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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #440 on: July 14, 2015, 10:49:07 PM »
Not to high jack your thread but I took your advice on the paint and it came out great.  The paint, at least this color, was a bit thin so it look multiple coats, the I am very happy with the end result.  Thanks.



Your motor looks awesome!! Great job!
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1972 LeMans Convertible
1977 Trans Am
1972 Firebird
1971 Firebird
1970 Firebird
1977 MGB  Roadster Convertible

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #441 on: July 14, 2015, 10:55:46 PM »
Thanks for the compliments! I have to say I'm always motivated and inspired by many of the members on TAC and the projects and work they do.
Jim
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #442 on: July 15, 2015, 11:34:24 PM »


I went to a Wednesday Night Cruise tonight here in Vegas, smaller group of some really great guys. It was near the airport. I managed to get a photo of my Trans Am with a Southwest 737-700 on short final to runway 25L at McCarren Airport.

I like the evening Cruise In meet ups during the week, especially during the summer. Always an enjoyable evening!
Jim
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1972 LeMans Convertible
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #443 on: July 16, 2015, 04:18:37 AM »
Great photo. Glad to see you are getting some miles on her!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #444 on: August 23, 2015, 05:14:53 PM »
Yesterday My Trans Am just hit the 100K milestone. When I bought the car it had 95K on it, and when I finished the restoration it had just passed 96K. Since last summer I have put about 4,000 miles on it, and close to 1000 miles since the EFI conversion. Still enjoying every drive I take more and more.





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1972 LeMans Convertible
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1977 MGB  Roadster Convertible

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #445 on: January 14, 2016, 04:58:57 PM »
Your car ended up Drop dead Gorgeous Jim Nice Job! And you got it done in an AMAZING time too.
Very very nice restoration and very conservative and tasteful modification and upgrades I might add very nice !

NOW What do you figure its worth? IF YOU WERE GONNA SELL IT ? & I know your not but if you were?

Whats all that time and investment worth? be honest I know what you make at work and I know what I make and I can tell ya ruffly what your labor is worth too and if you add it all up and be honest with your self and me with how much you got in her.
And please be honest here Wasn't there one in your search that was already done and really really nice but what you considered way to expensive at the time BUT in the end It would have been way cheaper to buy in the end ? please be honest.

And I get it believe me I know its not the same! I know! but to the others that may be reading that cant do all the work or as much as you did on your own what is the way to go buy it or do it yourself?   especially if you don't have all the tools and equipment and a big place to work on it or are thinking of Flipping it in the end.

PS I didn't know you were qualified to be an A&P that explains a lot shame you never got chance to take test. Glad you got your ATP though wish I had stuck to my dreams, I raised kids instead ended up loosing the wife & one of the kids to a nasty divorce oh well I don't regret it too much lol. 


Again fantastic job cant wait to see it in person if your ever out here in Pahrump.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #446 on: January 15, 2016, 10:22:04 PM »
Great thread! Sharing the products and knowledge. Your attention to detail is insane just as everyone said. Gorgeous car and enjoy!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #447 on: January 23, 2016, 03:37:24 PM »
Honestly I would value the car at 1.6 billion, ( kidding..). Honestly I had it appraised and insured for $38k. Although that does not represent market sale or current prices or anything else, it is what it is.
The entire project with the purchase cost I put about $25-30K total, my personal labor was free. I personally had about 700-1000 hours of my time into it over the course of  14 months.

Honestly it is fair to say, I could have bought one sorta similar at a lower price. In fact there was one I looked at that was purchased for 30k and it was almost identical to mine ( same color, engine, Trans etc).  A smarter more sensible decision would be to go that route, however I am not smart and sensible always.... Haha.

I always wanted to do a full restoration myself. I also wanted to build the car and make the way I wanted specifically . I loved doing this project and it has been worth every bit of time and money.  All in all I can't buy the expeierence that I got from doing this project and certainly I could not afford to have paid for the experience ( labor rates at most shops run $60-90/hour). All in all, I'm glad I did it this way.

