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T/A Resurrection

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Things are slowly moving along with the Trans Am. The radiator was recently re-cord (it was in really rough shape) and the fan clutch was also replaced.

I also ordered and received personalized antique tags "78 WS6" which do not have to be renewed each year like traditional license plates (although there is a mileage restriction on them.


My Trans Am is finally running and on the road although I still need to find another carburetor. I put probably a 100 miles on my car Saturday, June 6th, driving it from Hampton to Munden Point Park (on the far end of Virginia Beach) and back, to participate in a club picnic. Other than driving it to a local muffler shop a couple of weeks earlier to have some welding done on the exhaust, this was the first time in six years the T/A had been driven. My odometer just flipped over 76,000 miles on this trip.

Mind you, there is a ton of work to be done. My water temperature gauge does not work, the car will not start (after sitting for long periods) without pouring a little bit of gasoline into the top of the carburetor, it seriously needs a paint job, and the interior needs to be completely redone. All of which I have no money to complete :(.

Anyway, it feels good just to have drivin the car and to let others see it.



Work has slowly begun in an effort to bring my Trans Am back to life and get her back on the road. The W72 motor was brought back to life in November after an oil, plugs and wires change, but with a carburetor off of a donor Oldsmobile engine while an attempt is made to rebuild the original carburetor.

The air breather was soda blasted by Tidewater Soda Blasting (, and then I repainted it.

We discovered a leak at the gas tank back in November while letting the engine idle for about an hour (listening for any noises that would be evidence of damage to the motor). So we pulled the gas tank today (17 Jan 09) and replaced the fuel and vapor lines. We also replaced most of the vacuum lines on the motor.

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Denis’s Profile Photo
Mar 18, 2010 at 6:57 am
to bad you didnt live closer to me i have a curb i could give you that would work..Keep the dream alive and give that girl a chance good luck
carfanatic1’s Profile Photo
Aug 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Yeah, but I'm flat broke and in debt right now, so there won't be much progress frown image.
ModernMuscle’s Profile Photo
Aug 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm
It's going to be sweet when you're done; imagine how that first coat of wax will shine on her!
carfanatic1’s Profile Photo
Jul 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Thank you Alicia.
dragon_chick_99’s Profile Photo
Jun 27, 2009 at 7:00 am
i know it maybe taking some time, but i'm glad your still sticking w/ it. it'll just be that much sweeter when you're finished w/ her smile image
carfanatic1’s Profile Photo
Jun 13, 2009 at 7:21 am
We believe part of the carburetor problem may be vacuum leakage from the top having some slight warpage. Pumping it and cranking on it doesn't seem to help. Anything over a couple of hours of sitting and I'm stuck, so I have to have a small cup of gasoline with me to pour into the carburetor and then bam, she fires up.

This carburetor has been put together from two different carburetors and maybe some pieces from another one. I some how need to find another 1978 W72-specific carburetor (17058266) for an automatic equipped T/A.
Impala60’s Profile Photo
Jun 12, 2009 at 11:43 am
Well u got som nice stuff u 2 =) keep up the good work.
Rodney1’s Profile Photo
Jun 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm
It is great you azre working on your car it takes time,patience and MONEY!!!!
marksta’s Profile Photo
Jun 8, 2009 at 8:54 am
Great news. I remember the first cruise in mine, after 25+ years. What a GREAT feeling.

Both of my old Pontiacs take some cranking to get them started after they sit for a couple days or longer. The gas is evaporating out of the carb. can't be helped. Especially with todays gas blend. But both of my cars start afetr 20 seconds or so of cranking the motor over. I crank the motor over for 10 seconds or so, pause for 15 seconds or so, crank it over again for about 10 seconds or so, pump the gas a couple times, and they start everytime.

I also was worried about looks. It doesn't matter, we all start somewhere. trust me, the pictures of my TA make it look great. But the paint is rough, I've camo-ed the rust spots with rustoliem paint. It was kicked out of the front row of the 2007 Bandit Run group picture because it had blemishes. But it still doesn't matter. Drive it and enjoy it. Good things come to those who wait.
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Jun 8, 2009 at 8:47 am
It is awesome that you got to drive your TA finally. I have been working on mine for a while and can't wait to finally drive it. If you don't already know about it give a try. I know it's a long distance but shipping a carb shouldn't be to bad.
Good luck with the rest of your'e resto and keep us posted

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