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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2018, 03:21:50 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?

I'll snap a pic of the back and post it tonight.
I took the old radio out without removing the dash so a new one should go in the same way. Maybe just remove the ash tray for a little more room.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #41 on: February 01, 2018, 05:33:32 PM »
Here are a few pics of the back of the dash panel...

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I highly recommend these LEDs for the gauges. I replaced all mine and plugged in the gauges with the new circuits and they shine BRIGHT! The speedo doesn't have that dingy yellow look to it, it's bright white. I got enough for the gauges, heater, and shift indicator. I may do the curtesy and dome lights too. I'll post some pics when I get her all back together, but I don't have any before pictures to compare them to.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2018, 04:10:05 AM »
.... shoulda put those bulbs in mine when I had the dash apart! Dumba$$
Got pics yet of it lit up?
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2018, 06:56:58 AM »
Thanks! Those are great pictures! I put the LEDs in my 79 a few years ago, they are much better. I put them in my 69 along with a new circuit and just connected to my battery charger. Much better than before. I'm a long way off from re-assembling my dash but i'm going to try to remember your pictures for reference. I need new floor pans so it will be a while. Thanks again.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2018, 08:50:03 AM »
.... shoulda put those bulbs in mine when I had the dash apart! Dumba$$
Got pics yet of it lit up?

I'll post some pics after I get it all together when it's all nice and pretty...lol
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Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2018, 09:08:37 AM »
Thanks! Those are great pictures! I put the LEDs in my 79 a few years ago, they are much better. I put them in my 69 along with a new circuit and just connected to my battery charger. Much better than before. I'm a long way off from re-assembling my dash but i'm going to try to remember your pictures for reference. I need new floor pans so it will be a while. Thanks again.

Wow you have a long way to go! Post some pics of your progress I'd like to check it out. Glad those pictures help. This is a great place to look for references and help. Everybody is helpful.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #46 on: February 02, 2018, 09:21:47 AM »
Last night I tackled another electrical issue while the dash is out. My triple gauge cluster wasn't lighting up and the amp gauge didn't work. I'm not really an electrical guy so after finally finding a diagram on how to connect the wires I was able to make some progress, only to find that the gauge didn't work and the light behind the oil gauge also didn't work. These are sealed gauges so I can't change the bulbs. I'm not sure if I want to replace them or just remove them completely. If I replace them I want to go with something that looks like it came out of the 60s or 70s, not these new ones with the fancy faces. I was looking online to see if I can find something with a black face, white type, and a white dial to match the dash gauges. All I can find like that had the temp in celsius. What's up with that? That means one more thing on the to do list before the dash goes in if I decide to replace them.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2018, 10:18:38 PM »
Nice job on the dash....I'm going to have to go LED lights in mine before I put it back in the car. Interesting that your dash is vac chromed....mines just black plastic.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #48 on: February 03, 2018, 10:34:48 AM »
Nice job on the dash....I'm going to have to go LED lights in mine before I put it back in the car. Interesting that your dash is vac chromed....mines just black plastic.

Thanks. I was curious about the back too. Not sure what the purpose of that is.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #49 on: February 04, 2018, 10:54:00 PM »
So, you know how when you start one project it leads to another, and then another? I took the dash panel off to look for why the indicator lights on the gauges didn't work, then it led to trying to figure out how to hook up the triple gauge cluster lights while I had unrestricted access to the wiring. Today I decided to do a little investigating as to why my heater core was bypassed. Keep in mind that I live in AZ and really don't use heat in the car very often. But the core being bypassed and capped off has been on my mind as to why. I wasn't sure if it was leaking, or plugged, or whatever. A friend told me to just get a hose and hook it up, chances are that there's nothing wrong. I'm glad I went with my gut. I pulled it out today and here's what I found...

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Glad I went with my gut!! Looks like it's been leaking for a while and that's why it was bypassed.

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It's not as bad as it looks, it's all surface rust. I'll clean it off with some sand paper and scratch pad, spray some rust encapsulator on it, hit it with a coat of black paint and it'll be like new. Needles to say, a new core is going to have to be ordered along with a complete seal kit to replace the old dried out ones. Just not sure if I should go with an aluminum core or a correct copper/brass one. Really don't think it'll matter.

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And then there's this...what's with the big glob of solder on the tip of the antenna plug???

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #50 on: February 05, 2018, 09:21:55 AM »
The backside of my dash is shiny chrome too. I know it is an after market one because the po gave me the original, that he cut the radio bar on, and it's black. Who knows why! I'm not very good at keeping up with pictures and have no idea how you guys get them here, yours are nicer anyway!

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2018, 08:26:02 PM »
That's much better. Once the core gets here it'll all go back together again and the new dash panel will finally be installed.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #52 on: February 09, 2018, 07:47:42 PM »
Looks like Christmas all over again!  :D
Gonna be a busy weekend putting the dash together.

