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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #80 on: May 20, 2017, 11:56:24 PM »
Recent updates.


Suspension....I've bought a new frame locally to work on for my car after waiting and waiting for Dave at PTFB to supply my coilover suspension, lower control arms, g-braces, sway bar brace, etc.  I paid him in full a year ago, have not received my parts and the business has moved to Tennessee.  I've tried numerous times to get him to finish what I paid him for but every week there's a new story or excuse.  It's just a shame because I know him as a friend and I've helped work in the shop a lot this past year but I just don't think he will finish my stuff at this point.  I am now trying out Global West for suspension.


Engine...I recently acquired two 454 TBI's and a '81 301 Turbo HEI distributor.  I am using the '81 301 turbo distributor because it's a 7-wire computer controlled HEI (no weights/spring/vacuum can).  Currently, the distributor is being gone through by a specialist in that area.  Once the distributor gets back, I plan on sending the 454 TBI to Sean at SPR Performance so he can bore out the throttle body and modify it so I can run an external fuel pressure regulator



Exterior/Body...Just traded my shaker hood for a 301 Turbo hood from an '81.  I'm going to try and graft in a 3rd gen '82-'84 cowl induction setup because the hood bulge is the same between 2nd-3rd gen.  It's stupid that this is now my 4th hood for the car but I feel very excited about this one. 
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #81 on: May 21, 2017, 07:15:52 AM »
Glad to see this project moving forward! Cool project all around!
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #82 on: May 21, 2017, 07:52:21 AM »
Glad to see this project moving forward! Cool project all around!

Thanks Form!

It's been very disheartening to not get my suspension after a year of excuses from PTFB.  I've heard it all but I have to move on with something else at this point.  I don't dislike Dave but that's the reality of the situation...every week is another story and/or excuse from him.  It's hard on my wallet to pay for suspension twice over for my front subframe but I have to do it. 

On a side note, my credit card information was stolen last week so I'm waiting on a new card to come in the mail.  Once that's in, I can pay Global West for my lower control arms and coil-over springs.  I got the upper control arms from them right away but their lower control arms were on back-order for a couple days.  That should be handled this upcoming week.
 

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #83 on: May 21, 2017, 09:24:58 AM »
Won't he even give you a partial refund just as good faith? What a bummer. I hope everything smooths out in the end for both parties. Good luck and keep on keeping on. Any progress is good progress.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #84 on: May 21, 2017, 10:36:35 AM »
Won't he even give you a partial refund just as good faith? What a bummer. I hope everything smooths out in the end for both parties. Good luck and keep on keeping on. Any progress is good progress.

I tried calling and texting Dave a couple times last week about that and never got a response.  After a year of me waiting, helping him in the shop and doing everything I can for him to help me, I'm just done.  He's had multiple issues since moving to Tennessee but looking back, there was always some type of shop or personal issues effecting my stuff getting done when everything was here in Illinois.  Other people I know have been waiting for parts months before the move as well.

Dave is my friend so it makes everything harder for me to get mad about it.  I used to work at the PTFB shop (for free) in my free time so I know a good amount of the financial and physical hardships he faces with moving to Tennessee.  If anyone has bought from PTFB this past year, there's a good chance I helped with building the part and/or boxing it for shipping.  It's very aggravating knowing that I've helped with the shop for free for about a year and paid full price to do a whole subframe build but not getting my stuff.  It's a loss of money and time at this point.

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #85 on: May 23, 2017, 09:50:26 PM »
Made some progress on my new frame between yesterday and today.

Wire wheeled my new subframe just to clean off a majority of the undercoating and loose debris.


Welded in a set of Lab-14 sway bar reinforcement plates.  I highly recommend these after my experience last year.  Last year, I was tightening up a Hotchkis sway bar and ended up stripping the threads in the frame.  These plates have a nut welded to them so it creates a very strong bolting point for the sway bar.  Please excuse my welding if it doesn't look pretty.  I've never had any professional teach me and I only have a couple jobs under my belt.



Also got around to installing a set of Lab-14 body mount reinforcement plates.  These are pretty cool.  I just noticed today that with a sleeved body mount like the PTFB mounts I have, they insure that the sleeve stays inside the bore.  These plates should make for a nice clamp on the frame to keep it locked to the body and reinforce the metal in this area.  I was speaking with John at Lab-14 recently to see if he has plans to make a similar plate for the rear body mount under the seat pan...hopefully that part becomes available soon. 


