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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #160 on: July 18, 2018, 08:09:35 AM »
The block is finally at the machine shop! It's gonna be a few weeks since he's slammed and I got a vacation coming up. It's time to clean up the garage, get organized and see what I need to order.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #161 on: July 25, 2018, 09:25:11 AM »
So, while I've been waiting for my block and heads I've been doing some other things to get ready for assembly. I took the oil pump apart to check it out and everything looks good in there. I have a new screen on order. I called Cliff's Performance and talked to Cliff about my carburetor and he came up with a hi performance recipe for me. He is sending me the parts I need to get the best performance out of my Pontiac 400. According to him there are a few things other than what comes in a standard rebuild kit that I need to replace since my carb was originally set up for an Oldsmobile 455. New idol tubes, jets, pick up tubes, springs, etc. I didn't know that and I don't understand why but he's the pro, not me. He literally wrote the book on it!!! LOL. If you plan on rebuilding your Quadrojet I HIGHLY recommend calling Cliff, the guy is THE Quadrojet guru. If you read his book you know what I'm talking about. He's a really nice guy and very helpful. I disassembled the carb and cleaned it all out but it wasn't too bad. I also drilled the back of the base plate to add a power brake vacuum port since it didn't have one. I'm hoping to get the kit tomorrow so I can put it back together before I leave for my road trip this weekend.











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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #162 on: August 06, 2018, 10:08:02 PM »
Hey all! I'm back from vacation and ready to get back at it. It was a great week on the road. Me and my girlfriend took the Harley on a 1875 mile road trip from Tucson to Los Angeles to camp on the beach, San Francisco to check out the sights and have some great seafood, Laughlin NV to lose some money at the casino...lol, and back to Tucson.

The first thing to do was to clean the carb since I had it all apart before the trip. I did some research to try to find the best way to clean it. Parts cleaner was my first option but that stuff is so strong and really stinks. Some said lemon juice, a few said pine sol mixed 50/50 with water, and one guy even said to boil it in coolant  :shock: I was going to go with the pine sol since the video I watched seemed to work best of all the options. Then I realized that I had a gallon of simply green that I used to clean up the garage floor. I figured I'd give it a try so I mixed a cup 50/50 with water and dropped in the linkage parts over night, and it smells good!. I pulled it out in the morning and was amazed at how clean it was before I even touched it. I took a nylon brush and a rag and wiped it clean. Shiny clean!!! I did that the night before the trip so when I got back I took the Simple Green and mixed it with water in a bucket and dropped in the carb parts over night. I cleaned it all in the morning and put it together. I didn't take any pictures of the assembly but I have a before and after picture.

First thing first. As I said in my last post, I got a rebuild kit from Cliff's Performance. It came with the usual parts and a few special replacement parts like idol down tubes. Following the instructions in the book, I was easily able to remove the old tubes. The kit came with a new float, needle, jets, check ball and screw, metering rods, accelerator pump, fuel filter and housing, gaskets, and a few other parts.



It was easy to assemble following the book. And it looks great!

Here's what it looked like before I removed it from the car...



Here's what it looks like now!!









My added vacuum port for ram air diaphragms and power brakes...



The block is machined, decked, honed, new freeze plugs, new cam bearings, and ready for assembly. It'll be dropped off tomorrow. I picked up the nice clean and polished crank today and the main bearings, cam, and rod bearing are ready and waiting. The new pistons are in and need to be pressed on to the rods. Those should be delivered tomorrow too.



Here's the new and the old pistons...




 Assembly begins soon!!!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #163 on: August 09, 2018, 01:23:24 PM »
And so it begins! Assembly starts tonight after I pick up a few more pieces that still needed to be blasted.



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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #164 on: August 09, 2018, 10:40:47 PM »
I picked everything up from the machinist today and got it all organized and almost all the parts have been delivered. It took a little longer than expected to get organized so I didn't get anything done with assembly.













