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  • the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

    OK guys, here's the scoop on my junk.

    1979 trans-am base coupe.
    originally a 403/th350
    drum rear axle...
    a quick overview of the build:

    400 bored .040 over. polished, knife edged crank. eagle rods. TRW forged slugs. 6x-4 heads, ported/polished. 1.65 roller tip rockers (erson) Hooker long tubes. Petronix HEI rebuild stuff (for now) Edelbrock RPM manifold. 725cfm demon fuel monkey. Holley blue elec. pump. Aluminum radiator. Soon to have Lincoln mark 7 electric fan(s)TCI street fighter converter. Crazy log-type trans cooler. Shift kit (can't remember which one) Eaton posi unit w/3:90's. Moser diff girdle. Comp engineering trac bars and subframe connectors. All poly bushings/mounts. Flaming river steering column/shaft with billet joints and billet floor mount.Random Grant steering wheel. Hurst v-matic 2 shifter. Moroso U-joint girdles. all Auto Meter ultra light gauges.Procar front seats. All new hardware EVERYWHERE. Aside from that crap, the usual stuff that comes with a restoration. blah blah blah...on to pics:
    Attached Files
    "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

  • #2

    Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

    Nice ta. my freind has a 79 and swapped the 403 for a 455 olds. Now his brother has the 455 in a different 79 and his 406 is in his.
    Coming at you live from the birthplace of GM,Flint,Mi. Where your car is worth more than the property it's parked on.

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    • #3

      Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

      sweet ride, nice work!!
      Doing it all wrong since 1966

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        Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

        A small update: aside from wrenching on a buddy's 4th gen, not much progress on ethel. I'm working on the trunk ATM. Battery box Is ready to go in, cables are ran. trunk is painted and new hardware is installed. Once the paint dries, i'll re-loom the wiring harness and finish up back there for now...Here are a couple of awfull iphone pics for now:Click image for larger version

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        "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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          the new yellow top and billet specialties tray
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          here's a current engine bay shot
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          "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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          • #6

            Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

            small update...ordered the new OER dash, Year One door panels, all clips/hardware/water sheilds, new fan shroud and fan w/Derale controller arrived...and made my apt at the body shop...time to get my lazy ass in gear!

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            "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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            • #7

              Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

              Time to get some propane for the garage.Many cold and late nights ahead of us.lol

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              • #8

                Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

                Cool project. One of my friends bought a new 79 TA with the 400 4 spd. I must say, you made a lot of progress in your first post!
                Tom
                Overdrive is overrated


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                • #9

                  Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

                  thanks! it's been a loooooong process to say the least!
                  "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                    driveshaft, u-joints, blah blah blah
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                    seemingly the only picture of the whole car that I have
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                    kickdown cable bracket mocked up
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                    Hurst v-matic 2.
                    "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                      small update...fan shroud is trimmed and brackets made. now to find something to use as a gasket between the shroud and radiator...ideas?
                      "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                        ...and installed. just in case anyone reads this thread...lol...we start the wiring in three more days. less than a month before my body shop apt. we shall see how this goes.
                        "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                        • #13

                          Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

                          Been following this one, I like it so far....looks good,

                          maybe use a button head allen bolt instead of the regular bolts on the top part, would clean it up a bit and keep you from smashing knuckles too
                          If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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                          • #14

                            Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

                            thanks! I think you're right about the bolts, I'll hafta grab a couple!
                            "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                              Re: the story of Ethel, my 1979 trans-am

                              whats the color going to be?
                              If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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