I have the day off tomorrow so hopefully I can get around to installing my Lab-14 upper and lower control arm reinforcements.  After that, I'm hoping this frame will be close to being ready for sandblasting.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #86 on: May 23, 2017, 09:51:09 PM »
Just found out tonight that the 3rd gen cowl induction setup is not a direct bolt-in setup.  I'm pretty bummed that the screen doesn't offer enough material height for trimming and plastic induction piece is also wider than the 2nd gen opening as well.   



2nd gen scoop piece removed...


2nd gen scoop vs 3rd gen cowl induction...


2nd gen block off plate vs 3rd gen induction screen...


My hopes are not 100% lost yet.  I'm hoping I can modify the cowl induction and build my own screen in order to make this work.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #87 on: May 24, 2017, 10:33:28 PM »
Not much done to the car today but I was happy seeing my welds on the Lab-14 mounts look a little nicer after using a wire wheel to clean them up.  I still have to grind down these areas a small amount so that the sway bar clamps and PTFB solid body mounts are able to flat and tight on the frame.







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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #88 on: May 25, 2017, 04:57:57 AM »
Looking good, keep at it.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #89 on: June 08, 2017, 09:02:22 PM »
I've been busy working at home this past week so I haven't been able to complete my Lab-14 parts install.  I did, however, receive some goodies from Global West this week.  I'm still waiting on them to ship me lower control arms though.  Just a little show n tell today...

Viking hybrid coilovers...


Global West upper control arms...


A little side-by-side of the Global West uppers vs. PTFB uppers...
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #90 on: June 11, 2017, 08:02:47 AM »
Good news on the PTFB front.  Dave finally got around to contacting me.  He said he's broken a couple phones over the past couple months and was unable to communicate.  Besides communication issues, he said he is getting the shelves stocked up with parts for his new location reopening.  If anyone wants the new PTFB drop base air cleaners, they're available through Butler Performance. 

On my car, me and Dave working out a deal to finish off the rear suspension and brakes because I bought the GW setup.  For now, I'm holding off on doing the PTFB setup on my '79 subframe.  He still has some designing to finish with his new lower control arms and by avoiding this, it gives him more time to work things out with that.  The '78 subframe will be used for now with the Global West control arms, hybrid coil-over, stock ws6 sway bar, PTFB brake kit and Turn One steering box.  Hopefully within the next 2 months, I will be making a lot of progress with getting my suspension/brakes sorted out. 

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #91 on: June 11, 2017, 08:08:07 AM »
Ah, good news! Glad to hear it.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #92 on: June 11, 2017, 12:44:40 PM »
Looking good! Glad to see progress is moving forward.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #93 on: June 11, 2017, 03:25:11 PM »
Looking good! Glad to see progress is moving forward.

Thanks John!  Your ideas and parts have been a major help with me progressing on finishing my subframe build.  The Lab-14 parts you've developed are a great thing for us F-Body guys.  It's really elevating the quality of how my suspension setup is turning out...no exaggeration there!  I hope we see more people upgrading their frames with your parts. 

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #94 on: June 15, 2017, 02:37:13 PM »
I just completed reading this entire thread and must tip my hat to you for not throwing in the towel with this whole suspension parts/sub-frame ordeal, that's a true testament to Firebird passion.

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« Reply #95 on: June 15, 2017, 07:49:46 PM »
I just completed reading this entire thread and must tip my hat to you for not throwing in the towel with this whole suspension parts/sub-frame ordeal, that's a true testament to Firebird passion.

Thank you for the kind words.  I'll admit that it's been very tempting to throw in the towel many times over the past few years of my car being down in project mode.  Like many others, my car does not see the progress I would like to see due to budget reasons.  Money, or lack there of, is mainly why I have not chased down "the best" parts like link suspension, aluminum Pontiac heads, LS/T56, etc.

I'm extremely excited to be trying out parts like the '92-'92 Firehawk wheels, '82-'84 Firebird cowl induction air cleaner, '87 GTA seats, computer HEI and 454 TBI.  Most people are chasing down 4th gen parts for 2nd gen cars these days and for me it's just becoming the norm to see those builds.  I feel that all the 3rd gen stuff I'm doing is making for something different that I haven't seen done before.  Again, budget has forced my build this direction but I've never been as excited as I am now about the build. 

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #96 on: June 21, 2017, 09:44:28 PM »
Last month, I sent my distributor out to PY member Sun Tuned for a rebuild/service.  He said he's been busy with orders so it took him some time but these are some pictures he sent me today.  I'm very glad I sent it to him after seeing that he's addressing a few issues with it.





