Gastonia, North Carolina
1978 Pontiac Trans Am
“See Ya WS6/W72”
1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Head to Head
About “See Ya WS6/W72”
The car is finally complete after a year and half of restoring. See album for more pictures!
This is number 3 of owning a Trans Am.
Just picked up this baby two weeks ago (11/2009). Found the original owners spec sheet and maintence book where it quotes: "Top speed--131.3, 1/4 mile--14.2. When that was quoted, the car was straight out of the factory with no modifications. Car also has the orginal radio with it. All numbers match except for a few modifications that I didn't do.
As some of you might know, Frank and I have had some issues with this car. Being we are orginally from Long Island NY, I never had a problem with finding mechanics to work on my Trans Am's that I owned in the past.
Living here in NC, we are having a heck of time finding someone that actually knows what they are doing!
Just an update.......Thank you Chumbrother/Mark, for all the tips, and being on "stand by" with our car.
Air shocks where put in (trying not to dip into the Run Fun's and this is just a temporary fix till we get back from the Bandit Run and then leaf springs will go in), shift cable was finally corrected after the 2nd shop majorly screwed that one up, front sway bar bushings and clamps were replaced. Frank finally had a weekend off to do the work, and the weather actually was very beautiful to work in.
I have to say..........I took her out ont he interstate last night, and she ran GREAT! Stomped on it, and the power behind this car actually pinned us in our seats! I was VERY impressed and was shaken up a wee bit because I forgot how powerful these cars can be.
A guy i worked with had told me of this car that his father in law and him had bought and unseized the block with coke and automatic tranny fluid after filling the entire engine with diesel for a month. He told me the starter went out and that they had it for sale for 2,500 obo. So i took a starter with me to check it out and test drive it, no big deal to change a starter on a 80's camaro (between me and my GF we had three) but it had some back woods engineered exhaust so it couldn't just pull the old one out. So i said i would consider buying it once the starter was put in, leaving my starter there i went home empty handed..... :( but about a week later while on the jobsite my buddy gets a call from his father in law wanting to know how much i would give for the car, cash money right then and there without hearing it run or driving it. I said 600 bucks and he said ok. so with some excitement i went over there with a buddy and a trailer and brought it home. Once it was home i took advantage of it being an open bottom trailer and dropped the entire hill billy exhaust and changed out the starter, changed the oil and bolted it all back together. While i was under there i noticed it had a 200R4 tranny with a pieced together torque arm mount (ugliest welding i ever laid eyes on) and what looked like 3" fence piping used as exhaust pipe..... i put a new battery in it and tried to start it. Cranked like crazy but no fire! so i pulled a plug, found the problem to be extremely fouled plugs, so i just cleaned them all and it fired up super easy. Once my Gf Kayleigh got home we took it for a test drive (i followed in my truck) and she got on it a lil and it had some salt to it. But on the way back it brakes faded bad, so bled them out that night and figured we try again the next day. Brakes didn't fade but she said one side would grab alot harder than the other, so i test drove it and the opposite side grabbed hard.... so i went to bleed the brakes again and noticed the fluid look funny, so i dipped my finger in it and it was automatic tranny fluid! needless to say Kayleigh wasnted to sell the car, but i liked it so just bought it from her. After 1500.00 bucks in replacing the entire brake system i had pretty decent Z28. But the motor's started declining in power quickly (i'm assuming because the rings were never replaced after breaking it loose) but i kept driving it, then once night after drill weekend the headlights and tail lights went out.... thankfully the sheriff let me drive it home (i was fixing to deploy, was in uniform with my bags packed in the backseat!) so now it is sitting in the drive way awaiting a motor swap, but the good news is i am buying a 396 400 combo from my cousin for my Chevelle so Haywire is getting the very salty 350/350 combo!
Specs for “See Ya WS6/W72”
1978 Platinum WS6/W72 package, 400 6.6 HO. No A/C = more power!! ;-)
Specs for “Haywire”
It has a carbed 305/ 200r4 combo in it right now that is all but dead, but it is getting my race prepped 350/350 out of my chevelle so it will be getting some susp upgrades like sub frame connectors, adjustable coil over shocks and what not.
Factory Options for “See Ya WS6/W72”
Special handling package, Special performace package
400 6.6 HO motor, 3.23 posi rear
Factory Options for “Haywire”
LOL Factory options on a Z28? everything! AC, Power window,locks, steering, brakes, though mine didn't get the power hatch release. It also has T-tops, so have to do extra reinforcing.
Mods for “See Ya WS6/W72”
New Leaf Springs, new wire wraps, new water pump, complete rear brake system including lines. New/rebuilt rear end with new gears...Thanks Chumbrother!! Added new trans cooler. New schocks, rebuilt Q-Jet to be put back on when car is repainted.
To come soon:
New Paint Job
Have the following waiting to be put on after paint job:
correct decals, new weather stripping, new front grilles, new window moldings (chrome), new door hindges, repolished kick plate (thanks Frank), new paint for rims. LED lights if Restore A Muscle car can get the manufacture to send them :-(
Engine was rebuilt and currently has 3500 miles on it. And let me tell you, out of my other 2 TA's that I have owned, this one by far is the fastest. Maybe too fast for me! Not!
edlebrock carb, accel distributor and headers with 3 inch exhaust pipes
I didn't do this, this was done by the previous owner.
Yes, the current shaker scoop is attached. This was not done by us. I have an extra hood and shaker that is being repainted along with the car and will be put on when the painting is finished.
Mods for “Haywire”
No modifications listed.
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