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jmb36TA

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #240 on: November 09, 2018, 07:23:09 PM »
At least it's an easy fix, albeit not really a cheap one.

BFG 235/60R14 Radial TA's at $132 with free shipping from Jegs so it's not as bad as I first thought. I originally wanted Polyglas tires but they're $240 a pop. It wasn't too hard of a decision on which way to go. I'll keep the best BFG Advantage I have now for a spare. All I need is another Rally II rim.
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 #241 on: November 19, 2018, 01:20:45 PM »
4 new shoes! It's amazing how much better a car drives with 4 new tires. The 2002 WS6 gets new ones tomorrow. It was a beautiful weekend so I spent some time cleaning them both.









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)

roadking77

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #242 on: November 19, 2018, 01:56:24 PM »
Nice looking pair of cars.
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
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #243 on: November 19, 2018, 05:13:18 PM »
Mike (aka Yeti)

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #244 on: November 19, 2018, 07:31:11 PM »
What did I miss? When did you get the 4th gen?




Regards, Jack

Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #245 on: November 20, 2018, 07:53:11 AM »
What did I miss? When did you get the 4th gen?

I've had it since 2005.
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 #246 on: January 17, 2019, 09:34:56 AM »
Happy 2019 all!!! Now that all the hectic holidays are past it's time to get back to it. My Christmas present to myself is was a Wilwood front disk brake conversion kit and new master cylinder. I should be getting to it this weekend. Everything is included, disks, bearings, cap, 4 piston calipers, braided lines, pads, brackets, and all the mounting hardware. It looks pretty straight forward.

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 #247 on: January 18, 2019, 07:34:22 AM »
Nice!  Let us know how it goes.  Inquiring minds want to know LOL
Mike (aka Yeti)

1969 Firebird 400 (non-numbers)
1977 Y82 W72 Auto
2007 F-150 Lariat 4x4 (5.4)
2007 Ford Edge SEL AWD V6
2012 Mustang

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #248 on: January 18, 2019, 02:28:49 PM »
Here's how it's going so far. Wilwood warns that there are 2 different spindles for the 69 with different upper mounting hole sizes. The spindle with the smaller hole would have to be drilled out and tapped to use Wilwood's hardware, of course mine has the smaller hole. :-(  You can see in the image below that the new bolt is much wider than the stock bolt and has a head that fits flush with the caliper bracket. I have 2 choices. I can drill and tap the spindle and hope I can do it while it's in the car, or find a bolt that fits the existing thread and has the same head as the new bolt. I'm thinking it would be best to drill and tap to insure everything fits as Wilwood intended.

The drums are off and it don't look too bad in there. Looks like fresh grease on the spindle.





The upper hole on the spindle needs to be drilled and tapped to fit the bolt on the right. The bolt on the left is the stock bolt.



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 #249 on: January 18, 2019, 06:21:08 PM »
The brakes will be an interesting build to follow. Thanks for so many pictures.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #250 on: January 19, 2019, 01:56:42 PM »
You have my luck, if theres a 50/50 chance for the wrong part that is me!
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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
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'39-BSA Gold Star
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #251 on: January 19, 2019, 03:35:36 PM »
I tried drilling the holes and tapping them today. It didn't work as well as I expected, those spindles are hard! My bits went dull before I could finish. I ordered a coil spring compressor tool so I can remove the spindles and bring them to a machine shop.  I recommend doing that if you're going to do this conversion.
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 #252 on: January 25, 2019, 03:42:09 PM »
So the spring compressor wasn't working right. I guess that's what you get when you try to get the cheapest thing you can find for a one time use. The next best one was $80, plus the cost for the machine shop totaled over $100. Cost of new disk brake spindles that don't need drilling or tapping, $120. Guess who got new spindles? I should have checked into this before I spent $70 on drill bits and a tap. what a waste of money  :-( 
With this kit, it looks like the caliper brackets will bolt on to disk brake spindles with no modifications, but the drum brake spindles need to be modified. If you remove them and bring them to a machine shop, or if you can drill and tap them at home you'll save money over buying new spindles. I wouldn't spend the money on bits and a tap if I were to do this all over again, I would have gone right to disk brake spindles.

The brackets bolted on with no problem...
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 #253 on: January 26, 2019, 04:33:14 AM »
Things just never seem to go smoothly when reworking or adapting old parts, that's frustrating and then having to order and wait on new.
The new spindles look great and will make life so much easier. one of those "Why didn't I just do this to begin with" moments.
The car is outstanding and all the little upgrades and fixes make it even better!
Jeff
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79 T/A 403 Solar Gold
69 F'Bird P-Touring T/A tribute to be
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #254 on: January 26, 2019, 05:23:26 PM »
You're absolutely right Addict, it was definitely one of those "moments".

I was going to need to remove the spindle on the right side anyway since the lower dust boot was torn apart. I ordered a set of polyurethane boots so now I'm waiting on those. The ball joints look good so those will go back in. I'm gonna have to find a ball joint tool to rent so I can put it all together again. I put the whole assembly together on the new spindles and test fit in the wheel and it fits perfect. The wheels are 14".









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 #254 on: January 26, 2019, 05:23:26 PM »

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #255 on: February 01, 2019, 09:07:10 PM »
Finally got the new poly dust boots yesterday. They're way nicer than the original rubber style boots. They fit tight and should last forever according to the manufacturer. I rented a ball joint tool this morning and got to work. Everything went together smoothly. I'll bleed them tomorrow. The kit included all the hardware needed and more than enough spacers to center the caliper. If I would have had everything I needed before I started it would have taken a day instead of two weeks. If anyone is thinking about installing this conversion kit I would recommend ordering the dust boots ahead of time and consider changing to disk brake spindles, unless you have the right equipment to make them work. The drum spindles are going to have to come out to be drilled and tapped anyway, and with the money I wasted for drill bits and a tap ($70) it would be worth spending the extra 50 bucks for some brand new spindles. The spindles were $120. It's something to think about ahead of time. Overall I highly recommend this kit or any other Wilwood kit. They got their s**t together over there. I'll use them again.






I'm gonna be taking a brake from this for a while and start on a new project that I picked up. It's a 79 Z28. I know it's a Chevy, it's the enemy! LOL  But I'm not keeping it, I'm restoring it and flipping it in the hopes of opening a restoration shop. It reminds me of my 78 TA, I miss that car.

Nice color combo! 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 #256 on: February 04, 2019, 09:04:45 PM »
I finally got around to bleeding the brakes and testing them out. Wow what a difference! It's definitely worth the time and effort to swap over to disk. It feels a lot safer and there's no fade like with the drum brakes. I feel more confident driving around knowing that the brakes will be there, and hold! The next project on this will be to replace the 2.73 gears with 3.36 gears. That's going to have to be done by a shop when I'm ready. But first it's time to move it to a secure storage place and pull the 79 Z28 in the garage. I'm thinking of posting the build on nastyz28.com if anyone is interested in following it.
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 #257 on: February 05, 2019, 07:46:59 AM »
Nice looking Z. I dont do nasty z so post up some pics on here every once in awhile.
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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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #258 on: February 12, 2019, 08:04:21 PM »
I know this isn’t a first gen firebird build but pics were requested.  If anyone wants to follow this build with more detail, here’s the link...http://nastyz28.com/threads/79-z28-fresh-start.323346/
I don’t think you have to join to view it but you won’t be able to comment.

Here’s some pics roadking. She’s clean clean clean!!!





The engine and tranny is almost ready to come out...



The left fender, left quarter and door panels are on order.
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 #258 on: February 12, 2019, 08:04:21 PM »
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