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« Reply #4760 on: November 10, 2017, 07:29:15 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X

Here is another read Box on who we are.

The Baby Boomers unwanted offsprings.
Most of us were aborted by them.

A few have become Leaders.
You have to do it on your own.

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The Baby Boomers made me a Leader here above.
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« Reply #4761 on: November 10, 2017, 10:35:33 AM »
Just picked up this Solar Gold 79 T/A





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79 Trans Am Y84 455 TH400
81 Trans Am Daytona 301T



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« Reply #4762 on: November 10, 2017, 11:06:52 AM »
That sure makes a purdy pair of cars!!
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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« Reply #4763 on: November 10, 2017, 02:15:14 PM »
That sure makes a purdy pair of cars!!

It does, sadly I just got done loading the 79 SE on to the transport truck. It's going to the new owner in Michigan! 
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« Reply #4764 on: November 10, 2017, 05:09:30 PM »
Its 16 F outside this morning here.
Be a real Test of the Mickey Thompson Street Sport Comp Tires on the Vette.
Summer tires in cold winter temps.
Punch it to 140.
Be careful, summer tires don't fair well under 40-45ยบ and can actually crack if driven on.

Just picked up this Solar Gold 79 T/A




Congrats!  So is it a 403 auto or 400 4-speed?

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« Reply #4765 on: November 11, 2017, 06:55:39 AM »

At first I thought this was DeCaff, then I looked closer and saw otherwise.  I'd have passed out, me and blood don't get along.  Well, aside from the fact it's needed to keep me alive.


Am I really that predictable?

Ironic, though.  Last night I was using a reciprocating saw to tear the flex pipe off of Yota's exhaust.  The blade caught the oil pan on the other side and thrust the saw back at my hand like a friggin sledge hammer.

This happened twice.  Now my left hand middle finger is sore and swollen.  No joke.

I got back home Thursday night from my out of state job.  Sooooo many projects to get done.  Freezing temperatures, my torpedo heater broke down, house work to do, cars to fix, chronic nosebleeds, allergies from the cats, 100000 reasons to spend money.... Welcome Home, DeCaff  :lol: :mad:
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« Reply #4766 on: November 11, 2017, 07:28:12 AM »

Ironic, though.  Last night I was using a reciprocating saw to tear the flex pipe off of Yota's exhaust.  The blade caught the oil pan on the other side and thrust the saw back at my hand like a friggin sledge hammer.

This happened twice.  Now my left hand middle finger is sore and swollen.  No joke.


I know exactly what you mean. This June I was using a reciprocating saw to cut the exhaust off on the T/A, right where it bends over the differential. I changed the angle a bit to finish the cut and accidently made contact with the floor pan. It shot back at me...hard! It bent the blade some and tweaked my wrist!  :shock:
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« Reply #4767 on: November 11, 2017, 09:27:59 AM »
Box, not sure about your comment on tires "cracking" in cold weather. Sounds like something someone living in a warm climate would say!
Finished!
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #4768 on: November 11, 2017, 11:48:50 AM »
Today I... finished putting the Camry back together.  It now has brand spanking new brakes all around.  That had to be the most meticulous brake job I've ever done.  Pads/rotors all around, new calipers and hoses in the rears, and cleaned/regreased the calipers up front.  With that and the new brake fluid/bled all 4 corners, wow those suckers grab straight and hard! 

I put a new oil pan gasket on.  Also cleaned out the oil pump filter.  There was almost NO sludge in the bottom of that pan.  I'm surprised.  New oil and filter, then I bolted the exhaust back on.  The new gasket lasted about 15 minutes (a nice, QUIET 15 minutes!) and blew right back out.  Same noise as before, but now I KNOW what the problem is.  I need dealer parts, not aftermarket garbage. 

Otherwise, holy Hell it runs and drives like brand new :-)

I'm going to try to get $900, due to mileage and a beat-to-hell body.
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

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« Reply #4769 on: November 11, 2017, 03:59:43 PM »
Box, not sure about your comment on tires "cracking" in cold weather. Sounds like something someone living in a warm climate would say!
It's true, the ultra soft compounds in summer tires plasticize when they get near freezing and can crack when force is applied.  All seasons or winter tires, of course they won't, but summer tires yes.  Here's a pic of what can happen:

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« Reply #4770 on: November 12, 2017, 07:13:38 AM »
Box, not sure about your comment on tires "cracking" in cold weather. Sounds like something someone living in a warm climate would say!
It's true, the ultra soft compounds in summer tires plasticize when they get near freezing and can crack when force is applied.  All seasons or winter tires, of course they won't, but summer tires yes.  Here's a pic of what can happen:

