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77 W72 trans am Restoration (roof swap)
« on: November 28, 2009, 12:53:09 AM »
A month ago I found this 77 t/a. #'s mach W72 400 auto. started on it today. I got the interior out, and the back glass, and the old seam sealer scraped off the floor.  its better than I thought. the left front must of had a bad heater core . full of pin holes. but ware the seam sealer was still looks like the day it was put on.  I'm going to try to get this one done by August. I hope.  This one is my wife's car so you'll see pics of her working on this on.  not today thou, she's getting ready for turkey day.


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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009, 12:54:11 AM »
I had some time this morning to go out (sneak out)  and go work on it . I crimped the edge of the hole were the sunroof was. and cut  a pattern out of some sheet metal. now I will take that to the camero roof and lay it out on the roof and cut my patch.  I wish I had an English Wheel, then I could use the pattern I just made.  but I realy like cutten on a camero.  ;D

some don't like to lap the sheet metal, but doing it this way makes it a lot stronger and its flush when done.





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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 12:57:59 AM »
Donor car, it was cold out there so took my time on the lay out and cut it big. I'll clean it up at the shop.






I thought it was thoughtful of this old camero to give it's life to spare the life of my trans am.

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2009, 04:14:14 PM »
I got some more done to her today. the floor fixed and the roof tacked on.









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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2009, 06:34:30 PM »
spent about 5 hours today on it. got the dog house off and the motor ready to pull. I need to cut the exhaust and that will be out. next weekend hoping to have the front frame off and broke down and ready to go to powder coat. my sub frame connectors came late last week and will go for powder coat to.




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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2009, 10:59:10 PM »
This is the type of resto that is NOT for the faint-of-heart.  You're doing a lot in a very short time and this is going to be a killer restoration!
Bethany
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 05:36:36 AM »
thanks guys and gals for the kind words, it's really good motivation to keep on it. witch is hard to do when its cold in the shop.
here is some pics of some of the stuff I found

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2009, 12:38:56 PM »
ehhhhhhhhh i am with a open mouth :D like at dentist aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
okay
i wish i could do all of that i can t,i hope you keep update.
so how fair are you ?

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2009, 08:27:36 PM »
 I got the rear end out, brake& gas lines off. its really not to bad under there. surface rust, that's it . rear tail panel does not have a pin hole in it. it has never been undercoated. oil and trans fluid up front. I still need to weld and grind the floor patch from underneath to make it right.  well I guess it time to start scrapping and wire wheeling. uuuuug I hate this part of it.  need to start on the left side rocker to.

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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2009, 08:28:56 PM »
just messing around today and found some graffiti on the firewall. I no what 2 of them are. but what is the 055 or Q55 stand for?




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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2009, 08:30:17 PM »
well today I think I'm done taking parts off. other then the dash. that's next.  got the bumper off, trunk lid, doors, all the weather stripping and rear wheel spoilers. \

so far 38 hours into it.






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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2009, 08:35:01 PM »
 I pulled the motor and got the frame off and ready to go get sand blasted.






took a wire wheel and knocked off most of the gunk.


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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2009, 05:23:48 PM »
today I started some body work. I think it came out pretty good.














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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 10:09:38 AM »
This is going really well, it seems, and you're gonna have a monster build on your hands when you're done!  Keep updating this!!
Bethany
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Re: 77 W72 trans am Restoration
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2009, 04:17:03 AM »
thanks Bethany. how's the new 95?  I will be posting my 89 for sale soon. I dont realy want to sell it but going to need the room for this 77.

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