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  • #31

    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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    Does that fan shroud setup work ?
    Looks to me to be lacking in depth and
    the fan being able to suck air at the perimiter
    of the shroud.
    I had a similar setup.....failed miserably, so
    I made a deeper shroud with dual fans.

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    • #32

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

      loving this, as my first car was a 71 fireturd esprit 350.
      eventually it wound up with a heavily reworked 455 pontiac
      and a muncie. man, was that car crazy--2.92 gears would bottom the
      speedo at 165mph...or so ive heard. i would never do that myself
      or anything......

      anyway, sorry...i HAD TO do it....

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHZJej98_T0
      BEST SONG EVER! I'd like a muncie in this one, but the TH350 will work.
      "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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      • #33

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


        Does that fan shroud setup work ?
        Looks to me to be lacking in depth and
        the fan being able to suck air at the perimiter
        of the shroud.
        I had a similar setup.....failed miserably, so
        I made a deeper shroud with dual fans.
        so far so good, temps are pretty stable. The shroud has foam tape around the perimeter (holding up well so far) I was curious about it too. Once it seems more traffic use I may have to change it. The fan blows VERY strongly.
        "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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        • #34

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

          Corvair question: Is it practical to put the later rear suspension under the older body? I know any thing will fit in anything with enough time, money, and effort but I've often wondered if the mounts are there. Getting rid of the swing axles would be a good thing if you were going to pour some HP into it.

          BTW - a buddy of mine made a rig to bore Corvair cylinders. You need a spare set of block (or was it head?) castings and and use them to chuck the heads at 90* to the bores. That's just the concept - you'd have to experiment to get it right.

          Dan

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          • #35

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

            Corvair question: Is it practical to put the later rear suspension under the older body? I know any thing will fit in anything with enough time, money, and effort but I've often wondered if the mounts are there. Getting rid of the swing axles would be a good thing if you were going to pour some HP into it.

            BTW - a buddy of mine made a rig to bore Corvair cylinders. You need a spare set of block (or was it head?) castings and and use them to chuck the heads at 90* to the bores. That's just the concept - you'd have to experiment to get it right.

            Dan
            I've heard other dudes ask, but don't really know. I'm just gonna lower it and make it a cruiser. although, a fast one would be cool (with the flat-6, maybe efi and a turbo?)
            "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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            • #36

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


              I've heard other dudes ask, but don't really know. I'm just gonna lower it and make it a cruiser. although, a fast one would be cool (with the flat-6, maybe efi and a turbo?)

              found this: http://www.corvairforum.com/forum/vi...hp?f=176&t=349
              Patrick & Tammy
              - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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              • #37

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

                hmm. I like that. if plans ever change on mine, it may be worth doing. doesn't seem too terribly hard.
                "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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                • #38

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

                  VERY cool - thanks for the link. Also, I didn't know they made those in a hard top.

                  Dan

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                  • #39

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

                    So, last night I decided to dig into electrical problems with the car. This is absolutely not my forte, but hey, worth a shot. When I was collecting parts for the car a few (many) years back, I found a stellar deal on an IDIDIT column...in my infinite wisdom, I didn't think to see if it had a multi-function switch (hi/low and turns) or just a turn signal switch. Turns out to be the latter. so after reading the wiring diagram I found the connector that was supposed to go to the MFS and jumpered it. low beams work. It was nice to see the H.I.D. conversion work. I may start looking into the turn signals (no idea on this one, the wiring is truly a shit show) and fuel level situation (90% sure the ground isn't attached) tonight. progress is progress. lol
                    Last edited by 1_slo_gen_2; October 24th, 2017, 05:34 AM.
                    "We can't stop here, IT's bat country!"

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