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Re: Today I...
« Reply #480 on: September 24, 2015, 01:39:59 PM »
...bought a '73 Formula 350!  Pretty clean matching numbers car w/build sheet. I'll get some pics up soon.

Score.....looking forward to those pics.....

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« Reply #481 on: September 24, 2015, 04:19:51 PM »
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P
Thought the same thing...'68-'70 Chargers are among my list of my favorite top 5 cars. If I ever get a charger it will probably be a '71-'74 or the new ones. If only the new ones had 2 doors...
The Challenger has two doors. :P

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« Reply #482 on: September 24, 2015, 06:28:39 PM »
Decaff..........I feel your pain.
I used to work the retail counter at a Ford dealer.
The general public is just ignorant sometimes and they always feel like they know more than the guy
on the other side of the counter. Sometimes that is true............but mostly not.
I was so happy when I moved from retail to wholesale 11 years ago.
Now all i deal with is repair and body shops, that know what they want and know what $$ to expect.
It sounds like you are at a XXXXzone, or orXXly auto parts.  Go to a dealer....pay is better and less agervation

It's AutoZone, for those of you that didn't know already.  It's only a part time job.  Mostly nights and weekends so no going to a dealer.   

I finally re installed my 700r4 back into Greens.  I had pulled it 4 weeks a go to replace a noisy and vibrating "on it's way out" torque converter with a beefier 2100 stall speed one from Monster Transmission.
   

Funny you should mention them.  I'm currently in the market for a th350 master rebuild kit and was actually checking out their website.  I was wondering if they are worth a darn?
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« Reply #483 on: September 24, 2015, 06:37:50 PM »
Shot a couple games of pool with my son.

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« Reply #484 on: September 24, 2015, 07:14:18 PM »
Decided it's just best to move on and dropped the price on the Firebird and relisted here for even less.  Seeing as here lately it takes forever to even make it to the couch to feel like messing with the computer I'll never feel like getting the Firebird done to how I want it, so it's better to just sell it instead of letting it fall into obscurity.  Maybe one day I'll win the lottery and then I can just have one done exactly how I want it by Foose or Kindig.

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« Reply #485 on: September 26, 2015, 08:23:41 PM »
  took the time to find out why the power lock solenoid didn't work. I fixed it. :shock:

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« Reply #486 on: September 27, 2015, 09:49:04 AM »
... replaced the front brake pads and rotors on my Crown Vic. Now I am heading to a local hot rod show.
Drive it like it's a rental.

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« Reply #487 on: September 27, 2015, 03:11:38 PM »
Is it at a doughnut shop? :P

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« Reply #488 on: September 27, 2015, 03:48:12 PM »
Today I...
Turned my first wrench on a Gen I SBC.  That thing is a long way away from being ready. Not sure If I want a 4 barrel carb or stick with the EFI since it will eventually go into my future 3rd gen. Not really sure what I want to do with it since I dont know how bad it is inside.
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« Reply #489 on: September 27, 2015, 04:34:16 PM »
I'd stay with EFI, especially since the third gen already has all the wiring provisions in place if you get the right year.

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« Reply #490 on: September 27, 2015, 06:20:49 PM »
Is it at a doughnut shop? :P

Nope, was at a local park, Iroquois, was actually a big show. Saw my first FireHawk.
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« Reply #491 on: September 27, 2015, 06:24:00 PM »
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:

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« Reply #492 on: September 27, 2015, 06:28:43 PM »
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...
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« Reply #493 on: September 27, 2015, 07:05:10 PM »
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...

LOL, I picked up on it right away but you were taking to Rickard080TA. You will see more SUV's at the donut shops now a days.

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« Reply #494 on: September 27, 2015, 07:22:22 PM »
Aww, Crown Vic joke didn't pan out. :sad:
if it makes you feel better I got the joke...

LOL, I picked up on it right away but you were taking to Rickard080TA. You will see more SUV's at the donut shops now a days.

