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New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:03 pm

:D Hello NECF , I am new here and want to thank Brother Al for helping me get my site registration sorted . I'm a retired guy with a low mileage 1989 Firebird .

Thank You one and all for a fine third gen site ;)
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby wolfdart42 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:18 pm

Welcome to NECF.
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loose is fast and on the edge of out of control!!!!

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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby GPSkinzhut » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:26 pm

Welcome! Pics!
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Brother Al » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:04 am

Welcome to NECF and you are very welcome! Sorry for the problem.
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby formulacc1 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:11 pm

Greetings & salutations...yes, pics....
remember: no matter where you go, there you are.....
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby tom86iroc » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:32 am

Welcome aboard !!!!!!
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Manifoldsrme » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:40 am

Welcome. Pics…… :yeah:
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:50 pm

Hey Guys , Thank You for the welcome to your site :D

I do have photos of my car , 163 of em to be exact , which were of the work I did to it . My car is a six cyl , 700R4 , and only had 79K miles when I got it . Thing is , It is a southern car that truly WAS only driven on sunny days and so is TRULY 100% rust free . Now , it's storage may have saved it's metal , but it's storage was a garage that would hit 120 degrees on just about any sunny summer day . Net result being every gasket and seal in both the engine and transmission were literally baked , and the car leaked every fluid it had . When it was offered to me by my best friend who owned it since 1990 , I just couldn't say no :wink: So , being an old , not in great shape retired guy , I began what ended up being a yearlong pulling of the engine/transmission , totally cleaning and re gasketing every seal in both , and reinstalling it with all the right things replaced (timing chain/gears , engine and transmission mounts , even down to freeze plugs and U joints , and of course topped that all off with new exhaust from the manifolds to tailpipes , brakes from the master cyl through all the flex lines going to the wheels and calipers/rotors/etc . Some new shocks , sway bar bushings , and other goodies found their way into it as well ) .

Now you may well ask , WHY would you WASTE your dollars on a SIX cylinder ??? Are you NUTS ???

No , Not nuts , just an old dude , retired machine mechanic with an aircraft maintenance background who really don't need to go all that fast . Truth be told , back when these cars were new I owned a two year old 87 trans am with the 305 , and i'll be damned this lil six feel pretty close to what my long ago TA felt like , acceleration wise .

Ok , I have attempted to add two photos of my Firebird , as well as four photos of cars from my past . Yes ! Photos resized and posted !!! :D
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:52 pm

OOps , it says my files are too big , I'll have to get to resizing em and post them later .
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Blackhawk » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:08 pm

I've dabbled with those 60 degree motors before, if you ever feel like getting friskey the Melling MTC-5 camshaft is a wonderful upgrade for those motors, really wakes them up so you can take advantage of those forged rods. I did that and 3.73s plus a cat back and would walk LG4 and TBI cars.

Edit: Also those motors are set back quite a bit compared to the V8 cars and all the suspension mods Make them good corner carvers.
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby TwinTurboROC » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:35 pm

Welcome aboard. Lets see those pics! :D
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:40 pm

:D I promise it's not just simple laziness , it's that at this time of year I'm the busiest retiree I know :D

I will get em resized soon . You know , sometimes I wonder how I ever found time for work before I retired , Amazing how the day seems to fill itself with things to do as the available time increases 8)
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:44 am

Resize picture test
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:49 am

:D YES !!!! Success !!!! And there it is , in all it's Safety Cone Orange glory !!!! (I hope like HELL ya don't think I had ANYTHING to do with the color , when offered a 100% rust free Third Gen , I wouldn't have cared if it was crinkle dink pink , I'd have taken it in an instant .)

I have many more photos to resize if there is interest . I regasketed both the engine and transmission (went as far as the pump O rings and such in the transmission) and took photos of the whole process .



PS , I know the tail lights aren't year correct , to me I chose the parts for looks , rather than proper model year accuracy . I figure , if they bolt right on with no hacking , as these tail lights did , well then they now belong to my car :mrgreen:

One quick question , should i continue posting my pictures here or start a separate thread for them ?
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Brother Al » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:59 am

Very Nice Bird!
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby subroc » Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:13 pm

I actually like the color a lot. Maybe im getting tired of seeing the same colors over and over again. That one is different. Cool!
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:15 pm

Hi Gents ,

Thank You for the compliments on the car , I feel that I got SUPER lucky to get something that rust free literally dropped in my lap 8) It's great to have great friends 8)

Anyway , I resized a few more photos today . These arent , of course , my Firebird but are , In fact , photos of cars I owned as daily drivers "back in the day" .

The fifties cars I owned as 15 to 20 year old cars and the sixties cars I owned as 10 to 15 year old as per their model years .

:D I sadly no longer own any of them , these were my cars 30 + years ago , but are proof that I've been a GM guy pretty much , FOREVER 8) ......
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:16 pm

One more shot , Can't forget my 64 :D
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Jay » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:56 pm

init4fun wrote:
One quick question , should i continue posting my pictures here or start a separate thread for them ?


There's different sections for different topics, but it's mostly just suggestion. We aren't all that strict about what topic gets posted where.
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:01 pm

:D Thank You Jay , and yes , I will post my different re gasketing photos of my Firebird's engine and transmission in the "Tech Articles" section .

8) Great site ya got here , and I really appreciate the warm welcome the members have given me here
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby 84TA406 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:01 pm

Nice looking bird. Correct me if I am wrong but are those not the correct tail lights? They look like the early style like on my 84.
Just a little cammed 305.. :)
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Brother Al » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:36 pm

Yep, he mentioned that up above.. I like those tail lights myself... and they don't delaminate either like the later ones do.

FYI: the un-tinted version were on all base Firebirds from '82-'85.. the tinted were found only on the '82-'84 Trans Am & ''82-'84 Firebird S/E.
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby 84TA406 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:08 pm

Ahh I didnt see that Al. I knew it didnt look right.

Mine are tinted as well as the Anniv. ones I have.
Just a little cammed 305.. :)
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby init4fun » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:54 pm

Yes , as per being "year correct" , I did mention that in the restoration of the car I didn't worry in the least as to only 1989 parts being used . To me , if a part came from an 82 to 92 F body , bolted on without modification , and looked good to my eye , well then it got the job :D

The original 89 taillights don't have that "Firebird look" to me that the 82 set has , and thus the 82 set got installed ( I think they are 82 ? Could be 83 , maybe ? )

They were a $50 craig's list find , and really give the look I wanted in back ....
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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby John in RI » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:30 pm

Look like early TA Tail lights - Pretty sought after and IMO a 'cool' look for the Firebird Ass-end.

To me , if a part came from an 82 to 92 F body , bolted on without modification , and looked good to my eye , well then it got the job


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Re: New Guy Intro

Postby Manifoldsrme » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:36 pm

John in RI wrote:Look like early TA Tail lights - Pretty sought after and IMO a 'cool' look for the Firebird Ass-end.

To me , if a part came from an 82 to 92 F body , bolted on without modification , and looked good to my eye , well then it got the job


:wtg: And that's EXACTLY how I build them too !!!


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