 10, 2015, 04:19:26 PM
That is going from Perryville MO to Chester IL over the mighty Mississippi
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Post by: JT Firebird 79 on September 10, 2015, 04:23:43 PM
Yes, that is a really neat pic. I like the structure of the bridge as well, where is it located? Looks like something around Wheeling WVA.

I grew up 20 minutes from Wheeling. Claysville, PA. I miss all the bridges of that area. They make for really cool photos. RoadKing77, are you in that area?
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Post by: roadking77 on September 10, 2015, 05:21:31 PM
Yes, that is a really neat pic. I like the structure of the bridge as well, where is it located? Looks like something around Wheeling WVA.

I grew up 20 minutes from Wheeling. Claysville, PA. I miss all the bridges of that area. They make for really cool photos. RoadKing77, are you in that area?
No I am in the extreme North Eastern part of Maryland. 2 mi. south of PA and 6mi west of DE. I have travelled just about everywhere east (and parts of the southwest) of the Mississippi on my motorcycle. That bridge reminded me of the Wheeling area.
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Post by: Casey on September 11, 2015, 08:19:39 AM
Started the search for a used Chevrolet TH350, so I guess it's a matter if I sell it first or find one and fix it and then keep it.  Though if I keep it there's so many things I need to do before I'm comfortable driving it for long distances, physically and mentally.  For one I need seats with recline and some side support, the stock seats are horrendous.  Also need to at least get the blower motor replaced so I have heat and can bring in outside air which is better than nothing.  I'd also like to improve the crash safety somehow since it's my daily driver, I won't do anything to warrant it but you never know with everyone else out on the road.  I refuse to take it onto the interstate for that reason, which I'm just not a fan of the interstate regardless of what I'm in but being in something with late 70's crash safety technology I really don't want to take it beyond 50 mph.  Would want to do a disc conversion on the rear along with Hydroboost.  Would also want to upgrade the suspension and put on 17's with modern high performance tires.  Eventually a manual conversion with a hydraulic clutch would be in order, and then fuel injection.

Maybe I am better off selling it after all...
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 11, 2015, 11:11:38 AM
Box.....search car-part.com
That is a national salavge locator.
You can get some 4th gen seats and a used th350 on there.
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Post by: Casey on September 11, 2015, 01:04:15 PM
Seats I don't mind buying from a junkyard, as what you see is what you get.  Not so much with a transmission, for all I know the trans is the reason the car was junked and that'd be my luck.  I found someone on eBay with good feedback that sells rebuilt TH350's for $450 and a core, but they're in Rogersville, Tennessee.  I honestly wouldn't have the slightest idea on who to use locally, all I know is that there's at least one rebuilder out there that doesn't know what they're doing and with my luck I'd end up going to the one that did the one sitting in the car now.  I've tried getting in touch with the previous owner to find out who he got it from as I can't recall who he said, but that's been a dead end.  Then again there's no telling with a used auto transmission either, even if you get to test drive it.  That's part of my reason for hating automatics, one minute they appear fine and then they're dying or dead the next.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 11, 2015, 01:19:07 PM
I wonder what it cost to ship a trans...........i have a local guy here in IL that did
mine for $400.00.  That was new sprag, friction and plates, a 2000 rpm stall, and shift kit.
I refer all of my customers to him.
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Post by: Casey on September 11, 2015, 01:32:55 PM
It'd have to be shipped through UPS or FedEX at the least, if not freight.  I think a TH350 is around 130 or so pounds dry.  Plus I only get one day to do it using the shop, so I'll need the transmission with me when I go to do it.  I'm not wanting to spend a lot on another TH350 that I'll ultimately want to replace, it'd be different if that's what I wanted.
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Post by: Steve B on September 11, 2015, 01:36:40 PM
It'd have to be shipped through UPS or FedEX at the least, if not freight.  I think a TH350 is around 130 or so pounds dry.  Plus I only get one day to do it using the shop, so I'll need the transmission with me when I go to do it.  I'm not wanting to spend a lot on another TH350 that I'll ultimately want to replace, it'd be different if that's what I wanted.

X2.  Had my motor shipped via UPS freight.  I think they could beat $400.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 11, 2015, 01:39:35 PM
$400.00 was the total price for the rebuild.
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Post by: Steve B on September 11, 2015, 01:40:22 PM
$400.00 was the total price for the rebuild.

Oh, misread.  Sorry...
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Post by: Casey on September 11, 2015, 01:42:44 PM
Which that's pretty inexpensive all things considered.  I wish I had a personal shop with a lift and workbench, etc...  I'd just rebuild it myself for the princely sum of $75 for the ATP master kit, or I'd probably splurge for the $225 Alto red master kit.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 11, 2015, 01:50:23 PM
I understand
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Post by: 77 TA man on September 11, 2015, 06:27:23 PM
Hey Box, you could have a set of Subframe Connectors installed. When my cousin took out his T-Top '80 Z/28
on a pole was when I decided to buy the SFC for my car before I really start driving it. Figured that since mines a hardtop and with SFC it might just stand a chance of being rebuilt after a crash like that.  Just a thought, I hope your transmission search goes well too!
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Post by: 77 TA man on September 11, 2015, 06:43:33 PM
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 11, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.

A 6 cylinder and a Camaro.  How dare you....  LoL no j/k g/l with purchase.


Heh, as for me, Today I... did a very important update on my T/A resto thread and did some body work (GASP) on my 2000 Camry.  Probably the first rust removal that car has seen in 15 years.
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Post by: Casey on September 11, 2015, 08:26:53 PM
Really don't see how SFC's would help as it's a matter of lacking refined crumple zones more so than anything, but that's just part of it I guess.  My biggest fear is someone crossing over the line with us both doing 50-55 mph.  T-boning I'm not too overly concerned with as I always make sure things are clear before proceeding despite having the the light or right of way.  Should've never looked up that crash test video...  Anyway thanks for the well wishes on the transmission search.
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 11, 2015, 10:50:08 PM
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.
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Post by: 77 TA man on September 12, 2015, 04:27:13 AM
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.

A 6 cylinder and a Camaro.  How dare you....  LoL no j/k g/l with purchase.


Heh, as for me, Today I... did a very important update on my T/A resto thread and did some body work (GASP) on my 2000 Camry.  Probably the first rust removal that car has seen in 15 years.
Yeah I know...Camaro...ugh.... I really want a third gen Z/28 but I figured driving at 2.8 for a year or two would get me more experience  driving before jumping straight to a Z/28. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 12, 2015, 09:23:05 AM
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.
I know, but I'm a professional worrywart so it can't be helped.
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Post by: solargold on September 12, 2015, 10:53:07 AM
Today I bought a 79 Z code 4 speed NOM 455. Silver, orange hood bird and t roof
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Post by: Casey on September 12, 2015, 11:02:42 AM
Pics! :o
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Post by: solargold on September 12, 2015, 01:47:21 PM
(http://media.motortopia.com/files/16673/album_79455/55f3ff0d6f5b1/tn_full_image.jpg) (http://www.motortopia.com/photos/752090)
(http://media.motortopia.com/files/16673/album_79455/55f3ff0da68d3/tn_full_image.jpg) (http://www.motortopia.com/photos/752091)
(http://media.motortopia.com/files/16673/album_79455/55f3ff1354353/tn_full_image.jpg) (http://www.motortopia.com/photos/752093)
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Post by: Casey on September 12, 2015, 04:57:54 PM
Nice.  I imagine it's a blast to drive with the 4-speed and 455. 

A 4-speed needs to fall out of the sky somehow undamaging the rest of my car as it knocks the TH350 out of the way and installs itself.  One can dream.
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Post by: 72projectbird on September 12, 2015, 05:06:24 PM
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.

x2.

I take my car on long drives that involve 80mph for 40+ miles on I95 or 495. Safety has never crossed my mind while out and about in the T/A.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on September 12, 2015, 06:19:25 PM
Tore the top off my 77 dash in preparation for repairing it.  A bit of a scary process when I started with a single crack.

(http://www.woodgrainandstain.com/images/stories/1977TA/341.jpg)

(http://www.woodgrainandstain.com/images/stories/1977TA/346.jpg)
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Post by: Pats TA on September 12, 2015, 07:51:53 PM
  Wow that looks like a major repair. 
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Post by: Jack on September 12, 2015, 08:14:14 PM
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.

x2.

I take my car on long drives that involve 80mph for 40+ miles on I95 or 495. Safety has never crossed my mind while out and about in the T/A.

80mph yah right  :wink:
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on September 12, 2015, 08:29:35 PM
Wow that looks like a major repair.

It does give me pause as I was pulling pieces off the dash.  Still, I'm expecting it to go well, based on others that have described the process with even worse starting points, such as JTS32: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=64923.msg644947#msg644947.  Others I've seen on TAC have started with large chunks missing from the foam and have brought the dash back to near perfection.   
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Post by: Ben on September 12, 2015, 09:08:15 PM
I finished rebuilding the AC in a car.  New everything except evaporator and condenser.  Just need to make sure it holds vacuum overnight and then I can fill it up with freon and verify it works.
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Post by: Lev on September 13, 2015, 09:30:23 AM
I test fitted the new rear spoilers I got from TxTransAms and they fit my 78 like a glove, comes as a welcome relief since I had heard bad stories of the new repops not fitting. I would highly recommend these.
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on September 13, 2015, 10:00:36 AM
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
Does yours look similar to mine?  I've only ordered one can of the filler, so hope that is enough for the entire dash.  I've gotten lots of information from the TAC link I provided and also from RoadKing77, who has done 2-3.
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Post by: solargold on September 13, 2015, 10:15:04 AM
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
Does yours look similar to mine?  I've only ordered one can of the filler, so hope that is enough for the entire dash.  I've gotten lots of information from the TAC link I provided and also from RoadKing77, who has done 2-3.
For major repairs it will take 2-3 cans of vinyl repair filler. Having to buy them 1 at a time gets expensive with shipping. It's important to use several think layers sanding in between. Also you want to overlap the repair over good material and be thick enough to prevent it from cracking again with the old material versus the new foam
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Post by: roadking77 on September 13, 2015, 12:17:07 PM
Re dyed my interior plastic again :shock: Did it yesterday, it  was raining heavy all day and I thing the excess humidity adversely affected the clear sealer. Scuffed it up and another coat. This time it looks much better.
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Post by: Jack on September 13, 2015, 02:13:48 PM
No before, screw up and after pics!
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Post by: steve78ta on September 13, 2015, 06:27:43 PM
Look at my thread..lol..but today I stripped and cleaned all brake and fuel lines,painted everything under the bird in preparation of putting it all back in. More under coating and A-arms painted. Oh yeah, changed a power steering pump on my brother in-laws 08 Nissan Altima..that was fun..Not!
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Post by: 79merlin on September 13, 2015, 07:21:07 PM
Yanked the radiator out of the bird. Will be putting an aluminum in it place, but found lots of rust on the support, so am holding off on putting it back together until I can address that.
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Post by: 1973klrbrd on September 13, 2015, 08:07:13 PM
Watched the MavTV Optima Batteries Search for the Ultimate Streetcar event coverage from Texas earlier this March. Amy and KLRBRD made an appearance...sound isn't great so bear with the video.

(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag340/Jdeluca/th_3BB51F9F-DB09-4F9D-9811-C05B9B65765B_zps6uy0mvyp.mp4) (http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag340/Jdeluca/3BB51F9F-DB09-4F9D-9811-C05B9B65765B_zps6uy0mvyp.mp4)

 
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Post by: Casey on September 13, 2015, 08:17:43 PM
You mean changing something on the front of a transverse motor isn't fun? :P

Woo TV appearance!
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Post by: steve78ta on September 14, 2015, 05:56:32 AM
Yeah I only hear from him if he needs something. I should have let that call go to voice mail.. :P
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Post by: roadking77 on September 14, 2015, 06:05:44 AM
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 14, 2015, 07:15:23 AM
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:

They never do!  Just had a similar hiatus with my oil dipstick tube.  What should have been a 30 minute job turned into more like 6 hours.

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Post by: 72projectbird on September 14, 2015, 09:45:49 AM
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
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Post by: Casey on September 14, 2015, 10:15:21 AM
They can be yours for the low low price of $10,000 each. :P
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Post by: 77 TA man on September 14, 2015, 01:27:28 PM
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
How do you get 3 Chargers during highschool? I want just one!
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Post by: Casey on September 14, 2015, 01:46:04 PM
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.
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Post by: 77 TA man on September 14, 2015, 02:09:04 PM
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.
one of my friends dads was telling me how his first car was a '68 Charger, 383 and a 4 speed. After that he had an '80 TTA.  Moms first car was a '67 Firebird 400/TH400 'vert. Then dads first was a 6 banger Rambler followed by a '71 RAIII Formula.  The stories he's told me....
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Post by: mrbandit on September 14, 2015, 02:17:55 PM
Yep, Dad paid a whopping $350 for our old 69' 442 4spd back in early 80's.  My Dad gave me my 78' Marty TA in 89' and by 92' I had already bought another nice 77' for $900 and an 86' IROC-Z for $1500.  In 96' I sold the 78 for $3700, the 77' for $2800. 
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Post by: Casey on September 14, 2015, 02:34:04 PM
The real curiosity though being how 90's and some earlier 2000's cars fare.  Most are still not too terrible to work on and only have a computer for the engine, or if it's an automatic a computer for the trans as well.  I've seen a few of the mid-late 80's cars start going up within the last five years, both domestics and imports.
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Post by: Pats TA on September 14, 2015, 06:08:12 PM
  Yes car were cheap. I paid $500.00 for my 73 Camaro. But in 1979 minimum wage was $2.90 an hour, and at 40 hours that was only $116.00 a week before taxes.  :shock:
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Post by: roadking77 on September 15, 2015, 05:35:09 AM
I graduated hs in 1982. Most of the guys around drove ss chevelles and ss Camaros. There were dozens of them in my town. when I turned 16 a buddy had a 68 Camaro convertible, ss rs in mint condition. He wanted 2500 all I could scrape up was 1000. It was a pretty good amount for a car at that time.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 15, 2015, 06:20:19 AM
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.
Yeah, screw that^. Today I did some looking and  with progressive insurance its $200 a month for a 6 banger Camaro. Compared to $166 a month for a V8 Camaro. I put it in again to make sure and the 6banger was still higher! Looks like I'm just going to skip that and go right to a Z/28.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 15, 2015, 10:57:41 AM
$200 a month. :shock:  It was only some $20 a month for the '79 for liability.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 15, 2015, 03:36:45 PM
$200 a month. :shock:  It was only some $20 a month for the '79 for liability.
yeah, the $160 was for "Basic" what ever that entails. The thing that gets me, is that I couldve had over $700 in cash saved up by now if I didnt keep blowing it on the '77. Sad thing is I have almost nothing to show for everything I've spent. The HEI, plugs, wires, front window trim, Haynes '82-'92 Camaro manual, some old C&D magazines, and the pair of SFC. I dont know where the rest went lol. Couple of shows left in the season but now it is imperative that I get a good job over the winter to help get the money for a decent 3rd gen.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 15, 2015, 06:52:10 PM
Today I... put a 4th coat of paint on my freshly rebuilt 400.  1 more coat and then the clear coat starts  :grin:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: OldGG on September 18, 2015, 03:50:30 PM
I got a 4 post last week and today I put the GP on it for some final adjustments.

(http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b563/harborside_245OldGG/P1010001z_zpshsxfez27.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on September 18, 2015, 03:58:53 PM
Very nice, I need one of those!!

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 19, 2015, 05:45:49 AM
Nice lift, though I wouldn't have it so close to vegetation.  Chance of insects (especially spiders) in my work area would be too great.

Today I... just woke up 15 mins ago.  I'm having some delicious pecan nut coffee :-)  I'm about to go over the pseudo f-i-l's garage to borrow this:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200354072_200354072    I put a brand new power steering pump (from Rock Auto) on the womans Jeep and it has already developed a leak.  So, I found a pump in the j/y and installed that, but my pulley tool broke (Auto Zone JUNK!) before the pulley went 100% on the shaft.  So now the serpentine belt is wearing away very fast and it squeals like a mofo.  Time to fix that problem TODAY.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on September 19, 2015, 01:15:00 PM
Today I'm getting ready to take the RAT-AM for its maiden voyage, / blast around the block.....
Still far from finished "interior trim wise" I do however have a drivers seat fitted instead of a crate for safety..... 8)

Fingers crossed nothing fails mechanically.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 19, 2015, 08:33:43 PM
Video?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ThKidd on September 21, 2015, 09:10:48 AM
Last Friday I finally did something that I'd been wanting to do for some time; I took a day of vacation and worked on the TA all day.

One of the previous owners had sprayed the entire underbody with that rubberized undercoating, and it was on everything but the exhaust.  I removed the rear sway bar so I can replace the bushings, and used my angle grinder with a 4" wire cup brush to start removing some of the gunk.  I cleaned the rear axle housing and repainted it, then cleaned the sway bar and got it ready for repainting.  Most of the bolts had so much undercoating that I could barely get the nuts off of them, so I had to clean those too.  What color should the sway bar be painted?

When I came out from under the car, I looked like I had been working in a coal mine all day, and I had little red marks all over my legs, where the wires had come off of the cup brush and stuck me.  I had to take a shower just so I could eat lunch.

I then removed the headliner and remaining interior plastic pieces so I could start repainting them.  I got all of them cleaned, and part of them repainted by the end of the day on Saturday.  I think I'm going to buy new screws and fasteners; I just hope I can remember which ones went where.

I removed the rear brake drums, wire brushed them and repainted them.  One of the brake linings had totally deteriorated, and fell apart; both were very rusty inside, so I went to Advance Auto and bought new brake shoes and wheel cylinders, but the nuts on the brake lines were frozen so badly that I rounded them off with my nut wrench.  Now I've got to find a way to get them off of the wheel cylinders.  I also decided to replace all of the springs and adjusters (I just hope I can remember how they go back together; I left the other side so I could use it as a guide).

I found out the car has air shocks on it.  I removed the lines and plan to replace those with regular shocks.  Any recommendations for reasonably priced rear shocks?

Needless to say I was very tired and dirty at the end of the day.  I took another shower, and then had to clean the shower to get rid of all of my mess.  Really felt good to be able to set aside a whole day to work on the car, but now it seems that I'm even further behind than when I started.  :-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on September 21, 2015, 04:05:22 PM
Had an appt. with the surgeon to schedule my operation for next week. I had the privilege of receiving a hernia in my groin last week. The gift that keeps giving. :shock:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 21, 2015, 04:34:10 PM
Today I found that the front brakes on the '77 were locked up, no idea when or why it happened so thats great. Also date checked my 4X heads and typed up a for sale ad, its a long shot but maybe I can dump then at the next car show.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on September 21, 2015, 07:41:49 PM
Today I... picked up my truck after having an Auburn posi unit installed in the rear pumpkin, and while he was at it- I had him inspect/spec everything in the rear end (all good) and change bearings and seals.  Who orders a 4x4 without a limited slip rear differential anyway?  According to the shop- almost 90% of all brands of the 4x4's sold now are actually open differentials on the rear pumpkin.  I bought it used; and I couldn't believe that someone got a moonroof, heated leather seats, electric sliding rear window, and all of those other options that I don't use, but didn't check the limited-slip option when ordering it.  It has it now  :cool:  I left my truck with him last week while I went to Colorado for 8 days of camping in the Marshall Pass area.  Got home yesterday in time to clean up and take my wife out for our 30th wedding anniversary.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on September 22, 2015, 01:38:32 PM
Happy Anniversary Yeti, we'll hit our 30th this January.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 22, 2015, 03:47:05 PM
Happy Anniversary KY, Going on 32years for me. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on September 22, 2015, 07:36:00 PM
Looks like I have to follow this thread to see what's happening with every one...
Anyways happy anniversary Mike and may you celebrate many, many more.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 23, 2015, 10:16:30 AM
Last night I... finally got a solid 8 hours of sleep!  It's been awhile.  I woke up with 1 of our 3 cats laying across my chest.  No wonder my nose has been running all day   :x
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on September 23, 2015, 10:35:29 AM
They can be yours for the low low price of $10,000 each. :P

I took some pics when I picked the engine up last week. See if you can spot the Chargers! In the first pic on the far left there is a 70 R/T if you look really close!

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20150918_110305_zpscgakimjy.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20150918_110305_zpscgakimjy.jpg.html)

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20150918_111428_zps0fyyt09a.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20150918_111428_zps0fyyt09a.jpg.html)

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/374%20washington%20st%20E.Bridgewater_zpshvdkpb28.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/374%20washington%20st%20E.Bridgewater_zpshvdkpb28.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 23, 2015, 05:11:24 PM
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 23, 2015, 07:33:25 PM
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P
Thought the same thing...'68-'70 Chargers are among my list of my favorite top 5 cars. If I ever get a charger it will probably be a '71-'74 or the new ones. If only the new ones had 2 doors...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 24, 2015, 07:46:19 AM
Today I... got up at 5 am as usual and went off to work.  Tonight I... will be bolting the engine into my T/A :-)

Here's a good one for you guys.  Last night I... was at job #2.  A regular customer came in last night (I didn't know he is a regular) and tried paying for a large order with one of those new credit cards that has a chip embedded in it.  I ran the card and asked for ID before the computer even prompted me to do so.  This guy (one of our latino customers) gets offended and says jesus crist, you don't know me in here by now?  I politely asked for ID again and he gave me the middle finger.  I was JUST about to hit the cancel button when he pulled a drivers license out and showed me that with the card. 

Then I got the whole "what's wrong with you blah blah blah spiel."  I basically told him that I don't you from Tom, Dick, or Harry.  Besides, I'm trained to ask for ID and the computer will not process the transaction until I see said ID.  He paid for his order and walked out kind of pissed.  OH WELL!

Later that night, some idiot came in with a Chevy Trailblazer and tried to purchase a can of Engine Restore.  It's nothing more than an oil additive that supposed to coat worn rings/cylinders/whatever.  He asks me if this stuff works.  I said yes but Lucas is better.  What are you trying to do? 

Well, I have to put in a gallon of oil every week.

Ok well here put in some Lucas treatment and top off your oil.  Check it again in that week.

Where do I check the oil??

.................  come outside I'll show you.


I get regular people like that.  Don't know how much longer I can take that place.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on September 24, 2015, 08:25:34 AM
Today I.....woke up to my dishwasher running.  It was apparently cycling thru the post process > throwing an error code > wait 30 minutes > repeat.  Yeah, I get to remove a washer and see if I can repair it.  It is 9 years old, but I've replaced the motor in it 2 years ago.  I'd replace it completely, but it was $1k new and I hate to give up on that investment.  Hopefully its just the drain pump motor.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on September 24, 2015, 08:49:47 AM
Decaff..........I feel your pain.
I used to work the retail counter at a Ford dealer.
The general public is just ignorant sometimes and they always feel like they know more than the guy
on the other side of the counter. Sometimes that is true............but mostly not.
I was so happy when I moved from retail to wholesale 11 years ago.
Now all i deal with is repair and body shops, that know what they want and know what $$ to expect.
It sounds like you are at a XXXXzone, or orXXly auto parts.  Go to a dealer....pay is better and less agervation
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Greenbird76 on September 24, 2015, 11:39:17 AM
I finally re installed my 700r4 back into Greens.  I had pulled it 4 weeks a go to replace a noisy and vibrating "on it's way out" torque converter with a beefier 2100 stall speed one from Monstor Transmission.  While it was out, I decided to install a B & M shift improver kit, 3/ 4 up-shift valve and a billet tranny pan to replace the factory drain plug delete one that always ended up leaking no matter what gasket material i used.  The B&M kit didn't do too much to repair the really lame factory 2nd gear location, but it did provide much better crisp and efficient shifts.  I do realize that their our better kits out on the market, such as the trans go kit.  The 1/2 shift it stiff as heck and be careful that you adjust your TV cable appropriately.  I had it one lick in too much and the car caught second gear so hard that my car almost spun out while exiting a gas station.  Now I have it set perfectly again making Green a blast to drive.  8-) :-P 8-)
   
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DGulliver on September 24, 2015, 12:46:30 PM
...bought a '73 Formula 350!  Pretty clean matching numbers car w/build sheet. I'll get some pics up soon.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on September 24, 2015, 01:39:59 PM
...bought a '73 Formula 350!  Pretty clean matching numbers car w/build sheet. I'll get some pics up soon.

Score.....looking forward to those pics.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 24, 2015, 04:19:51 PM
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P
Thought the same thing...'68-'70 Chargers are among my list of my favorite top 5 cars. If I ever get a charger it will probably be a '71-'74 or the new ones. If only the new ones had 2 doors...
The Challenger has two doors. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 24, 2015, 06:28:39 PM
Decaff..........I feel your pain.
I used to work the retail counter at a Ford dealer.
The general public is just ignorant sometimes and they always feel like they know more than the guy
on the other side of the counter. Sometimes that is true............but mostly not.
I was so happy when I moved from retail to wholesale 11 years ago.
Now all i deal with is repair and body shops, that know what they want and know what $$ to expect.
It sounds like you are at a XXXXzone, or orXXly auto parts.  Go to a dealer....pay is better and less agervation

It's AutoZone, for those of you that didn't know already.  It's only a part time job.  Mostly nights and weekends so no going to a dealer.   

I finally re installed my 700r4 back into Greens.  I had pulled it 4 weeks a go to replace a noisy and vibrating "on it's way out" torque converter with a beefier 2100 stall speed one from Monster Transmission.
   

Funny you should mention them.  I'm currently in the market for a th350 master rebuild kit and was actually checking out their website.  I was wondering if they are worth a darn?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 24, 2015, 06:37:50 PM
Shot a couple games of pool with my son.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 24, 2015, 07:14:18 PM
Decided it's just best to move on and dropped the price on the Firebird and relisted here for even less.  Seeing as here lately it takes forever to even make it to the couch to feel like messing with the computer I'll never feel like getting the Firebird done to how I want it, so it's better to just sell it instead of letting it fall into obscurity.  Maybe one day I'll win the lottery and then I can just have one done exactly how I want it by Foose or Kindig.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 26, 2015, 08:23:41 PM
  took the time to find out why the power lock solenoid didn't work. I fixed it. :shock:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Rickard080TA on September 27, 2015, 09:49:04 AM
... replaced the front brake pads and rotors on my Crown Vic. Now I am heading to a local hot rod show.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 27, 2015, 03:11:38 PM
Is it at a doughnut shop? :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 27, 2015, 03:48:12 PM
Today I...
Turned my first wrench on a Gen I SBC.  That thing is a long way away from being ready. Not sure If I want a 4 barrel carb or stick with the EFI since it will eventually go into my future 3rd gen. Not really sure what I want to do with it since I dont know how bad it is inside.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 27, 2015, 04:34:16 PM
I'd stay with EFI, especially since the third gen already has all the wiring provisions in place if you get the right year.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Rickard080TA on September 27, 2015, 06:20:49 PM
Is it at a doughnut shop? :P

Nope, was at a local park, Iroquois, was actually a big show. Saw my first FireHawk.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 27, 2015, 06:24:00 PM
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 27, 2015, 06:28:43 PM
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 27, 2015, 07:05:10 PM
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...

LOL, I picked up on it right away but you were taking to Rickard080TA. You will see more SUV's at the donut shops now a days.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 27, 2015, 07:22:22 PM
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...

LOL, I picked up on it right away but you were taking to Rickard080TA. You will see more SUV's at the donut shops now a days.

Some want to explain it to me?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 27, 2015, 08:07:00 PM
Crown Vic=police car, police officers eat doughnuts, therefore it's only logical that Crown Vics would only go to doughnut shops. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 27, 2015, 09:05:49 PM
Started a youtube channel, Yes I know I need to change trim to an actual title. But here is#1 video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flWncI7Ahoo
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 27, 2015, 09:33:07 PM
Cool video, I'd be nervous running that course with my Camaro, knowing I'm surrounded by jersey walls. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 28, 2015, 05:04:51 AM
Cool video, I'd be nervous running that course with my Camaro, knowing I'm surrounded by jersey walls. 
Like this Mustang almost did?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_AimP99lNc
Until I've gone through everything on the suspension theres no way I'd be going out there in my '77.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 28, 2015, 12:26:43 PM
Today I...  heard the dumbest joke, ever.


Crown Vic=police car, police officers eat doughnuts, therefore it's only logical that Crown Vics would only go to doughnut shops. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 28, 2015, 04:30:05 PM
That almost hurts as much the last six hours I've spent motionless on the couch.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on September 28, 2015, 06:20:10 PM
Quote
here is#1 video

That Camaro looks and sounds great!


Quote
Like this Mustang almost did?

darn understeer!

That is one well-attended autocross!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 28, 2015, 06:29:42 PM
Quote
here is#1 video

That Camaro looks and sounds great!


Quote
Like this Mustang almost did?

darn understeer!

That is one well-attended autocross!
It was the 2015 Columbus Goodguys, there were thousands of classic cars there and I saw a purple '76 Esprit, a '73 Buccaneer Red T/A, a couple first gen birds, many GTOs. It was a blast!  I'll to get more videos up soon.  Only gripe is vehicle age limit is '73 or older....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 28, 2015, 07:44:12 PM
Today I...
Stripped the other head of Rocker arms and push rods. I'll try to get the heads off tomorrow and we'll go from there. Hopefully its not bad.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 28, 2015, 09:52:12 PM
Mustang and understeer in the same sentence?  Nah, can't be. :P

Oh, I guess you're talking about the TBI 350?  I hear using a stock LT1 cam makes for a nice and cheap improvement on the L98 and LO3 etc...  There's a dowel pin on the cam that needs modified but that was it I think.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 29, 2015, 06:15:17 AM
Mustang and understeer in the same sentence?  Nah, can't be. :P

Oh, I guess you're talking about the TBI 350?  I hear using a stock LT1 cam makes for a nice and cheap improvement on the L98 and LO3 etc...  There's a dowel pin on the cam that needs modified but that was it I think.
I Figured that since I'm going with a carbureted intake  that I would buy the biggest cam that would work with the Vortec heads. Something like this...of course I'll probably have to buy a higher stall.
http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=CdzSkB_gJVqvtDYS7hASly73IBPe8mckG_-zA_eABn4np-7MCCAQQAiD4mYsSKApgybbci8Sk_BCgAZGKuPQDyAEHqgQnT9AwUaFYi2puP8nsIslL8MCWRrw6BoShaAaLWXLCp6o440TxzefDgAWX4LwLwAUFoAYm2AYCgAfX9ccLiAcBkAcCqAemvhvYBwHgEuqzi-a_vtvSSg&sig=AOD64_3hghoU2seFrdTnt8uuaoGFNuigGQ&ctype=5&clui=3&rct=j&q=&ved=0CCEQwg9qFQoTCK2w7eaZm8gCFUw3PgodmxYDRw&adurl=http://www.jegs.com/i/Comp%2BCams/249/12-243-3/10002/-1%3FCAWELAID%3D1710573575%26CAGPSPN%3Dpla%26catargetid%3D230006180000848112%26cadevice%3Dm
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 29, 2015, 03:10:12 PM
Well used LT1 cams can be gotten for next to nothing, whereas any new roller cam is going to be $300 or more.  Or get a 5-speed car and just adjust your leg instead of messing with stall speeds. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 29, 2015, 06:36:04 PM
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on September 30, 2015, 08:59:15 AM
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....

I once had this 95 F150 that I was forced to swap out the engine.  A bolt broke off inside the head (from taking off the intake manifold) so I took the head to a shop.  I had the bare block under a tarp, but in the time it took get the head back and actually have time to bolt it back onto the block, a LIGHT layer of rust formed in the very top of the cylinder.  I scratched it out with a wire brush as best I could and bolted the head back on.

That frikken thing ran great until I sold it. 

The moral of my story:  Many, many people worry WAAAYYYYY too much about rust in the cylinders!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on September 30, 2015, 02:59:34 PM
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....

I once had this 95 F150 that I was forced to swap out the engine.  A bolt broke off inside the head (from taking off the intake manifold) so I took the head to a shop.  I had the bare block under a tarp, but in the time it took get the head back and actually have time to bolt it back onto the block, a LIGHT layer of rust formed in the very top of the cylinder.  I scratched it out with a wire brush as best I could and bolted the head back on.

That frikken thing ran great until I sold it. 

The moral of my story:  Many, many people worry WAAAYYYYY too much about rust in the cylinders!!
Foaming engine cleaner and a rag took most of the rust off, I think a wire brush will settle for the rest. Judging by the lifter I was able to pull out this LO5 has less miles than my Pontiac 400, might not be as bad as I thought.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 30, 2015, 08:26:49 PM
 :shock: celebrated my 50th birthday.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on September 30, 2015, 08:45:50 PM
Woooo happy birthday!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on September 30, 2015, 08:46:46 PM
Happy Birthday, young'un!  Your gift is on its way  8)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on September 30, 2015, 09:26:27 PM
Thank You, I made it to the 1/2 way mark, its all down hill now. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 01, 2015, 09:39:09 AM
Today I...  drove in to work and I swear I took a nap on the way there!  One minute I was pulling out of my driveway, the next I was in the parking lot at work.  It's a 45 minute drive.  No idea how I got here w/out wrecking.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: b3nny on October 01, 2015, 09:45:55 AM
Yikes i guess you have done that drive before. Well i did pads and rotors on my 2000 grand am gt. It i didnt even break anything. (Okay i broke 2 cheap c-clamps but i exchanged them for new ones!)

Took my 80 TA to the shop a couple days ago to have a rear main seal and pitman arm seal replaced. That way i can store all winter with no leaks for once. I havent heard back ... hope thats not a bad sign. Not sure what this will cost me.

Take it easy guys.
JB
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 01, 2015, 01:59:01 PM
Can I ask why you took it to a shop in the first place?  I wouldn't let anyone else (let alone a shop) touch my T/A!  Not after all the work I've put into it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 01, 2015, 06:12:34 PM
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 01, 2015, 06:39:25 PM
The lifters in the 350 are stuck in every sense of the word. Theres too much rust/crud in the lifter valley for all the foaming cleaner and degreaser to even get beside the lifter.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 01, 2015, 09:31:49 PM
Mix ATF and acetone 50/50 and soak everything in that.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 02, 2015, 09:07:43 AM
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:

x2 on that.  I don't have a good place to work on my car or the skill or tools to be dropping transmissions or pulling engines. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on October 03, 2015, 08:07:07 PM
(Well, last week actually).... I bought a big garage with a house attached to it, lol. 3 cars up front, and a bay in the back for the TA.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u419/mescalero99/TAC/IMG_1631_zpsbspfh1ja.jpg)

The new Pontiac motor is in the Uhaul trailer, hopefully I will get to the swap soon since I have room to work now.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u419/mescalero99/TAC/IMG_1636_zps2kdyj6gj.jpg)

We had quite a welcoming committee as well...

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u419/mescalero99/TAC/IMG_1626_zpsq2bzbtzh.jpg)

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u419/mescalero99/TAC/IMG_1676_zpstmkndd0l.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 03, 2015, 08:30:46 PM
darn, Spoon!  Nice garage.  Hope to see a lift in there in the future.  Oh and I like those shelves.

Today I...  awww Hell!  The past couple of days, I...  well let's see.  I worked my a55 off, for one.  Having two jobs sucks but it pays the bills.

Then, my car died and I got stranded at Weis parking lot (it's a supermarket).  The battery finally gave up the ghost.  That $40 junkyard battery lasted me 15 months.  I'd say I got my money's worth.  Well, I had to call the woman to come give me a jump, then drove straight to Auto Zone and got a new battery to the tune $91.  I love my employee discount.  Took me about a half hour to install the new battery because I had to splice in a new terminal, too.  Did all this in a torrential downpour :-(

Then, I decided to put a new electric baseboard in my bathroom.  The old one was fried.  Even though tear down and install took me nearly 4 hours (had to patch a wall and change the thermostat location), that wasn't the hard part. 

Then, I thought while I'm at it, I'll replace the wax ring on my toilet, and only THEN did the torture begin!  A $5 wax ring replacement has so far turned into a 2+ day adventure and a $150 (so far) repair bill.  Good thing I have a second 1/2 bathroom. 

..... and you guys wonder why my T/A isn't done yet.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on October 03, 2015, 10:35:47 PM
Spoon:  Congrats on the house/garage.  I could do without the snakes and frogs.

DeCaff:  WTH did you do to the toilet?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 03, 2015, 11:23:40 PM
Nice frog and snake, you're in good company. 8)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on October 03, 2015, 11:28:15 PM
Thanks Guys!

DeCaff - Sorry to hear about the car troubles, but that seems to be part of the TA experience :)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on October 03, 2015, 11:58:41 PM
Spoon sounds like you got a really nice house to go along with that garage of yours.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

And today I got a bit more done to the RAT-AM..... http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=63057.200
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on October 04, 2015, 12:35:56 AM
I did :)

I'm under orders to get house projects done first, but I'm really excited to have the room to work on the TA.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 05, 2015, 05:37:13 AM


DeCaff:  WTH did you do to the toilet?

Long story short, when I went to shut the water to the toilet off, that action gave way to the shotty previous plumbing.  Correcting one issue turned into another and another.  Then, when I finally pulled the toilet off the floor, I could see the drain rusting and rotting away.  That has to be replace, too.  I have the parts but no time to fix it.  (stuck at work)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 05, 2015, 07:23:26 AM
Blew apart the Tree Fiddy and did all new steering components. Its amazing how much stiffer the steering is now!

 (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20151004_123057_zpsrqicyy8m.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20151004_123057_zpsrqicyy8m.jpg.html)

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20151004_183111_zpsnzqcc7ko.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20151004_183111_zpsnzqcc7ko.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 05, 2015, 12:41:20 PM
Awesome garage.  When I see that I get jealous. 
This is what you get on Long Island in a 1950's tract home.  Picture shows my previous ride. 

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/Xmasshots389.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/Xmasshots389.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on October 05, 2015, 02:49:53 PM
Awesome garage.  When I see that I get jealous. 
This is what you get on Long Island in a 1950's tract home.  Picture shows my previous ride

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/Xmasshots389.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/Xmasshots389.jpg.html)
and a good looking two-wheeler it is.  Have you since been able to remove the traning wheels?  :D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 05, 2015, 05:10:12 PM
Today I recieved a set of 333882 SBC heads to replace the stock LO5 heads. And the #6 piston is cracked/busted on the LO5 I'm working on.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: b3nny on October 05, 2015, 05:21:18 PM
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:

x2 on that.  I don't have a good place to work on my car or the skill or tools to be dropping transmissions or pulling engines.

Correct, i mean if anyone wants to volunteer to come help by all means. My mechanic now dosent want to do it without pulling the engine completely out. Says he has done them in the car before and it always ends up worse. Ahh.. honestly if the engine comes out there will be a different one going in!

Otherwise Today i did rotors and pads all the way around on my Grand AM GT and did oil change on my generator, replaced passenger side mirror on my f150 and tarped the boat, took the cutting deck off the tractor and put the blade on..

Hope all that is manly enough for a Saturday!

JB
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 05, 2015, 05:43:23 PM
Spoon, congrats on the new house. Looks like you have plenty of storage space in the garage. Although, if I saw that creature with no legs I think I would have put it back on the market :shock: "Caff, as a long time homeowner, and a professional contractor, when ever one embarks on a home plumbing project you can figure on 4 times the cost and 5 times the allotted amount of time :grin
Last Thursday i had surgery to repair a hernia. Now i have 6 weeks of no lifting, i should be able to do some light work on the car in the meantime.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 05, 2015, 05:56:31 PM
Finally caved in and listed the car on Craigslist. *shivers* :-|
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 06, 2015, 05:41:49 AM
Finally caved in and listed the car on Craigslist. *shivers* :-|

Link?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 06, 2015, 08:28:46 AM
Speaking of CL....

I drove 7 hours (450 miles) round trip to look at an 84 300zx 50th Anniversary yesterday. The seller told me it was a solid project, with decent paint and it was mechanically sound with it really only needing interior work and minor details. When I got there the paint around the windshield was bubbled with rust coming through, the exhaust was hanging on the ground, the inner rockers were cooked, and the rear hatch area behind the tail lights was so rotted I could put my entire fist through it. The underside of the car looked like it was in the Atlantic. The mounting points for the rear end were smoked.

The worst (or best) part was the guy was 10 minutes late meeting me, so I left without ever coming into contact with him. At least I got to see NY for the first time!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 06, 2015, 10:10:15 AM
... At least I got to see NY for the first time!

Pfftttt!!!  You are not missing anything.

Today I...  am wasting 9 hours of my day at work.  Then, I have to go over my mothers house to take care of a few things.  Looking forward to that </sarcasm>

Then, I hope to have time to throw in some laundry and maybe even get the pulley pressed on my new power steering pump. 

BLARGGGHHH  It's garbage night!  Totally forgot about that!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 06, 2015, 01:29:24 PM


The worst (or best) part was the guy was 10 minutes late meeting me, so I left without ever coming into contact with him. At least I got to see NY for the first time!

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 06, 2015, 02:01:52 PM

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

I know about getting pics before going, I actually had him send some to my phone. He still lied through his teeth.

It was in Fishkill NY. Pretty place, reminds me of Maine.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on October 06, 2015, 02:13:33 PM
... figure on 4 times the cost and 5 times the allotted amount of time...

Sounds like one of my home improvement projects!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 06, 2015, 02:19:02 PM
It's the same as the listing on here.  So far I've had someone send a picture of a Mercury Mountaineer, and that was it.  I guess they were wanting to trade, who knows.

I've thought about getting a '84-86 300ZX, but they're almost just as bad to work on as the '90-96 300ZX and really the Z32 is better in every way.  I'd like a '77-78 280Z or '82-83 280ZX and would put them over the Z31.  Of course the issue with the 280ZX onward is they decided T-tops were a good idea and hardtops are pretty much nonexistent. :x
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on October 06, 2015, 02:37:58 PM
The seller told me it was a solid project, with decent paint and it was mechanically sound with it really only needing interior work and minor details.