It has not happened to the Mickey Thompson Street Comp Tires on my Corvette yet.
2 days ago driving to Work in Chicago I punched it. Auto downshift to 3rd.
It was 16F outside. The 315's 35 17 rear tires broke loose and spun on Interstate wildly.
The back end swearved left and right.
Other than that no issues.
Snow was falling.
A snow dust storm.
The Mickeys seem to hook up Ok but do not like to be shocked suddenly with Sudden engine torque jumps.
Time to put the Vette away.
Next to the Trans Am.

I will have my 63 Grand Prix back on the road today & my 1999 Tahoe.
A wrenching day . Sunsrise to sunset.
I have all season tires on both.

The 63 GP I will drive till they put salt on the roads here.

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« Reply #4771 on: November 12, 2017, 07:17:37 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/ben.mccormack2/videos/10214636766582135/

You have to join this facebook group to see.
Its a Guys Private Video.
A 3rd Gen Trans Am Tearing up the Maple Raceway Road course.
Very Fast.
Like 1000 HP Fast.
Birdman NOTATA John P style.

If you do not like cussing and swearing do not join the group.
If you do not like Street Racing do not join the group.
They are 100 percent animals on the group.
You have to be a Maniac Mechanic and have a Real Race car like me to get them to shut up.

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« Reply #4772 on: November 12, 2017, 03:00:54 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/ben.mccormack2/videos/10214636766582135/

If you do not like cussing and swearing do not join the group.
If you do not like Street Racing do not join the group.
They are 100 percent animals on the group.
You have to be a Maniac Mechanic and have a Real Race car like me to get them to shut up.

Thanks for the warning, I don't facebook anyway, and see no reason to start.

I use to street race when I was a young stupid over age teenager. Besides drag racing and because our cars(Formulas, TA's, Vettes and a Mustang?) could corner at speed too, we(me and 6 buddies) played tag with our cars on city streets in the evenings. We had lots of cops chase us and we'd loose them. After doing this as much as a couple of nights a week when the roads were dry(not winters) for 3 years, I got caught, charged with dangerous driving and luckily only spent 4 weekends in jail(30 day sentence). I was a student in college then and since I didn't have any priors, the judge kindly let me do weekends so I could finish the program. But that ended my street racing and likely saved my or someone else's life.

I wish I could say it was our driving skill that let us all walk away without any harm( to us anyway, the cars were harmed), but really we just got lucky.






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« Reply #4773 on: November 12, 2017, 05:34:45 PM »
Cleaned the Miata's headlights, will need more extensive restoring later, and put in new low beam and fog bulbs. It has new NGK plugs and wires/boots. Plugs in it were so badly worn surprised it ran as well as it did, that and it looked like the original wires/boots. Also tightened the throttle cable, new PCV valve and grommet, and replaced the clutch and brake fluid. He yanked the muffler off to see how it'd sound with it running straight off the factory resonator, actually doesn't sound half bad and not too loud so he'll be welding in straight pipe in place of the muffler. Last thing was adjusted the tire pressure, they were way over inflated at 38 psi and dropped it down to 30 so that should help it ride even better.

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« Reply #4774 on: November 13, 2017, 09:08:13 AM »
Today I sit at work..............relaxing.  Spent the weekend, tearing up carpet and linoleum in preparation for the new wood laminate.  Also helped stretch the new chain link for the front of our place.  Getting ready to purchase the wood rails to go over that so it looks like and farm fence.  Nothing like projects before the holidays  :lol:
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« Reply #4775 on: November 13, 2017, 09:58:03 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/ben.mccormack2/videos/10214636766582135/

If you do not like cussing and swearing do not join the group.
If you do not like Street Racing do not join the group.
They are 100 percent animals on the group.
You have to be a Maniac Mechanic and have a Real Race car like me to get them to shut up.

Thanks for the warning, I don't facebook anyway, and see no reason to start.

I use to street race when I was a young stupid over age teenager. Besides drag racing and because our cars(Formulas, TA's, Vettes and a Mustang?) could corner at speed too, we(me and 6 buddies) played tag with our cars on city streets in the evenings. We had lots of cops chase us and we'd loose them. After doing this as much as a couple of nights a week when the roads were dry(not winters) for 3 years, I got caught, charged with dangerous driving and luckily only spent 4 weekends in jail(30 day sentence). I was a student in college then and since I didn't have any priors, the judge kindly let me do weekends so I could finish the program. But that ended my street racing and likely saved my or someone else's life.

