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Dash Insert Work

Sunday, January 15th, 2012


YearOne’s custom dash insert is replacing the old stamped aluminum piece.  YearOne’s panel is machined from 1/8″ aluminum plate and engine turned to give the look of the original.  The panel will oxidize over time so you may want to clear anodize or clear coat if you decide to go this route.

A fair amount of modification is required to the dash in order to use this panel.  If you don’t like the idea of cutting on your original dash, I would suggest you steer clear.  The clean look of aftermarket gauges and modern a/c vents was enough justification for me.  Note that this mod will also require relocation of the headlight, wiper, and defrost switches.

So let’s get right into the installation.  The original stamped piece is comprised of two panels riveted together.  The route I chose was to drill out the rivets of the top panel.  This is the piece which holds the original panel to the underside of the dash with 3 screws.  With the upper piece free, it was fastened back to the dash.  The new dash insert was temporarily set in place.  Some aluminum angle brackets were cut about a 1/2″ wide with a 5/32″ slot milled for adjustment.

With the panel still in place, the brackets were bonded in place using Fusor 109B metal bond.  The two pieces have to be roughed up a little to get a good mechanical bond.  A rotary tool with a medium/heavy grit sanding drum should do the trick.  After the bonding adhesive was dry, the dash insert was removed.  It can now be fastened to the upper panel with some #6-32 screws and nuts with plenty of adjustment.


Friday, November 14th, 2008

Last night I stumbled upon some exciting news.  It appears YearOne has started selling reproduction snowflake wheels.  These aren’t the billet snowflake wheels that you may have seen on YearOne’s Bandit Edition Trans Am.  These are exact reproduction castings of the 15X8 wheels that originally came with the WS6 package.  More importantly they are producing a 17×9 wheel in the same style.  The wheels match the original exactly but do a good job of bringing the car up to date.  I’m told that the 17×9’s will fit on all four corners with stock suspension and without any type of modification.

My 81 originally came with 15×8 turbo wheels which can be seen in the gallery.  I had planned on eventually finding a good set of original snowflake wheels but it looks like I’ll be placing an order for the 17×9’s.  Pricing at this time is $699 for a set of four.  YearOne automatically gives a 5% volume discount for orders over $500 and I typically get emails for 15% to 20% off because I registered my email address.  These discounts will work for these wheels but will not work for the billet wheels.  Hopefully the reproduction parts by YearOne is a good indication that there is some interest building in these cars again.

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.