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80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pic 8/23
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:50:29 PM »
 Got a deal on a 80 T/A couple of years ago. It has a 403 that turned over when I got it. Got it from a kid that could not deal with the amount of rust repair it needs. Some would part it out. That is what I  got it for, But I hate to kill a bird. Then I ran across a shell on e-pay.  The owner prior to the kid drove the car until the gas or brake lines rusted through.  It has a Cincinatti air port parking decal on it so I guess it saw lots of salt. It is rusted through from the toe boards back. ALL 4 Spring points where protruding through the body!
Here it is when I got it home.


This is drivers side back seat area.



Rear trunk drivers side.



Here is the shell I got. 400LB Striped to the bone.



And of course it needs Frame Rails! Darn it.  :mad:

So I plan to cut it across at the toe boards and at the rear window posts and replace the bottom and rear of the shell.   :shock:  Thus saving an old bird.
 Suggestions as I go are welcome, this is a major project and I am not a pro.  :???:

I would like to take this car to Nats this year 2012. So I started. Here it is Feb.

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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 02:14:18 PM »
I don't mean to be negative, but that car isn't even a parts car.  Save yourself the money and aggrivation and get a better bird.

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 11:38:26 PM »
Aww come on don't be so negative!  I see some good parts like a seat belt, a trunk latch, and striker bolt! ;-)

Best of luck to you on that project.  You'll be practically cutting away the firewall and VIN plate and attaching new body parts to the rest of it =)
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 11:51:54 PM »
WOW I'm going to keep an eye on this one just to see how it ends!

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 12:53:51 AM »
My hat is off to anyone who can chop/splice bodies at this skill level
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 12:57:42 AM »
Good luck.......but unless you're experienced and have nothing else to do, that project is not going to be at the Nats this year.
Keep as much of the original 80 shell that you can, take lots of measurements and use light guage tubing tacked into the shell where required (before you cut the shell up) to give reference points for the new parts to welded in.
Get a Fisher Body Manual for the late 2nd gens to help out with info.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2012, 07:39:17 AM »
Have a fisher body manual. and the new used rear shell will bolt to the back of the front frame. I am not building a show car but when done it will be a solid driver. 14hr to this point with my brother doing most of the work under my supervision. Weather got rainy, cold and windy again so stopped until fair weather returns.

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2012, 12:42:32 AM »
Sounds like you're on top of things. Good luck with it.....my congratulations on getting your brother to do the hard work, lol.  :lol:
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2012, 08:42:50 AM »
i have my eyes on this for sure.hope it works out ,as i have seen worst cars getting fixed ,im sure anyone puts there mind to do something it could be done.


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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 10:52:02 AM »
Any more progress?
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 01:04:50 PM »

wow.  let us know the updates.



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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012, 01:11:29 PM »
Well...in that case go for it and keep us updated.

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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012, 03:43:43 PM »
Lifted the hood. Latch is missing. Another part to acquire. Was dissapointed to discover it does not have a 403 as thought,  :-(  but a 4.9 L (301?).  I am going to start the engine to make sure it is good before welding 1/2's together. Am trying to do this as cheap as possible, but safe. Thinking of fabricating a roll bar for it. Any one know what .134 thickness translates into inches? Got a quart of POR15.

Got the firewall and dash off of the shell.



Then got both 1/2's in the garage.



Need the last 16" inches of both frame rails, and 12" inches of the center front curve of drivers side.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012, 08:47:52 PM »
I did the same major surgery with my '80 Indy Pace car.  It's definately doable if you are commited to the project for the long haul.  My advice is forget the time schedule.  This is not a reality show!  Take your time.  Work on 1 small segment of the project at a time to completion, and take extended breaks from the project every once in a while.

I spent 7 full years on my resto project and I did the whole thing myself.  I did most of the work in my heated shop in the winter then took a break during the summers to work on other projects around the house and yard.  In the end - regardless how long it takes - you'll have a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in your finished car.