Sorry that your time was wasted. Seems like some sellers have a rather optimistic view of their cars.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 06, 2015, 02:51:16 PM

I've thought about getting a '84-86 300ZX, but they're almost just as bad to work on as the '90-96 300ZX and really the Z32 is better in every way.

I'll take a 50th or a Shiro Z31 over any Z32!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 06, 2015, 03:30:31 PM
The Lamborghini Diablo used Z32 headlights, so there. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 07, 2015, 12:32:34 PM

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

I know about getting pics before going, I actually had him send some to my phone. He still lied through his teeth.

It was in Fishkill NY. Pretty place, reminds me of Maine.

I went to school in New Paltz, which is in that general vicinity.  It's a lot different than downstate. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 08, 2015, 06:32:01 AM


Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

Funny you should mention this.  I bought the engine for my 76 in NY.  I didn't know NY had boon docks until I found the place where the seller was located.  Good thing I had 4wd at the time.

My point, however, is that keeping in mind the location and aside from the surface on the heads, that engine turned out to be in really good shape.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 08, 2015, 07:25:56 AM
Ironic that before putting the Firebird up for sale I constantly had people pestering me, but now that it is there's been no one serious as of yet.  Of course locally I didn't say anything about trading since that only opens up a can of worms.  "Will trade for manual sports and muscle cars."  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on October 08, 2015, 01:14:28 PM
Ironic that before putting the Firebird up for sale I constantly had people pestering me, but now that it is there's been no one serious as of yet.  Of course locally I didn't say anything about trading since that only opens up a can of worms.  "Will trade for manual sports and muscle cars."  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:

Hehehehe , come on box you want the Accord nothing to be ashamed of..... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 08, 2015, 06:13:27 PM
Just no. :eek:  A second generation CR-X Si I could go with though, for some reason I've always really liked them:
(http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Honda-Civic_CRX_Si_19881.jpg?print=1)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 09, 2015, 08:21:42 AM
I always thought the CRX was a cool little car. I really like the 1st gens in full Mugen trim!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 09, 2015, 11:18:37 AM
  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:

Much easier to sell.  Take it & flip it. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 09, 2015, 05:02:18 PM
I was just using that as an example, I was offered a Mercury Mountaineer though I believe.  I know what I have though, I'd only want to trade for a car that I'd keep to replace the Firebird as a daily.  Getting tied up in trying to sell a car I know nothing about and despise is not a road worth taking.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 09, 2015, 08:25:25 PM
Today I... spent the better part of 10 hours, $150, and 4 trips to Lowes to FINALLY fix my wax ring issue.  Started as "I think I'll change the wax ring in my toilet today" because I could smell sewer coming out of the toilet.

That led to replacing everything from the drain in the floor to the iron pipe in the basement to the sewer drain under the frikkin concrete!!!  AHRRRGGGHHHHH!!!! What a day!@#$%

Basically I had this:

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_090835%20480x640_zps2pnhdwpr.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_090835%20480x640_zps2pnhdwpr.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_090848%20480x640_zpswvdjuvi7.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_090848%20480x640_zpswvdjuvi7.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_100852%20480x640_zpsgtbwerdj.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_100852%20480x640_zpsgtbwerdj.jpg.html)

Ripped it all out...

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_154117%20480x640_zpsqbxdpmjv.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_154117%20480x640_zpsqbxdpmjv.jpg.html)

... oh and don't forget that the flange on the bottom pipe from the concrete snapped off flush with the floor.  I had no choice but to dig.

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_144343%20480x640_zpspag8eaak.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_144343%20480x640_zpspag8eaak.jpg.html)

But then I built this:

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_162515%20480x640_zpsruthdulg.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_162515%20480x640_zpsruthdulg.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_175405%20480x640_zps5dke14sj.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_175405%20480x640_zps5dke14sj.jpg.html)

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_175411%20480x640_zpsqfdgz2p5.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_175411%20480x640_zpsqfdgz2p5.jpg.html)

100% leak free and now it's up to code  :cool:

Oh, but wait there's more!!

So, I got all that done, then put the toilet back together, turn the water on in the basement.....  My basement had been 500% dry up to this point.....  SPLOOSSHHH!!!!  I forgot to glue ONE lousy PVC pipe together and wouldn't you know I got it right in the face!!!  OOHHHHH  I was mad!  Not to mention wet. 

Heheh well I glued that one single fitting back together, turned the water on, cleaned up and took a nice HOT shower!


Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on October 09, 2015, 09:00:41 PM
Good job,  but I'm not sure you're code compliant... I don't see a vent.
So you still think you're not married? 10 years with the same woman, bought a house together, you do more house work than work on the car... should I go on :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 09, 2015, 09:21:05 PM
Good job,  but I'm not sure you're code compliant... I don't see a vent.
So you still think you're not married? 10 years with the same woman, bought a house together, you do more house work than work on the car... should I go on :lol:

I'm NOT married.  I don't want to hear anything about the subject again.  (and just how is it you remember all those details?)

As for the vent, I do have one.  It's on the sink only.  I put this drain back together exactly how it was before.  I may think about adding said vent in the future.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 09, 2015, 09:53:15 PM
Meh, it's only a piece of paper anyway. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 09, 2015, 10:02:09 PM
Meh, it's only a piece of paper anyway. :P

LOL!!  She said that exact same thing after her divorce. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 10, 2015, 12:14:12 PM
Hah!  Update on my stupid plumbing job.  I woke up this morning and proceeded to take a leak, but not before I saw a puddle on the bathroom floor.   Grrrrrrr.......

It turns out I simply didn't tighten the tank-to-bowl bolts enough and there was water seeping past the "made in china" rubber gaskets.

I hope I'm done with plumbing for a while because I really don't like doing it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on October 10, 2015, 01:22:29 PM
It turns out I simply didn't tighten the tank-to-bowl bolts enough....

Seems to be a rash of water-related issues flooding us, DeCaff2007.  On return from vacation got around to replacing two toilet valves that were leaking.  Two days later I got the 2x water bill.  Costly procrastination, so can't blame anyone but myself.  Then the battery on my back up sump died today.  The battery required water and it went dry twice in 2 months and testing showed it will not hold a charge.  The new battery is a marine, deep-cycle and does not require water, so the alarm keeps sounding on the unit to tell me to fill the water in the now sealed battery.  Not sure how the sensor works, so not sure if just cutting the sensor wire will fix it or not.  Maybe put the sensor in a sealed bottle of water to fool it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 10, 2015, 06:09:20 PM
Here's thinking if you Decaff, a few months ago I started seeing a small water spot at the side of our toilet. I kept putting it off thinking the seal had developed a leak and not wanting to take time to pull the toilet to fix the seal. While cleaning it one day I bumped the tank and the flood gates opened up. Both tank bolts had rusted all the way thru and the only thing holding it there was gravity. It was an easier fix than a wax ring though.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 10, 2015, 07:01:52 PM
Here's thinking if you Decaff, a few months ago I started seeing a small water spot at the side of our toilet. I kept putting it off thinking the seal had developed a leak and not wanting to take time to pull the toilet to fix the seal. While cleaning it one day I bumped the tank and the flood gates opened up. Both tank bolts had rusted all the way thru and the only thing holding it there was gravity. It was an easier fix than a wax ring though.

Glad you got it fixed.  I'm DONE plumbing for awhile.  Electrical I don't so much mind.

Today I... decided to replace a control arm bushing on my Camry.  Had to remove the control arm to do this.  I came out like warm butter (helps that I knew what I was doing and have all the proper tools).  Even pressing the new bushing in was uneventful.  Then it came time to reinstall the control arm.  I ended up bashing my hand with a sledge hammer, burned my other hand with my welder, and stripped the threads on a very important bolt, as well.  I got in on the road but FML I'm sooooo tired of things going wrong!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on October 11, 2015, 05:32:44 AM
Replaced the rear quarter to top seal in my '02 TA vert.  I bought the Soft-Seal replacement and the part was substantially different from the original one.  I had to do a lot of trimming and reattaching the molding piece was difficult due to the increased thickness of the replacement.  Should've been an easy job but turned out to be a PITA.  Not sure why the replacement was so different.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: BlueByNight on October 11, 2015, 08:47:06 PM
Today I finally got my most serious wiring issues sorted out and got the old 78' fired up (with the help of a buddy). I believe this car hasn't ran in ten years. Today was a great day  8-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 11, 2015, 09:36:21 PM
Today I finally got my most serious wiring issues sorted out and got the old 78' fired up (with the help of a buddy). I believe this car hasn't ran in ten years. Today was a great day  8-)

Well now I have to know, what was the wiring issue? 

Today I...  went work for 9 hours.  Yeah who does that on a Sunday? 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on October 11, 2015, 10:29:45 PM



Is it just me, or is the PVC 90 sweep turned up instead of down, like the cast iron 90 is?

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_100852%20480x640_zpsgtbwerdj.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_100852%20480x640_zpsgtbwerdj.jpg.html)



(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151009_175405%20480x640_zps5dke14sj.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151009_175405%20480x640_zps5dke14sj.jpg.html)



Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: BlueByNight on October 11, 2015, 10:53:55 PM
Decaf- I feel dumb but it was the alternator to starter wire and an additional smaller gage wire that were not connected properly to the starter... also the starter solenoid was bad. Fortunately I acquired a small hi Po starter with some headers I bought off Craigslist. We attached the proper connectors to the wires installed them to the new/used starter and life was good. There is still some work to do with the dash/gauge wiring but at least the car runs and lights function. Once I receive my new ignition lock I can get my steering wheel back on and take it for a test drive. So nice to finally moving forward...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 12, 2015, 05:44:17 AM



Is it just me, or is the PVC 90 sweep turned up instead of down, like the cast iron 90 is?



Yeti, no matter what my crap pics look like, the PVC is a an exact repro of how the cast iron was.

Looking at the pics again, I see what you mean, though.  That PVC is a sanitary T, not a 90* sweep.


Decaf- I feel dumb but it was the alternator to starter wire and an additional smaller gage wire that were not connected properly to the starter... also the starter solenoid was bad. Fortunately I acquired a small hi Po starter with some headers I bought off Craigslist. We attached the proper connectors to the wires installed them to the new/used starter and life was good. There is still some work to do with the dash/gauge wiring but at least the car runs and lights function. Once I receive my new ignition lock I can get my steering wheel back on and take it for a test drive. So nice to finally moving forward...

Nothing to feel dumb about there.  I work with people that call themselves electronic technicians, yet many of them can't even solder.  You're doing fine, BlueByNight.  Glad you got it fixed.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 12, 2015, 08:25:22 AM
Apparently someone dropped by yesterday while my brother was outside working on his car and offered to sell me a Chevrolet TH350 for $75, but then he didn't think to get his name or number... :-?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 13, 2015, 12:40:26 PM
Today I....drove a turbocharged vehicle for the first time. Its an almost magical feeling When you feel the boost kick in and start to pull the vehicle from you.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 13, 2015, 01:33:13 PM
Today I....drove a turbocharged vehicle for the first time. Its an almost magical feeling When you feel the boost kick in and start to pull the vehicle from you.

Oh really?  The only turbo charged vehicle I ever drove was an 87 Dodge Shadow.  5-speed, 2.2L of complete GARBAGE!  I could have gone faster that that car on my pedal bike. 

Fast forward 15 years or so.  A co-worker of mine has a 97 Integra (claims it has dual turbo).  Uh huh...  I saw him drive by one day and it was blowing a solid stream of blue smoke out the exhaust and it sounded like a can of angry bees. 

Can you see why I'm so skeptical?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on October 13, 2015, 02:26:25 PM
My brother had a volvo C70 convertible ('03 I think).  It was a turbo 5-cyliner with a 6M.  Redline was ~7k.  The manual said the turbo boost didn't kick-in until ~3k.  He drove very conservatively and typically shifted at 2.5 to 3k (no he never got any boost).  I had it for a couple days and You could definitely feel the boost taking it up to 5-6k before shifting.  It was quite exhilerating.

I laughed when he said he never really noticed any difference with the turbo.  I told him it was because he never really engaged it.  :-D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 13, 2015, 07:58:39 PM
Oh really?  The only turbo charged vehicle I ever drove was an 87 Dodge Shadow.  5-speed, 2.2L of complete GARBAGE!  I could have gone faster that that car on my pedal bike. 

Fast forward 15 years or so.  A co-worker of mine has a 97 Integra (claims it has dual turbo).  Uh huh...  I saw him drive by one day and it was blowing a solid stream of blue smoke out the exhaust and it sounded like a can of angry bees. 

Can you see why I'm so skeptical?
That's because one was a piece of crap and the other was full of it. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 14, 2015, 04:52:56 AM
Today I....drove a turbocharged vehicle for the first time. Its an almost magical feeling When you feel the boost kick in and start to pull the vehicle from you.

Oh really?  The only turbo charged vehicle I ever drove was an 87 Dodge Shadow.  5-speed, 2.2L of complete GARBAGE!  I could have gone faster that that car on my pedal bike. 

Fast forward 15 years or so.  A co-worker of mine has a 97 Integra (claims it has dual turbo).  Uh huh...  I saw him drive by one day and it was blowing a solid stream of blue smoke out the exhaust and it sounded like a can of angry bees. 

Can you see why I'm so skeptical?
My sisters 2014 LTZ Cruze, not sure of C.I.D. but its a turbo Ecotec. I felt boost start pulling at roughly 2,500 RPM to 3,000.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 14, 2015, 07:37:29 AM
Oh really?  The only turbo charged vehicle I ever drove was an 87 Dodge Shadow.  5-speed, 2.2L of complete GARBAGE!  I could have gone faster that that car on my pedal bike. 

Fast forward 15 years or so.  A co-worker of mine has a 97 Integra (claims it has dual turbo).  Uh huh...  I saw him drive by one day and it was blowing a solid stream of blue smoke out the exhaust and it sounded like a can of angry bees. 

Can you see why I'm so skeptical?
That's because one was a piece of crap and the other was full of it. :lol:

LOL true that!  That car was the single biggest POS I've ever bought.  The ONLY reason I bought it in the first place was because it was a 5-speed.  I wanted to learn how to drive a stick so that was it.

Today I...  got up @ 4:30 and actually managed to get a workout in.  First time in about 3 solid months I've time to do that.  Granted, by the time I'm done at job #2 tonight around 10:15, I'm going to DRAGGING ass, but hey it's money.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 14, 2015, 04:50:45 PM
Should've gotten a Celica All-Trac, 2L of turbocharged AWD goodness. :cool:
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Post by: 77 TA man on October 14, 2015, 07:38:34 PM
Should've gotten a Celica All-Trac, 2L of turbocharged AWD goodness. :cool:
The Cruzes I've driven all handle so freakin nice. Absolutely no play in the steering, and its really quiet. Going 60mph+ in a 45mph zone is no problem if your not paying attention or even if you are. I've been able to pull off 90 degree turns going 25mph+ which I'd never dream of doing in one of our silverados.
If I ever buy a family car, it'd be a Cruze. The driving school I went to used a Cruze with the naturally aspirated Ecotec and that thing was a screamer for what it is.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 15, 2015, 12:08:48 PM
The Cruzes I've driven all handle so freakin nice. Absolutely no play in the steering, and its really quiet. Going 60mph+ in a 45mph zone is no problem if your not paying attention or even if you are. I've been able to pull off 90 degree turns going 25mph+ which I'd never dream of doing in one of our silverados.
If I ever buy a family car, it'd be a Cruze. The driving school I went to used a Cruze with the naturally aspirated Ecotec and that thing was a screamer for what it is.

The smoothness of a new car can't be compared to the old stuff.  My everyday car is a '10 CTS with AWD.  Even with the base engine 3.0 270HP it is spirited and it is the best handling & best brakes I've ever had.  TA WS6 included.   
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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on October 15, 2015, 01:17:13 PM
I agree droptopron...........I bought my wife a 2012 BMW 328i.........and that thing handles like
nothing I have ever driven.  It is alot of fun to drive, even with the straight 6.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 15, 2015, 03:49:52 PM
It's amazing what independent rear suspension does over truck, I mean solid, rear suspension. :P  I like inline 6's, shame only BMW has kept making them.  The Supra and the Datsun Z cars were I6 and they're some of my favourite cars.  I like V8's the most though, not so much from any performance perspective but just for the exhaust note.  That's why I like the LT1 more than the LS1, the LT1 has the old firing order which just sounds better.  Yup, that's what really matters. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 16, 2015, 05:50:48 AM
Last night I...  Oh man, was I ever busy.  got up @ 5 am (this is typical), took the woman to the airport, got home, did a workout, bought some POR-15 and found a tap to fix a control arm mount on my Camry.  It was already 1pm by this time.

Then, I had to remove the axle to fix said control arm mount...  it was  PAIN IN THE ASS getting that axle back in!  Then I got called into work!

Blaahhh!!!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on October 18, 2015, 07:20:42 PM
Okay, Box started this thread under the following premise: More or less it's a thread for posting things you did to or for your car.

Well, I'm not sure this fits unless it includes rubbing some tread off the tires on my 98 :lol:  Tried the Indy SCCA event at the former Grissom Air Force base today, north of Indianapolis with another TAC member that is very experienced in this event. Basically, it is autocross and it was the 1st time trying anything like it, so a bit intimidating, I guess. Not easy to get through the course as a newbie. Even with the expert as my navigator, so many cones and at speed, just a blur of confusing orange as to which way to go. I got it sideways and missed a few gates, but at least did not spin out.  Lots of practice necessary to know the course layout, especially with no map. Then the whole thing of when to brake and not brake, when to floor it and when to ease back. I rode a couple of times with the expert in his very non-stock 77 TA and I'm not sure I even breathed through the course, pinned against the seat. I might try it again, but at least I'll know what to expect next time.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: critter on October 18, 2015, 07:49:23 PM
Cut the rear glass loose. Piano wire is your friend.

(http://www.arkansaspontiacs.org/tapaint/pianowire.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 18, 2015, 08:35:22 PM
Well today I cleaned out the interior(again) on my '77.  Crap was just piling up in it, new parts and such for the 400, random bolts that I think are probably important just thrown on the dash or in one of the numerous coffee cans in the trunk. Gathered up all the trim and the shaker and put it in the trunk. Missing the tailight bolts but I believe those are scattered in the trunk.  I measured the floorpan and the new toepanel will cover what I need on both sides. We have primer that I'll use so I just need some body filler and carpet to get the body presentable. Since I'm not concerned with using a center console at the moment, do you guys think an early 3rd gen auto shifter assembly would work with a 700R4 in a second gen or would I have to move the hole where the linkage goes?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on October 18, 2015, 10:13:52 PM
Cut the rear glass loose. Piano wire is your friend.

Done it few times, you need help (2 person job 1-inside the car and 1-outside) also wrap the wire onto a stick or similar to help in pulling without cutting your hands.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 19, 2015, 10:17:50 AM
Wasn't today, but sometime over last weekend I...  snapped a sway bar link mounting bracket bolt off inside the frame  :shock:  :shock:... on my Camry.  Have to drop the subframe to fix it.  FML!  Also, I put on a new power steering belt.  That fixed the problem with the steering binding up.  I also finally figured out why the whole car handles like CRAP.  Every bushing and link in the rear suspension is dry rot and/or broken.  Had to order a whole bunch of crap off Rock Auto... and then they send me an email telling me their inventory levels are wrong, and that I had to redo my order.  I'm getting sick of this car and really wish I could either just get an old pickup or even go back to driving a Saturn.

Other than that, just been at work a lot and have had little time for anything else.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 19, 2015, 10:31:41 AM
Wasn't today, but sometime over last weekend I...  snapped a sway bar link mounting bracket bolt off inside the frame  :shock:  :shock:... on my Camry.  Have to drop the subframe to fix it.  FML!  Also, I put on a new power steering belt.  That fixed the problem with the steering binding up.  I also finally figured out why the whole car handles like CRAP.  Every bushing and link in the rear suspension is dry rot and/or broken.  Had to order a whole bunch of crap off Rock Auto... and then they send me an email telling me their inventory levels are wrong, and that I had to redo my order.  I'm getting sick of this car and really wish I could either just get an old pickup or even go back to driving a Saturn.

Other than that, just been at work a lot and have had little time for anything else.
That Camry has been giving you a lot of problems , and I dont know you situation but is it worth it to you to fix it? I mean a Camry isnt exactly rare or anything....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 19, 2015, 12:20:27 PM
Wasn't today, but sometime over last weekend I...  snapped a sway bar link mounting bracket bolt off inside the frame  :shock:  :shock:... on my Camry.  Have to drop the subframe to fix it.  FML!  Also, I put on a new power steering belt.  That fixed the problem with the steering binding up.  I also finally figured out why the whole car handles like CRAP.  Every bushing and link in the rear suspension is dry rot and/or broken.  Had to order a whole bunch of crap off Rock Auto... and then they send me an email telling me their inventory levels are wrong, and that I had to redo my order.  I'm getting sick of this car and really wish I could either just get an old pickup or even go back to driving a Saturn.

Other than that, just been at work a lot and have had little time for anything else.
That Camry has been giving you a lot of problems , and I dont know you situation but is it worth it to you to fix it? I mean a Camry isnt exactly rare or anything....

1.  I'm in the rust of rust belts.  NEPA, so of course it's going to give me problems. 
2.  It has 268K+ miles and the previous owner did ZERO maintenance.
3.  It was free, and required a mere $30 part to get it running.
4.  I don't exactly drive like Miss Daisy.  Drive it like you stole it or get the Hell off the road!  That alone  can account for half of the problems.
5.  I can't afford new, overpriced parts, so j/y parts it is.  We all know how long they can last.... or not.
6.  Last but not least, it's my ONLY vehicle and I cannot afford another one.

So your answer is yes, it's worth it to fix it because I have no other choice.  That doesn't change the fact that I'm getting sick of it, though.

LoL anyone have a Chevy pickup they want gone for cheap?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Dreamn2 on October 19, 2015, 01:50:35 PM
Today I.....Drove it to work!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/dreamn69/Mobile%20Uploads/20151019_105531_zpsrcn910d8.jpg) (http://s46.photobucket.com/user/dreamn69/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20151019_105531_zpsrcn910d8.jpg.html)

Friday I.....Drove it to work!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/dreamn69/Mobile%20Uploads/20151016_103953_zpsmgo6ulxj.jpg) (http://s46.photobucket.com/user/dreamn69/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20151016_103953_zpsmgo6ulxj.jpg.html)

 :D :D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 19, 2015, 02:37:49 PM
Nice Dreamn!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on October 19, 2015, 05:17:47 PM
I drove mine to work twice this year, I park in an underground garage in a high rise with tight entrances and spots... it takes me 10 minutes just to park it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 20, 2015, 05:44:50 AM
I drove mine to work twice this year, I park in an underground garage in a high rise with tight entrances and spots... it takes me 10 minutes just to park it.
Cant you just valet, (ferris bueller style :eek:)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on October 20, 2015, 07:18:31 AM
....watched the new Star Wars trailer 3 times.  I can't wait to see this one. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbxmsDFVnE
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 20, 2015, 08:16:21 AM
Had someone offer me a 2007 Honda CBR600RR.  Between that and shakerz' 2006 Harley Fatboy it's a shame I can't ride a bike at all.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 20, 2015, 11:42:13 AM
Today I... fought with an alternator belt for an hour.  Got it on though.  No more squealing from the engine bay.  Also, replaced the tie rod ends (under warranty).  I'm patiently awaiting my rear control arms, and my handling problems will be 75% solved  :grin:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 20, 2015, 12:17:04 PM
Had someone offer me a 2007 Honda CBR600RR.  Between that and shakerz' 2006 Harley Fatboy it's a shame I can't ride a bike at all.

As trade offers come your way, think about if the vehicle you'd be getting is an easier flip.  Remember, you don't have to marry it. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Raptor on October 20, 2015, 02:21:33 PM
I started my red '79 Mustang  for the first time since July after a lot of work was done to it : floor pan repairs, interior restoration, front brakes rebuild, some parts replaced on the engine (mainly ignition). It doesn't run all that well and won't hold idle for long, but hey before I bought it last June, it had sat for over 20 years. i didn't touch anything to the engine yet besides replacing spark plugs, wires, distributor cover and rotor, head cover gasket, air and fuel filters, the basic stuff. But I need to move it because there will be some work done where she's been sitting for a three months.

I moved the white one as well, put a battery in and in fired right up. Gonna have to push the Vaquero Gold one though, to get it out of the way.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 20, 2015, 03:58:56 PM
Today (really yesterday)
while touring a friends engine shop I saw a Ford Aftermarket performance engine block, that he said was stroked out to 590 C.I.D! I put my hand into a fist and put it in a cylinder and the cylinder wall wasnt even close to touching my hand! Just massive bores on that thing.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 20, 2015, 04:34:03 PM
Had someone offer me a 2007 Honda CBR600RR.  Between that and shakerz' 2006 Harley Fatboy it's a shame I can't ride a bike at all.

As trade offers come your way, think about if the vehicle you'd be getting is an easier flip.  Remember, you don't have to marry it.
If I knew how to ride a bike I'd go for it, but besides on what to do in theory I'd end up killing myself.  If I'm going to trade it'll be for something I'd buy and keep, trying to turn around and sell something I know nothing about and most likely despise can't be any easier.  "Ye, it's a lame Accord sedan I took in on a trade.  It runs, being you're looking at an Accord that's all that should matter right because that's all I know."  See, just a terrible idea.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 20, 2015, 04:36:10 PM
Today (really yesterday)
while touring a friends engine shop I saw a Ford Aftermarket performance engine block, that he said was stroked out to 590 C.I.D! I put my hand into a fist and put it in a cylinder and the cylinder wall wasnt even close to touching my hand! Just massive bores on that thing.
Pffffftttt.......
(http://www.sonnysracingengines.com/images/cms/1005hotrodarticle0001-Page-11.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 20, 2015, 06:38:50 PM
Today (really yesterday)
while touring a friends engine shop I saw a Ford Aftermarket performance engine block, that he said was stroked out to 590 C.I.D! I put my hand into a fist and put it in a cylinder and the cylinder wall wasnt even close to touching my hand! Just massive bores on that thing.
Pffffftttt.......
(http://www.sonnysracingengines.com/images/cms/1005hotrodarticle0001-Page-11.jpg)

LOL @ pffftttt!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 20, 2015, 07:04:46 PM
So back to my mess of a Pontiac 400, timing gears and distributor are in the right positions so timings out.
Somebody suggested doing a compression check but it ran solid before and we didnt take the heads off, just took rocker arms off. Can an engine just loose compression sitting on a stand? Oil comes out of the lifters, valves open and close properly. New HEI distributor, plugs and wires, fresh gas. Just cranks and cranks and cranks.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 20, 2015, 09:59:21 PM
I just had someone offer me a 2001 Accord Coupe 5-speed, that's the first offer somewhat close to what I'm looking for.  Supposed to have someone look at it Saturday and someone was supposed to today but they ended up having to take their mom to the hospital and plans to set up another day to see it.

If timing is right and you're getting spark then that'd leave lack of air or fuel.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 21, 2015, 05:05:49 AM
I just had someone offer me a 2001 Accord Coupe 5-speed, that's the first offer somewhat close to what I'm looking for.  Supposed to have someone look at it Saturday and someone was supposed to today but they ended up having to take their mom to the hospital and plans to set up another day to see it.

If timing is right and you're getting spark then that'd leave lack of air or fuel.
Then my suspicion would be the orignal carburetor as the problem.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on October 21, 2015, 10:56:41 AM
Quote
So back to my mess of a Pontiac 400, timing gears and distributor are in the right positions so timings out.
Somebody suggested doing a compression check but it ran solid before and we didnt take the heads off, just took rocker arms off. Can an engine just loose compression sitting on a stand? Oil comes out of the lifters, valves open and close properly. New HEI distributor, plugs and wires, fresh gas. Just cranks and cranks and cranks.

Why not post this question in the "Mechanical section".

The engine won't lose compression "per se".  Did you put a compression gage on it?  If it "for sure" has low cylinder pressure, most likely something is off with the valve adjustment (pushrods/rockers holding one or both valves open).

I see it is a Pontiac 400.   Does it have a stock valve-train (non-adjustable) or aftermarket (adjustable) valve-train?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 21, 2015, 01:23:28 PM
Quote
So back to my mess of a Pontiac 400, timing gears and distributor are in the right positions so timings out.
Somebody suggested doing a compression check but it ran solid before and we didnt take the heads off, just took rocker arms off. Can an engine just loose compression sitting on a stand? Oil comes out of the lifters, valves open and close properly. New HEI distributor, plugs and wires, fresh gas. Just cranks and cranks and cranks.

Why not post this question in the "Mechanical section".

The engine won't lose compression "per se".  Did you put a compression gage on it?  If it "for sure" has low cylinder pressure, most likely something is off with the valve adjustment (pushrods/rockers holding one or both valves open).

I see it is a Pontiac 400.   Does it have a stock valve-train (non-adjustable) or aftermarket (adjustable) valve-train?
I did awhile ago, its not quite stock with a aftermarket cam and lifters and noisy gear drive but still uses the stock 4X heads.
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpstn8ntl7e.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpstn8ntl7e.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mrbandit on October 21, 2015, 02:46:44 PM
....Rebuilt the frontend site for TAC.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on October 21, 2015, 08:33:04 PM
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....Rebuilt the frontend site for TAC.

Looks Great!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 22, 2015, 09:11:11 AM
Went to Providence, right in the heart of the ghetto, and picked up another set of Recaro seats. I'll recover these ones in black leather and take my 81 Recaros and put them back in the Daytona.

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/00K0K_X9kuXtM2oP_600x450_zps5rrlog1a.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/00K0K_X9kuXtM2oP_600x450_zps5rrlog1a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on October 22, 2015, 10:36:32 AM
Nice...  Those should look VERY nice covered in black leather... (like a girl I used to know!!!   :lol:  )
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 22, 2015, 10:45:37 AM
Nice...  Those should look VERY nice covered in black leather... (like a girl I used to know!!!   :lol:  )

Both things look great in black leather!  8)

I plan on all black leather, but in the center inlay I want to do a diamond stitch pattern. I'll use all black thread, I don't want them to look too crazy. The best part is the netting in the headrests is perfect! And both seats were only $100.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: pancho400cid on October 22, 2015, 10:51:58 AM
Sweet deal.  Good on you for seeing the diamond in the rough.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 22, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
When I think O.E. Recaro's I think these:
(http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i55/mondus/SS-III/SAM_0166_zps1989a28f.jpg)
If it doesn't hug you in place without belts there's not enough bolstering. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 22, 2015, 12:13:53 PM
If it doesn't hug you in place without belts there's not enough bolstering. :lol:

Surprisingly these seats really hold you in good despite the fact they're from the 70's/80's.  They're very comfortable too.  :cool:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 22, 2015, 03:28:33 PM
I imagine they're worlds better than the standard seats, but the bolstering looks lacking for a Recaro.  I'm sure someone there at the time was like, Americans... oi vey... :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 22, 2015, 04:05:50 PM
72 project, those are exactly like the ones that were in my car when I got it, except mine were tore pretty bad. I gave them away to a guy. I wish I would have held on to them sometimes.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Lucky Phil on October 24, 2015, 03:46:22 AM
Today I did nothing to any of my cars....hmmmmm
But my wife made me do tiling...... :???:
Tomorrow will be all mine....mine I tell you..... :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on October 24, 2015, 08:50:54 AM
Made a mounting bracket for my electronic fuel pump.. going to mount it in front of the fuel tank, so it won't be the first thing hit in an accident like it is at the moment (a previous owner mounted it to the rear bumper brackets many yeas ago)

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on October 24, 2015, 09:08:42 AM
Replaced the driver's side fog lamp bulb in my 98 WS6. I pretty sure the bulb is the original, so I may as well change the passenger side at the same time, since it will burn out next week :smile:  Nothing is simple on this car with the tight locations and myriad of covers over even the little things, like lights.  The Chilton guide has two photos that begin with unbolting entire lamp housing. The bolt heads are shown, but it is taken from a angle not even visible on my car and zero information on how to actually get to it.  Best I can tell, to remove the fog lamp, would have to remove the front bumper or some other unseen shielding :shock: Fortunately, I was able to squeeze a hand through with the headlights up to get the fog lamp bulb.     
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 24, 2015, 12:57:58 PM
Had someone last night offer an '88 S-10 4x4 and another offer a '71 F-150.  Just now had someone drop by and offer a Suzuki 1500 or an early '00's Mazda truck.  Supposed to have someone dropping by in an hour or two to look at it that I presume is looking to buy with money, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me if he's planning to trade.  I'd understand if I put up a generic, "Would trade" and left it at that but there's no mention of trading in the listing.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on October 24, 2015, 02:45:44 PM
Went to Providence, right in the heart of the ghetto, and picked up another set of Recaro seats. I'll recover these ones in black leather and take my 81 Recaros and put them back in the Daytona.

You're right those are ghetto looking, I'll take'em off your hands... how does $120 sound? 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 24, 2015, 03:15:15 PM
Today I turned a couple of bolts before I realized I didnt know what I was doing I mean I started taking the nosepiece off my '77 today. Woo-hoo for the winter tear down!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on October 24, 2015, 03:32:25 PM


You're right those are ghetto looking, I'll take'em off your hands... how does $120 sound?

 :lol: They're not ghetto!

I'm strongly considering those Honeycombs you're selling without tires. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 24, 2015, 04:02:27 PM
...cleaned the garage out so now I can actually put 3 cars in a 3 car garage.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 24, 2015, 04:34:09 PM
Actually I forgot the part about killing a brown recluse in the garage! Makes me want to spend less time in the darker parts of the garage now  :shock:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79merlin on October 24, 2015, 06:52:22 PM
received a copy of "swap LS engines into camaros and firebirds". bought off amazon. Read 3 chapters so far. mostly listing out the differences between the series of LS engines. interesting reading. In skimming forward it looks like it doesn't cover wiring much, but the info it does have seems useful enough.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Scooby doo on October 24, 2015, 08:22:26 PM
Put cab lights on my F250

(http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0019/96/79/19126997.JPG)

(http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0019/07/00/19127000.JPG)

(http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0019/07/10/19127001.JPG)

(http://carphotos.cardomain.com/images/0019/07/30/19127003.JPG)

It seemed like a better idea than raking (blowing) leaves, I can do that tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 24, 2015, 08:47:00 PM
Yesterday I... fixed a random misfire on my Camry.  The coil pack on cylinder 6 bit the dust.  Runs great so I decided to tackle the Ebrake problem.  Not a wise idea.  3 hours later I now actually have rear brake hardware and cables...  but I pulled the parking brake lever in the cab and felt something snap AGAIN  :evil: This car isn't meant to have an Ebrake.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 25, 2015, 06:15:55 AM
Had someone last night offer an '88 S-10 4x4 and another offer a '71 F-150.  Just now had someone drop by and offer a Suzuki 1500 or an early '00's Mazda truck.  Supposed to have someone dropping by in an hour or two to look at it that I presume is looking to buy with money, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me if he's planning to trade.  I'd understand if I put up a generic, "Would trade" and left it at that but there's no mention of trading in the listing.
I dont know your area Box, but around here that F-150 would be an easier flip than any Firebird especially if the truck is decent body wise.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 25, 2015, 03:32:17 PM
Damage Report on the great Trans Am Teardown of '15:

-Minor damage on very bottom on radiator core support,
-Bottom rear of driverside fender is rusted through in places
-Found traces of "tailight blue" and red paints on/near marker lights.
-the last core support to bumper bolt i need to take out just keeps spinning w/o loosening. How do I stop this from spinning?

I got all fender to bumper bolts out, almost all of the core suport to bumper bolts, grills and hoodlatch are removed, and bolt locations identified in white grease pen and the removed bolts bagged and tagged.
I Really wanted to get that bumper off but I feel like I got a lot done.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 25, 2015, 06:46:14 PM
Had someone last night offer an '88 S-10 4x4 and another offer a '71 F-150.  Just now had someone drop by and offer a Suzuki 1500 or an early '00's Mazda truck.  Supposed to have someone dropping by in an hour or two to look at it that I presume is looking to buy with money, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me if he's planning to trade.  I'd understand if I put up a generic, "Would trade" and left it at that but there's no mention of trading in the listing.
I dont know your area Box, but around here that F-150 would be an easier flip than any Firebird especially if the truck is decent body wise.
I despise trucks and SUVs with every fiber of my being though.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on October 26, 2015, 07:32:03 AM
Had someone last night offer an '88 S-10 4x4 and another offer a '71 F-150.  Just now had someone drop by and offer a Suzuki 1500 or an early '00's Mazda truck.  Supposed to have someone dropping by in an hour or two to look at it that I presume is looking to buy with money, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me if he's planning to trade.  I'd understand if I put up a generic, "Would trade" and left it at that but there's no mention of trading in the listing.
I dont know your area Box, but around here that F-150 would be an easier flip than any Firebird especially if the truck is decent body wise.
I despise trucks and SUVs with every fiber of my being though.

Except of course if you ever need to haul or move something, then they're awesome.   :-D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 26, 2015, 07:35:28 AM
Had someone last night offer an '88 S-10 4x4 and another offer a '71 F-150.  Just now had someone drop by and offer a Suzuki 1500 or an early '00's Mazda truck.  Supposed to have someone dropping by in an hour or two to look at it that I presume is looking to buy with money, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me if he's planning to trade.  I'd understand if I put up a generic, "Would trade" and left it at that but there's no mention of trading in the listing.
I dont know your area Box, but around here that F-150 would be an easier flip than any Firebird especially if the truck is decent body wise.
I despise trucks and SUVs with every fiber of my being though.

Ok I have to ask why?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 26, 2015, 09:00:21 AM
I also despise vans and sedans, but that wasn't relevant at the moment.  I don't like being high off of the ground or how much they roll and dive.  Some of the 60's and earlier trucks look cool, but outside of that I lump them with the other undesirables.

If I ever had to tow something often that's where the custom Cadillac flower car comes in.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 26, 2015, 10:04:57 AM
I also despise vans and sedans, but that wasn't relevant at the moment.  I don't like being high off of the ground or how much they roll and dive.  Some of the 60's and earlier trucks look cool, but outside of that I lump them with the other undesirables.

If I ever had to tow something often that's where the custom Cadillac flower car comes in.

Uhmmm...  coupes roll and dive, too.  I agree on the hatred of vans but sedans... well... I drive one and it was free.  Can't complain.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 26, 2015, 05:16:51 PM
Nowhere as much though if they're proper sports cars, and once I'm done with them it's nearly nonexistent.  The Celica I had would break traction before you could feel it really start to roll and slamming on the brakes you really didn't dive any either.  I miss that car.

Of course if you adjust your driving to any given vehicle it doesn't pose as much of an issue, but I don't like doing that initially apparently.  I remember the first time driving the Durango I ended up drifting it through an intersection because I was like, "Oh I take this one at 30-35 all the time" and then proceeded to slide the rear of it out as I made the turn. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 26, 2015, 05:25:08 PM
Trucks have their purpose, as daily drivers? No.
I switch vehicles a lot, one day I'm driving the '07 1500 and the next I'm out in the '99 1500 and then Im in the S10 or the VW. Thats what gets me the most, when I'm used to driving one I have to switch.
 
Back to the '77....
So I got 2 of the 4 headlight bezels off and all screws but 1 stuck screw on each on the other bezels. I got the inside pass. Side bezel off and the headlight pops out! Not even connected just put in! I think new bezel screws and headlight bucket screws are in order because I found a lot of already stripped out screws.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 26, 2015, 08:49:30 PM
Well, the Accord Coupe guy is supposed to be here tomorrow around five so I can look at the Accord while he looks at the Firebird.  So far I know it has about 160K miles, 158K something on the clock but the speedo sensor went out a few weeks ago.  Says A/C works well and has new tires, just needs the speedo sensor replaced which is like $60 off RockAuto.  If anything being willing to drive it 80+ miles here and back twice shows at least it should be a fairly solid car.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ThKidd on October 27, 2015, 07:53:27 AM
Previously I had painted most of the interior pieces from my car, and then used the SEM Low-Lustre Clear Coat over it, but I didn't like the results at all.  It seemed "dusty", and the surface was rougher, and the scratches in the plastics seemed to be accentuated more by the clear coat.  I decided just to go with the color coat and be done with it.

This past weekend I repainted those pieces with the color coat.  I originally used the SEM preps and paints, but ran out before I was finished, and switched over to some OER paints for the second coat.  I didn't have very good results with the OER; it seemed to spray in a more narrow pattern, and as a result it left visible stripes.  I went to a local O'Reilly's, as they carry SEM paints, and bought another can to cover the OER paint, and the results were much better.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 27, 2015, 08:24:15 AM
Well, the Accord Coupe guy is supposed to be here tomorrow around five so I can look at the Accord while he looks at the Firebird.  So far I know it has about 160K miles, 158K something on the clock but the speedo sensor went out a few weeks ago.  Says A/C works well and has new tires, just needs the speedo sensor replaced which is like $60 off RockAuto.  If anything being willing to drive it 80+ miles here and back twice shows at least it should be a fairly solid car.

For a 160K car, try to get him to throw some $$ in to sweeten the pot.  Can't hurt to ask. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 27, 2015, 10:42:08 AM
He's already doing an 160 minute round trip twice, and all in all his car is probably worth $2,500-3,000+ so it'd be kind of a jerk thing to do.  It's blue pearl with black leather, alloys, spoiler, and side airbags; so it's the top end model for that year and that'd put it ahead of every other Accord from that generation with similar mileage.  I went ahead and looked and it takes maybe all of 20 minutes to change the speedo sensor and the car never has to leave the ground, Honda was smart and put the sensor on the top of the transmission under the air intake piping.