Found a crack here...


Housing cleaned...




Shaft regreased and shimmed...




Looking pretty clean...



Also, the Global West lower control arms should be in tomorrow.  I should be fairly well set up for front suspension pretty soon here.

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #97 on: June 22, 2017, 09:36:29 PM »
Got some time in after work today to install my Lab-14 upper control arm reinforcement plates.

Started by wire wheeling the control arm area...


Got some weld-through primer from my local Oreilly auto parts...


Sprayed the area that's getting welded...


Sprayed back side of plates then used the Lab-14 supplied locating bolts for set up...


Lab-14 plates welded into place...


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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #98 on: June 25, 2017, 09:37:56 PM »
Did a little fitting with the new Global West control arms and finally got around to installing my Lab-14 lower control arm reinforcement plates.  I must say, the control arm tool from Lab-14 was a big help in getting this done smoothly!  Also if anyone else gets these plates, just FYI, you may need grind down the edges slightly so that they fit the frame better.  Either way the fit is great and they really do appear to strengthen this area.








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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #99 on: July 05, 2017, 04:39:48 PM »
Since Photobucket has blocked all my pictures, I will stop posting on this thread until further notice. I'm not planning on paying them $399 to upgrade my account but we'll see what happens in the future.  I'm just going to lay low with posting about my project car for now.  I'd love to make faster progress with it but budget is a big hurdle for me at this point.

Thank you for those who have followed, influenced and helped me with my project up until this point.

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #100 on: July 05, 2017, 06:09:01 PM »
You can post for free with Flickr.com .
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« Reply #101 on: July 05, 2017, 07:51:09 PM »
You can post for free with Flickr.com .

Yes, I've been told by a few people online about Flickr.  I was debating switching over to Flickr before when I was initially having issues with Photobucket ads.  Now, that's what I'm going to have to do.  I'll start over a new thread soon.  It's too much effort to go through and rewrite my threads on all the forums plus I don't have access to a lot of my pictures because they're lost with old phones as well.

We'll get there again.  I'm not saying goodbye to the forums just yet. 

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« Reply #102 on: July 06, 2017, 07:16:23 AM »
I was starting to hate using Photobucket with all those freak'n ads.  Just signed up on Flickr but no clue how to upload photos, is there a post here somewhere that gives a 'how to' for Flickr?

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #103 on: July 06, 2017, 03:32:52 PM »
Just continue this thread and start where you left off. I'm hoping someone will sue or they have enough backlash to release the images that are already uploaded.
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« Reply #104 on: July 07, 2017, 07:54:08 AM »
Just continue this thread and start where you left off. I'm hoping someone will sue or they have enough backlash to release the images that are already uploaded.

That's an idea...didn't think of that. 

If you or anyone else here are on Facebook, I do have a small Facebook page called F-Body International.  I have some of my old content plus some videos I made.  It's not something I update everyday but I share some different stuff over there that I'm less able to do on the forums.

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« Reply #105 on: July 27, 2017, 02:18:11 PM »
Good news on the PTFB front.  Dave finally got around to contacting me.  He said he's broken a couple phones over the past couple months and was unable to communicate.  Besides communication issues, he said he is getting the shelves stocked up with parts for his new location reopening.  If anyone wants the new PTFB drop base air cleaners, they're available through Butler Performance. 

On my car, me and Dave working out a deal to finish off the rear suspension and brakes because I bought the GW setup.  For now, I'm holding off on doing the PTFB setup on my '79 subframe.  He still has some designing to finish with his new lower control arms and by avoiding this, it gives him more time to work things out with that.  The '78 subframe will be used for now with the Global West control arms, hybrid coil-over, stock ws6 sway bar, PTFB brake kit and Turn One steering box.  Hopefully within the next 2 months, I will be making a lot of progress with getting my suspension/brakes sorted out.

Just an update here. I spoke with Dave last week.  The next few weekends he has a race and prepping for Trans Am Nationals.  Hopefully the PTFB parts come through by fall this year. 

I'm going to start a new build thread soon.  I have some nifty parts coming together that I haven't posted about yet.

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #106 on: September 26, 2017, 03:57:34 PM »
I just completed reading this entire thread and must tip my hat to you for not throwing in the towel with this whole suspension parts/sub-frame ordeal, that's a true testament to Firebird passion.

Looks like I'm slightly throwing the towel now.