Here are a few clickable links of my Indy and the donor shell before:

<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=397781234" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-397781234.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=397781340" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-397781340.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=401345693" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-401345693.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=401345696" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-401345696.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=397781333" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-397781333.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=397781331" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-397781331.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=10&imgid=401345699" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1349/11130836/23853639/t-401345699.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com" />[/url]


And a few of the finished car - including matching cat!


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Good luck!  Can't wait to see your finished project!
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2012, 09:40:18 PM »
 Thanks for the encouragement. Your car turned out really sharp.  It looked like you took the wind shield out. I was wondering when I cut the second rear pillar off if the T-top roof weight will crack the wind shield ?  Cat is cute.
 What kind of MPG do the 301's get?  I noticed this one has cruse control too. Cool.
 I have a friend that is going to help me learn to paint. I have lots of extra body parts to practice on. But that is a ways off. Will be thrilled when it drives.

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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012, 09:17:52 AM »
  It looked like you took the wind shield out. I was wondering when I cut the second rear pillar off if the T-top roof weight will crack the wind shield ? 

You definately want to support any part of the car that is cut apart from the main structure.  These are unibody cars - meaning the entire body of the car depends on the whole for proper support and structural stability.  I would remove all of the glass from both the main car and the donor car before you begin.  In order to do a proper restoration of the magnitude you're attempting, you'll want to have access to every part of the metal body - including the windshield and rear window mounting grooves.  Plus, the butyl adhesive that GM used back in the day tends to dry out and seperate from the glass as it ages.  If your inner metal dash/cowl panel was rusted out at the corners inside where the glass, A pillar and dash meet, your windshield is most likely leaking.

 
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What kind of MPG do the 301's get? 

I'm really only familiar with the turbocharged 301 engine but it's my understanding that the turbo 301 was rated at around 12-15 mpg.  I rebuilt my engine and bored it .030 and am currently getting 13-14 mpg. And that's with under 1000 miles on the new engine.  Everyone tells me that mpg should improve after "break-in" which is after about 3000 miles.  Not sure if these numbers are the same for the N/A 301.
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2012, 07:00:03 AM »
There was a little bit of rust going on in the front sub frame. the top bolt snapped off in middle.


 I made the rear pillar cut on a seam thinking it would be easy to match up and re weld. It was easy to cut and line up but hell to weld. Did not know it was lead filled there. Would have cut lower if I knew.


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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2012, 03:03:11 PM »
I did the same thing on the sail panel cut.  I was advised by David Mars at Texas Trans Ams to stay away from that lead seam and cut lower but I decided to ignore his advice and try to stay with the factory seam.  I was afraid that if I didn't measure perfectly when cutting lower down that all the glass wouldn't fit correctly.  By seperating it at the factory seam you can't go wrong with the measurments but dealing with that lead was sure a pain!  I ended up learning how to work with lead and worked it back in the way the factory had it.

If I had to do it again though, I'd stay away from the lead!
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2012, 03:29:39 PM »
Nice you got the 2 parts welded up ,any other pics of trouble spots you ran into?


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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2012, 04:06:51 PM »
 Well I did not remember until it was flipped back over that one was a 4-speed and the other an automatic.  :???:   Made some very careful cuts here, with lots of measuring. Really just followed the frame cross member under the floor. That bolted to the front frame and did not allow any play.   I will say I woke up to the difference of lead slag and regular metal slag rather quickly the first time it went down my tennis shoe. It does not shake off like normal metal it sticks to ya. Owwwwww.  Dhuuuu.......thats why they wear boots!
  Oh and no one stocks sheet metal J clip nuts for the front of the rear leaf spring holder. Had to mail order them. Every one carries the flat ones.
Guess I am going to learn how to do Leading now!   




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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2012, 02:38:39 AM »
My panel ship guy (experienced restorer of musclecars) does not like the lead....he (and I agree with him) says it work hardens from constant flexing, then cracks...water seeps in and gets under the lead then rusts the body. Every 2nd gen I've owned has had cracks starting at the roof seam leading.
He pulled the lead out of my roof seams on my 71 and replaced it with a quality filler that he says will not crack like lead does.
Time will tell, I suppose.
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2012, 06:44:59 AM »
 The door fit, so it looks like everything lined up ok.


