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My 1st F-Body... '78 T/A WS6


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#1 fireforeffect

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  • Model: Trans Am WS6
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Posted 25 April 2020 - 03:56 AM

So, at any rate never considered an F-Body before. Retired from the Army (combat arms) a few years ago and the itch for a new project was overwhelming. Was looking for a '69-'72 Old Cutlass and this '78 T/A pops up on Craigslist up in NJ. Crappy weather, but drove up and looked over, bought the following weekend. Seller did not know what he had.

 

As I've gone thru it, discovered she's an original WS6 4spd car someone at some point put a TH400 into. T-tops leak and discovered a swamp in the rear passenger floor and seat pan, I'm sure most of you know the story. There's a little bit of rust (minor) and someone welded box steel bars on as sub-frame connectors.

 

I'm working on it w/ my boys and teaching them what my dad and grandfather taught me when I was a teen. Already replaced the shocks w/ Bilsteins, and wrapped the Snowflakes in Cooper 235/275s. Speedtech control arms on the way, along w/ all new bushings including Prothane body bushings. Ordering new rear springs today, trying to decide between Eaton ML231s and Belltech (both stock height and rate).

 

Have a pristine set of 4th gen seats I'm waiting to install, and a matched set of 3rd gen mirrors too. Goal is a daily driver quality garage queen who gets paraded around on weekends. 

 

There are many like her... but this one is mine! Who doesn't love a #redtransam... 



#2 Mickey_London

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 07:28 AM

Hi. Congratulations on your purchase. Get some pictures up of her and keep us all informed with the progress of your build.
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#3 1973-Formula

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 01:35 PM

Cool project, pics, pics, pics...

 

Personally find the factory interior highly pristine, so will probably have to look away there... ha ha



#4 ZumpTA

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 08:18 PM

Welcome aboard!   ...always nice to see a Firebird returning to the road.


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#5 fireforeffect

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 02:51 PM

Ugh... pulled the axles to replace bearings/seals and the right axle drained out metal particulate and the axle itself is chewed up and pitted where it rides on the bearing. But makes sense after the light howling I heard recently. NO ONE has axles in stock locally, at best can get 1 by middle of next week. Replacing w/ Moser shafts from Summit. Oh, and the stock rear leafs fell apart when I went to replace the left side... after torquing off one of the inboard (fixed) sway bar mounting bolts (at the leaf spring plate). Why me? How exactly does one replace THAT particular bolt, it won't drive out w/ a punch... 

 

An hour job that turns into 8... every time. 


Edited by fireforeffect, 02 May 2020 - 02:54 PM.





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