Some want to explain it to me?
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« Reply #495 on: September 27, 2015, 08:07:00 PM »
Crown Vic=police car, police officers eat doughnuts, therefore it's only logical that Crown Vics would only go to doughnut shops. :P

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« Reply #496 on: September 27, 2015, 09:05:49 PM »
Started a youtube channel, Yes I know I need to change trim to an actual title. But here is#1 video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flWncI7Ahoo
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« Reply #497 on: September 27, 2015, 09:33:07 PM »
Cool video, I'd be nervous running that course with my Camaro, knowing I'm surrounded by jersey walls. 

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« Reply #498 on: September 28, 2015, 05:04:51 AM »
Cool video, I'd be nervous running that course with my Camaro, knowing I'm surrounded by jersey walls. 
Like this Mustang almost did?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_AimP99lNc
Until I've gone through everything on the suspension theres no way I'd be going out there in my '77.
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« Reply #499 on: September 28, 2015, 12:26:43 PM »
Today I...  heard the dumbest joke, ever.


Crown Vic=police car, police officers eat doughnuts, therefore it's only logical that Crown Vics would only go to doughnut shops. :P
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 #500 on: September 28, 2015, 04:30:05 PM »
That almost hurts as much the last six hours I've spent motionless on the couch.

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« Reply #501 on: September 28, 2015, 06:20:10 PM »
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here is#1 video

That Camaro looks and sounds great!


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Like this Mustang almost did?

darn understeer!

That is one well-attended autocross!
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« Reply #502 on: September 28, 2015, 06:29:42 PM »
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here is#1 video

That Camaro looks and sounds great!


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Like this Mustang almost did?

darn understeer!

That is one well-attended autocross!
It was the 2015 Columbus Goodguys, there were thousands of classic cars there and I saw a purple '76 Esprit, a '73 Buccaneer Red T/A, a couple first gen birds, many GTOs. It was a blast!  I'll to get more videos up soon.  Only gripe is vehicle age limit is '73 or older....
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« Reply #503 on: September 28, 2015, 07:44:12 PM »
Today I...
Stripped the other head of Rocker arms and push rods. I'll try to get the heads off tomorrow and we'll go from there. Hopefully its not bad.
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« Reply #504 on: September 28, 2015, 09:52:12 PM »
Mustang and understeer in the same sentence?  Nah, can't be. :P

Oh, I guess you're talking about the TBI 350?  I hear using a stock LT1 cam makes for a nice and cheap improvement on the L98 and LO3 etc...  There's a dowel pin on the cam that needs modified but that was it I think.

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« Reply #505 on: September 29, 2015, 06:15:17 AM »
Mustang and understeer in the same sentence?  Nah, can't be. :P

Oh, I guess you're talking about the TBI 350?  I hear using a stock LT1 cam makes for a nice and cheap improvement on the L98 and LO3 etc...  There's a dowel pin on the cam that needs modified but that was it I think.
I Figured that since I'm going with a carbureted intake  that I would buy the biggest cam that would work with the Vortec heads. Something like this...of course I'll probably have to buy a higher stall.
http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=CdzSkB_gJVqvtDYS7hASly73IBPe8mckG_-zA_eABn4np-7MCCAQQAiD4mYsSKApgybbci8Sk_BCgAZGKuPQDyAEHqgQnT9AwUaFYi2puP8nsIslL8MCWRrw6BoShaAaLWXLCp6o440TxzefDgAWX4LwLwAUFoAYm2AYCgAfX9ccLiAcBkAcCqAemvhvYBwHgEuqzi-a_vtvSSg&sig=AOD64_3hghoU2seFrdTnt8uuaoGFNuigGQ&ctype=5&clui=3&rct=j&q=&ved=0CCEQwg9qFQoTCK2w7eaZm8gCFUw3PgodmxYDRw&adurl=http://www.jegs.com/i/Comp%2BCams/249/12-243-3/10002/-1%3FCAWELAID%3D1710573575%26CAGPSPN%3Dpla%26catargetid%3D230006180000848112%26cadevice%3Dm
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« Reply #506 on: September 29, 2015, 03:10:12 PM »
Well used LT1 cams can be gotten for next to nothing, whereas any new roller cam is going to be $300 or more.  Or get a 5-speed car and just adjust your leg instead of messing with stall speeds. :P

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« Reply #507 on: September 29, 2015, 06:36:04 PM »
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....
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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 #508 on: September 30, 2015, 08:59:15 AM »
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....

