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pwrcat4000

M –46
Hutchinson, Kansas
United States

 
 

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Finally

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Finally found a body guy to help me with the rust repair just need to come up with $5,000 and I can get it all fixed and back together.
pictures soon. :)
My local credit union is offering an anything loan at 1.99% hope I qualify.

TACHling the TACH The tach is back!

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Well they had to replace the circuit board on my tach and re calibrated it works great now just need to fix the rust on my cowl and put the new dash in Yeah! sorry no pics

Tachling the TACH Mental Lapse

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Ordered the wrong capacitor the thing was as big as my thumb and .68uF I needed 0.068uF it is on order now
so far under 20.00 but it is not fixed yet. Still may go with option #1 this is the best way to go They come highly recommended and were only going to charge a little under $180.00 plus shipping both ways.
BTW I corrected the part number in the original post
but here is the correct one I think

Slacker

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

I have been working my day(night) job so much and so many other projects the Y88 has had no work on it at all.
I did get the door put on my shop today now just need to get power to it then I can get to work.

had my tonsils out aug 4 so no work on the ta

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

the subject says it all.

FINALLY!!!! the rear quarters arrive

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

The rear quarters came in today man that is a Big Box.
Here is the photo album
You can see High res images on my web site
MrBills.netif you want there is also links to the places where I bought parts.

repaired the vents with old food containers and some time

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

used tape, glue, diamond plate, and old food containers to repair the air handling system Fits together real tight now should be minimal leeks will paint everything black if I am unable to get the tape off.

Dash came in today

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

needs to be masked off and dyed the correct color but it looks real pretty black!

Put on gold dash bezel decal

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

TRANS AM GOLD DASH BEZEL TAPE DECAL 70-81
Well it is not factory or restoration but it looks good and you cant beat the price.
I had to take apart the bezel to put it on

Wheel centers came today

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Got my new centers today found them on amazon

here

Bought a dash today OUCH! and a console box

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Called year one to check on my Quarter panels and talked to the sales department about buying a Reproduction dash. They told me that OER quit making them (AWESOME!!!) well anyway a found one online at Classic Parts Wholesale set me back $445.00 Inc. shipping. I know they can be remolded but I dont know how much that costs and Ii am pretty handy with dying these parts. And I have to dye the rest of the interior parts to match any way.
I also got a console box from Firebird Central it was an inexpensive part I want to see how they do before I place any more orders with them.
Why in the heck won't someone make a console box with a piano hinge? As this is about the 6th one I have bought the hinge always fails since it is just thinner plastic. I might try my soon to be famous "Farmyard engineering" on my old one (where can you buy a piano hinge????)

2011 Vent repair

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Working on vents today they are super dirty thought about putting them in my dishwasher but was afraid they would be melted. so I used a long bottle brush and some dish soap to clean them. plan to repair them and use some black paint. Hopefully the air flows like a new T/A. A/C system already converted to R134a (I know, but what are you gonna do). Plan to use the black food containers (they came with food in them that I actually ate and they are microwavable) to repair the rest of the damaged vents. Using online photos as a reference and some farmyard engineering and some glue. I will post more Photos of the vents as I fix them (Hopefully) the worst ones are the passenger side just under the glove box and the one that runs behind the console they are pretty bad. I guess I would look pretty bad if i had been kicked repeatedly for 33 years.

pulled out the dash today

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Worked all night started at 0900 finished at 1500 (3Pm for you non mil time types) I fear that I will not get it back together right and I still need to get the windshield out. hoping to get it to the body guy Wednesday. Found a thick purple wire that was not connected to any thing it goes into the drivers side kick panel and oh it seems to go to the back of the car hey maybe that is why I have not had rear defrost for 20 years? I wonder if the car will run and drive to the body shop to fix the cowl and the floor pans.

Fixed doors

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Put some metal reinforcements in the drivers door where the armrest mounts did this to the passenger side years ago seemed to work well

Interior out except the dash

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Took out the interior today to really see the damage to my floor pans and was both worried and surprised the Driver floorboard not rust freaky.