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Found one last piece I had to order. A nice new Kenwood front speaker.

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Brand new Stewart Warner Deluxe gauges...

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That's a pretty sight...

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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 #53 on: February 11, 2018, 11:56:45 AM »
Just need some stick on wood grain and it'll look like the old ones. (gauges )
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #54 on: February 11, 2018, 07:58:02 PM »
Just need some stick on wood grain and it'll look like the old ones. (gauges )

These are much better gauges and have a classic look to them. I like the white numbers and white needle to match the speedo. No wood grain! Lol. I want it to match the dash with a black face and chrome edge. The chrome rings on a black face around the black gauges will look awesome.
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
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2018, 06:48:48 AM »
HVAC looks great.  8)
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1976 Pontiac Trans Am
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2018, 07:05:34 AM »
Looking good! Curious to see how the speaker setup works for you. The previous owner of mine had speakers started in the kick panels. Not sure what i'm going to do when, if, i get to that point but you are going way faster than i am. I spent yesterday cutting and struggling with mis-matched, stripped, rusted bolts on the front end! What a pain! And, apparently the car had been in a front end accident at one time which explains a few of the parts not lining up. Luckily my son knows more than me about auto body and comes over once in a while to keep me going! Anyway, your project is looking great, keep up the good work. Joe

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« Reply #57 on: February 12, 2018, 08:53:10 AM »
 It took my a good chunk of the day figuring out how to hook up the extra gauges since I'm really not a wiring guy, but I finally figured it out after blowing quite a few fuses...lol. The oil and water temp are working! In hind sight I should have gotten an oil pressure gauge instead of temp. I still have to hook up the amps. I realized it's the reason I kept blowing fuses. I had them all ground together but that one doesn't get ground, it hooks up to a positive and negative post on a relay or the starter solenoid. I have to replace my positive battery cable so that's when I'll try wiring that gauge.

Once I get new fuses I'll be able to see my dash all lit up for the first time. It's all starting to come back together...

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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 #58 on: February 12, 2018, 08:59:29 AM »
Looking good! Curious to see how the speaker setup works for you. The previous owner of mine had speakers started in the kick panels. Not sure what i'm going to do when, if, i get to that point but you are going way faster than i am. I spent yesterday cutting and struggling with mis-matched, stripped, rusted bolts on the front end! What a pain! And, apparently the car had been in a front end accident at one time which explains a few of the parts not lining up. Luckily my son knows more than me about auto body and comes over once in a while to keep me going! Anyway, your project is looking great, keep up the good work. Joe

Thank you! I'm curious to see how the speaker works myself. I still have to figure out my radio set up first. This is a 120 watt with a 1 1/8" tweeter Kenwood and bolted right into position with a new bracket. It should be a good speaker by itself. I had to put a new one in since the dash panel was off, it's the easiest way, and probably the only way, to get at it. It's always good to know a good body man that you don't have to pay!  LOL  Good luck with that front end and post some pics of your progress.
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #59 on: February 15, 2018, 08:31:36 AM »
I think I figured out my radio Dilemma. I made a template to fab a glove box mount but decided to go a different route. I'm going to go with a retrosound radio that fits in the factory radio slot without having to cut the bar out. It's a nice radio with blue tooth, 2 USB ports, 2 auxiliary ports and is ipohone/ipad ready. I'm putting my current Custom Autosound radio up on ebay to raise a little extra cash. It's a good looking radio with an auxiliary port in back for an mp3 player. And it works good...

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78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2018, 08:32:54 AM »
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL MY PHOTOS!? I can't see them, can anyone else see them on their end?
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #61 on: February 15, 2018, 08:42:24 AM »
I cannot see them. Did you pay PB?  I know they pulled a fast one awhile ago trying to extort everyone but figured that issue had been resolve.
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« Reply #62 on: February 15, 2018, 08:49:17 AM »
There was a cheat code out at one time and I tirelessly went through my restoration thread and put all my photos back up. I just check and they have all been blocked again. I have been using flickr since the whole PB debacle started with success. I think its actually easier, especially if you have their app on a smart phone.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #63 on: February 15, 2018, 09:12:38 AM »
I have been using PB but have not paid for their add free service. I don't know what their issue is today but it's supposed to be free and I have used them in the past on other forums with no issues. I'll have to look into Flicker and try to remember which pics I posted. What a pain in the ass. It would be easier to be able to upload directly from your computer. Thanks Roadking.
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« Reply #64 on: February 15, 2018, 10:20:21 AM »
I think a lot of the guys here and other forums from what I understand used PB. It WAS free, but I think last fall sometime they sent out a mass email to their subscribers that their new policy was something like a $400 a year subscription. Shortly after that anyone with a PB link had them blocked like your pics above. A cheat code became available and with a few clicks the old photos could be restored. I see now that they have figured that out and these photos have now been blocked as well. I switched to flkr at that point. If you have a smart phone, download their app. When you take a pic you hit the share and a link will come up for flikr. Hit ok twice and its downloaded, that simple. As far as putting the pics into TAC, its pretty similar to what PB was.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #65 on: February 15, 2018, 01:25:45 PM »
I got Flicker figured out, now I have to go back and upload all the photos again  :sad:
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #66 on: February 18, 2018, 10:20:19 AM »
I have a complete interior again!  :D
After all that time and work it really don't look any different than before, except for the clean radio slot. That will be filled soon, I have a few things selling on eBay to raise the money for a new one. I'm still waiting for the gauges that I exchanged but the wiring is set up and they'll just plug in. The LED's look great back there! I need a few more for the heater controls, shift indicator, and courtesy lamps.









