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What did you do with your Trans Am today?

This is a discussion on What did you do with your Trans Am today? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Originally Posted by SMWS6TA ok guys let's drop it and move along on staying on subject. But I still don't ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    ok guys let's drop it and move along on staying on subject.
    But I still don't quite understand.

    English class wasn't one of mine strong suits back in high school.

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    The weather was nice enough today so that I was able to start on the T56 swap. Got the auto out and tomorrow I will probably be hacking up the tunnel and installing the T56.

    2000 Trans Am Carblog

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    link no work....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    link no work....
    Wierd, I'm able to click it and go to the page. Here is the straight URL.
    carblog.signaturepcservices.com/2014/01/26/driveline-swap-in-progress-day-1/

    2000 Trans Am T56 Swapped - GMPP "HOT" Cam | LS6 Intake | PnP TB | 25% UD Pulley | Founders adjustable LCA/PHB/TA | Norris Catch Can | TSP 1-7/8 SS LT | TSP True Duals with bullets | SLP Lid | UMI Shock tower brace | Torq Thrust M 17x9 275/40 front 17x10.5 315/35 rear - YouTube Videos - My Car Site

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    All I see is a "related links" page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhTwo View Post
    All I see is a "related links" page.
    Same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Same.
    Hrm, that's really odd. I am able to get to in all my browsers and the cell phone from that link even without being logged in. Oh well.

    I did work on it a little more today though. Cut out the trans oil lines and fill tube, took out the flexplate, installed the pilot bearing, flywheel & clutch, then pulled the T56 bellhousing and gave it a cleaning to get rid of alot of the built up crud inside.

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    reinstalled the POS 10 bolt in prep for roller, need to be able to move it in order to get the motor back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 red hawk View Post
    Speedlines are clear coated, you don't polish. Treat them like the paint. Wash, claybar, wash again, wax. They will glisten & be slick as ice.
    Iman.... This is very true. Being they are clear coated you cannot polish the factory polishing job but do as you suggest.

    But.......... If you look closely at the rim you will see all sorts of lines and stuff from the factory polish job, primarily in the harder to reach areas that the mops missed. They are ripe for improvement and with the correct equipment will shine like you would not believe and to just mention another quote from another post of yours...
    "I had no idea people were stripping their speedlines & polishing them. Seems to me, they would dull if neglected & need repolishing. No thanks, I wash, clay bar, wash again, then wax. 5 spokes= cake. As far as my posts, I hope I'm not stepping on anybody's toes".

    You are right and if a daily driver then it would be a bit of a prob but as it is a sunny day car ( not many of those here right now) I would suggest a product such as Optimum Opticlean, which is a spray on wipe off polymer sealant which gives the rim enough protection from dulling and keeps the lovely shine the wheels now have!!!

    Have to say though, it is not a job to relish as it is about 10 hours per rim if done right, (both front and back). I prep the rear of the rim for normal base/clearcoat in a nice reflective bright silver to keep the maintenance down and have a wipe clean finish from brake dust etc....

    When I get home later I will post some pics.

    Trev
    Last edited by speedyWS6; 01-26-2014 at 11:13 PM.

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    Guys,

    As promised.... a few pics of the process. Like i said, it is more involved than you might think to get a real good shine on a rim as you can see from all of the "tools of the trade"! I defy anybody to obtain a finish such as this with the ubiquitous Mothers Powerball or similar. They are just not man enough in my opinion (ready for the flak here from people who swear by them).













    The rear of the rim, as you can see, is painted in base/clear for ease of cleaning and i am very pleased with the paint finish here. It was done by a wheel specialist who i had do some Saab Aero rims a couple of years ago and they always deliver....

    I got the third rim on the bench today and this one is no exception in that the harder to reach curvy bits are riddled with polishing lines and marks from the factory.

    Here we go again!!

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    Damn, man..those look great.