I wish I could say it was our driving skill that let us all walk away without any harm( to us anyway, the cars were harmed), but really we just got lucky.
Its a very Kool Vid.
Not on You Tube.
The 3rd Gen Trans Am is drifting burning rubber non stop Ken Block Style.

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« Reply #4776 on: November 13, 2017, 10:05:56 AM »
The used 1988 Chevy Turbo 400 works.
I drove my 63 Grand Prix last night.
Replaced the motor mounts too.
I destroyed the last pair of mounts.
Really need a front motor plate drag race style.
Too much torque for thec1959-64 widetrack Anchor brand motor mounts.

I pulled the rear axle shafts early this morning.
Replacing the rear wheel bearings.
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Use the press at work.

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« Reply #4778 on: November 14, 2017, 07:04:04 AM »
I had a rear wheel bearing fail on the 1963 Grand Prix back in May of 2016 while driving on Route 80.
The Mod on another forum had a Rear wheel bearing fail on his T-bucket Roadster with a Ford 9 inch rear diff the same week while on a T-bucket power tour.

It really does suck.
The axle shaft comes out literally.
Both Rick & me lived OK.
Both cars OK.

Use only the Best Parts.
 I used NOS GM New Departure Pontiac 9.3 Ball Bearings.
Mark Williams Wedding Band Lock Rings.

They Make Ceramic Ball Bearings now.
Cost $800 each.

Driving my 63 Grand Prix to work today.
Its My Birthday.

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« Reply #4779 on: November 14, 2017, 06:18:08 PM »
Those CV axles look a little on the stiff side. :P

Happy birthday! :cool:

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« Reply #4780 on: November 14, 2017, 08:41:55 PM »
...started playing golf.

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« Reply #4781 on: November 14, 2017, 09:00:23 PM »
Those CV axles look a little on the stiff side. :P

Happy birthday! :cool:
Thanks Box.
I got the Axle Shafts in and back tires on my 63 GP this morning.
Drove it to work.
No issues.
The Speedo is off now.
Doing 60 and I pass everyone on Rt 80.
So its actually around 90 mph when I am doing 60 on the speedo.
Must have a different drive gear tooth count on the output mainshaft of the 1988 Chevy P30 step van TH400.
I ran with a C5 Corvette. He came up from behind around 100 mph so I stood on it.
No idea how fast we were going.
Speedo got up to 80 mph and I let off.
Felt like 120-125.
I forgot how nice the Early Widetrack Pontiac rides.
Even on bumpy potholes in Chicago you glide right over.
Took a bit to get used to the handling.
Not Razor sharp like my C4 Vette.
But for 1963 it handles very good at speeds.

All the young guys at work Love the 63 GP.
LIKE NOTHING ELSE TODAY.

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« Reply #4782 on: November 15, 2017, 07:10:46 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cufu8667-o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cufu8667-o</a>

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« Reply #4783 on: November 15, 2017, 07:13:54 AM »
The Video is worth watching.
The 1990 ZR-1 Corvette just spanks the 2013 Ford Coyote 5.0 Mustang.
The ZR-1 is rated at 375 HP.
The Coyote Mustang has 412 HP.

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« Reply #4784 on: November 15, 2017, 07:18:11 AM »
The 1990 ZR-1 Corvette is actually the Fastest production car of the era.
Its overshadowed forgotten.
Its not that light.
Weighs 300-400 lbs more than my 1987 C4 Vette roadster.
Most of the spotlight is given to the last of the C4 ZR-1 1995.
They got heavier like the 2nd gen Trans Ams after 1970-1/2 - 73.

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« Reply #4785 on: November 15, 2017, 07:23:04 AM »
The New 2018 ZR-1 Corvette has been released.
750 Horsepower.
They are saying its 500 lbs heavier too.
See what it does against Dodge Demons & Hellcats. It has beat the Viper ACR they say.
$100,000 bucks needed to buy it.

Seeing signs the C4 Corvette may make a comeback.
The 3rd Gen Trans Ams & 4th Gen T/A's will too with Street Drag Racers.
All of us are on Facebook.

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« Reply #4786 on: November 15, 2017, 09:02:05 AM »
The New 2018 ZR-1 Corvette has been released.
750 Horsepower.
They are saying its 500 lbs heavier too.
See what it does against Dodge Demons & Hellcats. It has beat the Viper ACR they say.
$100,000 bucks needed to buy it.

