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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #80 on: August 23, 2018, 01:48:25 AM »
Small update on the transmission rebuild.
I got the last pieces out.

Made my own very basic spring compressor. Did not get a photo of it in action. :)
 

It did the trick and everything is out of the case now.


my rebuild kit also came in


onwards and forward we go..........
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #81 on: October 03, 2018, 04:17:55 AM »
So, I finally had time to build the transmission.

I did not take pics because I was just to busy. Took me all of two days. Well, I did take one photo.
I thought I would share what was left of the friction plates



When I put the pump back the second time after checking end play, one of the Allu threads stripped out. I have put in a helicoil, so I hope it holds.

Other than that, I'm still plodding along, waiting months for parts. I think our postal service has finally tanked as nothing from eBay is getting delivered.  :x
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #82 on: October 03, 2018, 05:35:13 AM »
Feel your pain with our postal service. Utterly useless.

Keep updating. :-)
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« Reply #83 on: October 04, 2018, 06:08:29 AM »
Glad to see you still chugging along. That stinks about parts delivery. I guess we are a bit spoiled here, order today get it 2 days later.
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« Reply #84 on: October 11, 2018, 09:32:33 PM »
Postal Service... a necessary evil... may take a day...may take months.

Glad to see your still clogging along
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #85 on: February 04, 2019, 05:45:10 AM »
Hi all,

I'm still around. I'm trying to stay motivated and interested in the car, but the painter is really messing me around. I'm so tired of the same old stories and excuses. Every week he tells me the car is going to paint or my calls go unanswered. So after more than a year with the body and paint shop, this is where we are today.

Totally disappointed

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« Reply #86 on: February 04, 2019, 07:07:26 AM »
So "Paint Jail" is the same everywhere... How is the transmission coming?
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« Reply #87 on: February 04, 2019, 01:46:47 PM »
Are those actual people sanding and working on the car?

old photo or are they actually working on it?

Staged perhaps?

photo was borrowed from someone else?

Yes...how did you make out with the transmission rebuild?
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #88 on: February 04, 2019, 02:14:47 PM »
I guess all you can do is try apply pressure on them. Good luck!
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« Reply #89 on: February 05, 2019, 03:49:37 AM »
Haha, it wouldn't surprise me if it's staged. Mine is the only Pontiac to it can't be from another car.

The transmission was done a while back and now it is just sitting. I don't really know how to test if it is working professional there even is a way, so it will have to sit like that until the motor is started one day.
Unless someone has some ideas?
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« Reply #90 on: February 05, 2019, 03:58:11 AM »
Oh, and I had abandoned all hope of getting any e-bay or other packages. I heard a story that our postal service decided it's easier to throw away a back log of packages than it would be to deliver them. Theft on a grand scale. Yeah, I can probably get my money back through e-bay or PayPal, but it's not the suppliers fault. Worst is some members here also sent me some stuff which I will probably never see.  :-x :-x :-x
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« Reply #91 on: February 05, 2019, 07:53:01 AM »
Sorry to hear about your plight. This kind of crap takes the fun out of the old car hobby. That's an incredible story about all of those packages. There was a story in the news a few years ago about a postal worker in a large city that would put his daily mail in the trash as well. Not quite the scale you have though. I guess your only other option would be to go in with a 'cartel' and import a container load of parts at one time.
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« Reply #92 on: February 06, 2019, 05:31:40 AM »
I must say that RockAuto has been good to me, and we use courier so there is never an issue. Problem is, I can't always find what I'm looking for. Shipping from other suppliers are just crazy.
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« Reply #93 on: February 07, 2019, 03:57:14 AM »
Some more progress. The passenger side is further along than the driver side.

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« Reply #94 on: February 07, 2019, 04:03:24 AM »
I would appreciate some paint opinions, but nothing radical.

The car was black and original colour was black. I'm thinking something else......
The interior of the car is black with red piping and some red stitch in the seats. So now I'm thinking about a gunmetal Grey car, black bird with charcoal and red pin stripe in the bird. Painted on.
Wish I could see what it will look like beforehand.
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« Reply #94 on: February 07, 2019, 04:03:24 AM »

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #95 on: February 07, 2019, 08:21:57 AM »
personally, I feel grey is not a color suited to the 2nd Gens - I would stick to a color offered in the time period these cars were built.  Silver to me would be more suitable with a black interior:


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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #96 on: February 07, 2019, 10:21:05 AM »
May car was black and is going back to black.
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« Reply #97 on: February 07, 2019, 10:59:01 AM »
Agreed. With 2nd gens I feel it's always safer to stick with original type colours. Black for me... But I'm biased ????
Silver is also nice. There was a silver one done up on africanmusclecars.com.... Stunning.
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« Reply #98 on: February 07, 2019, 11:15:55 AM »
When it came out in 1980 we didn't know the name, and we just called it Charcoal.  But I remember thinking it was as beautiful a T/A as I had ever seen.  Ontario Grey with red pinstripes and red outline decals.  I still think it's a great combo.

