Author Topic: New to me 81 Trans Am!  (Read 42 times)

Bordin

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New to me 81 Trans Am!
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:43:10 PM »
Thanks for the add, first time owning something that is almost a decade older than me.

I picked myself up an 81 T/A last week.
-305 (5.0l)
-Automatic
-Fresh paint 6 years ago
-Decal Kit

Needs done:
-Interior needs a full gut and redo. Will be changing color to black next winter (Interior kits are not cheap)

-Previous owner stated there was a "transmission" leak under the car. Took a look during my inspection and noticed it was an oil leak, not transmission.
Got it home, identified a few suspicious spots. Oil and grease buildup was HORRIBLE on this engine, previous owner definitely kept the hood down at the car shows he went too.

Ordered new: Valve cover gaskets, oil pan gasket, intake gaskets, carb gaskets already.
Just completed de-greasing and washing it out tonight.
Plan for this winter is to get it mechanically fit and leak free.

Than it will be time to plan and set a concrete plan for the future  8-)

Looking forward to browsing the forum and gaining some knowledge!

Beautiful cars out there!








Jack

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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 09:48:49 PM »
Congrats, looks nice. Can't bet a black t-top car.




Regards, Jack

b_hill_86

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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 10:19:48 PM »
Looks like a nice car!
-Brian-

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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 10:20:24 PM »
Looks great

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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
« Reply #4 on: Today at 04:41:39 AM »
Welcome. Nice car. Good to have a plan. Get ready for the snowball!
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firebirdparts

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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
« Reply #5 on: Today at 05:08:42 AM »
Looks good!
I want to be like Paul Kenny when I grow up
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Re: New to me 81 Trans Am!
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