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Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #165 on: August 14, 2018, 08:20:38 AM »
It's been a good productive weekend with the rebuild. Everything was going smoothly till last night when I measured for the push rods. Looks like the studs are too short and the measurement is coming out about 1/2" too long. I tried 2 different ways to figure out the rocker geometry and they're both not coming out right. I have to figure this out with my machinist. Besides that the only other issue was a broken thrust plate bolt. Right now everything looks good and the engine turns nice and smooth. It's almost ready for paint.















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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #166 on: August 16, 2018, 12:23:53 PM »
I got the push rod length figured out and they’re are ordered. I’ll probably end up painting the engine before they get here. Can’t wait to see it all one color.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #167 on: August 21, 2018, 08:46:05 AM »
Well the push rods will finally be here Thursday. What a pain in the ass that was! First I ordered from Summit and they said they wouldn't ship till August 28th even though the web site said they were in stock. So I cancelled that order and ordered from Jeg's who was supposed to have some in stock. Their confirmation email said they wouldn't ship till September 5th!! So yesterday I called Comp Cams directly and they said they had over 60 sets in stock, so I ordered through them and they shipped same day. I emailed Jeg's to cancel the order and I got an email this morning that they shipped yesterday too  :-? Now I have to return one set.

In the mean time I got it ready to paint! I'll probably wait till the weekend since it's usually 95 degrees in my garage when I get home from work during the week and that's too hot to paint. Mornings are usually mid 70's which is more ideal. Unless I wake up extra early during the week and paint before I head to work. Like that's gonna happen...LOL. I got the pulleys painted yesterday. It's nice to see color going back on, even if it is black.





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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #168 on: August 23, 2018, 08:16:51 AM »
I got a break with the heat yesterday, we had a monsoon storm come through and lower the temperature cool enough to paint. I jumped on the chance and got the engine painted. I used I used Hirsch Auto engine enamel heat resistant up to 700 degrees. I didn't need to primer it but I wanted that extra layer of protection and the blue looks better over it. It looks to be the correct shade of metallic Pontiac blue. http://www.hirschauto.com/
The push rods are going to be delivered today so I'll be able to complete the assembly and get ready for the install.



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« Reply #169 on: August 23, 2018, 12:02:03 PM »
Looks very nice! You should be back on the road soon.
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« Reply #170 on: August 23, 2018, 01:02:47 PM »
Looks very nice! You should be back on the road soon.

Thanks. I'm getting anxious! I can't wait to feel the power difference.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #171 on: August 24, 2018, 08:14:18 AM »
The push rods were waiting at my front door when I got home from work yesterday. After a quick trip to Ace Hardware for a few replacement bolts I got to work and dropped in the lifters, push rods and rocker arms. Those were the final internal pieces. Time to close it all up and get ready to drop it in.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #172 on: August 25, 2018, 10:09:19 AM »
Looking great!  :cool:
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #173 on: August 27, 2018, 08:08:48 AM »
Yesterday was the day! I dropped in the motor and got it bolted to the transmission. This was the first time I had to do this by myself, and from the side of the car instead of from the front. It wasn't easy to get the transmission lined up but after loosening the bolts and raising it a little bit, I was able to get the alignment pins popped into place. Now it's just a matter of hooking everything back up, putting in the power steering pump, alternator, starter, radiator, and battery. Should only be a few more days before she's alive again.









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« Reply #174 on: August 27, 2018, 11:33:37 AM »
The eagle has landed! I would have been a nervous wreck dropping that in there. You must be chomping on the bit by now.
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« Reply #175 on: August 27, 2018, 11:42:50 AM »
The eagle has landed! I would have been a nervous wreck dropping that in there. You must be chomping on the bit by now.

