Posts Tagged ‘Prothane’

Front Suspension Bushings

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Today’s work began with pressing the Prothane polyurethane bushings back into the control arms. A piece of exhaust pipe was cut slightly off center on a bandsaw (a wood bandsaw modified now for metal). The semi-circular tube was cut to where the piece would just barely fit between the two bushing holes on the control arm. An old piece of small diamter hose was sliced on one side such that it was slip over each of the bare pipe ends to minimize scratches to the paint. This tool kept the control arm form bending while pressing the bushings in place. A bushing was pressed into one side then the cross bar was pressed into that bushing. The control arm was flipped around to press the second bushing in. The minor scratches will be touched up when the ball joints are fastened in place.

Background – Trans Am

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

This is my first post detailing the progress of my resto-mod ‘81 Trans Am. I’ll try to keep the blog updated each week as much as possible. First a little background on the car. I bought the car around 2001 for about $2500. I was lucky enough to find a Y84 Special Edition Trans Am (or Bandit Edition as some call it).  The car originally came from Florida and wasn’t in bad shape but not great either.  It had been painted within the last decade or so with a budget paint job.  The paint was faded and all original decals gone, except for some remnants which had started to bleed back through.  After a little exhaust work from a local shop, the clogged cat was replaced and ran decently for a couple of years. It suffered from leaky t-tops as most older Trans Ams do. All that water did a number on the interior over the years. With musky old car smell and tattered seats I didn’t have much money so I drove the car as is, even as my daily driver for about 6 months when my main car died. In ’05 I decided to move away from my hometown to finish my degree in Mechanical Engineering. The car sat idle and forgotten for the next two years.