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Texas Trans Am Service & Restoration Newsletter
"Specializing in Service and Restoration of 
Second Generation Pontiac Firebirds" 
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July 2002


In this Issue
1. Where's Jerry?
2. New Project Cars
3. Over Bore and Horse Power
4. Second Generation T/A recall
5. Shipping & Credit Cards
6. Top 100 Muscle Car Site
7. Tee Shirts
8. What's new at the shop?

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1. Once we finished the service on Jerry's red 1979 T/A, he drove
out in his late model Grand Am and left it at the shop until 
a friend could ride back out with him. Well that was several weeks 
ago, and his "daily driver" has been sitting out at the shop since 
then. We suspect that even though the T/A does not have Air 
Conditioning the T-tops have been in the bags most of the time. 
Maybe he's having too much fun with the new transmission shift kit 
that lays rubber half way through second gear. Could be the new car
smell from the new Auto Custom Carpet we installed.

http://www.texastransams.com/parts/parts.htm
 
Perhaps he's still showing off the Texas Trans Am Sound from
the new mufflers we installed.

http://www.texastransams.com/sounds/idle.htm
 
By the way, we can ship Auto Custom Carpet and Texas Trans Am 
Mufflers to you, or if you can get your car to our shop just south 
of Fort Worth, Texas, we can install the carpet and mufflers with 
full dual exhaust and an "H" equalizer pipe. 
"Zoom, Zoom", yeah we've got that. 


2. "Membership has its privileges"
Newsletter subscribers will get first notice on new Project Cars.
New Pictures:

- 1979 Firebird Formula 400 / 4 speed project car with Fisher 
T-tops. This Red formula will not go ignored. The body has been 
carefully disassembled by Texas Trans Am Service and Restoration, 
and is ready for paint and re-assembly.
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/79red400fo212.htm
 
- 1978 Bandit Black & Gold SE, needs engine and transmission, 
rear floor pan needs to be patched, straight rear quarters, 
true Special Edition Car
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/78bla000seta50.htm
 
Available now, pictures soon:

- 1972 Firebird Formula, automatic car, needs engine and transmission,
straight rear quarters. We are still putting a correct front clip on 
this Formula for pictures.

- 1978 Firebird Formula, black with gold stripes and Formula call outs 
on the doors. Pontiac 400 cid 220 Horse engine (same as T/A 6.6). 
Slight damage on tail end of passenger side quarter panel, 
drop-offs need to be patched.

- 1980 Trans Am, hardtop, 301 needs to be replaced, rust free body
If you are interested in one of these great project cars,
call David at 817-563-2121

Check for pictures of new cars on the projects page of the website.
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/projects.htm
 
Last month's newsletter can be found in the articles and news
section, but only one month later. As a subscriber, you get 
the cars, parts and scoop 4 weeks before anyone else.

http://www.texastransams.com/articles/2002june_newsletter.htm
 


3. Recently we had a good question from a customer about how cylinder 
over-bore affects horse power. So the Webmaster went to work to 
Attempt to answer the question. He built an online Compression Ratio
Calculator to determine the increased Compression Ratio over stock. 
It can now be found in the Articles section of the Website.

http://www.texastransams.com/articles/compression_calculator.htm
 
Armed with the new compression numbers two different models were 
created using "Dyno2000 tm" available from Motion Software, on the 
desktop at the shop. We use the software for estimations of changes 
made to engines.
We found that using the stock HO cam grind file the cylinder bore 
increase affected the horse power only slightly, but increased the 
torque more significantly.

http://www.motionsoftware.com
 
If you use this type of software to estimate engine changes, remember 
to increase both the bore size and compression ratio figures.

4. Texas Trans Am Service and Restoration is issuing an unofficial 
recall for the Second Gen. Firebird A-Pillars. It has been our 
experience that due to the design of the unibody construction and 
attachment to the sub frame rails both coupe and T-top cars develop 
cracks in the back rail of the A-Pillars. Call 817-563-2121 to 
schedule repair for your A-Pillars. 

http://www.texastransams.com/images/79black_seta_dan/011129_79bla_dan14.jpg
 
5. We are now able to accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. 
We are now mostly shipping FedEx ground, except for oversized items. 
We're still trying to figure out how to get a passenger side quarter 
panel to Nova Scotia.

We still have the driver's side quarter available for your '75 
through '81 ready to ship.

6. Y'all must be keeping our Trans Am websites pretty busy. Barry 
said he saw us ranked #5 for a short time on the Top 100 Muscle Car 
Sites. Thanks for your efforts!

http://www.top100musclecarsites.com/scripts/arp/rankem.cgi?id=perform  
   
The Webmaster noticed ranking mostly in the top 15 during June. 
Don't forget to vote for us.
To lazy to vote? Love Google.com search? Me too! 
Just set your Internet Start Page to 

http://www.texastransams.com/google 

Want a different start page? E-mail your request to me at 

webmaster@texastransams.com 

7. Tee Shirts Still coming soon....
Girlfriends and daughters have been stealing our TexasTransAm 
Tee Shirts, so a new design is in the works. 
Women's shirts will also be made pending interest. 
Please let us know

webmaster@texastransams.com 

Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when they become 
available.

8. At the shop recently... 
We repaired the throttle and kick-down cable 
Bracket on Jerry's red '79 T/A and sent the car home.
Skinned the door on the '65 Mustang
Shipped several more pairs of mufflers
Worked on the body of the Larry A's '71 T/A, 
Adjusted the hinges doors and hood on our other Larry's '81 T/A, 
We cut some very nice rear quarters off a 1980 Firebird for other 
projects, fitted and welded the Fisher T-Top roof on Chris A's 
'78 T/A, 

http://www.texastransams.com/restoration/78black_ta_chris_a_01.htm 

and cooked pancakes on the grill, 
only one Kildee egg hatched that we could find.

http://www.texastransams.com/articles/kildee.htm 

We can't decide if we like Earl Campbell's Hot links or Johnsonville 
Brats better, so we'll keep taste testing them until we decide. 
If you're coming out to the shop bring some potato chips.

Your friends at Texas Trans Ams
817-563-2121
transams@flash.net
webmaster@texastransams.com 

"Restoring Old Dreams"
http://www.texastransams.com 
http://www.transamterritory.org 

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