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

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













More photos to come.
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 05:40:22 PM »
After the day of tear down, I started to focus on some of the areas of concern such as the floor pans



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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 05:47:26 PM »
Next my dad and I started to give some of the attention to the quarter panels and installed some new quarter skins from Goodmark. The one side was really bad and needed replacing, whereas the other side was repairable. But, I decided to replace both sides to match.













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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2009, 06:35:38 PM »
Once we got both of the quarters on, it was time to move onto the under carriage and the patching floor pans. Once I replaced all of the panels, I painted the whole underside and floorpans with POR-15.















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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009, 06:40:20 PM »
I wanted to get at least two wheels on the ground!!! :cool: I also painted the rear end with POR-15.







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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2009, 06:54:49 PM »
After that I wanted to make the car a rolling chassis again. About this time I was getting ready for my Graduation from High School. I wanted to have it done so people could see the work that I had done so far. I also painted the whole sub-frame with POR-15. It also had new front springs, bushings, ball joints, and tie rods. I bought a complete sub-frame rebuild kit from NPD. I had the A-arms sandblasted and painted with POR-15.







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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2009, 07:05:51 PM »
Nice progress, I have a few 76 T/As and I really like that year. Two of them are 4 speeds and the others are automatics. Keep up the great work on her.  8-)
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74 Admiralty Blue T/A 455 auto
75 Candy Apple Red Firebird 350 auto
76 Cameo White T/A 400 auto
76 Starlight Black T/A 455 4 speed
76 Sterling Silver T/A 400 4 speed
77 Glacier Blue Esprit 400 4 speed
81 Black Formula
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76 Carousel Red T/A parts car -sold-
76 Trans Am parts car
78 Skybird parts car  -sold-

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 07:06:25 PM »
Now I was thinking about college and not getting much done on my restoration. :( But I persisted and started working on the engine transmission getting those ready for installation. I tore the engine apart and found out that it was already rebuilt!!! It still had the cross hatching in the cylinder walls, and the bearing had no wear!!! So I put a new oil pump, timing set and gaskets in the motor, just to be safe. Rather be safe than sorry. 







If you look close you can see them!!!








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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 07:07:50 PM »
Thanks, it has been a very slow process. I am still adding pictures!!! :cool:

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2009, 07:14:39 PM »
The process slowed down as I got into college. I didn't do as much on it as I would have liked, but money was a huge factor. I cleaned up and repainted the original A/C box



Decided to swap in electric cooling fans from a 1999 Camaro to free up some HP.


I am sending all of the brackets that I made out to get powder coated gloss black.


Put on the rest of the accessories, got some Hooker's headers, and swapped out the quadrajet for an Edlebrock 600.


Haha, you can see all of the dust that has accumulated on the A-arms.
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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2009, 07:21:53 PM »
I swapped out my original 100 mph for the 160.


I found a donor car that had a perfect black dash!!!


I was looking at the metal piece that comes before the dash and it had rust specs all over it, so I decided to remove the window and refinish the whole piece.







I also put down some sound deadener that came with my carpet from NPD.
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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2009, 07:27:52 PM »
Now that about brings me to present day. I have not done much to the car besides a few tinkering things here and there. I recently found some rust free front fenders from someone in NJ. My dad and I are planning on getting the car prepped for paint by the spring. So over my spring break I am going to be sanding down the doors, hood, fenders, and anything else that needs to be prepped and get that ready.





You can see that it has become a place to put anything that doesn't belong on the floor. But I will keep this updated and let you guys know how I am progressing.
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2009, 07:29:40 PM »
I am still looking for a good set of fender spoilers if anyone has a good set. Also I will be needing a good shaker.

Thanks,
Ryan

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2009, 07:44:44 PM »
ahh, spring break. I hope I can get enough time to put on my intake during mine.

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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2009, 08:24:11 PM »
That shouldn't take that long, I'm sure that you will be able to.

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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2009, 09:21:23 PM »
true, but as I can believe you would agree, those teachers always want something regardless of breaks

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2009, 02:44:24 PM »
Nice work there!  I too have a heart-felt affinity for the '76 model year TAs and it always makes me smile to see one coming back to life!  I am quite sure that you will be busy on Spring Break with teh TA being this close to getting back on the road!  :grin:

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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2009, 04:31:36 PM »
Thanks Lee it's good to know that it's so close to being back together. I see that you have a Sterling Silver '76, and that's the car's original color, and what I plan on painting it in the spring.

Thanks,
Ryan

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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2009, 04:48:30 PM »
Thanks Lee it's good to know that it's so close to being back together. I see that you have a Sterling Silver '76, and that's the car's original color, and what I plan on painting it in the spring.

Thanks,
Ryan

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

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2009, 05:08:19 PM »
One of my 76's is supposed to be a sterling silver car with medium blue interior. It's a factory 400 4speed but is currently white. I've seen a lot of siver 76's around, it must be a popular color for the year.   :-?
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75 Candy Apple Red Firebird 350 auto
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77 Glacier Blue Esprit 400 4 speed
81 Black Formula
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« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2009, 05:57:24 PM »
One of my 76's is supposed to be a sterling silver car with medium blue interior. It's a factory 400 4speed but is currently white. I've seen a lot of siver 76's around, it must be a popular color for the year.   :-?
Yeah, it appears that it's (arguably) the most common color for the '76 Trans Am.  I think that Firethorne Red gives it a hard race though!  SS with a blue interior...wow, would love to see a pic of that!  I am torn about restoring mine with the factory black seat covers or going with white. 

