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« Reply #1080 on: March 07, 2016, 05:23:09 AM »
Thanks!  It's kind of surreal after wanting one for years now and never finding one close enough, the fact it's exactly what I wanted makes it even better.  Drove and rode well on the 90 mile trip home, it's the happiest I've been in some time.


congrats on the find! I would love to drive one of those for daily transport, but with the gas prices around here it is not possible for me to do that.. unless I wan't to spend all of my paycheck on my commute..
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« Reply #1081 on: March 07, 2016, 07:48:22 AM »
Congratz on the find and purchase Box :)

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« Reply #1082 on: March 07, 2016, 08:16:45 AM »
Bad@$$ ride Box!  Hardtop Formula with 6 Speed and Cloth Interior. Perfect!  Congrats man.  :cool:

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« Reply #1083 on: March 07, 2016, 11:32:09 AM »
Thanks everyone!  Can't give an official statement as I've not driven it enough, but it seems to get the 26 mpg highway on the sticker sheet if not a little better even.  What's weird is going down the road at 55 mph in sixth gear barely above idle. :P  Also yes it is perfect for me as a hardtop 6-speed Formula in black was my dream combination, honestly I still can't believe it happened.

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« Reply #1084 on: March 07, 2016, 12:46:18 PM »
Thanks everyone!  Can't give an official statement as I've not driven it enough, but it seems to get the 26 mpg highway on the sticker sheet if not a little better even.  What's weird is going down the road at 55 mph in sixth gear barely above idle. :P  Also yes it is perfect for me as a hardtop 6-speed Formula in black was my dream combination, honestly I still can't believe it happened.

I never use 6th Gear on anything other than Interstate or above 70mph when driving either of my 4th Gens.  Any 2 lane Highway I just leave it in 5th.  I've never tested to see if I loose any MPG, but I would imagine its minimal if anything.

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« Reply #1085 on: March 07, 2016, 01:39:18 PM »
Congrats on the car Box, my sister has one of those sitting in the barn behind her house. Only hers is dark green with leather. She bought it new, now it just sits there collecting dust!
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« Reply #1086 on: March 07, 2016, 02:22:49 PM »
When I first started on the way home I was using fifth but I was like I wonder, so I dropped into sixth and surprisingly it'd still gain speed pretty decently without fuss even at that low of an engine speed.  Yay torque! :P  I will say it's weird, in a good way, having a V8 with a stick shift.  I'm so used to V8's always having an auto behind them, and only having a stick on I4's.

Thanks, and that's a shame it's just sitting.  My mom had a '95 that was dark green metallic, but had tan cloth if memory serves me correctly but it could've been leather.  I'll have to wash it sometime this week or weekend and get some better pictures of it.  After an 180 mile round trip I was like, "These will suffice". :lol:

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« Reply #1087 on: March 07, 2016, 04:03:03 PM »
Today I, well last night around 11, was diagnosed with meningitis! I'm going to become a complete shut-in. All you people are diseased! :grin:

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« Reply #1088 on: March 08, 2016, 06:26:31 AM »
Today I, well last night around 11, was diagnosed with meningitis! I'm going to become a complete shut-in. All you people are diseased! :grin:

Treatable I hope?
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« Reply #1089 on: March 08, 2016, 10:02:43 AM »
Returned to the Doc and he downgraded it pneumonia after testing came back. I got a bunch of antibiotics and inhalers.

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« Reply #1090 on: March 08, 2016, 11:36:31 AM »
Box:

Nice car! Congrats


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Well.... you KNOW you're sick if what you have gets "downgraded to pneumonia".

Hopefully I'm preaching to the choir, but take pneumonia very seriously, and regard fighting it as an "all in" effort.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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« Reply #1091 on: March 08, 2016, 01:43:22 PM »
Thanks!

Also it is pretty bad when you're like, "Woo close call, thankfully it's ONLY pneumonia." :shock:  Get better soon!

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« Reply #1092 on: March 08, 2016, 07:48:49 PM »
Meningitis was diagnosed at hospital, partly because I mentioned I was having back pain but that's because I ruptured a few discs some years back. When I saw my primary Doc he said no. This is the first time I was ever delirious due to body temperature. I turned 40 last November, so it's time to start taking care of myself. In my youth I was rarely ever sick and even then only for a day or 2. It seems like the last few years I've got bronchitis and now pneumonia. Thanks for well wishes and right back at ya.

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« Reply #1093 on: March 08, 2016, 08:02:43 PM »
40 is old? then I should have thrown in the towel long ago :lol: take care of yourself Mr. Ford.
and congrats Box.




