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Old 02-19-2013, 08:34 PM
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oops i did it again

Soooo.....I may have traded my 1940 Panel for the following...
1985 Trans Am
Same owner for last 16 years, completely restored from a bare shell, drive train done 3 years ago. 355, forged flat tops, zero decked, "pink" rods, arp throuout, have all receipts from machine shop, including ring end gaps, balance results, etc etc. Comp 262 cam, roller tip rockers, ported 920 heads, performer intake with new Qjet, new HEI, msd wires, mid length headers, 2.5" y-pipe to single 3" to a raven muffler. Elec fan, alum Rad, etc etc, 700r4 with vette converter. Built by local 700-200r4 guru, with receipts, I know the builder personally and he swears it will live behind anything up to app450# of torque without an issue. 1le alum driveshaft, Bw 9 bolt rear, initially thought it was a 323, now know its a 342 gear. Custom welded in frame connecters, boxed everything, energy suspension bushings everywhere, koni struts, eibach springs, interior is new, from carpet to headliner, he went so far as to change every bulb in the dash to blue as he didn't like the Pontiac red. The current, well previous owner is upfront, and just a super guy. He knows the amount of work my truck requires, from re-engineering the rear suspension, to rewiring the entire truck, to paint etc etc. I didn't hide anything at all. But he races vintage boats, and wants to build it into a tow-hauler to pull them with.
plans are to install my pro-filer heads, rpm intake, Holley 750dp, I am swapping my 292s for an xe274 and installing that with 1.6,rockers.
going to take half a coil outnofnthe front springs to drop it just a touch more.
Then love it or hate it, I'm going to have all the second Gen bandit trans am stickers made up in matte black and layed out. Will likely sell the roh's on the car now and pick up the year one 17" snow flakes with black inlay. That's about it, oh and it has tunes, lots of loud clear tunes lol.
The car, the paint, the motor, it all looks like it rolled out of a showroom yesterday. I'm amazed. The appraisal for 17500 from a local well know company also feels kinda nice, not that its relivant for anything.
So here it is....from a vette pulled out of a field, with less then 3g's wrapped up in it, to the panel, to this, with zero cash outlay, in under 12months, I'm pretty happy. The pics are before the springs were installed, sits nicer now, and they really don't do it justice, its gorgeous in person.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 AM
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You know, for a bunch of opionated fkrs (you know who I'm talking about ) nobody has anything to say? Lol... I have big shoulders......I can take it....
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:43 AM
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Not my style, but if you keep trading up, you're doing well.
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you and fbird88 will be best friends soon
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:16 PM
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you and fbird88 will be best friends soon
Lmao....nah, I'm waiting for him to yell at me "I told you so".....he predicted that i would change my mind with my tunnel ram build awhile ago......this was a much better move financially, and for simple drivability.......
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Maybe by next week you can trade for a Corvette...

Id get another hood and cut a hole in it for the T ram.
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Well I'd have kept the '40! The '40 will keep going up in value, while the Firebird is still heading down.
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Well I'd have kept the '40! The '40 will keep going up in value, while the Firebird is still heading down.
I wish somebody would tell that to all the f-body owners here is az. The prices for a good running car are above the LT1 fourth gens. $5k for a 91 camaro with a couple dings and a check engine light. Ridiculous...
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I wish somebody would tell that to all the f-body owners here is az. The prices for a good running car are above the LT1 fourth gens. $5k for a 91 camaro with a couple dings and a check engine light. Ridiculous...
You should get a plane ticket and come to Oregon if you want a 4th gen bad! They can't give them away here! I see them regularly for under $2k in near perfect condition, and average ones wont get over $1500.
My brother inlaw has a '84 Z28 with a new crate engine, 5 speed, mags, T tops, and new tires. He's had it on CL numerous times for $1500, and nobody even calls! He offered it to me for $1,000, but I'm not a fan, so I passed on it.
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You should get a plane ticket and come to Oregon if you want a 4th gen bad! They can't give them away here! I see them regularly for under $2k in near perfect condition, and average ones wont get over $1500.
My brother inlaw has a '84 Z28 with a new crate engine, 5 speed, mags, T tops, and new tires. He's had it on CL numerous times for $1500, and nobody even calls! He offered it to me for $1,000, but I'm not a fan, so I passed on it.
Not a bad idea, to be honest. I gave up on my 3rd gen hopes about 2 months ago and now I'm just going to swap a vortec 350 into my DD until next year... To be honest I'm looking for a V6, 5 speed hardtop to serve as a base for an engine swap that I'm planning. I've seen rough ones going for $3000. The markets insane. I don't know if it's taxes or what. It wasn't like this a couple years ago when I last went shopping for a 3rd gen.
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I'm in the market to find a different chassis to swap my 400 into.
Some thing pre 1988.
A 68-69 Chevelle would be sweet.
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Maybe by next week you can trade for a Corvette...

Id get another hood and cut a hole in it for the T ram.
Lmao.....I have the stock hood, but let the tunnel ram go with the truck. And no......my trade days are done........



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I'm in the market to find a different chassis to swap my 400 into.
Some thing pre 1988.
A 68-69 Chevelle would be sweet.
Pre 88.....no,etest required.....I'm poor white trash and couldn't afford a chevelle.....
If you had seen my panel, and then this in person, it would make alot more sense....I actually felt dirty.......I hid nothing, even told him I felt terrible....like I was stealing....my tow truck driver called me a thief when we picked it up tonight.
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You should get a plane ticket and come to Oregon if you want a 4th gen bad! They can't give them away here! I see them regularly for under $2k in near perfect condition, and average ones wont get over $1500.
My brother inlaw has a '84 Z28 with a new crate engine, 5 speed, mags, T tops, and new tires. He's had it on CL numerous times for $1500, and nobody even calls! He offered it to me for $1,000, but I'm not a fan, so I passed on it.
Round here third Gen cars are big money, junk regularly sells for 6k+ , the one I just brought home would go 12k in the spring.....it would sell in a week.....while my panel, wouldn't move at 8k in 2 months.....third gens fetch more then second for some reason around here.
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Well I'd have kept the '40! The '40 will keep going up in value, while the Firebird is still heading down.
And that was the plan, but the 40 needed alot, like alot alot.....
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