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« Reply #1080 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 #1081 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 #1082 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 #1083 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 #1084 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 #1085 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 #1086 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 #1087 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 #1088 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 #1089 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 #1090 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 #1091 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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« Reply #1092 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.
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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 #1093 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 #1094 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 #1095 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 #1096 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 #1097 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 #1098 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 #1099 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 #1100 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 #1101 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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« Reply #1102 on: March 15, 2016, 05:49:26 AM »
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

Of course it was 90  degrees here yesterday. To help you make your point.

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« Reply #1103 on: March 15, 2016, 07:35:10 AM »
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

Of course it was 90  degrees here yesterday. To help you make your point.

That is exactly my dilemma.  For originality (since I have all the original A/C parts), I'd love to set it up just for show purposes.  Then, if it's feasible, make it functional.

However, for performance and weight reduction, removing it all is much easier.
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« Reply #1104 on: March 15, 2016, 10:54:17 AM »
Oh I would love working AC. I am just not convinced that pouring money into 40 year old AC technology is wise. I figure I will go with a Vintage Air system when the budget allows.  :)

I would prefer the old AC for purposes only of the stock look.  However, when I upgraded to roller rockers and needed taller valve covers, that preference became complicated as the original AC set up does not clear the valve covers.  Going aftermarket seems the better option.  Even then, the chance of not getting it linked up to the factory controls gives me pause.  I've heard that it can be done on a case-by-case, but no off the shelf solution.

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« Reply #1105 on: March 15, 2016, 04:19:35 PM »
A dozen years ago I had an AC license - that said it does not mean too much as I have forgotten most of the stuff I learned.  But one thing I do remember is that R12 (Freon) is a superior refrigerant to R134a per pound heat transferred.  What this means is that the old original R12 setups will cool you car better.  I did not think I would use the AC in my TA and tossed it.

Mistake.

I did end up running Vintage Air.  Some of the stuff was very good, other stuff like the mounting brackets and ducting were a joke compared to the stock stuff.  The VA setup has NO provision for mixing fresh air and takes up a hell of a lot of room behind the dash.

Were I to do it again I would have kept the stock AC stuff, repaired the controls and handed the AC shop the jack to make it work correctly.

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« Reply #1106 on: March 15, 2016, 05:42:05 PM »
I'd say factory A/C too if possible since then everything is off the shelf and there's plenty of troubleshooting procedures and helpful information if things get wonky.  The only car I've been in with a working R12 system was my father's 10th Anniversary T/A and even though it blew cold it didn't blow very hard.  He even went through the trouble of sealing all the gaps in the ducting to help.

Oh ye almost forgot.  Bought a radio kit and some other small stuff like wiper blades and filters for the Firebird.
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« Reply #1107 on: March 15, 2016, 08:59:11 PM »
I am determined on keeping my T/A and Iroc-Z's AC systems with R-12. I regretted converting my Monte SS to 134.
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« Reply #1108 on: March 16, 2016, 07:09:50 AM »
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...

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« Reply #1109 on: March 16, 2016, 07:44:05 AM »
Yesterday I...

Had to contact TSR Racing to see where the Hell my transmission parts are.  They had supposedly shipped Monday of last week and I still haven't see them. 

Grrrr FedEx did deliver, they just hid the parts in a side door that I never check.  I've mentioned several times in my restoration thread how much I hate FedEx.  Not only because they charge ridiculous amount of money for shipping, but also because they are sooooooo slow!!

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« Reply #1110 on: March 16, 2016, 12:20:53 PM »
Meh, better than United Parcel Smashers.

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« Reply #1111 on: March 16, 2016, 12:55:33 PM »
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...

They do make brackets to mount compressors that use R12 and mount them on LS motors - and adaptor hoses are no big thing...

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« Reply #1112 on: March 16, 2016, 04:41:37 PM »
Meh, better than United Parcel Smashers.