Interior removal begins today

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

I am going to start to dis assemble the interior got lots of zip locks a sharpie and cardboard boxes heaven help me. as I will remove the entire interior to include the dash as it has some rust on the Cowl I hope I don't loose parts or get bogged down storing everything in my basement.

hey its 106 degrees out lets work on the car.

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

So it was hot today in KS got my printed circuit yesterday so I could finally fix the water temp and the oil pressure gauges I messed up while trying to fix the tachometer. The part worked like a dream except still no tachometer.

Here is my tech request post on 78ta.com

The new floorpans are here. The new floorpans are here!

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

took a while for shipping but The new floorpans are here! took them out of the shipping box looked at them uh. now what? Since I have absolutely no experience replacing sheet metal I think I am going to get some help. I will start by looking on the Internet for advice. I would really like to do this myself but, since i have not welded anything since 1986 and even then I was not awesome at it I am afraid to attempt this I have a wire feed welder (my dad does) he was a great welder but he cant see as well as he used to. I know I will have to disassemble the interior remove the seats caged nuts and whatnot as the new panels are just pressed sheet metal no holes in them for the seats or drain holes dont know if I will put those back in or not.

parts and more parts

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Received a shipment from yr1 this morning. leslie interior parts ordered the wrong door handle cups but the dome light cover that I've been looking for for 10 years worked fine. Called year one and my sheet metal is on back order will ship sometime next week.

Rebuilt the front end

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

New: Pro-thane frame connectors, ball joints, Urethane stabilizer bar mounts and connectors and center link the front end is solid. Bumps in road suck but I can turn a corner and the car stays flat. hope I don't regret the urethane frame connectors I am old and I kind of like a smooth ride. Thanks to
"The Car Guys"
[300 West 1st Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501]
for the labor and the alignment ( did not have the time or the patience )

Repairs

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Been doing some repairs and damage on the Y88 tried to fix the tach, oil pressure, and water temp gauges that had a short in them somewhere. Epic FAIL not oly did I not get any of them to work but now none of my dash lights work at all. I suspect it is the 20 some year old circuit on the back of the gauge cluster. I also glued together the rear fender flares that have been shattered years ago thanks to evil X's, replaced the high and low beam lights since they had water condensation on 2 of them. (Basically only 1 of the four lights worked properly the R high beam) still cant get the rear defog to work. Sleeved the harmonic balancer so it would stop leaking oil all over my new engine from last summer. Figured I would do these minor repairs whilst waiting for the body panels from Year One.

just ordered sheet metal

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Just ordered parts from year one

1 C65734 ** LH/RH full-length floor pan pair for 1975-1981 models
1 VW474LHRH ** LH/RH quarter panel skin pair for 1974-1981 models.
Reading light lens for 1976-1981 models.
Door handle cups for 1977-1981 models.

I am just waiting on the mail man. guess I need to learn to weld now
I am going broke with the bandit run last month and tags ans taxes on the cars and this. Oh well it is only money honey.

Fixing up the y88

By pwrcat4000

Filed under: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Vrooom)

Well this is my first "blog post".
I am tring to get my 1978 Y88 Ta ready for the bandit run 2012. i first bout the car around the summer of 1983 for $2000. It had 50K on it at the time and I did not know it was an SE car or even what that was I just wanted a T-Top trans am. I dove this car all though high school, College, and College again, then bought a 1994 chevy S-10 in 1997 To co to college AGAIN!. at that time it was showing 294,000 miles. It is now at 305,000 miles I obviously will keep this car as long as you can still buy gasoline. Last summer i rebuilt the Pontiac 400 for the Second time first rebuild was in 1985. When I came back from Iraq in 2006 it was smoking so bad the police would pull me over when ever I drove it.
Last week rebuilt the front end and replaced all the body mounts now the front end is solid time to work on the RUST. Here are current pictures. Here
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