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.
Long story. Bought it in 1986,when it was 4 years old. Its Now 2011 (im gettin old)...and the car is 29 yrs old now. So i guess this is my 25th year.
I bought it from my girlfriends Mom . Mom never went over 75 mph :).
In the 70s President Jimmy Carter slaped a mandate on the Auto industry to up the Milage on their entire Fleet by 1982.(This car, the 1982 TransAm was the Very First Car General Motors designed.. IN... a windtunnel) Giving us a brilliant orchestration of aerodynamic function. Its .34 drag coefficient is the best of any production car GM has ever tested, up untill that date.Thus the severe Windshield Slants Started.The aerodynamics got better ..and look around you on the roads today...with all these windtunnel births
So 1982 the T/A lost over 500lbs from the prior year 1981.And you begin to notice a lot of plastic,Smaller engines, Less HP,and of course :) Slanted windshields.The Max Hp you could get was 165 Hp in the 82 Trans Am. And that is NOT what this .. ICON..... deserves. Sooo we took care of that.
With the help of Bill, and Lon Moyer of Second Street Speed of Sellersville P.A We Cut, Clawed, formed,framed and fabricated the under carriage with true dual 3 inch Oval exhaust and put the Bite, back in this BIRD . Bill and Lon are well known on the East Coast, in the Drag Industry for their Stout Motors.Lon recently Working in R&D for Nascar's...Hendricks MotorSports,Built this Motor.
Check the Specs
1978 Platinum WS6/W72 package, 400 6.6 HO. No A/C = more power!! ;-)
406 Small Block bored and stroked ..(within an inch of its life).
Its now a 441 ci..planting 541 hp to the rear..w/ 513 torq.
Fuel injected....True Dual 3 inch oval stainless exhaust (hard to do with 3rd gen). Framed Out under carriage (T/Top needs the support).
Special handling package, Special performace package
400 6.6 HO motor, 3.23 posi rear
305 4 barrel Carb150 Hp from factory
The Lightest Trans Am Ever Produced
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.
12 bolt moser rear
Dart AL Heads
Cutsom Fuel Injection
Original Hood Cut and Modified to Fit Engine
Eckhardt Auto Body(Harleysville P.A) did the GREAT Paint Job, Hood Work ,and engine detail. If You Need a Very Good paint Job, or Just Good Direction for your Project...Find this guy.You wont be sorry.
More Pictures below in my photo album
Thanks for Stopn By
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