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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2012, 07:36:29 AM »
Nice job so far ,its coming together well, how do you like the roller wheels that you have under the car have you used them yet,,i have the full pan ones and i find they are ok ,but the engine side is a little heavy to push around alone....i think the steel wheels are to blame or the bearrings.


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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2012, 08:20:53 AM »
 Thanks for the encouragement.
Got them for Christmas right before the price increase from Harbor Freight. They work well once all the wheels are facing the same way you are pushing. A clean floor is a must. It really is a pain when one drops off the edge of the drive in the dirt!  Big space takers when not in use. Like that I can move 2 cars in short time with out needing 2 sets of dollies. One can also cheat and use 2  under the front wheels and a floor jack under the center of rear end.
 
 Brake lines and gas tank straps have been ordered and shipped.
 Discovered that rear trunk hinge spring rod is left and right sided not interchangeable.

 If any one has a lower passenger door hinge bolt plate from inside the door I need one, also a driver side toe board. Key word is Cheap/usable.

 Have scraped off all the gasket and sealer from T-tops and front & back window tracks and put Por 15 on the rust.

It is taking longer than thought. I can do things on the inexpensive side installing good used parts, but just don't have it in me to 1/2 ass it where it will need redone later.
 
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« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2012, 12:32:31 AM »
Here! Here! Great job Mark better to do it right the first time than resto your own ride every 5 years. this is a quick lesson I learnt early on in my resto but it wasn't lazyness just not the right way of doing it.
That's why TAC has been such a big help when you think you have done it right a see someone else do it and heaps of feedback do you then think well have I done it correctly?  :D

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« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2012, 08:16:19 AM »
Middle of May and it is moving slow.  Had to take a front gas tank strap mount bolt off of another car to match it so I could install new straps. Best match I found at ACE Hardware was 14x1 Sheet Metal Screw for .23 cents. (fits 3/8" socket) E-mailed the company I got the straps from so they can inform others that may inquire. The company had a diagram but it did not have screw size.  I used Bondo instead of lead on rear window pillars. Familiar with working with it and safer for me. The front floor board pics show where I welded. Got 24 cans of yellow paint at auction for 3 bucks so I use it to protect bare metal that will be covered by carpet. Should have primmer painted Bondo before painting it shows through.









Dash is holding up reassembly of Interior. I keep over sanding! That and I am looking at roll bar options still.   :-?

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« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2012, 09:29:01 AM »
Wow, not many people would do all that work to save a bird.

Impressive stuff!
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2012, 10:19:13 AM »
The secret to having the sail panel seam not crack is to fully weld the seam, not just spot weld it like the factory did.  Fixed many cars this way, have yet to have one crack.
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 5/18
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2012, 10:47:02 AM »
You have alot of work accomplished so pat your self on the back!  Something I learned is Tractor Supply sells all their bolts,nuts washers etc...by weight.  You can buy all your bolts etc....you need for a fraction of the cost online or anyplace else.  I grew up breaking rusty bolts and buying new stuff there is so much easier.
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 5/18
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2012, 06:36:27 AM »
  I welded the sail panel straight across inside and out. It should hold.
 Will check out Tractor supply, we have one in town. Ace is just closest.
 Have decided to wait on a roll bar until after I rebuild the 455 that has been hibernating in the corner.  Will put a roll bar in the car it goes into. That one  will bracket race. This car has a smaller engine, 4.9 and cruse control so it should be a good highway trip car with better MPG.
  Got to use another new tool. Nut splitter on rusted bumper bolts. It sounded cool when they would crack pop apart under pressure. The bumper pulled out of the old shell with no unbolting it was that rusty.

 
Wow, not many people would do all that work to save a bird.

Impressive stuff!
Thanks, Just working with what I got as I can.  :cool:  Kind of old school and like to do it myself if possible.

