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Getting Close To My First Minnesota Car Show

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (Blackbird)

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I got my boss to put his timing light to my Trans Am last Friday. It runs a lot better now. I worked on finding the squeal/screach from my engine which I thought was a new belt slipping on freshly painted pulleys. Brad thought it sounded more like an alternator bushing So I pulled the power steering belt first. Noise was still there. Bad alternator? Changed it out for a good one I had sitting there. Noise still there. It's not the power steering pump, but there was a small leak in the return line. The factory pinch clamp on that line had worked loose so I cut it off and put a regular hose clamp on. Leak fixed, but noise in pump now. It sounds like it just needs bled out. But back to the original screach. It took on a more metallic sound as I was trying to bleed out the power steering. Power steering pump? Doubt it. Pulled that belt again and noise was still there. Okay. What else has a bushing or bearing besides the alternator and power sreering pump? What about a bad water pump? It doesn't leak, but it's been bolted on the engine since 2008 without ever having water or antifreeze run though it. Could that make a bushing go bad when I started the engine with only water in the radiator? I had to stop on that path and move on to the transmission lake. I tried to get a gasket for the original dip stick tube but original style replacements don't seem to be available so I took an old chrome tube out of a trans I had behind the garage. It had an "O" ring on the tube. It was a little rough looking so I went and got another "O' ring. It broke me for $.36. That's 36 cents. Costed more for the gas to get there! lol! But it's going to save me a lot in trans fluid and oil dry and drive-way cleaner. But it doesn't leak now! No more lake! Most of this work was done on Sunday after church because Saturday was taken up for my step daughter's 16th birthday party. It was worth it! I really could've used that day to work on my car to get it ready for the shows next week-end, but her birthday party was definitely worth full attention. I tried to make up for it Sunday. Kind of did. Came home from work and went out to the "grudge". Got the roof liner (with a fresh coat of flat black spray paint) and new package tray in. Didn't get the T-Top trim in yet or the new door panels and arm rests. I'm going to have to do a good clean up on the visors or get new ones. The seats still aren't done. Work time after work is tight this week, well any week, but especially now that the shows are next week-end. Saturday I'm parking my car with the car club member cars which aren't judged but Sunday I'm going to be in the other car club's show at the fairgrounds. Going to be a fun week-end!

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Jul 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Sounds like you're almost done.
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Jul 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Enjoy. My GTO didn't make my wifes class reunion last weekend. I'm still sooo mad I won't go neat it.

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