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79 Trans Am restorataion - RHD
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that....I used to walk mine around on the tips of the rails, lol.
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Bale9



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha... Yeah i did for a while too but then i thought it might get a little complicated when i fit the suspension, brakes, engine and transmission to it.

I spent about $80 in steel and about $120 on the wheels... They were expensive and i really did not want to spend that much on the wheels.

I'm cutting it pretty fine with the weight limit, they are rated at 225kg each and there will be more load on the front wheels than the back due to the engine.

Time will tell.
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Bale9



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few updates on my build so far...



Fitting the front springs with out the weight of the car or engine was a tough job.

























I have loosely fitted the brake / fuel lines to the sub-frame however i have found that the 'computer' pre-bent lines don't fit too well... So they need to be tweeked and I also found that the clips are not the best fit either.


Hopefully in the next week or two i will have the engine / transmission sitting in the chassis.

Cheers

Bill
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great.....if you've tightened the bolts on the engine mounts, I'd suggest loosening them a little....there is enough movement in the mounts that you might find lining the brackets up for a bolt difficult.
I'd suggest tightening the clamshell mounts down after you have a bolt through the engine brackets.

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Bale9



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thinking Leigh about the engine mounts. Only drama is that now that the lower control arms are in you can not access the nuts..

I'll see how it goes when I lift the engine in.

Mate
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Aus78Formula



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good. Not sure why the fuel line is bent opposite the shape of the engine crossmember, but not like you are going to try to correct it either
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bale9 wrote:
Good thinking Leigh about the engine mounts. Only drama is that now that the lower control arms are in you can not access the nuts..

I'll see how it goes when I lift the engine in.

Mate


I think either I bent a spanner or used a long extension and a uni adapater (the latter I think) - I was able to access the the fasteners inside the crossmember after the control arms were in.

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Damian



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great so far, well done
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gpierce



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job, keep motivated it's so much fun restoring when plenty of parts available!Smile

Greg
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Bale9



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks gents.

Motivations is good now back the bank balance is not as healthy... I will need to spend some more cash pretty soon.

A few photo's from the last week or so...

Picked up my new vintage air kit

The transmission was taken into the shop for an overhaul and found that the last owner did not give it much love. The oil was burnt and clutch packs welded together, it looked ugly.

Got it back then buffed it back with the wire wheel and gave it a lick of black paint.

Married up the transmission and engine then sat it into the chassis, surprisingly it was a pain the ass to get the engine mounts lined up to the engine brackets...

Pretty happy with the way it turned out.




























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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great.....I'd have thought about painting it with clear...looked cool in the buffed stage. I've been working on fitting the Vintage Air to the 69, be interesting to see how the 2nd gen kit looks for yours.

Yeah, the engine mounts are fun when you've shifted the clamshells, eh? Wink

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Aus78Formula



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you sort out the missing AirCon box parts?
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gpierce



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fabulous:)
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Bale9



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leigh - It did look pretty good however if you wanted to clear over it then it would need a few more hours polishing it up. It looks a lot better in the photo than in person. Can be done though.

Ben - yes, all sorted... i ended up contacting Rocket Industries, What happened was that they gave me the wrong box which ended up having another evaporator kit however i was missing the compressor. So they sent the compressor to me and they are now organising someone to come and collect the evap kit.

I ended up doing a trial fit of the Vintage Air evap box to the TA before i paint the firewall, under and inside. Since i smoothed out the firewall i did not want to drill into it so i made up a bracket to hang it from the cowl, turned out pretty good. The only issue i found with the evap is that it is only held in by 2 x brackets so it seems a bit flimsy but i'm banking on when the pipes and hoses are attached it should be pretty stable, plus the evap box is very light.

Thanks Gpierce, I'm pretty motivated at the moment and hoping to get a significant amount done in 2018.

Apologies for the poor photo quality.









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NFORCR



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:39 pm    Post subject: Heater Core Reply with quote

Does it use a heater core and coolant for warm air or some sort of element.
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