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haflingerheaven

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More tata questions
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:44:27 PM »
So my tata is in the driveway.  30 yrs of sitting has taken its toll.  Does anybody know if the single stage original paint can be wet sanded and buffed?  Also the wheels look like crap.  I was surprised how hard it is to find the turbo wheels.  Any ideas?  Can they be redone?
On the bright side, the interior is near perfect.   I had hoped to avoid another restoration project but i can see a paint job in my future lol


Oh and one more question.     What can I replace the carb with while I find someone to rebuild the original?
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roadking77

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Re: More tata questions
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 06:17:04 PM »
Cant answer about the paint, but if the interior is good, youre way ahead of the game. I would look for a wheel refinisher. I had my "flakes done by a company that had a 24 hr turnaround. They did a fantastic job. Gonna see if they can do my tata turbo wheels next.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 07:13:42 PM »
If it is a semi modern single stage paint you can wet sand with 1500/2000 grit and then use rubbing and the polishing compound with a good machine to buff it back to a shine. Watch that you don't sand through any where.


I say semi modern as in the last 20-25 years only because those are the paints I used to and still work with and know.
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Re: More tata questions
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 07:17:00 PM »
You are in New England right? I have a set of turbos 15x8 in good condition, PM if you're interested.




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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 05:21:09 AM »
Thx sent you a pm.

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 11:33:07 AM »
Since the title is TATA questions, I figured I would ask here instead of starting a new thread.
Did the 4 speed TATA come with cruise control? I know that generally speaking the only option was auto or manual, however i just got a 4 speed car and have what i think is the original steering column. There is no cruise control on the signal switch.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 12:42:57 PM »
Nope, cruise control was not available on 4 speeds
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2017, 01:08:52 PM »
My 04 GTO had a 6-speed and cruise.First stick shift that I've seen with cruise.

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 09:29:24 AM »
Thanks, That's kinda what I thought. I thought from memory that generally speaking in the "old" days manuals did not come with a cruise option.
Johnny Ace, I had a grand prix (86 I think) that had cruise. Car had every available option. It was a 5 speed manual.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2017, 12:13:57 PM »
Good to know about the cruise.Wonder how many cars had it with a stick?

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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2017, 01:23:41 PM »
Reason I brought it up,when I bought my 04 GTO,all my friends said the same thing:it was the first stick with cruise they had ever seen.

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 05:59:46 PM »
You could get any of the 4th gen birds with cruise, even with 6 speed. I think even 3rd gens with manuals had cruise. It became more prevalent with computer control, older systems were vacuum based, the reason for not having it on manuals - loss of engine vacuum consistency between shifts.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 07:30:53 AM »
My 04 GTO had a 6-speed and cruise.First stick shift that I've seen with cruise.

My wifes old 1999 Z24 and her 2001 Olds Alero both were 5 speeds with cruise.  Bought them both new that way. 
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 10:20:49 AM »
Good to know about the sticks with cruise.Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2018, 10:38:08 AM »
Another general question. Was the breakdown between auto and 4 sp somewhat predetermined, or was it soley based on orders taken? Also, as for the total production number, was this a set number from the beginning, or was there a set time frame that they were built, or did the total number produced became what it is just because?
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2018, 07:09:47 PM »
A lot of the breakdown came down to how many 400/4 speeds were left to use.

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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2018, 08:03:52 AM »
I guess that's kinda what I am wondering. Did Pontiac say "we have 2000 400's available for special order" and they built a disproportionate number of auto to stick, or did they build say 5000 cars off the bat and the rest came in as orders, OR did they have orders for the 7k or so made and stopped at that point. 
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2018, 04:09:22 PM »
      I know this topic is from February of this year, but thought I'd throw my 2 cents worth in.  It is my understanding from books and magazines I have read over the years, that Pontiac had placed 10,000 220 HP 400's in a Warehouse with plans to use in 79 10th Anniversary TAs, SE TAs, and other TAs for 1979 with the 4-speed, as the 400 blocks were cast in 1977 and built in 1978.  Explanation for discontinuing the 400 V8 was for downsizing and expanding capacity for 301 V8s and the 2.5 Liter Iron Duke 4-Cylinder. 
       However, due to stronger sales in 1978, about 1300 of those 400s (TA 6.6) saved for 1979, were used in 1978, leaving approximately 8700 left for 1979, to bolt up to the 4-Speed.  Most of the rest of the 117,000+ TAs built for the 1979 model year got the 403/Auto (aka 6.6 Litre), with the 301 (4.9 Litre) being the base motor (for which I have seen very few or got upgraded to 400 or 455 over the years).  It's my understanding that the Chevy 305 (5.0 Litre) was available in California, from the Van Nuys plant. 
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2018, 03:04:42 PM »
Thanks for that bit of info.
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