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jonathonar89

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #120 on: July 22, 2018, 10:14:05 AM »
Got some updates this week.

-Dave from PTFB came through and dropped off my suspension parts.
-After Dave came by, I got my control arms fully disassembled.  Once I got them dissassembled, I fitted up the AFCO lower control arm bushings in the frame and tack welded the sleeves in.  Those things are awesome!
-Frame, suspension and other engine bay parts should be getting dropped off for sandblasting this week.
-Finished welding in my Lab-14 lower control arm reinforcements.   

Some more parts ordered...
-UMI LS swap brackets.
-U-Pol Raptor Liner kit
-U-Pol Raptor Epoxy Primer Kit
-Lanolin wax kit for rust proofing the insides of cavities.
-621 Bellhousing for using a 4spd trans behind the LS
-'79-'81 WS6 backing plates from Facebook
-Hawk HPS front pads
-1LE front rotors


Untitled by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #121 on: July 22, 2018, 11:40:33 AM »
Congrats on the new home!  Good to see you're making progress on the car.
John Paige
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #122 on: July 22, 2018, 12:32:49 PM »
Congrats on the new home!  Good to see you're making progress on the car.

Thanks John!  Hope all is well with you.  I wasn't trying to get into house at this point in time but it's more-so just happening.  This is pretty much what has forced me spend the money to get the car rolling again.  Since I'm doing all of this rather sudden, it has lead me to chase down the best parts I can get while staying on a low budget.  Besides the PTFB springs/shocks, AFCO bushings and some other things, I will be using GM supplied parts for the most part. 

I'm really excited to see how everything works out with the stock style 1LE front and WS6 rear brakes.  I have the master cylinder that Dave supplies so we're going to try it as a manual setup. 

One thing I'm wondering about is whether or not I'm going to need longer control arm studs like you supplied for Zack's Camaro.  Even though I have offset cross shafts for the upper arms, Dave was saying that I will probably need a lot of shims for a good alignment due to the +.5" lower and +1" upper ball joints.  We will have to see how much clearance I have once the engine is positioned in the frame. 

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #123 on: September 26, 2019, 04:39:52 PM »
Hey guys,

Been a while since I've posted on this thread...once again.  So many stories since last year.


LS1 story..........
This year I purchased an LS1 to have an engine shop build and set the 4.8 aside in the garage.  After going through some big purchasing, the owner of the shop I was trying to work with ended up making a big fit with me on the phone about deciding to get the heads ported and purchasing a camshaft.  The moment that happened, I decided to stop the process and pulled the LS1 out of the shop.  I didn't want to do business with the guy anymore.  Absolute rip-off.  Paid $5,000 for assembly, machining and dyno time.  Once I decided to pull out, they decided to order pistons/rods and overcharge me labor time for work they did not do.  If anyone lives in Illinois area, stay away from Speed Performance Engineering in Wauconda, IL.  Absolute rip-off artist.  I'm now returning or selling off all the parts that were intended for that build.  Shame as it was hovering $10,000 between everything at that point.  Losing thousands on this failure but I just have to take it on the chin and move on.


4.8 story........
After getting ripped off bad by that shop with the LS1 I was trying to build, I decided to clean up the 4.8 that I had sitting in the garage.  Before when I had found glass inside the piston cylinders, I was fairly not motivated and that I was why I coughed up coin to build and aluminum block instead.  After cleaning the engine up and posting on Facebook, a friend of mine said he'd buy it.  The engine is going to be featured in coming episodes for his YouTube channel and Facebook page.  Foy's Automotive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQG3AFJcXKY


Pontiac 400........

I never really voiced this on the forums but my 400 engine was actually used by some close people I know to pay off someone's theft debt.  I won't go into details over forum but my engine got ripped off by some very close people.  I always knew who had the engine but I was on bad terms with this person and basically stayed out of the sour subjects of others.  That's why I started working on putting together an LS engine.  After all this stuff happened with the LS engines, the guy who had my 400 engine started going through an ugly divorce.  I personally never wanted to pay money towards the guy for problems that I was not involved and, thus, never expected to see this engine again but I really didn't want to see anything bad happen to it so I called and asked if I could buy it.  Couldn't believe I was paying money for an engine that was pretty much stolen from me but I really wanted to keep the original engine with the car.  Here I am with a restart, yet again, on the original 400...
400 rebirth begins by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

Car Article Feature...........
This past month I was contacted by a writer named Tommy Parry from HotRodHotline about doing a feature on my car.  I was a bit surprised because my car is currently not in the condition I was expecting to be asked for a feature but I reluctantly said yes.  After sending him some information about myself, why I'm into the project and other questions, he developed a draft.  I approved it but I also conveyed that I have a different direction I'm going with the car than what is currently posted online.  With that discussion, he said he would be interested in doing another follow-up article in the future.  Hopefully I can be ready fairly soon for that.  I really have some neat ideas planned out for the car.  For now though, please free to view the article here...
Jon's '79 Pontiac Trans Am
https://www.hotrodhotline.com/node/22112#.XY07yGZ7nIU


I hope this is a nice update for you guys!

More to come,

Jon

Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #123 on: September 26, 2019, 04:39:52 PM »
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