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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1400 on: September 08, 2018, 12:55:12 PM »
Simple fix on a rainy day; change the speedometer driven gear from a 20 to a 19-tooth.  Online calculators all pointed to a 19. The car came out of restoration with a 22 and 10% off.  The change to a 20 was still not right, maybe 3-5% off by GPS, so getting it dialed in now.  When the rain stops, I can check it properly.  Also, located the typical oil pan plug leak. I had concern it was the rear main, so glad it is not.  Have tried to stop it at the plug a couple of times, so not sure what I might do differently.  Don't want to over tighten it.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1401 on: September 09, 2018, 05:38:54 PM »
I had a drip at the drain plug on my car. The plug gasket can crack and leak over time. I bought a new drain plug at NAPA for a few bucks and problem solved.
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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1402 on: September 09, 2018, 06:01:20 PM »
I bought a new drain plug at NAPA for a few bucks and problem solved.

Just gasket or entire new threaded bold and gasket?

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1403 on: September 09, 2018, 06:16:12 PM »
I bought a new drain plug at NAPA for a few bucks and problem solved.

Just gasket or entire new threaded bold and gasket?

Entire threaded plug with gasket. It was very inexpensive, something like $4 as I recall.
Steve F.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1404 on: September 10, 2018, 12:36:27 AM »
Glad to see you are still around. Hope you have been able to put some miles on the car regardless of the issues.
I never really liked the plastic washers. I try to find the fiber ones. Like TA6.6 said most auto parts store have them.
79 Trans am 301 (work in progress) LS swap n progress
79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1405 on: September 10, 2018, 01:44:34 PM »
New oil pan plug and gasket ordered from NAPA.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1406 on: September 10, 2018, 03:18:49 PM »
x2, good to hear from you again. Hows the pace car doing?
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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1407 on: September 11, 2018, 09:30:59 AM »
Kerry, the 80 Indy PC I doing fine. We drove it to TA Nationals this year. It has the typical defects, like a broken arm rest connection, but that's it.  Also have to find the correct front seat belts, or send these to Snake Oyl for rewebbing.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1408 on: September 12, 2018, 07:23:04 AM »
A running car in any condition is better than none. Sounds like just a few little details are needed. Glad you could make it to the nats with it.
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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1409 on: September 12, 2018, 09:34:35 AM »
Some minor fixes to complete. The shop didn’t use the two brand new screws, or any, that I bought for the attachment of the bottom of the dash bezel. Plus, lost one off the twist locks and female receptor for the under steering wheel panel.  I got originals of these parts and just have to install.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1410 on: November 08, 2018, 08:06:26 PM »
Couple more fixes.  Driving home from the Pontiac, Illinois GTO show in September, the steering belt became very loose; nearly able to pull it off the pulley, loose.  Replaced it in case it was glazed.  Drove it to work yesterday and the fan clutch seized up, so lots of noise.  I broke it loose, but it seized up again on the way home.  Looks like this weekend is set for a replacement, which I got today.  Just waiting for the weekend to get it installed.

Also, the right front parking light socket has a break in the ground wire.  A friend getting me an original off one of his parts car on Monday.  There is an intermittent electrical issue I've not chased down.  When I hit any hard bump, like an unexpected pothole, the tach, rear tail lights and the two outer lights on the tach and speedo all go out.  Then if I hit another bump, they all come back on.  Haven't figured that one out yet, but likely a ground issue.  Really only a concern if I drive it at night, which is not often; I try to not even before this event. 

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1411 on: November 08, 2018, 09:04:38 PM »
Finding the problem wire will be a lot of fun to track down...good luck.

Charlie

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1412 on: November 13, 2018, 07:13:09 PM »
Drove the car about 50 miles and suddenly a very loud roaring sound from the engine bay.  When I stopped, I popped the hood, but saw nothing unusual, nothing leaking.  Figured it might be the fan clutch.  Tried to turn the fan and it was locked up solid. Well, so other than the noise, it's not a critical fail, so drove it home.  Replaced it and all is good.  Still some electrical bugs to squash, which I described in another thread http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=80140.0;topicseen.

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Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1413 on: November 13, 2018, 07:39:26 PM »
Replacement front, right turn signal socket installed.  Works fine.  I think I'll try to fix the original broken one.  I will have to disassemble it.  Oh well, can't get more broken, right  :) 

Re: 1st restoration: 1977 TA 6.6 4spd
« Reply #1413 on: November 13, 2018, 07:39:26 PM »
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