Seeing signs the C4 Corvette may make a comeback.
The 3rd Gen Trans Ams & 4th Gen T/A's will too with Street Drag Racers.
All of us are on Facebook.

Fools.  Social media is the decline of society.
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 #4787 on: November 15, 2017, 09:17:15 AM »
The New 2018 ZR-1 Corvette has been released.
750 Horsepower.
They are saying its 500 lbs heavier too.
See what it does against Dodge Demons & Hellcats. It has beat the Viper ACR they say.
$100,000 bucks needed to buy it.

Seeing signs the C4 Corvette may make a comeback.
The 3rd Gen Trans Ams & 4th Gen T/A's will too with Street Drag Racers.
All of us are on Facebook.

Fools.  Social media is the decline of society.
Well none will come here on TAC.
Why would they ?
8 seconds and faster is in.

We do Politics too.

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« Reply #4788 on: November 15, 2017, 11:34:40 AM »
The New 2018 ZR-1 Corvette has been released.
750 Horsepower.
They are saying its 500 lbs heavier too.
See what it does against Dodge Demons & Hellcats. It has beat the Viper ACR they say.
$100,000 bucks needed to buy it.

Seeing signs the C4 Corvette may make a comeback.
The 3rd Gen Trans Ams & 4th Gen T/A's will too with Street Drag Racers.
All of us are on Facebook.

Fools.  Social media is the decline of society.
Well none will come here on TAC.
Why would they ?
8 seconds and faster is in.

We do Politics too.

Yota will beat them all!  LOL!! 

On a more serious note, Today I... am contemplating taking Friday off. 
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 #4789 on: November 15, 2017, 06:39:26 PM »
The 1990 ZR-1 Corvette is actually the Fastest production car of the era.
Its overshadowed forgotten.
Its not that light.
Weighs 300-400 lbs more than my 1987 C4 Vette roadster.
Most of the spotlight is given to the last of the C4 ZR-1 1995.
They got heavier like the 2nd gen Trans Ams after 1970-1/2 - 73.
I think it and the Diablo were dead even in a straight line, of course the Diablo was a good bit more expensive but it's a Diablo so worth it.  I think most overlook the C4 ZR-1 since I've read in multiple places where the engine is expensive to get power out of, factor that into the additional cost of the car just because it's a ZR-1.  That and the C5 Z06 pretty much wrecked any value of the C4 ZR-1 as it was faster out of the box, handled better, braked better, and if the 400 hp wasn't enough for you it's cheap to add more.  That said the C4 ZR-1 is really neat having the all aluminum DOHC engine, but if you're all about specs and just aren't in love with the looks of the C4 I could see it being a hard sell.  Especially now with the C6 getting as cheap as they are in addition to the C5 that's been around.

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« Reply #4790 on: November 15, 2017, 07:20:06 PM »
... today I, grrrrrr :( tried to start the TA, the ignition seemed way loose when turning the key, but since I wanted a second opinion I had AAA send out a truck to check the battery and he confirmed that it looks like the ignition lock cylinder assembly is done. So probably looking at about 3 bills for a lock smith to get it replaced and programmed to the key chip :(
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« Reply #4791 on: November 15, 2017, 07:34:33 PM »
The New 2018 ZR-1 Corvette has been released.
750 Horsepower.
They are saying its 500 lbs heavier too.
See what it does against Dodge Demons & Hellcats. It has beat the Viper ACR they say.
$100,000 bucks needed to buy it.

Seeing signs the C4 Corvette may make a comeback.
The 3rd Gen Trans Ams & 4th Gen T/A's will too with Street Drag Racers.
All of us are on Facebook.

Fools.  Social media is the decline of society.
Well none will come here on TAC.
Why would they ?
8 seconds and faster is in.

We do Politics too.

Yota will beat them all!  LOL!! 

On a more serious note, Today I... am contemplating taking Friday off.
I was going to take this Saturday off.
The old Boss haa a DT477 International Truck for me to work on.
Not many want to Diesel work but me up in Chicago.
Bad starter motor.
A Delco Remny MT42 I recall. About 100 lbs of starter motor.
Drop it on your head your dead.
Drop it on your chest and broken rib cage.
I like it though.
Diesels.
Race cars.
Daily drivers.
Christmas is coming.
Going to give my boys a nice Holiday.
Work my ass off.

