Archive for the ‘Progress’ Category

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The Trans Am finally made it’s debut at a local cruise night.  The pristine GTO beside the Trans Am is the actual car that this site was originally created for.


The picture below is just after window tint by OuttaSight in Lynchburg Va.  After seeing an unbelievable demo setup in OuttaSight’s showroom I was immediately sold on FormulaOne’s Pinnacle Series ceramic construction type tint.  The demo consisted of a heat lamp behind a glass wheel with different types of tint at locations around the wheel.  Rotating the glass wheel around to the various tint allows the customer to feel just how much radiant heat is transmitted through the glass.    A conservative 50% tint (that is 50% visible light transmission) with Pinnacle Series rejects the same amount of heat as a traditional style film with only 5% visible light transmission!  5% is the tint you’ll typically find on limousines.  The total heat rejection of these two examples comes out to be just under 50%.  Imagine blocking out literally half of the heat transmitting through your glass and still be able to see at night.


Air Cleaner

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

A relatively stock height engine setup was retained in order to avoid fitment issues with the shaker since I was unwilling to fasten the shaker to the hood as some have done.  This stock style setup included a Tomahawk intake, quadrajet (built by Sean Murphy Induction), and the original 301 shaker.  With all of this there were still clearance problems.  To correct the problem I used a metal shaker base from a ’77 Trans Am and drop air cleaner from Pro-touring F-body.  I went with the EP-401 while using a 1″ air cleaner spacer.  This air cleaner setup looks to be terribly restrictive but it seems to be a fair compromise at the moment.


The faux air inlets of the shaker were cut out to make it functional.  Some honeycomb mesh epoxied in the shaker matches the fender vents.  The drop base shown below is actually the EP-402 which I also tried.  This one however had too much drop and would require a modification of the fuel line to the quadrajet.  If  Pro-touring F-body had setup the EP-402 base for a 2″ filter instead of the supplied 3″ this would be the perfect setup in my opinion.


If I had known earlier that modification would be required for the air cleaner I would have chosen an Edelbrock Performer dual plane intake instead of the Tomahawk.


Hood V

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The hood was sanded with 1500 grit and buffed with 3M compounds.   Hood hinges are Fesler.


Hood IV

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The phoenix graphic was modified slightly to simplify the overall design.  The modified image was cut on a vinyl plotter and transferred to the hood.The pinstripe on the stock graphic was removed and a dark candy gold was filled in its place.


Wheels and Tires

Monday, May 26th, 2014

YearOne 17″ Snowflake wheels with Nitto NT555 275/40-17.