That and truthfully if everything checks out I actually want it.  It's the best trade offer(as far as me liking it anyway) I've gotten, and everyone that's contacted wanting to do cash has been a no show.  Plus he has a transmission to put into it and will continue to improve upon the car where I left off, so I know it's going to a good home and won't just sit and rot somewhere just because someone wanted one to say they had it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 27, 2015, 03:29:13 PM
Today I...
I got both hood hinges, the pass. side G-Brace(?), driver side marker light removed and I got almost all of the driver side fender bolts out. I ran into a couple that keep spinning so that held me up.
I only have about an hour each day to work on it so tear down is slow if I hit any problems. I like how the engine bay looks more streamlined w/o the hinges. I'm going to try to get the pass. side fender off tomorrow if I have time.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on October 27, 2015, 08:22:19 PM
Box, good luck on the trade and don't forget to tell him about TAC. He may have some ?'s on restoring the bird.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 27, 2015, 09:02:16 PM
Today I... FINALLY got the correct control arm from rock auto.  I gotta say, at least it shipped from Maryland this time as opposed to California.  I'm in PA so that wasn't so bad.  Now that I have all 4 brand new rear control arms, it was time to put them on.  Yeah.... not so much!  The rear rears are easy as pie.  4 bolts and the whole mess drops right off.  The front rears, GRRRRRRRRR gotta drop the fuel tank to remove them!!@@###$   I am NOT dropping that F!@#ING fuel tank again!  Oh well at least I did get the rear rears done, and I do notice an improvement in handling, but I need to actually get the entire job done and get an alignment.  Then there's the trailing arms and the sway bar bushings and links.  Sigh.........

Trucks have their purpose, as daily drivers? No.
I switch vehicles a lot, one day I'm driving the '07 1500 and the next I'm out in the '99 1500 and then Im in the S10 or the VW. Thats what gets me the most, when I'm used to driving one I have to switch.
 


Not to seem JEALOUS or anything, but it must be nice to own TWO Chevy K's and an S10... oh and have to decide between them...    I can barely afford my one daily driver (but then again, Toyota parts are UNGODLY expensive and the car was free).

P.S. Yes I'm a little pissed off right now and it's 75% car related.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 27, 2015, 09:21:55 PM
He ended up not being able to make it today, that's ok it decided to rain all day and I didn't particularly feel like standing out in it for over half an hour.

Toyota parts aren't any more than any other car that isn't a SBC or SBF.  If you want ungodly part prices go look at some for a Porsche, it'll make you feel better.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on October 28, 2015, 05:12:49 AM
Today I... FINALLY got the correct control arm from rock auto.  I gotta say, at least it shipped from Maryland this time as opposed to California.  I'm in PA so that wasn't so bad.  Now that I have all 4 brand new rear control arms, it was time to put them on.  Yeah.... not so much!  The rear rears are easy as pie.  4 bolts and the whole mess drops right off.  The front rears, GRRRRRRRRR gotta drop the fuel tank to remove them!!@@###$   I am NOT dropping that F!@#ING fuel tank again!  Oh well at least I did get the rear rears done, and I do notice an improvement in handling, but I need to actually get the entire job done and get an alignment.  Then there's the trailing arms and the sway bar bushings and links.  Sigh.........

Trucks have their purpose, as daily drivers? No.
I switch vehicles a lot, one day I'm driving the '07 1500 and the next I'm out in the '99 1500 and then Im in the S10 or the VW. Thats what gets me the most, when I'm used to driving one I have to switch.
 


Not to seem JEALOUS or anything, but it must be nice to own TWO Chevy K's and an S10... oh and have to decide between them...    I can barely afford my one daily driver (but then again, Toyota parts are UNGODLY expensive and the car was free).

P.S. Yes I'm a little pissed off right now and it's 75% car related.....

Oh no I dont own them, the 1500s are dads and my brother uses one. They both have 300K miles on them so they arent as good as they seem.  And the '99 S10 is now a parts truck for my S10. And  the '00 S10("mine") was a gift from my brother after he blew the engine up we still need to pull the bad block and get the redone head onto the good 2.2 so I can drive that until its done.
 I dont get to choose i just get the vehicle that isnt being used and they all suck.
And BTW...if you guys ever have to pull and swap engines on an S10 dont do it unless your doing a V8 swap where you can just cut everything off and not worry about saving it. My brother has an ungodly amount of vehicles: a '70 Nova, '94 S10, '03 2500 Duramax, '90 1500 all in some sort of disarray keeping them from being driven.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 28, 2015, 06:39:01 AM
If you want ungodly part prices go look at some for a Porsche, it'll make you feel better.

Or an Audi.  I was at my pseudo f-i-l's buddies garage yesterday to get a tire fixed, at which point I saw a relatively new Audi A8 up on the lift.  Quite the impressive machine when viewed from underneath.  AWD, true dual exhaust, etc...

I got curious and googled the MSRP.  My jaw hit the floor.  $91K+  Most people houses (around here) aren't worth that much!

Roadking77:  If that 99 K1500 is that bad of a vehicle, I'll happily take if off your hands  :cool:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on October 28, 2015, 09:14:14 AM
If you want ungodly part prices go look at some for a Porsche, it'll make you feel better.

Or an Audi.  I was at my pseudo f-i-l's buddies garage yesterday to get a tire fixed, at which point I saw a relatively new Audi A8 up on the lift.  Quite the impressive machine when viewed from underneath.  AWD, true dual exhaust, etc...

I got curious and googled the MSRP.  My jaw hit the floor.  $91K+  Most people houses (around here) aren't worth that much!

Roadking77:  If that 99 K1500 is that bad of a vehicle, I'll happily take if off your hands  :cool:

True, but the A8 is their luxury saloon often used to transport prime ministers and presidents..

A normal A4 or A6 is not half as expensive in parts..

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 28, 2015, 10:17:14 AM
If you want ungodly part prices go look at some for a Porsche, it'll make you feel better.

Or an Audi.  I was at my pseudo f-i-l's buddies garage yesterday to get a tire fixed, at which point I saw a relatively new Audi A8 up on the lift.  Quite the impressive machine when viewed from underneath.  AWD, true dual exhaust, etc...

I got curious and googled the MSRP.  My jaw hit the floor.  $91K+  Most people houses (around here) aren't worth that much!

Roadking77:  If that 99 K1500 is that bad of a vehicle, I'll happily take if off your hands  :cool:

True, but the A8 is their luxury saloon often used to transport prime ministers and presidents..

A normal A4 or A6 is not half as expensive in parts..

Strange.  I have to wonder what an A8 was doing in my neck of the woods.  I live in the armpit scumbag sh*tstain of New England.  Can't imagine many places being much worse....  so again, unless a drug dealer or pimp owns that car, what's it doing in NEPA?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 28, 2015, 10:43:01 AM
Odds are he was traveling through the area between his vacation homes and happened to break down.  That or there just happens to be someone with money in the area.  Around my area most people are driving 90's and 00's cars and if it is a newer car it's usually $25,000 or less, but I've seen a Nissan GT-R and a C7 Vette in the area before along with one of the bigger Mercedes Benzes.  The average house is probably in the $70,000-120,000 range, but all in all everything is nice aside from some of the roads that aren't connected into the state highway system.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 28, 2015, 12:12:36 PM
Any idea how old the Audi was?  Not being at a dealer makes me think it was an older model. 

BTW - My American made CTS has AWD & true duals for half that price  :grin:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 28, 2015, 08:33:58 PM
Half the snob factor too. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 29, 2015, 09:08:08 AM
Any idea how old the Audi was?  Not being at a dealer makes me think it was an older model. 

BTW - My American made CTS has AWD & true duals for half that price  :grin:

At least 8 - 10 years old.  The amount of rust on the undercarriage told that story.

Half the snob factor too. :lol:

Hahah indeed!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on October 29, 2015, 09:42:57 AM
Any idea how old the Audi was?  Not being at a dealer makes me think it was an older model. 

BTW - My American made CTS has AWD & true duals for half that price  :grin:

At least 8 - 10 years old.  The amount of rust on the undercarriage told that story.

Half the snob factor too. :lol:

Hahah indeed!

the body is made from aluminium, so it shouldn't rust.. but I guess the suspension components and exhaust are normal steel..

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 29, 2015, 10:17:02 AM
Back on topic.  Today I...  will be jacking up the rear end of my Camry again.  I put on two new control arms in the rear and now it fishtails if I go over the SLIGHTEST bump or pothole.  Driving in the rain yesterday was quite fun...

I must see what went wrong. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on October 29, 2015, 11:45:45 AM
Decaff, first I think you mistook me for someone else, I have no such animal. Second, are you aware of Jack Rich's car collection in Frackville. I think you are near the area. I saw a segment on a tv show about it. He has tens of millions of dollars worth of cars. His family owns or owned at one time all of the coal mining operations, fuel oil, commercial real estate, etc. in your neck of the woods. When I saw the program and they said it was in Frackville I shook my head in disbelief.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on October 29, 2015, 01:33:50 PM
Back on topic.  Today I...  will be jacking up the rear end of my Camry again.  I put on two new control arms in the rear and now it fishtails if I go over the SLIGHTEST bump or pothole.  Driving in the rain yesterday was quite fun...

I must see what went wrong.
It's trying to imitate the Firebird now. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: SmugglerBlues on October 29, 2015, 02:32:29 PM
Replaced the trunk lock and one of the door locks before it started raining. darn those door lock pieces are a pain to get at. I fought with one of the clips for a while.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 30, 2015, 11:50:22 AM
Decaff, first I think you mistook me for someone else, I have no such animal. Second, are you aware of Jack Rich's car collection in Frackville. I think you are near the area. I saw a segment on a tv show about it. He has tens of millions of dollars worth of cars. His family owns or owned at one time all of the coal mining operations, fuel oil, commercial real estate, etc. in your neck of the woods. When I saw the program and they said it was in Frackville I shook my head in disbelief.

I went back and read my previous post.  Yes I did mistake you for someone else.  Sorry about that.  I need to stop being so jealous of people that have nice trucks.  I couldn't even save the two I had so I don't deserve one.

ANYWAY, I know of no "Jack Rich".  Yep, Frackville is barely 20 miles from me.  I should look into that.

Back on topic.  Today I...  will be jacking up the rear end of my Camry again.  I put on two new control arms in the rear and now it fishtails if I go over the SLIGHTEST bump or pothole.  Driving in the rain yesterday was quite fun...

I must see what went wrong.
It's trying to imitate the Firebird now. :lol:

LOL!!!  For the amount of work/money I have put into that rear end (on the T/A), it better NOT do that!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: PARTSMAN76 on October 30, 2015, 12:16:44 PM
Today I got to work at 3:45 am and will be here atleast until 10 pm or so...........
love doing inventory                :mad:
Thats after putting in 26 hrs in the past 2 days.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on October 30, 2015, 01:25:16 PM
Because i) I needed tires ii) I'm still a kid @ heart & iii) I got a  good deal on CList, I had my daily driver all murdered out.
Went from a 235/55 on a 17x7 to a 245/45 on an 18x8.  Rim is a KMC Rockstar

Before
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/2D4F803D-F85C-4B70-8DAB-CCBA84C5C6A0_zpsjusvpbmj.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/2D4F803D-F85C-4B70-8DAB-CCBA84C5C6A0_zpsjusvpbmj.jpg.html)

After
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/864A54E5-118B-4703-A691-5067A5D0D034_zpshjdt1ty5.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/864A54E5-118B-4703-A691-5067A5D0D034_zpshjdt1ty5.jpg.html)

(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/7AF52530-9482-4CEB-8509-B4D0777EA937_zps6minemdn.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/7AF52530-9482-4CEB-8509-B4D0777EA937_zps6minemdn.jpg.html)

Have to do something to clean up the calipers
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/droptopron/B274BBAA-D45F-4F8D-AE89-50E47D9C7E87_zpsoccxgrt7.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/droptopron/media/B274BBAA-D45F-4F8D-AE89-50E47D9C7E87_zpsoccxgrt7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on October 30, 2015, 01:33:13 PM
nice CTS, i had one a while back and for the most part really really liked it (unfortunately i got a bad one so GM had to take it back after 3 years of me dealing with all the issues and the many many service visits)-----got most my $$ back and another good thing about the service visits, i drove pretty much all in their fleet, big baller style  :-D

rims look great, change the whole look of the car for the better ---- if i remember correctly my rims were called Helo

(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj146/bucketyou2221/CTS/26373_1375469711505_5616442_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on October 31, 2015, 07:46:41 AM
Yesterday I... ordered about $250 in parts for my DD.  Turns out that replacing just those two control arms broke everything else loose.  Sway bar links & bushings (front and rear), trailing arms and bushings, and oh yeah a stupid ABS sensor that I accidentally broke.

Should be fun when it all comes in.

Today I...  get to go to work for 7 hours to pay it all off...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 01, 2015, 02:16:39 PM
Today...
I got another fender bolt out along with about 3 square feet of dirt and leaves from tge fender. Only one more remaining! The way the passenger side inner fender patch was cut makes me think the blower motor has been replaced at one point. I also noticed that once I scrapped off some of the grease on the subframe there was a layer of whitepaint so thats either factory overspray or its been taken down before and repainted.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on November 01, 2015, 02:22:58 PM
I measured my rear swaybar with a caliper.. I got a measurement of 17mm

Summit lists poly bushes in either 16mm or 18mm, now I am a bit unsure what to order  :shock:

Guess I might as well order the 16mm and if they are a bit too small I can run a drill through them..
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: RGB500 on November 02, 2015, 07:52:12 PM
I took advantage of the Hotchkis 25% off sale last weekend and bought the TVS kit. So today I ordered the SFC's & solid body bushings from PTFB.  Next week I'll be ordering Fox shocks. let the games begin!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 05, 2015, 07:12:25 PM
Today I removed the battery tray, and cleaned up the battery tray area. Battery tray is toast but thats to be expected. I also cleaned up and painted some interior panels.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 06, 2015, 10:57:04 AM
Had someone offer a '72 C-30 just now.  I want to know why is it that some 98% of the people that've contacted me want to trade, and of those the majority have been trucks.  Which I already pulled the car from the front of the yard when someone decided to take out the mailbox the other morning, last thing I need is someone taking it out...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 06, 2015, 08:20:50 PM
Had someone offer a '72 C-30 just now.  I want to know why is it that some 98% of the people that've contacted me want to trade, and of those the majority have been trucks.  Which I already pulled the car from the front of the yard when someone decided to take out the mailbox the other morning, last thing I need is someone taking it out...

I would trade my Camry for a 72 C-30 in a HEARTBEAT. 

Today I... spent the vast majority of the day working on my DD and my fathers DD.  If anyone here has ever attempted replacing a serpentine belt on a Chevy HHR... DON'T!  Changing that belt requires removal of the wiper fluid reservoir, a splash shield on the passenger side, and a friggin motor mount!  Not only that, I had to fabricate a tool disengage the tensioner pulley. 

Then came the semi-daunting task of tearing off ALL of the rear suspension on my stupid Camry.  Well, the point behind this is that I shouldn't have started so late in the day.  By 8 PM I was literally throwing wrenches at a wall in disgust and fatigue.

Blah!  Tomorrow is another day.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on November 06, 2015, 09:31:23 PM
Mmmmm   today I don't know who depress me more......decaff  or box. .............
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 06, 2015, 10:32:16 PM
I'll trade and sell it to you then. :P

I just don't understand why they're all trucks though.  I had this same issue when selling the Celica, everyone and their aunt wanted to trade their truck for it and I even expressed what I would trade for that time.  It's like I'm living in some kind of truck Hell.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 07, 2015, 03:43:50 AM
I'll trade and sell it to you then. :P

I just don't understand why they're all trucks though.  I had this same issue when selling the Celica, everyone and their aunt wanted to trade their truck for it and I even expressed what I would trade for that time.  It's like I'm living in some kind of truck Hell.
What did I miss? What happened to the 5-speed accord guy?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 07, 2015, 06:06:03 AM
I dunno, I didn't hear back from him until just today asking if I was still interested in trading.  I had figured he had changed his mind since the 27th had been the last I heard from him.  To make matters worse for both of us he offered to sell me the TH350 he was going to put into it if I decide I don't want to trade.  So now I have to decide on multiple things and let him know later.  The Accord isn't something I'd go out and buy, but it's the closest thing I've been offered.  At the same time I never put in the listing I'd trade and what for, so what if someone out there is like me and won't offer to trade unless it's stated but has something I'd really want.  Or do I buy the trans and replace it then keep the Firebird even though it's a long way from being a daily I can enjoy, i.e. the lack of A/C etc..
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79merlin on November 07, 2015, 12:38:34 PM
well. if the price of the th350 is right you could buy it and use the TA through the winter then sell next spring. I doubt you will really need AC anymore for at least a few months, and I think the car will sell easier in spring time with a working transmission...


Just my unsolicited 2 cents...


GL either way.
Todd
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 07, 2015, 12:56:49 PM
Yeah at the very least I was planning to get the transmission if the price is reasonable provided we don't trade, so far the ones I've found what they want for a used one is what it costs to exchange for a rebuilt transmission... :roll:  Though if at the end of the day I'm going to be selling either one the Accord will probably be easier and it won't require me changing out transmissions.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 07, 2015, 02:58:28 PM
Today I went to see my 77 in restoration at the new shop. It had set waiting its turn since September 4th.  Suddenly, it is moving forward.  Pics and the entire story are here: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=56714.0

Should be a roller with paint by the end of November.  Engine and drive train by end of December.  Then interior done in January.  Delivery in February/March.  I'm less convinced, but that is what I heard today from the shop owner. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on November 07, 2015, 04:47:27 PM
Sounds good Bruce, looking forward to your build thread as I stop on this thread first.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on November 07, 2015, 05:56:20 PM
Just came in from the garage where I spun the rear cagenut in the driver side  :-x

I lubed that sucker for like 4 months on a regular basis, so I don't think the outcome could have been any different..

Do we have a thread with pictures of the cutting floorboard operation?

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Post by: PARTSMAN76 on November 08, 2015, 07:21:02 PM
Just came in from the garage. Pulled the valve covers and intake on the TATA today. And like I suspected coolant in the oil, milky sludge under the valve covers, but no sign of coolant in the cylinders. All spark plugs look great. What are the chances this was caused by a leaking intake gasket??
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 09, 2015, 07:03:50 AM
Continued the repair of my dash.  Main concern is recreating the slight bead around the instrument panel with dash filler and having it look original.
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Post by: ThKidd on November 09, 2015, 04:06:11 PM
On Saturday I removed the old air shocks (pain) and the brackets that hold the rear axle bumpers.  I also started cleaning the bolts and brackets with the wire brush on my bench grinder (to remove the rubber undercoating), and plan to repaint them before reinstalling.  I also did some more wire brushing with my angle grinder to remove some of the undercoating on the rear springs, rear axle and rear subframe where the brackets and shocks are installed.  I ordered new bumpers today (Ames had the best price, $19 each); I also ordered some shock paint (gray) so I can repaint the new shocks before installing them.  I will also need to reinstall the bumpers and brackets before I install the new shocks.
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Post by: SmugglerBlues on November 10, 2015, 07:26:16 PM
My new, (to me anyway), steering column shipped today. Should be here Monday Like Tom Petty said the waiting is the hardest part.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 11, 2015, 05:42:21 PM
Today I... 

Took my father to lunch @ Applebees for Veterans Day. 

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151111_133657_zpsadlgtahc.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151111_133657_zpsadlgtahc.jpg.html)

I didn't realize how ugly I am until I saw this pic on my computer screen, as opposed to my tiny smartphone screen.
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Post by: Casey on November 11, 2015, 06:51:29 PM
That was nice of you, and Happy Veteran's Day to all our veterans!

I had my hopes brought up today.  Turns out the one with the Accord will take a month to finish paying it off so he has the title, so I figured what the Hell and updated the Craigslist ad with the notion that I would trade but only for two-door cars with a manual transmission.  Of course I had someone offer a SUV...  After that though I get a picture of a '94-98 Mustang saying it and $300, so I'm like wooo finally.  Then find out it has the V6, though I had the sinking suspicion it was when he was offering cash on top immediately.  I would halfway consider one from '99-04 or a 3.8 F-body as they had 200 horsepower which is more than enough for me to drive like an old man with.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 12, 2015, 06:26:26 AM
That was nice of you, and Happy Veteran's Day to all our veterans!

I had my hopes brought up today.  Turns out the one with the Accord will take a month to finish paying it off so he has the title, so I figured what the Hell and updated the Craigslist ad with the notion that I would trade but only for two-door cars with a manual transmission.  Of course I had someone offer a SUV...  After that though I get a picture of a '94-98 Mustang saying it and $300, so I'm like wooo finally.  Then find out it has the V6, though I had the sinking suspicion it was when he was offering cash on top immediately.  I would halfway consider one from '99-04 or a 3.8 F-body as they had 200 horsepower which is more than enough for me to drive like an old man with.

Dude, my brother had a 96 6cyl autotragic.  That car DEFINED the term "Rustang".  Can't really recall something we DIDN'T have to replace, especially in NEPA winters!  After head gaskets and freeze plugs, he finally let it go for $1300.  I told him if he ever buys a Ford again I'm done talking to him.

So back on topic, it's only 7:25 am so I can't really say much to a "Today I..."  Just sitting here at work, trying to be productive.
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Post by: SmugglerBlues on November 12, 2015, 07:04:48 PM
Steering column arrived today now I have to wait until 2300 to go home and check it out. darn work keeps getting in the way.
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Post by: Casey on November 12, 2015, 09:08:47 PM
In fairness at least it meets what I said I'd trade for, which is a two door car with a manual transmission.  I guess I might have to go more in depth and say, "a two door car with a manual transmission, and if it's a domestic it must have a V8." :lol:  Had it been a 5.0 car I'd have been all over it, even a 4.6 would be decent though lacking in means of making power.  I keep waiting for someone with a manual third or fourth gen wanting to trade, but that's yet to happen for whatever reason.
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Post by: FormTA on November 13, 2015, 10:18:50 PM
More wire wheeling and sanding on core support.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 14, 2015, 06:00:47 AM
Yesterday I... spent the ENTIRE day fixing the exhaust on my POS Camry.  It's good to go now but if that muffler springs another leak, it's going to have to be replaced (as opposed to MIG welded).

I also had a small fire in my garage  :shock:  I was welding away when a spark hit a rag soaked with kerosene (another long story).  Didn't even notice until I took my helmet off and caught something orange and glowing out of the corner of my eye.  AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  LoL I stomped it out quickly but darn I gotta be more careful!
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 14, 2015, 04:55:50 PM
Today I got the fenders and bumper off the car. And in the process I found the original keys to my car, I bet they've been sitting there for the last 20 years at least!
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Post by: Hi Ho Silver T/A on November 14, 2015, 05:15:25 PM
LOL! That's pretty funny if you think they may have looked for a long time for those things.
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Post by: fixitrht on November 14, 2015, 05:20:00 PM
Fired up the old 71, sending her to a new home in the morning.  Some times it's better to set them free if you can't get to them yourself.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 14, 2015, 06:57:39 PM
Today I... went to work and then took the Camry in for a "second" alignment.  They couldn't do it right the first time so I brought it back after replacing a control arm.  Drives pretty straight now and the fishtailing issue is fixed  :-D

Now for that pesky check engine light....
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 14, 2015, 07:51:45 PM
Today, I put another coat of dash filler on my dash.  Also, not sure what the part in the below photo is called, but had to cut the bolts off to remove the part.  It was attached to the rusted leaf springs that the old shop had stored outside, under a trailer for 2+ years :shock:

(http://www.woodgrainandstain.com/images/stories/1977TA/388.jpg)
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on November 15, 2015, 10:25:27 AM
I think it is called the front spring pocket - it bolts to the car with 3 shorter bolts that thread into clip nuts you put on the body of the car..

You could try and acid clean them, it works great for removing old rust.. just throw some citric acid powder into a bucket, add warm water and let them soak for some days or even weeks if required - it is not possible to let them soak for too long if you only use a weak acid like citric acid :)
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 15, 2015, 10:36:00 AM
I think it is called the front spring pocket - it bolts to the car with 3 shorter bolts that thread into clip nuts you put on the body of the car..

Thanks.  So, these are not welded to the car and cut off; just unbolted?  It looks like some of the metal was cut, so I assumed these were trashed.  I'll have the shop confirm that the car has a good set available from the 81 donor from which I took the rear clip.  The 81 leaf springs were junked, so not sure if the front spring pockets were trashed at the same time.
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Post by: FormTA on November 15, 2015, 12:09:34 PM
Those actually look good compared to the ones on my cars.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on November 15, 2015, 01:50:09 PM
I think it is called the front spring pocket - it bolts to the car with 3 shorter bolts that thread into clip nuts you put on the body of the car..

Thanks.  So, these are not welded to the car and cut off; just unbolted?  It looks like some of the metal was cut, so I assumed these were trashed.  I'll have the shop confirm that the car has a good set available from the 81 donor from which I took the rear clip.  The 81 leaf springs were junked, so not sure if the front spring pockets were trashed at the same time.

I did not notice that they were cut - but I can see it now.. not sure if they are usable or not, someone else might provide some insight :)
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 15, 2015, 06:27:06 PM
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshaqdsrwg.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshaqdsrwg.jpeg.html)
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Post by: SmugglerBlues on November 16, 2015, 02:06:49 PM
Managed to get out to garage for a few minutes today. I primed the steering column. Hoping to get in and get the old column out tomorrow morning. See what happens.
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Post by: Steve B on November 16, 2015, 02:41:55 PM
OK, so get this.  I took my newly restored 1980 Trans Am up to the local gas station to fill it up and filled up next to a matte black Porsche Panamera.  A couple of the gas station workers were emptying the garbage cans and I overheard one of them say, "Wow, look at that Porsche" as they walked passed my car.  Uh, hello!  Am I invisible here??   :-x
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Post by: Casey on November 16, 2015, 05:11:19 PM
It's not a Porsche though. :P  Don't feel bad, I'd had rather checked out your T/A than an over glorified Audi sedan.  Also your exhaust must not be loud enough if people don't turn around and look once you're within a mile. :lol:
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 16, 2015, 05:20:45 PM
Front body bushings are out so core support is almost off, just get the wiring off the front and the driverside inner fender is holding it on. Seems like theres a stuck bolt at every turn, I think cutting those two off would 6 or 7 destroyed fender/inner fender bolts. I took the spoiler caps off and all but one of the nuts on the center spoiler came off, that one is now somehow free spinning.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 16, 2015, 06:17:15 PM
Today, had my wife dropped off a few more parts that the shop needs to get my car to a roller: solid body bushings, subframe connectors, transmission and the rusty leaf springs and rusty front spring pockets. The shop thinks the springs and pockets will clean up with sand-blasting and paint just fine. They will confirm the springs fit the car, which I'll let them take care of that detail, after everything, who knows, maybe the springs are from a pickup truck or something.  Since the current plan is that engine is going to the shop later this month, also dropped off the RARE ceramic mini headers. 
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Post by: droptopron on November 18, 2015, 01:16:38 PM
an over glorified Audi sedan. 

More so it's an SUV cut down to an ugly hatchback four door
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 18, 2015, 08:13:33 PM
Today I got the radiator out and got all of the forward wiring out of the way. Once that inner fender is off the core support is coming out! I also ran the numbers on the Q-jet and its a 1977 Pontiac used with an automatic transmission, I suspect this may be the original carb.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 18, 2015, 10:09:28 PM
Why must it be so hard to find the parts for a manual conversion on GM vehicles?  Probably the same reason it's so hard to find a GM car with a manual transmission.  I hate you GM customers of years past.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 20, 2015, 07:22:36 AM
Yesterday I...  replaced the passenger cv axle on my POS camry.  It was long overdue.  Want a nice entertaining story?

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/103-3rd-4th-generation-1992-1996-1997-2001/1222081-multiple-steering-issues-vibration-3.html#post10333097

Read post #35.  Warning!  That particular forum allows expletives, so click at your own risk.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 20, 2015, 01:40:17 PM
Oh yeah, I could've warned you about the carrier mount.  One of the joys of doing the 1MZ swap into the Celica is centered around it.
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Post by: kali_74TA on November 20, 2015, 01:44:21 PM
today I have confirmed my appointment to see a 79 TA, excited and hope not to be let down too much if it's not as good shape as I would hope and what seller has said... keeping fingers crossed!!!
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 20, 2015, 10:21:45 PM
Oh yeah, I could've warned you about the carrier mount.  One of the joys of doing the 1MZ swap into the Celica is centered around it.

WHAT?!?  I know of no such swap, especially an engine that only 5% of Camry's are equipped with.  That's kind of hard for me to read right now.........


Anyway, today I... decided to tackle the very last of my exhaust issues.  Had to buy parts from the dealer but oh well.  Hey Box, could you also have warned me just how much of a PITA it is to remove the rear exhaust manifold on the 1MZ-FE?  Due to rust and lack of space, I ended up having to do a destructive removal of said manifold.  I tried welding it back together.  We will see how well that turned out.

Even though my father came over to help me, I had to quit for the night.  Hopefully I'll get it back together after work tomorrow.

If only the previous owner had done SOME kind of maintenance to this car, maybe I wouldn't be pouring so much time/money into it now.  I think the only reason I even bother is because from day 1, when said previous owner said "You fix it, it's yours", I had automatically assumed it was a 4 cylinder.  Little did I know how "rare" a 6 banger Camry is.  Now if it was a manual transmission, I would have the holy grail of Toyota for that year.
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Post by: Casey on November 20, 2015, 11:19:46 PM
At least you destroyed the rear manifold on an automatic motor, the manual equipped cars have a different manifold on the rear and they're hard to come by as you might imagine.  The 1MZ is a pretty popular swap for sixth gen Celicas and second gen MR2s, A LOT of vehicles had the 1MZ; Camry/Solara, ES300, Avalon, Sienna, RX300, and Highlander.  200-210 hp with a 5-speed manual goes a long way in a 2,500 pound car. :P  I actually wouldn't mind a 1MZ/E153 Solara myself, even better if it's the TRD edition with a supercharger.  What's funny is that there was even a TRD Sienna, part of me would want it just to mess with kids in Hondas. :lol:
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 21, 2015, 10:21:26 AM
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsciauc8mx.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsciauc8mx.jpeg.html)
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 21, 2015, 12:14:16 PM
Arranged delivery next week of my engine to the restoration shop.  Getting lots of forward movement at the new shop.  Fun times.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 21, 2015, 10:02:13 PM
At least you destroyed the rear manifold on an automatic motor, the manual equipped cars have a different manifold on the rear and they're hard to come by as you might imagine.  The 1MZ is a pretty popular swap for sixth gen Celicas and second gen MR2s, A LOT of vehicles had the 1MZ; Camry/Solara, ES300, Avalon, Sienna, RX300, and Highlander.  200-210 hp with a 5-speed manual goes a long way in a 2,500 pound car. :P  I actually wouldn't mind a 1MZ/E153 Solara myself, even better if it's the TRD edition with a supercharger.  What's funny is that there was even a TRD Sienna, part of me would want it just to mess with kids in Hondas. :lol:

Good to know. 

Today I...  managed to get my pos DD put back together.  At which point, I realized that dang manifold is beyond saving.  I should NOT have cut it, but I saw no other choice at the time. 

MEH.  At least I have ride for the time being.

Oh lol and I also went to work for 8 hours.  I hate having to need 2 jobs but the money is SLOWLY starting to come back around.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on November 21, 2015, 10:09:36 PM
today I.... test drove a 79 403 6.6L and a 95 LT1 6-speed, both fun and both way different due of course to the age difference.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 22, 2015, 07:20:23 AM
today I.... test drove a 79 403 6.6L and a 95 LT1 6-speed, both fun and both way different due of course to the age difference.

Where exactly did you "test drive" a classic? 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on November 22, 2015, 07:27:26 AM
today I.... test drove a 79 403 6.6L and a 95 LT1 6-speed, both fun and both way different due of course to the age difference.

Where exactly did you "test drive" a classic?

on the roads/freeways  :? Not sure I get it...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 22, 2015, 07:30:46 AM
today I.... test drove a 79 403 6.6L and a 95 LT1 6-speed, both fun and both way different due of course to the age difference.

Where exactly did you "test drive" a classic?

on the roads/freeways  :? Not sure I get it...

That's not what I meant.  I meant where did you find a running example of said vehicle, that you could actually turn the key and drive.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on November 22, 2015, 09:14:31 AM
They are around.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 22, 2015, 08:10:54 PM
Today I... did about 15 battery installs @ Autozone.  Frikken ridiculous.  I literally spent 75% of my 8 hour shift outside, working on customers vehicles.

Then, at the 20 mins of my shift, I picked up one last battery and SNAP!  I felt my sciatic nerve give out.  I almost fell down from the pain. 

We have a Dollar Tree next door so I went and bought some generic acetaminophen.  Even with that and 3 beers, I'm still feeling it.  Even my boss told me I push myself too hard. 

Well, of course the events of today coupled with laying on my cold, cold garage floor (fixing my DD), I'm sure didn't help any.

Meh, I'll be fine in a few days.....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 23, 2015, 01:09:35 AM
You'd be better off taking ibuprofen, it'll help with any swelling at least.  Also acetaminophen is bad for your liver as it is, much less mixed with alcohol.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 23, 2015, 06:18:06 AM
You'd be better off taking ibuprofen, it'll help with any swelling at least.  Also acetaminophen is bad for your liver as it is, much less mixed with alcohol.

Box, no offense, but you are preaching to the choir.  Also ibuprofen does absolutely nothing for me.

So today I... woke up at 2:04 AM to the sound of my house alarm going off  :shock:  :shock:   I immediately grabbed my .357 and cleared the house.

Seems to have been a false alarm.

Irony:  My alarm goes off 1 year to the day that my g/f's mother died.  Creepy.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 23, 2015, 03:53:57 PM
I know what you mean, not even morphine helps with my day to day pain so I said screw going to a specialist every month and all the red tape involved and am just taking muscle relaxers all day along with trying low dose naltrexone in lieu of painkillers since it supposedly helps the chemical imbalance in the brain responsible for fibro.  So far no worse really and seemed like was doing better, but ended up having a bad day today.

Also that's quite interesting.  After my grandmother passed all of a sudden resurrection lilies, of all things, started growing in the yard.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 23, 2015, 04:19:37 PM
Got some small things off today. 
Removed Center spoiler piece, Some A.C. parts theres not much more I can do until I get the Engine/Trans out.  Going to need swaybar and A Arm bushings as those are toast and my decklid is rusted pretty bad in the corners but all those are to be expected.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 23, 2015, 05:33:09 PM
Perfect excuse for poly bushings and a fiberglass or carbon fiber decklid right?
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 23, 2015, 06:04:40 PM
Perfect excuse for poly bushings and a fiberglass or carbon fiber decklid right?
Yeah, going for solid body mounts w/ bolted down SFC and poly bushings for the front end.
Rust repair will just be a bondo job for now, not like anybody is going to see under the spoiler.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 23, 2015, 11:06:37 PM
If it's just under the spoiler can cut out all the rust with a Dremel and seal it with fiberglass to hold you until you're wanting to lay down a good paint job.

That's ok, I wish I could find a transmission since no one wants the car unless they're wanting to trade their truck for it.  Haven't heard from the guy with the Accord in two weeks so I guess he changed his mind, go figure the one thing I've been offered I'd trade for.  I'm tired of using my brother's Durango, which if anything I guess at least it hasn't been sitting all the time like it usually does...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: droptopron on November 24, 2015, 04:26:47 PM
They are around.

I let someone road test mine
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 24, 2015, 05:07:21 PM
If it's just under the spoiler can cut out all the rust with a Dremel and seal it with fiberglass to hold you until you're wanting to lay down a good paint job.
It doesnt look bad in this picture but its there.
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3lprtnbk.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3lprtnbk.jpeg.html)
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Post by: Casey on November 24, 2015, 05:59:57 PM
Hit it with a wire wheel or brush then can use rust converter before patching the holes.

Ironically the Accord guy messages today asking if I still have the car, but still doesn't have the title back yet.  Then before then someone messaged about coming to see the car to buy it, but they're about 100 miles away in Montgomery.  Honestly I'd rather sell it for cash so I can buy something closer to my liking, otherwise I'd rather find a transmission eventually to make it operational again and keep it.
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Post by: 77 TA man on November 24, 2015, 07:10:14 PM
Hit it with a wire wheel or brush then can use rust converter before patching the holes.

Ironically the Accord guy messages today asking if I still have the car, but still doesn't have the title back yet.  Then before then someone messaged about coming to see the car to buy it, but they're about 100 miles away in Montgomery.  Honestly I'd rather sell it for cash so I can buy something closer to my liking, otherwise I'd rather find a transmission eventually to make it operational again and keep it.
I'm going to remove the decklid and do rust repair and primer it as the same time with the other removed pieces fenders, hood, bumpers, spoilers.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 24, 2015, 09:51:35 PM
Today I...  had a customer at Auto Zone ask me if we take food stamps as a form of payment  :sad:

What is this world coming to?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 24, 2015, 09:59:51 PM
Got the Bumper brackets off
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsldsnc701.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsldsnc701.jpeg.html)
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Post by: gm muscle on November 24, 2015, 10:32:52 PM
Fired up my Monte with the LS2 for the first time today! Man, did that feel good.  :cool:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 25, 2015, 03:11:26 AM
Nothing gets one ready for some responsible and legal motoring like firing up a new engine. :cool:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 25, 2015, 10:51:18 PM
Fired up my Monte with the LS2 for the first time today! Man, did that feel good.  :cool:

Oh dang I bet that was freakin awesome :-)


Today I... put the factory replacement Denso double platinum spark plugs in my DD.  I notice zero change in how it runs. 

Also, I topped off the antifreeze and now the heat doesn't cut out when idling.

Lastly, I put a wheel bearing in my fathers HHR.  Finally, an easy day of wrenching. 

LoL now my g/f's Jeep is acting up.  Will this bs EVER stop??
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on November 26, 2015, 11:03:39 AM
Well, actually, yesterday I and a friend picked up my engine and delivered it to the restoration shop.  Then went through the piles of parts that were collected during the move from the previous shop to see just what was there and what was missing. Another friend helped me that has parted out dozens of FBs, to identify, bag and catalog the randomness.  Long day, but a fun and happy one.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on November 26, 2015, 02:43:21 PM
today i.... finally replaced the lift gate supports on my jeep (no more getting hit on the head every time i open it)
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Post by: Casey on November 26, 2015, 06:04:42 PM
LoL now my g/f's Jeep is acting up.  Will this bs EVER stop??
No, it never stops.  Then when you think things are fine and dandy you have a catastrophic failure and you're without a car for half a year or more.  Best part is that it's a never ending cycle of crap because Murphy is up your ass 24/7.  This is why people are Amish, they don't want to deal with the nightmare that is modern living.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 29, 2015, 08:40:04 AM
Speaking of catastrophic failures......

Here's what failed on the woman's Jeep:

(http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t610/DeCaff2007/20151128_083839_zps1edp1scn.jpg) (http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/DeCaff2007/media/20151128_083839_zps1edp1scn.jpg.html)

I don't think I need to explain what happened here.  I did manage to find a new rear at the JY.  It was drum though.  I had to convert it to disc.

Grrrrrrrrrrr.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 29, 2015, 06:44:25 PM
Tell her to lay off the burnouts.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on November 29, 2015, 07:43:11 PM
Just be thankful that you can fix them yourself...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on November 29, 2015, 07:54:25 PM
Today I drove the '99 1500 over to a friends house. Good God that thing needs a lot of work, at 45mph it feels like the Impala at 85mph. I'm wondering when its just going to fall apart completely especially if it gets driven again this winter. You should see how the leaf springs are bowed in around the axle.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 29, 2015, 09:12:14 PM
Speaking of 1500's I had someone offer me a '91 standard cab with a 5-speed but didn't say what engine was in it, and on the same day I had someone offer me a giant smoker.  Then today I had an offer of a '97 Lexus GS300 on dubs and then a PT Cruiser.  Honestly I fail to see the grey area in "I'll only trade for two door cars with a manual transmission."
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on November 30, 2015, 01:22:22 AM
I just literally had someone offer me a primered '98 Civic coupe, I applaud them on reading though.  Thought about it and if the 1500 by whatever slight chance has the 350 it might not be too bad if I were to lower it at least four inches then put on 17's and a camper shell.  What's sad is if I were into trucks I could have my pick more or less, I've just never really liked anything outside of sports cars and muscle cars.  I wish the Accord guy would finally get the title since it appears that'll be the best offer in regards to something I'll halfway be ok with.  Hell I wish I could find a manual trans to convert it or at least another TH350 to put into it so then I could just keep it and fix the few things here and there that need done.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on November 30, 2015, 06:23:10 AM
What are driving right now that you are in such a hurry to trade for a rice burner?
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Post by: 72projectbird on November 30, 2015, 10:25:24 AM
Those GS300's are pretty cool, and with some wheels they look really good.
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Post by: Casey on November 30, 2015, 06:21:09 PM
What are driving right now that you are in such a hurry to trade for a rice burner?
My brother's '01 5.9 4x4 Durango with overdrive locked out.  It gets about the same mpg as the Firebird, on 87 vs 93 at least, but nowhere near as enjoyable to drive.  I happen to like imports, at least the real ones made in their home country as I don't count the ones made here.  The Accord was made over here, but at least it'd be easy enough to turn around and sell so I could get something I like.  I don't know trucks well enough except to know that domestic short wheel base models from '70 and back are popular and that any Toyota truck with a manual is as well.

The GS300/400 from '98-05 isn't bad for a sedan, but if I were wanting another automatic I'd opt for the SC400.  I was offered what I believe to be an early 80's C10 stepside today, if it had been a manual I'd have gone for it.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 01, 2015, 08:47:07 AM
What are driving right now that you are in such a hurry to trade for a rice burner?
My brother's '01 5.9 4x4 Durango with overdrive locked out. 

Meh...  Every Dodge I've ever worked on was a POS.  I can see why you want something different.

On the bright side, at least you know what you want.
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Post by: Casey on December 01, 2015, 04:16:36 PM
Well to be free and have some 260,000 miles on it what's a missing gear between friends? :P  Supposedly there's some kind of temp sensor/governor inside the trans responsible for locking out overdrive, but just haven't gotten around to it.