Later,

Lee
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« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2009, 07:21:47 PM »
Thanks guys, I really appreciate all of the positive feedback. It has been a long ride, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I really hope to have the car painted by spring so I will keep you all posted with plenty of pictures.

Thanks,
Ryan

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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2009, 06:32:57 AM »
Looks great.
Keep up the good work!

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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2009, 07:56:16 PM »
Make sure to block that whole quarter as mine looked good but upon closer observation was wavy i used the same skin as yours i couldn't feel anything but after blocking the Black E.D.P. Primer it showed.

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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2009, 09:36:33 PM »
Thanks for all the responses. And thanks for the advice, I will definately do that. Thanks a lot!!!

Ryan
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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2009, 08:26:29 PM »
Looks like you're doing a great job. The car will mean so much more to you by buildng it from the ground up like that. Can't wait to see it finished.
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2009, 12:32:40 PM »
You're really making good progress. Keep up the good work.  8)
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2009, 01:12:45 PM »
Got a lot done towards getting her painted. I did like you said ronj1977, and just removed the E. D. P. then we primed and blocked the quarters. It turned out great, and I am very pleased with the results. My dad has been doing the body work and has been doing a great job. I think he is just as excited as I am.  :D  I will post up some pictures shortly of what I accomplished over break.

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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2009, 06:09:00 PM »
Where did you get the trunk drop outs?

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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2009, 08:14:43 PM »
I got them from a Goodmark dealer. I got the trunk extension panels and the quarter skins from the same place. I'm not sure if you are in the central NY area, but the place was Camaro Specialties in East Aurora.

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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2009, 08:23:26 PM »
I bought the dual speaker upgrade from NPD, so I could have a much better sound quality



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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2009, 08:31:45 PM »
I removed the rear glass to get rid of any rust that had accumulated over the years, and I am glad I did because most likely the glass leaked. I also refinished the panel on the rear of the car that is in between the glass and the rear package tray.







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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2009, 08:52:26 PM »
Now onto the real exciting part. My dad surprised me and took off 3 days from work to help me on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. He is very good at doing body work and we got a very good chunk of the body work done. I was a parts runner and got him whatever he needed from sand paper to body filler to gear oil. Haha :-P I needed to replace the gear oil in the transmission and the rear end. I did that while he did the body work. We are very pleased with the results and are very close to finishing the shell of the car. Once we get that done I will buy the paint and get the shell finished, and paint each piece as we go. I am getting so anxious to finish her up. It has been almost 5 years since I first bought her. But we got a lot done and couldn't be happier.

This was Wednesday









This was Thursday















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





That's it for now. I will keep you all updated with lots of pictures.
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« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2009, 11:04:36 PM »
Very nice work!  Thanks for the pics and update! :cool:

Later,

Lee
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2009, 08:46:21 AM »
The diamond plate on the radiator looks good, it would look better chromed.  ;-)
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74 Admiralty Blue T/A 455 auto
75 Candy Apple Red Firebird 350 auto
76 Cameo White T/A 400 auto
76 Starlight Black T/A 455 4 speed
76 Sterling Silver T/A 400 4 speed
77 Glacier Blue Esprit 400 4 speed
81 Black Formula
75 Silver Formula parts car -dead-
76 Carousel Red T/A parts car -sold-
76 Trans Am parts car
78 Skybird parts car  -sold-

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2009, 11:50:46 AM »
I know  :-( I would have sent it out to be chromed but it had surface rust all over the piece so I decided to paint it with some POR-15 that i already had. I think that it turned out pretty good though because its so subtle.
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2009, 04:36:27 PM »
I got the roof sanded down last weekend and got it ready to primer. I also decided to buy the RodLinks Clutch Linkage for '70-'81 Camaro / Firebird. Which I got installed.


 
I buttoned up some loose end things that I had been meaning to do for a while. It was mostly a catch-all day. I hope to get the whole shell into primer this weekend. I will make sure to take lots of pics.
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1976 Trans Am LS1, 6 speed, C5 12.8" Brakes, LS1 rear 12" brakes, 17" Aluminum Rims, and much more...SOLD
My Build: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=24465.0

New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!!
« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2009, 03:24:19 PM »
I haven't touched the car until this weekend, and now I have my dad to do the body work. I have the car centered in the garage and ready to start getting everything ready to paint.









I refinished the tail panel and am slowly getting the rest of the car into primer.
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1976 Trans Am LS1, 6 speed, C5 12.8" Brakes, LS1 rear 12" brakes, 17" Aluminum Rims, and much more...SOLD
My Build: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=24465.0

New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2009, 11:34:23 PM »
You guys are coming along real nicely.....thats going to be a good clean car when you're done, all painted in those hard to reach spots that shows the difference between a good job and just a quicky paint job.
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2009, 06:24:34 PM »
Keep us posted, I enjoyed seeing the progress you have made. :lol:
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Re: Restoring my 1976 T/A on a budget!!!! Updated
« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2009, 06:24:34 PM »
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