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Long time, no see you guys!

By mmfryar

Well, I haven't been around lately as all of you may know! We are in the process of building 2 cars, both four speeds. One is a 10th anniversary TA and the other is a Black/Silver TA. The process has been a very slow one, both cars having different issues that needed to be addressed. The black car is out of the paint shop and presently about half the way put back together. The 10th is at the paint shop still. The painter called and said he was finished with it except the clean up. We went to look at it yesterday and unfortunately, the passenger door is a different shade of silver. I'm not sure what happened although I have my suspicions. He wanted us to bring it on home and finish it up, but after thinking on it over night, we called the painter and said no, it needed to be fixed before we brought it home. I am not sure why I can't upload pics on here, but pics can be seen on my Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/mikeandmarcia.fryar
As you can see, the passenger door is unacceptable. So, looks like it will be there for a few more days/weeks/months...however long it takes to get it right.
Anyhow, just wanted to drop in and say Hi, and hope all is going well for all of you. Marcia

AllGenTransAms.com starting Chattanooga Chapter!

By mmfryar

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AGTA is working on setting up a Chattanooga Chapter!! Maybe now Chattanooga will have a Trans Am Club to be a part of!! Won't it be nice to go to a cruise with a Trans Am family? A family that will be there for support!! Anyone in the Chattanooga and surrounding area will be welcome to join in...sign up by going to AGTA and messaging administration or Pete to activate your membership!!! Yea......can't wait to see how this grows!
http://www.allgentransams.com/

Damaged!! HELP!!!!

By mmfryar

Well..... last week was a bad week for two of our Trans AMs. Our white '79 (that has been in the trim shop since LAST NOVEMBER) was damaged by a high pressure air hose! The end flew off and right into the door of our car...denting and gouging the paint! No one even called us and told us about the incident. Mike was driving by a nearby paint shop and saw our car in the lot...Mike stopped to ask why our car was there and found out about the door that way!
Then while taking our '84 Trans AM to the detail shop, a tractor-trailer truck tire blew and there was no way of dodging the piece in the road. It broke our front spoiler and tore up the bra that was on the front end....
NOW...does anyone know where we can get a new ground effects front spoiler for our car???? Please private message us if you have any idea where to locate one.

Trans Am Nationals

By mmfryar

Does anyone know how to start a forum on the Nationals? It sure would be nice to have topics such as State you are coming from posted so people near you could join up with you on the drive up. .....any ideas?

Decal!

By mmfryar

Thank you so much all my Motortopia friends for the support in finding the decals quickly for our TATA............You all are the best. And Matt...aka tamatt79..you are the BEST!!!

Getting the cars ready!!

By mmfryar

Well, here is an update on the "What's going on in your garage?"

Cameo is STILL in the shop (been there since Nov) BUT, the man said he was going to try to get it finished by next week. I can't even begin to tell you what has been replaced on that car..T top Rubber, trim around the headliner, door latches and locks, Shaker rubber with drain plug, T top rails, new arm rests...and the list goes on

SilverBird has had all kinds of "tune up" things going on...The carb was set up wrong for the cam so it had to be fixed, new heater core, light switch, window switch, door latches with locks, hoses, belts, oil and trans fluid change, starter, lots of wiring issues, new windshield washer pump and bottle......now to the trim shop for new weatherstripping everywhere, paint touch up, dent repair, new power antenna, then...new tires!

Question???? Will we have money to spend on the BANDIT RUN?

Bandit Run 2010, Pigeon Forge Pontiac show

By mmfryar

Ok, all my Bandit Run Buddies...It seems I have been misunderstood! There is no "over" for the Bandit Run! My intention was to inform everyone that there is a Pontiac Show in Pigeon Forge a couple of weeks after the 2010 Bandit Run. I know after the BR is over, we will once again be sad it is over for this year, so hopefully being able to attend Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge will help some of the sorrow to lessen. I know I am looking forward to many more Bandit Runs in the future! I imagine this will go on for many years due to the popularity of the Run. Many people are finding out about the run and interests are growing daily in this terrific event! Looking forward to seeing many of you during the BR as well as afterwards at future events!

Snow in Chattanooga

By mmfryar

Well, we got our first significant snowfall yesterday. The snow started falling around noon and luckily I was able to leave work and head home. Chattanooga weather is so unpredictable! We get predictions of snowfall but it never seems to happen! We went to pick up FireCracker Thursday and the weather almost hit 60 degrees. I was looking forward to getting her out for a ride, but as you see, it wasn't happening. Guess that is a good thing due to the fact she needs tires. The present ones have sat a long time and need to be replaced. So I guess I will have to wait to take her out! M+M

Challenges......more and more!

By mmfryar

Ok guys, I am being challenged by many people! I don't like competition, especially by family! Makes me nervous!

Challenge....FireCracker's 1st!!

