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My War Bird
« on: December 26, 2010, 02:10:11 AM »
My car when i bought it in 2002


A strange noise coming from the engine prompted me to pull it and dissasemble it within the first 6 months of having the car

Ahhhh theres the problem I broke the crank clear in half

Well then a steel crank then and why not bump up to 461

Machine shop guys are cool tons of knowledge only wish i could hang out with them more

Well that looks like an improvement

Valve covers where expensive and a pain to get but they do look good

Well after a long time and some upset code enforcment people you are off to the body shop


New year one quarters and floorpans some patch work around the cowl and rear glass then someprimer and polar white
 
some color but im not so sure I like th front wheels

well there is so much more than meets the eye h-kis tvs springs quick ratio box subframe conectors and all cleaned up out back with new leaf springs and shocks all around

after a long time the body and engine are reunited it almost brought a tear to my eye


Dooooh the larger pan doesent clear the crossmember the old riged engine mount are broken  crap I take it back i am crying

Always wanted a car with a cage i think this one is the one

how about some butler heads that will do that..... will...... do

Now befor anyone gets upset the car was not numbers matching to begin with i thougt i bought a 76 the vin says its a 81 and i happen to like the 70-71 front nose the engine is a 68 YE block so if i do the math I still end up with a 76 1/2 so if you dont like it its my car and you can kick sand the only saving grace is as far as i know it was always a trans am and I love that it's a hard top, had a t top turbo T/A didn't care for it

as of 2011 its been a long road and im happy I came down this path there are less construtive ways to spend money and time and ther are more constructive ways to do the same but for me ther are not as many that are as rewarding as this I hope to have her out to some local shows in central florida maybe even a couple of trips down the quarter within the next year i hope to see others out there and share my story with them i have never done the show seen so i guess i will see what its like



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Re: my War Bird
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 04:01:34 AM »
Great first post and welcome to TAC! Don't worry about the purists, build it the way YOU like it!
Past:        1972 Dodge Charger
               1984 TA 5.0L HO 5spd
               1986 Dodge Diplomat Police Cruiser
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               1999 Suburban LT 4x4 (DD)
Someday:  C5 Corvette
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Re: my War Bird
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 06:50:32 AM »
 Thanks Larry ,it is good to show the car to other people that like them and get there input  I'm still trying to get the posting thing down im not verry goodwith computers
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 08:21:40 AM »
Welcome nice car great job :-D


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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 10:10:14 AM »
 Also thinking that i want to install automeater phantom gauges and some red coverd toggels as well as a (dont hate me) the push button start out of a S2000 they look the best i think i will put the switch pannel in where the ac controls where it will go with the cage i think and give the car a race car feal does any oue have any experience in this kind of project if so your input would be grately helpfull and appreciated if not do you think it is cool or not let me know
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Re: my War Bird
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2010, 03:30:07 PM »
If you're going for the push button start, retain the key in the column for the ignition and also the steering lock...a lot of the push button start kits want you to disable the steering lock.

I like what you've done...nice bit of custom work. Interested in how it turns out.
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010, 05:03:12 PM »
 Thanks, I cant take credit for all the work tho alot of it is the machineshop and bodyshop and partsguy i had planed to keep the  key as a kill switch and thought it would be kinda dumb to not have have a lock on the stearing coloum it would be rather ez to steal but i am not all that well gifted in the electrics department i am tracking i will need some relays for the button and switches  and not so sure about the gagues i'm still thinking about the turn signal indacators and im sure ill run into other problems as well but its kinda far from that point right now i will keep  you posted on the progress
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011, 12:34:37 PM »
Some very nice work there.
Welcome!

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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 05:06:00 AM »
     Thank you George sorry about taking your screen name I did not see your name until after I  posted my project I can change it if you would like but if you are ok with it i would like to keep it its somthing of value to me, any way i got my gauges orderd they where a little expensive but i think they will look good in the car still working on the switch pannel idea and starter also got my nose bird and stripe on the car as well (working on the pictures ) and got a scorpion stud griddle on the way. looked into SD performance mega bore brace but am worried I dont want to pull the engine apart all over to put them in they say you can put them in in a assembled short block but i would be scared of knocking some casting flash loose and into my crankcase so i passed on it not worth the risk and besides if I tore it all apart i would be tempted to do some other things to, the snowball has to stop somewhere. has anyone used the lokar TH400 electric trans kick down if so how is it is it worth buying 
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 08:07:52 AM »
Nice looking project you have there. I'm a fan of the early front ends as well and I think you made it look nice on yours. Gimme a shout if you're around Tampa and would like a hand with anything. I'm not the smartest man around, but I take direction well!
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 10:48:41 AM »
Andrew,
I have no problem with the name.
It's really not a copyright thing. ;)
I think it's great to see that name.
Instead of names like thunderchicken.
To me, anything with Trans Am and chicken don't have a thing in common.