Ye, of course there's certain cars I'd prefer but being realistic most any coupe or liftback with a manual I could live with.  That or if I could ever find another short-tail TH350 to put into it I can go back to my original plan of driving it as is and collect parts for a manual conversion over time.
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Post by: lskip10 on December 01, 2015, 07:08:17 PM
today I.....installed my $5 flea market find 78 CB radio in my map pocket- Breaker 1-9 !
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Post by: roadking77 on December 01, 2015, 07:33:14 PM
today I.....installed my $5 flea market find 78 CB radio in my map pocket- Breaker 1-9 !
10-4 good buddy :-D
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Post by: Casey on December 01, 2015, 09:45:33 PM
If a Firebird burns to the ground does it rise from the ashes born anew?  That's my new theory on Firebird restoration.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 02, 2015, 06:16:06 AM
If a Firebird burns to the ground does it rise from the ashes born anew?  That's my new theory on Firebird restoration.

LOL!  The way things are going lately, I'd almost be happy to test that theory for you.
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 02, 2015, 11:55:18 AM
today I.....installed my $5 flea market find 78 CB radio in my map pocket- Breaker 1-9 !
I need to figure out a place to mount a Cobra 29 in the '77.
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Post by: roadking77 on December 02, 2015, 06:47:24 PM
What is a cobra 29?
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Post by: Jack on December 02, 2015, 07:39:08 PM
I'm guessing a radar detector.
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 02, 2015, 08:16:35 PM
Its a Full size CB radio, dont know dimensions on it but its pretty big. Bigger than the console map pocket 
Edit: its not as big as I thought but still just slightly bigger than the map pocket.  I have a spare cut up console I could use and bolt it the passenger side of the console near the bin
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Post by: roadking77 on December 02, 2015, 08:36:54 PM
Yea the cb's from back in the day were pretty big.
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 02, 2015, 08:46:30 PM
I'm guessing a radar detector.
With the way I drive I'm going to need one of those too.
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Post by: Jack on December 02, 2015, 09:06:32 PM
I wish I had a picture but when I first got my 71 it had a radar detector from the early 80s mounted above the rear view mirror... big ugly thing that I sold on eBay as a vintage prop... got good money for it although I think it was missing the remote receiver.
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Post by: Casey on December 02, 2015, 11:11:38 PM
Found a TH350 out of a '79 Camaro that supposedly was only removed since a PowerGlide was put in, but why go from a perfectly fine TH350 to a PowerGlide and especially in something heavy like a late second gen?  I don't know, sounds off to me.

Also is it bad that birthdays are just another day now?  Meh...  Few more days marks a year since buying the Firebird, so yeah wish I could say something positive there too.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 04, 2015, 08:46:34 AM
Today I..s was driving to work @ 75mph on the interstate (this is typical).  Some a##hole was tailgating me for at least 15 miles.  Finally, the "slow" lane clears up and the a##hole goes to pass me *ever so slowly* on the right hand side.  I gave him the finger because he was tailgating.

Turns out it was a State Trooper. 

What's the song title?  F##K the police!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 04, 2015, 11:26:52 AM
^I've given you the benefit of the doubt several times.  You have proved to be an idiot.

Why, because I gave the finger to some idiot who was tailgating?  Regardless of the fact that it was a cop, ANYONE else would have gotten that same treatment.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 04, 2015, 01:18:44 PM
I once had someone decide they wanted the driver side of my car because they were too good to wait until the dashed line to enter the turn lane like everyone else.  Luckily I was paying attention, unluckily for him there was a red light immediately after the turn and it spread into two lanes.  Funny, you could tell he was staring straight ahead purposely and couldn't wait for the light to change for some reason.  I just stared him down with a mean look, that probably had more effect than any crude hand gestures could manage. :lol:
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Post by: 76455sd on December 04, 2015, 01:44:47 PM
DeCAff:  I gots to know.  What was the speed limit? 

If I was in the passing lane and someone was following that close for 15 miles, (and I didn't like it or want to speed up and get him off my back) then the solution is to pull over and let him go. 

If he was tailgating that close I should also be able to see if he's a trooper or not.  FWIW, if you were already speeding, the trooper could've written you a citation.

Lastly, if there's a 15 mile+ taligating situation in the fast/passing lane, IMHO it's the guy that acting as a pace car and not letting the guy behind pass that's being the idiot.

just sayin'
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 04, 2015, 02:01:09 PM
Guys... wow...

It was 6:30 AM and pitch black.  I could NOT see it was a cop behind me.  If I knew that was the case, of course I would have pulled over and let him through.

I seriously thought it was just some a##hole trying to fly by @ 80+ mph.

But, seeing as how it WAS a cop, if he was in that much of a hurry, why didn't he put his rotators on?

@ 76455sd:  The speed limit is 65 mph.  No one ever pays attention to that.


 
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Post by: lskip10 on December 04, 2015, 08:42:17 PM
My CB was too big for the map pocket , my $5 CB fit in the map packet after a bit of altering! Completely installed for looks only, It was about 10 inches long, cut the back 6 inches off it straight across, Leave approx 4 inches of the unit, used a nice black foam strip on the top and bottom slide it in, you cannot tell it was cut. Use one that the mic cord is on the front of the unit. I figured for $5 not much risk, Hopefully it draws as much attention at future car shows like my 8 track does :grin:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 04, 2015, 08:55:06 PM
My CB was too big for the map pocket , my $5 CB fit in the map packet after a bit of altering! Completely installed for looks only, It was about 10 inches long, cut the back 6 inches off it straight across, Leave approx 4 inches of the unit, used a nice black foam strip on the top and bottom slide it in, you cannot tell it was cut. Use one that the mic cord is on the front of the unit. I figured for $5 not much risk, Hopefully it draws as much attention at future car shows like my 8 track does :grin:

Maaaaannn  I miss having my CB!  I'd love to see pics of the install.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 04, 2015, 09:07:19 PM
Today, I replaced a burned out rear light in my DD.  Whoo hoo, what excitement :smile:
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Post by: lskip10 on December 04, 2015, 09:09:43 PM
I`ll snap a pic tomorrow and post it.
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Post by: Jack on December 05, 2015, 06:43:36 AM
I check this post every now and then... but I've never seen so much useless nonsense...
Is't this why people use Facebook and other social media?
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 05, 2015, 07:26:43 AM
I check this post every now and then... but I've never seen so much useless nonsense...
Is't this why people use Facebook and other social media?

Hmmm yes agreed, and I myself am guilty of posting some of it. 

I don't have anything car related to add at the moment.
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Post by: kali_74TA on December 05, 2015, 03:12:39 PM
hopefully this is the correct type of thing to add to this thread, don't want to offend anyone :P :lol:

Today I.... made a deal on a 79 TA, sooooooooo, in probably 2/3 months I will have one sitting in my garage and can call my very own!!! My mechanic will be rebuilding the motor and the car will get interior lift as well as fresh paint, once all work is done should look/be like a new car (oh and i think he said something about putting a cat on it or something, was a little too happy and maybe didn't understand correctly but he said it will get the car to be faster and add some more power) --- it's a 6.6L 403 Olds with T-Tops, also still has the OG snowflakes, which he will also restore and they will have the color of my choice, super stoked.  8-) (it was last registered with DMV in 97, been sitting ever since)

in any case..... wow, it took some time but am feeling like it was worth it.

also, drove a 95 TA to the mechanic to have it inspected, and I'll be putting in an offer on that one later today as well.... if it happens and the seller takes my offer, well, then i will have a 95 and a 79 TA, and then might already have a buyer for my jeep, interesting day today  :shock:
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Post by: Vroom_vroom on December 05, 2015, 04:16:23 PM
yesterday but anyway, was late for work despite being at work. left my jacket, work bag and wallet on the passenger seat. got out locked the door and walked around to get my stuff and pulled the keys out of my pocket to unlock the door and i had my house keys. with the keys to the bird still in the ignition.  :???: had to wait for the wife to get back in town to bring me the spare key. i cut the lock rods down and added safety caps so they sit flush on the door.
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Post by: scarebird on December 05, 2015, 05:07:14 PM
Fitted a set of brackets to mount Vintage Air unit to firewall - supplied pieces were pitiful.
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Post by: ddmurdock on December 06, 2015, 10:20:36 AM
Today, I replaced a burned out rear light in my DD.  Whoo hoo, what excitement :smile:

 :lol:Did the same thing with the wife's Buick yesterday.  Not one person offered up a high five on a job well done. So I moved on.  :lol:
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Post by: Sonoma on December 06, 2015, 12:18:47 PM
Finished this project:
(http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z447/sonomadaytona/20151205_160618_resized_1.jpg) (http://s1190.photobucket.com/user/sonomadaytona/media/20151205_160618_resized_1.jpg.html)(http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z447/sonomadaytona/20151205_161344_resized.jpg) (http://s1190.photobucket.com/user/sonomadaytona/media/20151205_161344_resized.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on December 06, 2015, 03:07:35 PM
^Nice, I planned on doing something similar myself since I have the base gauge package and I'd hate to know the work involved in going to the factory Rally gauge setup.
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 06, 2015, 03:51:37 PM
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
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Post by: lskip10 on December 06, 2015, 05:13:07 PM
(http://i65.tinypic.com/206iel1.jpg)

I`m happy with the way this turned out. Breaker 1-9 ,  :grin:

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Post by: roadking77 on December 06, 2015, 06:12:56 PM
CB looks good!
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Post by: Pats TA on December 06, 2015, 06:38:54 PM
Old Midland 23 channel? My dad had one similar back in the 70's.
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Post by: lskip10 on December 06, 2015, 07:46:11 PM
Thanks, I just couldn`t bring myself to drill any holes or cut up my map pocket. I was glad I found an option. Cheapest improvement I`ve ever had.
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Post by: pancho400cid on December 06, 2015, 08:29:18 PM
CB looks nice... a real blast from the past!

So is there still anyone talking on CB's these days?  Still all the wacky lingo?  Or are all the users just a handful of 70's vintage car guys just trying to be period correct?   :P
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Post by: Casey on December 06, 2015, 09:02:22 PM
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
But how will you have A/C then...? :-?
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 06, 2015, 09:15:46 PM
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
But how will you have A/C then...? :-?
Most of the A.C. stuff was missing when I got it, I was just told that to remove the heater core you have to drop the dash? If so the A.C. box is going back on.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 06, 2015, 10:41:40 PM
I'd at least keep heat for defrost, someone here recently converted to heat only and was still able to clean up the firewall.  Perhaps there's a writeup somewhere.
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Post by: scarebird on December 06, 2015, 11:54:08 PM
You would run one of these:

(http://www.acdelete.com/images/covers/70-81_ACDelete.jpg)

http://www.acdelete.com/pages/70-81_F-Body.htm

They run 160 plus 24 shipping.  I have one that needs 2 small holes filled for $85 plus shipping.  I will even throw in a new blower motor and fan
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Post by: 76455sd on December 07, 2015, 08:56:21 AM
Today, I replaced a burned out rear light in my DD.  Whoo hoo, what excitement :smile:

 :lol:Did the same thing with the wife's Buick yesterday.  Not one person offered up a high five on a job well done. So I moved on.  :lol:

Ironically I too replaced a rear brake light bulb on my DD Buick yesterday.  I got the same response.  :grin:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 07, 2015, 03:51:20 PM
*golf clap* :lol:

So it's been a year since buying the Firebird, woo...
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Post by: kali_74TA on December 07, 2015, 08:10:25 PM
Today I... went by and took some pics of what will be my 79 Kali Blue Bird once it is done  :P
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Post by: Casey on December 08, 2015, 12:09:25 AM
You need to update your signature now. :eek:
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Post by: kali_74TA on December 08, 2015, 12:48:36 AM
That is true.  :cool:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 08, 2015, 08:39:37 AM
The other day I... Had a friend of mine bring his 96 Dakota over to figure out the no start when cold issue.

This guy knows zero to nothing about car mechanics, so I did what I could.  Although I hate working on Dodge (all junk), I was able to troubleshoot the issue down to either the fuel pump or the fuel pump relay. 

I also saw that someone welded the oil pan drain plug onto the oil pan.  WTF?  It also appears that he took a 55 gallon drum of oil and poured it everywhere in his engine bay. 

Next up is that ever so troublesome CEL light on my Camry (I'll probably never actually figure it out) and then to fix the exhaust on my Dads HHR.  Another piece of Chevy junk.  At least he stopped buying Fords.  :D
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Post by: Casey on December 08, 2015, 05:17:13 PM
I'd own a Viper if I had the money, they're all manuals so that makes shopping for one easier.  I wish I could say the same for GM products, Hell even the Mustang isn't too terribly hard to find a manual.  Most Japanese cars are predominantly manual as well.  I miss my Miata, it had just enough power to rotate the rear when you wanted and the transmission being a toploader had good shift feel.  The only thing I didn't like was the fact is was a convertible. :lol:
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Post by: FormTA on December 08, 2015, 06:38:00 PM
Installed solid body mounts on my LS project. Getting close to dropping the engine in for the first time. I need to find the area that I need to notch for the AC pump.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 08, 2015, 08:05:33 PM
Scheduled a visit to the shop for this Saturday to see the progress on my 77 restoration.  Also, close to developing a means of re-creating the raised bead around the gauges on my dash.  The bead was lost in removing the vinyl.  Once I feel it is perfected, I'll post the method on my restoration thread.
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Post by: scarebird on December 08, 2015, 10:50:14 PM
Test fitted AC box and routed hoses, trimmed for crimping.  Installed pass thu for hoses, worked on ductwork.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 09, 2015, 08:56:35 AM
Today I... should have my new exhaust manifold  :grin:

Then Thursday night into Friday will involve tearing into it for a 3rd time  :sad:

It's my own fault for doing a destructive removal in the first place.
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Post by: Casey on December 09, 2015, 09:32:38 AM
Today I refreshed my listing with new pictures, but I doubt it'll do any good.
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Post by: mark369 on December 10, 2015, 05:12:18 PM
 Spray primered the doors hood and fenders to go on the car shell I painted this summer.    Got to love 68 degree weather in Dec  for an unheated garage.  plan to Paint it Sat.
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Post by: Casey on December 10, 2015, 05:22:14 PM
Found a car I really want but it would have to be 750 miles away in one direction. :x
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 10, 2015, 08:56:58 PM
Today I...  just now, actually, helped my father find an oil leak and an exhaust leak on his DD.  Wow, Chevy really dropped the ball engineering the HHR.  The exhaust pipe is RIGHT where the flex pipe meets the manifold, but it's a proprietary flex pipe  :sad:  It also connects directly to the catalytic converter.  $250 from Rock Auto.  This is not good......

As for the oil leak.  It was a simple O-ring that went bad.  Easy to access and replace.  About time I got an easy fix.
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Post by: rkellerjr on December 10, 2015, 09:22:12 PM
Since my rebuild back in 2009 my motor has run a bit hot. Couple weeks ago it overheated. So, I decided to get to the bottom of it and pulled the front of the motor off to check the pump and the inserts in the timing cover. Found out the inserts were a mess and weren't sealing at all. On top of that, the one insert wouldn't come out so I had to buy a new timing cover. Got everything installed and so far, the temp seems to be staying solid at 160. No leaks either (whew!) I'll run a good test tomorrow and see how it does.  Some pics...

(http://transamtown.com/forum/gallery/3/48-101215221626.jpeg)

(http://transamtown.com/forum/gallery/3/48-101215221646.jpeg)

(http://transamtown.com/forum/gallery/3/48-101215221704.jpeg)
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 11, 2015, 09:04:02 PM
Some time ago, I sold off much of the left-over parts from my 77 restoration to another member here on TAC, including parts I did not need (or so I thought) from the 81 donor car.  One item was the 81 steering wheel.  Then I discovered that I was missing the keys to the 81 glove box lock that I had kept, so I contacted the parts buyer.  Fortunately, he still had the 81 steering column with the keys still in the ignition.  He mailed to me the 81 glove box key so I can pull the cylinder from the 77 door and swap it with the better 81 door.  Today the key arrived :smile::  Now I can remove the cylinder from the 81 glove box door and put in the 77 lock. Now all the locks on the final restoration should be from the original 77.  Well, assuming I find the original door and trunk lock in all the mess.  Anyway, for his trouble, I'll return the 81 key and a free, 1977 glove box door with the 81 lock already installed.  Sounds more complicated than it is, right?   
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 14, 2015, 08:46:28 PM
Today I...  helped my father get some good discounts on much needed parts for his 09 HHR.  Said vehicle is known for bad wheel bearings and a leaking exhaust flex pipe.

Wheel bearings aren't such a bear to do.  Actually, had to remove the entire steering knuckle to get the passenger side replaced.  Driver side will get done Thursday or Friday.

Flex pipe, LOL is one whole assembly down past the catalytic converter flange.  $250 for a simple cracked flex pipe.... I DON'T THINK SO!  I checked Amazon and the flex pipe is sold aftermarket for $48 shipped.   :grin:

Looks like Xmas will come a little early for dear old Dad.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 14, 2015, 09:58:28 PM
Have someone wanting to trade a '73 VW  Beetle, outside of the Accord I never heard back from it's the only other vehicle I've been interested in.  It's a 4-speed and RWD, what more could you want right? :P  Which I've always thought they looked cool, just the whole issue of being as slow as sin that concerns me.  Then again I drive like an old man anyway, but I like having the ability to get up and go if needed.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on December 15, 2015, 09:44:19 AM
Ordered cam/lift/timing chain for the ride today.
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Post by: 1979SE on December 15, 2015, 10:01:12 AM
Today I... received my restored console from Just Dashes ( :cool: ), pondered whether or not my fuel pump is correct, checked out the detail on the "Genuine GM Parts" decal on a radiator overflow bottle, and checked to see if my lug nuts were "correct enough" that I won't get beat up at the Nationals next year.
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Post by: 72projectbird on December 15, 2015, 11:20:09 AM
I picked up some GTA lace wheels. They're being used as rollers on my Dads Camaro right now, but they'll be restored and put on the 81 T/A after.

I took a pic of them on my 71, but Photobucket doesn't want to cooperate right now.
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Post by: 77 TA man on December 15, 2015, 05:22:07 PM
Today I broke into the triple digits for the 1st time @101 this morning. I also checked the gear drive and its installed correctly, I'm going to break down and take the 400 to a friend who runs an engine machine shop and see if I can have him put it on an engine run stand.
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Post by: rkellerjr on December 15, 2015, 08:44:53 PM
Today I found out all my work was for naught. Car is still getting hot, ugh.
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Post by: Casey on December 16, 2015, 12:44:34 AM
Not to sound pedantic, but how hot is hot?  I saw earlier you mentioned staying at 160º but 190-200º is usually the ideal operating temperature for any car made since the late 60's once they went up to 12-16 psi cooling systems.
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Post by: rkellerjr on December 16, 2015, 06:08:30 AM
Over 200 Box.
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Post by: 72projectbird on December 16, 2015, 01:26:15 PM
I picked up some GTA lace wheels. They're being used as rollers on my Dads Camaro right now, but they'll be restored and put on the 81 T/A after.

I took a pic of them on my 71, but Photobucket doesn't want to cooperate right now.

Photobucket works now.

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20151213_155115_zpsma0vcqkl.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20151213_155115_zpsma0vcqkl.jpg.html)
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Post by: Casey on December 16, 2015, 05:29:05 PM
Outside of the cooling system stuff which I'm sure you've run through everything the only other thing off the top of my head that could cause it would be detonation and/or over advanced ignition, or being an automatic the transmission fluid running through the radiator can cause it run hot which putting in a cooler in parallel or if in a warm enough climate just the cooler, can help as well.  Strange it happened after the rebuild, I would say perhaps too much mechanical friction from tolerances being off but I'd imagine that'd have shown signs elsewhere by now.

I thought GTA mesh rims look nifty, now they have 17 reproductions. :cool:
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Post by: roadking77 on December 16, 2015, 09:09:00 PM
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k632/roadking771/photo%202_zps5xempu47.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/roadking771/media/photo%202_zps5xempu47.jpg.html)
OK guys, sit down for this one, I made a major accomplishment. I put black tape insert into one (not two) of my door handles. I ordered these and they came in for the short handles, of course my car has the long handles. I don't know why they don't sell these for the long and then they can be cut if you have short handles. Anyway, I got some black decal from a sign shop and cut it to fit. I haven't had time to turn around lately, and had this stuff sitting for some time, finally had a minute and decided to do one and see how it looked. At this rate I may have the car done about the third week of NEVER!!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 16, 2015, 09:32:24 PM
Normally, I have to get up for work at 5 am.  Today I... had to BE at work for 5 am  :shock:  Then I worked until 4:30 and went to job #2 for 6 pm.   LoL thought I was only supposed to be there until 9 pm but it was actually 10pm!!!  Needless to say I'm overtired. 

The good news is that those 2 hours of over time this morning were voluntary.  I just wanted to see if I could actually still do it. 

I'm NEVER doing this again.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 16, 2015, 09:49:55 PM
Trans Am wise I started sanding on the driver side 1/4 panel and the center spoiler section.

Non Trans Am related: its the middle of exam week and exam reviews and eagle scout paperwork is piling up. Its going to be a long night.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 16, 2015, 11:49:09 PM
And just finished with all the night's paper work, May 17th cant come fast enough IMO.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 20, 2015, 06:18:18 PM
Today I... finally fixed the exhaust leak in the flex pipe on my fathers HHR.  Man those things are junk.  Whole job took about 4 1/2 hours.  That's from the pulling in the garage, a parts run, welding/grinding, and exiting the garage.  The hardest part was indexing the new flex pipe with the existing exhaust.  I even took the time to grind down my welds this time.  I wanted it to look half decent (where normally I don't care how exhaust looks, as long as it seals)

Only thing that kind of ticked me off is that my father didn't show up until after 12 pm.  I would have liked to have started that job @ 9 am sharp.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on December 20, 2015, 06:36:00 PM
Today I did some big time sand blasting. I bought a hanging tent to go inside my 10x10 Canopy from Academy, and hooked my Harbor Freight blasting cabinet sandblaster to a detachable air line and a 5 gallon bucket full of 80 grit black diamond. Works wonderful on stripping the paint off of the endura. I tried 80 grit glass beads first, but that was painfully slow, so I switched to the diamond and found it works much better.

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12366050_10153853553738833_2934265625913351215_o_zps2ujczmu0.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12362764_10153853553698833_205361295625844423_o_zpsjmycqegz.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12371034_10153853780023833_5848914308022485388_o_zps2y4l88ou.jpg)

And, while I took breaks, I gawked at my Christmas present:
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/Richmond_zpsl5m2kh69.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 20, 2015, 08:23:38 PM
Today I found out that effectively anything rear of the doors and lower than the deck lid is effectively bondo, fiberglass netting, or rust and/or any combination of the three. With the things thats been done to this Trans Am you'd think it would kill somebody to fix something the right way.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 20, 2015, 09:09:44 PM
Between my wife and me, we removed the tiny stones and grim from my 77 gas pedal.  Not as much fun as changing a tail light bulb, but hey, it is all time well spent. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ddmurdock on December 20, 2015, 11:18:45 PM
At least you got your wife involved, I had to change the tail light bulb with no help or encouragement.  :sad:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 21, 2015, 02:08:11 AM
Today I found out that effectively anything rear of the doors and lower than the deck lid is effectively bondo, fiberglass netting, or rust and/or any combination of the three. With the things thats been done to this Trans Am you'd think it would kill somebody to fix something the right way.
That's because most people are scum and would rather do cheap shoddy repairs and hide things to try to sell it than be up front and honest and sell it as it is for less.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on December 21, 2015, 04:42:16 AM
Today I found out that effectively anything rear of the doors and lower than the deck lid is effectively bondo, fiberglass netting, or rust and/or any combination of the three. With the things thats been done to this Trans Am you'd think it would kill somebody to fix something the right way.

77 TA man - sorry to hear about the body work. Hope you can get it sorted out.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 21, 2015, 07:19:44 AM
Today I did some big time sand blasting. I bought a hanging tent to go inside my 10x10 Canopy from Academy, and hooked my Harbor Freight blasting cabinet sandblaster to a detachable air line and a 5 gallon bucket full of 80 grit black diamond. Works wonderful on stripping the paint off of the endura. I tried 80 grit glass beads first, but that was painfully slow, so I switched to the diamond and found it works much better.

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12366050_10153853553738833_2934265625913351215_o_zps2ujczmu0.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12362764_10153853553698833_205361295625844423_o_zpsjmycqegz.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12371034_10153853780023833_5848914308022485388_o_zps2y4l88ou.jpg)

And, while I took breaks, I gawked at my Christmas present:
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/Richmond_zpsl5m2kh69.jpg)

Oh wow man.  Been there, done that.  I am permanently retired from sandblasting.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on December 21, 2015, 07:38:47 AM

Oh wow man.  Been there, done that.  I am permanently retired from sandblasting.

It's not too bad. I cover my entire body with a hoodie and coveralls, throw on a respirator, goggles, and earplugs, and I bought a plastic faceshield from Lowe's to go over that with a headlamp I strapped to it (makes it a lot easier to see when the shield starts dusting up).

My biggest pet peeve right now is the "super nice" 1/2" NPT PneumaticPlus air pressure regulator I bought from Amazon failed after 2 months of periodic usage. It's now leaking air like crazy. I tore it down to attempt to find the problem, but it does not appear to be reparable. It doesn't look like amazon will honor any kind of manufacturer's warranty, so I imagine its going to be tough to get that back. I ordered a new one from McMaster Carr last night, but I'll be pretty much down until I get that fixed. Guess it's back to sanding for a few days.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on December 21, 2015, 10:33:34 AM
Put my order into "Santa-Year One " for discounted parts
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 21, 2015, 10:58:42 AM
Bondo is like an iceberg, what you can see is just the tip. This 1/4 should be saveable with a lower patch panel but both rear inner 1/4s need replaced. Somebody has gone through already and used deck screws in an effort to keep the badly rusted inner 1/4 attached to the outer skin
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps342kxn4c.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps342kxn4c.jpeg.html)

This one is to be expected,
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnhrsed6n.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnhrsed6n.jpeg.html)

There is a lot more bondo on the passenger side rocker, at least it ran/moved and has solid frame rails.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on December 21, 2015, 11:25:46 AM
Bondo is like an iceberg, what you can see is just the tip. This 1/4 should be saveable with a lower patch panel but both rear inner 1/4s need replaced. Somebody has gone through already and used deck screws in an effort to keep the badly rusted inner 1/4 attached to the outer skin
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps342kxn4c.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps342kxn4c.jpeg.html)

This one is to be expected,
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnhrsed6n.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnhrsed6n.jpeg.html)

There is a lot more bondo on the passenger side rocker, at least it ran/moved and has solid frame rails.

That looks incredibly similar to the repair work I found on the 78 I used to have. I was washing it one day and a 4" tall section that ran the entire length from the rear bumper to the wheel well fell out. It was pure bondo with a sheet of galvanized plate backing it up. I later found that the rear floor pan was a piece of tin roof held in by rivets and aquarium sealant.

I can thankfully say that only spot of rust in my entire car is now a quarter sized soft spot in the driver front fender. Just finished the trunk pan replacement and a-pillar/window channel repairs this week. It's so nice to see clean metal everywhere again.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 21, 2015, 02:16:26 PM
At least what little rust on mine is isolated to the pans and decklid, of course being anal I'd want to replace the entire pan versus just patching the one section.

I asked Santa for a T10, maybe there'll be one under my tree in a few days.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79merlin on December 21, 2015, 04:24:13 PM
There happens to be one for sale on pro-touring...
http://www.pro-touring.com/threads/118611-Borg-Warner-Super-T10 (http://www.pro-touring.com/threads/118611-Borg-Warner-Super-T10)


Not mine so I don't know anything about it...

GL.
Todd
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 21, 2015, 06:21:55 PM
I wonder if he takes payment in the form of Trident Layers...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 22, 2015, 12:46:23 PM
I'm going to need a driverside inner 1/4 now that the bondo seal is removed
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3ork92yp.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3ork92yp.jpeg.html)

and....

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsraexscf1.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsraexscf1.jpeg.html)

100% Pure Bondo with a side of fiberglass

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 22, 2015, 06:46:19 PM
Ugh...that makes me sick.  Especially on a unibody car for people to do that crap should be a crime, it compromises the safety of the vehicle...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 22, 2015, 07:14:33 PM
I went back after posting this and picked at it some more....It has 2 or 3 tin pieces on the inside holding everything together along with the bondo. Really shoddy job.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on December 23, 2015, 01:37:21 AM
Seems like your car is trying to look like a corvette, with all that fiberglass..
Will you be able to mount new quarters by yourself?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 23, 2015, 08:59:23 AM
Seems like your car is trying to look like a corvette, with all that fiberglass..
Will you be able to mount new quarters by yourself?
I'm actually going to have my dad help me on that.  The thing is I wanted a '62-'64 Nova or a late 1960s Chevelle for a project car. I think that in addition to a more expensive vehicle that one of those would be in similar if not worse shape than my Trans Am
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on December 23, 2015, 03:18:40 PM
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k632/roadking771/packages_zpso8ypku16.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/roadking771/media/packages_zpso8ypku16.jpg.html)
Got my Christmas Packages from Ames and Year One!! Should be most of the small bits I need to finish the int. Hopefully i'll have some time soon to get things going.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on December 23, 2015, 03:47:18 PM
I pulled an 8"x6" piece of bondo out
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpso77i8yh7.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpso77i8yh7.jpeg.html)
Inner structure is intact and rust free so far as I can tell
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on December 23, 2015, 04:58:30 PM
Fabbed up a fusible link fuse block out of UHMW on the mill.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on December 24, 2015, 12:04:29 AM
Today I did lots, and lots of sanding...

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/10296423_10153862407308833_6405538536568618565_o_zpsuhn8hzos.jpg)

I also got a bunch more sandblasting done. I should be able to finish up the front bumper tomorrow. Endura soaks up the blast like nothing I've ever seen before. It is a very slow process to get the paint off. I was beginning to dread blasting all the other stuff I'm planning on, until I hit some of the metal on the bumper. The metal stuff literally goes 10x faster. When you're blasting the Endura, you can actually see the paint being removed as the media hits, bit if you move the blaster too soon, the paint color comes back. All I can figure is the Endura is so porous and flexible that it bends under the pressure of the blaster, and when you remove the pressure it stops deforming and a new angle of the paint surface becomes visible. I've found that a very high blast angle, nearly parallel with the surface works best. If you try to blast at a 45-90 degree angle from the surface, it is almost completely ineffective.

Here's my super high-tech, protect the pilot eyes at all costs, sandblasting outfit:
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/blasting_zpsvibasroy.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 24, 2015, 10:34:38 AM
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on December 24, 2015, 12:16:22 PM
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.

I am getting rather tired of vacuuming up the fifty pounds of sand from the floor every 30 minutes or so. A will give a big thumbs up to the dust deputy that I bought though. You can seal it to a 5 gallon Lowe's paint bucket and put it inline between the shop vac and the hose you are using to vacuum. The media spins around inside the dust deputy and falls into the bucket, leaving your shop vac filter and bucket clean. I would have quit already if I didn't have that thing, haha.

Bumper is halfway down to endura. Hoping to get the other half done this afternoon. I can't wait to get on to the metal panels, they just go so much faster.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 25, 2015, 06:57:49 AM
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.

I am getting rather tired of vacuuming up the fifty pounds of sand from the floor every 30 minutes or so. A will give a big thumbs up to the dust deputy that I bought though. You can seal it to a 5 gallon Lowe's paint bucket and put it inline between the shop vac and the hose you are using to vacuum. The media spins around inside the dust deputy and falls into the bucket, leaving your shop vac filter and bucket clean. I would have quit already if I didn't have that thing, haha.

Bumper is halfway down to endura. Hoping to get the other half done this afternoon. I can't wait to get on to the metal panels, they just go so much faster.

I'd be interested in seeing pics of this setup if possible.


Edit:  Today I... Got an email notification from Rock Auto that the AC Delco reman distributor is now in stock.  Couldn'tpass it up for the price.  Bought myself an xmas gift :-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on December 27, 2015, 03:29:41 AM
Here's my super high-tech, protect the pilot eyes at all costs, sandblasting outfit:

Best wishes with your training. Give us some updates as you go.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: EOD9339 on December 29, 2015, 05:53:52 PM
Did the PITA heater core. Man I don't wish that job on anyone. Since I made the car A/C delete I thought I could just by a non A/C heater core, nope. They use different holes. So I got the A/C core and shortened the one snout. Got the heater box together only to find the one vacuum line was dry rotted. Of course it was the line that goes inside the heater box. Then I was tightening the lower hose clamp (the hard one to get to) when the clamp broke, ugh.

But it's done. Funny thing. Went for a test drive to make sure no leaks. Came to a stop sign and decided to have some fun. Pulled out sideways with rubber burning and smoke bellowing. Coming the other way was a 74 formula, dude had his hand out the window giving me the thumbs up as I past.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on December 29, 2015, 06:38:46 PM
Funny story!

Heater core replacement = good times.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 29, 2015, 06:57:31 PM
I put my 98 into its winter hibernation :sad:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 29, 2015, 08:55:59 PM
I much rather do the heater core than the transmission, should've arranged that somehow. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: b3nny on December 29, 2015, 09:19:09 PM
I did rotors and pads all the way around on my F-150 yesterday. Am i supposed to feel beatup the next day?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 29, 2015, 10:13:37 PM
I much rather do the heater core than the transmission, should've arranged that somehow. :P

Oh I don't want to hear it!  We all know I'm smack dab in the middle of a transmission rebuild...

Today I had one LONG azz day.  Tried to fit tooo many things into an 18 hour period.  I'm quite tired.  I guess I'll go to bed.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 30, 2015, 01:13:40 AM
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on December 30, 2015, 04:36:52 AM
Just installed a heater cutoff valve.. Looking forward to testning that mod in the summer :)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 30, 2015, 07:13:48 AM
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.

HA!  I'm having enough trouble with mine.  Matter of fact, time to update the resto thread sometime today.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on December 30, 2015, 10:26:37 AM
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on December 30, 2015, 01:25:15 PM
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

haha, should have recorded this snow adventure and posted up for us to see  :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on December 30, 2015, 01:29:20 PM
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

Cool :)  they dont throw salt on your roads in the winther? Or are you just going to wash the car afterwards?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on December 30, 2015, 02:47:54 PM

haha, should have recorded this snow adventure and posted up for us to see  :lol:

I think my brother recorded it. I'll have to get it from him.


Cool :)  they dont throw salt on your roads in the winther? Or are you just going to wash the car afterwards?

They usually salt and sand, but for whatever reason they didn't yesterday. I took full advantage of it. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 30, 2015, 03:27:19 PM
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.

HA!  I'm having enough trouble with mine.  Matter of fact, time to update the resto thread sometime today.
Aww oh well...  I can't find anyone near me that's reputable and knowing at least one of them doesn't know what they're doing doesn't instill confidence.  For everything involved in a manual conversion I've considered finding a V8 5-speed third gen with a bad motor and just transplanting my engine into it, then either hold onto or sell the '79 as a roller.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: FormTA on December 30, 2015, 04:27:17 PM
Swapped out the water pump on the LS in my 79 that I ruined by drilling a hole for the stock temp see ing unit in the wrong place. Easy job but $130 ish mistake.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on December 30, 2015, 04:28:52 PM
Today I finished filling up my Xmas present:
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm179/ford5of5/IMG_20151230_143631835.jpg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/ford5of5/media/IMG_20151230_143631835.jpg.html)

Then I did this to my '79:
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm179/ford5of5/1979%20Firebird/IMG_20151230_143529424_HDR.jpg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/ford5of5/media/1979%20Firebird/IMG_20151230_143529424_HDR.jpg.html)

Then my dad told me he bought this:
(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm179/ford5of5/pinkmustang.jpg) (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/ford5of5/media/pinkmustang.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on December 30, 2015, 04:42:31 PM
Nice tool box, I had my eye on one of those but it was a bit pricey. Looked like it was well built though! Nice Mustang, years ago there was an old timer steel guy/welder, had a caddy and his work truck painted that same colour. Had the Pink Panther painted on the back.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 30, 2015, 05:33:57 PM
Was about to ask if it was for breast cancer awareness then saw the ribbons on the quarter glass, I think that's cool.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on December 30, 2015, 06:19:48 PM
You know the joke that they are all pink on the inside? This one is pink on the inside too. Not that cool! LOL. I cant even  make fun of the previous owner because 1 the car is a repo and 2 the po may have had cancer. So, we're gonna have to make fun of my Dad. New Years at our house will be a blast. He's got 5 sons and a wife the swear like truckers at an open bar. It'll be a blue roast, for sure.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on December 30, 2015, 09:39:49 PM
You know the joke that they are all pink on the inside? This one is pink on the inside too. Not that cool! LOL. I cant even  make fun of the previous owner because 1 the car is a repo and 2 the po may have had cancer. So, we're gonna have to make fun of my Dad. New Years at our house will be a blast. He's got 5 sons and a wife the swear like truckers at an open bar. It'll be a blue roast, for sure.

LMAO!! I was just thinking that SAME thing, except I was thinking it for a different reason.  Nothing to do with the interior.  To me, it's because only pussies drive Rustangs.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on December 31, 2015, 12:56:45 AM
There's a newer Camaro that's local and is done up the same way with everything pink and the ribbons and etc...  I think it's pretty cool to show support for a loved one like that.

Side note I like the Mustang, from '64-69 and then from '11 to present is pretty nifty.  I was looking into the SN95 but the Cobra I tested my knee didn't agree with the clutch, I'd have to do a hydraulic clutch conversion.  Though between that and all the suspension work needed I'd be better off finding the proverbial needle in the haystack that is a manual F-body.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on December 31, 2015, 10:37:05 AM
Got back to working on my dash.  Trying to recreate the bead around the gauge cluster and filling in some low spots that I cut through during sanding.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: mark369 on December 31, 2015, 04:41:13 PM
 Fixed someone else's screw up!   They took the nuts off the ball joints without removing the cotter pins!  Whish I would have noticed that before I started putting the car together!  I drilled out 4 of them today on the car. At least I did not have fenders on it. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 01, 2016, 09:09:14 PM
Today I... woke up a lot later than usual.  Didn't get to bed until after 3 AM (good New Years party :-) ).  Then I decided to get some things done around the house.  Namely, cleaning out the basement and tearing down an old, defunct light fixture above my fireplace.  After I tore that out, I hard wired in a CO detector for the propane heater.

Now, if anyone recalls, I'm storing a friends motorcycle in my garage for the winter.  I went to start it up a few days ago and it was deader than dead.  I jumped it with my DD and it turns out both the battery and the plugs were in need of replacement.  I've NEVER worked on a motorcycle ever in my life.  I'm thankful for Google and Wikipedia at the moment, lol.  Turns out my friends bike was only made for 2 years.  82 and 83.  Stupid Honda's.  Well, luckily I was able to get a new battery and plugs for mad cheap @ work.  I didn't know that motorcycle batteries actually come with the acid in a separate bottle, and that you have to pour in the acid and charge it yourself. 

Well, all is said and done now.  The battery is reading a strong 12.90 and the manual calls for 12.70.  Tomorrow after work, the battery and plugs are both getting installed.  Should fire right up. 

 

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on January 01, 2016, 10:04:00 PM
With help from my wife, we cleaned up the wire harness, removed 39 years of dust and grim. Half the fun was figuring out what connectors went to what.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on January 02, 2016, 01:02:50 AM
Relocated the PCM in the TA.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 02, 2016, 08:12:31 AM
Relocated the PCM in the TA.

To what purpose?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: akcamaro on January 02, 2016, 10:40:32 PM
Because of global warming, today I took the subframe of my 73 out onto the snow covered lawn here in Anchorage, and pressure washed 43 years of grime off of it. Normally it would be 10 degrees outside, but today it was in the 40's.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on January 02, 2016, 11:09:05 PM
Relocated the PCM in the TA.

To what purpose?

It was interfering with the AC compressor, then the hood.

(http://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=417164&d=1451712348)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 03, 2016, 09:46:52 AM
Because of global warming, today I took the subframe of my 73 out onto the snow covered lawn here in Anchorage, and pressure washed 43 years of grime off of it. Normally it would be 10 degrees outside, but today it was in the 40's.

Same here.  Very mild winter. 
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Post by: Casey on January 03, 2016, 02:17:45 PM
Nothing new outside of having someone that's dropped by before drop by again because they lost my number, that and they have RX-7s and a Miata to trade.  I could go for another Miata I'll never drop the top on.
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Post by: Hi Ho Silver T/A on January 03, 2016, 02:52:50 PM
Got the passenger side spindle, spring, upperand lower control arms off. Now I have to start cleaning and prepping them for paint. :)
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Post by: Casey on January 07, 2016, 05:00:05 PM
Well, tomorrow afternoon I may be sans Firebird. :-|
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 07, 2016, 09:37:46 PM
Today I... went to work (what else is new) and when I got home, I realized my inspection is up this month!  CRAP.  This gave me some motivation to find my exhaust leak.  Turns out the exhaust pipe to muffler gasket I got from the DEALER was bad!  $12 for a gasket that didn't even last 3 months.  So I did what I could with that, then threw a tune up into the womans Jeep.  She needed spark plugs real bad.  They were so worn that the spark gap was 0.060 - should have been 0.040!  After that and an oil change with Mobil 1 oil and filter, topped off all the fluids, checked the tire pressure... should be ok for another 5000 or so miles.
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Post by: Pats TA on January 10, 2016, 07:16:06 PM
Yesterdav I spent the day with my grandson. We went to the Delmar train museum.When we left there we went to see some real train engines.

 (http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/camaronut1969/20160109_154845%201_zpstkf9fr26.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/user/camaronut1969/media/20160109_154845%201_zpstkf9fr26.jpg.html)
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 10, 2016, 08:48:37 PM
Yesterdav I spent the day with my grandson. We went to the Delmar train museum.When we left there we went to see some real train engines.



