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44043809465_d6a464b207_c.jpg2018-09-27_05-02-21 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

Car on its way to the shop.45297096502_2d93c3e4da_c.jpg2018-10-15_04-45-57 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

Packed with spares!

Car is a 1979 Tenth Anniversay Trans Am. For those that dont know and may be interested, this was a special edition model commemorating the first Trans Am of 1969. It was somewhat of a limited production model, they made 7500 total, 1718 of which were 4 speed models. This one is a 4 speed. 4 speed cars came with a true Pontiac 400 motor, the automatics had the corporate GM olds 403. This was the highest priced trans am when sold, and had zero options. Including for the first time a leather interior.

 

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Car is a two tone silver with a grey accent on top. I have been working on this for about a year now. Everything but the hood is finish painted and buffed out. I am in the process of putting things back together. Car was virtually rust free, with the exception being a small part at the bottom of one of the fenders, which is typical for these cars. I have done some restor to some int. parts as well and will post that up in a bit. I enjoy doing paint and body work, but I have little to no experience with motors. I will most likely farm that part out to someone.

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33799837728_729c5f28dd_c.jpg2019-04-23_09-05-29 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

No pics of dash before, but it was pretty bad. This is the start of the resto process. I have restored about a half dozen of these now and its not real hard, just takes a bit of technique. I left this one in the car just because.

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You are doing nice work.  In 1986 I redid a 79TA for my daughter. It was a 4 spd. 4 whl disc. no T tops and the big motor with A/C. Black with honeycomb wheels.

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I use a product from a company called Polyvance. It is called padded dash filler. It looks and works like bondo, but stays flexible. The dash itself is originally a plastic type of material over a thin layer of foam which gives a bit of push. UV rays ( i suppose) deteriorate it over time. I have seen very few of these dashs that are good. Once the filler sets up, several coats later it can be sanded smooth. I use a coat of texture spray from SEM then colour dye from SEM for a finish. I have come up with a few techniques over the few I have done to make things a bit easier. Its really not hard work, just technique. 

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46404828265_bec8136c7c_c.jpg2019-03-08_12-28-15 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

Here is the centre console I resurrected. I like to use all original parts if possible or at least NOS. They make replacement consoles but I have heard they are questionable at best. I figured with nothing to loose I would try to fix mine, which was literally broke in half.

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46404833925_c452a01859_c.jpg2019-03-08_12-28-51 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

Temp straps to hold it in shape.

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Fantastic work!  I have an old console that I kept that I didn't think was repairable, now I know it is.  Great car, can't wait to see the finished product.

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