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« Reply #400 on: September 11, 2015, 01:40:22 PM »
$400.00 was the total price for the rebuild.

Oh, misread.  Sorry...
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« Reply #401 on: September 11, 2015, 01:42:44 PM »
Which that's pretty inexpensive all things considered.  I wish I had a personal shop with a lift and workbench, etc...  I'd just rebuild it myself for the princely sum of $75 for the ATP master kit, or I'd probably splurge for the $225 Alto red master kit.

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« Reply #402 on: September 11, 2015, 01:50:23 PM »
I understand
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« Reply #403 on: September 11, 2015, 06:27:23 PM »
Hey Box, you could have a set of Subframe Connectors installed. When my cousin took out his T-Top '80 Z/28
on a pole was when I decided to buy the SFC for my car before I really start driving it. Figured that since mines a hardtop and with SFC it might just stand a chance of being rebuilt after a crash like that.  Just a thought, I hope your transmission search goes well too!
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« Reply #404 on: September 11, 2015, 06:43:33 PM »
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.
1977 HardTop T/A: 347 LSx Build,3.905" Wiseco 25cc dished pistons,forged rods, OE crank,BTR Stage 2 turbo cam, ARP Main+Head Studs,

1986 T-Top T/A:
Navy Blue Paint ,Grey/Black interior,140mph speedo,overhead console, LB9/Automatic, 2.77 Posi,  WS-6 suspension, All power options, UMI Wonderbar, UMI Rear LCAs, KYB Excel-Gs, Opened Formula hood,

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« Reply #405 on: September 11, 2015, 08:26:19 PM »
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.

A 6 cylinder and a Camaro.  How dare you....  LoL no j/k g/l with purchase.


Heh, as for me, Today I... did a very important update on my T/A resto thread and did some body work (GASP) on my 2000 Camry.  Probably the first rust removal that car has seen in 15 years.
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #406 on: September 11, 2015, 08:26:53 PM »
Really don't see how SFC's would help as it's a matter of lacking refined crumple zones more so than anything, but that's just part of it I guess.  My biggest fear is someone crossing over the line with us both doing 50-55 mph.  T-boning I'm not too overly concerned with as I always make sure things are clear before proceeding despite having the the light or right of way.  Should've never looked up that crash test video...  Anyway thanks for the well wishes on the transmission search.

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« Reply #407 on: September 11, 2015, 10:50:08 PM »
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.
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« Reply #408 on: September 12, 2015, 04:27:13 AM »
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.

A 6 cylinder and a Camaro.  How dare you....  LoL no j/k g/l with purchase.


Heh, as for me, Today I... did a very important update on my T/A resto thread and did some body work (GASP) on my 2000 Camry.  Probably the first rust removal that car has seen in 15 years.
Yeah I know...Camaro...ugh.... I really want a third gen Z/28 but I figured driving at 2.8 for a year or two would get me more experience  driving before jumping straight to a Z/28. 
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« Reply #409 on: September 12, 2015, 09:23:05 AM »
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.
I know, but I'm a professional worrywart so it can't be helped.

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« Reply #410 on: September 12, 2015, 10:53:07 AM »
Today I bought a 79 Z code 4 speed NOM 455. Silver, orange hood bird and t roof
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« Reply #411 on: September 12, 2015, 11:02:42 AM »
Pics! :o

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« Reply #412 on: September 12, 2015, 01:47:21 PM »


My name is Mike and I am a Trans Am addict

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« Reply #413 on: September 12, 2015, 04:57:54 PM »
Nice.  I imagine it's a blast to drive with the 4-speed and 455. 

A 4-speed needs to fall out of the sky somehow undamaging the rest of my car as it knocks the TH350 out of the way and installs itself.  One can dream.

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« Reply #414 on: September 12, 2015, 05:06:24 PM »
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.

x2.

I take my car on long drives that involve 80mph for 40+ miles on I95 or 495. Safety has never crossed my mind while out and about in the T/A.
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« Reply #415 on: September 12, 2015, 06:19:25 PM »
Tore the top off my 77 dash in preparation for repairing it.  A bit of a scary process when I started with a single crack.




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« Reply #416 on: September 12, 2015, 07:51:53 PM »
  Wow that looks like a major repair. 

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« Reply #417 on: September 12, 2015, 08:14:14 PM »
Life is too short to worry about things out of your control.
Live life, take chances, and enjoy every day you have.
My only concern every day is, was I the best me I could have been today.
Other than that, everything else will fall into place.

x2.

I take my car on long drives that involve 80mph for 40+ miles on I95 or 495. Safety has never crossed my mind while out and about in the T/A.

80mph yah right  :wink:




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« Reply #418 on: September 12, 2015, 08:29:35 PM »
Wow that looks like a major repair.

It does give me pause as I was pulling pieces off the dash.  Still, I'm expecting it to go well, based on others that have described the process with even worse starting points, such as JTS32: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=64923.msg644947#msg644947.  Others I've seen on TAC have started with large chunks missing from the foam and have brought the dash back to near perfection.   