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« Reply #1094 on: March 08, 2016, 09:16:20 PM »
These days 40 isn't that old, heck even 60 isn't really all that old when you think about it.  Also thanks Jack.

My brother(one with the car lot behind the bird :lol:) is already pushing for me to do mods like exhaust and such to it, but I'd kind of feel bad about changing anything on it since it is so hard to find one that's all original.

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« Reply #1095 on: March 09, 2016, 07:25:13 PM »
Went through the glove box today and found the owner's manual and roadside assistance pamphlet along the build sheet and window sticker. 8)

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« Reply #1096 on: March 09, 2016, 11:03:46 PM »
If you're getting run ragged I'd think about giving it up if you can make it halfway work financially.  It sounds like all you do is work and get a little sleep, that's no way to live.  Perhaps can find something else to make money on the side that's more conducive to your life.

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« Reply #1097 on: March 10, 2016, 05:44:44 PM »
I will change the tone of the present convo. Today I took my engine to the speed shop :grin: I told him I wanted the car on the road by this coming fall, he said he would have the motor in by late spring :shock: Lets hope this isn't another one of those promises falling short story.
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« Reply #1098 on: March 10, 2016, 06:11:11 PM »
Speaking of tone, I'm having a hard time figuring out which muffler I want to go with.  Searching online does nothing but give conflicting viewpoints.  That and most do headers with cat deletes so that impacts how the muffler performs, and I'm not about to remove the cats and such.  From everything I've seen so far if you're just replacing the muffler go with a straight through like MagnaFlow.

Hopefully they can get it done by then or early Summer at worst.


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« Reply #1099 on: March 10, 2016, 08:16:47 PM »
went to elementary school for grandparents day. We spent $160+ on books at the book fair, and learned about Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman). Got our picture taken with our grandchildren. We even had the schools hot lunch special for $3.75. Back when I was in school lunch was only $.25 and was hot not cold, LOL.

 I had a great time. 
   
 I was surprised that they still say the Pledge of Allegiance, after talks over the years of removing it from their curriculum.
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« Reply #1100 on: March 11, 2016, 10:16:48 AM »
I looked through parts to find needed ones.   It is easy to tell which parts I took off a car and those I got from someone else.   Mine have the nut on a stud or other needed parts attached. ones I bought have cut off lines & wires.   Really would it be that hard to unplug a electric connection on a steering shaft. 

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« Reply #1101 on: March 11, 2016, 12:45:06 PM »
Not sure Jack, place smelled like grease and all the guys running around were about 3ft tall, green, and had huge forheads. I don't think they were aliens, but I didn't ask.
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« Reply #1102 on: March 12, 2016, 02:02:52 PM »






Not bad for just a wash&wax with Griot's.  In typical fashion it started raining after washing it, so I said screw it and took pictures anyway.  Also yes, I know a need a bigger sun shade.

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« Reply #1103 on: March 12, 2016, 04:03:38 PM »
Congratulations on the score, Box! I test-drove a '96 Camaro SS, 6sp and it was a blast to drive! I have plenty of respect for what an LT1 can do. There was a guy I knew in college, whose father bought him a '97 Camaro SS, 30th Anniversary with the LT4. He said he could spank LS1 F-body cars until '01!

Yeah, his dad was loaded and I didn't understand the significance of them until years later. Shoot, you couldn't even get them through the GM dealer!  :shock:
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« Reply #1104 on: March 12, 2016, 06:13:08 PM »
Thanks!  It really is fun to drive with the 6-speed. 8-)  The LT1 is a good motor Opti-Spark quirks aside, and to an extent I like it more than the LS motors mostly due to the low end grunt and classic muscle car exhaust note.  Not that I don't like the LS motors or that they sound bad or anything, it's just not quite the same.

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« Reply #1105 on: March 12, 2016, 07:00:20 PM »
If you're interested, there is a company called EFI Connection that has a solution for the quirks of the optispark. They use LS-style ignition, where you have one coil per cylinder....eliminating the distributor. Its pricey though.
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« Reply #1106 on: March 12, 2016, 07:08:29 PM »
Box, that car just screams, "Clean Slate!".   :D

By that I mean if it were my car I'd be contemplating what Wheels/Tires to add, Headers & Aftermarket Catback, and, as any Black Car should have, Windows Tinted black as night.   8-)

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« Reply #1107 on: March 12, 2016, 09:45:14 PM »
I remember seeing that company before I think.  Seems like the revised Opti is fairly solid though, maybe if it were the earlier version I'd be more concerned.  So long as it performs as intended I'm perfectly fine with it.