It was nerve wrecking getting it up over the fender trying not to let it swing too much. But once I lowered it down I felt better moving it around. The double chains were a big comfort too, I wasn’t worried about it dropping off the lift. It was a slow process for sure.
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« Reply #176 on: August 27, 2018, 02:21:47 PM »
Yeah, it looked like you had it rigged up pretty good.
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« Reply #177 on: August 27, 2018, 06:12:37 PM »
I have one of those adjustable lifting slings....great bit of gear, especially if you're doing engine and box as a combo.
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« Reply #178 on: August 27, 2018, 11:10:41 PM »
It is a challenge getting a motor installed by yourself with a cherry picker and doing it from the side. Great Job!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #179 on: August 30, 2018, 08:38:30 AM »
So close, yet so far! Almost everything is hooked up and the oil system has been primed. Still waiting on thicker valve cover gaskets so the covers clear the poly locks, a new throttle cable, and I found out last night that I need a new water pump pulley because my new water pump is longer than the old one. I still have to hook up the power steering lines and reinstall the headers. Looks like one more week so I'll have time to clean up the headers before I reinstall them. I'm thinking of painting them aluminum and give a little more "pop" to the engine bay, they're black now.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #180 on: September 06, 2018, 09:25:35 AM »
Quick update. The pulley was delivered, the valve covers are on, and the throttle cable will be here today. She's finally off the jack stands and I'm going to static time her tonight. The first turn of the key should happen tomorrow or Saturday depending on when the pulley and belts go on! I'll post video, unless she blows up!  :lol:
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« Reply #181 on: September 06, 2018, 11:55:57 AM »
I have been patiently waiting for this car to get back on the road. Looks like it will be soon now. LOL. Im sure youre ready to get rolling as well!
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« Reply #182 on: September 06, 2018, 01:08:36 PM »
I have been patiently waiting for this car to get back on the road. Looks like it will be soon now. LOL. Im sure youre ready to get rolling as well!

It’s been almost 3 months! I feel like I spent the entire summer in my garage working in it. I’m more than ready to get her moving again. I got excited just putting the wheels back in the ground! Lol. I have to be patient though, I don’t want to rush it at this point. I need to make sure everything is in place and ready to go before turning the key for the first time. I’m not going to be one of those guys who fires up an engine for the first time without the radiator hooked up. I’m not even going to start it wouthout power steering fluid...lol
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #183 on: September 07, 2018, 10:12:43 AM »
So I got the motor static timed and put the pulley and belts on last night. I was ready to turn the key but the battery had died. That’s the second time it did that since I put it back in. Seems like I charge it and it’s being drained within an hour. I think something is draining it because it had a good charge after sitting on my garage floor for almost 3 months. But as soon as I connected it, it died. Twice. It’s on the charger now so I’m going to give it a shot when I get home from work.
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« Reply #184 on: September 09, 2018, 11:10:21 AM »
Yesterday was the big day! I turned the key! It was a little rough at first because I forgot a few things and jumped the gun a bit. First thing was trying to keep it running. Every time I let off the gas it died. I realized that I put in a new throttle cable and didn't adjust the idol screw. I set it and it she ran on her own, but there was a coolant and vacuum leak. I didn't tighten the thermostat housing bolt that the alternator bracket attaches to after I put the belts on and adjusted the tension. Another easy fix but still had a vacuum leak. The I noticed a puddle of coolant around the distributor. I forgot the gasket  :-( Another easy fix but a pain in the ass. After tightening the distributor I tuned the key again. No more vacuum leak! The carb needs a little fine tuning and the timing is just a little off, other than that, she's ready to be broken in!

And it sounds bad ass! Check out the video...

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #185 on: September 10, 2018, 12:46:45 AM »
Wow, hope mine sounds as good...thats hot!
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« Reply #186 on: September 10, 2018, 08:40:27 AM »
Wow, hope mine sounds as good...thats hot!

Thanks Leigh. Your build is coming along nicely. Looks like you'll be close to firing it up soon, can't wait to hear it.

