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69 TA
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:59:02 PM »
Hello all! I'm a newbie here and wanted to say hi and share my Trans Ams.
I always said if you can't afford a real one, you can always have the next best thing. This is my 69 TA Tribute. It under went a bare metal rebuild about 10 years ago. The original 350 is gone and replaced with a 400, not a Ram Air IV....YET! It sits under an original Trans Am hood. It still has the original hydromatic 2 speed tranny that is about to be replaced with a TH350. The interior is still just about perfect. The radio slot has beed mutilated but the entire carrier is sitting in my garage waiting to be installed. Other than that, it don't need anything else. Hope you enjoy the pics. I'll post more as I finish it off with the little details.

IMG_0071 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Tribute Classic Car Inspection 122 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Tribute Classic Car Inspection 153 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Tribute Classic Car Inspection 137 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

The side air extractors were recently made fully functional and the vents were remolded to an exact fit to the fender.

IMG_3824 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

She looks really good next to my 02 WS6, the first and last Trans Ams side by side! My dream come true!!

IMG_3767 by jmbruno3, on Flickr
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68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 10:30:25 PM »
Pictures didn't come through but welcome!

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 11:01:54 PM »
Pics look great!  Thanks for joining haha

OK, if you click edit post and add "~original" after where it says ".jpg", your picture will pop up.  Basically turn change the text in each link to ".jpg~original"
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 11:05:05 PM »
Thanks for the welcome! The pics are coming through on my end but I'll try changing it. Thanks!
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 11:18:51 PM »
Pics look great!  Thanks for joining haha

OK, if you click edit post and add "~original" after where it says ".jpg", your picture will pop up.  Basically turn change the text in each link to ".jpg~original"


I took your advice, I hope it worked.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 04:22:24 AM »
Beautiful car!! You lucky guy. It's awesome when a dream can come true!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 08:01:29 AM »
Welcome to TAC. Nice looking pair of 'birds. That 69 is beautiful! There are a couple of long time members who have recently started work on 69's.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 09:38:21 AM »
Thank you! I need to get a few more years between 69 and 02...LOL.One of each anniversary year would be nice, and a 68 that I want to go completely custom with. Don't know if I would go with a beefed up 455 for complete raw power, or drop in an LS. I got some time to make that decision though...lol.

My passion for Firebirds goes back to before high school. I've owned several over the years. My first brand new car when I was 21 was a white 88 Trans Am. Since then I've had 2 78's and a 68 Firebird that were all projects that went unfinished. I attached pics of a gold edition I saved from a junk yard that was going to part it out. I thought it might be a Y88 but after getting her home I found that it wasn't. Bummer! It still had the factory gold honeycomb wheels (I think that was the only year that they were solid gold without the silver face), Hurst 4 speed, a straight rust free body, and one gold tinted t-top. I searched high and low for another gold t-top but never found one. The build sheet was still under the back seat! Her 6.6 was strong after I rebuilt her! I did a lot of work to the interior with a new headliner and carpet. I replaced a few panels and re-pained all the panels and trim. She started looking really good. I regret not keeping her and restoring her but I got a good deal on selling her and got a brand new Harley Street Glide, can't beat that in AZ!

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68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 09:42:19 AM »
I see them now, wow!

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 10:35:34 AM »
Nice collection of birds, you just need a third gen now lol.




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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 12:16:29 PM »
Nice job on the 69.....I would love to do this to my 69 project as well.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 01:09:32 PM »
Ditto! Hell, i'd just like to make some progress on mine! Long winter getting longer here.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 09:23:28 PM »
Nice collection of birds, you just need a third gen now lol.

Thanks! Take a look at the last pic in my original post. That's my 02 next to my 69. I had the gold 78 but got rid of it a while ago. I also owned an 88, so I've owned one of each generation...lol
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 02:10:22 PM »
I have a window washer! After putting in new nozzles, new hoses, and taking the pump apart for a good cleaning, it works!!! It's pretty strong too, it shot over the roof and cleared the wing...LOL
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 02:38:35 PM »
Getting all those small things to work is such a great treat! Congrats
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79 T/A 403 Solar Gold
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2018, 02:50:44 PM »
Getting all those small things to work is such a great treat! Congrats

I know right! So little but yet so satisfying. Thanks!
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2018, 08:54:08 PM »
welcome to TAC. I really enjoyed the picture with both the '69 and'02.  The '69 looks like it is almost the same height as the '02. Is it? To great looking  cars just the same.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2018, 08:19:06 PM »
I spent the weekend taking care of more little details. This time it was the halogen headlight breakers and fuses. The previous owner decided that the best place for them was on the fender well with the wires crossing over on top of the radiator shroud. Not very clean looking to me. It was an eye sore, I had to find another place for them.

