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« on: August 09, 2010, 04:16:02 PM »

It took about a year and a half to get to this point...I found this car on craigslist in Pensecola FL after searching for an atlantis blue TA for months....The guy said it was still for sale and right away I made the 8hr trip with a trailer to check it out and hopefully score this 79...I showed up and checked out the car..it didnt run but was in good shape..kinda... so we made the deal..The car was actually VERY original. Original engine, trans, rear, nothing touched and all service records. The man who sold it was now in a wheel chair and didnt have the time to restore the car but was happy to see someone come along to bring it back from the dead.  he was the 2nd owner and even gave me the original window sticker. I later found the buildsheet in great shape behind the rear seat. When we got it home the engine and trans were taken out and rebuilt. some rust repair done (was in Chicago for some time) holes in the toe boards, trunk floor, fenders.... changed all subframe mounts...they were shot big time...put in pro touring f body solid ones, pro touring GT suspension kit, all new pro touring heavy duty steering parts, new brakes all around...new interior- steering wheel, dash cover, seats, carpet, weathstripping, plastics....next on the list is air conditioning and new wheels....I'm thinking the Year One 17X9's but would like to see how they look with a lowered suspension.













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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010, 05:31:45 PM »

Wow the car looks great.  Hope you enjoy it . I know I would.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 06:26:25 PM »

Wow, that Atlantis blue is one sharp color. Fantastic work!

I'll be tackling some of the same bodywork you went through. I hope it turns out as good as yours!
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 07:18:31 PM »

Now that is Sweet!   Very Happy

I can't get over how good that blue on blue on blue looks...

Another bird lives again...The phoenix on the hood must have been a vision of the future back in the 70s...its like pontiac somehow knew that many would rise again to prey on civics and priuses 30 years down the road.
makes me very happy.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2010, 09:32:07 PM »

Looks like u got 2 nice looking things on that trailer.  Wink And the car looks great too. Laughing
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010, 03:37:24 AM »

Thats a beautiful job....one of my favourite 79 colours, too. Talk about back from the edge.....you did real well!
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2010, 08:14:10 AM »

Beautifull! Now, if your going for totally correct, paint that window trim flat black, unless you like the chrome. Nice job!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2010, 01:46:30 PM »

thanks guys... I think it came out great. took a while but was well worth the wait....next are some Year One 17X9's

Good eye Maryland Bandit...I actually switched to the polished aluminum at the last moment just cause I liked the look...
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010, 12:09:54 AM »

Nice work - did you have the dash pad redone or is that a cover?
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2010, 05:29:06 AM »

Nice work ,were those aluminum bushing that you installed ?hows the ride with them better or the same.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2010, 07:12:21 AM »

No unfortunately it's just a dash cover. Eventually I'd like to get a new dash.

With the solid mounts I really don't notice a huge difference in the ride from before. It is a bit more rigid but I think I like it that way. I plan on putting subframe connectors, that's why I went with the solid mounts. 
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2010, 12:09:02 PM »

That look great!  Nice work!
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2010, 02:12:15 PM »

you did a very nice job on your'e car, i like the color also
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2010, 06:19:55 AM »

Spanky very nice work. I like the  Alantis Blue as well. Those 17X9 will look great on your car.
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2010, 09:17:29 PM »

Really is a fine transformation!

What supplier did you get your steering wheel from?
Looks like stitched leather.....nice and beefy.

Great color combo!
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2010, 01:53:16 PM »

I couldnt find anyone that made new light blue ones but I actually found a person on ebay that takes your core and restores and re covers it...came out great.. I went to the junk yard and took a beat up steering wheel to send them..I still have my original and it wasnt as beefy, but I like the beefier wheel..
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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2011, 09:45:26 AM »

I didnt get the year one 17" but I restored a set of original 15x8's...also added PTFB subframe connectors...



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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2011, 10:26:23 AM »

Car looks amazing.  I really like the stance of it.
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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2011, 11:51:03 AM »

The car looks great.  That color really pops in the sun.  very nice.
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2011, 12:44:36 PM »

Beautiful car.  Really nice work, and a great result from a home garage.
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2011, 03:28:17 PM »

Car looks amazing.  I really like the stance of it.
i 2nd this remark, very sharp. never really gave the Atlantis Blue it's due justice, until now. sharp!!!
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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2011, 05:53:14 PM »

 Cool man that is a sweet ride looks awesome
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2011, 06:59:10 PM »

Gorgeous car man, love that color.  You really turned her around!
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2011, 07:21:18 PM »

Awesome Job! Very Happy
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2011, 06:33:26 PM »

Enjoyed seeing your progress and the car looks great. What difference in ride did you notice after installing the subframe connectors?
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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2011, 08:15:18 PM »

Noticed a world of a difference!! My car used to make a nasty flex noise coming up the driveway. All gone. Nice and Stiff now. And handles awesome.
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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2011, 05:15:58 AM »

That is a sharp looking ride, nice stance.
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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2011, 05:35:50 AM »

Spanky that is such a sharp looking T/A.
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« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2011, 06:40:07 AM »

Thanks guys.
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« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2011, 06:44:05 AM »

very nice. I am envious.

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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2011, 07:38:04 AM »

Hands down the best looking blue I've ever seen on a car.
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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2011, 06:23:03 AM »

Sweet job...outstanding colour!
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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2011, 04:47:08 PM »

I couldnt find anyone that made new light blue ones but I actually found a person on ebay that takes your core and restores and re covers it...came out great.. I went to the junk yard and took a beat up steering wheel to send them..I still have my original and it wasnt as beefy, but I like the beefier wheel..

HAve any info on that ebay guy? I have an 81 with the brown/gold interior and would love to get the wheel done up!

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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2011, 10:33:57 AM »

their names were Joe and Sue...Dont know if they still do but its worth a try...586-677-2719
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« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2011, 10:42:19 AM »

That TA looks fantastic........WOW !!   Shocked Surprised Very Happy
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2011, 12:39:35 PM »

man that thing has a great stance looks a lot better with those wheels
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