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« Reply #4792 on: November 15, 2017, 07:41:33 PM »
The 1990 ZR-1 Corvette is actually the Fastest production car of the era.
Its overshadowed forgotten.
Its not that light.
Weighs 300-400 lbs more than my 1987 C4 Vette roadster.
Most of the spotlight is given to the last of the C4 ZR-1 1995.
They got heavier like the 2nd gen Trans Ams after 1970-1/2 - 73.
I think it and the Diablo were dead even in a straight line, of course the Diablo was a good bit more expensive but it's a Diablo so worth it.  I think most overlook the C4 ZR-1 since I've read in multiple places where the engine is expensive to get power out of, factor that into the additional cost of the car just because it's a ZR-1.  That and the C5 Z06 pretty much wrecked any value of the C4 ZR-1 as it was faster out of the box, handled better, braked better, and if the 400 hp wasn't enough for you it's cheap to add more.  That said the C4 ZR-1 is really neat having the all aluminum DOHC engine, but if you're all about specs and just aren't in love with the looks of the C4 I could see it being a hard sell.  Especially now with the C6 getting as cheap as they are in addition to the C5 that's been around.
A C4 ZR-1 is a Collectors car now.
Days of Competition Racing are done.
The history is neat on them. Started in 1985 with secret prototypes in England and Europe.
Have been found and restored. Right from the crusher and graveyard junkyards sitting for decades.

The usual mundane C4s are easy to work on..
Why I prefer.
Conventional driveline.
No Torque tube layout.

I have had the engines out of C4 Vettes in 1-1/2 hours working alone.
No car lift.
Just a floorjack and a cherry picker engine hoist.
Hood stays on.

Lots of C5 and C6 vettes are turned into drag cars.
Its expensive but they are fast when done.


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« Reply #4793 on: November 15, 2017, 08:04:28 PM »
... today I, grrrrrr :( tried to start the TA, the ignition seemed way loose when turning the key, but since I wanted a second opinion I had AAA send out a truck to check the battery and he confirmed that it looks like the ignition lock cylinder assembly is done. So probably looking at about 3 bills for a lock smith to get it replaced and programmed to the key chip :(

If your up to it you can replace the Pass Key 1 Ignition Lock cylinder yourself.
Should be plenty of You Tube Videos for you to watch and get it done .

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« Reply #4794 on: November 15, 2017, 08:55:20 PM »
... today I, grrrrrr :( tried to start the TA, the ignition seemed way loose when turning the key, but since I wanted a second opinion I had AAA send out a truck to check the battery and he confirmed that it looks like the ignition lock cylinder assembly is done. So probably looking at about 3 bills for a lock smith to get it replaced and programmed to the key chip :(
It's a common problem for them, the contacts on the switch wear out and break.  You can help prevent it by only using the ignition key by itself and not having a lot of keys or keychains also hanging off it.

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« Reply #4795 on: November 15, 2017, 09:40:23 PM »
I'm not sure I would be able to do myself and also was told that a lock smith needs to do it because of the computer chip on the key.

I have 2 keys total and the remote so not much on that.

It is strange this was not a problem before, no warning signs either. Last time i used the car it worked perfectly fine... broke while just sitting there is what puzzles me.

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« Reply #4796 on: November 15, 2017, 09:49:59 PM »
Usually that's how it happens, just fine one day then won't start the next.  The "chip" on the key is just a resistor, the security system checks to see the resistance value is right or not.  There's lots of info on removing and bypassing the system out there.  You'd just have to get a key with the right resistance value and then have it cut to the new ignition switch.  Really no more effort than any other car, just have to find your resistance value and get the key blank from GM.

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« Reply #4797 on: November 16, 2017, 06:39:57 AM »
It is really pretty simple to swap out the ignition on those. I think you can even get them at AutoZone...
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« Reply #4798 on: November 16, 2017, 07:07:00 AM »
I'm not sure I would be able to do myself and also was told that a lock smith needs to do it because of the computer chip on the key.

I have 2 keys total and the remote so not much on that.

It is strange this was not a problem before, no warning signs either. Last time i used the car it worked perfectly fine... broke while just sitting there is what puzzles me.
I would head over to your local GM Dealership and have your Trans Am Key with You.
Also write down the VIN number.
If the key is worn heavily they can key punch it by the VIN number.
They should still have the Pass Key 1 chip reader tool. Tells what code of ignition key is required.
Its just a resistor chip on the ignition key,
it can be measured also with a DVM meter set on Ohms. Then compare to a chart.


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« Reply #4799 on: November 16, 2017, 07:10:03 AM »
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