You look young for being a grandfather.

Today I... went to work for 8 frikken hours.  I'm leaving for an out of state work site tomorrow so I'm going to be down to one job for awhile  :-D  :cool:

Also, when I answered the phone at one point today, it was absolute PROOF of why weed is, and should always be, ILLEGAL! 

I won't type in all the details of the phone call, but I will say that the guys voice slurred, he was taking deep breaths in and out, and it took a good 5 seconds for him to get out the next word he was trying to say.  I could definitely hear the "high" in his voice. 

So wrong, so disgusting, and so depressing that people have to smoke that garbage.
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Post by: Pats TA on January 10, 2016, 09:00:27 PM
Thank you,  I have 3 grandchildren that keep me shape when they come to visit. But by the time they leave I am exhausted. Especially when we are watching all 3 at the same time. I want to ride the 4 wheeler, I want to play pool, I want to play ping pong, well you get the ideal. :lol:     
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Post by: solargold on January 11, 2016, 04:50:14 PM
Bought a CB antennae and hooked up the CB. Bandit Run ready!
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Post by: scarebird on January 11, 2016, 10:28:57 PM
Refined the prototype LS3 scoop airbox for production.   Another much bigger vendor showed great interest in this product so we changed a few things so it will work.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a107/Scarebird/IMG_0582_zps4murrhxs.jpg?t=1452486516)
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Post by: 72projectbird on January 12, 2016, 10:59:46 AM
That's really cool! Right now my shaker is mounted to the hood, but the plan is to mount it to the  engine this year.
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Post by: se1979ta on January 12, 2016, 10:20:32 PM
Well not today, but Sunday I finally had a chance to take the '79 out for a short drive   :-D  I think the last time I drove it was in August.     
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on January 13, 2016, 05:54:23 AM
I won't type in all the details of the phone call, but I will say that the guys voice slurred, he was taking deep breaths in and out, and it took a good 5 seconds for him to get out the next word he was trying to say.  I could definitely hear the "high" in his voice. 

So wrong, so disgusting, and so depressing that people have to smoke that garbage.
Almost as bad as the people that depend on readily available and legal alcohol.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 14, 2016, 05:26:35 PM
I won't type in all the details of the phone call, but I will say that the guys voice slurred, he was taking deep breaths in and out, and it took a good 5 seconds for him to get out the next word he was trying to say.  I could definitely hear the "high" in his voice. 

So wrong, so disgusting, and so depressing that people have to smoke that garbage.
Almost as bad as the people that depend on readily available and legal alcohol.

To some extent, I agree on that.  I down a few myself every now and then, but I sure as Hell don't wake up and take shots. 
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on January 14, 2016, 07:06:57 PM
Reserved a room for the Nats.
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Post by: Vroom_vroom on January 15, 2016, 05:06:05 AM
Started swapping out my incandescent bulbs to leds,really liking the crisper gauges at night

.(http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy233/pontiacpatrol/C32EF1C6-9394-43D7-99B8-88958EDEDFEF_zpsc9qwaotb.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on January 15, 2016, 03:45:14 PM
I spot a gear lever, gimme. :P
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 15, 2016, 08:08:14 PM
I spot a gear lever, gimme. :P

LoL! Same here!
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Post by: Vroom_vroom on January 17, 2016, 02:48:22 AM
End of the year it's getting the boot! TKO time!! Woop woop
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Post by: 77 TA man on January 18, 2016, 01:41:29 PM
The LT-1/Auto Z/28s have caught my eye now, and they're not too bad with $1,100-1,500 for a driving example.  I looked at a '94 that'd been smashed  in the nose and needs a new bumper, hood and driverside fender but the guy wanted too much for it. I'll get one here in about 3 months or so.
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Post by: Casey on January 18, 2016, 02:40:18 PM
Donor or new project?
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Post by: 77 TA man on January 18, 2016, 02:50:44 PM
Donor or new project?
as a daily driver. Only requirements are Z/28 and T-Tops.
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Post by: Casey on January 18, 2016, 04:38:17 PM
Well there are plenty of 4th gen Z28s and Trans Ams with T-tops and automatics for comparatively little money and in decent shape.  It only becomes a headache if you're like me and will only buy a 6-speed car and preferably without T-tops at that.
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Post by: 77 TA man on January 18, 2016, 04:51:47 PM
Well there are plenty of 4th gen Z28s and Trans Ams with T-tops and automatics for comparatively little money and in decent shape.  It only becomes a headache if you're like me and will only buy a 6-speed car and preferably without T-tops at that.
I'm changing my requirements slightly in that there needs to be no doors and back damage.
After checking around it seems like the blue '94 is the best one. All others needs trans or interior or went off the road and hit a guardrail and tore off a door..etc
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on January 19, 2016, 12:43:15 AM
'93 was the only year with MAP instead of MAF, and then Opti-Spark was revised and a vacuum vent added in '95 or '96?  The Camaro especially I rather have a LT1 car, the Firebird I like both but I lean more towards the LT1 though.
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Post by: 77 TA man on January 19, 2016, 08:03:51 PM
'93 was the only year with MAP instead of MAF, and then Opti-Spark was revised and a vacuum vent added in '95 or '96?  The Camaro especially I rather have a LT1 car, the Firebird I like both but I lean more towards the LT1 though.
the Vented Opti was introduced in '95. I scraped a spot of thick bondo off my trunk pan and guess whats under the layer of bondo? A patch work of galvanized sheet metal patches that are rivited together on top of the old metal. Turns out most of my trunk pan is galvanized sheet metal. At this rate the car will need a full blown restoration before I even think about driving it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on January 20, 2016, 06:09:18 AM
What's worse is what can be hiding under the exterior sheet metal at this point...  That's ok, if I ever manage to sell the Firebird I'm not sure if I want to bother taking a chance on a fourth gen as it seems like constantly the T56 of all transmissions has issues because for some reason people have to beat the hell out of their car.
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Post by: 77 TA man on January 20, 2016, 10:00:42 PM
What's worse is what can be hiding under the exterior sheet metal at this point...  That's ok, if I ever manage to sell the Firebird I'm not sure if I want to bother taking a chance on a fourth gen as it seems like constantly the T56 of all transmissions has issues because for some reason people have to beat the hell out of their car.
.  I'm not sure there is any sheet metal at this point....case in point my passenger rocker. Full length front to back of pure bondo. I was doing some body work and found bondo on the doors and thats what scares me, if I find out the full extent of it I'll probably need new doors too before I can drive it.  I saw an LT-1 Z/28 with T-Tops for $1,700....missing 3rd,4th and 5th gear on its T-56.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on January 20, 2016, 10:52:42 PM
Revising 1980 dash harness for AC and Speedhut gauges.   
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Post by: Casey on January 21, 2016, 09:13:06 PM
What's worse is what can be hiding under the exterior sheet metal at this point...  That's ok, if I ever manage to sell the Firebird I'm not sure if I want to bother taking a chance on a fourth gen as it seems like constantly the T56 of all transmissions has issues because for some reason people have to beat the hell out of their car.
.  I'm not sure there is any sheet metal at this point....case in point my passenger rocker. Full length front to back of pure bondo. I was doing some body work and found bondo on the doors and thats what scares me, if I find out the full extent of it I'll probably need new doors too before I can drive it.  I saw an LT-1 Z/28 with T-Tops for $1,700....missing 3rd,4th and 5th gear on its T-56.
If I had a car to transplant my motor into I'd offer to sell you the roller for cheap.  Yeah it's a pain to find one and it seems like when they do pop up for sale there's something wrong with the synchros and/or gears.  Supposedly the T5, T45, and TR3650 are much weaker but I've seen less Mustangs with gearbox issues and there were a lot more of them made, especially with a manual.  I would've bought a '94-95 or '99-04 but the cable clutch was just too much for my knee.
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Post by: 737driver on January 23, 2016, 03:18:12 PM
Just bought my next project car... 72 Lemans convertible
(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/jc73driver/image_zpsjnstbafn.jpeg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/jc73driver/media/image_zpsjnstbafn.jpeg.html)
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Post by: roadking77 on January 23, 2016, 03:52:57 PM
Nice car Jim, I think you said you were looking for a first gen firebird, but I think you did good with that one.
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Post by: 1975 ta on January 23, 2016, 04:40:09 PM
very nice!
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Post by: Vroom_vroom on January 23, 2016, 05:50:07 PM
Finished switching all the interior lights over to led bulbs
(http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy233/pontiacpatrol/78E0EEF5-B933-4D87-916D-C0CB9FCD57E3_zpshbacatsp.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 Pontiac on January 23, 2016, 06:18:05 PM
Started installing poly bushings in my leaf springs, got the kit from energy suspension with heavy duty shackles - only to find out that their kit does not include the front eye bolts - only the 4 rear bolts were supplied.. Why would they possibly do that when you order a kit with bushings for both the front and rear of the spring?

 
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Post by: Pats TA on January 23, 2016, 06:23:45 PM
Shoveled SNOW 
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Post by: Pats TA on January 23, 2016, 06:29:41 PM
  Nice Lemans, a neighbor down the road has a 71 or 72 blue convertible GTO. I don't see it much anymore since he had his pole building built.
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Post by: 737driver on January 23, 2016, 07:00:18 PM
Nice car Jim, I think you said you were looking for a first gen firebird, but I think you did good with that one.

I have been looking real hard for a first gen, but I couldn't find what I was looking for a suitable price, I saw one or two but they were snagged up real quick. I think I got real lucky on this one. The price was right for a resto project (atleast for me) plus I have always liked the Lemans/GTO.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 24, 2016, 08:41:55 AM
Started installing poly bushings in my leaf springs, got the kit from energy suspension with heavy duty shackles - only to find out that their kit does not include the front eye bolts - only the 4 rear bolts were supplied.. Why would they possibly do that when you order a kit with bushings for both the front and rear of the spring?

Went through that same thing myself during my resto.  Yeah what pain that was.

As for me, Yesterday I was bedridden for 90% of the day.  Had a fever of 100.4 degrees. That SUCKED.  I drank water/dayquil/nyquil all day.  Went to bed at 8:30  :shock: and woke up 13 hours later, laying in my own sweat and shivering... but felt A LOT better!

So Today I... had a good breakfast and might actually try to be productive.

Only bad part is my sinuses are still blocked.  Everyone is telling me to try either Mucinex or Zyrtec.  Those are both for allergies/chest congestion.  What I need is an antibiotic.  Hehe try getting decent medical care when you are 600 miles from home, on business.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on January 24, 2016, 10:20:10 AM
Sounds like a bad case of manflue - if you see a bright light don't walk towards it :)

Do you remember where you found a new bolt for the front spring eye? Might try ebay uk, as that would save me yet another overseas shipping and handeling fee.. Im starting to think that reason so many shipping companies exist is directly related to the amount of gearheads that keeps shipping large heavy boxes around the world
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Post by: roadking77 on January 25, 2016, 07:05:29 PM
Shoveled more snow :shock:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 25, 2016, 07:19:36 PM
Shoveled more snow :shock:

Sorry, gotta laugh.  The woman got stuck with all the snow shoveling this time around. 

I know karma is a b*tch but for now I'm laughing it up.

With that, Today I...  am suffering through day 5 of completely clogged sinuses.  No fever anymore but wow this sucks.  I've tried sudafed, pseudoephedrine, MuscinexC, Zyrtex. Dayquil, Nyquil...  NOTHING will clear these sinuses.  On a whim, I took a few shots of Afrin... FINALLY can breathe through my nose!!  Only problem is I've read not to take this crap for more than 3 days.   Ruh Roh.....
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Post by: 79merlin on January 26, 2016, 09:01:20 PM
You could try smearing a little bit of Vicks Vapo-rub under your nose (i.e.on your upper lip) right before going to bed. That usually helps me if my sinuses are plugged.



Todd
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Post by: Casey on January 27, 2016, 01:14:51 AM
Eat some spicy peppers/sauce or some wasabi to clear it out, then use a source of menthol to open and soothe the sinus passages.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on January 27, 2016, 05:31:26 AM
Eat some spicy peppers/sauce or some wasabi to clear it out, then use a source of menthol to open and soothe the sinus passages.

Man... I would something to smoke right about now.  Too bad I quit that stuff years ago.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on January 27, 2016, 08:56:28 PM
Filed my taxes.
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Post by: VANSD455 on February 02, 2016, 03:10:29 AM
Any updates on the LS shaker
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Post by: scarebird on February 02, 2016, 05:54:49 PM
Ready for LS3 orders.  This type uses the blade style MAF sensor and goes over the top like our prototype. 
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Post by: Casey on February 03, 2016, 06:03:45 PM
Someone is supposed to be picking the car up Friday. Their brother? had stopped by the day before to get pictures and ask about it and he contacted me yesterday. Seems serious since today was asking about the transmission and saying was wanting to already get the parts to fix it. I'm not entirely sure how to feel.  Hopefully I can find a 5-speed third gen or 6-speed fourth gen to fill the void.
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Post by: hakitup on February 05, 2016, 09:42:55 AM
Hope it works out, today I drove the car in notice a couple of new rattles in the doors. Friday and driving the Trans Am........perfect day!

Tom H
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Post by: Casey on February 05, 2016, 02:50:41 PM
Thanks, he should be here in the next few hours to get it.  After having so many people flake out it's almost surreal to have someone actually going through with it.  He said on his own he'd give it a good home and that he's been looking for one for some time now, so at least there's solace in that.  I couldn't sleep last night and I'll probably be depressed for the next week or two.  It's not exactly how I wanted one, but I've ALWAYS wanted a '79-81 Firebird and it's just aggravating I don't have the place to do what I want to with it.  I could just hold onto it until then but I don't want it to just end up sitting for who knows how long.  Which I checked Craigslist and that didn't do anything to help, not the first manual bird out there unless I have $10,000+ for a late model fourth gen. :cry:
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Post by: Casey on February 05, 2016, 06:29:21 PM
Well, it's officially gone now... :sad:
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on February 05, 2016, 07:48:34 PM
Mmmm. Bumming.  Wasn't looking for a trans am when I got mine,just fell into it, now I don't think I could let it go. Keep your head up something will come along.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 06, 2016, 02:55:13 PM
Today I... started the long, arduous task of sorting out the electrical issues in my basement.  It has been needing to be done for YEARS now, so since I'm waiting on T/A parts, I figured I'd start the next house project.
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Post by: lskip10 on February 06, 2016, 06:55:58 PM
Fired the bird up, let her warm up good, 46 degrees and sun in Illinois in Feb, ....getting itchy to drive :-D
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Post by: scarebird on February 06, 2016, 08:57:31 PM
Drove the T/A to the local Lexus dealership for research on a possible electric master cylinder.  The 450h has an electrically boosted master and seem to work well.  The T/A looked like a swan amid all those fugly Lexus' grilles...
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Post by: tonyTA on February 07, 2016, 06:03:17 AM
Today I.........really miss driving the TA. Cold and snow please go away.
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Post by: Casey on February 07, 2016, 03:26:03 PM
I'd take a RC-F if it came with a manual.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 07, 2016, 08:35:25 PM
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.
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Post by: scarebird on February 07, 2016, 09:16:15 PM
I'd take a RC-F if it came with a manual.

Then go buy one.
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Post by: Casey on February 07, 2016, 11:36:42 PM
But they don't come with a manual, autotragic only.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on February 08, 2016, 01:29:36 AM
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 08, 2016, 09:05:21 AM
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 

Same thing here, lol.  In my case it was a 220 line.  I'm lucky to still be here.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on February 08, 2016, 11:20:19 AM
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 

Same thing here, lol.  In my case it was a 220 line.  I'm lucky to still be here.

We have 220V and 440V to choose between when we get juiced.. So I am also happy it was a 220 that got me :D

 
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 09, 2016, 06:17:55 AM
Speaking of which, yesterday I... continued my electrical project in my basement.  I pulled the mother of all bonehead mistakes. 

Keep in mind, the 220 line for the dryer was the first thing I fixed/relocated.  I threw a load in to be dried...  hit the button... nothing.  GRRRRRR now what??  I checked and rechecked all the connections and verified 220 volts at the plug. 

Hmm, must be a problem with the machine.  I opened the door and there was a sock stuck in the door.  DOH!!  Worked fine after that. 

Lesson:  don't work on things when tired.
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Post by: Casey on February 09, 2016, 01:47:48 PM
It's not the voltage that'll kill you, it's the amperage.  Taser guns are a good example of this, they're usually around 50,000 volts but only a few milliamps.

Still shopping, I did find a LS1/T56 hardtop Z28 on LS1Tech but it would have to be some 500 miles away.  That's the only way I'd take a Camaro over the Firebird would be to get a hardtop.
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Post by: FormTA on February 09, 2016, 05:18:40 PM
Finished all of the wiring for my LS swap. Also wired and tested the controllers that now run the stock speedometer and tachometer. All good. Just have to remove the rear suspension and fuel tank, clean, paint and then install the new fuel tank. Run the fuel lines and then vroom, vroom!!
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Post by: scarebird on February 09, 2016, 05:45:11 PM
Got a 1970 RS Camaro under it's own power for the first time in 38 years.   

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a107/Scarebird/Dales%201970%20Camaro_zpspjcckegx.jpg?t=1454974972)

Lotta work  :shock:
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Post by: FormTA on February 09, 2016, 05:55:55 PM
Wow, that's cool. Do you have a thread on that car?
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Post by: firebirdparts on February 09, 2016, 06:36:02 PM
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all.

I did a chance to have a winter "crankup" and got the Redbird up to temperature, plus my Mark VII and the fatcat.
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Post by: scarebird on February 09, 2016, 07:25:43 PM
No thread - Dale does not post stuff like that.   We had this up on the lift 2-3 years ago doing some work.   About 15 years ago he had an uncle die in a diving accident.   Gordy was quite the unique individual and left the car to Dale.  Dale had to decide between a project car (Camaro) and the running 72 GTO; he sold the Camaro.  Dale's mother was fighting cancer and had found the Camaro in a dealer lot and bought it as a Christmas present.  It was a mess: crappy paint, cheap 12:1 pistons, 305 cam, junk heads, non-functioning 3 speed trans., no drive shaft etc.  The idea was to get it driving while she was still with us - unfortunately we failed but she did hear it run.  We are still sorting thru issues: the 6 mile drive from his houses was with minimal power steering, leaky exhaust, no turn signals, etc.  The punch list is kinda long but we are hitting it hard.

The car looks tough going down the road - passing new Mustangs, Camaros and Challys the Camaro makes them look like puffed up pigs.

(http://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=334390&d=1377379248)
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 09, 2016, 08:31:09 PM
No thread - Dale does not post stuff like that.   We had this up on the lift 2-3 years ago doing some work.   About 15 years ago he had an uncle die in a diving accident.   Gordy was quite the unique individual and left the car to Dale.  Dale had to decide between a project car (Camaro) and the running 72 GTO; he sold the Camaro.  Dale's mother was fighting cancer and had found the Camaro in a dealer lot and bought it as a Christmas present.  It was a mess: crappy paint, cheap 12:1 pistons, 305 cam, junk heads, non-functioning 3 speed trans., no drive shaft etc.  The idea was to get it driving while she was still with us - unfortunately we failed but she did hear it run.  We are still sorting thru issues: the 6 mile drive from his houses was with minimal power steering, leaky exhaust, no turn signals, etc.  The punch list is kinda long but we are hitting it hard.

The car looks tough going down the road - passing new Mustangs, Camaros and Challys the Camaro makes them look like puffed up pigs.

(http://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=334390&d=1377379248)

That's exactly what they are, too.  Good Job :-)
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on February 10, 2016, 10:49:09 AM
It's not the voltage that'll kill you, it's the amperage.  Taser guns are a good example of this, they're usually around 50,000 volts but only a few milliamps.

Still shopping, I did find a LS1/T56 hardtop Z28 on LS1Tech but it would have to be some 500 miles away.  That's the only way I'd take a Camaro over the Firebird would be to get a hardtop.

Yeah I know, but our 440 lines has twice the amperage of our 220 lines.. So still glad to only get hit by the "smaller" line :)

Go for the LS1, they are pretty cool.. And just think of it as a roadtrip :)
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Post by: Casey on February 10, 2016, 04:01:37 PM
A road trip I'll have to convince someone to take me on. :P
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Post by: SpankinElroy on February 12, 2016, 10:14:58 PM
Gave my wife a dozen orange/maroon roses, a box of chocolates and a card.......a card with two tickets taped inside.....two tickets to friggin' AC/DC next weekend in a Suite at Scottrade Center  8) :P :shock: :-P 8)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Briansbird on February 12, 2016, 11:24:36 PM
Newbe here. Great forum. Getting ready to paint my 73  TA and was wondering if anyone had advice on the fender flare welting. Is it best to paint on the flares or on a piece of metal and then installed carefully on the flare so everything gets covered. Picked this 73 up last year. Viper blue with "viper stripes". Looks to much like a friggin camero for me. This is my fist TA but have had a 1st gen since 1986. 15 years old then
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on February 13, 2016, 05:25:42 AM
Welcome to TAC, looks like you have a great bird there, I would start a new thread in the lobby and post pics. My 72 is the same color as yours (which I will be change to lucerne). As far as the welting, its best to paint off the car using flex paint.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 13, 2016, 07:13:21 AM
Yesterday I... swapped out the front passenger side rim and tire on my Camry.  I SLAMMED into a curb the other day.  That bent the rim.  Caused all sorts of problems.  darn snow.

I was able to find a pristine full size spare at a junkyard.  Not a matching tread but oh well.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: GTABill on February 13, 2016, 10:38:13 AM
That sounds like my yesterday sort of.  I did an alternator swap in the parking lot of an Advance Auto parts store.......not voluntarily.  Was heading home from work with the Mrs in the Sierra Denali and the battery light came on and the volt meter started to drop.  I knew the Advance was a few miles away so i made a quick detour and when i pulled in their parking lot i lost all the gauges so i pretty much knew what i was going to be doing for the next hour.  Fortunately they had the sockets i didnt have with me to do the job and got out of there fairly unscathed. Their stock replacement ended up being damaged so i got the 160 amp version and it bolted right up and it really wasnt that much more.  They charged the battery for me while i was doing this and luckily it didnt damage the battery although i will probably pick up a new one at work this week just to be on the safe side. Great way to start the weekend. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 13, 2016, 03:08:40 PM
Well it's been a week and I'm tired of car shopping already.  :-x
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 13, 2016, 08:43:14 PM
Today I... had planned to tear my old oil furnace out (will be replaced in the near future with a propane/natural gas furnace).  O...M...F...G... what a job that was!@#$  We ended up breaking the outlet line on my water heater, too :-(  Luckily, it was a quick fix but I had to go across town to Lowes to get parts.

Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one.  Ok... maybe that was feasible when that furnace was new...  20 years ago....

A new furnace can be had for under $1,000 these days.  After what I've been through this past year and a half, I think that's pretty cheap.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on February 13, 2016, 09:54:23 PM
...Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one...

No.  The burner ducting/exchanger is good for 12 years - then start to crack.  Think CO poisoning.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 14, 2016, 06:44:18 AM
...Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one...

No.  The burner ducting/exchanger is good for 12 years - then start to crack.  Think CO poisoning.

Thanks for the info.  I didn't want an oil furnace anyway.  I've heard and seen too many horror stories. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 14, 2016, 04:47:24 PM
Not today, but yesterday I woke up to water dripping out of the ceiling fan in my living room :shock: ended up tearing out a sheet and a half of wet drywall, the supply to the bathroom faucet upstairs had a pin hole for some time and made a mess :sad: Things are all patched, now I need to repaint my ceiling.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Clint S on February 14, 2016, 04:50:51 PM
Froze my butt off,
 it was 25 below zero this am and ever got above -2 all day......................
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on February 14, 2016, 05:07:00 PM
Froze my butt off,
 it was 25 below zero this am and ever got above -2 all day......................
Not today, but yesterday I woke up to water dripping out of the ceiling fan in my living room :shock: ended up tearing out a sheet and a half of wet drywall, the supply to the bathroom faucet upstairs had a pin hole for some time and made a mess :sad: Things are all patched, now I need to repaint my ceiling.

Both problems, my pipes froze, took me 7 hours to thaw everything out... I hate winter...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 14, 2016, 05:47:01 PM
Jack, I was lucky in that it wasn't a frozen pipe, but the supply line rotted away. I agree with you though, I am ready for spring. High 13 degrees today!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Jack on February 14, 2016, 06:39:34 PM
Jack, I was lucky in that it wasn't a frozen pipe, but the supply line rotted away. I agree with you though, I am ready for spring. High 13 degrees today!

Today's high was 11, last night's low -8 (tonight -7) I don't ever remember it being this cold... what do you think Kerry, are we just getting old?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on February 14, 2016, 07:05:26 PM
Minus 18 this morning at my place. Got up to 10 today....think back one year, I think I'm getting off easy.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on February 15, 2016, 07:21:08 AM
Single digits to below zero for a couple of days and expected to reach 50 tomorrow.  This is ridiculous
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on February 15, 2016, 11:45:56 AM
Fabricated a reverse lockout backdrive to clear the 70 Camaro's headers.  Dale like the original lockout feature and we did not want to rewire to run a switch on the trans.  It is a bit crude but works fine.  Reverse arm to bellcrank was a piece of 3/8's CR round stock zee'd and threaded for Heim joints.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a107/Scarebird/Trans%20Am/n_zps75khijx2.jpg?t=1455471765)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: firebirdparts on February 15, 2016, 06:17:02 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: hakitup on February 15, 2016, 06:24:33 PM
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kentucky yeti on February 15, 2016, 06:36:25 PM

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

And that's not even common core math!   :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 16, 2016, 08:50:41 AM
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

Being a part time counterman myself, I can now see where that stupidity comes from.  At least half of these guys know next to nothing about cars.  They are hired for their retail sales abilities/experience (*cough* our store manager *cough*).  Yeah, the computer helps a little, but most of them have come to rely too heavily on what the screen tells them.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 16, 2016, 09:26:17 AM
Jack, thanks for the belated, and yes, we are getting too old!!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on February 16, 2016, 09:38:41 AM
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

Being a part time counterman myself, I can now see where that stupidity comes from.  At least half of these guys know next to nothing about cars.  They are hired for their retail sales abilities/experience (*cough* our store manager *cough*).  Yeah, the computer helps a little, but most of them have come to rely too heavily on what the screen tells them.
Educated Idiots is the proper term, if they didnt read it in a book they think it wont work. What ever "it" is.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Raptor on February 16, 2016, 10:57:21 AM
...covered the shifter knob of my Trans Am in leather as it was originally :

First step, I took a piece of cheap bycast leather to shape the pattern. You need contact cement for this. I used pictures of an original knob to know how it's supposed to be cut and sewn :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1531/24438258554_91a2698e38_h.jpg)

I made marks to be sure I could glue it back properly. I marked the stitching holes. :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1442/24701279939_05734bf699_h.jpg)

I removed the leather and made the pattern :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1553/24975613861_1ff7639729_h.jpg)

Then I cut the final leather, made the holes or the stitching with my machine and glued it back on. It's rather tricky here.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1578/24975612251_8e1145cb19_h.jpg)

And finally, I did the baseball stitch :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1507/24773325480_5153c33c76_h.jpg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1520/25068919125_173c4778df_h.jpg)

It looks so much better now with the shifter in the correct color.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 16, 2016, 02:35:43 PM
That's awesome work Raptor! A fellow could make some good money doing that.

Today I finished off the entire weekend of sandblasting and painting. I blasted the radiator support, both inner fenders, and the two larger bumper frame pieces down to bare metal, and treated them all with two coats of SPI Black Epoxy. I'll get the hood hinges and smaller brackets with the next batch, but the bulk of the underhood stuff is done now.

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12698260_10153977683928833_4162144952263537696_o_zpsbufcg1rs.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12748023_10153977684513833_4554179674795192962_o_zps4dh8prz9.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12697442_10153977685728833_1694341296338647100_o_zpssqpoh23b.jpg)

Now it's off to start studying for the Night Nav EP Simulator I have this evening. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 16, 2016, 03:11:47 PM
That's awesome work Raptor! A fellow could make some good money doing that.
Provided he did more than F-body shift knobs anyway, he'd run out of customers quick. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on February 16, 2016, 08:09:52 PM
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(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg)][URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg.html](http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg.html)[/url]
[url(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/20151118_200131.jpg) (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/20151118_200131.jpg.html)][/url]
Not all done today but not long ago. On the trailer ready to go to body shop.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on February 16, 2016, 08:13:38 PM
(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195639.jpg)][URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195639.jpg.html](http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195639.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195639.jpg.html)[/url]
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(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_202218.jpg)][URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_202218.jpg.html](http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_202218.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_202218.jpg.html)[/url]
(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg)][URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg.html](http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg) (http://[URL=http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/White%20Trans%20Am/20151118_195626.jpg.html)[/url]
[url(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll5/Two_Hawks/20151118_200131.jpg) (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/Two_Hawks/media/20151118_200131.jpg.html)][/url]
Not all done today but not long ago. On the trailer ready to go to body shop.
How are the sides and bottom of the car?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 16, 2016, 08:15:34 PM
^Wow, someone has been busy.

So I just finished my daily car search, and apparently there's a 1997 30th Anniversary Camaro with the T56 for sale about 40 miles from me.  Part of me is like the Firebird and the Camaro are practically the same car by this point, but at the same time they aren't.  I know it's silly but I really prefer the Firebird over the Camaro, though I wouldn't want to pass up a Camaro with the T56 and then not find a Firebird in a reasonable time frame.  I will need to call for more information, but I'll wait until tomorrow as it'd be a bit rude at this hour.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ok-TA1977 on February 16, 2016, 08:18:40 PM
Horrible, I will post pics of rear quarters tomorrow as it is dark here.
 I also posted in the exterior section due to all the rust and am asking for panel info.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Raptor on February 17, 2016, 06:31:46 AM
That's awesome work Raptor! A fellow could make some good money doing that.
Provided he did more than F-body shift knobs anyway, he'd run out of customers quick. :P

Other cars are not worthy 8-)

It's the first time I do this but it gives me ideas. I could totally make a bit of money doing shifter boots and knobs.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: FormTA on February 17, 2016, 06:55:35 AM
Spent some time grinding and wire wheeling the under side. This looking from the rear at the area behind the rear seats. That bumper is where the differential meets the drive shaft.


(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c375/12cycle/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160215_212302630.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 17, 2016, 08:58:14 AM
That's awesome work Raptor! A fellow could make some good money doing that.
Provided he did more than F-body shift knobs anyway, he'd run out of customers quick. :P

Other cars are not worthy 8-)

It's the first time I do this but it gives me ideas. I could totally make a bit of money doing shifter boots and knobs.

You could probably make a good deal more doing steering wheels and armrest sized stuff once you had a good reputation going.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DGulliver on February 17, 2016, 01:39:51 PM
.......bought a 1978 Z/28 4-speed. Don't tell anybody! (All of our T/As are still safe and secure lol..)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 17, 2016, 01:53:29 PM
.......bought a 1978 Z/28 4-speed. Don't tell anybody! (All of our T/As are still safe and secure lol..)
I can't fault you, as much as I greatly prefer the Firebird over the Camaro I even more so prefer a manual over an automatic.  Plus this means I get a green light on the '97 6-speed Z28 I found. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Raptor on February 17, 2016, 05:00:49 PM
I did the e-brake hadle as well. As you can see, the original one was in pretty bad condition :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1513/24457132584_4c7cf37c44_h.jpg)

Even worse once the leather was removed. The handle is trash :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1646/24994510101_459bcd216f_h.jpg)

So I got an idea : maybe I could use the '89 handle instead. The problem is it's longer, but it does fit on the lever. So I cut the excess of plastic on the back, sanded the part and rounded off the edges :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1605/24994521401_d1359e89a9_h.jpg)

I cleaned up the hole afterwards :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1602/24460935803_fb9acf72a4_h.jpg)

Then again, cover the part in leather to get the pattern :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1666/25069077896_bc6376367c_b.jpg)

And done ! :
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1647/24977248642_c718a6c29b_b.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1715/25002120301_e5493c85b0_b.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1509/24799834110_df85ec8f4e_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 17, 2016, 05:46:13 PM
^Nice job again.

Well apparently the Z28 was already gone...  Maybe that's a sign to wait for a Firebird.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on February 17, 2016, 08:36:49 PM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 17, 2016, 08:49:48 PM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations! That's something you will continue to look back on with pride for many years to come. Make sure you stay involved going forward. Being involved with NESA gave me some of my more rewarding experiences through college.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Spoon on February 18, 2016, 05:44:59 AM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

Well done!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: ThKidd on February 18, 2016, 07:47:47 AM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations!  You should be very proud of yourself; that's quite an accomplishment.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 18, 2016, 08:27:00 AM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

I had to google what that is.  Nice job. 

On a side note....  I do vaguely remember...  about 30 years ago...  my parents tried to get me involved in something similar.  Last thing I remember is sitting around a campfire, getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and singing about ravioli.  Yeah that was it for me!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on February 18, 2016, 09:25:48 AM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations!  You should be very proud of yourself; that's quite an accomplishment.
X2! Good job 77 TA man
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 18, 2016, 06:43:39 PM
Congrats 77TAman, that is quite an accomplishment. There is a very active scout troop in my town and every year there are a couple guys in the paper becoming eagle scouts. I too was like Decaff, I only lasted as a cub for about a year :(
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on February 18, 2016, 07:19:20 PM
Thanks Everybody! I have 12 years invested into scouting( I turn 18 in 7 days to put that into perspective...) Its been a long journey and there were times I didn't think I would make it! I've learned a lot and made some very good friends these past few years since I first bought my Trans Am and and you guys have played a large part in that. I've been shown some extreme generosity by complete strangers to help my build
(Shout-Out to the unknown 2014 Trans Am Nationals vendor who gave me a free timing cover I desperately needed after hearing about my car/interests!) Among others who paid it forward to me, I really appreciate the kindness guys and look forward to helping others out with their projects when I'm in the position to do so!  I would say the biggest highlight of my scouting career was doing a 7 day/70mile Appalachian Trail backing trek in which I met very "interesting" people. I look forward to becoming an adult leader and staying active in the troop I'm in.  Overall I'd say that scouting has taught me a great many things, including the drive to keep going. The Eagle Scout Project Packet was a 30 page something monster that I made several hundred (if not thousands...) of revisions to it(printing out at least 12 different versions of it....:( ) the course of 10 month period. The project went smooth but just getting the paper work done was the biggest obstacle as well as getting off my duff and starting it. It is finally nice to sit back and not worry about it anymore, I'm not sure if got it done for personal achievement or to stop the endless nagging of the troop adults lol.  Thanks for the compliments guys! Sorry to bore y'all with such a long post...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Pats TA on February 18, 2016, 07:57:20 PM
  Just received our 2 new laptops (Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series w/windows 10). So far no problems and pretty easy to use. My hard drive crashed on my old laptop (second time in a year) last Friday and I decided to just buy 2 new ones on Saturday. I told the wife this is our valentines gifts to each other.   
 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 20, 2016, 04:23:42 PM
Hit nearly 60 deg. was gonna take the bike out for a  little spin, it wouldn't start :sad: Not getting gas for some reason. So, I figured I would work on the t/a a bit, tried to adjust the pass window, not much luck there either :sad:, I did get my truck cleaned though :grin:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 20, 2016, 09:30:50 PM
Today I... went to work for 7 hours that FLEW by.  Dealing with idiots is highly frustrating but makes the time go by fast.  Then, I came home and immediately got back to work on a friends 95 Dodge Dakota.  Biggest POS ever made.  All I'm doing is replacing upper and lower ball joints.  Yeah.......  Don't rent tools from AZ.  They are JUNK!  It was easier to remove the entire lower control arm than it is to try to press the ball joint in with the "special" tool.

I fought with that lower ball joint for 3 hours with that goddamned tool.  Then decided to remove the LCA (which involved removing the front diff cover, removing the axle from the diff ((to make clearance for ONE EFFING BOLT)), and 2 separate trips to AZ for parts) and had the frikken ball joint pressed in with a socket and sledge hammer in 10 mins  :evil: :evil:

Then it came time to put the diff cover back on.  I noticed both axle seals were leaking, as well as the rubber seal to fill the diff fluid.  Oil pan gasket is leaking in several places, drain plug is welded into the pan  :shock: :shock: (Good luck with next oil change!!), and omg the RUST.

This truck is yet another nail in the coffin of why I will never again buy a Dodge vehicle.

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Post by: SpankinElroy on February 21, 2016, 01:49:28 AM
I rocked out at the AC/DC concert...they totally tore it up. Angus was without question the workhorse of the bunch, grinding that axe like I've never seen before. A true testament to rock n' roll...those bastards are the sh!t I say
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Post by: Raptor on February 21, 2016, 04:42:57 AM
Today I... went to work for 7 hours that FLEW by.  Dealing with idiots is highly frustrating but makes the time go by fast.  Then, I came home and immediately got back to work on a friends 95 Dodge Dakota.  Biggest POS ever made.  All I'm doing is replacing upper and lower ball joints.  Yeah.......  Don't rent tools from AZ.  They are JUNK!  It was easier to remove the entire lower control arm than it is to try to press the ball joint in with the "special" tool.

I fought with that lower ball joint for 3 hours with that goddamned tool.  Then decided to remove the LCA (which involved removing the front diff cover, removing the axle from the diff ((to make clearance for ONE EFFING BOLT)), and 2 separate trips to AZ for parts) and had the frikken ball joint pressed in with a socket and sledge hammer in 10 mins  :evil: :evil:

Then it came time to put the diff cover back on.  I noticed both axle seals were leaking, as well as the rubber seal to fill the diff fluid.  Oil pan gasket is leaking in several places, drain plug is welded into the pan  :shock: :shock: (Good luck with next oil change!!), and omg the RUST.

This truck is yet another nail in the coffin of why I will never again buy a Dodge vehicle.

Not sure if judging an entire brand with a bad experience from a 21 year old worn out truck is a good idea :-P
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 21, 2016, 06:18:26 AM
Today I... went to work for 7 hours that FLEW by.  Dealing with idiots is highly frustrating but makes the time go by fast.  Then, I came home and immediately got back to work on a friends 95 Dodge Dakota.  Biggest POS ever made.  All I'm doing is replacing upper and lower ball joints.  Yeah.......  Don't rent tools from AZ.  They are JUNK!  It was easier to remove the entire lower control arm than it is to try to press the ball joint in with the "special" tool.

I fought with that lower ball joint for 3 hours with that goddamned tool.  Then decided to remove the LCA (which involved removing the front diff cover, removing the axle from the diff ((to make clearance for ONE EFFING BOLT)), and 2 separate trips to AZ for parts) and had the frikken ball joint pressed in with a socket and sledge hammer in 10 mins  :evil: :evil:

Then it came time to put the diff cover back on.  I noticed both axle seals were leaking, as well as the rubber seal to fill the diff fluid.  Oil pan gasket is leaking in several places, drain plug is welded into the pan  :shock: :shock: (Good luck with next oil change!!), and omg the RUST.

This truck is yet another nail in the coffin of why I will never again buy a Dodge vehicle.

Not sure if judging an entire brand with a bad experience from a 21 year old worn out truck is a good idea :-P


Ok. let me further elaborate.

When I was just a youngin' , the second vehicles I ever owned in my life was an 87 Dodge Shadow (this was 1998`ish).  Literally a leaky, rusty, POS!  115K miles of turbocharged crappyness.  But I was young and dumb.  That also gave me a bad taste for Dodge right off the bat. 

...but I didn't learn my lesson.  A year or so later I'm at a dealership... looking at a new~ish Plymouth K car.  I pop the hood.  Oil everywhere.  No reading on dipstick.  Entire undercarriage is rusted to Hell.  JUNK.

Fast forward 10 years or so,  a buddy of mine decides to drive his 95 neon into the side of a mountain in a drunken stupor.  He comes to me to fix it.  Other than the obvious physical damage, the thing was a POS rustbucket. 

Same buddy's sister has an 01 Neon.  Another POS rustbucket.  She unintentionally smashes a pothole and destroys the right front rim/tire.  Guess who gets a phone call.  It takes all the strength of two fully grown men (her hubby and I) to break the lug nuts loose.  This is WITH a breaker bar.  3 lugs come off, 2 SNAP the studs off.  This leads to hub/axle removal.  With all that rust lack of maintenance in general, this turns into an all day project. 

Now should I go into the things I've had to do to the womans 03 Jeep Liberty?  Nice vehicle in theory but it's slowly succumbing to rust.  Nah, it's actually still a POS.  Needs a heater core.  Huge job that requires special tools and evacuation of the AC system.  I'm avoiding that one for as long as possible.

Yet another buddy asks me to replace front axles and seals on a late 90's Jeep Cherokee.  After taking one look at the rust under there, I refuse to touch it.  His junk barely starts and needs a full exhaust to begin with.  JUNK.

Just three days ago...  a rusty, leaky 95 Dakota pulls into my garage.  Need I say more?

Oh LoL and here's the final nail in the coffin:  At AZ, if I'm not grabbing parts for junk imports (which don't really count, lol) or Fords, guess what make of vehicle comes in second:  Dodge/Jeep.

Convinced yet, Raptor?
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Post by: fb_rider on February 21, 2016, 06:40:25 AM
Today I...Became an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations!  You should be very proud of yourself; that's quite an accomplishment.
X2! Good job 77 TA man
X3 very nice accomplishment!
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 21, 2016, 04:31:37 PM
I hacked up an old iron intake...

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12771529_10153986203553833_6740376344828906916_o_zpsvk0modtm.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12748085_10153986205163833_3648203923320793196_o_zpsajoufnj7.jpg)

Pretty pleased with how it turned out. I might send it off to get powdercoated an aluminum color. I'm going to look at building an aluminum forge tomorrow so I can fill the heat crossover passages in my heads. Lowes, here I come!