Recently I bought my second project car, a 1972 Pontiac LeMans Convertible ( has factory installed GTO body package). I'll drive it home in the next week or so and I plan on putting a Pontiac 455 in it. The car is in good condition with no major rust and it is all original with no major issues. Should be another great project!
Jim

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1972 LeMans Convertible
1977 Trans Am
1972 Firebird
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1970 Firebird
1977 MGB  Roadster Convertible

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #448 on: January 23, 2016, 08:22:42 PM »
convertible  hell yea!
MY BUILD THREAD:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=41850.0

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #449 on: January 24, 2016, 02:58:47 PM »
Honestly I would value the car at 1.6 billion, ( kidding..). Honestly I had it appraised and insured for $38k. Although that does not represent market sale or current prices or anything else, it is what it is.
The entire project with the purchase cost I put about $25-30K total, my personal labor was free. I personally had about 700-1000 hours of my time into it over the course of  14 months.

Honestly it is fair to say, I could have bought one sorta similar at a lower price. In fact there was one I looked at that was purchased for 30k and it was almost identical to mine ( same color, engine, Trans etc).  A smarter more sensible decision would be to go that route, however I am not smart and sensible always.... Haha.

I always wanted to do a full restoration myself. I also wanted to build the car and make the way I wanted specifically . I loved doing this project and it has been worth every bit of time and money.  All in all I can't buy the expeierence that I got from doing this project and certainly I could not afford to have paid for the experience ( labor rates at most shops run $60-90/hour). All in all, I'm glad I did it this way.

Recently I bought my second project car, a 1972 Pontiac LeMans Convertible ( has factory installed GTO body package). I'll drive it home in the next week or so and I plan on putting a Pontiac 455 in it. The car is in good condition with no major rust and it is all original with no major issues. Should be another great project!
Jim



Hi Jim
I appreciate your honesty and Your skills and ability but still you cant ignore your labor neither one of us work for free nor does any one else and at 40 hr x 800 hr = $32K which is more than fair all things considered and ya add it to moneys spent say $27K brings grand total $59 GRAND! and the car looks it too you have every right to feel very proud of it.
But it drives home the fact that it would be cheaper to buy one already done.
Yes I know its fun doing the work but most days its just that WORK!

Perhaps this time around with the GTO you'll come out to my little world and think about learning to paint it yourself in my Paint Booth? Save your self some money this time around? Any one can build an engine or bolt nuts and bolts together Paint & body work interior work is were the money is at. People don't care what engine is in it or what it runs like as long as its got a good interior and Paint!

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #449 on: January 24, 2016, 02:58:47 PM »

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #450 on: January 24, 2016, 08:16:36 PM »
The one thing I learned about through the Trans am was I learned a lot about electrical work as well as a quite a few more things.
I totally agree it is cheaper to buy one done and finished, I've heard that advice before and it's true.
Painting is the one thing I haven't done. I think this might be the car I learn to paint.
Right now I can't wait to drive it back to Vegas and get it going!
Jim
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #451 on: January 24, 2016, 11:30:13 PM »
My biggest hardest thing has been learning to Tig weld sheet metal and hammer welding Sheet metal For Rust repairs.
Next biggest and coolest was learing to Paint and re-Plating parts with Cadmium for that silver look on parts and gold parts.
I would like to learn Chrome next.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #452 on: January 25, 2016, 01:02:46 AM »
My biggest hardest thing has been learning to Tig weld sheet metal and hammer welding Sheet metal For Rust repairs.
Next biggest and coolest was learing to Paint and re-Plating parts with Cadmium for that silver look on parts and gold parts.
I would like to learn Chrome next.