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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #67 on: February 20, 2018, 10:51:19 AM »
Oh my god! I'm jealous! Nice work and way to keep at it. I'm not even going to try to put pictures on here, plus, I'm not very good at keeping track of my projects with pictures. I wish I did, because I'm old and forgetful, but I don't.

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« Reply #68 on: February 21, 2018, 12:55:55 PM »
That looks terrific.....those LEDs are excellent!
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1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #69 on: February 21, 2018, 08:09:05 PM »
That looks terrific.....those LEDs are excellent!

Thanks mate! I'm so happy with it and can't wait to get a radio to complete the interior.
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69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
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« Reply #70 on: February 21, 2018, 08:25:13 PM »
The replacement gauges came in today! Now I have the water temp, oil pressure, and volts. I think this is the best set up. I hooked them up and they look great, especially all lit up. I still have to mount the housing to the dash and that project will done.





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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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« Reply #71 on: February 25, 2018, 01:35:34 PM »
Nice and bright....Volts is a more useful instrument than an ammeter, and less likely to cause a fire......lol.
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1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe (project)

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #72 on: February 25, 2018, 02:08:33 PM »
Nice and bright....Volts is a more useful instrument than an ammeter, and less likely to cause a fire......lol.

That's a good thing because I don't want that kind of "fire"bird...LOL
Bet nobody has aver heard that before  :-P
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #73 on: February 26, 2018, 07:15:47 AM »
Looks like you are doing a very nice job. Really appreciate the pictures. I am starting to "freshen" a 69 that was restored 20 years ago. The service manual doesn't seem as good for the 69 as it was on my 78 TA. I have a few questions I need to get posted.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #74 on: February 26, 2018, 10:48:44 AM »
Boy I agree with your comment about the service manual. I bought the Fisher body manual. Not much help for my problems, guess in 69 the people they were intended for were already pretty knowledgeable about the cars. Me, I'm learning on the fly! I too am learning a lot from the posted pictures and appreciate them!

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« Reply #75 on: February 26, 2018, 11:42:22 AM »
I'm glad the pictures help, that's why I post them. I have a digital copy of the service manual and a hard copy of the assembly manual and I refer to them both all the time. The assembly manual has a lot of info you won't find in the service manual. It helped my with the size and location of the holes to make the air extractor functional. It also showed that the indents on the fender are supposed to be painted black behind the extractors which is something I never knew. And it gives the exact location of the Trans Am fender decal so there was no guesswork.

Here's a link to another forum with links to download the assembly manual.

http://www.firebirdnation.com/forums/topic/526913-69-firebird-assembly-manual/
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #76 on: February 27, 2018, 02:32:04 AM »
Agree, you really need all three manuals together to get a reasonable coverage of tech on the 69's.
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1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #77 on: March 01, 2018, 10:50:03 PM »
I had to do a quick modification tonight. I just couldn't get used to the chrome gauge mount. It just didn't look right in the car. I wanted something with more of a classic look. I saw an old Stewart Warner mount that had a black wrinkle finish to it. That was an easy modification with a little twist of my own to match the rest of the dash panel. I masked off a 1/8" border of the chrome and sprayed the wrinkle paint. It left a perfect chrome border that looks bad ass with the chrome gauges and matches the rest of the dash perfect. It looks like it could have come from the factory that way. This is a set up I can be proud to show off, much better than plane ol chrome.









I'll post some pics after they're installed. I'm waiting on my new radio and rear speakers first. I'll need the room under the dash to install those before the gauges go back in. Once that's done and the gauges are in the dash will be complete!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #78 on: March 02, 2018, 06:36:55 AM »
Definitely an upgrade! Nice work. Should blend in nicely with the dash.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #79 on: March 02, 2018, 01:21:32 PM »
The chrome has a good "day 2" look about it, but the black will improve it by 1000%.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #79 on: March 02, 2018, 01:21:32 PM »
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