My Chevelle build and spot to Rant

Discussion in 'Body and Interior: Repair and Modifications' started by Strictly Attitude, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Well Grumpy you have really impressed me with the ton's of knowledge I see in here along with the quality of work that is being accomplished. I see realistic views and attitudes of it being done right the first time. Your building a dream or wasting cash lays down a real truth that most people are guilty of including myself knowingly at times. Don't think the compliments are all aimed just to Grumpy cause this site would not exist with out the others that frequent it also.

    So here I have decided to put my build as I travel this journey so be prepared for long winded rants or talks on my experiances. Pictures of car shows or even the latest and greatest airbrush work of art I have going to keep my sanity. I am sure my build will be slow as I am a young father with more knowledge than money with huge ideas of unrealistic grandure bouncing around in my head that I plot out into ways of making my build happen on a low almost non existant budget.

    I will start with an introduction and some background on myself to bring you all up to speed with me, my skills, my opinions and view and why I feel that way. Well my name is John J. Coffey and entered this world in 1977 the same year as on of my favorite cars the "Smokey and the Bandit" T/A. I fell in love with this car as a toddler as my god parents owned one and baby sat me and my sister at the time. Growing up I spent my time drawing cars and trucks and playing in a mustang project in the yard that got sold before it was ever a reality. My father was a ford man who has since then grown to love all differt makes and models. I can thank my father for his do it your seld attitude with allot projects and allot base line knowledge the set the fundamentals of mechanical apptitude for me. I graduated high school in 1996 was bless with a great gift of 1990 thunderbird that saw more time at unsafe speeds then I am proud to talk about. I then went to the community college for a degree in auto body that I never finished due to the idea hanging out was more inportant than education was I wrong. I trades the 1990 thunderbird about a year after owning it for a 1979 T/A and was now working as a mechanic on tractor trailors. The person who got me the job was a drag racer and mentor to me in allot of ways. I was never the one to be scared to take something apart and put it back together. I was always facinated by the facts any design could be improved on in my mind. I ended leaving that job to work for a garage call Bea's and the owner was old school. I learned more than a college could teach me in fab work got to play with toys like a plasma cutter and learned to stick weld to a point I could have welds that were almost as pretty as they were from the mig.

    So now I then saw greener grass across the river and quit my mechanic career move to a resort and was a waiter then Dining room manager for 2 years. Moved back and started in construction big money hard work great for a young man in his 20's bought a 2 wheel drive pickup that had dreams of hot rodding out make it into a low rider but these never materialized. Just had some minor bolt on body mods tail light,s billet grill, and stereo that could cause rapid hearing loss. I still had the hot rod bug in me and Fast and Furious was big at that time shows like Monster Garage, Overhaul'n, Pimp my Ride(I watch it now it makes my skin crawl) Monster house all ran cross my screen was a member of a small car club that met weekly at a dunkin doughnuts. I starved my self to buy a vinyl cutter and started doing car graphics on the side along with some sign work. It was cool the machine paid for it self and made a great hobby that paid for itself why construction paid the bills. My neighbor who lived in apartment below us was getting his car redone and was bragging on how it was going to have airbrush work on it so I went and saw it being started on one day was in amazement and at that knew I was going to be an airbrush artist!!!! I saved up bought one from michaels and was off painting away swallowed up by custom paint and never looked back.


    To be continued.........
     
  2. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member


    I think this is going to be a great thread to read John. Your just our
    type, someone that wants to learn and do all you can!!!

     
  3. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    Strictly Attitude. it certainly sounds like you have acquired a useful and rather mixed bag of skills and I'm looking forward to discussions pictures and both learning from what you know and helping where I can.
     
  4. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    Where is your 1979 Trans Am John ?
    Its a car to keep.

    Learn how to GOLDLEAF .
    Big &$$$ restoring 1960's & '70'sVintage Race cars.
     