Why not Mig?  Much easier, especially in hard to reach spots.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #453 on: January 25, 2016, 06:01:53 AM »


Wow!  What a great find; that is my all time favorite GTO/Lemans body style with the long hood and the hood scoops.  And a convertible as well.  A good resto-mod on that and it will really be worth a lot.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #454 on: January 26, 2016, 11:10:23 AM »
My biggest hardest thing has been learning to Tig weld sheet metal and hammer welding Sheet metal For Rust repairs.
Next biggest and coolest was learing to Paint and re-Plating parts with Cadmium for that silver look on parts and gold parts.
I would like to learn Chrome next.

Why not Mig?  Much easier, especially in hard to reach spots.

All welding systems have there place even Mig I do still use Mig on the Car just not for sheet metal
Tig welding and Gas welding are better suited for sheet metal repairs Both will leave a much softer bead for Planishing out and a smaller heat effected zone in the Metal which means Less Warping of the metal. i can keep the heat effected zone down to smaller than a Dime with my Tig welder and with Gas not much larger. again smaller heat effected zone softer bead easier to work = less work

Mig weld bead is Rock hard and brittle and can crack not only after grinding but when Plannishing the bead or even long after its harder than the steel your working with so it is creating a stress point in the panel.
There is a Product called easy grind wire by ESAB but still your using a Mig welder which is very HOT andd still wont let you run a Bead for true welding your still Zap let it cool Zap let it cool Zap over and over again bead on top of bead over and over with Tig or Gas you just weld a bead about an inch long Hammer it out and do it again, welding whole panels all at once is not unheard of either. 
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #455 on: January 26, 2016, 03:22:30 PM »
I did use a 4 gauge wire to ground the alternator as well. This does improve the ground aspect of the charging system as well using a ground from the battery to the frame. Adding the additional ground wires will improve the electrical performance overall and it is really easy to do. What it does is create a more efficient path for electricity to flow thus reducing voltage drop.

Jim

How did you go about grounding the Alternator with a wire?  I've noticed any terminal to connect a ground to....  Just curious.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #456 on: January 26, 2016, 03:54:39 PM »
The alternator is grounded from the case, to the battery, simply as a means of better grounding and overall charging performance
Jim
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #457 on: January 14, 2018, 04:02:03 PM »
So I have had my T/A restored now for about 3 1/2 Years now. Over the summer my girlfriend fell in love with it. She really loves driving it . She had no problems with the mechanical clutch and drove it like a pro. She has been helping me out quite a bit on restoring the 72 LeMans for the last few months. She really loves working on these cars with me and wants me to get another TA OR Firebird so she can drive my 79 more. Which is pretty good because I’d love to get another Firebird.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #458 on: January 14, 2018, 04:20:09 PM »
Been a while.  Glad to hear some form of update on this one.  This was one of the best projects done on this website.

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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #459 on: January 15, 2018, 07:59:02 AM »
Glad to see you still have the car and that its running strong.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #460 on: February 27, 2018, 07:34:17 PM »
Sweet job fella!  As you can tell by my username I'm a HUGE fan......glad to see another one alive and kicking!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #461 on: February 28, 2018, 06:24:22 AM »
Too bad all of the pictures are lost.
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #462 on: March 17, 2018, 11:13:06 PM »
I see flikr is the better way to post pics. Once I get that figured out I'll repost some of them
Jim
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #463 on: March 18, 2018, 07:21:52 AM »
Too bad all of the pictures are lost.

If you're use the Google Chrome browser, you can download a free add-on that makes the blocked photos re-appear. I'm able to see all the photos in this thread, or any other thread with blocked Photobucket pics. Here's the link to the add-on. I'm using the 2nd one called "Photobucket Embedded Image Fix". 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/photobucket%20embed%20fix?hl=en-US

There's one for Firefox too, if you look for it in Firefox "add-ons".
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Re: 1979 Trans Am 400/4speed
« Reply #463 on: March 18, 2018, 07:21:52 AM »
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