Not selling my car but I'm posting a bunch parts I have for sale at the moment.  Some nice stuff in the for sale section right now.

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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #107 on: October 10, 2017, 07:58:29 PM »
Bummer. I enjoyed this thread.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #108 on: October 10, 2017, 08:32:01 PM »
Bummer. I enjoyed this thread.

Thanks FormTA.  I'll get back at it soon.  Just need to regroup at this point.  This whole thing with PTFB suspension really threw off the direction of my build.  I still have yet to receive lower control arms or any of the coilover hardware.  Everything else was just way too spread out over time to keep me motivated.  I've given up on chasing that down with Dave.  I don't dislike him but I'm just done with "we'll have your stuff done in a couple weeks".  It's been 1.5 years, I spent all my available money and I have little to show.  Hate to say it but I got screwed. 
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #109 on: October 11, 2017, 03:19:38 AM »
That is a tough pill to swallow and you have handled it exceedingly well in my opinion. Like you, I work hard for my money, I have a family to support and a fraction of the money you have lost is a lot to me. I can honestly say that I would not have handled it so well myself.
Most of the time regrouping and collecting yourself is very advantageous.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #110 on: October 11, 2017, 04:51:38 AM »
Did a little fitting with the new Global West control arms and finally got around to installing my Lab-14 lower control arm reinforcement plates.  I must say, the control arm tool from Lab-14 was a big help in getting this done smoothly!  Also if anyone else gets these plates, just FYI, you may need grind down the edges slightly so that they fit the frame better.  Either way the fit is great and they really do appear to strengthen this area.

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height=600]http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x462/jonathonar89/IMG_0484_zpspielby3z.jpg~original[/img]






Fixed your last pictures... If you want to go back and fix them just put ~original after .jpg...
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« Reply #111 on: October 11, 2017, 07:04:19 AM »


Fixed your last pictures... If you want to go back and fix them just put ~original after .jpg...

That's a great tip!! I went back to one of my old posts that had 4 photobucket pics to try it out. I was able to restore all of them quickly using your method. THANKS!!
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« Reply #112 on: October 11, 2017, 09:18:21 AM »
Thanks again FormTA.  That's interesting but man that would be labor intensive for me to fix everything I've posted this forum and all the other forums I go on.  I have this build on Pro-Touring, Thirdgen, 78ta, Yellowbullet, LS1TECH and some other places.

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« Reply #113 on: December 11, 2017, 11:33:41 PM »
I just fixed the images in this thread.  Thanks again FormTA! 

Fixing the mess with this car...now that's a different story. 

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« Reply #114 on: December 15, 2017, 01:53:46 PM »
Glad you fixed them! A lot of good pics here.
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« Reply #115 on: January 14, 2018, 09:35:37 AM »
Ok, I figured I would fill some slight updates with me and where I'm at on the car just to keep the thread going.  Over this past month, I've sold my PTFB subframe/suspension, BOP valley pan, Holley intake, SPR TBI, and some other things.  Last month I decided to pull the trigger on going back to school to get a Master's degree so I'm pretty much back to being a broke college kid.  On my daily driver '98 Trans Am, I've had issues with brakes developing a leak, engine overheated 1 day and check engine light just came on.  Since that has been popping up, that car is getting a new set or brakes, full exhaust, wheels and some other maintenance related items over this upcoming month.

Amongst all the crazy expenditures (atleast for my budget) of school and repair/upgrades on the daily, I did pick up a couple parts for my '79 this week. 
-On Craigslist, I found a good condition '78 iron intake manifold along with a good condition stock valley pan.
-On Facebook, I found a 454 TBI that came with a NOS nitrous plate.

Here's the story behind the TBI that I just picked up.  The guy who had it got off a truck he bought from a lady.  Apparently her son went to jail so she pretty much sold the truck to him for pennies.  Since he had converted it to carburetor, I asked him about the TBI and he said he wasn't sure about the condition so he said he'd give it to me for free because he'd feel bad selling something with problems.  For $22 shipping, I ended up giving him $25 total for his honesty and me taking a risk on an unknown item.

Since I got it on Friday, I've disassembled it, soaked some parts in CLR and reassembled hand tight.  Once I get around to selling some more of my extra parts, I'll probably send this one off to SPR Performance so that it can get modified like the other one I had done. 