  5. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    :cry: i have not got to that part of the story it envolved porting of heads and improper eye protection a real painful trip to the eyedoctors and years of sitting after life did it's thing parents said car had to go. Sad story
     
  6. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    You know I had similar happen to me in my late 20's.
    Grinding porting Pontiac heads.
    That cast iron dust is wicked deceptive.
    Stays in your hair.
    I wore safety glasses. But not a ballcap.
    Took my glasses off.
    Wiped my forehead of sweat.
    Flicked my long hair at the time....all the cast iron grit into both my eyes.
    Next morning I was at the eye doctor.
    Scraped my eyeballs literally for 2 hours.
    I recall the severe pain yet.
     
  7. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    screwing UP is unfortunately a FREQUENT COMPONENT, of...
    the at times costly and painful , process of gaining EXPERIENCE thru trial and error and lack of previous experience,...
    we have ALL screwed UP far more than most of us care to reflect on or admit!
    its just part of the learning process we wish we could avoid and one reason I started this web site,
    because LORD KNOWS I have done my share of learning thru mistakes made!
    a process I'm trying to help other MEMBERS OF THIS SITE , who are willing to read a bit can use the posted info too AVOID
     
  8. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    viewtopic.php?f=52&t=462&p=24466&hilit=+shop+porting+vacuum#p24466

    viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3379&p=8946&hilit=+shop+porting+vacuum#p8946
    a shop vacuum comes in handy at times
    THIS IS THE ONE I PURCHASED AND I RECOMMEND IT, remember to change filter elements frequently and a couple quarts of water and a couple drops of dawn dish washing liquid in the water traps a great deal of dust in the lower body before it gets to the filter
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-16-Ga ... 5yc1vZbv79
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    WEARING A FULL FACE SHIELD and having a 5-6hp shop vacuum set up to suck the vast majority of the debris from the porting work out of the air is going to help prevent some accidents and getting crap in your eyes
    http://www.harborfreight.com/adjustable ... xS87oWmVvI
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    one other very frequent use for my shop vac is to collect metallic debris, when I port cylinder heads, I usually tape some 3/4"-1" plastic conduit to the shop vac suction hose, then tape the tip of the conduit to the opposite end of the port Im working on with duct tape, (obviously youll remove the valves before porting or port matching heads)
    you can place the suction hose extension, in the far end of a port and duct tape it in place temporarily, and then use a die grinder to clean up the port and the shop vac will collect the vast majority of the metallic chips , having the shop vacuum constantly sucking the metallic debris out of the port also tends to cool the cutting burr, and slow the flutes on the burr from clogging with crud, but youll still want to dip the cutting burr in a mix of marvel mystery oil and WD40 every few seconds to prevent aluminum chips from clogging the burrs cutting flutes or the burr heating up

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    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/PRO-66483/
    [​IMG]
    a decent cylinder head stand helps
     
  9. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Now having my new tool I was learning a new trade thinking wow this is great painting everything in sight. Which was great living with my girl of that time painting, my trans am was a forgotten project by me but a eye sore under a car cover for my parents who have declared it is for gotten and must go. As when I moved to the resort I had 1972 lincoln mark and a fiero that my dad sold or disposed of when I was away and can not blame him. He kept the TA around for years. I had started working on and removed the heads to port and polish got metal shavings in my eyes before moving to the resort. I had left the car behind as it was kicked out of the garage head less. Time and the new job at the resort were my life at the time the car was put on the back burner. But I ended up giving the car away as it was a basket case at that time. The only thing was I wanted the TH350 and 3500stall from it as they where built to the gills from my previous boss who drag raced. Sad demise to a car I found out ended up being parted and scrapped. Sold the fiberglass doors I had bought the lexan windows also. Was sad but live and learn.

    Ok enough about my lost love the car not the girl LOL. Well I was playing around and painting things here and there look into pinstriping because I had to learn it as it is considered one of lost arts. But wait, here comes a bump in the road. Me and my Lady friend at the split up I was working for her uncle’s construction company and she worked there too. Not good he didn’t want to be in the middle and stated I still had a job but my pig headed youthful mind said no I quit. Big downward spiral in my life tough time paying bills, partying was out of control, allot of drinking a time of my life I am not proud of at all.

