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Hello Charter Oak!

Post by rkellerjr on Thu May 27, 2010 11:09 am

Rich here, was invited over by mr71transam. I own a 1975 Trans Am pictured below. Hope things are going well for everyone! She has a rebuilt 400, .040 over, roller tip rockers, XE262 cam, TH350 w/shift kit, 3:23 posi-trac. I've owned it since Feb. 2006.





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Post by mr71transam on Thu May 27, 2010 11:25 am

Rich thanks for coming over and Welcome to the Board. Hoping to see you this summer when you make your Trip to Connecticut.

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Post by Martin on Thu May 27, 2010 7:50 pm

Hi Rich ..... Welcome Very Happy Glad you found your way here Smile
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Thu May 27, 2010 8:48 pm

Hi Rich,

Welcome to the Charter Oak Firebirds Board.

I remember you well when you were a regular poster on Firebird Nation. Your car was one of the Firebird of the Month cars back in 2008 or 2009. Beautiful Trans Am. Very Happy

I still hang out at FBN but there are very few of the old posters remaining at that site...I never see you post there and even George 'Warbird' has gone. Sad

So I am glad you decided to at least take a look at our small set up here. Hopefully you can post up some information and photos of your car and second gen Firebirds.

The 1975 Firebird Trans Am had some unique one year only features.
Glad you found your way here. Laughing

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Post by rkellerjr on Thu May 27, 2010 11:25 pm

Thanks guys for the warm welcome.

Ya, FBN was just too much for me, average 6 pages of stuff ta day and really not much going on. I frequent 78ta.com and transamcountry.com mostly and my local Firebird club. I was talking with Rick about our dilemma of our old site being taken over by porn and we had to shut the whole thing down. Was looking for a cheap and secure way to get a forum up and running and Rick made some suggestions as well coming over here and seeing you guys. I'll be up in CT in June so I'm hoping to see some of you while I'm there.
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Post by mr71transam on Fri May 28, 2010 7:26 am

Rich when in June? Maybe you can make it to our
Summer Fun Cruise, Lyman Orchards (Lunch)
The club will have a Summer Fun cruise and Lunch at Lyman’s Orchards Saturday June 12th We will meet at the Middletown Home Depot. 909 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457 at 11:30 and then cruise to the orchard for Lunch. Then we will cruise to Durham for Ice Cream.This will be a great time for us to get our cars back on the road.

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Post by rkellerjr on Fri May 28, 2010 10:32 am

June 26th - July 4th. We are leaving either July 4th or July 5th to come back home. Will be up evening of June 26th, quite late actually.
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Post by mr71transam on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:10 pm

Rich we will be holding our Panera Bread Cruise July 3rd. Maybe you can make it.

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Post by rkellerjr on Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:06 am

Sounds good, PM me your phone number, I'll make sure I call you.
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:02 pm

Rich,

Welcome again to the Board. I have been to Woodbridge and Virginia Beach last year. Hope to see you this summer if you visit Connecticut.

The July 3 cruise is at Panera Bread on the Berlin Turnpike, Route 15 Newington CT. The address is 3120 Berlin Turnpike located at the intersection of Bob's Discount Furniture Store, the Walmart Shopping Plaza and the Grantmoor Motor Inn.

There should be 125 or more cars at this event if the weather is good.

Rich thanks for posting and post up a few photos of your engine compartment.

Have you left it stock or customized it?

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Post by rkellerjr on Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:18 pm

Thanks for the info Larry, I'm hoping to be able to make that event while I'm up there, I'll have to wait and see what are plans are.

The engine has been rebuilt, .040 over, XE262H Comp Cam, roller tip rockers, forged pistons, etc. The crank bearings decided to give out on Jan. 1, 2009. Happy New Year to me! Here are some pics of the build...

Engine coming out....


That's me on the left, and ya, the reason I look like that is because I haven't a clue as to what we are doing..


Cleaned up the engine bay as best I could...


Putting the engine back together...


RAM Air III Manifolds....


Going back in....




And done...








Cleaned up the air cleaner...
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:21 am

Rich,

The engine build pics looks great.

.040 over, XE262H Comp Cam, roller tip rockers, forged pistons

So you have built the engine for some more performance with some upgrades. It looks like you kept the stock D-port exhaust manifolds, put a new intake manifold, a new edelbrock carb feeding the motor.

I decided to do the same and remove my Rochester 4bbl carb and put an edelbrock 650 cfm performance carb (with electric choke) on my 400. These are very reliable carbs.

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Post by rkellerjr on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:29 pm

Actually Larry, I've removed the E-carb and put a rebuilt Q-jet on the car. Night and day response. The Q-jet is a great carb and I recommend it highly. The engine responds much better now. The Manifolds, as mentioned are D-port RAM Air III manifolds which flow just about as well as shorty headers so you get the power of a header and the ease of installation of a manifold. The intake was on the car when I bought it and the intake flows about as well as a stock iron intake so I've not changed it. My goal was to create an engine that gave me some nice power but was drivable for long distances.
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:01 pm

Nice job Rich,

I need to rebuild my Q-jet too but I hate rebuild kits with lots of tiny screws, springs and spacers....lol. For now the edelbrock performer carb is reliable but I wonder what a rebuilt Q jet would do for me with long tube headers.

Where did you get the D-port RAM Air III manifolds? These are rare as hen's teeth?

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Post by cardoct on Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:48 pm

welcome to the club please feel free to look around and hope to see you at cruise nights.
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Post by rkellerjr on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:07 pm

69_RAG_TOP wrote:Nice job Rich,

I need to rebuild my Q-jet too but I hate rebuild kits with lots of tiny screws, springs and spacers....lol. For now the edelbrock performer carb is reliable but I wonder what a rebuilt Q jet would do for me with long tube headers.

Where did you get the D-port RAM Air III manifolds? These are rare as hen's teeth?

I bought them new from Ram Air Restorations...
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Post by hdebo on Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:11 pm

69_RAG_TOP wrote:Nice job Rich,

I need to rebuild my Q-jet too but I hate rebuild kits with lots of tiny screws, springs and spacers....lol. For now the edelbrock performer carb is reliable but I wonder what a rebuilt Q jet would do for me with long tube headers.

Where did you get the D-port RAM Air III manifolds? These are rare as hen's teeth?

The manifolds you can buy now from Ram Air Restorations are actually better than the stock ones. The reproductions are 2 1/2 diameter right out of the manifold where the stock are 2 1/4.
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:21 pm

Nice to know. I bookmarked the Rare product line for RAM Air III reproduction exhaust manifolds.

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Post by WarbirdTA on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:10 pm

Humm,
I won't be getting rid of any of my original Ram Air manifolds. Razz
They fit my car nicely.

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