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76TARebel

M –35
Columbus, Georgia
United States

 
 

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Bad Mechanics job

By 76TARebel

Last year I had to have the motor replaced in my Trans Am... freshly buil Pontiac 400. Thought the mechanic I took it too was good. Took over 3 months to pull out the old engine busted motor (hole in number 8 cylinder wall) and put the new one in... even though he had the motor within 3 weeks. I thought it was running fine and even drove it up to and back from Atlanta and around town. Then it started running real rough and belching out smoke. Great... thought I had a blown head gasket because it was losing radiator fluid... but no signs like fluid in the oil or oil in the antifreeze. Got it to another mechanic and turned out to be a bad heater core.. which we blocked off until I can get the money to get it fixed. But thats not the worst of it all... turns out the car was timed incorrectly and the distributor was on wrong. I asked how far off it was and was told it was 180 degrees off... basically timed like another car. No wonder it was running bad. Now it is all fixed and running like a champ... just got to replace the warped headers (new mechanic recommended manifolds instead of headers) and fix the heater core. Would manifolds be better than a set of block hugging shorty headers?

Big maybe here

By 76TARebel

I was thinking a while ago about maybe modernizing my Trans Am a little. I was thinking about replacing the engine and tranny with a LS3 and a new automatic transmission. Then maybe doing the interior with the interior of a 4th gen Trans Am. I thought it would be a lot of work and I actually saw on the web where it had been done... and it looks like a lot of work... but the builders say it is worth it. I was wondering what everyone else thought?

Bit of a problem

By 76TARebel

My Trans Am finally got a garage to call its own. Got in to move it and looked around once it was in the garage and the passenger side rear floor had a puddle in it. The water had soaked through the carpet and the insulation and was resting on the floor pan. I ended up cutting out all the carpet and insulation just so I could dry it all up. Thankfully it was just that one side and was only in the rear. Thinking it was a leak in the weatherstripping as I could not find a hole in either the roof or floor panel. It is sitting under the garage right now with the windows open so it will dry out and I can get in there and find the problem... hopefully it is just the weatherstripping and not something major. If anyone has any suggestions shoot the off to me and hope that the only rust I have is on the quarterpanels and trunk pan.

Shocked and Awed.. and honored

By 76TARebel

Out of all the cars that are on here you chose mine for Cool Ride of the Week. It just makes me feel good to know that others love my car as much as I do. She might have a bit of trouble in the beginning... but now she is a joy to have and drive... get a bit of attention wherever she goes and now she is getting attention here as well... Thank you for this...

Exhaust Shop

By 76TARebel

My Trans Am sounds really good now... got a lot of the electrical gremlins out... but my mechanic and I agreed that she is far to loud to be able to tune her correctly... so off to the Exhaust shop it goes. Should be out of there by Tuesday and on the road by the latest Thursday or Friday. That's when she gets new rubber on the wheels. As soon as the exhaust is done and everything is adjusted correctly I will post a new video.
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