I also got the rest of the odds and ends under the hood into epoxy primer. Headlight buckets and mounts, bumper mounting brackets, etc. I'm waiting on my patch panel and fender to valance bracket to come in, then I can finish up the fenders and get them in epoxy. After that, it's time to finally bring the shell out of storage and start stripping it down. Lots of solid work!
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on February 21, 2016, 05:55:01 PM
Filled out the NATS and TIPP CITY forms to be mailed tomorrow.
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Post by: Casey on February 21, 2016, 07:01:04 PM
Meh, most everyone is guilty of making a piece of crap at some point or another just some more than others.  My brother has the 5.9 Durango 4x4 with some 250,000 miles on it and outside of the faulty governor sensor locking out overdrive and 4H it's still in good shape.  His girlfriend has a 90's Jeep Cherokee with even more than that.  Any of the economy cars from the domestics until here recently are garbage, you can tell they really didn't care for making them at all.  Generally if it's RWD with a V8 most domestics are solid enough.  Generally any Japanese car made in Japan and not over here is good.  European cars are hit and miss, but most made in their homeland are good too.  Really the biggest factor is how it was maintained and treated.

Still no luck in finding a manual bird.  :-?
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Post by: 77 TA man on February 21, 2016, 07:24:17 PM
Meh, most everyone is guilty of making a piece of crap at some point or another just some more than others.  My brother has the 5.9 Durango 4x4 with some 250,000 miles on it and outside of the faulty governor sensor locking out overdrive and 4H it's still in good shape.  His girlfriend has a 90's Jeep Cherokee with even more than that.  Any of the economy cars from the domestics until here recently are garbage, you can tell they really didn't care for making them at all.  Generally if it's RWD with a V8 most domestics are solid enough.  Generally any Japanese car made in Japan and not over here is good.  European cars are hit and miss, but most made in their homeland are good too.  Really the biggest factor is how it was maintained and treated.

Still no luck in finding a manual bird.  :-?
Exactly, there are some out standing factory designs and there are some not so outstanding designs but most of it is how its driven and how its taken care of.
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Post by: hakitup on February 22, 2016, 02:40:39 PM
I hacked up an old iron intake...

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12771529_10153986203553833_6740376344828906916_o_zpsvk0modtm.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12748085_10153986205163833_3648203923320793196_o_zpsajoufnj7.jpg)

Pretty pleased with how it turned out. I might send it off to get powdercoated an aluminum color. I'm going to look at building an aluminum forge tomorrow so I can fill the heat crossover passages in my heads. Lowes, here I come!

I also got the rest of the odds and ends under the hood into epoxy primer. Headlight buckets and mounts, bumper mounting brackets, etc. I'm waiting on my patch panel and fender to valance bracket to come in, then I can finish up the fenders and get them in epoxy. After that, it's time to finally bring the shell out of storage and start stripping it down. Lots of solid work!

That looks great, I have wanted to do this too but have been a little hesitant.

Tom H
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 22, 2016, 09:52:24 PM
I hacked up an old iron intake...


That looks great, I have wanted to do this too but have been a little hesitant.

Tom H

Thanks, Tom! It was actually way easier than I expected. I used a 4 1/2" angle grinder with cutoff wheels and a grinding wheel. I also had to use a hacksaw in a few small areas that the grinder wouldn't fit, mainly finishing the first cuts through the flange at the bolt holes and the narrow bridge of metal between the thermostat and the front of the runners. It honestly took longer to vacuum up the metal shavings than it did to cut the thing apart.

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12778873_10153990674073833_2799653752680933016_o_zpshgzlpysb.jpg)

Today I fired up my home built furnace that I'm using to melt the aluminum to fill the heat crossovers. I used a large metal pail and a 1 gallon metal paint bucket, with quickcrete in between and a 12" sink extension to hook the shop vac up so it blows air into the inner pail. Load it up with some charcoal brickets, hit the switch, and bring on the heat. I'm using an old fire extinguisher with the top sawed off as a cauldron, and a plier-style oil filter wrench to move it about. I melted about 10 beer cans today and got a few tablespoons of aluminum poured as a proof of concept. Next time I use it will be after I have the heads disassembled and the blockoffs built for the intake flange. I plan to bolt on the plates, turn the heads so the intake face is down, and fill from through the exhaust valve port until the melt is up near the valve guide. I'll use my die grinder to smooth out the bowl to match the end chambers. Gonna have to drink some more beers to increase my can supply between now and then. Finally, a good excuse.
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Post by: scarebird on February 23, 2016, 12:04:25 AM
My smelter was more crude - a hole dug lined with bricks and an air nozzle hooked up to a piece of conduit.

Cam swap tonight started on the Lemans - back to a 2801.   Make a a nice cruiser as the TA will thrash it at the track.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 23, 2016, 06:59:39 AM
I'm mechanically challenged, I don't understand what you are doing with the intake.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 23, 2016, 09:58:42 AM
I'm mechanically challenged, I don't understand what you are doing with the intake.

I'm filling the heat crossovers in the head, so I won't need the heat crossover on the bottom of the intake anymore. Saves a few pounds and my back trying to lift it off and on.

I also cut off the water crossover so I won't have problems with it leaking, can gasket match the intake, and will have a dry intake if I decide I want to pull it off. When I build the bigger cube engine, I'll be using aluminum heads, which don't have the heat crossover port anyways.
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Post by: Ford5of5 on February 23, 2016, 01:42:16 PM
I want to do this to an intake just because it looks cool. :cool:

Cal30, I notice that you cut through the center of the inboard holes. I see others do it that way too. Is there a reason for it? It just seems to me that it would make more sense to keep the entire bolt hole. I never tried this before, I'm just curious.
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Post by: cal30_sniper on February 23, 2016, 03:32:33 PM
I want to do this to an intake just because it looks cool. :cool:

Cal30, I notice that you cut through the center of the inboard holes. I see others do it that way too. Is there a reason for it? It just seems to me that it would make more sense to keep the entire bolt hole. I never tried this before, I'm just curious.

Yep, I thought that was weird when I saw other people do it also, but there is a reason for it. If you look at the intake surface of factory iron heads, there are two holes between the heat crossover passage and the inner bolt holes. Those holes go through the intake surface and into the oil drainback area inside the head. In order to seal those holes up, you need to fabricate a metal plate between the inner holes where the heat crossover used to be, even if you've filled the crossover passages in the head. Edelbrock aluminum heads don't have those holes, so if you were planning to solely run the intake on aluminum heads, you could cut inside the bolt holes and keep the entire hole.

This modification is a pretty decent weight reduction. It went from pretty dang heavy, to about the same weight in hand as the entire aluminum Holley Street Dominator intake that I have with the crossovers still attached. Once I cut that aluminum water crossover off the HSD and use it, I'll save a bit more weight. Even though the crossover will add some weight on the vehicle, it will still be much easier to lift this intake in place. Not hard to do when the engine is on a stand, but it can be tough to get it done and all the bolt holes lined up when the engine is already in the car and you're leaning over between the fenders and hood.
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Post by: tajoe on February 23, 2016, 05:55:10 PM
When I 1st saw your reworked intake Cal, I thought it was a RAIV, or 455HO manifold. I have a set of 191, (71 455HO heads), and some-one had done the blockoff to the crossover passage like you're doing. Never had it on the road tho.
 Not sure what your intent with that modification is, but if you drive it on the street, you may want to invest in a manual choke. Makes life "so" much more pleasant, when driving through the warm-up cycle.


Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on February 23, 2016, 06:07:47 PM
Today I....
Started working on getting the early '77 shaker and the rear spoiler pieces sanded down to get prepped for white primer. I'm going to use some of my left over Royal Gloss Blue paint to paint engine call outs on the shaker with the use of a construction paper stencil. Definately not priority but doing what I can when I can...
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on February 23, 2016, 06:27:26 PM

I played around with my new hvlp spraygun today - never used one before so bit of steep learning curve, but youtube came in handy for getting started.. painted some suspension parts black with agricultural enemal paint, turned out quite nice - and should be way more durable than cheap rattlecan paint  :D

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Post by: cal30_sniper on February 24, 2016, 12:39:54 AM
When I 1st saw your reworked intake Cal, I thought it was a RAIV, or 455HO manifold. I have a set of 191, (71 455HO heads), and some-one had done the blockoff to the crossover passage like you're doing. Never had it on the road tho.
 Not sure what your intent with that modification is, but if you drive it on the street, you may want to invest in a manual choke. Makes life "so" much more pleasant, when driving through the warm-up cycle.

Mainly just trying to lighten things up a bit, and I really wanted to fill the crossover in the heads. After having played with header design in college, I can't see how there wouldn't be a major impact on the exhaust scavenging by having two exhaust ports on each side of the head tied together and linked across. Whatever exhaust pulse you have going out headers would be dampened by all the interlinked passages between those 4 cylinders, much like running the old 3-tube headers. I'll be going Eddy heads when I build the larger cube motor later on, so I won't need the crossover with those either.
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Post by: 77 TA man on February 24, 2016, 12:00:41 PM
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f198/2W8TA/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsqzovyi2b.jpeg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/2W8TA/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsqzovyi2b.jpeg.html)
It was a mix of black paint and grey primer, I'm trying to get the black off and down to the factory white paint before going any further.
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Post by: Casey on February 24, 2016, 02:53:19 PM
^Good times.  I was almost tempted to dremel out the back on mine so the scoop would be opened, but since no one had hacked into it already I couldn't in good conscious.
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Post by: 77 TA man on February 24, 2016, 08:54:01 PM
^Good times.  I was almost tempted to dremel out the back on mine so the scoop would be opened, but since no one had hacked into it already I couldn't in good conscious.
Not only has the scoop opening been butchered, it has also been repaired. Under the grey primer patch on it there is a fiberglass repair on it. Almost Nothing on my car hasnt been dickered with at some point by a previous owner. Although from what I've seen from the front wiring it is still untouched so thats good.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on February 25, 2016, 02:00:34 PM
Today I looked at a 2010 Silverado 2500 with long bed and 2wd. I can not believe how hard it is to find standard cab, long bed without 4x4. Everything seems to be crew cab and extended cabs these days. Any members own a 2500? What's the milage like? I never owned/needed anything bigger than a 1500/c-10/k-10 and I'm rather addicted to 6cyl these days. I like 16mpg compared to the 8 mpg that I use to get with my old v8 4x4's.
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Post by: roadking77 on February 25, 2016, 04:22:48 PM
t/a man, it looks like they filled in the drain hole. That may be the fiberglass patch you are seeing.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on February 25, 2016, 06:45:28 PM
Have a 13 GMC 2500. 4x4  get around 12. On the highway around 14. Hook up the job trailer about 8. Not sure if two wheel is much better but you won't find a better truck than a Chevy 2500.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77TAfromMO on February 26, 2016, 06:06:10 PM
Today I committed to building a 455 for my 1977 TA. It may be a slower build as cash will be tighter than planned. Hoping to build it to about 600hp. Big dilemma is should I sell my 72cc E heads with round ports and invest in larger cc heads or just throw in some reverse dished Pistons ?
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Post by: 77 TA man on February 26, 2016, 07:37:21 PM
t/a man, it looks like they filled in the drain hole. That may be the fiberglass patch you are seeing.
. From 3 o clock to 6 o clock the whole outer edge is fibeglass. You can see the crack marks better on the bottom.  For my B-Day I got an aluminum intake and an Eldebrock carb, that should make the 400 run real nice. 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 26, 2016, 10:06:54 PM
Thinking about giving in a buying a Mustang... *shivers*
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Post by: cal30_sniper on February 27, 2016, 09:59:24 AM
Have a 13 GMC 2500. 4x4  get around 12. On the highway around 14. Hook up the job trailer about 8. Not sure if two wheel is much better but you won't find a better truck than a Chevy 2500.

I get the same mileage out of my 86 C20 Suburban (3/4 ton 2WD). Only difference being I get 10mpg towing around 9-10k lbs. 454, tri-ys, true duals, eddy intake, quadrajet, and ram air box, with a NV4500, 3.73s, and 265/70/17s on hummer H2 rims. Only thing better than a Chevy truck is an old Chevy truck!
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Post by: 72projectbird on February 27, 2016, 10:56:34 AM
I get the same mileage out of my 86 C20 Suburban (3/4 ton 2WD). Only difference being I get 10mpg towing around 9-10k lbs. 454, tri-ys, true duals, eddy intake, quadrajet, and ram air box, with a NV4500, 3.73s, and 265/70/17s on hummer H2 rims. Only thing better than a Chevy truck is an old Chevy truck!

Amen!

Here's my 73 I'm building up:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/0925151904a_zpsmvrfa0uc.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/0925151904a_zpsmvrfa0uc.jpg.html)

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20151016_154417_zps08fz7o3t.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20151016_154417_zps08fz7o3t.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: cal30_sniper on February 27, 2016, 01:43:52 PM
I get the same mileage out of my 86 C20 Suburban (3/4 ton 2WD). Only difference being I get 10mpg towing around 9-10k lbs. 454, tri-ys, true duals, eddy intake, quadrajet, and ram air box, with a NV4500, 3.73s, and 265/70/17s on hummer H2 rims. Only thing better than a Chevy truck is an old Chevy truck!

Amen!

Here's my 73 I'm building up:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/0925151904a_zpsmvrfa0uc.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/0925151904a_zpsmvrfa0uc.jpg.html)

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/20151016_154417_zps08fz7o3t.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/20151016_154417_zps08fz7o3t.jpg.html)

The earlier squares are awesome. I'd love to do the round-eye conversion on mine someday.

Here's mine:
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/9b7ce073-f0e0-4fa0-9e00-06707980ca29_zps9bd0e832.jpg)
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/454%20suburban_zps4vkzccs0.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: gm muscle on February 27, 2016, 03:47:04 PM
I think your Suburban looks great as it is.
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Post by: 72projectbird on February 27, 2016, 04:52:36 PM

The earlier squares are awesome. I'd love to do the round-eye conversion on mine someday.

Your burb looks great as it is!

I have a buddy with a 75 Burb and they do look really good as a round eye truck.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 27, 2016, 06:34:53 PM
All I heard was 454 with a stick, that's one truck I wouldn't mind driving.  Then again my idea of an ideal truck is an El Camino. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on February 27, 2016, 07:40:25 PM
Yes sir. All my trucks are work trucks and I keep them along time. This one only has 43k on it, one before that was 01 Chevy 8.1  Allison trans. 200k still ran great just getting crusty,one before that 88 Chevy 350 auto 275k never a problem  all my trucks haul ,tow,plow. Hopefully this will be my last new truck.will be looking for 67 to72 c10 to retire with.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: restoring81t/a on February 27, 2016, 10:58:17 PM
Finished installing my PTFB solid body bushings. I stripped the passenger cage nut and had to remove the inner fender to access it and fix it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on February 27, 2016, 11:05:20 PM
Today I looked at a listing for a 2001 TA...... Couple questions:

1. other then VIN, and possibly seeing car in person, any way to tell if car is 2001 or 1999 from just pictures?
2. what would it run for the below to fix/do and what is a decent tuneup consist of?
          - Muffler is loose and rattles
          - Could use a decent tune up
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 27, 2016, 11:42:39 PM
Really no difference in '99-02 models, '98 had a one year only computer but the sail panel doesn't start bubbling on its own either.  Muffler rattling should just be a hanger or the like, that or if it's been replaced and instead of welding it they used clamps they could need readjusted and tightened.  Tune-up generally consists of spark plugs, air filter, oil and filter, etc...  Fair warning, replacing the spark plugs on a fourth gen would drive a saint to cussing.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on February 27, 2016, 11:46:50 PM
so about same as on a 95 for the tune up? pain in the ass, lol......guess I would need to have my mechanic shoot me an estimate on that. hmm, maybe I'll call the guy tomorrow...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 28, 2016, 02:14:50 AM
It's a little bit easier on the LS1 as it uses coil on plug versus the Opti-Spark distributor and plug wires that have to be routed a certain way on the LT1.  I know on LT1 cars the book says 7 or 8 hours in labour, and the LS1 might be an hour or two less but the main cause for such a long amount of time is you're really supposed to drop the exhaust and pull the starter on the passenger side in order to get to the number 8 plug.

Wait, somebody remind me why do I want a fourth gen again? :lol:
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Post by: kali_74TA on February 28, 2016, 02:47:15 AM
It's a little bit easier on the LS1 as it uses coil on plug versus the Opti-Spark distributor and plug wires that have to be routed a certain way on the LT1.  I know on LT1 cars the book says 7 or 8 hours in labour, and the LS1 might be an hour or two less but the main cause for such a long amount of time is you're really supposed to drop the exhaust and pull the starter on the passenger side in order to get to the number 8 plug.

Wait, somebody remind me why do I want a fourth gen again? :lol:

just because, that's the best answer i can give :)

btw, maybe a terrible and stupid question....but, what if you didn't replace the number 8 plug, are the other 7 easy to do? is there anything bad that could happen if you did only 7 vs 8?
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Post by: FormTA on February 28, 2016, 04:48:38 AM
I replaced the plugs on the 98 LS engine that I'm installing in my 79 TA. The plugs were burnt so bad.. The gap was huge! How and why it ran so well, I have no idea. The only downside I can see if you leave the one in is the coil pack for that plug is probably stressed and may have a shortened life trying to create a spark across the excessive gap. One of my plugs had a gap that was no longer measured by thousandths....
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on February 28, 2016, 07:30:49 AM
I haven't contributed to this thread in a while, so yesterday I...

Finally finished installing the water pump to my house's water supply.  I didn't read the instructions the first time and did it totally wrong  :(

Now I just have to pressurize the system.  That involves dragging the air hose from my garage to my basement.  That's going to be a pain in the ass, so I"ll do that after work tonight :-)
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 28, 2016, 01:20:37 PM
It's a little bit easier on the LS1 as it uses coil on plug versus the Opti-Spark distributor and plug wires that have to be routed a certain way on the LT1.  I know on LT1 cars the book says 7 or 8 hours in labour, and the LS1 might be an hour or two less but the main cause for such a long amount of time is you're really supposed to drop the exhaust and pull the starter on the passenger side in order to get to the number 8 plug.

Wait, somebody remind me why do I want a fourth gen again? :lol:

just because, that's the best answer i can give :)

btw, maybe a terrible and stupid question....but, what if you didn't replace the number 8 plug, are the other 7 easy to do? is there anything bad that could happen if you did only 7 vs 8?
It varies from person to person, if you're small and flexible you'll have a much easier time than if you're not.  You'll want to replace all the plugs, leaving the number 8 unchanged would make you one of THOSE people and it can lead to the cylinder misfiring once the plug is past usable.  It's a royal pain in the ass but if you use good platinum or iridium plugs you won't have to do it again for another 50-100K miles.  If it were me I'd spring for the Denso or NGK iridium plugs that you can get for $4.50-6.50 each off RockAuto so you won't have to change them for again for a very long time.
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Post by: 77 TA man on February 28, 2016, 03:58:16 PM
I primed a spoiler end cap, it looks pretty good for a rattle can job. I cut out the remaining pass floor pan and fitted in the replacement along with removing the heater core.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: roadking77 on February 28, 2016, 04:42:32 PM
Worked on the pass side window adjustment some more, think I got it close enough until I put the door panel on. I also took the dr. side regulator out, cleaned all the rust off, installed the new window motor, re installed and installed the door glass. As typical, this side adjustment looks really good and the door panel should only make it better. A little bit of work is better than nothing I guess.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on February 28, 2016, 05:57:22 PM
Today, I helped my brother seperate the 55 Ford and 66 Tbird. Apparently these cars don't get along with each other.


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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on February 28, 2016, 06:21:39 PM
Aren't they a little old to still be having a sibling rivalry?  That really bites, at least it seems the damage is mostly in removable parts.  Speaking of brothers and Fords I helped mine with his '70 LTD and '76 F100 today, got a new carb on the LTD and it running again and then sorted some wiring on the F100.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on February 28, 2016, 07:15:03 PM
Today I   replaced my power steering box. Was an all day job but will be safe to drive again. Spring is just around the corner. Next up is to pull the trans for a rebuild, was jumping out of 2nd letting off the gas last summer.
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Post by: Pats TA on February 28, 2016, 08:12:11 PM
   Ford5of5,  I hate Murphy's Law! I feel bad for your brother. With no tags on either car I'm sure they are not insured.   
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on February 29, 2016, 12:16:12 AM
The Tbird is registered and insured, the Victoria is not. I was told by my insurance company that in Mass the insurance company does not pay for repairs to cars of this age and would total the car; my agent stated that the salvage value is $1.00 after 20 years of age. My brother will double check with the insurance company tomorrow.

My brother was working on installing the dash, steering column and 12v conversion wiring. By silly Ford design, the 55 Vic can only be started in neutral. So, the neutral safety switch was disabled to be swapped out later for a newer unit that would start in park or neutral. The transmission is in need of a rebuild, the car/tranny needs to warm up before it can drive. What happened is that he started the car thinking it was in neutral when it was in drive. Once the tranny warmed up the Vic took off. Apparently, he forgot to hook the linkage back up. :oops:

I was in the garage grinding out welds on my 79 TA. I felt the collision more than I heard it. I was going to ignore it at first, but I didn't. I go out back and do an immediate face palm. I have no idea about availability of parts for the Tbird. The Vic is on the difficult side for many parts.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 76455sd on February 29, 2016, 04:16:06 AM
Ford5of5:  wow, that's a bad day.  They both look like nice cars.  MA auto insurance sux.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 72projectbird on February 29, 2016, 08:05:16 PM
That sucks about the 55 and 66 :( They look fixable at least,

I picked up an 81 SE T/A parts car last night.
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Post by: Ok-TA1977 on February 29, 2016, 08:07:08 PM
Sorry took so long to get theses but work and weather...
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Both rear quarters and the trunk drop offs... pretty much gone..
Also ordered all the body parts today.. hopefully it won't take long to start putting back together.
BTW labor is $40 per hour is that good or bad????? He does excellent from what I've seen. I went to his shop and seen some WIP's and photos of finished cars.
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Post by: scarebird on February 29, 2016, 09:29:05 PM
$40/hour is great if the work is good.

Finished up the cam swap on the 71; quieter and smoother.
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 01, 2016, 07:02:01 AM
$40/hour is great if the work is good.

Finished up the cam swap on the 71; quieter and smoother.
Screw college, I'm becoming a body man now, 
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Post by: scarebird on March 01, 2016, 12:08:55 PM
that is what the shop gets, you get 12/hour and all the cancer causing chemicals you can snort.
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Post by: Ok-TA1977 on March 01, 2016, 01:11:14 PM
that is what the shop gets, you get 12/hour and all the cancer causing chemicals you can snort.
Its not too bad if you wear the proper PPE.
 
$40/hour is great if the work is good.

Finished up the cam swap on the 71; quieter and smoother.
Screw college, I'm becoming a body man now, 
That was the lowest i could find, everyone else was at least $50 an hour.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 01, 2016, 01:13:16 PM
Or open your own shop and then you get the $40 an hour, but then you have to cover all the overhead and take all the risk.

Yeah $40 an hour is a pretty fair deal provided the service is good to great.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 01, 2016, 01:19:46 PM
$40/hour is great if the work is good.

Finished up the cam swap on the 71; quieter and smoother.
Screw college, I'm becoming a body man now,
Actually the thing to do would be to go to technical school and get on with a dealership as a service technician and work your way to becoming their Master Tech.  That or start as an oil change tech and show initiative and that you know cars, and you can even get the dealership to send you to school to become a service tech.  If you get in with someone like VW and you get all of their certifications you won't have to ever worry about losing your job over something trite, as VW requires all their dealerships to have at least one fully certified VW technician just in order to run a service shop.  With cars getting increasingly more difficult to service at home the demand for skilled mechanics is only going to go up.
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Post by: scarebird on March 01, 2016, 02:26:50 PM
Actually the thing to do would be to go to technical school and get on with a dealership as a service technician and work your way to becoming their Master Tech.  That or start as an oil change tech and show initiative and that you know cars, and you can even get the dealership to send you to school to become a service tech.  If you get in with someone like VW and you get all of their certifications you won't have to ever worry about losing your job over something trite, as VW requires all their dealerships to have at least one fully certified VW technician just in order to run a service shop.  With cars getting increasingly more difficult to service at home the demand for skilled mechanics is only going to go up.

not quite.

That may have worked 20 years ago but the service tech nowadays do not make the money they used to - not even close with the way billing is set up.  I have several close friends who wrench for a living and they are darn glad they are retiring soon.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 01, 2016, 02:50:20 PM
I guess it depends if you get paid by the book hours or hourly.  My uncle is a master tech for Toyota and is paid by the book hours on jobs completed and averages around $100K a year, not bad for not having gone to college.  I could understand though if you're only getting hourly pay as with on the book if you're good you can do things faster and still get paid for the listed hours, then turn around and do another ticket.  I suppose most dealers are getting away from that system for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on March 01, 2016, 03:44:33 PM
Today I got quotes to repair the T-bird. I went to 4 places and got 2 quotes from each, one for the repair with blending and a second for the repair and full paint. We already purchased a new door and fender, $550 delivered; we use Pat Wilson for T-birds parts, I can't say enough good stuff about these folks, they are simply fantastic! The first shop said 9k and wouldn't give me a quote for just the repair. They didn't want to put their name on a sub par repair and made sure to tell us they had 4 cars in the World of Wheels and that we wouldn't get the car back until June!. Next place gave me a price of 3k and 7k. Third place, 1500 and 3800. Fourth place said 1400 and 3500.

The first shop has done insurance repairs for us in the past. Body and paint wise, they do nice work. BUT with a few glaring exceptions, my Dad wanted an aftermarket grill on his truck after I rear ended a box truck. He bought one that literally bolted on top the origional with hidden fasteners. For some really odd reason they cut out the factory grill and grafted the new grill onto the old mounting flanges. I have no idea why that was done; it looked good so we never questioned it. Also, they messed up the door locks and broke the windshield wiper washer bottle and pump. Their mechanic had the balls to tell me the washer bottle and pump must have got hit in the front end collision. They weren't, the pump worked and bottle held liquid, I know because I used it and had checked the bottle when checking for leaks. Also, they left out maybe a half dozen plastic rivets. They took care of all our complaints, so we never really put up much of a fuss. Basically, for body and paint they are excellent, for anything mechanical they kinda blow. Now that we're talking about 9k, that stuff does matter.

I went to the 4th place based on the recommendation of one of my customers who uses them for his DD's and Corvettes. They do mostly insurance work and some custom stuff. The examples I've seen of their work are excellent, a '65 Vette respray and his rear ended Lexus. The shop owner said he can take the car right away and have it done in 2-3 weeks as long as there isn't another big snow storm. Funny thing is the third shop said the exact same thing. lol
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on March 01, 2016, 05:20:12 PM
I guess it depends if you get paid by the book hours or hourly.  My uncle is a master tech for Toyota and is paid by the book hours on jobs completed and averages around $100K a year, not bad for not having gone to college.  I could understand though if you're only getting hourly pay as with on the book if you're good you can do things faster and still get paid for the listed hours, then turn around and do another ticket. I suppose most dealers are getting away from that system for obvious reasons.

They are, hence why gigs like your uncle's are vanishing.  Another consideration is the work is very hard on your body.

Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 01, 2016, 10:02:15 PM
He actually had to have back surgery not that long ago as he's been doing it for over twenty years now.  I was looking into following his footsteps about six years ago and the dealership was still hiring on book pay, but that's quite some time for things not to change I guess.  I would say go into nursing since last I recall there was still a shortage, but it's a demanding job and stressful in its own way.  Eh time to fall back on an old adage, "If you find a job you love you'll never have to work a day in your life".

Today I found a car I want to buy and called this afternoon and presumably it was his wife that answered and said he was at the store and to call an hour or two later.  So that's what I did and apparently was out with the grandkid at that time.  Gave her my number and asked for him to call when he could and judging by the time it's not happening today.  Hopefully get a call back tomorrow, I don't want to have to call constantly and look like some kind of crazy person just to get ahold of him.
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 01, 2016, 10:27:44 PM
Today I finished grinding out the welds on my driver's side repair patch. I used part of the lower patch panel from Ames to get rid of an area of the fender that had rusted from the inside out. The patch was shoddy, as noted in the Ames catalog. It was a good source of sheet metal, but everything had to be reshaped on it, and the attachment tabs and fenderwell edge had to be formed from sheetmetal separately and welded on. I'd say it's not too bad for my first time every welding sheet metal. Patch was butt welded in.

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And, after that, I finished stripping the fender. I used a DA sander with 80 grit pads, and a variable speed angle grinder with strip wheels to get the smooth areas down to bare metal. I used my media blaster to get all the places I couldn't get to with the strip it discs, including the inside of the fender. I also used my stud welder and stud buddy to pull out the various dents and creases that I could find. I left the inner bracings separate and blasted them as well. I'll put a couple of coats of epoxy primer on everything, and then weld the braces back in.

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I got the skin of the other fender stripped, but it still needs to be blasted. Hopefully I can finish that up tomorrow and be ready for paint.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 03, 2016, 08:51:55 PM
Today I...  Only went to job number one for a change.  Got home, filed my taxes, changed the oil on my fathers HHR, diagnosed a bad water pump on the womans Jeep, and fixed an ABS sensor on my Camry. 

Finally had dinner around 9 and I actually have OFF tomorrow!! 
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on March 03, 2016, 09:52:58 PM
Fabbed up a neat little tool to pull the Pitman arm.  Essentially took a piece of 3/8 thick 4" round steel disc, drilled a pair of holes and milled a 1-1/2" slot to slide around the arm, then slid in a pair of 7/16 bolts, hooked into the gear puller and away it went.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: solargold on March 05, 2016, 11:22:33 AM
Picked up a set of 8 inch snowflakes completely refinished with a new set of 225/70/15 tires, never mounted
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on March 05, 2016, 05:03:21 PM
Today I...Rescued a pair of 1988 F-Body T-Tops out of a guys yard in good condition for $25. I plan to resell them soon.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 05, 2016, 06:54:07 PM
Tomorrow I'm going to look at a '96 Formula hardtop with the 6-speed.  It's exactly how I'd want one and looks to be all original in good shape, I'm so excited I probably won't be able sleep(then again what's new there).  Hopefully it's everything I've dreamed of.  Hopefully I won't be giddy like a schoolgirl, but I'm not making any promises.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: scarebird on March 05, 2016, 08:05:42 PM
According to the local weather guys it was supposed to be a crappy weekend weatherwise (we have had the wettest winter ever here in Seattle...).  It was clear with an occasional cloud this morning so I taunted the rain gods further by washing the Lemans.    Motored up to visit another righteous Pontiac brother, enjoying the reinstalled 2801 cam.  Don was considering a 2802 so let him drive the KRE-headed 440 as a baseline (his is a 67 'Bird with a 462 and KRE's).  Met daughter and had lunch and the Lemans growled her way home.
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 05, 2016, 10:33:28 PM
Finally finished stripping/media blasting the front fenders, and got two coats of SPI red epoxy on them. Came out pretty nice. Next step is to weld the inner braces back in, add the skim of filler I need to smooth it all out, and seal it with epoxy again. Then I'll spray my high build and do the base coat/ clear coat on the edges that will be covered up for final paint.

Unless I find something else hiding somewhere, I can now proudly say my car is 100% rust free. The scale between the inner braces and the outer skins should have been the last rust that was anywhere to be found. Most of it cleaned up very nice after blasting, and I replaced the one scaly part with a fresh patch of sheet metal.

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Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 06, 2016, 08:55:20 AM
Going to see the Formula, wooo.  Will update with results later, hopefully it involves pictures.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: TA6.6Liter on March 06, 2016, 10:00:46 AM
Cleaned the remaining interior dash plastic; glove box, vents, kick panels and rear seat side panels.  Next step is to paint and clear.
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Post by: Casey on March 06, 2016, 06:42:51 PM
Today this happened:
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Two owner 118k miles and all stock. :D
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Post by: 76455sd on March 06, 2016, 07:54:33 PM
based on the change to your signature line....Congrats and I hope you have good luck with it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on March 06, 2016, 08:06:30 PM
Thanks!  It's kind of surreal after wanting one for years now and never finding one close enough, the fact it's exactly what I wanted makes it even better.  Drove and rode well on the 90 mile trip home, it's the happiest I've been in some time.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on March 07, 2016, 05:23:09 AM
Thanks!  It's kind of surreal after wanting one for years now and never finding one close enough, the fact it's exactly what I wanted makes it even better.  Drove and rode well on the 90 mile trip home, it's the happiest I've been in some time.


congrats on the find! I would love to drive one of those for daily transport, but with the gas prices around here it is not possible for me to do that.. unless I wan't to spend all of my paycheck on my commute..
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Post by: kali_74TA on March 07, 2016, 07:48:22 AM
Congratz on the find and purchase Box :)
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Post by: Mumbles on March 07, 2016, 08:16:45 AM
Bad@$$ ride Box!  Hardtop Formula with 6 Speed and Cloth Interior. Perfect!  Congrats man.  :cool:
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Post by: Casey on March 07, 2016, 11:32:09 AM
Thanks everyone!  Can't give an official statement as I've not driven it enough, but it seems to get the 26 mpg highway on the sticker sheet if not a little better even.  What's weird is going down the road at 55 mph in sixth gear barely above idle. :P  Also yes it is perfect for me as a hardtop 6-speed Formula in black was my dream combination, honestly I still can't believe it happened.
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Post by: Mumbles on March 07, 2016, 12:46:18 PM
Thanks everyone!  Can't give an official statement as I've not driven it enough, but it seems to get the 26 mpg highway on the sticker sheet if not a little better even.  What's weird is going down the road at 55 mph in sixth gear barely above idle. :P  Also yes it is perfect for me as a hardtop 6-speed Formula in black was my dream combination, honestly I still can't believe it happened.

I never use 6th Gear on anything other than Interstate or above 70mph when driving either of my 4th Gens.  Any 2 lane Highway I just leave it in 5th.  I've never tested to see if I loose any MPG, but I would imagine its minimal if anything.
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Post by: roadking77 on March 07, 2016, 01:39:18 PM
Congrats on the car Box, my sister has one of those sitting in the barn behind her house. Only hers is dark green with leather. She bought it new, now it just sits there collecting dust!
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Post by: Casey on March 07, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
When I first started on the way home I was using fifth but I was like I wonder, so I dropped into sixth and surprisingly it'd still gain speed pretty decently without fuss even at that low of an engine speed.  Yay torque! :P  I will say it's weird, in a good way, having a V8 with a stick shift.  I'm so used to V8's always having an auto behind them, and only having a stick on I4's.

Thanks, and that's a shame it's just sitting.  My mom had a '95 that was dark green metallic, but had tan cloth if memory serves me correctly but it could've been leather.  I'll have to wash it sometime this week or weekend and get some better pictures of it.  After an 180 mile round trip I was like, "These will suffice". :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on March 07, 2016, 04:03:03 PM
Today I, well last night around 11, was diagnosed with meningitis! I'm going to become a complete shut-in. All you people are diseased! :grin:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 08, 2016, 06:26:31 AM
Today I, well last night around 11, was diagnosed with meningitis! I'm going to become a complete shut-in. All you people are diseased! :grin:

Treatable I hope?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Ford5of5 on March 08, 2016, 10:02:43 AM
Returned to the Doc and he downgraded it pneumonia after testing came back. I got a bunch of antibiotics and inhalers.
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Post by: pancho400cid on March 08, 2016, 11:36:31 AM
Box:

Nice car! Congrats


Ford5of5:

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downgraded it pneumonia

Well.... you KNOW you're sick if what you have gets "downgraded to pneumonia".

Hopefully I'm preaching to the choir, but take pneumonia very seriously, and regard fighting it as an "all in" effort.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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Post by: Casey on March 08, 2016, 01:43:22 PM
Thanks!

Also it is pretty bad when you're like, "Woo close call, thankfully it's ONLY pneumonia." :shock:  Get better soon!
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Post by: Ford5of5 on March 08, 2016, 07:48:49 PM
Meningitis was diagnosed at hospital, partly because I mentioned I was having back pain but that's because I ruptured a few discs some years back. When I saw my primary Doc he said no. This is the first time I was ever delirious due to body temperature. I turned 40 last November, so it's time to start taking care of myself. In my youth I was rarely ever sick and even then only for a day or 2. It seems like the last few years I've got bronchitis and now pneumonia. Thanks for well wishes and right back at ya.
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Post by: Jack on March 08, 2016, 08:02:43 PM
40 is old? then I should have thrown in the towel long ago :lol: take care of yourself Mr. Ford.
and congrats Box.
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Post by: Casey on March 08, 2016, 09:16:20 PM
These days 40 isn't that old, heck even 60 isn't really all that old when you think about it.  Also thanks Jack.

My brother(one with the car lot behind the bird :lol:) is already pushing for me to do mods like exhaust and such to it, but I'd kind of feel bad about changing anything on it since it is so hard to find one that's all original.
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Post by: Casey on March 09, 2016, 07:25:13 PM
Went through the glove box today and found the owner's manual and roadside assistance pamphlet along the build sheet and window sticker. 8)
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Post by: Casey on March 09, 2016, 11:03:46 PM
If you're getting run ragged I'd think about giving it up if you can make it halfway work financially.  It sounds like all you do is work and get a little sleep, that's no way to live.  Perhaps can find something else to make money on the side that's more conducive to your life.
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Post by: roadking77 on March 10, 2016, 05:44:44 PM
I will change the tone of the present convo. Today I took my engine to the speed shop :grin: I told him I wanted the car on the road by this coming fall, he said he would have the motor in by late spring :shock: Lets hope this isn't another one of those promises falling short story.
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Post by: Casey on March 10, 2016, 06:11:11 PM
Speaking of tone, I'm having a hard time figuring out which muffler I want to go with.  Searching online does nothing but give conflicting viewpoints.  That and most do headers with cat deletes so that impacts how the muffler performs, and I'm not about to remove the cats and such.  From everything I've seen so far if you're just replacing the muffler go with a straight through like MagnaFlow.

Hopefully they can get it done by then or early Summer at worst.

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Post by: Pats TA on March 10, 2016, 08:16:47 PM
went to elementary school for grandparents day. We spent $160+ on books at the book fair, and learned about Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman). Got our picture taken with our grandchildren. We even had the schools hot lunch special for $3.75. Back when I was in school lunch was only $.25 and was hot not cold, LOL.

 I had a great time. 
   
 I was surprised that they still say the Pledge of Allegiance, after talks over the years of removing it from their curriculum.
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Post by: mark369 on March 11, 2016, 10:16:48 AM
I looked through parts to find needed ones.   It is easy to tell which parts I took off a car and those I got from someone else.   Mine have the nut on a stud or other needed parts attached. ones I bought have cut off lines & wires.   Really would it be that hard to unplug a electric connection on a steering shaft. 

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Post by: roadking77 on March 11, 2016, 12:45:06 PM
Not sure Jack, place smelled like grease and all the guys running around were about 3ft tall, green, and had huge forheads. I don't think they were aliens, but I didn't ask.
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Post by: Casey on March 12, 2016, 02:02:52 PM
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Not bad for just a wash&wax with Griot's.  In typical fashion it started raining after washing it, so I said screw it and took pictures anyway.  Also yes, I know a need a bigger sun shade.
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Post by: gm muscle on March 12, 2016, 04:03:38 PM
Congratulations on the score, Box! I test-drove a '96 Camaro SS, 6sp and it was a blast to drive! I have plenty of respect for what an LT1 can do. There was a guy I knew in college, whose father bought him a '97 Camaro SS, 30th Anniversary with the LT4. He said he could spank LS1 F-body cars until '01!

Yeah, his dad was loaded and I didn't understand the significance of them until years later. Shoot, you couldn't even get them through the GM dealer!  :shock:
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Post by: Casey on March 12, 2016, 06:13:08 PM
Thanks!  It really is fun to drive with the 6-speed. 8-)  The LT1 is a good motor Opti-Spark quirks aside, and to an extent I like it more than the LS motors mostly due to the low end grunt and classic muscle car exhaust note.  Not that I don't like the LS motors or that they sound bad or anything, it's just not quite the same.
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Post by: gm muscle on March 12, 2016, 07:00:20 PM
If you're interested, there is a company called EFI Connection that has a solution for the quirks of the optispark. They use LS-style ignition, where you have one coil per cylinder....eliminating the distributor. Its pricey though.
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Post by: Mumbles on March 12, 2016, 07:08:29 PM
Box, that car just screams, "Clean Slate!".   :D

By that I mean if it were my car I'd be contemplating what Wheels/Tires to add, Headers & Aftermarket Catback, and, as any Black Car should have, Windows Tinted black as night.   8-)
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Post by: Casey on March 12, 2016, 09:45:14 PM
I remember seeing that company before I think.  Seems like the revised Opti is fairly solid though, maybe if it were the earlier version I'd be more concerned.  So long as it performs as intended I'm perfectly fine with it.

I've been contemplating if I want to go up to 17's or stay with the 16's on it but get them painted black.  Then if I go 17's do I want Corvette rims, WS6/SS rims, aftermarket rims like the Year One snowflakes, etc...  After thinking on the exhaust I'll either go with the MagnaFlow direct replacement or use a small Y-pipe and put a small MagnaPack behind each tip.  Would do headers, but I don't think there's any that retain the factory cats so it would be an expensive venture getting two new performance cats and running true duals all the way out to the back.  I will be tinting the windows though, if I ever think to bring it up at the doctor she can sign the papers for a tint waiver which I genuinely need being my eyes are as sensitive as they are to light.  Even then I'd probably run 20% as any darker it can be difficult to see out at night.
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Post by: Mumbles on March 12, 2016, 11:03:30 PM
I will be tinting the windows though, if I ever think to bring it up at the doctor she can sign the papers for a tint waiver which I genuinely need being my eyes are as sensitive as they are to light.  Even then I'd probably run 20% as any darker it can be difficult to see out at night.

