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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2018, 09:42:58 PM »
It's been a while since I updated my progress been working a lot so not much car time. I did get my decals in and since this isn't a numbers matching car I ordered the decal kit for the 81 in the one year only gold. The only issue I seen real quick was the rear spoiler Trans Am decal is the same size as the fenders I found a place local that said they could make me a full size decal but they have yet to do so. But I did get my 17'' Yearone wheels in and mounted tires 255-50-17 Nitto 555 G2. The traction and ride is night and day difference so much better plus I love the look even more now. One thing I have noticed I'm not liking to much is the shocks I went with I put on KYB none adjustable shocks and I do not like them I'm going to order up some adjustable shocks and give them a try next.




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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2018, 10:35:35 PM »
Looks great!
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« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2018, 07:31:09 AM »
Wow, that looks great and what a transformation!

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2018, 08:44:38 PM »
Looks great!

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2018, 09:23:40 PM »
Those new Wheels really Set It Off. Nice work!

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #45 on: February 13, 2018, 09:31:09 PM »
Thanks I can't wait until I get the decals on and really put some miles on as soon as it warms up.

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2018, 11:59:23 PM »
I was a little concerned going into this since I have never myself attempted to put on one of these birds but after a lesson from youtube I felt like an expert. So me and my eleven year old son went to work and installed this sweet gold bird! The only decal left to do is the rear spooler that will be left for another day these are the best pics I can get it supposed to rain tomorrow so maybe Sunday I get snap a better pic.

 


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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2018, 08:13:12 AM »
Wow!  No problems with the bird then?
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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #48 on: February 24, 2018, 09:15:32 AM »
I laid the bird out marked where it needed to go peeled the back off spayed it down with soapy water. Then me and my son laid it on the car squeegeed out water working from the front to the back it actually went on to easy.

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« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2018, 03:17:06 PM »
looks really nice....i love the color

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« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2018, 11:36:06 PM »
Thanks for the compliments! We finally got a break from the rain here in East Texas yesterday so I was able to get the car out and go for a real drive with the new wheels and tires. This was the first time I had ever got it out on the hwy plus this was the longest drive I had ever taken in the car and what an amazing drive. The car handles perfect drives straight as an arrow on the hwy, the Nitto 555 G2's are amazingly quite plus when they get warmed up they grip the pavement very well. I did a couple of 1st gear blast with very little wheel spin that was a first ever, it was late in the day so I didn't get a pic of the car. Well actually I did but the lighting was horrible so I erased it and kept on driving. If I had one complaint it would be I got to have some overdrive in the trans the 3 speed just ain't doing it for me a Gear Vendors overdrive maybe in the near future if I decide to keep the car. Maybe this weekend I can take it out for another spin and get some good pics!

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #51 on: February 28, 2018, 06:29:58 AM »
Great post and great work. We all enjoy and learn from the pictures - thanks. I'll bet your son had a good experience seeing it all be transformed too.

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« Reply #52 on: February 28, 2018, 07:56:13 AM »
Glad you were able to get it out on the road. Sounds like fun.
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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2018, 08:34:59 AM »
What everyone else said + love the color.




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« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2018, 04:50:55 PM »
Thanks! The first thing my son said after we got the bird on the hood was "wow I thought that would be a lot harder" and quietly to myself I said the same thing. Other than the decal on the spoiler and I guess a radio how ever other than the empty hole I don't care if it has one or not. But I probably  need to install one besides that the car is done and those two items are definitely not keeping it from going anywhere. Now time to start back on the Y88 it just needs paint and assembly I will keep everyone posted.

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« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2018, 05:10:27 PM »
I have an Audiovox radio that fits perfectly.  These are lightweight clones of the Delco unit; it takes a sharp eye to note the difference.  This uses 4 ohm speakers.  Sound is ok as it is a 1978 vintage unit.  If interested email me at: m at scarebird dot com

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« Reply #56 on: February 28, 2018, 11:36:16 PM »
Thanks Scarebird I appreciate the offer but I actually have an original unit with a working 8 track that is in excellent condition if I decide to go that route not sure what I will do yet.

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« Reply #57 on: March 01, 2018, 08:23:16 AM »
I would do that, put in reconed speakers and enjoy.

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« Reply #58 on: March 10, 2018, 10:17:12 PM »
Today was an awesome day so I got the car cleaning goods out and went to work on my cars and since I had them both clean up might as well get some pics. Then since me and my wife had to drive them out to get pics we might as well race these two machines I kind of all ready knew the out come. From a dead stop the T/A jumped out on the Cobra a car and half then pulled another 2 car links on the Cobra but now I now the T/A is way faster than the Cobra. I can't wait to get my Y88 painted and added to the mix they will look great together!









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« Reply #59 on: March 11, 2018, 03:36:13 PM »
Glad the Pontiac won! Cars look good together.
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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #60 on: March 11, 2018, 06:23:53 PM »
Does the TA look smaller or is it the angle of the pic?




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« Reply #61 on: March 11, 2018, 08:52:12 PM »
The TA does look smaller in the picture I thought the same thing looking at the pics, but it is definitely the picture angle. I am hoping by the end of the summer I will have some pictures with my Y88 with them all together.

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« Reply #62 on: March 15, 2018, 05:43:16 AM »
Wow, that is a great pair of cars! Great pictures. Any specs on the Cobra?

