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nate428t/a

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New Owner - 1979 T/A
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:46:49 AM »
Hello all. Just signing up here to have a resource for my new toy.

I just bought a 1979 Trans Am, white exterior, light blue cloth interior. It was originally a 301 car, but the prior owner that restored it put in a 428 from a 1969 in it.  I'm not sure if the transmission is original, but it is a TH400.

So I'm happy as a kid in a candy store at the moment. I'll be poking around checking on what peculiarities these cars have. I've liked them since I was a kid (I'm 35) and have worked on/owned many different types of cars over the years. This is my first Trans Am, but my third F-body (a 3rd and 4th gen Camaro).

I also have a slow moving 1981 Corvette project that takes up residence in my garage. If anyone has a thing for working on SMC fiberglass and wants to take it off my hands, I'll be more than interested to discuss it with you.

Oh, here's a pic...

'79 T/A
428 Engine

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 07:58:23 AM »
Nice car. If mine wasn't black I think I'd want white.
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 08:11:46 AM »
Nice Car!  welcome to the forum 8)
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nate428t/a

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 08:14:05 AM »
Nice car. If mine wasn't black I think I'd want white.

Thanks. I'm going to have some fun with it.

Here are some of the pics lifted from the sale listing.

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 12:08:06 PM »
nice looking car.  Good luck with it.
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 04:01:27 PM »
Welcome, Where you form?
I'm from Michigan and there has been a T/A just like that with the 428 in it for sale for a few years  now.
 

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 06:07:34 PM »
Welcome, Where you form?
I'm from Michigan and there has been a T/A just like that with the 428 in it for sale for a few years  now.
 

I am in Houston, the car came from Oklahoma.

I might try to track down the guy that did the restoration and see if I can get any moe info.
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 08:30:32 PM »
Nice car.   I like the white w/ blue combo.
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2012, 09:25:34 AM »
Welcome and thanks for posting.  You won't have to spend much time surfing TAC to find this group to be incredibly knowledgable and helpful to anyone with an interest in 2nd Gen 'Birds.

To answer your question, the TH400 transmission would not have been original in any Firebird after 1974.  When the catalytic converter showed up in '75, GM had to switch to the THM350 (smaller case) for clearance.  This wasn't a big deal anyway since power was down enough that the beefier THM400 wasn't needed.

Also significant is that putting any pre-1970 Pontiac block in any post-1970 Pontiac requires a specific adaptor as the moutning holes are different on earlier blocks.  This is somewhat visible in the pic of the underside (oil pan), and it looks like it was done well - important given the torque characteristics of the mighty 428.

Look like you did well and have a pretty neat combo out of the box.  Thanks for posting and keep pics coming as you enjoy your new toy! :cool:

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2012, 07:29:07 AM »
Very nice...whoever did the 428 conversion did a sweet job.  :cool:
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2012, 06:58:06 AM »
Nice looking Trans Am!!! Hopefully it will bring you many pleasant rides.

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2012, 09:52:04 AM »
Always been my favorite color scheme, the white w/ blue.

I will be painting my '79 the same.

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 06:54:34 AM »
Welcome and thanks for posting.  You won't have to spend much time surfing TAC to find this group to be incredibly knowledgable and helpful to anyone with an interest in 2nd Gen 'Birds.

To answer your question, the TH400 transmission would not have been original in any Firebird after 1974.  When the catalytic converter showed up in '75, GM had to switch to the THM350 (smaller case) for clearance.  This wasn't a big deal anyway since power was down enough that the beefier THM400 wasn't needed.

Also significant is that putting any pre-1970 Pontiac block in any post-1970 Pontiac requires a specific adaptor as the moutning holes are different on earlier blocks.  This is somewhat visible in the pic of the underside (oil pan), and it looks like it was done well - important given the torque characteristics of the mighty 428.

Look like you did well and have a pretty neat combo out of the box.  Thanks for posting and keep pics coming as you enjoy your new toy! :cool:

Thanks for the info. It was a bit of a leap of faith buying an engine swapped car, but it looked to be done well, so I took a chance there.

First up will be a set of 255's. The sad 225 Kelly radials are showing dry rot and are about as hard as billiard balls.  I know this thing has a ton of torque, but spinning at half throttle gets a bit obnoxious. I'm going to do the remote solenoid thing to hopefully cure the hot start issue, and then some non-sagging rear springs.

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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 09:46:59 AM »
Hello amd welcome. Very nice T/A. I would go with a mini starter and 15X8 snowflakes and throw 275/60/15 tires at it. Have fun driving it.
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Re: New Owner - 1979 T/A
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2012, 04:29:20 PM »
Beautiful

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