    Well I am blessed with some great parents who helped me out let me move back in helped cover my car payment and let me get my life back on track. I was able to get a job for a moving company for a while because of my sister. And was on track in life again staying home but had freedom as if I was on my own. Parents didn’t mind because I always helped them out or did any thing they ever needed. I had a friend who then got me a job at an auto body shop his body worked at. It was cool ended up doing that and detailing cars for the guy and he would bring sign work around for me also. Even brought me some airbrush work. It was cool but things kind of separated and I ended up getting back into construction as money was up and down at the auto body shop as it piece work pay. During this time my dad picked up 72 chevelle SS clone as far I can tell. And we worked on it together well he funded I did the work most of the time or he brought it to a mechanic local that’s guy did shotty work at best. I don’t like others touching my car at all unless they are assisting me in working on it. No one is going to give my car the love I will. I started to go to college for civil engineering and during that first semester got a job with the NYS DOT as a engineering technician 7 years ago from December. I fixed my credit bought a race bike a 2007 Yamaha r6 my first and only brand new vehicles. I painted it 2 or three times. And got into hot rodding it out no pipe that is a waste of money 1400 for 8_10 hp no thanks chain and sprocket first drop 2 up front add 3 in the rear. Front suspension rebuild my forks can’t afford ohlins forks but am smart enough to follow the directions from the r6 dealer manual that I downloaded to buy some new toys I mean tools to change the valving and springs over to ohlins. What a difference I had my eyes glued on racing I was going to drag knee at New Hampshire, Red Rock, or Watkins Glen was hunting down track days reading books on performance driving and suspension tuning. I found my self doing 100+ on the winding country roads happening allot so better start going to a track or my days were numbered.

    Then in comes my girl I met her through my friends I rode with and we got together doctor said she would never be able to have a child 2 years ago my miracle son was born. I had paid off the bike and at that time making payments to the old man for the chevelle as I drove it and took care of it more than he did. After my son was born I made the decision the bike had to go not for her or for me, but for him. I can’t be a father from a body bag and I have all this knowledge to pass on. I took the money from selling the bike bought the afr heads and put the rest to paying off debt. By this time I had my own place with her and the cost of having a child along with a place in a tough economy has me where I am now. I agree once is how many times it should be done if done right. I also believe if I can afford the equipment to do something I am just as smart as the next guy and can do it. Sure it will take me three times as long but that’s because I will make sure it is done right.

    More to come…….
     
  10. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    I could have used them back then lol. We all live and learn and at least have learned to listen to where others have been there in stead of the that could never happen to me theory of youth. Even though it has taken about 30 yrears of my like to learn.
     
  11. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    Yes. Use a Shop Vacuum .
    I learned Grumpy.
    I am done porting cast iron.
    Once its in your eyes, rusts instant. Eyes constant rejuvinating Cells.
    In minutes an invisable layer of cells trap the iron.
    Only way to remove is have your eyeballs scraped.
    Yelling & Cussing at the Doctor....He just Jabs an eyeball again...
     
  12. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    So like any guy all excited because I just got head (AFR 195s thinking down the road about a 383 build)) I ordered some new push rods and some stainless 1.5:1 rockers. Get it all installed had replaced the MSD as the old box my dad had in there kicked the bucket. It was all ready to go took it out and she screamed compared to the 74 cc heads that were on it with stamped roller tip magnums. So I spent the summer blasting around with her smoking the tires up getting off the ramps on the highway ooppps. Well I pulled out of work and lit em up must have been some loose gravel on the road. :\  But all the sudden what some thing isn’t right here where did second and forth gear go. Opps I had smoked the 2/4 band in the supposed 500hp transmission my dad had ordered from Mad Dog Transmission formerly known as Outlaw Transmission. So last summer got to take it out twice then had to limp home always fun in a 400hp car to try to get it to shift from 1st to 3rd with out looking like an a$$hole. So I august I finally get a new band in the mail thought I would band aid it back together. After figuring hey wait when my dad had the trans put in they never put a TV corrector in. That must have caused it. Ok well me and my good friend took the can of worms and broke it loose from the car after all summer long studying the th700r4 from the factory manual to the ASTA rebuild book. Watched a video on you tube of a very good transmission tech rebuild one about 20 times. We get it out and bring it in to the garage put it on the bench. I proceed to pull off the torque converter flip it over so it doesn’t spill trans fluid every where. Then prop the trans up so it is draining out the tail shaft into a 5 gallon pail. Wait trans fluid is not supposed be the color of dirty oil ewwwwww. It drains and like an anxious little kid I get the pan off take out the pump bolts grab a pry bar pop out the pump. Should have referred to directions jumping the gun always costs money. LOL See who knows what I broke.

