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Automotive Sites of Interest

 

The following links have been posted with the car enthusiast in mind.  Their appearance does not constitute an endorsement of their services or products.
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AUTO PARTS
1A AUTO PARTS
Auto parts for all makes and models.  Selling parts online since 1999.
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS
Several locations nationally to pick up car maintenance parts & supplies.
CLASSIC INDUSTRIES
Large distributor of original GM parts. Located in Huntington Beach, CA.
GM PARTS GIANT
Supplier of new Genuine General Motors parts.
HAWKS THIRDGEN PARTS
Specialize in Camaro & Firebird Restoration.  Located in Easley, SC.
PHOENIX GRAPHIX
Impressive collection of factory restoration decals and striping kits.
SPEEDWAY MOTORS
America’s Oldest Speed Shop with parts for street & racing.
YEARONE MUSCLE CAR PARTS
Factory and Replica Restoration Parts.  Based out of Braselton, GA.
  
ELECTRONICS
CRUTCHFIELD CATALOG
Mail order superstore for stereos, speakers, and other electronics.
WOOFERS ETC
One of the largest online audio superstores. Based out of Los Angeles, CA.
   
RACE & COMPETITION
NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
NHRA was founded in 1951, with its headquarters in Glendora, CA.
INTERNATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
IHRA was founded in 1970, and is based out of West Palm Beach, FL.
SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA
SCCA was formed in 1944, and is headquartered in Topeka, KS.
NATIONAL AUTO SPORT ASSOCIATION
NASA was founded in 1991, and is based out of Napa Valley, CA.

 

Pontiac Firebird Related Documents

87GMParts.pdf
The General Motors Corporation 1987 Pontiac ‘F’ Parts and Illustration Catalog.  Printed May 1992.
87TransAm.pdf
Brochure for the 1986-87 Firebird TransAm – Advanced Technology Breeds Excitement.
87Formula.pdf
Article on the 1987 Firebird Formula, first appearing in the November 1986 issue of Motor Trend magazine.
Pontiac Commercial
Video of the 1986 Pontiac Trans Am commercial on YouTube.
Trans-Am Commercial
Video of the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am commercial on YouTube.

Talking Tire Basics

The right tires can bring an older car back to life, tighten up a sloppy handling, quell apprehension on wet, curvy roads, and silently perform years of faithful service.  The wrong tires, on the other hand, can make you think the shocks and bushings have failed, the alignment is out of spec, the steering is demon-possessed, and the water on the road is a foot deep.

Continue reading “Talking Tire Basics”

Car Restoration Tips

The first thing to do in a car restoration project is to make a list of what needs to be done.  You don’t want to miss something essential and risk damaging a new paint job, nor do you want to find out that your car now looks great but won’t run.  Try breaking your list into two groups – ‘Things that can be done by yourself (with a little research)’ and ‘Things that a garage or shop will have to do’.
 

Here are some things to include on your list:

  • Seats:  If the seats are torn or worn, look for used seats in good shape. If you cannot find decent ones, consider reupholstering them or finding a pair of cool seat covers.
  • Headliner: Make sure the headliner is not sagging or torn. You can order headliner material or buy a replacement with the back pad included.
  • Carpet: Replace any carpet that is worn or badly soiled.
  • Dash: If the dash cap is cracked, replace it.  At the very least, get  a good fitting dash cover.
  • Weatherstripping: Check all of the rubber on the vehicle – including: the doors, the windows, the hood, and the trunk or hatch. If you find cracked or rotted rubber, look for signs of rust underneath.
  • Dents / Scratches: Make sure all dents and scratches are filled in or pounded out before painting.
  • Engine: Make sure everything is working. Park the car over some white posterboard for a day or two to look for any kind of liquid spots. If the car has been sitting idle for an extended period of time, consider replacing all belts and rubber gaskets.
  • Wheels / Tires: If the wheels are shabby-looking, you can replace them. Armor-All does wonders on weather-beaten tires.  The old tried and true sugar water does the trick on most rims.

 

With list of repairs in hand, you’re ready to tackle the project.
It’s best to proceed in the following order:

  1. Transmission:  If there are problems with the gears, clutch, or slippage, get the transmission in running order and shifting properly. Replace the clutch and all gaskets.
  2. Engine:  Make any needed changes or repairs once the transmission is back in place.
  3. Electrical:  You may need to repair individual pieces of the car such as lights, switches, buttons, etc.  Do this step once you’re sure the engine and transmission are in shape, so that you’ll know any electrical problems are the result of wiring and not mechanical issues.
  4. Suspension:  Tackle any major suspension changes before you get too far into bodywork.
  5. Interior:  While you can work on the interior any time, it’s best to do your inside cosmetic repairs before you start work on the body, especially if you’ll be replacing seats, carpet, or dash.
  6. Body:  Don’t start priming and painting until all other elements of the car are sound.  No one needs an “oops!” from someone not paying attention in a hustle-and-bustle automotive garage.
  7. Wheels:  Wheels and tires can be replaced at any time. These can be expensive parts, so wait to buy them until after you’ve dealt with any mechanical issues.

Exterior

The most noticeable of the body revisions is probably the GTA hood.  The new Victory Red colored paint is a little richer shade of red than the original.  The fresh silver color seems lighter.  Both hideaway/flip-up light are now consistently functioning properly.  Phoenix Graphix supplied the stripes and decals.

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