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The photos in this edition are black and white.

The Trans Am and Firebird were distinctly different than their cousin, the Chevy Camaro, and many  Trans Am and Firebird models became stand-out muscle cars of their era. In fact, when the high-performance wars in Detroit subsided in the early 1970s, the Trans Am remained as the sole surviving muscle car. Some second-generation Pontiac F-Body cars are affordable while others are extremely rare and valuable. In particular, the 1970-1974 Pontiac Super Duty Trans Ams, 1970-1973 Firebird Formulas, and 1976 Firebird Limited Editions command high sale prices while the 1970s Trans Am 6.6 "Smokey and the Bandit" cars are still affordable and appreciating in value.

Melvin Benzaquen of Classic Restoration Enterprises has restored dozens of these cars. In this revealing guide, all crucial aspects of restoration are covered, including engine, driveline, interior, trim, electrical system, brakes, steering, and suspension. A special focus is placed on performing common body restoration procedures. Chapters also include VIN decoding, planning, preparation, tools, and painting techniques. Step-by-step photos accompanied by in-depth and detailed captions explain how to perform each stage of the restoration process.

Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am owners are loyal and dedicated to the preservation of these storied high-performance models and therefore demand an accurate and faithful restoration. The magnitude and variety of work in the restoration process can be overwhelming and that's why a complete restoration guide by an acknowledged expert is so important. Now, in this authoritative and comprehensive guide, you have the tools you need to get started on your Trans Am or Firebird restoration.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

The Trans Am and Firebird were distinctly different than their cousin, the Chevy Camaro, and many  Trans Am and Firebird models became stand-out muscle cars of their era. In fact, when the high-performance wars in Detroit subsided in the early 1970s, the Trans Am remained as the sole surviving muscle car. Some second-generation Pontiac F-Body cars are affordable while others are extremely rare and valuable. In particular, the 1970-1974 Pontiac Super Duty Trans Ams, 1970-1973 Firebird Formulas, and 1976 Firebird Limited Editions command high sale prices while the 1970s Trans Am 6.6 "Smokey and the Bandit" cars are still affordable and appreciating in value.

Melvin Benzaquen of Classic Restoration Enterprises has restored dozens of these cars. In this revealing guide, all crucial aspects of restoration are covered, including engine, driveline, interior, trim, electrical system, brakes, steering, and suspension. A special focus is placed on performing common body restoration procedures. Chapters also include VIN decoding, planning, preparation, tools, and painting techniques. Step-by-step photos accompanied by in-depth and detailed captions explain how to perform each stage of the restoration process.

Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am owners are loyal and dedicated to the preservation of these storied high-performance models and therefore demand an accurate and faithful restoration. The magnitude and variety of work in the restoration process can be overwhelming and that's why a complete restoration guide by an acknowledged expert is so important. Now, in this authoritative and comprehensive guide, you have the tools you need to get started on your Trans Am or Firebird restoration.

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 517 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613257326
Product Code : SA316P

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1:

Models and Numbers 

Model Search

VIN Tag Decoding 

Firebird and Trans Am Values 

 

Chapter 2:

Getting Started 

Type of Restoration 

At-Home or Professional Shop Restoration 

Restoration Process in a Nutshell 

Evaluating the Car 

Buying Parts 

Organize Your Parts 

Tools and Equipment 

Basic Disassembly 

 

Chapter 3:

Bodywork Part I: Body Panels

Safety 

Preparation 

Tools for Bodywork 

Quarter Panel Patch 

Trunk Extension 

Rear Body Panel Sectioning 

Patch Panel Fabrication 

Fenders 55 1970–1973 Front End Removal 

Engine Accessories and Related Component Removal 6

Basic Techniques 

Sheet-Metal Stripping and Fiberglass Application 

Fiberglass Resin Application 

Shaping and Sanding 

 

Chapter 4:

Bodywork Part II: Doors, Spoilers, Bumpers and Wheel Flares 

Door Panel 

Door Glass 

Interior Door Panel Installation 

Endura Bumper 

Rear Spoiler 

Wheel Flares 

Panel Alignment 

 

Chapter 5:

Painting 

Environmental Laws and Safety Considerations 

Paint Job Types 

Painting at Home 

Selecting the Right Shop 

Panel Sanding and Cleaning 

Masking 

Paint Type and System 

Prime Time 

Color Coat Process 

Clear Coat Process 

Wet Sanding 

Polishing and Hand Glazing 

 

Chapter 6:

Engine Rebuilding 

Through the Years 

Engine Identification 

Rebuilding Considerations 

When to Rebuild 

Original Appearance Is Key 

Procedure Overview 

 

Chapter 7:

Transmission Rebuilding 

Manual Transmissions 

Automatic Transmissions 

 

Chapter 8:

Drivetrain 

Differential 

Clutch 

Driveshaft 

Rear Axles 

 

Chapter 9:

Brakes 

Front Disc Brakes 

Rear Disc Brakes (1979–1981) 

 

Chapter 10:

Suspension 

Inspection 

Frame-Off Preparation 

Front Suspension 

Rear Suspension 

 

Chapter 11:

Electrical System 

Electrical Harness 

 

Chapter 12:

Interior 

Documentation and Damage Assessment 

Interior Carpet 

Dash 

 

Chapter 13:

Other Systems and Components 

Cooling System 

Fuel System 

Wheels and Tires 

 

Source Guide 

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