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Tribute Classic Car Inspection 122 (1) by jmbruno3, on Flickr

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Then I found the perfect place! There's a ton of room on the front of the core support and everything will be hidden under the filler panels. The driver's side was the first to be moved. Of course, just like any quick fix, it was time consuming but I caught a break. There were plenty of holes in the core support that were just the right size, so that meant no drilling! Some wires pulled out of their connectors due to a poor wiring job so those had to be fixed. The other side will have to wait since I need to extend the hot lead and have no wire.

New home behind the horn.

IMG_0099 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

Nice clean fender well except for a few holes that need to be filled.

IMG_0098 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

With the newly cleaned up area on top of the radiator shroud it was time to install the power steering cooling lines.

IMG_0096 by jmbruno3, on Flickr

It was a productive weekend.

Tomorrow I drop her off at the tranny shop to replace the cracked 2 speed hydromatic with a nice new TH350. It's going to have a nice shift kit and I was assured that I wouldn't be disappointed...lol
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68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2018, 07:45:14 AM »
Def looks better.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2018, 04:42:50 PM »
The new TH350 is installed and I'm not disappointed with the racing clutch and shift kit. It's got a nice firm shift through all the gears. I spent today finishing up moving the halogen breakers and fuses to the front of the core support, and cleaning up the engine bay a little bit. I'm very pleased with the results. I still have to get a hose clamp tool to hook up the power steering cooling lines with the factory style hose clamps.





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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2018, 07:44:26 PM »
really nice work.  i bet that heater hose loop has you tweaked.  does it require a new heater core.   
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2018, 01:57:49 AM »
Looks good....been back and forth over whether to put that cooler on my 69....
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2018, 09:19:23 AM »
really nice work.  i bet that heater hose loop has you tweaked.  does it require a new heater core.   

Thanks. I haven't had to do anything with the heater since most of the engine work was done when I got her. She was solid and mechanically sound so a majority of the work was already done. I'v been converting her to a Trans Am.
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2018, 09:37:23 AM »
Looks good....been back and forth over whether to put that cooler on my 69....

I wasn't sure how well the cooler worked or if it made a big difference. I've seen discussion on other forums and the common opinion was that it only benefits with road racing, so it's really a matter of choice for street driving. It was standard equipment on a Trans Am so I put it on. It's easy to install, it replaces the return line.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2018, 11:47:50 AM »
LOVE the 69! The mountain in the background pics of your gold T/A makes it look like the east side of Tucson...am I close?
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2018, 05:17:14 PM »
LOVE the 69! The mountain in the background pics of your gold T/A makes it look like the east side of Tucson...am I close?

Thanks! And good guess.
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2018, 10:49:14 AM »
Welcome to TAC!  I am coming in late to the party...
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2018, 10:41:17 AM »
Welcome to TAC!  I am coming in late to the party...

Thank you! Better late than never! The party never ends...lol
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2018, 08:52:13 PM »
This weekends project, out with the old, in with the new. I pulled the old dash panel off to get ready to install the new one. There were a couple issues I needed to address first. Some of the dash lights aren't working, the heater controls take a lot of force to move them, and the blower doesn't always come on.

The old dash panel really don't look too bad compared to the new one except for the butchered radio slot. I think I can make it look better and try to get something for it.



Why do people have to f**k s**t up so bad? How am I supposed to install a radio now? This is going to take some creative thinking. I'm leaning towards getting an original factory radio, even if I don't hook it up, and put a blue tooth system in the glove box. But it would be nice to have a working factory AM/FM radio!



This could explain why the lights aren't working...



I have no idea how all the grit and grime got under the dash but I found out why I could hardly move the heater levers. A little brake cleaner, a rag, and a little grease and they move like new. I'm confident that the cleaner connection will always turn on the blower. I chewed up the lever knobs pretty bad trying to get them off the levers, and the face plate was all faded and scratched up so I got those things on order with a new circuit for the gauges.







That's better!



All in all it's really no too bad behind there. I've seen worse.


