• 10th Anniversary Trans Am

    Thought I would start a blog, seeing as there is quite a snagging list and also a project list.

    I'll keep you updated with pics as we progress.

    So to start.

    Yesterday, 27/6/15 - my MOT man gave the car a clean bill of health. No rust, no worries.
    Today, saw my body shop man. The quote to remove all the pin striping and hood bird and then apply a new graphics kit that I will provide, was acceptable. Have already ordered the new kit with all that the 10th anniversary graphics package includes. Once it is delivered it will go to the bodyshop for a few days for the work to be carried out.
    Also placed an order for new body mounts as the ones on the car are dry rotted, along with a set of sub frame connectors.
    Will be ordering a service kit for the engine tomorrow too.
    Have had a go at polishing the wheels but with only marginal success, so will pick up various grades of wet n' dry and will begin working on them as time allows.

    I have resisted the temptation to go wild with suspension and engine mods, the goal is a nice original car that s driven. Not concours, and not a hot-rod (although that temptation took some beating down, hmmm coil-overs.... No stop!!).

    Be sure to follow the progress, of this rolling project.
    This article was originally published in blog: 10th Anniversary Trans Am started by AmericanThunder
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    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Posted 2 July at 23.07

      This could be a fairly long blog ......
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 3 July at 9:45

      Got two UK suppliers quoting for the service items needed.
      Browsing some U.S. Suppliers now for correct trim pieces. Ouch some of it is expensive.
      Could do with someone bringing a container over and we ship within the U.S. To the container.
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Posted 1 week ago at 16.24

      Interior dash removed and bulbs cleaned up etc - now all working
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 1 week ago at 13:07

      Ok, have now ordered:
      Rear light LED conversion
      Replacement seat belts
      Full engine service kit
      Sub frame connectors
      solid body mounts
      Decal kit

      And have a possible option on the correct t-tops for the car.

      Photos will follow as the work progresses.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 1 week at 20:50

      Went out and played with vacuum hoses. Corrected incorrect routing and sorted correct use of ported and manifold vacuum.
      Found massive vacuum leak, adjusted idle.
      More tuning once it's cold again. Kind of one try a day until it's right.
      Service kit arrived (except bottom hose) so at least one day over the weekend will be spent fettling!
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Posted 6 days ago at 13.28

      Also ordered a front licence plate holder
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 1 day at 20:34

      Fine tuned the choke, started from cold on the button!
      Want to further test the front and rear vacuum breaks, but need another cold start.
      Still waiting on the bottom radiator hose, but hope to get other service items done during evenings this week.
      The line on the correct mirror t-tops has come good, so will spend Saturday on the road collecting them as well as other bits.
      Also figured out how to set the clock on the 8 track - Thank you Graeme.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 19 hours ago at 20:38

      This evenings cold start was on the button!!
      Guess I do remember some carburettor skills?
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 9th July 2015 at 13:52

      I found a manufacturer that makes plastic dye in an aerosol for changing the colour of the interior trim.
      More importantly, they have exact matches for colours typically used by GM in the 70's.
      More importantly still, I found a UK distributor of it.
      So having cross referenced the original GM names against the product numbers I now have a couple of cans of the two colours (plus lacquer) used on the 10th Anniversary on their way to me.
      Minimum order is £35 though but still cheaper and easier than finding replacement interior trim pieces in the right colours.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Posted 9th July at 14:10

      Oh, and the seat belt kit, and front licence plate holder have now left the USA and should hopefully arrive in the UK today.
      Now just have to wait for the customs and excise to sting me for some more money.
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      Going through some of the same problems i was fun at times but stresfull as well .

      Dose your tacho work??? replace dash lights (lamp,bulbs) with LED ones save's removing dash again (thanks to chriswrx1230 it was his idea
      so what engine carb set up do you have ? is it an auto changing filter and oil ??? or just oil if manual


      BUT NONE OF IT NEVER HAPPENED UNLESS WE HAVE PHOTO'S YOU KNOW THE RULES..
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      The tach works, the in-tach clock doesn't - very few do.
      i had spare bulb holders and t-10 bulbs are easy to find so that job is done.
      Trans fluid is clean and the shifts are super smooth, I'll keep an eye on it but not going to waste money on a job that looks recent.
      It's the Olds 403, th350 and Rochester q-jet.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Oh, the long awaited bottom hose has arrived. Now where do I buy more spare time?!
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      So you had the D socket or speacial tool to adjust needle jet's at the front of carb i found a D socket on ebay if i remeber rightly via snap on,

      Spare time you got to be kidding lol,,

      front number plate yes i will get one one day as i get ripped for haveing a snow plow on the front lol,
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      No adjustment required. This car has been mostly restored remember.
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -

      http://public.snapon.com/R_RRD/Objec...ages/S6139.jpg
      https://store.snapon.com/Carburetor-...--P635711.aspx

      Hope this helps?
      if you ever need to get deeper involved with repairing the rochester carb this little D socket is greet for adjusting the needle jet's (there is two)on the front of the carb,
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Had a busy day.
      Changed the oil and filter.
      Drained the coolant and changed top and bottom radiator hoses, refilled obviously!
      Changed spark plugs.
      Changed spark plug wires.
      Changed distributor cap.
      Changed rotor arm.
      Still not running quite right, further tinkering required.
      Cleaned and painted the air filter housing too.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Old spark plug wires

    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Old spark plugs

    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      New dizzy cap and wires.