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Post by Bull on Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:45 am

Hello everyone.

It would be hard for me to express how happy I am finally to own a 2nd gen Trams Am. I just took delivery of this '76 on Saturday, having traded my '95 Formula for it with a fellow in OH. The car is a driver, make no mistake. It has a very cheap paint job that is much too thick, it needs some minor mechanical work to be inspected (e-brake, reverse lights) and it has low oil pressure (but no noise) when hot. Despite all of those things, I am tickled pink to own the car, and hope to have it on the road before too long. My budget is tight tight tight, so we'll see what happens.

Arrival at my house


Goodbye, old Formula. I will miss you.


In front of the barn


The TA's new home




Next to it's older Pontiac buddy


Please excuse the deplorable condition of my garage. It isn't finished yet, and I am in the midst of moving some things around.

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Post by mr71transam on Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:28 pm

That's a very nice Second Gen, the GTO isn't bad either. And as for your garage, I would kill to have your garage. So keep looking over your shoulder. Twisted Evil

All kidding aside Welcome to the board.

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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:07 am

Welcome to the Bird's Nest.

Wow... that is a heckuva trade.

I like that 1995 Formula so I would be unhappy to see that car go.

But the 1976 Trans Am is a nice find. From the photos the car seems to be all stock and in excellent shape.

All the things that you listed are easy fixes. The car looks solid and rust free. Rust and rot are not easy to fix.

Good to have you here.

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Post by Steve on Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:57 pm

Dude, I really like your car but that garage is really cool. That looks like a good trade to me and I am glad to see you are saving a '76. The Formula hood harkens back to a day when TA's were fair game for customization. I always loved that hood.

Where are you in MAss? East Longmeadow here.
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Post by Bull on Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:03 pm

To be honest, my forum life is spent mostly on a garage and tool forum that I moderate, so I sort of unintentionally dropped this one from my radar. But then I received Brother Al's e-mail the other day and came back to check the place out.

I still don't have this TA on the road, but with some luck I hope to get some cruising in before winter. I don't usually have luck, so we'll see how it plays out. Life is just...busy all the darn time!

In the spring, I washed the car. This shot represents how it looks at its best...minus the open hood, which I should have closed for the shot.




This is approximately what position the car is in now:



I have the fan and radiator shroud off to facilitate a steering box replacement. New steering box is ready to go in, then I can button up the front end.

I replaced the mufflers, which while new, sounded too raspy for me. While I was at it, I removed the pipes forward of the mufflers and cleaned, scuffed, and painted them with a silver exhaust paint. I didn't do the rear pipes because I didn't have the vertical height on my stands to get them out; in fact, I think some stuff has to be unbolted that I just didn't want to remove at this time. I'll do those pipes later.

Pipes and old mufflers right after removing them



Painted pipes



Once that steering box is in, I am going to install a new e-brake assembly since all of my components are missing. I ordered it last week from PY, but it still isn't here. After that, I need to replace the melted speedo cable that had been laying across the exhaust pipe. I also want to remove the god-awful old air shocks and those slapper bars to get the car's ass out of the air. Finally, if after all of that I can get the horn working, then I can go and see if I can get a sticker.

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Post by Brother Al on Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:17 am

Hi Bull!

Glad to see you've stopped in to see the board!!! Cool ...and that you still have your sweet Bird and the Goat!



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Post by mr71transam on Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:45 am

Bull I like you have been off this site for a very long time. I'd be interested knowing what progress have you made with your TA?

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Maybe start a new topic so we can follow your progress?

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