By mmfryar

Hey guys, you gotta help me out..FireCracker has been challenged! Please cast your vote!!! Thanks, M+M

Reservations!

By mmfryar

We successfully made all of our reservations and got them out of the way. Thank you so much JWF, Debbie C, Red and countless others that did all the pre-planning for this event. I can't imagine all the hard work you guys put into this, but I want everyone to know... when I called to make our reservations, I had no trouble what-so-ever! All of the hotels knew about the Bandit Run, and the rates that were negotiated and it was so simple! So now it is official...We will be there for our first Bandit Run!! This is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years and it is finally happening. I have been saving since early last fall when I found out I would be able to take off work. Started putting back a few bucks every pay check and now that the time has come, I didn't freak out about the expenses being put on my credit card! When I get billed for some of the deposits required, I already have the money to pay for it. My mom always told me to plan ahead and this time I did and it hasn't hurt a bit!!! We are looking so forward to meeting everyone! Can't wait to see you guys soon! Marcia

Playing in the Sun

By mmfryar

Oh my gosh...what a beautiful day it was here in the Southeast. The temp got up to 50 and mostly sunny this afternoon. I had planned on cleaning house today since I got all the decorations and Christmas tree put away. But...after going outside to carry boxes to the garage...things changed. I decided to get the Silverbird out and give her a good washing while the sun was out. After cleaning the windows, and shining the tires...I decided to go to the Sonic for a Happy Hour drink. Got in the car and decided to go to the Sonic across town! Took my daughter to her sister's house and came back home. After pulling in the driveway, I decided to snap a few pics of the car before putting her back in the garage. Got to thinking about riding to the river gorge and taking pictures there. Well, as it turned out I was gone about 2 hours! I just couldn't make myself come home and clean house. Now, given the choice...........what would you do??

Cameo's "coming out"

By mmfryar

This is right after we towed her home to her new house. She had been left out for so long and looked so bad. All wiring had been chewed up...just a mess! After the wrecker sat her down in the driveway, we decided to wash her before pushing her into the garage. I used a kitchen sponge with the scour side to the paint to get the tree sap off. It was getting ready to storm so we had to hurry and get her clean. After I finished, I looked at her and the paint was in much better shape than I expected. Did I really just wash her with a scour sponge??? Luckily I don't believe I damaged the paint! She has turned out to be an amazing car. We found all the documentation including the build sheet in the car. It is all matching numbers also....what a deal!

Grommets/mounting braces for T tops

By mmfryar

Well, here we are trying to get these T tops fixed with new weatherseals. We got the parts in and when the trim shop removed the old rubber some surface rust was found. We decided to go ahead and let the painter sand out the bad and replace the area with new paint so we would get a good seal. When the work started, the grommets(?) or mounting braces or "L" braces, on the top broke off. This is the male piece that is on the t top itself. The female piece on the roof of the car is bent out also from the malfitting piece on the t top. Does anyone know who sells these pieces? You can find them in catalog exploding diagrams, but no mention of them being sold. Fbodywarehouse in Dunlap TN may have them but they want $60 a set. We only need one but I guess it would be nice to have extras. It seems to me that I see a lot of beautiful Trans Ams that have been redone and surely these are readily available somewhere! Does anyone know where these can be found? Anyway, the white TA has jumped in front of my silver bird in getting fixed first. What was just supposed to be a weatherstripping job has turned into a major project. Mike is replacing the armrests, all the pillars, and repainting alot of interior trim (since the painter had to mix up a lot of paint). The door locks will be fixed since whoever broke in the car to steal the stereo system tore them up. When you lock the door, you can't get it unlocked! Oh well....like I said...It's only money! I am gonna need another job!

Now the bad

By mmfryar

Ok, so I have posted only the good pics I was kinda proud of...Now here is some of the bad. When we decided we wanted to get an older Trans Am, we watched Ebay, Craigslist, local newspapers and any other site on the internet that could lead us to our dream car. Mike even flew to Omaha to look at a bird that seemed perfect for us. It was listed as all original paint, runs good, all of the things you want in a car but the car did have a few things that turned Mike completely off. How can all original paint have overspray on the windshield...that kind of thing! If they lied about that, what else is wrong.You know that a 30 year old car will have some flaws, but you are willing to compromise for a few things that doesn't seem too hard to fix. As long as the engine runs and the body is in decent shape, you can deal with minor flaws if it is what you want. Anyway, we ran across these two Trans Ams from a guy here locally and eventually he made us a deal too hard to refuse. These last two albums I added are when we were looking at the cars and their flaws. Once we decided to buy them and got both of the cars home, then got the white one running, we were glad we had bought them. They are both matching numbers cars with build sheets etc still in them. Now we are waiting on the Bandit Run to come along so we can have even more fun with them. Sure wish there was a local Trans Am club here in Chattanooga.
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