I once had this 95 F150 that I was forced to swap out the engine.  A bolt broke off inside the head (from taking off the intake manifold) so I took the head to a shop.  I had the bare block under a tarp, but in the time it took get the head back and actually have time to bolt it back onto the block, a LIGHT layer of rust formed in the very top of the cylinder.  I scratched it out with a wire brush as best I could and bolted the head back on.

That frikken thing ran great until I sold it. 

The moral of my story:  Many, many people worry WAAAYYYYY too much about rust in the cylinders!!
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

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

It's all trial and error until something lines up...

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« Reply #509 on: September 30, 2015, 02:59:34 PM »
Rust in #3, #5, #7 piston is at top of stroke but rusty piston top. #s 4,6,8 all have rust patches with #2 piston at top of stroke in similar condition as the others. Hopefully it will all hone out....

I once had this 95 F150 that I was forced to swap out the engine.  A bolt broke off inside the head (from taking off the intake manifold) so I took the head to a shop.  I had the bare block under a tarp, but in the time it took get the head back and actually have time to bolt it back onto the block, a LIGHT layer of rust formed in the very top of the cylinder.  I scratched it out with a wire brush as best I could and bolted the head back on.

That frikken thing ran great until I sold it. 

The moral of my story:  Many, many people worry WAAAYYYYY too much about rust in the cylinders!!
Foaming engine cleaner and a rag took most of the rust off, I think a wire brush will settle for the rest. Judging by the lifter I was able to pull out this LO5 has less miles than my Pontiac 400, might not be as bad as I thought.
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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 #510 on: September 30, 2015, 08:26:49 PM »
 :shock: celebrated my 50th birthday.

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« Reply #511 on: September 30, 2015, 08:45:50 PM »
Woooo happy birthday!

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« Reply #512 on: September 30, 2015, 08:46:46 PM »
Happy Birthday, young'un!  Your gift is on its way  8)
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« Reply #513 on: September 30, 2015, 09:26:27 PM »
Thank You, I made it to the 1/2 way mark, its all down hill now. 

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« Reply #514 on: October 01, 2015, 09:39:09 AM »
Today I...  drove in to work and I swear I took a nap on the way there!  One minute I was pulling out of my driveway, the next I was in the parking lot at work.  It's a 45 minute drive.  No idea how I got here w/out wrecking.

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« Reply #515 on: October 01, 2015, 09:45:55 AM »
Yikes i guess you have done that drive before. Well i did pads and rotors on my 2000 grand am gt. It i didnt even break anything. (Okay i broke 2 cheap c-clamps but i exchanged them for new ones!)

Took my 80 TA to the shop a couple days ago to have a rear main seal and pitman arm seal replaced. That way i can store all winter with no leaks for once. I havent heard back ... hope thats not a bad sign. Not sure what this will cost me.

Take it easy guys.
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« Reply #516 on: October 01, 2015, 01:59:01 PM »
Can I ask why you took it to a shop in the first place?  I wouldn't let anyone else (let alone a shop) touch my T/A!  Not after all the work I've put into it.
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Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #517 on: October 01, 2015, 06:12:34 PM »
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:

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« Reply #518 on: October 01, 2015, 06:39:25 PM »
The lifters in the 350 are stuck in every sense of the word. Theres too much rust/crud in the lifter valley for all the foaming cleaner and degreaser to even get beside the lifter.
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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 #519 on: October 01, 2015, 09:31:49 PM »
Mix ATF and acetone 50/50 and soak everything in that.

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