20% is definitely the way to go.  That's what I have on my 1999 Formula.  Told the gentleman who did it for me to match the T-tops and he chose 20%.  Freakin' spot on, man.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 13, 2016, 05:54:06 AM
Nice ride, Box.  Real nice.

I've always wondered if that Griots is any good (we sell it at AZ).  I guess I have my answer.

BTW, I'd gladly own another 5-speed.
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Post by: 70TA Tony on March 13, 2016, 07:09:50 AM
40 is old? then I should have thrown in the towel long ago :lol: take care of yourself Mr. Ford.
and congrats Box.
ME Too! 
These days 40 isn't that old, heck even 60 isn't really all that old when you think about it. 
As we get older its amazing how we think that age group is now the new something age from our past.
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Post by: kentucky yeti on March 13, 2016, 08:53:35 AM
Today I-  cleaned up a whole lot of posts in this thread.  Guys, we are better than this; that is a major reason we don't have a political section.  No comments and no replies are necessary.  Let's just move along...
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Post by: nas t eh on March 13, 2016, 09:45:05 AM
Now that the thread is freshly washed,

The weather has been great here, So Thursday, I pulled the Trans Am out of the garage and washed off 8 months of dust and neglect. I also spent the last 3 days on a number of small and medium jobs on the car. Getting back at it has been quite a relief for me.

(http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx104/karzrus/IMG_0736.jpg)

While I haven't got a lot to show, I think I'll have to get some more progress pictures posted in my resto thread.
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Post by: Casey on March 13, 2016, 11:41:50 AM
Nice ride, Box.  Real nice.

I've always wondered if that Griots is any good (we sell it at AZ).  I guess I have my answer.

BTW, I'd gladly own another 5-speed.
Thanks.  The Griot's is pretty good stuff, but we generally buy it when it's on sale at our local Advance since full price is kind of hefty.  I love having a manual, so much fun and I don't have to worry about it.  Plus it shuts the import guys up when they can't give you slack about having an automatic. :lol:
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Post by: rkellerjr on March 13, 2016, 01:51:44 PM
This weekend I figured out the problem whit my drivers side window not going up, a wire became disconnected in the door. Fixed the wire and moved it so the window doesn't put stress on it, which caused the problem.

Removed my drivers seat and using a donor seat I fixed the "mesh" so that I no longer have that awful lean to the left these seats are so famous for. Nice to be sitting up and straight since I've owned the car.

Still have the overheating problem. This is very frustrating.
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Post by: MD79TA on March 13, 2016, 02:18:15 PM
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
Where was this?  Think I've been there...
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Post by: 79merlin on March 13, 2016, 04:37:53 PM
Found and repaired a fuel leak. Turns out my fuel pump return hose had a small cut. I probably caused the damage when I was wire wheeling in the front end a few months ago. Resolved that and removed the AC compressor and accumulator. They were not hooked up, and were just extra weight for me to haul around. Engine bay looks so much nicer without the big ole honking AC compressor in there, however it would be worth it if the AC worked (at least in Houston it would).

Next up is adding a switch to the derale fan controller and getting fenders / hood all aligned so I can get her back on the road.

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Post by: Casey on March 13, 2016, 07:22:09 PM
It's always worth having A/C, I've not turned mine off since I got it. :lol:
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Post by: gm muscle on March 14, 2016, 12:16:41 PM
How would you not want AC in your car if you lived in Houston?   :lol:
As soon as I can afford the repair, I'll have the condenser repaired and then charged.
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 14, 2016, 08:47:14 PM
Today I did more spoiler work. Got most of the bad scratches and chips out of the center piece and got the other spoiler cap sprayed in 2 coats of rattle can primer to fill in the scratches and chips so hopefully I can get that painted soon. I'm not looking forward to sanding down the nose cone and it's 5 layers of old paint.
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Post by: 79merlin on March 15, 2016, 05:49:26 AM
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

Of course it was 90  degrees here yesterday. To help you make your point.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 15, 2016, 07:35:10 AM
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

Of course it was 90  degrees here yesterday. To help you make your point.

That is exactly my dilemma.  For originality (since I have all the original A/C parts), I'd love to set it up just for show purposes.  Then, if it's feasible, make it functional.

However, for performance and weight reduction, removing it all is much easier.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on March 15, 2016, 10:54:17 AM
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

I would prefer the old AC for purposes only of the stock look.  However, when I upgraded to roller rockers and needed taller valve covers, that preference became complicated as the original AC set up does not clear the valve covers.  Going aftermarket seems the better option.  Even then, the chance of not getting it linked up to the factory controls gives me pause.  I've heard that it can be done on a case-by-case, but no off the shelf solution.
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Post by: scarebird on March 15, 2016, 04:19:35 PM
A dozen years ago I had an AC license - that said it does not mean too much as I have forgotten most of the stuff I learned.  But one thing I do remember is that R12 (Freon) is a superior refrigerant to R134a per pound heat transferred.  What this means is that the old original R12 setups will cool you car better.  I did not think I would use the AC in my TA and tossed it.

Mistake.

I did end up running Vintage Air.  Some of the stuff was very good, other stuff like the mounting brackets and ducting were a joke compared to the stock stuff.  The VA setup has NO provision for mixing fresh air and takes up a hell of a lot of room behind the dash.

Were I to do it again I would have kept the stock AC stuff, repaired the controls and handed the AC shop the jack to make it work correctly.

$0.02


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Post by: Casey on March 15, 2016, 05:42:05 PM
I'd say factory A/C too if possible since then everything is off the shelf and there's plenty of troubleshooting procedures and helpful information if things get wonky.  The only car I've been in with a working R12 system was my father's 10th Anniversary T/A and even though it blew cold it didn't blow very hard.  He even went through the trouble of sealing all the gaps in the ducting to help.

Oh ye almost forgot.  Bought a radio kit and some other small stuff like wiper blades and filters for the Firebird.
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Post by: gm muscle on March 15, 2016, 08:59:11 PM
I am determined on keeping my T/A and Iroc-Z's AC systems with R-12. I regretted converting my Monte SS to 134.
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Post by: 79merlin on March 16, 2016, 07:09:50 AM
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 16, 2016, 07:44:05 AM
Yesterday I...

Had to contact TSR Racing to see where the Hell my transmission parts are.  They had supposedly shipped Monday of last week and I still haven't see them. 

Grrrr FedEx did deliver, they just hid the parts in a side door that I never check.  I've mentioned several times in my restoration thread how much I hate FedEx.  Not only because they charge ridiculous amount of money for shipping, but also because they are sooooooo slow!!

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Post by: Casey on March 16, 2016, 12:20:53 PM
Meh, better than United Parcel Smashers.
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Post by: scarebird on March 16, 2016, 12:55:33 PM
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...

They do make brackets to mount compressors that use R12 and mount them on LS motors - and adaptor hoses are no big thing...
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Post by: nas t eh on March 16, 2016, 04:41:37 PM
Meh, better than United Parcel Smashers.

Mid. Nov 2014, I ordered an Ipad for Christmas. Apple shipped UPS the next day. Over the course of a few weeks I watched the tracking on it as it slowly crossed the US and into Canada. By Dec. 21 it had finally arrived in my towns UPS distribution center and was send "out for Delivery" the next day. Over those few weeks I had called a few times to see why it was taking so long and each time was told "it's coming".

On Dec 28-9? it still hadn't arrived and tracking still said "out for delivery" I called again and was told "my you've waited a long time for it, it must be lost, as it hadn't had any new tracking on it for more than a week". I was then told to have Apple put in a claim. I did and Apple sent another IPad the next day, by Fed-Ex this time, I asked Apple what I should do if both Ipads show up? They said "do what ever you want with them"?

About 10-12 days later the second Ipad arrived. I looked up the first Ipad and UPS still showed it "out for delivery" so I called them just to see if they had figured it out what happened. They said since there was still a tracking #, we could change the delivery instructions to hold it in the warehouse for the next day pick up and I could pick it up. I said sure lets try that, the next day I had two IPads for the price of one, a nice outcome except for the 2 month delivery.
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Post by: Pats TA on March 16, 2016, 07:03:04 PM
^^^^^^ I guess that was worth the wait.^^^^^^ 
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Post by: gm muscle on March 16, 2016, 10:16:59 PM
but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain.



That's exactly what I did with my '87 Monte SS.  I went with an LS drivetrain and have a Sanden compressor, so I will stay with 134. I bought a new condenser, accumulator,  o-tube (will have the dryer flushed) and will have an AC shop fabricate some hoses.
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Post by: 79merlin on March 17, 2016, 05:35:05 AM
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They do make brackets to mount compressors that use R12 and mount them on LS motors - and adaptor hoses are no big thing...

 That is good to know. Thank you for the insight.

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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 17, 2016, 07:46:38 AM
Today I...  woke up @ 5 AM for work - at home, in my own bed - and had no idea where I was for a moment.  Yes that's how tired I was after a shot of Nyquil to help with a constant cough, 4 hours of sleep, and a 14 hours shift that same day. 

Can't keep doing this.  Something has to give...
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 17, 2016, 08:02:12 AM
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...

I have converted several of my older GMs over to Sanden compressors. Rather than custom hose fittings, I always change the backpad out on the Sanden compressor to match the factory hoses. I have done that on several SBC and BBC engines now. You can buy new factory lines with the lining for R134, and they will bolt right up to the new backpad on the Sanden compressor. I highly recommend upgrading to a parallel flow condensor while you're at it. Most people that have AC problems after changing from R12 to R134 are still trying to use the original condensor. The evaporator is fine for r134, but condensors have gotten a lot better since the 70s.

I'm running the factory dual AC system on my Suburban off of a Sanden 7H15 compressor with a GV head bolted up to the 454 using Vintage Air brackets with a new parallel flow condenser and all new lines. It will put you out of the truck on high.
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Post by: kali_74TA on March 17, 2016, 04:08:33 PM
today came across this listing, just one too many zeros in the title, lol....

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5494694543.html
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 18, 2016, 06:46:10 AM
today came across this listing, just one too many zeros in the title, lol....

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5494694543.html

That's what my 76 factory color scheme was.  Love the interior but can't stand silver. 

Today I..  woke up with a splitting headache (this is becoming the norm).  But on the bright side, I'm OFF today  :grin:  May get some more transmission work in today.
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Post by: Casey on March 18, 2016, 05:27:03 PM
Changed out the PCV valve and grommet, then popped in a new driver side window switch.  Also spliced together the radio harness adapter so that'll be ready for putting in my stereo, will change out the hatch struts tomorrow as well.
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 18, 2016, 08:13:31 PM
Sprayed the first color on the Formula. I got the front fender jams done. Two coats of PPG Deltron DBC Buccaneer Red. I did the engine bay surface of the front fenders, along with the wheel well edge, edge where it meets the front bumper, and the surface at the rear that forms the front edge of the door jam.

Pictures don't do the color justice. It looks amazing. I'm planning to lay two coats of SPI clear over it tomorrow.

(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/1491367_10154060635068833_8148735299595146698_o_zpsb0g5m0pc.jpg)
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Post by: scarebird on March 19, 2016, 12:08:15 AM
Took my daughter to a hockey game (Everett Silvertips).  Bought a pair of season tix from a scalper right behind the goal, 1st row.  Near the end of the 1st period a rink helper asked if we were season ticket holders (well, we WERE holding a pair...) and my daughter did a intermission contest - she won a FitBit.

Guy to here right won a Galaxy 6.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfl1/t31.0-8/1933337_10153710881779580_8240667738030276418_o.jpg)

I got yelled at for beating on the glass to startle opposing players (well, duh...)   :lol:  Good thing the ushers don't work Philly games.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 19, 2016, 04:32:41 AM
Changed out the PCV valve and grommet, then popped in a new driver side window switch.  Also spliced together the radio harness adapter so that'll be ready for putting in my stereo, will change out the hatch struts tomorrow as well.

Having problems with the new bird already?
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on March 19, 2016, 12:51:34 PM
Could wait no longer.  Pulled all the dryer sheets out of my 98.  Removed the trickle charger.  It started right up and I drove slow and easy around the block a couple of times.  Back in the garage and covered.  Will have to wait for the real driving when the full insurance reinstates in a couple of weeks.
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Post by: Casey on March 19, 2016, 01:29:11 PM
Not really so much problems but small things that needed addressed.  I always change the PCV out when I buy a car since a failed valve can cause pressure to build up and blow out gaskets and seals, though the original one was still useable.  The driver window switch the button for the passenger side had broken from its pivot point and a new switch was only $10 shipped, the hatch struts are blown and holding it open with my head got old real quick, then the factory radio the display is dead but I had planned on putting my stereo in anyway.  The rest will be fun stuff like exhaust, but I'm waiting on MagnaFlow to get make more of the mufflers I want to use.
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Post by: 72projectbird on March 19, 2016, 04:47:06 PM
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
Where was this?  Think I've been there...

Damons Junk in E.Bridgewater

I dealt with the owner and he seemed like a really cool guy. Really old school. He's been there his whole life.
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Post by: mark369 on March 19, 2016, 07:19:10 PM
ordered rivnuts for the front swaybar.  this will be fun. get to make a tool.
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Post by: Casey on March 19, 2016, 08:01:41 PM
Got the stereo in, so wooooo.
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Post by: gm muscle on March 19, 2016, 08:26:49 PM
Any pics?
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Post by: Casey on March 19, 2016, 09:16:09 PM
After I finished getting it in I went to visit my grandmother for awhile so I forgot to snap a picture, I was about to go out and finish setting up the EQ and etc...  Can get a picture then.
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Post by: Casey on March 20, 2016, 12:52:17 AM
Good night time pic, will have to get a daytime one later when doing the hatch struts.
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160320_003840_zpsywgkproh.jpg)
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Post by: Pats TA on March 20, 2016, 09:40:37 AM
Looks cool at night. Do the radio controls on the steering wheel still function with the new stereo?
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Post by: 72projectbird on March 20, 2016, 11:48:21 AM
I love the red lighting on the 4th gens. That was one of my favorite things on my WS6.
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Post by: Casey on March 20, 2016, 12:28:54 PM
At the moment the steering wheel controls aren't working with it, but if I find a GM to Sony adapter they'll work again.  It's not too hard to to pop the radio back out to do such thankfully.

I always thought the red lighting was cool too, it's one of the more detailed memories of my mom's '95 T/A when I was a kid.  The stereo I put in has a custom colour function, tried to get it as close as possible.
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Post by: mark369 on March 20, 2016, 03:30:48 PM
 Spent the day with "Murphy"

 I drilled out a broken hinge bolt, Broke the easy out off in it. Broke 3 drill bits and half the tip on needle nose pliers. But got it all out with usable threads left.

  Then I took out 3 bolts from the spinning rivnuts on the front sway bar.   Ground the edge on one side and put a weld bead so nut does not spin anymore.   

 Darn tired. Did not put parts back on. 
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on March 20, 2016, 03:57:08 PM
Cleaned the interior plastic panels and put on a coat of SEM Landeau Black.  Loosk nice.  Starting repairs on the headlinder now.
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Post by: Casey on March 20, 2016, 06:37:00 PM
Washed it and reset the hood gap as it was off somewhat and bothering me, also put on new wiper blades so I can see in the rain again.  Also snapped a pic of the radio while I was thinking about it.  It's purple with the lights off but as soon as the gauges etc... light up with the sidemarkers it goes red, pretty nifty feature.
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160320_143012_zpssni5tlqy.jpg)
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 20, 2016, 08:05:48 PM
Today my restoration became a frame off restoration...
(http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz200/cal30_sniper/12440578_10154066232928833_2685690278117814249_o_zpsbs7ykbdj.jpg)

Hoping to get it and the control arms off to the powdercoaters this week.

All of this work has me really questioning my decision to go back with the factory springs. I'm thinking something from PTFB might fit the bill, but I can't make up my mind.
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Post by: Casey on March 20, 2016, 08:54:10 PM
Unless you're wanting to keep it all original I wouldn't see why not on upgrading the suspension.
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Post by: cal30_sniper on March 20, 2016, 09:16:08 PM
Unless you're wanting to keep it all original I wouldn't see why not on upgrading the suspension.

I've already committed to C5 brakes up front and LS1 brakes in the rear, C5 master cylinder/booster conversion, and del-a-lum bushings all around with solid body bushings. My car came with the T/A suspension option, so it has the bigger springs and swaybars already, but I think the PTFB stuff might be a step in the right direction. I'm just not sure how harsh it will make the ride. I'm planning on 17x9 Honeycombs with 255/50/17 rubber, so it won't be as harsh as the 275/40/17 stuff, but I still don't want it knocking out my teeth. I ran Hotchkis springs on my '88 GTA, and they were about as stiff as I'd ever want to have on a street car.
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Post by: scarebird on March 20, 2016, 11:07:09 PM
"upgraded" does not always mean better - as you say too stiff a spring makes and unpleasant ride.  I like the Herb Adams approach: softer springs and thicker bars.
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Post by: 72projectbird on March 21, 2016, 12:52:32 PM
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg.html)
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Post by: roadking77 on March 21, 2016, 01:11:27 PM
Those are pretty ugly, I don't know much about motors but aren't those supposed to be straight!!!
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Post by: MD79TA on March 21, 2016, 01:13:26 PM
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
Where was this?  Think I've been there...

Damons Junk in E.Bridgewater

I dealt with the owner and he seemed like a really cool guy. Really old school. He's been there his whole life.
I bought a truck bumper from him a few months ago,  Wes I believe his name is.
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Post by: Casey on March 21, 2016, 01:44:48 PM
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg.html)
Maybe it belonged to a psychic at one point? :lol:
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Post by: 72projectbird on March 21, 2016, 02:10:25 PM
I bought a truck bumper from him a few months ago,  Wes I believe his name is.

Correct! I forgot his name.
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Post by: mz-formula on March 21, 2016, 02:29:51 PM
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:

(http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/73Camaro_photo/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg) (http://s145.photobucket.com/user/73Camaro_photo/media/Pushrods%20bro_zpstdvwvf5j.jpg.html)


that's an expensive way to make tent stakes, but .... it will work
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 21, 2016, 08:19:03 PM
Washed it and reset the hood gap as it was off somewhat and bothering me, also put on new wiper blades so I can see in the rain again.  Also snapped a pic of the radio while I was thinking about it.  It's purple with the lights off but as soon as the gauges etc... light up with the sidemarkers it goes red, pretty nifty feature.
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160320_143012_zpssni5tlqy.jpg)

Those HVAC controls look exactly like what I had in my 2001 Pontiac Sunfire.  Want a cool mod?  Peel the gray covers off and you will have clear HVAC knobs.  They will light up with whatever color bulb is in the dash.

Did that, and many other "all show no go" mods to that old Sunfire.  It was a definite chick magnet back in the day  :-D  :cool:
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 24, 2016, 11:47:38 AM
Today I got the other spoiler cap painted...the center spoiler section is going to kill me I think. Hand sanding 5 layers of paint with 180grit isnt fun. Especially since I dont want to use filler on the rock chips/scratches so its paint, sand down and repeat until the most of the imperfections are filled with paint and flush with the surface.
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Post by: Casey on March 24, 2016, 12:31:32 PM
Those HVAC controls look exactly like what I had in my 2001 Pontiac Sunfire.  Want a cool mod?  Peel the gray covers off and you will have clear HVAC knobs.  They will light up with whatever color bulb is in the dash.

Did that, and many other "all show no go" mods to that old Sunfire.  It was a definite chick magnet back in the day  :-D  :cool:
Thanks I might just do that, at the moment they're kind of grungy looking which is weird and bothersome since the rest of the interior is in such good shape.
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Post by: kali_74TA on March 24, 2016, 09:47:41 PM
Today I... spoke to the owner of a 2000 WS6 6 Speed Manual TA, maybe will go look at tomorrow. Here is link to the thread where I also have a couple questions while showing the on-line listing for the car: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=73818.new#new
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Post by: Casey on March 24, 2016, 09:54:06 PM
Programmed a remote for it my father still had from his Z28.  For the first time ever I won't have to grasp at the door at night to find the lock and guide the key in, or I won't have to fumble with keys when it's raining or my arms are full.  Wooo!
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Post by: kali_74TA on March 24, 2016, 10:04:58 PM
Box, nice on the remote - for sure a great thing to have, gratz!

BTW, check out my on-line listing, am sure you will have some input and can help with some of the questions!!! :)
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Post by: Casey on March 26, 2016, 03:40:49 PM
Changed out the hatch struts finally, that and used my Meguiar's air freshener I had gotten for it.
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Post by: Raptor on March 26, 2016, 03:49:47 PM
Gave a good pressure wash to my '89 parts car that's been sitting outside for the past few years. It hasn't got much worse than how it was back in 2010. I'm seriously considering rebuilding it, despite its missing parts. Gotta have to find a good source of parts not too far. It needs a door, a front fender some front end parts, many interior parts...and an engine. It has some rust but nothing very serious. The carpet got the same treatment, it's in decent condition.
We will modify an old building of the farm to make a basic storage garage. Way more room in there than we'll ever need. It's got a concrete floor already.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on March 26, 2016, 07:31:01 PM
The 98 is officially out of winter storage.  Oil change, tire rotation and a few miles in the seat.  Chatted with the service guy that commented he was pleased to see a car was so well cared for.  Met a guy at the bank that commented on the car and asked if it was a 6 speed.  Yes, it is.  He asked, 'Have you been to the TA Nationals?" Then proceeded to put up his sweatshirt to reveal a 2014 Participant shirt... Yes, I was there with my 98.  Insanely small world.  A good day.
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on March 26, 2016, 07:46:03 PM
Got my 4 speed back in, been sitting next to my car for a week after I got it back from rebuild, if I can get out  in the morning to finish bolting up maby an Easter ride????  Anyway happy Easter to all!
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Post by: FormTA on March 27, 2016, 05:25:27 AM
Ballpark price on the 4 speed rebuild?
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on March 27, 2016, 05:50:01 AM
Bearing Kit.....Gasket&seal kit...small parts kit...1-2 sincro drum assembly    $614.80   parts and labor
He showed me all old and new parts, the 1-2 thing was some kind of spring thing that was why it started jumping out of 2nd on deceleration. Heading out to shop now to start bolting everthing back up. Still have a couple small items to address after that before I take it down from winter cribbing.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 27, 2016, 05:55:02 AM
Bearing Kit.....Gasket&seal kit...small parts kit...1-2 sincro drum assembly    $614.80   parts and labor
He showed me all old and new parts, the 1-2 thing was some kind of spring thing that was why it started jumping out of 2nd on deceleration. Heading out to shop now to start bolting everthing back up. Still have a couple small items to address after that before I take it down from winter cribbing.

That's actually pretty FRIKKIN cheap.  Sounds to me like you got a good deal.


Yesterday I...  finally got around to replacing the heater core in the womans Jeep.  The initial problem was intermittent heat and a strong antifreeze smell in the cab.  Pulling that core is not a small job.  It took me 3 hours to tear the dash out.  Upon inspection, that core was bone dry and the bottom was all corroded. 


Then, it took another 4 hours to reinstall everything.  After topping the coolant off and a test drive, WOW!  She now has heat from the infernal depths of Hell  :shock:
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on March 27, 2016, 07:27:50 PM
Yea. Friend of mine, not much to the st10, however  got it all bolted up ready to go, started filling, got half a quart of lube in and it starts dripping between the two halves...........will be dropping it off at his shop six thirty tomorrow morning on my way to job, disappointed to say the least.
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 27, 2016, 08:31:25 PM
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?
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Post by: gm muscle on March 27, 2016, 09:08:47 PM
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?


All ears...
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Post by: Casey on March 27, 2016, 09:51:29 PM
Did it catch on fire? :eek:
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 28, 2016, 05:36:19 AM
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?


All ears...
The transmission went out in the '03 Duramax(Crewcab Longbed) awhile back,  so it sits until my brother gets the $$$ to rebuild it. We get it back from the shop, hook it up and it doesnt move. Starts but doesnt move, after checking EVERYTHING multiple times we still have no clue whats causing it to not move. Eventually it gets to the point where we can move it with 3rd and reverse so since all of our trucks except the D-Max are 1500 gassers we have to borrow a truck.

A family member has a 7.3 PowerChoke Dually  we can use to tow it with, but it has a broken rear brake lines we have to fix first. It had been sitting for 6 months, so the batterys are bad. We sat there for 2 hours with a battery charger hooked up on it until it finally starts. We drive it home on back roads with no problem and fix the brakelines with an issue.  We hook up the trailer and load the D-Max(remember..crewcab longbed) and my brother takes off to take it the guy who did the transmission rebuild and the dually gets 2 flats on the same side. *fun part* We get out there with tools to change the tires but run into a problem, the outside wheel is Aluminum, with the inside wheel being steel. And Ford has the wheels flush/tight against the steel hub if you can see where this is going. The outside aluminum wheel bonded to the hub and inside wheel. We try everything you can think of to get that wheel off, we were there for 6 hours trying to get that rim off and my brother just gives up and limps it home @5MPH. The D-Max did get delived to the trans shop because he broke down right around the corner. We still havent gotten the rims off too.

 
I spent 4 hours underneath a truck my brother bought, on blocks in a field with a locked axle and seized rear disc brakes. Then we semi cleaned it out,empty jack daniel bottles and beer cans 3 deep on the floorboard and a longbed full of trash. Had a running Gen 3 4.8 though, no key so steering wheel was locked up along with a bent driveshaft along with a trashed half-shaft. Getting that on the trailer was fun, jacking it up on the pumpkin then pull the rear end with the winch to inch the rear end up on the ramps.


     
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on March 28, 2016, 08:16:40 AM
Did you try drivning with the wheel lugs losened up a bit? Some Hard breaking usually breaks the wheel lose without much effort.. But I have only done it with passenger cars, never on a truck..
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 28, 2016, 08:27:49 AM
Did you try drivning with the wheel lugs losened up a bit? Some Hard breaking usually breaks the wheel lose without much effort.. But I have only done it with passenger cars, never on a truck..
yeah we did that, we also put a 4"x6" between the wheels to seperate them.
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Post by: Casey on March 29, 2016, 12:16:59 AM
Leave it to automobiles to be a pain in the backside.

So I've been thinking about getting some small(5" or so, maybe bigger on the front) outlined '77 phoenix decals in purple(favourite colour) to put onto the piece between the tail lights and onto the nose cone since my bird is devoid of birds. :P  Thinking small and outlined since it'd be more subtle and modern looking and not trying to copy the late seconds gens outright which I've seen before and doesn't look right in my opinion.  Found it on eBay, what's in white is the decal with everything else being transparent:
(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/ymwAAOSwqYBWpbzT/s-l1600.jpg)
Can't really decide one way or another, but I'm leaning more towards just the one on that back piece since I'm meh on the idea of putting a decal onto paint.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on March 29, 2016, 08:14:20 AM
Leave it to automobiles to be a pain in the backside.

So I've been thinking about getting some small(5" or so, maybe bigger on the front) outlined '77 phoenix decals in purple(favourite colour) to put onto the piece between the tail lights and onto the nose cone since my bird is devoid of birds. :P  Thinking small and outlined since it'd be more subtle and modern looking and not trying to copy the late seconds gens outright which I've seen before and doesn't look right in my opinion.  Found it on eBay, what's in white is the decal with everything else being transparent:
(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/ymwAAOSwqYBWpbzT/s-l1600.jpg)
Can't really decide one way or another, but I'm leaning more towards just the one on that back piece since I'm meh on the idea of putting a decal onto paint.

how about a small bird on the rear pillars ? I think that could work..

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Post by: roadking77 on March 29, 2016, 08:28:05 AM
77 T/A man, so what I am getting out of this is that a FORD with flat tires and bad brakes still pulled a chevy on a trailer to be repaired. That's why I buy Ford trucks. lol.
Kidding aside, sounds like it was a pretty sucky time, hopefully things will work out well for you.
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Post by: Raptor on March 29, 2016, 09:14:33 AM
Gave a good pressure wash to my '89 parts car that's been sitting outside for the past few years. It hasn't got much worse than how it was back in 2010. I'm seriously considering rebuilding it, despite its missing parts. Gotta have to find a good source of parts not too far. It needs a door, a front fender some front end parts, many interior parts...and an engine. It has some rust but nothing very serious. The carpet got the same treatment, it's in decent condition.
We will modify an old building of the farm to make a basic storage garage. Way more room in there than we'll ever need. It's got a concrete floor already.

Forget what I said, I had a better look at it today with a large pointy metal tool, it's way too rusty to be worth saving. The entire driver floor is very thin and it didn't take much effort to poke through all along the sill and many other areas. It was fun thinking about what I could do with it, but in the end, I'm much better off finding another one, cleaner, that I could use the parts I have left on it. But I'd better use the money for the Mustangs and the Formula !
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Post by: Casey on March 29, 2016, 01:04:59 PM
how about a small bird on the rear pillars ? I think that could work..
I thought about that too as there's a plastic trim piece between the window and sail panel, but I'll have to measure it out as it's fairly small and not sure if the decals are made small enough.  That or I could do the sail panels if I'm not averse to putting decals onto paint, then would do the nose cone too.  I'll go and measure things out later.
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Post by: 77 TA man on March 31, 2016, 06:37:40 PM
I'm waiting on my PTFB solid body bushings, once I get those its hammer time on putting my mess back together.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on March 31, 2016, 06:52:16 PM
Today I... got home from work and eagerly awaited a highly recommended roofing guy - who never showed up!  Grrrrrrrrrrr.

Also, while waiting, I did some more electrical work in my basement.  FINALLY figured out why I had no power in my living room closet.  Man that took some tracking down.  Turns out I had an OLD subpanel up in the basement joists, and had no idea it was there!  Well it had all the wiring and good fuses but the hot lead had long since been torn out.
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Post by: 72projectbird on March 31, 2016, 07:24:00 PM
Put about 40 miles on the 71 today. It was near 70F out today, but by Monday it'll be 40F again  :???:
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Post by: kali_74TA on March 31, 2016, 08:02:59 PM
Put about 40 miles on the 71 today. It was near 70F out today, but by Monday it'll be 40F again  :???:

Man, when you post stuff like that you need to include a photo  :shock:
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Post by: Casey on April 01, 2016, 01:59:23 PM
Bought a gift for the Firebird. 8)
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 01, 2016, 02:04:37 PM
pics???
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Post by: mz-formula on April 01, 2016, 04:05:22 PM
I did the cnc programming for the plates that will change the center of gravity for the rear mount on my rotissery.  The plan is to cut them Monday at lunchtime on the mill.
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Post by: Casey on April 01, 2016, 05:37:45 PM
pics???
I'm sure probably everyone here will question it, but that's ok:
(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/0~8AAOSweW5U7IWs/s-l1600.jpg)
Was wanting a round knob since I find them the most comfortable and found this one for only $5 more than a plain jane knob so why not, plus it's made here in the USA.  First gear I choose you! :lol:
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 01, 2016, 05:41:38 PM
Pretty cool, could have made it an 8 ball....but as long as you good with it, that's what matters
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Post by: Casey on April 01, 2016, 08:38:07 PM
I want to say it's the same size as a billiard ball.  Back story my childhood was Japanese rpg's and animes, but now I can make witty Pokemon remarks while driving. :lol:
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 01, 2016, 09:28:41 PM
haha, you could get along with my friends on my motorcycle forum, they keep going off with the pokemon references :lol:
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Post by: Pats TA on April 01, 2016, 10:13:03 PM
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 02, 2016, 07:31:20 PM
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

Oh jeez!  HAHAHAH!!!!

Today I... did some more electrical remodeling in my basement.  I don't know what the guy was thinking, who did the job before me.....  but OMG I must have torn out at least 300 feet of wire already.  It's all a cluster-F of different color/gauge wire everywhere, no junction boxes, and bad splices everywhere.

I'm surprised the place didn't burn down 15 years ago.
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 02, 2016, 07:49:36 PM
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

Oh jeez!  HAHAHAH!!!!

Today I... did some more electrical remodeling in my basement.  I don't know what the guy was thinking, who did the job before me.....  but OMG I must have torn out at least 300 feet of wire already.  It's all a cluster-F of different color/gauge wire everywhere, no junction boxes, and bad splices everywhere.

I'm surprised the place didn't burn down 15 years ago.
Welcome to the electrical version of my Trans Am! Have fun ;) lol
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Post by: Casey on April 02, 2016, 08:10:48 PM
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL
(https://media.giphy.com/media/DfbpTbQ9TvSX6/giphy.gif)
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 02, 2016, 10:09:19 PM
today I.... am officially a TA owner, my first one evaaaaaaaaa :) more to come shortly, of course including pics!!! and already 170+miles under my belt in the new ride!!!
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Post by: Rickard080TA on April 03, 2016, 04:05:27 PM
kali_74TA: Congrats!


Today I..... pulled into a gas station to get gas. While pumping, a truck pulls up on other side of pump. The guy gets out walks over and says "Is that an 80?" I said yes it was. He said I could tell by the bird. Not to many people can identify a car year just by the bird. It could easily have been the more popular 79. So today I .... was impressed.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 03, 2016, 08:44:57 PM
Cleaned random dash components like the cigarette lighter, headlight and wiper switches.  Ground off rust on the guages and carefully applying some clear-coat.  Stripped the paint off the metal surround on the 4-speed boot.  Cleaned the etching primer off the rubber boot that the previous shop over-sprayed on it.  My wife tacked the taillight harness.  Not an easy job, so great to have her on board with all this.  Painted and clear on the air cleaner cover.  Not happy with the results, so might strip and try again.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 03, 2016, 08:49:02 PM
Thanks Rickard!

Today I... cleaned the hall out of the TA, both on the inside and outside - looks good, found stuff that needs to be fixed and did something to the driver side mirror and is kind of not flush, looks like i'll have to take some parts off the car to get into the mirror screws on the inside to try to fix it (for a fact i know there was a loose screw on the inside of the mirror when i moved the mirror away from the car a bit)
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Post by: mz-formula on April 03, 2016, 09:07:37 PM
...found out the bondo on my lower quarters was an inch thick.... no joke.
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Post by: Casey on April 03, 2016, 10:59:36 PM
^At times I think Bondo should be illegal.

Adjusted the hood again, my OCD knows no bounds but at least it's perfect now.
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Post by: wccosta on April 04, 2016, 05:07:45 AM
Installed my stereo and speakers and powered up the electrical system for the first time since i have owned the car (about 7 years) and to my amazement the clock started ticking away!
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Post by: roadking77 on April 04, 2016, 12:32:55 PM
I like the shifter knob box, have no idea what it is though! My son was into pokemon and my grandson love the "minwins" as he calls them from the movie "pickle on me"
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Post by: roadking77 on April 04, 2016, 12:35:09 PM
...my engine builder called me a bit ago. He had no bad news which I was kinda surprised about. Said my motor did not look too bad, considering it has sat for 4 yrs or so. Also said he is going to be ready for install into my car first part of May. I need to get my butt in gear to get things ready now.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 12:37:13 PM
...my engine builder called me a bit ago. He had no bad news which I was kinda surprised about. Said my motor did not look too bad, considering it has sat for 4 yrs or so. Also said he is going to be ready for install into my car first part of May. I need to get my butt in gear to get things ready now.

that's some nice news, not having something be wrong is very nice!!!!


me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)
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Post by: Mumbles on April 04, 2016, 02:17:47 PM
me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)

Awesome!  Your new ride looks nice and you seem to be enjoying it.  Cheers to that.  :)
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 02:23:18 PM
me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)

Awesome!  Your new ride looks nice and you seem to be enjoying it.  Cheers to that.  :)

thank you, and yeah, so far a blast  :grin:
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 04:28:13 PM
Today I.... drove back from work and well, got home today - had a nice drive but started hearing some squeaking, when i got home and pressed down on the front the car makes squeaking noises, on the back not so much - is it possible that this is due to me power washing the car yesterday? it didn't do any of the noise until today  :-?
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Post by: Casey on April 04, 2016, 04:41:14 PM
I like the shifter knob box, have no idea what it is though! My son was into pokemon and my grandson love the "minwins" as he calls them from the movie "pickle on me"
Thanks.  It's a pokeball from the Pokemon series, it's what holds the Pokemon.  Which it shipped out today from Illinois via USPS first class mail, so I imagine it'll get here Wednesday or Thursday.

Glad to hear engine seems to coming along well.
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Post by: Casey on April 04, 2016, 04:50:29 PM
Today I.... drove back from work and well, got home today - had a nice drive but started hearing some squeaking, when i got home and pressed down on the front the car makes squeaking noises, on the back not so much - is it possible that this is due to me power washing the car yesterday? it didn't do any of the noise until today  :-?
Is it a metal or plastic squeaking sound?  If you power washed the wheel wells and/or underside could've knocked a plastic liner loose or removed grease from some suspension bits that are rubbing.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 04:57:56 PM
Today I.... drove back from work and well, got home today - had a nice drive but started hearing some squeaking, when i got home and pressed down on the front the car makes squeaking noises, on the back not so much - is it possible that this is due to me power washing the car yesterday? it didn't do any of the noise until today  :-?
Is it a metal or plastic squeaking sound?  If you power washed the wheel wells and/or underside could've knocked a plastic liner loose or removed grease from some suspension bits that are rubbing.

i would say metal, and possibly maybe shocks? since it happens on pressing the car down compressing it...? i did not see any grease or the like fall from the car while washing... hmmm....
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 05:06:33 PM
went outside just now, and no longer is the noise present, very confused --- lol
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 04, 2016, 05:17:59 PM
I ordered the 2-channel line output converter and 4-channel amp for the 77.
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Post by: Casey on April 04, 2016, 05:23:24 PM
went outside just now, and no longer is the noise present, very confused --- lol
The springs could have moved on the perches, or it could be the shocks if they've never been replaced.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 05:25:45 PM
yeah, not sure - i'm planning on going over to a friends house maybe this coming weekend and we can check out in more detail as today at work wasn't the right time to do any of that.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 09:19:34 PM
today i...fixed driver side mirror, which was loose - not too bad of a job, but could have been easier for a mirror.
also, fixed (temp electric black tape) home style the arm rest, it was beat to hell and broken to hell and back, tape has done the job and for now it's fine, and looks like nothing is wrong.
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Post by: Casey on April 04, 2016, 09:32:57 PM
Not much is really easy on these cars, especially if it involves opening the hood.  That's ok, at least they're reliable if treated and maintained properly.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 04, 2016, 09:59:11 PM
i was a bit surprised how much it had to go off to finally get to the mirror itself, but feels good to get it done.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 05, 2016, 06:54:38 AM
Not much is really easy on these cars, especially if it involves opening the hood.  That's ok, at least they're reliable if treated and maintained properly.

Seriously?  Have you looked under the hood of these space ships today?  You can't even see the engine before removing all the BS plastic covers.  Then you can't fix anything w/out a special computer. 

Such BS.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on April 05, 2016, 08:18:01 AM
Not much is really easy on these cars, especially if it involves opening the hood.  That's ok, at least they're reliable if treated and maintained properly.

Seriously?  Have you looked under the hood of these space ships today?  You can't even see the engine before removing all the BS plastic covers.  Then you can't fix anything w/out a special computer. 

Such BS.

I think they are talking about 4th gens.. guess they are also more spacship like than the 2nd gens :)
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Post by: Casey on April 05, 2016, 11:04:58 AM
I rather deal with plastic covers over my engine than the firewall. :mad:  That's ok it's all in the pursuit of weight distribution and handling.  Not all new cars are terrible, the engine bay on my brother's '12 Genesis Coupe 2.0T is actually not that bad at all and is better than some 90's cars.  Of course that's the only example I can think of right now.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 05, 2016, 12:12:50 PM
So been driving around and the longer I'm driving the more noticeable the squeaky noise is.... :(  Assume it's probably the shocks, very noticeable going over bumps and the like.
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 05, 2016, 01:42:02 PM
Waiting on Body Bushings to get here....
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 05, 2016, 06:58:15 PM
I just finished up priming the back and sides of the center spoiler, I have no idea how the previous owners managed to break it as bad as they did. Probably backed into something or something stupid like that, un even fiberglass repairs along major cracks makes even layers of primer a hard thing to do.
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Post by: lskip10 on April 05, 2016, 07:56:22 PM
Replaced the female plastic seatbelt sleeves. Another dreary day of Illinois weather 38 degrees..... :-(
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Post by: Casey on April 06, 2016, 01:15:46 PM
New shift knob arrived. 8)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160406_131723_zpsgqopekfr.jpg)
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 06, 2016, 01:30:46 PM
Today I... continued the endless search for a truck.  Since what I want doesn't exist (unless I go Ford *shivers....* ), I'm compromising on automatic for longevity, but it has to be a 5.3L, floor mounted range selector, extended cab, Z71, and lowest mileage possible. 

Oh and no womens colors - neither on the exterior nor interior.  No green, silver, tan, beige, red, gray, or gold.

I'm one picky S.O.B., aren't I?
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 06, 2016, 01:44:17 PM
New shift knob arrived. 8)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160406_131723_zpsgqopekfr.jpg)

Looks good, I'm looking at some options too and actually saw this one on eBay.
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Post by: Lucky Phil on April 06, 2016, 01:59:05 PM
Nothing on the cars, but today I sat back and admired how far the car hole has come.
Since these pics I've sealed the floors in 2 pack.....can't wait to get all the toys and memorabilia back in....

(http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo53/raaf-collector/Just%20Random%20Stuff/photo%201_zpsg4sj8pem.jpg) (http://s361.photobucket.com/user/raaf-collector/media/Just%20Random%20Stuff/photo%201_zpsg4sj8pem.jpg.html)

(http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo53/raaf-collector/Just%20Random%20Stuff/image_zpsei3qoc3l.jpeg) (http://s361.photobucket.com/user/raaf-collector/media/Just%20Random%20Stuff/image_zpsei3qoc3l.jpeg.html)

Made up 18 low voltage down light from old oil drums
And came up with the speaker idea below.