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« Reply #419 on: September 12, 2015, 09:08:15 PM »
I finished rebuilding the AC in a car.  New everything except evaporator and condenser.  Just need to make sure it holds vacuum overnight and then I can fill it up with freon and verify it works.
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« Reply #420 on: September 13, 2015, 09:30:23 AM »
I test fitted the new rear spoilers I got from TxTransAms and they fit my 78 like a glove, comes as a welcome relief since I had heard bad stories of the new repops not fitting. I would highly recommend these.
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
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« Reply #421 on: September 13, 2015, 10:00:36 AM »
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
Does yours look similar to mine?  I've only ordered one can of the filler, so hope that is enough for the entire dash.  I've gotten lots of information from the TAC link I provided and also from RoadKing77, who has done 2-3.

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« Reply #422 on: September 13, 2015, 10:15:04 AM »
I also will be redoing my dash same as you are ta6.6liter, I have already foamed it and didn't have, in my opinion enough flexible filler so had to hold off on the project until I could order more just in case, good luck with yours and please keep us posted on your progress.
Does yours look similar to mine?  I've only ordered one can of the filler, so hope that is enough for the entire dash.  I've gotten lots of information from the TAC link I provided and also from RoadKing77, who has done 2-3.
For major repairs it will take 2-3 cans of vinyl repair filler. Having to buy them 1 at a time gets expensive with shipping. It's important to use several think layers sanding in between. Also you want to overlap the repair over good material and be thick enough to prevent it from cracking again with the old material versus the new foam
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« Reply #423 on: September 13, 2015, 12:17:07 PM »
Re dyed my interior plastic again :shock: Did it yesterday, it  was raining heavy all day and I thing the excess humidity adversely affected the clear sealer. Scuffed it up and another coat. This time it looks much better.
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« Reply #424 on: September 13, 2015, 02:13:48 PM »
No before, screw up and after pics!




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« Reply #425 on: September 13, 2015, 06:27:43 PM »
Look at my thread..lol..but today I stripped and cleaned all brake and fuel lines,painted everything under the bird in preparation of putting it all back in. More under coating and A-arms painted. Oh yeah, changed a power steering pump on my brother in-laws 08 Nissan Altima..that was fun..Not!
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« Reply #426 on: September 13, 2015, 07:21:07 PM »
Yanked the radiator out of the bird. Will be putting an aluminum in it place, but found lots of rust on the support, so am holding off on putting it back together until I can address that.

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« Reply #427 on: September 13, 2015, 08:07:13 PM »
Watched the MavTV Optima Batteries Search for the Ultimate Streetcar event coverage from Texas earlier this March. Amy and KLRBRD made an appearance...sound isn't great so bear with the video.



 
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« Reply #428 on: September 13, 2015, 08:17:43 PM »
You mean changing something on the front of a transverse motor isn't fun? :P

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« Reply #429 on: September 14, 2015, 05:56:32 AM »
Yeah I only hear from him if he needs something. I should have let that call go to voice mail.. :P
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« Reply #430 on: September 14, 2015, 06:05:44 AM »
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:
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« Reply #431 on: September 14, 2015, 07:15:23 AM »
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:

They never do!  Just had a similar hiatus with my oil dipstick tube.  What should have been a 30 minute job turned into more like 6 hours.

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« Reply #432 on: September 14, 2015, 09:45:49 AM »
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
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« Reply #433 on: September 14, 2015, 10:15:21 AM »
They can be yours for the low low price of $10,000 each. :P

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« Reply #434 on: September 14, 2015, 01:27:28 PM »
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
How do you get 3 Chargers during highschool? I want just one!
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« Reply #435 on: September 14, 2015, 01:46:04 PM »
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.

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« Reply #436 on: September 14, 2015, 02:09:04 PM »
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.
one of my friends dads was telling me how his first car was a '68 Charger, 383 and a 4 speed. After that he had an '80 TTA.  Moms first car was a '67 Firebird 400/TH400 'vert. Then dads first was a 6 banger Rambler followed by a '71 RAIII Formula.  The stories he's told me....
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« Reply #437 on: September 14, 2015, 02:17:55 PM »
Yep, Dad paid a whopping $350 for our old 69' 442 4spd back in early 80's.  My Dad gave me my 78' Marty TA in 89' and by 92' I had already bought another nice 77' for $900 and an 86' IROC-Z for $1500.  In 96' I sold the 78 for $3700, the 77' for $2800. 

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« Reply #438 on: September 14, 2015, 02:34:04 PM »
The real curiosity though being how 90's and some earlier 2000's cars fare.  Most are still not too terrible to work on and only have a computer for the engine, or if it's an automatic a computer for the trans as well.  I've seen a few of the mid-late 80's cars start going up within the last five years, both domestics and imports.

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« Reply #439 on: September 14, 2015, 06:08:12 PM »
  Yes car were cheap. I paid $500.00 for my 73 Camaro. But in 1979 minimum wage was $2.90 an hour, and at 40 hours that was only $116.00 a week before taxes.  :shock:
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