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jmb36TA

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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.









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



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

« Last Edit: January 13, 2018, 10:32:59 AM by jmb36TA »
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)

rkellerjr

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

jonathonar89

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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"
1979 Trans Am 400 T-top - Platinum Silver, Carmine Interior
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=61460.0

jmb36TA

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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)

jmb36TA

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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!
Welcome to TAC
Jeff
2016 Victory Cross Country
TATA '72 455 HO Auto
79 T/A 403 Solar Gold
69 F'Bird P-Touring T/A tribute to be
2010 Challenger R/T  PCP

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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.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
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jmb36TA

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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!










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.




Regards, Jack

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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.
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe (project)

Former Firebirds -
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


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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.

jmb36TA

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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)

jmb36TA

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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
Jeff
2016 Victory Cross Country
TATA '72 455 HO Auto
79 T/A 403 Solar Gold
69 F'Bird P-Touring T/A tribute to be
2010 Challenger R/T  PCP

Re: 69 TA
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jmb36TA

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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
02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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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.





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.


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


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


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
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: Today at 07:45:14 AM »
Def looks better.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

Re: 69 TA
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