(http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo53/raaf-collector/Just%20Random%20Stuff/5_zpsyqsumhyb.jpg) (http://s361.photobucket.com/user/raaf-collector/media/Just%20Random%20Stuff/5_zpsyqsumhyb.jpg.html)

Image below is after staining the concrete with lawn food.....

(http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo53/raaf-collector/Just%20Random%20Stuff/image_zpsunjo0xcb.jpeg) (http://s361.photobucket.com/user/raaf-collector/media/Just%20Random%20Stuff/image_zpsunjo0xcb.jpeg.html)
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Post by: Casey on April 06, 2016, 02:08:16 PM
Today I... continued the endless search for a truck.  Since what I want doesn't exist (unless I go Ford *shivers....* ), I'm compromising on automatic for longevity, but it has to be a 5.3L, floor mounted range selector, extended cab, Z71, and lowest mileage possible. 

Oh and no womens colors - neither on the exterior nor interior.  No green, silver, tan, beige, red, gray, or gold.

I'm one picky S.O.B., aren't I?
I'm picky but more so on drivetrains than anything else.  I could sit and nitpick it down to where only a handful of the hundreds of thousands made would do, but so long as I get the desired engine and transmission I can overlook the rest.  For example my favourite fourth gen colour is bright purple metallic which is already rare to begin with, then tack on wanting the V8 with the T56 and preferably a hardtop that car probably doesn't even exist.
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Post by: Casey on April 06, 2016, 02:13:50 PM
New shift knob arrived. 8)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160406_131723_zpsgqopekfr.jpg)

Looks good, I'm looking at some options too and actually saw this one on eBay.
Thanks, there's a lot of choices out there.  Search engines are weird, especially eBay's, so you'll want to search the following to get all the available results; M16x1.50 knob, M16x1.5 knob, Firebird knob.  Yes the 0 makes a difference, and a lot aren't listed by the size but the cars they'll fit.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 06, 2016, 02:23:10 PM
New shift knob arrived. 8)
(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/rezisehtnys/Mobile%20Uploads/20160406_131723_zpsgqopekfr.jpg)

Looks good, I'm looking at some options too and actually saw this one on eBay.
Thanks, there's a lot of choices out there.  Search engines are weird, especially eBay's, so you'll want to search the following to get all the available results; M16x1.50 knob, M16x1.5 knob, Firebird knob.  Yes the 0 makes a difference, and a lot aren't listed by the size but the cars they'll fit.

cool, but before i get serious into getting one - other things will come first so this will have to wait, but save myself a note on the search specifics!
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Post by: Casey on April 06, 2016, 03:31:30 PM
I shift with my hand how you'd use a computer mouse since my elbows are knotted, so only round knobs feel good to me.  So it was a little higher up on priorities for me, even though the stock knob was ok.  A pistol grip style shifter would be the death of me.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 06, 2016, 03:39:54 PM
i looked at those pistol grip ones and they just look weird to me, but have never tried one so will not knock it down.
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Post by: scarebird on April 06, 2016, 05:21:40 PM
Changed out the jets in my Lemans.  Wideband said in cruise I was 15-16 A/F, so pulled the Q-Jet and noted #72 jets.  I had another spare Q-Jet; it had 69's so I drilled them out 5/64ths (0.079" Ø).  Cruise is now 12-13.5 A/F.  Looks like I will need a set of 74's or 75's to get closer to optimal.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 06, 2016, 07:29:40 PM
My solid PTFB bushings came today, where there should be 6 there are only 4 bushings. Thoughts? I plan on calling PTFB tomorrow.

Here is a photo of my set from PTFB that has been put in my car without incident.  I bought the subframe connectors at the same time: cat # Combo 70-81, Item#: 2CF-004.

(http://www.woodgrainandstain.com/images/stories/1977TA/249.jpg)
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 07, 2016, 07:27:17 AM
My apoligies to PTFB, a family member though that it would be cute/ funny to hide the other 2 bushings.
 
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 07, 2016, 07:45:33 AM
Today I... continued the endless search for a truck.  Since what I want doesn't exist (unless I go Ford *shivers....* ), I'm compromising on automatic for longevity, but it has to be a 5.3L, floor mounted range selector, extended cab, Z71, and lowest mileage possible. 

Oh and no womens colors - neither on the exterior nor interior.  No green, silver, tan, beige, red, gray, or gold.

I'm one picky S.O.B., aren't I?
I'm picky but more so on drivetrains than anything else.  I could sit and nitpick it down to where only a handful of the hundreds of thousands made would do, but so long as I get the desired engine and transmission I can overlook the rest.  For example my favourite fourth gen colour is bright purple metallic which is already rare to begin with, then tack on wanting the V8 with the T56 and preferably a hardtop that car probably doesn't even exist.

Box...  I don't think a 5.3L with a 5-speed was ever built from the factory.  It can be swapped from a 4.8L, but I'm not looking for a project truck. 
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Post by: roadking77 on April 07, 2016, 04:38:29 PM
Phil, the garage is awesome, your rat am looks perfect in there. Today I drove 4 hrs each way across PA to look at a job im about to start :o
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 07, 2016, 05:14:00 PM
My solid PTFB bushings came today, where there should be 6 there are only 4 bushings. Thoughts? I plan on calling PTFB tomorrow.

Here is a photo of my set from PTFB that has been put in my car without incident.  I bought the subframe connectors at the same time: cat # Combo 70-81, Item#: 2CF-004.

(http://www.woodgrainandstain.com/images/stories/1977TA/249.jpg)
So did you go for stock height or did you lower/wedge the body ?
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 07, 2016, 05:57:15 PM
So did you go for stock height or did you lower/wedge the body ?

I am going stock for now.  Maybe after a year or two, I might drop it a bit, switch to 17" snowflakes and wide tires with suspension upgrades, but for now I just want it on the road to enjoy.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 07, 2016, 07:27:12 PM
Drove the TA in a little sprinkle (in CA they call this rain and all hell breaks loose with drivers and traffic) and on wet roads, the car sticks to the road like glue :)
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Post by: Casey on April 08, 2016, 12:51:07 AM
Today I... continued the endless search for a truck.  Since what I want doesn't exist (unless I go Ford *shivers....* ), I'm compromising on automatic for longevity, but it has to be a 5.3L, floor mounted range selector, extended cab, Z71, and lowest mileage possible. 

Oh and no womens colors - neither on the exterior nor interior.  No green, silver, tan, beige, red, gray, or gold.

I'm one picky S.O.B., aren't I?
I'm picky but more so on drivetrains than anything else.  I could sit and nitpick it down to where only a handful of the hundreds of thousands made would do, but so long as I get the desired engine and transmission I can overlook the rest.  For example my favourite fourth gen colour is bright purple metallic which is already rare to begin with, then tack on wanting the V8 with the T56 and preferably a hardtop that car probably doesn't even exist.

Box...  I don't think a 5.3L with a 5-speed was ever built from the factory.  It can be swapped from a 4.8L, but I'm not looking for a project truck.
They didn't, only way to get a manual behind a V8 was the 4.8 liter.  There's only a 15 hp and 40 ft lb of torque difference between them, so if you heavily prefer a manual it's something to think about.

Remembered to condition all the seals on the Firebird yesterday, cleaned up nicely and are like new again. 8)
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 08, 2016, 04:40:49 AM
Today I... continued the endless search for a truck.  Since what I want doesn't exist (unless I go Ford *shivers....* ), I'm compromising on automatic for longevity, but it has to be a 5.3L, floor mounted range selector, extended cab, Z71, and lowest mileage possible. 

Oh and no womens colors - neither on the exterior nor interior.  No green, silver, tan, beige, red, gray, or gold.

I'm one picky S.O.B., aren't I?
I'm picky but more so on drivetrains than anything else.  I could sit and nitpick it down to where only a handful of the hundreds of thousands made would do, but so long as I get the desired engine and transmission I can overlook the rest.  For example my favourite fourth gen colour is bright purple metallic which is already rare to begin with, then tack on wanting the V8 with the T56 and preferably a hardtop that car probably doesn't even exist.

Box...  I don't think a 5.3L with a 5-speed was ever built from the factory.  It can be swapped from a 4.8L, but I'm not looking for a project truck.
They didn't, only way to get a manual behind a V8 was the 4.8 liter.  There's only a 15 hp and 40 ft lb of torque difference between them, so if you heavily prefer a manual it's something to think about.

Remembered to condition all the seals on the Firebird yesterday, cleaned up nicely and are like new again. 8)
Between the two trucks, the GenIV 4.8 doesn't get the truck moving good until 2,000rpm where the
'99 5.3 moves off the line . That could just as easily be the difference in gearing 3.23(4.8) vs 3.73(5.3)
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Post by: Casey on April 08, 2016, 12:01:26 PM
Gearing can make a world of difference, that and a manual also transmits more of the power to the wheels so comparing an auto 4.8 to an auto 5.3 won't give the same result.  Granted it's not as big of a difference with higher power engines like it is with lower powered ones, would just be something he'd have to go and test for himself.
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Post by: roadking77 on April 08, 2016, 03:09:37 PM
Engine builder called, at first he thought he could re use the existing pistons, but now that the machine shop has the block he told me it needs new ones. I was not upset though, he said he can get a bit more compression with new ones, and I would just as soon as have as much new as possible. Not that I want to spend the extra coin though
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 08, 2016, 03:14:58 PM
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 08, 2016, 08:12:57 PM
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?
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Post by: 72projectbird on April 08, 2016, 09:15:20 PM
A 5.3 in a fullsize truck isn't going to be a rocket ship, but take it out of a 6000lb vehicle and put it in something that weighs half as much and they really start to shine.

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Post by: Casey on April 09, 2016, 01:46:33 AM
Went to buy the cold air intake I had saved and they're all sold out, lame.  Seeing as I ordered a new serpentine belt I figured it'd be a good time for that since all the intake stuff has to come off to change the belt anyway and it could use a new air filter.  Really it's because the standard LT1 intake is just garbage, plus I want to hear that wonderful induction noise.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 09, 2016, 05:19:16 AM
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?

Oh, I never really went above 20 mph.  I couldn't take it out of the parking lot.
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 09, 2016, 02:39:23 PM
Out of curiosity...would anybody here be interested in buying handmade 550 Paracord bracelets?
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Post by: gm muscle on April 09, 2016, 02:57:09 PM
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?

Oh, I never really went above 20 mph.  I couldn't take it out of the parking lot.

I felt the same when I first drove my Wife's Tahoe. Its not much in the lower RPM's but get on it and it moves out!
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Post by: roadking77 on April 09, 2016, 03:13:32 PM
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 09, 2016, 08:22:00 PM
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.

Ahh AutoZone.  I only *half* miss working there.  The pay was garbage and the customers were less than legal, but lol it was kind of fun while it lasted.

Oh btw, the rumors are true.  At least 70% of countermen are complete idiots and only know what their computer tells them.  I can count several times I took phone calls for muffler bearings, headlight fluid, and one person even called for an "oil filter sandwich".
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 09, 2016, 11:34:38 PM
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.

Ahh AutoZone.  I only *half* miss working there.  The pay was garbage and the customers were less than legal, but lol it was kind of fun while it lasted.

Oh btw, the rumors are true.  At least 70% of countermen are complete idiots and only know what their computer tells them.  I can count several times I took phone calls for muffler bearings, headlight fluid, and one person even called for an "oil filter sandwich".

one of the best prank calls, and even mentions the headlight fluid at about 30 seconds in  :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FefIzya7fw

-------also today i went by to talk to my mechanic about the 79 he is working on, will be updating my restore thread shortly...  :-?
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Post by: Casey on April 09, 2016, 11:56:47 PM
Meh, my mom knows more about cars than a lot of men.  In fact she's the one that taught me and my brother.  What's sad is there are shops out there like that that take advantage of mechanically declined men and women alike.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 10, 2016, 06:48:59 AM
Meh, my mom knows more about cars than a lot of men.  In fact she's the one that taught me and my brother.  What's sad is there are shops out there like that that take advantage of mechanically declined men and women alike.

Yep, a corrupt Ford dealership tried that crap with my brother when his 97 Rustang needed freeze plugs.  $3000 for a job that required replacing a $45 part.  The vehicle isn't even worth half of that.  I went over to that dealer and let my mouth open hard.  LoL I'm lucky they didn't call the cops. 

In the end, I got the keys off the stealership and we drove that POS home, topping off the antifreeze every couple of miles.  I yanked the engine myself, replace ALL the freeze plugs, and had him back on the road in less than 3 days. 

I just reminded myself of another reason I will never again buy a Ford.
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Post by: roadking77 on April 10, 2016, 07:39:55 AM
In defense of auto store employees, if someone has a vast knowledge of the mechanicals of a car I'm sure they can make more money as a mechanic rather than the parts counter. I feel the same way everytime I go into a HD or Lowes, they always ask if you need help, and the few times I cant find something and ask them they look like a deer in the headlights. 'Caff, I can tell you stories of our local ford dealer as well,  he also owns the local Harley dealer and I travel a great distance to avoid using either one.
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Post by: 77 TA man on April 10, 2016, 03:59:36 PM
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 10, 2016, 05:00:51 PM
....fixed, hopefully, the gutters in the back - hopefully no leaks thru couple of the spots and all rain water goes into the barrels as intended.
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Post by: Casey on April 10, 2016, 06:08:23 PM
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 10, 2016, 06:13:03 PM
windows are not the easiest either :lol:
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Post by: Casey on April 10, 2016, 07:28:30 PM
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.
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Post by: gm muscle on April 10, 2016, 07:38:12 PM
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.

Nah, save a few bucks and practice contortion!  :P
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 10, 2016, 07:51:03 PM
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.

Guess I'm not surprised since they pretty much make things for everything....but if you find something, post it up, would be interested to see what kind of help one can get for window and dash cleaning...
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Post by: Casey on April 10, 2016, 10:10:53 PM
Getting in and out is enough of a contortion act, and yet I'm wanting to lower it.

Think I found something that might work:
http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Glass-Reach-Clean-95161/dp/B0017K69MA?ie=UTF8&keywords=windshield%20cleaner&qid=1460346495&ref_=sr_1_1&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&sr=8-1
Looks like one bonnet would be good for glass and another for the dash all in one tool.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 10, 2016, 10:38:25 PM
looks pretty good and like you said could be used for both potentially, if you decide to get it give some feedback
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Post by: Casey on April 10, 2016, 10:52:11 PM
I thought I remembered seeing them at Wal-Mart for less, according to their site they're $12 and some change, then sales tax but even then it's a little less and no waiting on shipping.  Guess will check it out the next time I'm there.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 10, 2016, 11:14:24 PM
i was at the store today, should have looked for something... oh well, next time
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on April 11, 2016, 07:39:45 AM
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.

I feel your pain, I had to remove the inner fender to get to the passenger side nut, and weld that in.. also ended up cutting the floor under the driver seat to get to that nut..

I took the first drive with new solid bushings yesterday, and it has firmed the entire car up a lot!

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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 11, 2016, 10:41:35 AM
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.

I feel your pain, I had to remove the inner fender to get to the passenger side nut, and weld that in.. also ended up cutting the floor under the driver seat to get to that nut..

I took the first drive with new solid bushings yesterday, and it has firmed the entire car up a lot!

Might be time for me to look into these, as well.  I currently have only the factory replacement bushings.
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Post by: 79GoldnTan on April 11, 2016, 06:16:55 PM
Yes  replaced mine two winters ago also added SFC.  Well worth the effort.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 12, 2016, 09:53:28 AM
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x

Box, what do you use for conditioning the dash?
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Post by: Casey on April 12, 2016, 02:51:16 PM
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x

Box, what do you use for conditioning the dash?
Used Griot's interior cleaner then followed up with Meguiar's Ultimate Protectant.  I like it since it doesn't make the interior super shiny or greasy and it lasts about a month before needing redone, that and it protects from UV exposure.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 13, 2016, 01:55:17 PM
Last night I...  ended up having to check out the brakes on the womans Jeep.  She said the pedal felt softer than usual.  She also absolutely had to have the dang thing for work the next day.

Fronts checked out fine, rears were toast.  Especially the driver side.  The pads were well worn and the rotor had some nice, deep gouges. 

I called my former employer to make sure they had the parts before venturing over there.  The phone rang 125 times before the phone cut out.  I called right back.  It rang another 75 times.  W..T..F...  It NEVER did that while I had worked there!

I said screw it and took a ride over.  As usual, 50 people in line and ONE person manning a station.

I don't miss it any.
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Post by: Casey on April 13, 2016, 05:03:25 PM
Filled the shift knob with .177 lead beebees and plastic epoxy, went from 105 grams to 155 grams.  Had I hollowed it out more than what had been done for the thread insert I could've made it even heavier, but really didn't feel like potentially botching it and I'm happy with what was added.
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Post by: mz-formula on April 13, 2016, 06:01:18 PM
Filled the shift knob with .177 lead beebees and plastic epoxy, went from 105 grams to 155 grams.  Had I hollowed it out more than what had been done for the thread insert I could've made it even heavier, but really didn't feel like potentially botching it and I'm happy with what was added.

so... Curiosity has gotten the best of me.  What does adding 50 grams to your shifter knob do?  Its not anything about me saying its the correct or incorrect thing to do... 100% honest  curiosity.  I run a 4 speed Saginaw, with Hurst Competition plus shifter and a Hurst aluminum T grip.  Everything is mechanical in the setup, Its just what I am used to and know.  All my other cars are, and have been automagic.
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Post by: Casey on April 13, 2016, 06:42:28 PM
Mostly it was being hollowed out bothered me so figured might as well make it heavier since was filling it anyway.  The heavier the shift knob the more momentum the shift lever carries during throws.  This is really more noticeable after a short shifter has been installed as the lever height and throw distance is reduced significantly.  Really the best explanation is that it goes into gear easier, and in my opinion makes shifting feel better.  Most o.e. knobs are around 80 grams, most aluminum knobs are around 180 grams, and then there are those made of stainless steel that weigh in around 454 grams.  As long as the shift lever is in a second gen you already have a good amount of momentum going, so knob weight won't be as influential as it is in the fourth gen where the shift lever is only a few inches long.
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Post by: mz-formula on April 13, 2016, 08:26:32 PM
interesting. thanks for the insight on that.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 13, 2016, 09:11:38 PM
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)
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Post by: Casey on April 14, 2016, 01:51:51 AM
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)
I couldn't tell you what that's like. :P  Yeah the Firebirds do seem to garner attention though, not sure about in your area but I can't tell you the last time I saw a Firebird of any generation out and about that didn't belong to me.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 14, 2016, 07:37:50 AM
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)
I couldn't tell you what that's like. :P  Yeah the Firebirds do seem to garner attention though, not sure about in your area but I can't tell you the last time I saw a Firebird of any generation out and about that didn't belong to me.

 :lol: ---- but yeah, don't see many around anymore, but since i do pay a lot more attention from time to time i do spot something
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Post by: Casey on April 14, 2016, 02:19:22 PM
What's funny is the 4th gen Camaro comes up often enough, heck on the way to get my Firebird I think we saw at least ten between what was on the road or parked at houses or lots :shock:  Now what you do see all of the time are Mustangs, '94-04 models are EVERYWHERE as are the newer Mustangs and Camaros.  Challengers being the least common of the modern muscle/pony cars.

Anyhow, bought a cold air intake for the Firebird so that's exciting.  Have to remove the lame excuse of a factory intake to change the serpentine belt so I figured it was a good enough reason. :P
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 14, 2016, 04:39:18 PM
 :D pulled into hospital parking lot just a bit ago, and an older lady slowely walking, with her husband I assume, stopped by my car and gave some nice compliments, called it snazzy and stuff :D got me all smiles and looked like it gave them smiles as well... Love this car  :cool:
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 14, 2016, 09:43:22 PM
Today I... am about ready to SCREAM!!

Woke up at 5 am after just a few hours of broken sleep.... to go to work for 13 solid hours today.  Not that I have a physically demanding job, but mentally demanding is another story.

Today is also payday... I've managed to spend nearly 60% of my paycheck on bills.  Lovely. 

Then, work is finally over (LLOONNGGG day!!) and I hop in Yota and start the 45 minute drive home.  I get literally 500 feet out the front gate and my car flatout DIES.   :shock:  :shock:  I pull over and do a quick inspection.  I'm pretty sure the timing belt failed.  I didn't get too much into it.

The only half good news here is that I have roadside assistance on my insurance SPECIFICALLY for this reason.  So I call said ins co.  Sure, they will tow me...  15 miles.  WHAT?!?  I live a solid 50 miles away!  They will tow up to 15 miles to the nearest repair shop.  I'm responsible for remaining mileage.  So I ask for an estimate on what the bill would be.  They say $150.  I'm like ok that's not tooooo awful bad.

So I called my father in hopes to get a ride home.  Luckily, he's not working and he can be there in less than an hour.  While I'm waiting for him, the towing company calls me directly.  They want the money up front for the tow.  darn....  They take credit cards.... Well lucky frikkin me...............  I said ok $150 right?  They said no sir its $260.  WHAT?!?!??!  That was my breaking point.  I did my best to hold it together while speaking with the towing company or I might not have a way to get Yota home...... but the second I hung up that phone I threw my own little fit right there on the side of the highway.  Any passerby's must have thought I was having a seizure.... lol...

About 10 minutes later I compose myself and call Autozone.  I'm almost 200% certain the timing belt snapped so I order everything I think I'll need for the job (non interference engine.... thank GAWD!).  Another $150+ down the drain. 

Well, by now it's coming up on 8:30.  Ok still relatively early but I'm still waiting on a ride.  My father shows up about 10 minutes later and I get home w/out further incident. 

........ oh but the nights not over!  9:45 pm and I'm trying to settle down.  Debating on calling off tomorrow.  It might be my best option at this point, especially with no immediate ride to work.   I crack open a beer and just then the towing company calls.  Lovely.  They are asking for directions and telling me that my car is now leaking something.  WTF???  Don't these people know what a GPS is?  20 minutes later I get off the phone and I go turn the lights on in the driveway so the tow truck driver knows right where to leave the car.  As I do this, the bulb burns out.  Jeezus cripes...  Crack open another beer and as I start removing the old bulb, it breaks off inside the frikkin light fixture  :evil: Grrrrr......

Now it's 10:15~ish and I'm ready to knock someone out.  Instead, I grab some pliers and fight to get the remainder of the old bulb (spotlight type) out of the light fixture.

10:30  Light fixed, driveway lit up like the 4th of July.  I come in, log in to TAC, and start typing.  10:45.  Tow truck driver calls me and says he's lost.  Grrrrr.....  However, he's actually very polite and professional.  Gotta give him credit. 

11:15  One LOUD ass tow truck backs my Camry right up into my garage :-)  I took some pics.  Not uploading them right now... Hell no.  Tow truck driver is right though.  Yota is spewing antifreeze from the passenger side.  Guess what.  The water pump is driven by the timing belt.  Soooo not looking forward to this mess :-(  I threw a drip pan under the car and locked the garage. 

11:30  I come back in and finish typing this frikken woeful novel.  I think I have my answer to whether or not I'm calling off tomorrow.  I should have been in bed almost 2 hours ago.   
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Post by: Casey on April 14, 2016, 10:53:37 PM
Just wasn't your day.  Nothing like doing a timing set on a transverse motor either, so much fun...not...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: FormTA on April 15, 2016, 04:25:34 AM
I had a 2002 Lexus, basically a Camry. It's not too bad of a job to change the belt on that one. I think it took me 4 hrs.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 15, 2016, 05:51:31 AM
I had a 2002 Lexus, basically a Camry. It's not too bad of a job to change the belt on that one. I think it took me 4 hrs.

V6 or 4 cylinder?  Two totally different animals.
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Post by: ThKidd on April 15, 2016, 07:41:12 AM
I watched a friend do the timing belt on our '91 Corolla (4 cyl, obviously) a few years back, and he removed the front passenger side wheel/tire and went in that way.  Can't remember, but he might have removed some of the fender liner too (if it has one).

Good luck with it.
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 15, 2016, 09:07:45 AM
Took the breather base and cover in for blasting and powder-coat.  Should be done mid next week.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 15, 2016, 09:45:13 AM
i'm here just to say.... driving if fun once again for me :D
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Post by: Casey on April 15, 2016, 01:03:17 PM
I had a 2002 Lexus, basically a Camry. It's not too bad of a job to change the belt on that one. I think it took me 4 hrs.

V6 or 4 cylinder?  Two totally different animals.
The Lexus ES came with the V6 only, and is actually the Toyota Windom in Japan.  The Camry is the watered down budget version.
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Post by: Casey on April 15, 2016, 01:07:44 PM
i'm here just to say.... driving if fun once again for me :D
Same, I haven't had this much fun since my Miata.
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Post by: royb on April 15, 2016, 01:11:25 PM
Today I... had to suck 12 gallons of E85 out of my wife's brand-spankin'-new Subaru... She forgot my Yukon can run it, but her's can't. Haven't even made a payment on it yet.

At least I had room in the Yukon's tank for it, and enough 100% gas in the lawnmower tank to get her to the station to top off.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 15, 2016, 01:35:53 PM
i'm here just to say.... driving if fun once again for me :D
Same, I haven't had this much fun since my Miata.

haha, my last manual was a 1993 MX-3  :shock:
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Post by: Casey on April 15, 2016, 02:06:08 PM
Those are nifty little cars with the 1.9 V6 in them.  It's popular to put in the Japanese market 200 hp 2.5 V6 in them, 200 hp goes a long way in a car that small and light.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 15, 2016, 07:37:27 PM
I had a 2002 Lexus, basically a Camry. It's not too bad of a job to change the belt on that one. I think it took me 4 hrs.

V6 or 4 cylinder?  Two totally different animals.
The Lexus ES came with the V6 only, and is actually the Toyota Windom in Japan.  The Camry is the watered down budget version.

Gee, thanks.  Just the Hell do you know all this stuff, Box?

Today I...  I think it's obvious what I did today.  See reply #1301.  I was in the garage ALL day, except for parts runs.
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Post by: Casey on April 15, 2016, 08:46:28 PM
Most of my years of car ownership have been with Japanese cars.  Toyota being my preferred manufacturer sort of like GM is my preferred domestic manufacturer, but I like most all brands so I tend to retain everything pertaining to cars in general.  Sorta like the GEO Prism is just a rebadged Toyota Corolla that sells for less because it says GEO on it instead of Toyota.  Funny thing about that is Toyota got the Cavalier in exchange and over in Japan there are right hand drive Toyota Cavaliers.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 15, 2016, 09:01:28 PM
It because you the Wizard!!!

BTW, my squeaking issue went away, at least for now, I did nothing it just went away on it's own :D
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Post by: Casey on April 16, 2016, 12:06:40 AM
Searched in vain for 17" 5x120.65 rims that aren't 5-spokes for the millionth time.  So far the only thing I've really found are C4 sawblades:
(http://radicalcorvettes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1991_Corvette_Wheels.jpg)
I kind of like them, though I think it's more to the fact they're not "yet another 5-spoke" than how they look themselves.  I suppose in anthracite or black they would work ok.
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Post by: 77 Pontiac on April 16, 2016, 06:09:43 AM
I got My formula inspected today.. Passed without a single remark :)  that was a huge relief, considering our laws are kinda like what they have in California..
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Post by: FormTA on April 16, 2016, 08:41:43 AM
Like Box said. V6.But you know that now.
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Post by: Casey on April 16, 2016, 04:09:35 PM
GM never ceases to amaze me, so for one what should've been a five minute job taking out the subwoofer to check it and putting it back in turned into over a half hour fiasco because instead of threading the sheet metal or welding in a nut they used flimsy clips that fall off once you take the speaker out... If that wasn't enough for some reason I have a SVC setup that was used in Camaros... *flips crap over and leaves*
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 16, 2016, 06:48:15 PM
Today I... FINALLY finished the timing belt job on Yota! 


I had a 2002 Lexus, basically a Camry. It's not too bad of a job to change the belt on that one. I think it took me 4 hrs.

My A$$!  Took me the better part of two days.  Mostly because I could NOT find certain parts I needed.  If I would have had every part (AND TGOL) I'd needed right then and there, I'd guess the labor took about 10 hours.

Even then, after it was done, I turned the key and it fired right up.  No leaks and ran great :-)  Then I remembered the water outlet housing that had broken upon removing the motor mount brace from it.  Have to tear the whole top of the engine apart to get to it.  That means more money in parts and more time wasted :-(

It might be high time to get rid of this thing....

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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 16, 2016, 08:05:16 PM
Went on a great cruise with the Indy Firebird Club.  Fabulous weather here in Indiana.  After a slow start we headed to southern Indiana with its twisting roads for some fun.  Visited historical Rising Sun, Indiana.  Ate at a local diner and over all a great time with friends and Firebird enthusiasts.  Met a local young fan that saw our cars and stopped by.  He has a 1991, 305 5 speed.  He and is dad, who in his younger days had a 77 TA joined us for lunch.  Driving back stopped to gas up and another car guy came over and invited the group to a car show outside of Indy.  All this is one of the aspects that I enjoy; meeting others that enjoy cars, whether Firebirds or not, it is all good.   
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Post by: Mumbles on April 16, 2016, 08:24:36 PM
GM never ceases to amaze me, so for one what should've been a five minute job taking out the subwoofer to check it and putting it back in turned into over a half hour fiasco because instead of threading the sheet metal or welding in a nut they used flimsy clips that fall off once you take the speaker out... If that wasn't enough for some reason I have a SVC setup that was used in Camaros... *flips crap over and leaves*

I totally know what you mean when you mention the clips.  I just replaced the 2 Rear Quarter Panel Subwoofers in my 2000 WS6.  The clips don't want to stay in place.  They either fall off into the quarter panel or wanna stick to the magnet on the Sub.  I found giving them a little pinch before sliding them into place kept them where they need to be. 

The fact that they're clips instead of permanent fixtures did work out well for me.  I'm not sure the mounting holes on the aftermarket Subs I installed were in the same location as the factory pieces.  So being able to move the clips around made mounting much more simple.  I didn't have to drill any new holes.  :)
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Post by: Casey on April 16, 2016, 09:20:24 PM
GM never ceases to amaze me, so for one what should've been a five minute job taking out the subwoofer to check it and putting it back in turned into over a half hour fiasco because instead of threading the sheet metal or welding in a nut they used flimsy clips that fall off once you take the speaker out... If that wasn't enough for some reason I have a SVC setup that was used in Camaros... *flips crap over and leaves*

I totally know what you mean when you mention the clips.  I just replaced the 2 Rear Quarter Panel Subwoofers in my 2000 WS6.  The clips don't want to stay in place.  They either fall off into the quarter panel or wanna stick to the magnet on the Sub.  I found giving them a little pinch before sliding them into place kept them where they need to be. 

The fact that they're clips instead of permanent fixtures did work out well for me.  I'm not sure the mounting holes on the aftermarket Subs I installed were in the same location as the factory pieces.  So being able to move the clips around made mounting much more simple.  I didn't have to drill any new holes.  :)
Yeah I took and squeezed the clips with some pliers and it worked out, when I go to replace the other side I'll know to catch the top two clips.  I'm just more irked about it having the wrong system, the wiring hasn't been messed with and it's a Delco speaker so it's not due to a previous owner...
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 16, 2016, 09:38:35 PM
.....the squeaking came back, so much for me thinking the other day it went away and just fixed itself :lol:
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 17, 2016, 09:48:55 AM
.....the squeaking came back, so much for me thinking the other day it went away and just fixed itself :lol:

Sometimes turning up the stereo will take care of it :lol:
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Post by: gm muscle on April 17, 2016, 10:01:13 AM
.....the squeaking came back, so much for me thinking the other day it went away and just fixed itself :lol:

Sometimes turning up the stereo will take care of it :lol:

Yes sir it does. Add A/C noise and it even drowns out the high-pitched squeal of your brake pads wearing  thin....so much that you've got to replace your rotors! (This last October )  :lol:
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Post by: Casey on April 17, 2016, 12:40:27 PM
My car is surprisingly quiet, it's a lot quieter than the '96 Z28 my father had but his also had T-tops.  Of course once I do the intake and subsequently the exhaust it'll be a bit louder inside, but those are good noises to hear.
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Post by: Jack on April 17, 2016, 07:36:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp2SQtuU2-A
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Post by: TA6.6Liter on April 17, 2016, 08:12:21 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp2SQtuU2-A

Yes, now that is what I'm talking about.  Light em up if you got em.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 17, 2016, 08:54:54 PM
I was expecting it to be held out longer. :P
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 17, 2016, 09:58:05 PM
haha, thanks guys... everyone has told me not to worry about the squeaking so for now, radio up is what will be. and yeah, when i first started the car and it was nice and peaceful out, there was some noise i could not pin-point, but again, radio fixes that one!!!

that's a bad ass ride Jack, and ;) haha, nice.... wonder when i will finally get them wheels spinning on my ride :shock: i did manage to fish-tail it a bit the other day coming into a street from a sub-street, it was fun and it was very well controlled so no crap in pants from the passenger :lol:
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 17, 2016, 10:01:56 PM
oh, and am ordering a sun shade for the front window and also will be ordering some seat covers since the driver seat is torn a bit, and the seat covers will be better here for the SoCal hot weather, rather then the leather seats... and also going to be looking to get a cover for the front dash, the glare from it on the window is nuts!!!
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Post by: Casey on April 17, 2016, 10:26:43 PM
I'm glad I have cloth seats in mine, hold me in better and no burning my thighs. :P  As far as the dash goes if you used interior cleaner on it and then hit it with Meguiar's Ultimate it won't be super shiny, almost like a satin or semi-gloss sheen to it.  The sun shade is a good idea though, I need to get around to finding a custom one for the fourth gen since nothing else is nowhere big enough.
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Post by: kali_74TA on April 17, 2016, 11:47:57 PM
I'm glad I have cloth seats in mine, hold me in better and no burning my thighs. :P  As far as the dash goes if you used interior cleaner on it and then hit it with Meguiar's Ultimate it won't be super shiny, almost like a satin or semi-gloss sheen to it.  The sun shade is a good idea though, I need to get around to finding a custom one for the fourth gen since nothing else is nowhere big enough.

my dash has a couple cracks in it too so figured maybe a good way to cover it up, keep the interior clean/last longer and get the shine away, but will keep the Meguiar's product in mind and on the list.... as to the sun shade, i think i found a place that makes them specific to the car, my neighbor has purchased stuff from them before and says they fit well on his trucks and an SUV. i think it's like $65, but may be worth it if fits well in the 4th gen. if you want to wait i will most likely order this coming week, although they say it can take up to 2 weeks for delivery as they don't stuck, they cut to the specific car and order and then ship.
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Post by: DeCaff2007 on April 18, 2016, 06:11:28 AM
Today I... actually this entire past weekend... wasted about $500 and 18~ish hours fixing my daily driver. That time estimate includes labor, parts runs, and tool fabrication.  I'm highly, HIGHLY upset about all of this.  That's  a lot of time and money to be wasting on a frikken vehicle with over 270K. 

Oh and also, that water outlet housing that I was talking about...  I ended up snapping a sensor off inside it  :evil:  That meant I had to break out my mad tap and die skillz :-)  What I REALLY needed was a helicoil.  Didn't have any that size, and on a Sunday.... good luck finding anything. 

Ha, I used a massive amount of teflon tape and snugged it up.  So far so good, but I don't trust it.  Then I put everything back together again only to have a fuel injector o-ring go bad.  Fuel everywhere.  Junkyard trip number 3 for the weekend. 

Everything said and done, I took poor Yota for a "spirited" test drive.  darn thing runs better now than it ever has.  The kicker:  The CEL has not turned on since the new timing belt was installed.....

If something catastrophic on this car fails one more time, I'm done with it.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on April 18, 2016, 01:43:36 PM
Would it be easily possible to replace the free spinning body bushings with the front sheetmetal on the car?
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 79GoldnTan on April 18, 2016, 06:35:34 PM
Replaced all mine ,the two in the middle,front of main body, I had two remove inner fenders due to spinning nuts, cages were barely welded. Passenger side was much easier to remove than driver side. Well worth the effort.
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Post by: Casey on April 18, 2016, 06:41:10 PM
I'm glad I have cloth seats in mine, hold me in better and no burning my thighs. :P  As far as the dash goes if you used interior cleaner on it and then hit it with Meguiar's Ultimate it won't be super shiny, almost like a satin or semi-gloss sheen to it.  The sun shade is a good idea though, I need to get around to finding a custom one for the fourth gen since nothing else is nowhere big enough.

my dash has a couple cracks in it too so figured maybe a good way to cover it up, keep the interior clean/last longer and get the shine away, but will keep the Meguiar's product in mind and on the list.... as to the sun shade, i think i found a place that makes them specific to the car, my neighbor has purchased stuff from them before and says they fit well on his trucks and an SUV. i think it's like $65, but may be worth it if fits well in the 4th gen. if you want to wait i will most likely order this coming week, although they say it can take up to 2 weeks for delivery as they don't stuck, they cut to the specific car and order and then ship.
Ahhh ok, ye I have one small crack in mine next to the vent in the cap I need to get around to fixing but to do it right I need to figure out how to pull the cap and not make things worse than they are in the process.  Going to fiberglass it from the back so cracks will be a distant worry, I have thought about wrapping it in vinyl or carbon fiber as well but I can't decide.  If the sun shade turns out really well I'd like to hear about it, at the moment I'm using a Foose one I bought for my Celica and then used in the Miata.  Was too big for them but in the Firebird it does well enough to shade the steering wheel and shift knob and keep the cracked area out of the sun. :lol:
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 18, 2016, 07:09:24 PM
Today I... actually this entire past weekend... wasted about $500 and 18~ish hours fixing my daily driver. That time estimate includes labor, parts runs, and tool fabrication.  I'm highly, HIGHLY upset about all of this.  That's  a lot of time and money to be wasting on a frikken vehicle with over 270K. 

Oh and also, that water outlet housing that I was talking about...  I ended up snapping a sensor off inside it  :evil:  That meant I had to break out my mad tap and die skillz :-)  What I REALLY needed was a helicoil.  Didn't have any that size, and on a Sunday.... good luck finding anything. 

Ha, I used a massive amount of teflon tape and snugged it up.  So far so good, but I don't trust it.  Then I put everything back together again only to have a fuel injector o-ring go bad.  Fuel everywhere.  Junkyard trip number 3 for the weekend. 

Everything said and done, I took poor Yota for a "spirited" test drive.  darn thing runs better now than it ever has.  The kicker:  The CEL has not turned on since the new timing belt was installed.....

If something catastrophic on this car fails one more time, I'm done with it.
270K is a lot for any vehicle, but from what I can recall you've pretty much replaced all the major stuff so you should be good for some time.  It sucks having to fix older cars but it's a lot cheaper than a $300+ monthly payment on something that's losing value faster than you're paying it off.  Then the difference in insurance and tags etc...
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on April 18, 2016, 07:26:29 PM
Replaced all mine ,the two in the middle,front of main body, I had two remove inner fenders due to spinning nuts, cages were barely welded. Passenger side was much easier to remove than driver side. Well worth the effort.
Ok, I'll wait to reassemble the front once I do the bushings. Just sitting idle on it is killing me, I did use Rustoleum Hammered Rattle Can paint to cover one of the SFC. We 'll see how it looks tomorrow
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 18, 2016, 09:18:12 PM
Just ordered a small phoenix decal to put onto the panel between the tail lights, the lack of birds finally got to me. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on April 18, 2016, 10:13:53 PM
I'm glad I have cloth seats in mine, hold me in better and no burning my thighs. :P  As far as the dash goes if you used interior cleaner on it and then hit it with Meguiar's Ultimate it won't be super shiny, almost like a satin or semi-gloss sheen to it.  The sun shade is a good idea though, I need to get around to finding a custom one for the fourth gen since nothing else is nowhere big enough.

my dash has a couple cracks in it too so figured maybe a good way to cover it up, keep the interior clean/last longer and get the shine away, but will keep the Meguiar's product in mind and on the list.... as to the sun shade, i think i found a place that makes them specific to the car, my neighbor has purchased stuff from them before and says they fit well on his trucks and an SUV. i think it's like $65, but may be worth it if fits well in the 4th gen. if you want to wait i will most likely order this coming week, although they say it can take up to 2 weeks for delivery as they don't stuck, they cut to the specific car and order and then ship.
Ahhh ok, ye I have one small crack in mine next to the vent in the cap I need to get around to fixing but to do it right I need to figure out how to pull the cap and not make things worse than they are in the process.  Going to fiberglass it from the back so cracks will be a distant worry, I have thought about wrapping it in vinyl or carbon fiber as well but I can't decide.  If the sun shade turns out really well I'd like to hear about it, at the moment I'm using a Foose one I bought for my Celica and then used in the Miata.  Was too big for them but in the Firebird it does well enough to shade the steering wheel and shift knob and keep the cracked area out of the sun. :lol:

cool, i'll let you know
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: kali_74TA on April 18, 2016, 10:14:57 PM
Just ordered a small phoenix decal to put onto the panel between the tail lights, the lack of birds finally got to me. :P

i'm missing the bird and most of the wording in the between the tail lights panel so will probably at some point get something as well :) take before and after pic for us  :-D
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 18, 2016, 11:36:40 PM
Just ordered a small phoenix decal to put onto the panel between the tail lights, the lack of birds finally got to me. :P

i'm missing the bird and most of the wording in the between the tail lights panel so will probably at some point get something as well :) take before and after pic for us  :-D
I'll throw a picture up once it's on, hopefully it being in purple works out like I think it will.  I was thinking of putting a matching one that's larger onto the front bumper, but kinda meh on putting decals onto paint.  There had been someone selling what you're needing where it was the "Trans Am" lettering and phoenix but it seems their listing is gone at the moment.
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: Casey on April 19, 2016, 02:37:06 PM
Bought a set of Corvette 17x9.5 sawblades with practically new B.F. Goodrich Sport Comp-2 tires since I needed new tires anyway, and it didn't cost any more than a new set of tires for the stock 16x8's.  Hard to beat that. :P
Title: Re: Today I...
Post by: 77 TA man on April 19, 20