Q: My wife bought a 1980 Trans Am
Special edition with the turbo package and stored the car in a barn for almost
24 years. In late 2003 we made arrangements to pickup the car and today it sits
in our garage with approximately 4600 miles on it. Of course we had to change
the tires and battery and put some money into it to get it running properly and
The car is almost perfect, however, I cannot get the chrome
around the wheel well and lower front bumper to shine. They are fading and I am
wondering if anyone can tell me what will bring the original shine back to them
without painting as I do not want to mess around with pin striping to keep the
car as original as possible.
Also, will redoing the engine compartment take away from the
Jim Madden Jr.
A: Redoing the engine compartment
will not take away from the value of it if done right. I did one for a guy last
year. I pulled the motor and transmission and I pulled the wiring harness off so
not to get paint on it. I pulled the wheel wells out and stripped them. I took
brake and gas lines off. I also took the brake booster and wiper motor off. I
even took the fenders off. Then be sure to clean, clean, clean. When all done I
put a epoxy metal preparation on it - PPG DP90. Itís good hard stuff and a lot
better then paint. It is real close to OEM black. Then put duplicolor trim black
over that. It gave it that satin look. I painted the motor and all the other
parts and put it all back together. It took about 2 weeks. It looked showroom
new when done. I think you motor should be corporate blue.
Q: I have the carbureted version of
the 5.0 and my idle speed is way too high unless I keep in drive, then itís
still too high. Any easy fix for this? The engine runs good going down the road.
A: When you open the hood, do you hear a hiss anywhere? If
so, that would be a vacuum leak somewhere and that usually will cause high
idling. You can usually follow a hiss with your ear and find the leak and that
would be your first line of defense.