I've been contemplating if I want to go up to 17's or stay with the 16's on it but get them painted black.  Then if I go 17's do I want Corvette rims, WS6/SS rims, aftermarket rims like the Year One snowflakes, etc...  After thinking on the exhaust I'll either go with the MagnaFlow direct replacement or use a small Y-pipe and put a small MagnaPack behind each tip.  Would do headers, but I don't think there's any that retain the factory cats so it would be an expensive venture getting two new performance cats and running true duals all the way out to the back.  I will be tinting the windows though, if I ever think to bring it up at the doctor she can sign the papers for a tint waiver which I genuinely need being my eyes are as sensitive as they are to light.  Even then I'd probably run 20% as any darker it can be difficult to see out at night.

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« Reply #1108 on: March 12, 2016, 11:03:30 PM »
I will be tinting the windows though, if I ever think to bring it up at the doctor she can sign the papers for a tint waiver which I genuinely need being my eyes are as sensitive as they are to light.  Even then I'd probably run 20% as any darker it can be difficult to see out at night.

20% is definitely the way to go.  That's what I have on my 1999 Formula.  Told the gentleman who did it for me to match the T-tops and he chose 20%.  Freakin' spot on, man.

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« Reply #1109 on: March 13, 2016, 05:54:06 AM »
Nice ride, Box.  Real nice.

I've always wondered if that Griots is any good (we sell it at AZ).  I guess I have my answer.

BTW, I'd gladly own another 5-speed.
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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 #1110 on: March 13, 2016, 07:09:50 AM »
40 is old? then I should have thrown in the towel long ago :lol: take care of yourself Mr. Ford.
and congrats Box.
ME Too! 
These days 40 isn't that old, heck even 60 isn't really all that old when you think about it. 
As we get older its amazing how we think that age group is now the new something age from our past.
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« Reply #1111 on: March 13, 2016, 08:53:35 AM »
Today I-  cleaned up a whole lot of posts in this thread.  Guys, we are better than this; that is a major reason we don't have a political section.  No comments and no replies are necessary.  Let's just move along...
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« Reply #1112 on: March 13, 2016, 09:45:05 AM »
Now that the thread is freshly washed,

The weather has been great here, So Thursday, I pulled the Trans Am out of the garage and washed off 8 months of dust and neglect. I also spent the last 3 days on a number of small and medium jobs on the car. Getting back at it has been quite a relief for me.



While I haven't got a lot to show, I think I'll have to get some more progress pictures posted in my resto thread.
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« Reply #1113 on: March 13, 2016, 11:41:50 AM »
Nice ride, Box.  Real nice.

I've always wondered if that Griots is any good (we sell it at AZ).  I guess I have my answer.

BTW, I'd gladly own another 5-speed.
Thanks.  The Griot's is pretty good stuff, but we generally buy it when it's on sale at our local Advance since full price is kind of hefty.  I love having a manual, so much fun and I don't have to worry about it.  Plus it shuts the import guys up when they can't give you slack about having an automatic. :lol:
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« Reply #1114 on: March 13, 2016, 01:51:44 PM »
This weekend I figured out the problem whit my drivers side window not going up, a wire became disconnected in the door. Fixed the wire and moved it so the window doesn't put stress on it, which caused the problem.

Removed my drivers seat and using a donor seat I fixed the "mesh" so that I no longer have that awful lean to the left these seats are so famous for. Nice to be sitting up and straight since I've owned the car.

Still have the overheating problem. This is very frustrating.

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« Reply #1115 on: March 13, 2016, 02:18:15 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.
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« Reply #1116 on: March 13, 2016, 04:37:53 PM »
Found and repaired a fuel leak. Turns out my fuel pump return hose had a small cut. I probably caused the damage when I was wire wheeling in the front end a few months ago. Resolved that and removed the AC compressor and accumulator. They were not hooked up, and were just extra weight for me to haul around. Engine bay looks so much nicer without the big ole honking AC compressor in there, however it would be worth it if the AC worked (at least in Houston it would).

Next up is adding a switch to the derale fan controller and getting fenders / hood all aligned so I can get her back on the road.


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« Reply #1117 on: March 13, 2016, 07:22:09 PM »
It's always worth having A/C, I've not turned mine off since I got it. :lol:

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« Reply #1118 on: March 14, 2016, 12:16:41 PM »
How would you not want AC in your car if you lived in Houston?   :lol:
As soon as I can afford the repair, I'll have the condenser repaired and then charged.
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« Reply #1119 on: March 14, 2016, 08:47:14 PM »
Today I did more spoiler work. Got most of the bad scratches and chips out of the center piece and got the other spoiler cap sprayed in 2 coats of rattle can primer to fill in the scratches and chips so hopefully I can get that painted soon. I'm not looking forward to sanding down the nose cone and it's 5 layers of old paint.
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