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    Ditto Trev, those look great. You're close to making me a believer. I bought my nbm ws6 new in 2002. After 2 weeks of ownership, I ordered 4 new speedlines from the stealership because my o.e. speedlines were scratched to hell. It was the scuffing for the adhesion of the clear coat. Still, up close, the wheels looked like crap. New wheels come in, take them home , in their boxes, in my truck. These 4 brand new wheels were the same way. Oh well. I think my speedlines are different than yours, as the barrels on mine (all 8) are unpolished metal. The only paint is the clear coat. Also, I can't tell in the picture what the back of the spokes say, but 1 of my spokes says speedline on it. Do you think you could polish the barrel to rival the shine on the face? If so, I know what I'm gonna look into

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I rarely utilize the stereo in our car. Pipe tunes are just too damn nice.
    Only in the Firehawk (long tube headers, loudmouth). Sweet music there. The ws6s though, are cranking old school metal. I can't stand pop music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    What did you use on the brake light?
    Try taking it off & cleaning the inside. A lot of crud builds up in there over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedbeast View Post
    took it out of storage after a year and a half. it started right up after dropping the battery in .
    Any puddle under the rear diff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 red hawk View Post
    Do you think you could polish the barrel to rival the shine on the face? If so, I know what I'm gonna look into
    Absolutely you could polish the back of the rim to the same level as the front
    (never heard the term barrel for the back before).

    On all of mine under the brake dust and crap is a painted finish of sorts but I am taking
    that down to a clean flatted surface to accept the paint finish so polishing the back would just
    see finer grits of abrasives and more mop action!! Dunno about in the back of the spokes though
    .... lifes too short for that!

    Interestingly the wheel I have pictured is the fifth wheel that Dave (Nutball) sent over to me after I
    grabbed it from ebay seller "sulery". I have no reason to suspect it is not a real one and it has GM and USA
    and all of that molded in to the casting. The rest of my cars rims do say Speedline.....

    Have to say that it is all donkey work and if you pay somebody you will have a good bill headed your way!

    Trev

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    So I finally got my oil pickup tube bolt installed, that is a pain in the fucking ass. Especially when your jacks go up only 14" off the ground. Now I can actually get my car back together.
    Place a length of 2x8 under your jack stands for increased clearance. Of course, you'll want to do the same to the front wheels of your floor jack to raise the saddle accordingly. Works like a charm every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedyWS6 View Post
    Absolutely you could polish the back of the rim to the same level as the front
    (never heard the term barrel for the back before).

    On all of mine under the brake dust and crap is a painted finish of sorts but I am taking
    that down to a clean flatted surface to accept the paint finish so polishing the back would just
    see finer grits of abrasives and more mop action!! Dunno about in the back of the spokes though
    .... lifes too short for that!

    Interestingly the wheel I have pictured is the fifth wheel that Dave (Nutball) sent over to me after I
    grabbed it from ebay seller "sulery". I have no reason to suspect it is not a real one and it has GM and USA
    and all of that molded in to the casting. The rest of my cars rims do say Speedline.....

    Have to say that it is all donkey work and if you pay somebody you will have a good bill headed your way!

    Trev
    The more I look at your wheels, the more I like 'em. I think I'm going to buy a refurbished speedline to use as a guinea pig. I can't risk trashing a mint speedline. I want to practice first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20ws6speed01 View Post
    Went to a cruise in & this thing had to park next to me...
    Click for full size
    Not to worry, man. I would walk right past that ugly red pos (& I do mean ugly), & go straight to your car. I have a thing for ws6s, & I would want to see if yours was cleaner than mine. I have yet to be surprised.
    Last edited by 02 red hawk; 01-28-2014 at 09:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 red hawk View Post
    The more I look at your wheels, the more I like 'em. I think I'm going to buy a refurbished speedline to use as a guinea pig. I can't risk trashing a mint speedline. I want to practice first.
    Go for it!

    When I was looking for a fifth wheel to begin this caper with I purposely
    searched out a less than happy one and it only cost me $60.

    It had bad rash and bubbling lacquer but none of that concerned me as it
    was in for a complete re-do.
    All I would steer clear of is bad bends and mis-shaped rims.

    On my last TA I had a wheel that need a good re-furb as it had a 1" long crack
    but I prepped it all and welded it up with the TIG.

    I do count my blessings though as I really do have a good workshop at work

    Happy to offer any help at all!!

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