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Post by Knightdriver on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:05 pm

Hey gang,

Just thought I would pop in and say hello.

In talking with Rick H. at the Panera Bread show tonight (June 19th), He
mentioned that he had started the forum here and I thought I would sign
up and join in on the fun.

Some of you have probably seen my car out here and there. I have the 1982
Trans Am that has been done over to look like the K.I.T.T. car from Knight Rider.
I don't get to attend a lot of shows due to my work schedule but I have been
trying to get to as many as I can as time and money allows.

I just want to say I enjoy attending your shows, seeing the cars and meeting the
owners. I hope to see you all at further gatherings.

In the mean time, Enjoy your cars!

Brian T. - knightdriver


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Post by mr71transam on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:13 pm

Welcome Brian, Glad to have you here. As I'm sure you know you are Welcome at any and all of our events. Again Brian thanks for dropping in and hope to see more of you and KITT.

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Post by rkellerjr on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:51 pm

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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:31 pm

Welcome to the Charter Oak Firebirds Board Brian.

Good to have another third gen Trans Am as well as a Knight Rider car here.

I am not sure if I met you at the cruises yet, but post up a few photos of the car.

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Post by mr71transam on Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:33 pm

Brian I like your Avitar.

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Post by Knightdriver on Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:48 pm

Thanks for the welcome guys.

Here are a few quick pictures from a photo shoot we did last year. I'll try and get
a gallery of images posted in the near future.





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Post by Knightdriver on Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:52 pm

Oh, and for fun and to bring back some memories, here was what KITT looked like 10 years ago.



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Post by mr71transam on Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:10 pm

Brian pictures just don't do your car justice. Thanks for bring it to the Panera Bread Cruise.

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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:54 pm

Wow... quite a transformation of the plain Firebird.

Is the car a 1984 Firebird?

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Post by Knightdriver on Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:13 am

The car is a 1982 Trans Am. I purchased it back in the summer of 1999. The car had
13526 original miles on it when I took it home. It now sits with about 30500. 4 years
ago, I had to install a new engine as the old one had many problems with it. It would
over heat constantly blow head gaskets like crazy. No one I took it too could figure
out why.

Finally, after the crank had broken on me, I decided to replace the whole engine. It
was at that point, they discovered that there was a large mouse nest in my Catalytic
converter which was forcing all the back pressure into my engine. I still get the
occasional overheating issues on really hot days but no further engine troubles have
surfaced. I do get paranoid about it breaking down so I have limited myself on any
long road trips. Once I am more confident that it will make an extended road trip, I
may branch out further to other shows so I can share in showing the car.

People do get really excited when they see it which makes me feel good about having
taken the time and effort in building a project like this. I have had those who have
ridiculed me for building such a stupid car but when I asked to show me thier ride, they
tend to just walk away. Oh well........

Again, I appreciate the welcome to the board and am happy to attend your events as they are always a good time.


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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:47 am

Good story. A lot of people do not understand that these Knight Rider cars are not the same kind of builds as a restoration since you are retrofitting and changing many internal and external body parts. The electrical kits and interiors are expensive too.

Interesting overheating issue... I am sure you must have changed the thermostat, waterpump, radiator, radiator cap, fan, fan pulley and radiator shroud.

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Post by Knightdriver on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:23 am

I actually haven't replaced any of that stuff (other than the Thermostate). I have had it all looked at and was told everything is in good working order. Although, I will be going in and doing full replacements on all of the coolant related parts as I am coming to the conclusion that a lot of these places don't seem to know what they are talking about anymore.

That will be my fall project once show season slows down. I do need the heater core replaced and I currently have that by passed as I know you need to get to it from the dash side and it is a project removing the Knight Rider dash to get in there. I usually pull all of the KITT interior parts out for winter so I can spend the season redoing things, adding new gadgets and basicly refinishing the paint work and so forth. At that time, I will have the heater core replaced as well as the under hood components. I'll feel better about road trips when I get the cooling issues ironed out.
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Post by WarbirdTA on Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:18 pm

Nice car!
I like the Knight Rider conversions.
I use to go to the gathernings for the Knight Rider when I was at the TA Nats years ago.
Met some great people there.

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Post by blue81ta on Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:59 pm

Welcome to the site. That's a sweet ride you've got there. Cool. Cool
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Post by Knightdriver on Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:49 pm

Thanks guys.

George, I attended the Trans Am/Knight Nationals in 1999 and in 2000 over in Dayton Ohio. In 2000, I had brought my car down while it was still stock (White pictures above) Didn't get an award but it was published in a magazine as a 3rd Gen in original condition at that time. I haven't been since though. I did go to the Carlisle meet they had a few years back as well but not with the car. We took my friends 2000 T/A instead. Mine was in for it's motor swap/paint job at the time.

I just spent this afternoon replacing the thermostate. I went down to a 160 from a 195. I took it for one hell of a highway drive and it seems to have done the trick. It did cool off outside quite a bit though so I will make another run tomorrow when it is at it's hottest outside. That will be the true test.
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Post by nap on Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:29 pm

Brian,

I met you up in Veron, Ct last year and had a great conversation with you about your fantastic car. I had the 1978 Bandit at the show.

I know a guy that really helped me out last year with my Bandit. I also had a serious problem with the car overheating and no matter who I took it to they could not fix the problem. A friend of mine got me in touch with this guy and he does all my work now. Here is his information:
Cruisers Vehicle Performance Experts
30 Federal Road
Danbury, CT 06810
(203)744-8863
Bob Schmus

The best thing about this guy is he is a Pontiac guy. He owns a 1999 Trans Am that does 10 seconds in the 1/4 mile and also owns a 1970 GTO 455 4 speed convertible. If he could just do Pontiacs he would do it. Unfornuately, there are not enough of us around. If you seek him out tell him Jim Napoletano sent you his way.

Welcome aboard.

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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:48 pm

There a few car guys around Connecticut who are doing the Knight Rider conversion with their Trans Am.

One of the guys in our club is Tony and he has a project Knight Rider car..


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Post by Knightdriver on Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:58 pm

Jim,

Thank you for that info. I will keep it on hand should further troubles arise. It is always nice to find someone who knows how to work on these cars.

I have talked to Tony a couple of times online. I haven't met him yet as he is usually DJ'ing the nights the cruises are on. I had read (on craigslist, I think) that his car was up for sale though. Someone this past weekend also told me he was looking to sell it, so I am not sure if he plans to continue his project or not.

There are many people I know that are starting these projects but most find out what the cost ends up being or will be and they end up selling them off. I see them on eBay all the time. Many not worth the money they are asking.

I know it has taken me a few years but I am glad I saw my project to the end. (Even though these projects are never really done). Laughing
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Hi Brian;

Post by Steve on Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:59 pm

I remeber you and your car. Very cool.

What's with the mouse nest, I thought Kitt's were indestructable?
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Post by 4SPEED on Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:06 am

welcome, love your ride.
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Post by CJaguar265 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:54 pm

welcome mr. knight rider
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