You have alot of work accomplished so pat your self on the back!
 Yea, I got a photo copy of a open hand pined on the wall I lean on repeatedly.  :lol:
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 5/18
« Reply #30 on: July 14, 2012, 01:13:48 PM »
 Got new fuel line in mail today, now to bend it. Put brake fluid in master cylinder and of course front lines leak and need replaced, rusted through.  Used some card board to make a pattern from a good fender, and cut patch metal out of a metal shelf to weld into bad fenders.  Check out the negative battery cable, 3 strands where left unbroken. Then replacing it I broke the stud it goes on.  













And I bent the bottom of the passenger door putting it on.



Got the dash done.




Still working on getting rear seat belt bolts free.


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« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2012, 01:59:37 AM »
You might get them out...but I reckon I'd get a cutting disc and cut the head or the back of those bolts off, then punch the rest through.
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 7/14
« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2012, 06:05:55 AM »
Yup, a few seconds with a cutoff wheel in your grinder will take care of those.  Trying to get the nuts off otherwise looks like a recipe for a painful hand injury, as they'll probably snap before they turn.
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« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2012, 04:59:41 PM »
 Yeuup Will cut them off. At least they arn't special bolts like the torx ones.

Oh! they are torx.  Ok used a pipe wrench and torx in a ratchet and they broke loose after weeks of soaking in PB blaster. I stood on the pipe wrench with my feet while my brother turned the torx and held it in at the proper angle to not slip out.


Ordered front brake lines Monday. hope the master and proportioning valve are good.



 Still trying to get to drive it to Nats (this Year). Do they have a trophy for worst driven?

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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 7/14
« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2012, 11:17:12 AM »
Fender pieces look good!

How the hell did you bend the door like that!  :shock: :lol:

Tell me thats a "this side up" decal on the sail panel... awesome  :lol:

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« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2012, 01:14:45 PM »
"still trying to get to the nats" Gotta love your optimism. Hope it works out for you.
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 7/14
« Reply #36 on: July 18, 2012, 09:16:02 PM »
Fender pieces look good!

How the hell did you bend the door like that!  :shock: :lol:

Tell me thats a "this side up" decal on the sail panel... awesome  :lol:

 Bent the door with a floor jack trying to adjust it. It should bend back ok.
 Yes it is a this end up sticker off a shipping box. good catch.
I'll be at Nats with something may be the "good one" as my wife calls it cause it has a paint job from a shop.

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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 7/14
« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2012, 08:08:29 AM »
 The brakes are on after getting "correct" ones still had to tweak them but lots better than the miss-labeled ones I was first sent. Three week holdup. After telling the wife I did not need to buy any more parts, I had to go out and get a Master and rear wheel cylinders. Fuel line return and exhaust left to do before getting on the road.


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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pics 7/14
« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2012, 01:31:33 PM »
The brakes are on after getting "correct" ones still had to tweak them but lots better than the miss-labeled ones I was first sent. Three week holdup. After telling the wife I did not need to buy any more parts, I had to go out and get a Master and rear wheel cylinders. Fuel line return and exhaust left to do before getting on the road.

That reminds me of about every project I did on my car.  :lol: You do something and think you are done, and you end up needing to spend more money to get more parts. That is why I refer to my car as a money pit.

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
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Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pic 8/9
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2012, 03:29:35 PM »
  4 days until I leave for Nationals and it is darn close to drivable.  Will not take it. I am meeting up with a caravan and would feel bad holding them up it it broke. Actualy my luck it would wait untill I was driving home alone and die.
 I got the exhaust on as you can see it is a no cost custom job that will get replaced later. After two days of looking found my drive shaft at my brothers. Of course it lost the two bearings off the u-joint so I got to buy one. The battery I bought has to go back. It will not hold a charge. Will pick up window trim clips at Nats so windows are not in.  Have also managed to loose the E-brake cable coupler. Interior is back out while trying to get a radio that works in it.

Started exhaust with left overs.

Ended up with this ending in front of rear axle.



Re: 80 T/A 1/2 Shell Replacement .................. New Pic 8/9
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2012, 03:29:35 PM »
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