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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #200 on: September 23, 2018, 12:58:28 PM »
This entire thread is an inspiration!  Your work is nothing short of amazing.  All those little things will soon be distant memories as you work through them.  Congratulations on such an awe-inspiring accomplishment.  Simply a fantastic thread detailing your triumphs and small setbacks.  Well done!!!
Mike (aka Yeti)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #201 on: September 23, 2018, 02:04:39 PM »
Hasn't had a timing stop fitted into the distributor by someone in it's past?

No it hasn't. Total timing was at 34 before the rebuild. Not sure what happened.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #202 on: September 23, 2018, 02:13:36 PM »
This entire thread is an inspiration!  Your work is nothing short of amazing.  All those little things will soon be distant memories as you work through them.  Congratulations on such an awe-inspiring accomplishment.  Simply a fantastic thread detailing your triumphs and small setbacks.  Well done!!!

Thank you very much! Your compliment is very well appreciated. I started it not only to show my progress but also hoping that it would help others with their builds. I'm glad to hear that it's inspiring. If it inspires one person to get back on a project they're putting off, or helps someone through an issue with their build, then this thread is well worth it the time I've put into it.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #203 on: September 24, 2018, 12:41:22 PM »
I dropped in a different distributor yesterday and got my timing issue solved. The carb is finally dialed in. Now I need help putting the hood back on. It’s almost done!!
68 Firebird 350 auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #204 on: September 24, 2018, 12:46:51 PM »
I did about 98% of the work by myself when I did my restoration, but the one thing I needed help with was the hood. Kinda tricky by yourself.
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Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #205 on: September 24, 2018, 08:33:08 PM »
I did about 98% of the work by myself when I did my restoration, but the one thing I needed help with was the hood. Kinda tricky by yourself.

Yeah right! I would need 6 hands to put the hood on...lol
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #206 on: September 26, 2018, 08:06:06 AM »
Just can't seem to get her out on the street. Today was the first day I was going to be able to get her out and take her to work but she dies when I put her into gear. Gotta check a few things tonight so hopefully I can take her to work tomorrow and give her a good test run.
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 #207 on: September 27, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
Finally got to get out on the main streets and drive it to work today!! There's a few little issues I need to iron out yet. I had to turn the idle up so it didn't die at the lights, but now it's idling too high in park and neutral. I checked for vacuum leaks but didn't find any. The kick down cable needs to be adjusted and it shifts into 3rd at 55 mph. I don' have a tach so I can't say what rpm's. And I still have no power steering. I'm beginning to think something happened when I rebuilt the pump. That's gonna have to come off and be torn apart again.
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 #208 on: September 28, 2018, 06:55:23 AM »
Still a success!  The punch list grows short for you.  Power steering issue is a bummer, but the other things are small issues.
Mike (aka Yeti)

1969 Firebird 400 (non-numbers)
1977 Y82 W72 Auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #209 on: September 30, 2018, 03:30:43 PM »
I pulled the power steering pump yesterday and don't see anything wrong with it but I got a new one on the way anyway. They're tested, warrantied, and cheap after returning a core so I figured that's the safe way to go.
68 Firebird 350 auto
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78 Trans Am 455 auto
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #210 on: October 01, 2018, 06:13:40 PM »
Just on the off chance....flush the system first before fitting the new pump. Good luck.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #211 on: October 01, 2018, 07:25:50 PM »
Just on the off chance....flush the system first before fitting the new pump. Good luck.

The system was drained when I put the old one back in and it still didn't work. I'll definitely flush it again. Thanks.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #212 on: October 02, 2018, 01:14:05 PM »
I found a vacuum leak! The hose popped off the tranny. It's very loose and won't stay on, even though its all new. A couple hose clamps will fix that problem. Hopefully that will settle my idling issues.
68 Firebird 350 auto
69 Trans Am Tribute 400 auto (currently own)
78 Trans Am 455 auto
78 Trans Am 6.6 4 speed
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02 Trans Am WS6 LS 6 speed (currently own)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #213 on: October 02, 2018, 10:32:30 PM »
Thats good that you found a leak.
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Leigh

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #214 on: October 03, 2018, 05:14:45 PM »
I found the second vacuum leak this afternoon. I put a vacuum pump on the transmission line to double check it and decided to check the other lines too. The vacuum advance wasn't holding any pressure on the replacement distributor. It's a used one and I didn't check the vacuum advance. When I say it wasn't holding pressure I mean the gauge never moved! I swapped the one from the old distributor after I check it and now I'm confident there are no more leaks. Now I need to go back and adjust air, fuel, and idle since it's running a little rough.
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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)

Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #215 on: October 03, 2018, 06:41:28 PM »
I have the RA IV intake installed and hooked up. It's working! The diaphragms are opening and closing with the vacuum. They're open when it's cold and closed when it's warm. They look like they're breathing when I open the hood. It's cool! The temp looks like it's running cooler. I ran it for about 20 minutes and it didn't go over 200 which is really nice since it's been up around 230. I have to keep an eye on it. I was looking into new radiators and it would be nice if I didn't need one.

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 #216 on: October 10, 2018, 08:35:45 AM »
I still can't get the darn power steering to work!!  :mad:
I ordered a pump form CARiD and the sent me the wrong one. I contacted them by email and I got a response telling me to damage the pump so it's not able to be resold and send them pictures. I couldn't believe what I was reading so I called them. They said they don't want it back and I should destroy it and toss it. That is the strangest return policy I've ever heard of. So I smashed the reservoir neck and sent pictures. They're sending my a refund so I have a new pump. I'm gonna take the pump out and put it in mu housing and see if that works.

I noticed that with my pump, when I turn the wheel the fluid returns to the reservoir but won't flow to the steering box. So I don't know if it's the line, the pump, or the check valve. I tried vacuum bleeding it and couldn't get anything out of it.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #217 on: October 13, 2018, 05:07:23 PM »
I finally have power steering! I swapped out the pump and it works. Still don't know what I did wrong when rebuilding my old pump but I'll look into it eventually. If I find a problem and correct it, I won't know if it works unless I swap pumps again. I really don't want to buy more power steering fluid and make another mess...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
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #218 on: October 19, 2018, 10:56:47 AM »
As we all know, if it’s not one thing it’s another. Now that I have power steering and can get the car on the road more, it’s time to do some fine tuning. I’m having trouble getting my Q-jet adjusted. My idle screws don’t seem to have much effect on the idle. I’m running lean, the car wants to die at stop light, but sometimes it races at lights. It’s too all over the place and I can’t get the vacuum to run steady. I checked for leaks but only found one yesterday. That was fixed but it’s still rough. So that’ll be my weekend project this weekend.
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 #219 on: October 20, 2018, 09:22:11 PM »
A thought....check the secondary butterflys and the air valve.....you could be leaking air there.
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Leigh

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #220 on: Today at 08:21:39 AM »
A thought....check the secondary butterflys and the air valve.....you could be leaking air there.

I've checked everything I could think of and took it apart several times to recheck a few things. I'm getting a donar carb today to see how it runs. That should tell me if it's the carb or the motor. I'm leaning towards the carb becuause I've checked everywhere I can think of for a vacuum leak with carb cleaner and can't find anymore. I realized I never checked my plugs so I pulled those yesterday. They're ALL black. So I'm running rich, not lean.
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
« Reply #220 on: Today at 08:21:39 AM »
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