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TransAmMan

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1978 TA - 2017-2018 Project
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:09:48 AM »
And so it begins... I purchased this car about 6 years ago with intention of slowly restoring it and making it my vision of what could be.  Having completed the engine, floor pans and interior components in the past few years it just seemed like the time to start looking at body work and paint.  I LOVE this car and everything that it represents - Only fitting that it be done as correctly as my budget will allow.  With that being said, I really didn't know much about the car when I bought it other then it was vin coded with the options that were important to me:  Black, Hurst T-tops, Pontiac 400 and a 4 speed.  Beyond that, I was blind. (or dumb)  Kinda wish I had paid a little more attention before jumping in and buying it .  One of the previous owners "restored" this car or had it done and their stock in Bondo must have skyrocketed.  Like I said:  So it begins  :shock:




**To be continued...


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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
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to be continued...
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2017, 01:01:18 PM »
Impressive......you're doing it the right way!  :cool:
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2017, 01:52:51 PM »
Very nice!

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2017, 01:59:23 PM »
Thanks guys!  This is my 1st restoration job and every step is a learning process.  :grin:
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 06:28:30 PM »
Nice job, I like your license plate.
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 06:56:01 PM »
Thanks!  That is a real 1978 plate with a little obvious customization - The state of Kentucky is pretty good about the custom plates on these classic cars so long as you have the real one in the car with you.
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 07:43:51 PM »
Looked like a beautiful paint job on a crappy base.... You're doing an amazing job for your first go at. Keep it up.
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2017, 04:38:26 AM »
Looked like a beautiful paint job on a crappy base.... You're doing an amazing job for your first go at. Keep it up.

X2 it's unbelievable what a paint job can hide. Good job, moving along nicely.




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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2017, 07:19:48 AM »
Agree with Form and Jack, my first thought was you took a perfectly good car and ruined it, then put it back together. Again, you are doing a fantastic, top notch job.
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2017, 10:15:30 PM »
TransAmMan - Looking great.  Why I'm afraid to look underneath my paint!  I have to remove my Hurst Hatch frames to try to fix broken tabs that hold the t-tops in the inboard side.  Looks like you will have to remove yours at some point.  I would be grateful for photos of the process.
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 09:47:06 AM »
Awesome job. My rear quarters had similar amounts of mud on them, as did the rest of the car. It was hiding some nasty stuff! Sometimes the hard way is the right way. Keep up the good work!

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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2017, 06:05:55 PM »
Awesome work so far, and thanks for the quarter pics!  I am not there yet but will be, and appreciate great reference pics.

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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2017, 07:33:26 PM »
Very nice job indeed.

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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 12:50:28 PM »
With the quarters almost ready to for the final welds, the time to double/triple check fitment and gaps is upon me.  All I can say is this - Score (1) for the supplier of this fiberglass bumper.  Not because the product they made is sooo amazing.  More like the insane amount of money involved in trying to return it for it's poor fitment.  I will leave it at - "Lesson learned".  Long story short is that the passenger side of the bumper is not formed properly (for whatever reason) and has a really hard curvature inward.  It absolutely will not position anywhere near the natural curvature of the quarter panel.  I have little bit wiggle room with the rear of  quarters because they have not been welded in at the bottom yet.  With that being said, it was time to call in someone that knows far more than I do about fiberglass and how to manipulate it.  Manipulate = Break (or in his words "split") and reshape.  I suppose i'll just have to wait and see how the "Master" does his thing.  Much much more to come on this.   










Annnnnd now for my NEW repro. front bumper... I can see that massaging the quarter panels into place will be nothing compared to getting this thing to shape and mold into what it supposed to be.  Having read what I can find so far - HEAT is my friend - a lengthy period in direct sunlight is supposed to make this thing very pliable and much easier to work with... We shall see.  More to come on this as well  :shock:   





Thanks for following along!
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2017, 01:10:51 PM »
Man, that front doesn't even look close. I would also try and fit the grills in there as well.
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 09:37:52 AM »
Progress is slow going as I continue to learn this art of "welding".  Thinking I may had ground off as many welds as I have left in place.... I gotta be somewhat happy with what I have done.  The rot that was found in the lower portion of the tail panel didn't justify a complete replacement to me so it was a patch panel kinda repair.  This thing is a lot of work but it's a lot of fun as well!  :grin:













to be continued...
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Re: 1978 TA - 2017 Project
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2018, 08:04:20 PM »
Well - it’s certainly been a while since I’ve updated my progress so here’s a few more pics of the progress.  This has been a ton of trial and error for me



Had the hinges power coated - Super pleased with the results on these!





















Got more to upload but this is a start


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Re: 1978 TA - 2017-2018 Project
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2018, 09:21:50 PM »
Great work awesome progress!!

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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2018, 01:41:03 PM »
Was that your first time hanging rear quarters? It looks like they turned out amazing!

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2018, 06:16:51 PM »
Thank you - and yes, this is my 1st and probably last.  I can’t take all the credit though, I have scoured the pages here for guidance and called upon friends to correct me when I go wrong.  At any rate, here’s more of my progression.  The pics may be a bit out of order.













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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2018, 03:26:02 AM »
Looking good...keep the progress and pics coming
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2018, 04:11:10 PM »
Looking awesome! Keep up the great work.

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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2018, 10:54:16 PM »
Lot of work being done there, nice work and pics! 

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« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2018, 07:38:09 PM »
I little more progress today







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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2018, 11:46:08 PM »
Major progress nice work now time for more wet sanding

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