My 400 is +.030" with #16 heads, Oldsmobile small dish pistons, and a Voodoo #10510703 227/233 cam. The compression is calculated at 9.4/1. The Voodoo cam is a nice hydraulic mid-range cam, it's not too lopey, but also isn't a smooth idol. I don't know how that compares to your Summit cam. I should have it on the street in the next day or 2.
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« Reply #187 on: September 12, 2018, 10:40:17 AM »
I attempted my first drive yesterday. I quickly realized that I didn't bleed the power steering. I got the front tires back in the air, took the cap off the reservoir, and started turning the wheel. A lot of air came out but I can still hear it bubbling. Sounds like it's coming from the box. I heard that removing the belt and turning the pump CCW by hand should help so I'm going to try that tonight.
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« Reply #188 on: September 12, 2018, 02:54:23 PM »
Your attention to detail makes that a great looking (and sounding) engine. Great work.
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« Reply #189 on: September 13, 2018, 08:50:35 PM »
Your attention to detail makes that a great looking (and sounding) engine. Great work.

Thank you. I appreciate that.
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« Reply #190 on: September 14, 2018, 09:54:51 AM »
I did a little work to the hood this week. I started painting the inside and thought I better get the upper RA IV pan to fit properly first. I've been trying to get the pan and seal to fit properly without cutting the hood brace. I trimmed the foam down where it overlapped the bracing but that didn't seam to work. The problem is with the air diaphragm hitting the support, and also the foam overlapping it. Now I see why the brace was trimmed at the factory for Ram Air IV cars. My hood must have been off a Ram Air III car which didn't need the brace cut. I bit the bullet and decided to trim it. I did some searching and finally found some pictures of the inside of a Trans Am hood without the pan installed. I found a total of 2 pics on the whole internet...lol. I taped it out by eye and cut it up. Everything fits a lot better with no tension pushing up on the hood from the foam. The foam is very stiff and doesn't compress easily. I think the original foam was a lot softer and compressed easier. Since I trimmed the foam I had to order a new one now that it fit's correctly. Once that gets here I can install the upper pan and get some helping hands to put the hood back on. That should be the final touch or this project.

Here's the hood before I cut it, and with a dust coat on it.



Reference pic of an original hood...



Cut and painted with the intake tubes installed....

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« Reply #191 on: September 14, 2018, 10:13:11 AM »
You did a nice job on the cutout by eye.
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« Reply #192 on: September 14, 2018, 11:44:12 AM »
You did a nice job on the cutout by eye.

Thank you. It took a few tries till it finally looked right. The difficult part was making that first cut with a cutting wheel. It needed a lot of filing and grinding to get the round corners. But it was worth it and I’m happy with the results, even though it will never be seen...lol. 
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« Reply #193 on: September 14, 2018, 01:17:30 PM »
Very impressive. It's little things like that, the attention to detail that make this car. Great job.
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« Reply #194 on: September 14, 2018, 06:34:04 PM »
Excellent job! Keep up the good work.
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« Reply #195 on: September 17, 2018, 08:24:24 AM »
Saturday was the day, TEST DRIVE!! It went great. I got a little chirp of the tire going into second gear and wasn't even getting on it. It sounds killer at cruising speed and IT'S GOT BALLS! I didn't hit it too hard, just enough to feel the acceleration. I still need to make a few tweeks to the air/fuel mixture and timing to get it just right but it's pretty much there. The power steering is better but still not working right. I felt some points where it got loose and then stiffened up again so it's still hitting air pockets. I had to add a little more fluid after I got back in the garage. I think it'll eventually bleed itself out.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #196 on: September 17, 2018, 11:44:15 AM »
Fantastic! Congrats on getting it back on the road.
Finished!
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #197 on: September 18, 2018, 09:03:22 AM »
So I found out last night that my distributor advance isn't advancing so the timing can't be set accurately. I haven't pulled the cap to see what the weights and springs look like yet but I ordered an advance curve kit anyway. Just one more piece of the puzzle.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
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88 Trans Am 5.0 auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #197 on: September 18, 2018, 09:03:22 AM »
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