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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #63 on: March 15, 2018, 12:28:17 PM »
Here I am mad because of how small my garage is and you did all this amazing work outside! Did they paint your car outside also or did someone come and get it?

Looks awesome!

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« Reply #64 on: March 16, 2018, 12:41:17 AM »
The Fox body is an all original 93 Cobra with 55K miles a side from the short throw shifter I insalled in it I hate a factory shifter. The car is just as it was in 1993 plus I have all the original paper work. The original owner purchased it for his everyday work car, but took care to preserve everything for the car, I have owned the car for almost 8yrs now.

Here I am mad because of how small my garage is and you did all this amazing work outside! Did they paint your car outside also or did someone come and get it?

Looks awesome!

The T/A was painted out side I went to Harbor Frieght and bought some tarps, then built me a paint booth out of the carport. I sealed it all up put in 2 fans, wet the entire floor down and we painted it right there. We laid down a silver base, then shot the blue and about 5 coats of clear. Now it did indeed end up with some trash in the clear a bug got in the hood and driver door. But luckily every bit of it wet sanded and buffed out. Now don't get me wrong it was a bit of a PITA I had to time my job around the ever changing weather before we could paint it this took a few weeks to get right.
I did this to prove a point to myself that I could do it all at my house and build a good quality car at the same time it's no show car but it is a super clean driver to have fun with. I now have my 86 mustang GT in its place and I will start the rebuild process on it not hard to tell I like Fox bodies also. Hell really I love all cars if I could hide them from my wife I would buy more!

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« Reply #65 on: March 16, 2018, 06:43:46 AM »
I have probably said it before, but will say it again. You are to be commended on the work you did. Turned out fantastic. I too, kinda had the same attitude when I did my car. I wanted a challenge that was a change of pace from building furniture, and the deeper I dug into it, (and got discouraged) had to prove to myself and to the outsiders that said it will never amount to anything, that it would be a finished car someday.
I read an article in hemmings i think, there was a guy with a very nice T/A that won best owner restored car at a show. The article went on to say that the owner basically put the carpet and seats in the car. He had a shop do the body work and paint, someone built the motor, he sent the dash to just dashes, etc. etc. There is nothing wrong with doing a car this way, but IMO, the owner did not do the restore.
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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #66 on: March 16, 2018, 12:49:30 PM »
I have probably said it before, but will say it again. You are to be commended on the work you did. Turned out fantastic. I too, kinda had the same attitude when I did my car. I wanted a challenge that was a change of pace from building furniture, and the deeper I dug into it, (and got discouraged) had to prove to myself and to the outsiders that said it will never amount to anything, that it would be a finished car someday.
I read an article in hemmings i think, there was a guy with a very nice T/A that won best owner restored car at a show. The article went on to say that the owner basically put the carpet and seats in the car. He had a shop do the body work and paint, someone built the motor, he sent the dash to just dashes, etc. etc. There is nothing wrong with doing a car this way, but IMO, the owner did not do the restore.

Thanks I do appreciate the kind words! I originally restored this car to flip it then do another and so one to prove it could be done, but along the way I got attached to the car. Now saying this once I get my Y88 done I may sell the 79 maybe?? I want to build me a bigger shop just park cars in that's the goal anyway my wife feels differentlly about that.
IMO that guy did not restore his car either he paid someone to do the work and that's fine just don't claim to have restored it yourself. I myself could not afford to pay some to restore a car I just don't have the funds for that. Plus I am way to picky and want things to be done a certain way and that way is my way!

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« Reply #67 on: March 19, 2018, 10:03:50 AM »
The T/A was painted out side I went to Harbor Frieght and bought some tarps, then built me a paint booth out of the carport. I sealed it all up put in 2 fans, wet the entire floor down and we painted it right there. We laid down a silver base, then shot the blue and about 5 coats of clear. Now it did indeed end up with some trash in the clear a bug got in the hood and driver door. But luckily every bit of it wet sanded and buffed out. Now don't get me wrong it was a bit of a PITA I had to time my job around the ever changing weather before we could paint it this took a few weeks to get right.
I did this to prove a point to myself that I could do it all at my house and build a good quality car at the same time it's no show car but it is a super clean driver to have fun with. I now have my 86 mustang GT in its place and I will start the rebuild process on it not hard to tell I like Fox bodies also. Hell really I love all cars if I could hide them from my wife I would buy more!

Awesome idea and definitely commendable. The car looks awesome.

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« Reply #68 on: March 26, 2018, 11:36:34 PM »
What a great job and what a great looking car! Exceptional work!
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Re: 1979 TA restore almost done
« Reply #69 on: May 27, 2018, 08:59:06 AM »
I hadn't done much of anything to the TA as it is pretty much a finished project still needs the radio installed. Last night was the first time I took the car out on a good long drive in the summer heat with the new AC and it worked perfect cools the interior down very well. The only problem I think is the old radiator I reused it looked good and I cleaned it before reinstalling it but the engine temp with the AC on in stop and go traffic slowly creeps up and eventually uncontrollable. So I need to research and find a really good radiator for the car. Anyone know of a good replacement? It has a 3 core copper radiator now and may even be the original to the car.

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« Reply #69 on: May 27, 2018, 08:59:06 AM »
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