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#1 Will71

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:10 PM

A Year ago I bought this, a 1986 Trans Am. Here's what it looked like in the add that I saw on Craigslist:

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I drove it like this for a while, while I got used to it and figured out what needed to be done. This one was taken on a day that I went on a cruise with a local GM club:

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Soon after that pic was taken, I tore apart the stock 305, and replaced the head gaskets, and had the exhaust replaced. I also had a new carburetor installed. The first modification I did was to paint the deep dish 15" wheels a flat black, and add some gold pinstiping:

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A while later I came across some vinyl sticker paper for regular ink-jet computer printers, and made up some graphics:

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Next, I replaced the Trans Am tail lights with a set of Firebird tail lights that I found in a local salvage yard. I did this for 2 reasons. 1, the lights that were on there were broken and looked like crap, and 2, I like the way the Firebird lights look better:

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Then I decided to paint the ground effects black, and printed up some new graphics and redid the pinstripe layout to mimic that of the 1977 "bandit" movie car:

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I purchased a 1990 GTA to use as a parts car. It was rusted beyond repair, but the plastics were in perfect condition. I got a dash board with no cracks, center console, instrument cluster, plus the GTA wheels:

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I decided to replace the stock 305 with a remanufactured 350 crate engine, and here's what the engine bay looks like, now that I've cleaned it all up and painted it:

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Shot of the new engine, work in progress:

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I got a notion to paint the bird on the valve covers. I painted a small block with gold, printed out and trimmed a small bird, then stuck it on the gold and painted over it with the flat black that I used on the covers. After removing the sticker, here's what it looks like:

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I've just got a few things left to do with the engine, and it'll be ready to drop into the car. I have the torque converter and transmission to put back on, then all of the accessories once it's in. I should have it running some time this weekend.

Well, that's my bird. Thanks for looking.

Will

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Edited by Will71, 20 January 2011 - 07:18 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:21 PM

Great trans....formation :) i love the bird on the covers...i love black rides, they look beast at night...ill be doin a color change soon myself, not black, ..but close.....veeeeeeery close....but it looks great man, be sure to post it after u drop everything in, cant wait to see....
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:48 PM

Hey William, Welcome to FBN!
Great looking Firebird and I really like what you are doing! :12EMOTICHEERS:


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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:54 PM

Glad to have you here. Your attention to the details had made your car unique. It looks great.


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 12:42 AM

Nice looking car and great work so far. Look forward to seeing it when you get it done.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:11 AM

Nice

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:17 AM

welcome the bird vc are minty

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

Looks good

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

Welcome to FBN!!:12EMOTICHEERS:

Great looking car. :)
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:35 PM

Your doing a fantastic job on Your TA. You were able to print your own pin stripes? I would love to find out how you do that. I have a decal kit for my 2nd gen TA but no pin stripes.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:45 PM

Thank you everyone for kind words and encouragement. I'm really having a good time with this car, and after I get it to where I'm happy with it, I know I'm going to be bored and come up with new ideas for it. To clarify something, I did not print out the pinstriping. I bought those at Advance Auto. I did, though, print out the birds and the letters. The drawback to using vinyl printer stickers is that they fade after about 2 months in the sun. Right now they look pale green. I have plenty of sticker paper left, tho, and a good thing about it is that I can change the look of the birds and letters whenever I get the urge.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:53 PM

Here it is, all done.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:52 PM

That is a nice T/A!!! I like the transformation

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:58 AM

Next up:

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and MAYBE this http://www.hawksthir...llhoodbird.aspx

As usual, I'll post up pics when I get them.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:13 PM

Ver nice! Great use of resources! :30tens:
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:17 PM

Dude, that car looks really cool. I like what you did with it.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 08:06 AM

Here are pics of my current project, new carpets.

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As you can see, there's no floorboard rust with the exception of the passenger side, but that was only on the surface. It wiped up easily. Most of the paint under the carpet was still shiny. I also put new weatherstripping around the doors and the glass hatchback, to protect the new carpet from rain. Next week my headliner and new visors should be here and I can put those in too.

Just wanted to share :)

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 04:53 PM

My new paint scheme:

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Shot of the new bumper that I had custom made, installed on the car and awaiting paint:

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 08:49 PM

I love how you are making this car your own by adding your touch to it. Great looking ta by the way.
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Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:44 AM

I love how you are making this car your own by adding your touch to it. Great looking ta by the way.


Thank you :)

Here's some updated pics. Nose is painted, car is shiny again, except for the hood, I still need to repaint that, and I installed some driving lights:

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I just realized I don't have any pics of the finished inside:

Headliner and sun visors:

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Speaker panels:

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Carpet:

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