 
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2018, 05:17:54 PM »
Yeah, just finished doing what I can to tidy up my 69's dash insert....radio area and clock blank hacked up.....fixed both. I'm going to have to run some ground wires to replace some of the damaged copper ground straps on the back of the dash as well. Don't know what some people are thinking.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2018, 06:36:34 AM »
Good to see I'm not the only one struggling with those same issues. I too have a new, well newer, dash and at some point in the future am going to have to decide what to do with the big hole for the radio. One year only so used ones are very expensive, and then they are 50 year old pieces of junk for the most part. I replace the circuit too and all the light will work when connected to power. Man! I'm so far away from putting that back together, depressing! Good luck and i look forward to following your progress for my own reference. Thanks for doing that.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2018, 07:42:07 AM »
I have hacked up my share of dashes installing aftermarket radios. Crutchfield had a kit to cover anything up. It is amazing at how much dirt and dust can accumulate over the years. I think that has a lot to do with the nasty "old car smell".  People will restore a car, maybe reuse the interior or at least seat foam and to me it still smell moldy and stinky.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2018, 09:13:43 AM »
I'm sure everybody who works on projects like these has to deal with these issues! LOL
I've been looking online for some original radios and there's a lot of AM radios out there for reasonable prices which isn't a bad way to go if you're only using it for looks. But finding a working AM/FM radio is a shot in the dark and costs a small fortune. During my searching I came across an original clock! I was all over that till I saw the price, $500! I'll be leaving the cover panel in for now. What I would prefer is the stacked gauges though, those are nice. I've seen new reproductions online but they all come as part of a package with the tach and the whole cluster for around $750.

On a somewhat good note, I noticed that the dash wasn't cut away around the radio, it was actually just bent back out of the way to make room for whatever they needed all that room for. I straightened it up as best as I could. It's still not usable in that condition but at least I have a guide to use as a template to fab a new support. It's gonna take some thinking but it's definitely possible.



This is the radio that came with the car but still requires cutting the dash. That's not something I really want to do. It looks new and has an auxiliary input for an iPod which is cool. Maybe I mount this one in the glove box and run a cord under the carpet to the console for my iPod or phone.

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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2018, 05:01:07 PM »
One of the hardest things for me to find when i did my resto was the radio. I looked for about 3 years off and on until i got lucky. I didn't want to pay a ridiculous price. Finally found one on cl from a guy who bought a 76 TA new, and took the radio out as soon as he got the car. It was practically brand new with a complete harness. And he didn't price it like it was gold.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2018, 05:13:31 PM »
I have to look, but somewhere I have two center sections of the dash from 67/68 Camaros. I don't think they are the same as the 69 but the radio area may be. I'll have to go digging in my shop attic and see what I have.

Keep at those small projects. That's how you need to tackle these cars, one project at a time. Looking real good.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2018, 06:35:19 AM »
From what I've seen 69 was a one year only for the radios. Unless you cut that bar others won't fit. I don't even know if say a 68 or 67 would fit if you did cut the bar. Anybody have experience with that?

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2018, 08:46:27 AM »
I have to look, but somewhere I have two center sections of the dash from 67/68 Camaros. I don't think they are the same as the 69 but the radio area may be. I'll have to go digging in my shop attic and see what I have.

Keep at those small projects. That's how you need to tackle these cars, one project at a time. Looking real good.

The radio section might work with some modification. They both used Delco radios so it's possible. I'd have to find pictures and do a side by side comparison and get some measurement.

Seems like there's always a little project lingering around. We're never completely done are we?  lol

68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #37 on: January 30, 2018, 08:56:03 AM »
From what I've seen 69 was a one year only for the radios. Unless you cut that bar others won't fit. I don't even know if say a 68 or 67 would fit if you did cut the bar. Anybody have experience with that?

That's correct, 69 was a one year only radio and they're not easy to find. I've seen so many for sale advertised for Camaro and Firebird but the model number shows otherwise. Not everything was interchangeable between the 2 but I don't know what the differences are between the 2 radios. I don't want to cut the bar, I'm trying to get it back as original as possible.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2018, 12:59:19 PM »
So here's the template I cut for the radio. It looks like it will work. I'll have transfer it to metal, get it to fit right, and figure out how I want to attach it to then dash. Either sheet metal screws or a couple tack welds. The radio I have is so close to fitting the dash panel. So close yet so far.  :sad:

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I got everything cleaned up and put in the new dash. That's a good looking dash! The circuits were definitely the problem with the gauges. They all work now but one of the bulb sockets got busted. It fell off the work bench and I backed up and stepped on it. Just my luck! It's always something isn't it? LOL! Oh well, I decided to order a new lighter housing and heating element since the old ones were rusted didn't work. Another little detail checked off. Once those parts come in the dash goes back in the car, minus a radio. I needed new heater control knobs too but those can go on after the dash is installed.

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Nice new heater control face...


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« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2018, 02:53:10 PM »
That looks great! Any pictures from the backside? You will have to take the whole thing off again when you put a radio in, right?

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« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2018, 02:53:10 PM »
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