George  8)

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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 10:10:38 AM »
     George

   Thanks I think so as well on the firechicken thing I hate it when people say that as well, Mike I was looking at your posts and would love to see some pictures of your car i am especaly intrested in the HPP car and also see that we have a simalar engine buld so I thougt I would tro some specs out there and see how happy you think i will be with it it's stroked out to 461 with .30 over SRP flat tops,file to fit crome molly rings and an eagle crank at the time the forged piece was not avalible and a custom crank was not in the finances it has the H-beams that come with it frome eagle next i went with a milidon pan and melling  high vol&press pump and a high vol water pump as well at first i rebult the #15 heads that where on it but later went with a set of buttler heads the 87cc altoh i do have to admit i got crazy at first and orderd the 72cc but quikly called them back when I thought about having to run race gas did get them to mill it to where i would have about 10.5 to 1 tho it has a comp cams 480H.... cam and matching pushrods and lifters on 1.5 scorpion roller rockers and an edelbrock performer intake I hav an 800 cfm edlbrock carb for it i  am a bit worried about hte colling system if it willbe good enuf its a be cool radiator with a dule flexalite elc. fan set up fule will be fed via areomotive elc. fule pump and regulator right now i am woried about my cam if i will be happy with it or not and break in procedure i will not be able to be there for that part i hav entrusted it to the machine shop but read some postings on the forum about that subject and how tedious it can be, any way thougts on the buld 
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2011, 03:54:16 AM »
Got some more photos today to share












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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2011, 10:27:03 AM »
Sweet looking trans am.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2011, 05:32:58 PM »
That white paint looks sharp!  :-D

George  8)

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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2011, 10:26:56 PM »
Man you have done a amazing job with this TA!!! Keep up the great work and the awesome pictures...
What do I know, I'm just some dumb peckerwood that lives in the country with too many guns...

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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2011, 04:31:29 AM »
     Thanks

 everyone for all the complements and encuragement I should have some more pictures coming next week or this weekend 
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2011, 05:22:27 PM »
Well as promised got some pictures of the finished decals














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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2011, 11:41:01 AM »
Nice!
I always liked that color combo with the stripes.

George  8)

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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2011, 11:11:38 AM »
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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2011, 02:42:21 PM »
SWEET!!!!!
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« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2011, 08:11:02 AM »
Now that's talent! Awesome work!! 8)
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« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2011, 12:49:14 PM »
Looking great man. As long as your happy with it, that is all that matters! The only reason #'s matching would even matter would be if you were going sell and try to get max $$$ for it. I love it.
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« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2011, 02:07:36 PM »
   No I think this one is for me I intend to drive it, shine it and maybe a pass or two down the 1/4. Some times I feal like I have put max$$ into it but hey "PLAY THE GAME" right I think someday for the next one a 68 GTO will be a car I would like to have but for now I'm good. Had to have a garage installed on the house for this one so later just not to far down the road, I hope befor there arnt any more to be had or thy are crazy money any way there is my rant .......... can't say thank you to everyone on tac enough for all the advice and encuragement!!
I'm expecting to drive it for the first time in like nine years next month...... how does stuff like that happen ?
 
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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2011, 05:25:28 AM »
Car looks awesome Andrew.
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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2011, 12:39:57 PM »
Thats a real head turner! I love the paint/decal combo.
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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2011, 07:56:42 PM »
The car looks great. Can't wait to see it person. Let me know when you get it on the road. It would be nice to cruise with another 2nd gen bird.
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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2011, 06:01:59 AM »
This trans am WAS a#s matching 1976 tran sam,when sold thank you very much.


I think the car looks great. I guess I am a bit confused though, You say it was a 81 Trans Am? Someone did a good job swapping out the tailpanel previous to you owning it, from the pics you would never know, since the tailpanel on 79-81 was totally different from the 74-78 tailpanels.

I can't blame you for making it the way you want it if it had been changed up so much previous to you owning it. I will admit that if it was a real 76 Firethorn red Trans Am I would cringe, since I think that was one of the sharpest and pretty hard to find Trans Am combinations.
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« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2011, 07:37:06 PM »
SO..... A termite walks into a bar and ask where's the bartender.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

.... I'm thinking it's best to agree to disagree.

Also keep up the great work on the car, it looks awesome!!!!
What do I know, I'm just some dumb peckerwood that lives in the country with too many guns...

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« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2011, 11:00:59 PM »
SO..... A termite walks into a bar and ask where's the bartender.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

.... I'm thinking it's best to agree to disagree.

Also keep up the great work on the car, it looks awesome!!!!
What is your point,im confused.
I'm just throwing in my stupid sense of humor to try and derail this ongoing disagreement. Owner knows what he has/ Seller knows what he sold, agreeing to disagree, I say. But as my signature says, what do I know.  :lol: I'm just trying to enjoy some threads of other peoples projects...
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« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2011, 08:58:34 PM »
You really have this baby looking nice, great job !
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« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2011, 10:42:44 AM »
It breaths once more!!!




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« Reply #34 on: July 09, 2011, 04:57:15 PM »
Very very nice  8) its your car do what you want to it  :D

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« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2011, 03:30:16 AM »
Looking good!!!!  :cool:
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« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2011, 09:42:30 AM »
Thanks my wife says when it started it took her breath away, my buddy says she is terified of it and will not drive it wich is a good thing I guess the boath of them tell me the video does not do it justice I am away on bisiness and can't wate to get home to it !!!!!
 
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« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2011, 01:27:02 PM »
wow, what a nice car.

I like what you did with it, I am getting ready to start a project and I am not going back to its original.

I like your interpratation of a super car. 

Good luck

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Re: My War Bird
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2011, 07:47:47 PM »


Drove it for the first time in a long time last week  still have some work to do with the interior and am having trouble with the brakes I had to go with a smaller boster to clear the valve covers and with the cam well I don't think I have much vacuum and it shows when I hit the brake pedal I wonder if anyone has had a similar problem and had to go with a elcetric vac pump or a belt driven one?
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« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2011, 02:02:06 AM »
you could try a Hydroboost system....run by your power steer pump rather than vacuum. You can buy kits for 2nd gens with brand new Hydroboost units.
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