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ArmyofOne 10-06-2012 08:29 PM

'83 Pontiac "Recaro" Trans-Am restoration
With a 305/quadrajet and a borg warner 5 speed. Of the 1500 of these cars made, there are only 500 known to exist today. My buddy has one of them. We are rebuilding the engine right now.
^reason why we went with a rebuild. Every seal on this bitch was pissing. It was dropping a quart of oil every 20-30 minutes. It would blow blue smoke on start-up which also told me it needed headwork. So we decided to take $300 and do a DIY rebuild. I have been doing this for years, so nothing to it for me. I told him for beer I would donate my labor hours. :) I am at a 24 pack a day. We are on day 3.
^Colby (my friend) and his "oh-shit-what-did-we-get-ourselves-into" face. Chill out Colby. I got this brother.
^Motor's out and we are about ready to begin pressure washing/degreasing. what an ungodly horrible mess.
Degreased (for the most part) and pulled the oil pan (yesterday) Not bad. Mains all look good but we are replacing rod bearings and main bearings anyway.
^Cylinder's look good, no scoring, pistons are carboned up but otherwise ok. This is a budget rebuild so we are going cheap and just cleaning the pistons up a little. No hot-tank here. Pistons out, clean-em up, new rings, bearings and torque the caps and mains down.
^New front and rear main seals, and new timing chain. Taken after the fiasco you will read about below.
^Got to this point... got the oil pan put on, timing chain put on, timing chain cover installed, harmonic balancer put back on, and... fack. The timing mark on the harmonic balancer doesn't align with the marks on the timing cover. Fan fuggin' tastic.

Pull it back apart, break ANOTHER (3rd) oil pan gasket, only to find its a good thing we did, we were 6 degrees off TDC. The engine would have never started at best, at worst it would have bent a valve. Timing reset, found a brittle seal for the crank on the timing cover (thought we got all those!) so ordered that and will reassemble tomorrow. But heads are on, valve lash is eliminated and the timing is right. Every gasket is new, so we should be good to finish up the rebuild and re-install the motor tomorrow. The most time consuming part (the head rebuild) is done. All-in all, a productive day.


gotbrains230 10-06-2012 09:05 PM

Why do I feel like I've seen this before?

ArmyofOne 10-07-2012 10:04 AM

ummmmm.....cause you have :LOL:

ArmyofOne 10-07-2012 08:19 PM

A 350 swap would be easy money in this car, but we can't because of the rarity of this car, he wants to keep it original. I can respect that.
^Intake Manifold and spark plugs in!
^Exhaust manifolds and new gaskets. Also drilled out a broken stud and replaced it with a bolt.
^Oil pan, timing chain cover, and all pulleys except the alternator back on.
^pressure washed the engine bay and underside of the car AGAIN, to get any oil/grease that I missed. I still didnt get it all, but thats good enough.
^Engine is in!
^Starter, flywheel inspection cover, and flywheel are in place. Clutch and transmission went on next.
^End of the day shot. Engine, Trans and rear diff refilled with appropriate oil. Radiator, fan, shroud are just set in the engine bay. We are waiting on the new Rochester Jetted Quadrajet 4 Barrel to come in, along with the MSD distributor, rotor, cap and wires.

All will be in on wednesday!

ArmyofOne 10-14-2012 03:03 PM

sanddperformance 10-19-2012 03:42 PM

Too think what that car would cost new in todays money

ArmyofOne 09-03-2013 10:04 PM

And bringin' this thread back from the dead...we are at it again!

Project Kitt, remember that 83 Recaro Trans Am I am working on with my buddy? Well, its come quite a long way.

This is what we found when we cracked open the rear diff:

Yeahhh....the 3:41 posi pretty much came apart by itself, all we had to do was take off the diff cover.

ArmyofOne 09-03-2013 10:23 PM

Interior workzzzz....



Looks a little better now. We are doing a full interior resto later, but for now, the interior is a budget as it gets. we even painted the torn seat to somewhat hide the effed up upholstery. :o

RogerRamJet 09-03-2013 11:11 PM

Lookin' good. Comin' along nicely!

HemiLonestar 09-05-2013 12:18 AM

Should drop a real Pontiac engine in there, like a Ram Air IV 400...

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