    Well I get the pump out pull the band out smoked heat discoloration I will post pics don’t worry. Not only that the reverse drum is shot, discolored, pitted, and has an arch worn into it some thing fierce. I am really pissed off also cause I look at the cast numbers on the transmission and it is 83 core. If you know anything about the 700r4 platform the 83 core is one the weakest and undesirable cores there is. So now let me call out some thing call false advertisement. The advertised ¾ clutch pack could not possibly fit in the input drum on the 83 core. The sunshell was stock in this build advertised 3x thicker than factory pretty much saying it had the Beast in it. It did have the .500 boost valve and the corvette servo. The 28 element sprag was there and every thing else. So I started exploring my options as putting in a new band and putting back together was now out of the question I know enough to know that would have been a short lived fix with the condition of the reverse drum. So I knew the very least now I had to get a new reverse drum. And if you know about this trans you know this opens you up to get a new wide band as you cannot use a wideband unless it is on a new reverse drum. I am a member in the pro touring forum and make my findings public not bashing Mad Dog till I had more facts. I asked questions such as is it worth rebuilding an 83 core and what are my options here. Well I was lucky enough that Mark Bowler, I am sure that last name is familiar to you guys, decided to help me out through the whole process. He helped me with compatibility what I can and can’t use clearances what works good along with a bunch of knowledge that has been extremely helpful and comes with years of experience. A good friend of mine owned a garage and was able to get a 30 spline input drum out of bad 4x4 transmissions he had. I also stole the stator support but it broke trying to press it out of the pump. So a sonnax replacement was purchased. I rebuilt the whole trans with premium parts my self and now know why it costs to get a real built transmission not these stock rebuilds with false claims of 500hp. I will go more in to the transmission rebuild tomorrow with the few pictures I have and some diagrams I will post what I can and be as informative as possible. Plus some one has to know what I broke lol.
     
  13. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    thank god for those eye drops but man that is the worst pain I have ever felt there is still scarring in my eyes to this day I hear about every time I go to the eye doctors thse heads did swirl good shame never got to see the benefits of all that hard work.
     
  14. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    I know 700 R4 & 4L60E very well.
    Your not the 1st victim

    1983 has the 7 vane front pump.
    Want the 10 vane at least.
    1987 & up with the auxillary valve body are the best cores to build.
    Check the 2-4 checkvalve for leakage.
    Likely bad.
    Pain to remove for most. Leave it in. Mistake.
    Always replace it during a rebuild.
     
  15. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    All those Ding Dongs are Stupid & Thieves.
    Just for Your Information.
    MD Trans. Crap.
     
  16. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Re set the checkball seating as per instructions in the asta manual. They did have a 10 vane pump in it and did you get what I forgot to take out and snapped popping out the pump.
     
  17. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    I have to go back & read John.
    Not 100 % today.
    At home sick.
    Like the. Flu.
     
  18. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    You forgot to remove the TCC Solenoid John ?
    Sold as entire assembly with harness I recall.
    Application specific.
    Can splice into original harness. Solder & heatshrink.
    TRANSTAR For a TCC Solenoid.
    Some Corvette TCC are hard to find now.
     
  19. 87vette81big

    87vette81big Guest

    Better to replace the 2-4 checkvalve.
    Use a GM NOS Part.
     
  20. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Hope you feel better and yes I broke the tcc valve. lol I will look into the check ball more as I have already put the transmission back together.
     

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