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Haha yup. My youngest is 9 and I overheard him talking to a kid he was throwing baseball with. The kid asked him what he likes doing besides baseball. He said working on cars. Then he was like "do you know what Pontiacs are?" LOL. Unfortunately the other kid said no. He had to explain it was a really cool kind of car.
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Tank is mounted, fuel pump in and new rubber lines routed. Car runs like a top. The carb is complete junk, not worth rebuilding, but at idle it purrs.

Transmission on the other hand......it whines and squeals, all signs pointing to that being the reason the car was parked. Ugh. Guess it is 4spd swap time.

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Got the tank mounted and fuel pump done and new rubber lines. Fired it up and it purrs like a kitten. Carb is junk and cuts out when you try and give it any quick go, but easy into it and it runs good with no noises.

Although speaking of noises, the sounds coming from the transmission puts all signs towards that being the reason the car was parked in the first place. Yikes.

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If it were me i might Find a used BOP T-350 (direct bolt in) and throw it in there until im ready to do the final motor swap and trans combo, that way the 4 speed conversion can be done when the motor is out of the car. At the end you can sell the T-350 and re-coupe some money while getting the car on the road a little quicker. Or you could run an auto with the his and hers shifter and a manual shift kit to have the best of both worlds (what i did With and old B&M ratchet shifter)
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If it were me i might Find a used BOP T-350 (direct bolt in) and throw it in there until im ready to do the final motor swap and trans combo, that way the 4 speed conversion can be done when the motor is out of the car. At the end you can sell the T-350 and re-coupe some money while getting the car on the road a little quicker. Or you could run an auto with the his and hers shifter and a manual shift kit to have the best of both worlds (what i did With and old B&M ratchet shifter)
I have a few ST-10s here and some bellhousings. Really just need to buy the pedal and I'll have it all for the swap. If I'm going through the trouble of pulling the trans I won't be putting an auto back in there. I hate automatics, I swap everything to manual. LOL

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So it seems like the whining noise from the transmission is not the transmission after all. The key switch wasn't kicking back to run position and the starter was staying engaged causing the whining sound. I replaced the ignition switch assembly and it works like a champ now. The carb has met it's maker and has started spewing fuel so it is time to get the new intake and carb on there.

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Also needed to put a new brake master in there since the one on the car was disconnected and it looked like someone had started trying to replace it. Tons of air in the system so it'll take a little bit of bleeding.

I'm debating going ahead and doing a brake swap with parts off of my 98 TA (I swapped on C5/C6 brakes a few years back) or some off of a 2009 G8 GT I parted out. 4 wheel drums suuuuuuck.

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Bled all the brakes in the car, the pass side front won't bleed. I'm not going to spend any time redoing drums so I am going to swap the front over to the LS brakes off of my 98 TA. The rears I'll also swap to my old brakes when I get time.

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So I test fit the wheels off of my 98 Trans Am on the car. They are 18x9.5 with 35mm offset and 275/35/18 MT Street Comps. The back fit with about a half inch clearance and the fronts did too with a 1/2" spacer. I have plenty of space to run a 10.5" wide wheel and hopefully a 315.
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