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« Reply #99 on: February 08, 2019, 03:36:17 AM »
I like it!!!!
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« Reply #100 on: February 08, 2019, 03:48:59 AM »
Some more pics of the car going along now.

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« Reply #101 on: February 08, 2019, 06:04:41 AM »
Wow, that passage side sure looks like the panels gapped out good. Not a common thing with these cars. Some good work going on there. Keep the updates coming!
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« Reply #102 on: February 09, 2019, 11:55:22 AM »
Pics and progress...A happy combination!!
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« Reply #103 on: February 22, 2019, 03:18:38 AM »
Small update. After many months it seems there is some progress on getting a fibreglass nose made. The old rubber one is really in bad shape. I'll post some pics once I have news on this.

In the meantime we started discussing paint and decal. The chicken and other details will not be stickers, but rather painted on. I'm not going full decal, just the hood, sail panel and "TRANS AM" on the rear.

The car will be this colour.
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The screaming chicken will follow this design
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« Reply #104 on: February 22, 2019, 04:42:03 AM »
Yoh...that's gonna be pretty!

Interested to see how the fiberglass nose will come out. Who you getting to do it?
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #105 on: February 22, 2019, 05:35:14 AM »
That car has the perfect stance.




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« Reply #106 on: February 22, 2019, 06:25:35 AM »
Yoh...that's gonna be pretty!

Interested to see how the fiberglass nose will come out. Who you getting to do it?

It's the second company I'm trying
JMA Fibretech trading
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« Reply #107 on: March 06, 2019, 03:42:33 AM »
So I took some stuff over to the body shop to see if all fits as it should. The rear lights had some small gap issues.
More progress made on finishing the rear as well as all those wheel arch corners. I decided on adding some more corners. It only had at the front of each wheel (which I think is stock) Now adding 4 more corners at the back of each wheel.

I saw it on a Chip Foose show when they did a Trans Am. I liked the look.

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« Reply #108 on: March 06, 2019, 10:29:37 AM »
Looking great!
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« Reply #109 on: March 16, 2019, 02:47:01 PM »
Awesome to see progress!!!

I'm excited!!
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« Reply #110 on: July 17, 2019, 02:48:16 AM »
Hey DeVilliers! Any updates?
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« Reply #111 on: July 18, 2019, 07:36:21 AM »
Still fighting the fight.
My fibreglass nose was a total mess (to put it mildly), so now it's all being redone for what feels like the hundredth time.
Needed to fork out more cash for materials, but hope it will be done correctly in the next week or so.

Then final inspection before going to final paint. I hope to have it back by end of August, so I can actually start rebuilding the car.
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« Reply #112 on: July 18, 2019, 12:43:17 PM »
Excited to see how the nose comes out. Good luck!
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #113 on: July 22, 2019, 03:12:29 AM »
Prepping for fibreglass attempt number 4

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« Reply #114 on: August 14, 2019, 02:08:55 AM »
Some fibreglass parts are taking shape

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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #115 on: August 14, 2019, 07:56:33 AM »
Not quite sure what im looking at. Did you make a mold for those and building your own out of fiberglass?
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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #116 on: August 14, 2019, 08:02:52 PM »
You need good flares to make a mold, looks like repairing/ fabricating some damaged flares and parts?




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Re: 1979 Trans Am Restoration - South Africa
« Reply #117 on: August 15, 2019, 01:16:33 AM »
Correct on both counts.

The old bumper and flares were repaired.
They were fitted to the car to get the correct shape and supported to keep the shape. Moulds were made on the car to then create new flares and nose. The pink stuff is the mould.
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« Reply #118 on: August 15, 2019, 04:01:12 AM »
Cool

Any plans to reproduce some of these parts for redistribution on that end of the world?
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« Reply #119 on: August 15, 2019, 07:38:26 AM »
Cool

Any plans to reproduce some of these parts for redistribution on that end of the world?

The thought has crossed my mind. I'm not really into the whole reproduction process. I'm just doing this for myself because I'm tired of relying on people who claim to be able to do it and, then nothing gets done for months.
I'm going to try and sell the mould. I have a buyer in mind. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get some money back.
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« Reply #119 on: August 15, 2019, 07:38:26 AM »
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