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76TARebel

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Columbus, Georgia
United States

 

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Bad Mechanics job
Thu Mar 31, 2011  |  2 comments
Big maybe here
Sun Nov 21, 2010  |  2 comments
Bit of a problem
Wed Aug 4, 2010  |  comment
Shocked and Awed.. and honored
Wed Jun 2, 2010  |  4 comments
Exhaust Shop
Fri Apr 30, 2010  |  1 comment

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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?

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Pretender
May 13, 2011 at 7:30 am
My comment on the header's are: I just had my 403 Olds rebuilt and I asked my mechanic that rebuilt my heads and cleaned up my block (he builds racing engines for a living) if I should put headers on or stay with my original exhaust manifold's. His response was if I wanted to keep changing the gaskets and gain maybe 20-40 horses then go that direction. But I just discovered from Trans-Am specialties in Miami that you would have to do some modification with your transmission linkage to go with headers anyhow (on a 1979 Trans-am). So I decided to stay with my original exhaust manifold's.
 
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Torpido
May 10, 2011 at 8:28 am
Hope not i just put a new hooker set on mind !
 

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