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Gene-73

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1973 Buccaneer Red TA
« on: June 03, 2021, 04:15:35 PM »
My '73 build is finally complete after almost exactly 5 years from the date of purchase!  :D
Here's a link to a gallery of recent photos (FYI looks best on a large screen) - http://grcvisuals.com/pontiac/trans-am.html

Car was originally an Esprit and is now a Trans Am clone. It was a frame off restoration with every single part having been either restored or replaced. I didn't do a build thread so here's a list of the major items that were done.

Sheet Metal/Rust Repair:
  • Trunk floor replaced
  • Rear seat floors replaced
  • A pillar corners repaired
  • Rear quarters replaced (skins)
  • Rear window channel repaired
  • Rear tail panel repaired
  • Door skins replaced
  • Front fenders replaced with TA version
  • Hood converted to TA shaker version
  • Front valance replaced with urethane version
Paint:
  • Body media blasted and epoxy primed
  • High build poly primer and blocked
  • Endura bumper repaired and edge re-enforced with steel
  • Base/clear Buchaneer Red
  • Cut and buff
Engine/Drivetrain:
  • Original 350 motor rebuilt 0.03 over
  • Original number 46 heads (98 cc) replaced with number 47 heads (83 cc) for 9:1 compression
  • Summit Racing 2801 camshaft
  • Summit Racing 600cfm carburetor
  • Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold
  • Aluminum billet accessory brackets
  • Ram Air Restorations exhaust manifolds
  • Pypes dual exhaust with X pipe and Street Pro transverse muffler
  • Original TH350 transmission rebuilt
  • Torque converter 2000 rpm stall
  • Aluminum radiator
  • Dual electric fans and controller
  • High power alternator
  • Mini starter
  • Custom shaker air cleaner
  • Optima battery
Suspension/Steering:
  • Poly body bushings
  • Front subframe and control arms powder coated
  • Front suspension components replaced
  • UMI front lowering springs 2 inch
  • Stock replacement rear leaf springs re-arched 2 inch lower
  • Front 1 5/16 inch sway bar
  • Rear 1 inch sway bar
  • Quick ratio steering gear
  • American Racing polished aluminum wheel 17x8 front and 17x9 rear
  • Sumitomo HTR A/S Pos2 tires 245/45 front and 275/40 rear
Interior:
  • TA dash bezel
  • Auto Meter tach integrated into cluster
  • VDO oil/water gauges
  • Vintage Air system
  • Steering column rebuilt
  • Grant steering wheel
  • Pro Car Lumbar Deluxe seats
  • Rear seats recovered
  • Deluxe door panels
  • Headliner converted from bow type to solid panel
  • Stereo with 3" LCD screen
  • Secondary fuse panel installed under console
  • All new glass (front, rear, sides)
  • LED dash lights
  • LED dome light
  • Noico 80 mil butyl sound deadener
  • Cockpit lined with 1 lb. mass loaded vinyl on top of 1/8" closed cell foam
« Last Edit: August 03, 2021, 07:01:59 PM by Gene-73 »
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Jack

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2021, 04:50:58 PM »
Beautiful car... just Beautiful.




Regards, Jack

Steve B

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2021, 05:20:39 PM »
I couldn't have said it better Jack.  Just beautiful!
Steve
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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2021, 07:08:22 PM »
The only thing that I would have done differently is a gauge conversion.




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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2021, 08:15:46 PM »
Very nicely done Gene, it really looks great!

Brings back memories of my 73TA, I purchased new in early 1973. I love early 2nd gen TA’s, with 73’s being my favorite.

1980 T/A with a Pontiac 461

Gone but not forgotten;
1973 T/A 455
1975 T/A 400
1978 T/A W72
1982 T/A cross fire injected

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2013 Honda CB1100
2010 Yamaha Vmax
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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2021, 08:15:46 PM »

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2021, 02:22:40 PM »
Beautiful!
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73 Brewster Green TA 455 4 speed

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2021, 05:18:16 PM »
Gene, car is stunning. Quality is top notch. Fit and finish looks superb. Stance is perfect. Paint looks beautiful. Interior mildly custom but done just right. Engine bay nice and clean. I dont think there is anything you could have done any better. I would love to take a look in person.
Forgot to add, the photo layout is really cool too. I wish I knew more about computers  :shock:
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jugalo

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2021, 07:19:01 AM »
Well done. Cant wait to post a final job done post like yours.
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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2021, 11:26:23 AM »
That is gorgeous!  Congrats!

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Re: 1973 Buchaneer Red TA
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2021, 04:27:57 PM »
Love it!
Mike (aka Yeti)

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Re: 1973 Buccaneer Red TA
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2021, 07:58:40 PM »
Wow!  Beautiful job, I hope my 73 Formula turns out that nice.

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Re: 1973 Buccaneer Red TA
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2021, 09:54:00 PM »
Gene - Just absolutely Stunning and so Perfectly Done !!  All I have left is body and paint and hope to ever get mine that way.
1975 Trans Am 4 Speed Car
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Re: 1973 Buccaneer Red TA
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2021, 09:54:00 PM »
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