Trans Am & Firebird Restoration: 1970-1/2 to 1981

Trans Am & Firebird Restoration: 1970-1/2 to 1981

by Melvin Benzaquen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613251720
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 526,387
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Melvin Benzaquen started and operates Classic Restoration Enterprises, one of the largest restoration facilities in the country. He has performed many Firebird and Trans Am restorations and has guided his staff as they have performed dozens more. He has managed the paint, mechanical, electrical, and interior work of a body shop, along with the overall operations of systems. In addition, he has penned many articles for Hemmings Motor News and Muscle Machines.

Table of Contents

About the Author 4
Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 5

Chapter 1: Models and Numbers 6
Model Search 7
VIN Tag Decoding 11
Firebird and Trans Am Values 15

Chapter 2: Getting Started 21
Type of Restoration 22
At-Home or Professional Shop Restoration 22
Restoration Process in a Nutshell 24
Evaluating the Car 24
Buying Parts 25
Organize Your Parts 27
Tools and Equipment 29
Basic Disassembly 30

Chapter 3: Bodywork Part I: Body Panels 39
Safety 40
Preparation 40
Tools for Bodywork 40
Quarter Panel Patch 40
Trunk Extension 42
Rear Body Panel Sectioning 48
Patch Panel Fabrication 51
Fenders 55
1970–1973 Front End Removal 63
Engine Accessories and Related Component Removal 64
Basic Techniques 68
Sheet-Metal Stripping and Fiberglass Application 68
Fiberglass Resin Application 69
Shaping and Sanding 71

Chapter 4: Bodywork Part II: Doors, Spoilers, Bumpers and Wheel Flares 73
Door Panel 73
Door Glass 75
Interior Door Panel Installation 79
Endura Bumper 80
Rear Spoiler 86
Wheel Flares 87
Panel Alignment 92

Chapter 5: Painting 95
Environmental Laws and Safety Considerations 96
Paint Job Types 97
Painting at Home 99
Selecting the Right Shop 100
Panel Sanding and Cleaning 102
Masking 102
Paint Type and System 103
Prime Time 104
Color Coat Process 105
Clear Coat Process 107
Wet Sanding 107
Polishing and Hand Glazing 108

Chapter 6: Engine Rebuilding 109
Through the Years 109
Engine Identification 110
Rebuilding Considerations 111
When to Rebuild 114
Original Appearance Is Key 117
Procedure Overview 117

Chapter 7: Transmission Rebuilding 121
Manual Transmissions 121
Automatic Transmissions 124

Chapter 8: Drivetrain 126
Differential 126
Clutch 126
Driveshaft 131
Rear Axles 131

Chapter 9: Brakes 135
Front Disc Brakes 135
Rear Disc Brakes (1979–1981) 140

Chapter 10: Suspension 144
Inspection 144
Frame-Off Preparation 145
Front Suspension 145
Rear Suspension 151

Chapter 11: Electrical System 154
Electrical Harness 154

Chapter 12: Interior 158
Documentation and Damage Assessment 159
Interior Carpet 159
Dash 164

Chapter 13: Other Systems and Components 170
Cooling System 170
Fuel System 171
Wheels and Tires 172

Source Guide 176

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