Mid. Nov 2014, I ordered an Ipad for Christmas. Apple shipped UPS the next day. Over the course of a few weeks I watched the tracking on it as it slowly crossed the US and into Canada. By Dec. 21 it had finally arrived in my towns UPS distribution center and was send "out for Delivery" the next day. Over those few weeks I had called a few times to see why it was taking so long and each time was told "it's coming".

On Dec 28-9? it still hadn't arrived and tracking still said "out for delivery" I called again and was told "my you've waited a long time for it, it must be lost, as it hadn't had any new tracking on it for more than a week". I was then told to have Apple put in a claim. I did and Apple sent another IPad the next day, by Fed-Ex this time, I asked Apple what I should do if both Ipads show up? They said "do what ever you want with them"?

About 10-12 days later the second Ipad arrived. I looked up the first Ipad and UPS still showed it "out for delivery" so I called them just to see if they had figured it out what happened. They said since there was still a tracking #, we could change the delivery instructions to hold it in the warehouse for the next day pick up and I could pick it up. I said sure lets try that, the next day I had two IPads for the price of one, a nice outcome except for the 2 month delivery.
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« Reply #1113 on: March 16, 2016, 07:03:04 PM »
^^^^^^ I guess that was worth the wait.^^^^^^ 

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« Reply #1114 on: March 16, 2016, 10:16:59 PM »
but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain.



That's exactly what I did with my '87 Monte SS.  I went with an LS drivetrain and have a Sanden compressor, so I will stay with 134. I bought a new condenser, accumulator,  o-tube (will have the dryer flushed) and will have an AC shop fabricate some hoses.
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« Reply #1115 on: March 17, 2016, 05:35:05 AM »
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They do make brackets to mount compressors that use R12 and mount them on LS motors - and adaptor hoses are no big thing...

 That is good to know. Thank you for the insight.


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« Reply #1116 on: March 17, 2016, 07:46:38 AM »
Today I...  woke up @ 5 AM for work - at home, in my own bed - and had no idea where I was for a moment.  Yes that's how tired I was after a shot of Nyquil to help with a constant cough, 4 hours of sleep, and a 14 hours shift that same day. 

Can't keep doing this.  Something has to give...
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« Reply #1117 on: March 17, 2016, 08:02:12 AM »
I am thinking that "converting" an AC system from R12 will not be very efficient. The benefit of using the VA is that it would be a system that was designed to use the 134A. I have no problem with the R12 system (and don't doubt it is equally effective), but eventually the plan is to go LS drivetrain. It feels like an equally bad idea to run R12 through an LS compressor, and that doesn't even begin to address what hoses would be required to mate a metric compressor to all SAE fittings etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has done so. In any event this is likely 2 years down the road for me, and I did keep all of the parts in case I decide later to reverse course...

I have converted several of my older GMs over to Sanden compressors. Rather than custom hose fittings, I always change the backpad out on the Sanden compressor to match the factory hoses. I have done that on several SBC and BBC engines now. You can buy new factory lines with the lining for R134, and they will bolt right up to the new backpad on the Sanden compressor. I highly recommend upgrading to a parallel flow condensor while you're at it. Most people that have AC problems after changing from R12 to R134 are still trying to use the original condensor. The evaporator is fine for r134, but condensors have gotten a lot better since the 70s.

I'm running the factory dual AC system on my Suburban off of a Sanden 7H15 compressor with a GV head bolted up to the 454 using Vintage Air brackets with a new parallel flow condenser and all new lines. It will put you out of the truck on high.
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« Reply #1118 on: March 17, 2016, 04:08:33 PM »
today came across this listing, just one too many zeros in the title, lol....

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5494694543.html

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« Reply #1119 on: March 18, 2016, 06:46:10 AM »
today came across this listing, just one too many zeros in the title, lol....

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5494694543.html

That's what my 76 factory color scheme was.  Love the interior but can't stand silver. 

Today I..  woke up with a splitting headache (this is becoming the norm).  But on the bright side, I'm OFF today  :grin:  May get some more transmission work in today.
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