New BBC TBI by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

New BBC TBI by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

Top view of the nitrous plate sitting on top of the GM quadrajet adapter...
New BBC TBI by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

Cleaned up a slight amount...
New BBC TBI by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr


Terrible looking picture here but I have degreased and brushed a lot of grime off this this thing.  I tried doing this with CLR and it didn't work too well.  I pretty much just figured out that it's a great home cleaning product for calcium, lime and rust like the bottle says but it's not good for greasy car parts.  Either way, I still made process with it.  I may try it over again with Evapo Rust just to see how that works.
New BBC TBI by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #116 on: January 15, 2018, 10:50:15 PM »
Here's a fun little project I did earlier this year while I was down with regards to the photobucket issue. 

-Started with some out-of-the-box PTFB body mounts.
-Disassembled
-Primered
-Painted OER brand chassis black
-Waterproof grease applied to the steel sleeve and inside of the pucks
-Reassembled

PTFB body mounts painted black by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr
PTFB body mounts painted black by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr
PTFB body mounts painted black by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

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« Reply #117 on: March 03, 2018, 05:24:57 PM »
Been fairly busy with school over this past month but I figured I'd post small update.  Today I got around to drilling out my frame for the Lab-14 ARP upper control arm studs, disassembled most of my control arms parts and did some garage cleaning.

Earlier, this past week, I ordered some parts to rebuild my stock control arms.
-AFCO steel upper control arm bushings
-AFCO steel and nylon lower control arm bushings
-Moog offset upper cross shaft
-QA1 +1" extended length upper ball joints
-QA1 +.5" extended length lower ball joints

Also, I just picked up a few little pieces for my Weller soldering iron so I can start working on my Megasquirt board soon.


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« Reply #118 on: July 14, 2018, 04:18:26 PM »
Wow, been 4+ months since I've posted on this thread!  Have had some crazy stuff come up that I haven't talked about much here. 

My wife and I just purchased a small townhouse so I will be forced to get my car back on 4 wheels in order to move it.  I will probably buy a suspension kit by the end of the month. 

My built W72 engine was given away by a family member to cover a personal debt.  Long story that ticked me off...my engine was pretty much stolen lightly.  After my engine ordeal, I sold my Pontiac EFI parts and ended up buying a 4.8 "LS" engine from a truck.  I'm a Pontiac guy through-and-through, but I got a 4.8 LS engine with computer and a 2nd gen rear end delivered to my house for $525...got a real good deal there after being ripped off.  I know the picture is pretty "bare" below, but I have all the wiring, intake, exhaust, etc.  The header's are for my '98 so please disregard that ;)
Untitled by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr


Yesterday I picked up a set of 16x8 Convex '84-'86 Trans Am wheels for $80 in order to move my car.  I just got them as rollers but I think I will try to run them now.  With some research, I found these wheels started on the '84 15th Anniversary Trans Am, were used in '85-'86 for T/A and then phased out of production on '87 Formula cars.  After seeing "Made in Germany" on the inside of the wheel, I think these are much cooler now.  I was surprised by that...assumed these wheels would've been built elsewhere.
Untitled by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr
Untitled by Jonathon Randolph, on Flickr

Also, just snatched up an On3 Turbocharger and will be attempting to build a turbo setup.  I helped a buddy of mine build a turbo for his 6.0 truck a few years ago so hopefully that experience will help carry over to my car.  I'm figuring with my Turbo 4.9 hood...a 4.8 LS engine with a turbo fits the bill here.

Besides collecting parts, I've mainly been concentrated on school, working 2 jobs and going through this home purchase process.
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Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2018, 03:51:46 AM »
Update

After making the previous post yesterday, I decided to call Dave from Pro-Touring F-Body.  I told him my situation that I’m moving so I need to get my car back on all 4 wheels and rolling.  I’m glad I was quick to call him there as I found out he’s going to be in town at the end of this week and can deliver personally so we don’t have to pay shipping.  Ended up placing the following order with PTFB...
-GT Pro Suspension kit with matched shocks
-Solid body mounts
-Complete steering rebuild kit
-Afco lower control arm bushings

Also, I traced down a pair of B-Body spindles on my local Craigslist so I will be chasing those down this evening after work.  Pretty much going with the budget 1LE brake upgrade to finish off with getting the car rolling.

This is crazy.  All the different setups I have bounced around with on this car.  We’re back at suspension and brakes again.  This time around, however, I’m going with the cheapest and most cost effective route.  I will have to continue building the car in this manner. 

Pics will come again soon...

Re: '79 400 4spd
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2018, 03:51:46 AM »
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