Went through most of the initial concerns of cleaning up the car and getting it moved over to the other unit. Found a bunch of parts and the like laying around in and around the car.
First order of business was to check what was wrong, and get it going to check out the vitals of the engine and the like. Took the AC-Delco battery out and brought it up to the shop for a slow charge; brought it back and threw it inside with a gallon or two of gas in a direct feed to the carburetor. Also went and changed the oil in it, as well as the coolant for some fresh stuff.
Sure enough, got it to fire up and ran it for a bit. Had the usual issues of a car that hasn't started in forever with smoking a little, and running a bit rough. Smoothed out.... somewhat, although it wasn't what I'd call a "lean, mean 350". Another issue I ran into (that I'm still getting around to working out) is that the battery will drain down after a few days of starting, as evidenced by this video. Still need to do a parasitic draw test to verify what's causing the drain, but I'll get to sorting that out in time. :crossfingers:
Decided to go with getting myself another set of wheels, because if you've ever seen these cars, E V E R Y O N E has the polished aluminum 16s. I very rarely see anyone stick with the factory sized 15's and when they do, it's only a temporary thing. :no:
My first problem with the performance 245/50/16s is that they're expensive to replace, and you can no longer get any sort of "Gatorback" tread like the old Goodyears used to have. Not to mention the fact the front rims are different offsets than the rear, so a simple tire rotation is a big headache (unless you go side to side, which I don't like). So needless to say, they aren't the tires / rims for me. Besides, I rather like the 15" rims offered by Pontiac, because they're infinitely more aesthetic than the offset 16s.
I talked to the P.O about it, and he dug out some OE turbined 15's for me. Not completely unlike the KITT "bowling ball" style rims (see picture below) but another similar type Pontiac made for a few years before they switched to the stamped cross-hatch style for the 15's they'd later use (second picture below)
A free afternoon with a spray bottle of Simple green later, and....
Got to thinking that since I had three good rims and one $#!& spray-painted fourth, I'd just paint all 4 in a flat-black with clear. Here's one I did a test on mounted up on a 255/60 Cooper Cobra just to see if I'd like the look or not.
Well, was set on the tires, but not on the look, so I got creative and further painted it to test some theories. First, with gold accents on every other spoke. The OE style for this kind of rim was polished silver aluminum, or gold inserts on polished aluminum. Since I the car is gold on black, I figured that if I couldn't get OE gold brushed aluminum wheels, I'd go with this. But I didn't like it and kept testing.
Now with silver lip. Although after I got to this point, I did 2 more like this, needless to say. However, after I did 2 complete ones, I thought about the fact it looked gaudy, and I also didn't like that the gold didn't match. Since I couldn't source a paint close enough to the "bronzed metallic gold" the car had unless I ponied up for some duplicate paint to be made, I decided to paint them all bright silver with four coats of clear.
Now with ratty old 215/65 Michelin Harmony's on board. Better rollers than the dry-rotted 16's, anyway.
Found a set of hubcaps in the back, so I threw 'em on the two fronts that are currently on the car.
As far as tires go, I wanted to run 235/60's, but the only decent ones I could find were of the Cooper Cobra variety. I settled on those for a while, and then thought about going back to the OE tire size of 215/65/15. Of course, being an oddball 15" size, there weren't a lot of choices out there on the market. I can still pick up a set of Cobra's, although I've been leaning more towards a Firestone or a different Cooper tire altogether. :hmm:
Ideally, I'm wanting a US made tire, but those are getting hard to come by (sadly). In the end, I'm not sure what it'll have on it; I'd get BFG's, but can't justify their $136 a piece price verses $90 or so for a Cobra or Trendsetter. Another big problem is the fact I want it to be a factory looking tire (tread design), so the Cobra's are out, and Goodyear no longer makes a "Gatorback" looking tire in a 15" size.
SO, the number one choice right now is this beaut. Put enough of these on cars for the last few years, and although they're slowly going out of production, they're dependable enough for what I want to do with the car itself. Not a bad looking tire, IMO, and a decent price to boot.
I've searched high and low online and in person at other places, and it's generally come down to this, or a house brand Firestone tire itself (because for whatever reason, FS doesn't make the Firehawk Indy 500 tires anymore). :fs1:
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Moving along... I got bored one night and took a picture of every decal I could find on the car, including the build sheet and door jamb stickers. Been going through and making repo-decals like I did for a lot of the MJ stuff on here. Just to put out a few; I think I did alright, considering what I had to work with.
Now, for those of you savvy enough to gaze through the build sheet, you'll see that the car sports a "WY6" production code. As I'm sure some of you know who've owned or seen these and the fourth generation of Firebird advertised, there was a performance package you could order for these, being the "WS6". Although this badge is off of a 90s era WS6, it still basically has all the same goodies they've used since the early 80s, albeit, updated. The 80s variants had no such badging, other than the RPO codes on the build sheet to indicate it's a WS6 variant.
Since mine is a WY6, what that means is that it has all of the WS6 handling and performance options except for the limited-slip rear end. As the story goes, during '83-early '85(?); the WS6 package was a very sought after thing, and if you had a Trans Am with the WS6 package, you were basically, in no uncertain terms, pretty hot $#!&. Now, there were other packages, like the WY6 and the like, that had pieces of the WS6 package except for certain crucial things. I've read that there was a shortage of limited-slip units for the rear ends at one point, so certain cars would be deemed WY6, or WS5 (WS5 being a discount RPO for the WS6 and Y6 packages).
So, with all this being said, the car itself is quite capable with the factory options on it. Although I doubt it'll see a lot of action once it's up and running fully again. Time will undoubtedly tell though. I've still many decals to make for this thing to get it to where I'd like it, appearance wise. Might even make a WY6 decal to put on it somewhere, although it might be a bit tacky. :dunno:
I mean, you know, unless I decide to go all out and do something wild with this thing. Like, turn it into it's ultimate point of existence and creation purpose.... :brows: