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Post 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
If anyone is interested in following along, been getting some work done on the Hawk finally:

First, the day I got it:
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And the first "Mod", a TCS panel data plate from emblem Pros
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Tue May 09, 2017 8:31 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
The first repair was I ordered a set of front upper and lower control arms, and replaced the shocks and springs with SLP Bilsteings and LE2 springs (not pictured, but they are pretty sweet...lol)

So for the uppers, the set I ordered came assembled like this:
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The rubber spacers and bolts were in good shape, so I pulled them out and bagged them up for later
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Then I took them apart, knocked out the bushings with a hammer, popped out the lower ball joints, then ground the rivets off the upper ball joints and knocked them out too. Also took the 8 pound "persuador" to the LCA bushings for the front, and pressed out the ball joint on that too
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Important tip that will appear a few posts down for reassembling these. If you want to use non rubber bushing (IE Poly or Polygraphite) save ALL of the metal hardware from the front control arms, you will need it! I of course, did not

Parts:
Upper control arms $70.00/pr, purchased on Ebay.
Lower Contorl Arms $100.00/pr, purchased on Ebay
Total for this post: $170.00

Labor this post: 2.5 Hours
Total: 2.5 hours

**NOTE: You can buy a ready to go upper control arm without the mount fairly cheaply from Mevotech (Part #MS501136). I've seen them as low as $45 per side with a brand new ball joint and both bushings and new hardware. I CHOSE to go this route because I am going to not only strip them bare and upgrade the quality of paint on them, but will also be putting in a higher end ball joint and polygraphite bushings for a bit more durability. So it is certainly cheaper and easier to just grab the uppers brand new from mevotech if you want to, but where is the fun in that?

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:10 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
So then the Control arms went off to the sandblaster who did a top shelf job cleaning them up. Once they came back I painted them up with self etching primer, and then a few coats of the beloved chassis black

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Cost:
Sandblasting (professional): $85.00
Eastwood Heavy Duty Anti Rust paint: $16.00/can (2 cans) part #16018Z
Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black (Gloss): $18.00/can (2 cans) part #11172Z
Cost for this post: $153.00
Total Overall: $323.00

Labor this post: 4.0 hrs
Total: 6.5 hrs

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:15 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
So the Saga of the control arms will continue later as I was waiting for parts. But first there was an oil leak, an exhaust leak, a power steering pump issue, an Alternator that needed changing etc etc, so continued on as follows:

Not pictured: Replaced the Alternator (OEM) and a sweet a$$ Turn One PS pump, then pulled the coils, valve covers, exhaust manifolds and CATS. Where the cats met the Y-pipe was totally rotten, so despite the exhaust not being on the docket just yet, it was obviously time to upgrade to some Stainless CATS. I also removed the exhaust manifolds, ground the AIR connections and flanges back to smooth, re-tapped the AIR holes, changed all the gaskets and put in some header studs.

Parts parts parts!
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Crappy Cat connections, including the broken stud causing the exhaust leak
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Obviously, most of the maniold to CAT studs broke, but I came prepared with new ones
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Nothing a little work with a torch and vice grips could not fix though
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2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:25 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Once they were apart I sanded down the gasket surfaces (Before and after in Pics)
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Installed new manifold to CAT and engine to manifold studs
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Then installed the new Magnaflow CATS
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Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:29 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Once that was done I tracked down the oil leak which was a PCV tube that was out of position and had melted on the head. Picked up a new one from the local Chevy dealer and installed it, as well as replaced the truck throttle body that was on it with the correct F-Body one (Cruise control works A LOT better now). Can also see the Turn One Pump. While I was at it also replaced both belts, both tensioners and the idler pulley and added chromoly pushrods.
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Working my way up, changed out the plugs, plug wires and the coils and brackets, valve cover gaskets, with all GM or GMPP pieces. Fun fact, if you order coil brackets from GM, they come with all the holes for the bolts, but none of the holes are tapped for threads. SURPRISE!
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Got it all back together, purring like a kitten again
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PS, Tossed in some Timkens too.....
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Cost per part:
Plugs: $16.00 NGK TR-55
Wires: $75.00 GM 89017270
Coils: $250.00 GM 12558948
Coil Brackets: $35.00 GM 12563288
Coil wiring: $125.00 GM 12582190
Throttle Body: $200.00 GM 12589190
Manifold Studs: $108.00 ARP 434-1301
Manifold Gaskets: $18.00 GM 12617944
Air Tube Gaskets: $2.00 GM 12553617
PCV Valve/tubes: $90.00 GM 12590632
Converter Studs: $12.00 Dorman 03133
Driver Converter: $195.00 Magnaflow 23477
Pass Converter: $275.00 Magnaflow 23489
Pushrods: $100.00 Trickflow 21407400
Hubs: $230.00 Timken 513090
Valve Cover Gaskets: $0 (had on hand) GM 12637683 ($17.00 ea if you buy them)
Alternator $173.00 GM 19244783
Turn One P/S Pump $415.00 Turn One LS1FP
Serp belt $22.00 GM 88932749
Serp belt tensioner $55.00 GM 12560344
A/C Belt $12.00 GM 88932538
A/C Belt tensioner $67.00 GM 12560345
Idler Pulley $38.00 GM 12563326

Total Cost for this post $2513.00
Overall Cost: $2836.00

Labor this post: 18.5 hrs
Total Labor: 25 Hrs

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1988 Trans Am GTA Resto-Mod project *Coming in 2018*
2001 Formula Firehawk #293
2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:36 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Next on the docket is the rear suspension. Because it is my house I had everything laying around except for spare sway bars, so I could leave the car mostly intact while I prepped the parts. I invested in a GM lower control arm bushing removal tool, and OMG it is easily my current favorite tool. It popped every bushing out like it was nothing with the exception of the panhard bar. Because there is no metal sleeve the bushings had to be burned out. Once that was all done once again packed it all up and off it went to the sandblaster

Rear Suspension Post sand blasting
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Then, since I was away, the old man primed them for me, which pretty much still looks bare because the primer is grey. He also pioneered a new use for the lift so he could raise and lower the big parts while he painted....pretty smart for an old guy ;-)
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Professional Sand Blasting $80.00
2 Cans of NAPA Self Etching Primer $22.00
Total Cost for this post $102.00
Overall Cost: $2938.00

Labor this Post: 4.0
Total Labor: 29 hrs

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2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:44 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
That's looking good so far. A lot of work, but it will be worth it. A future classic, for sure.


Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:51 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Looks great, Nick!

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:11 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
If the prices/part#'s seem self serving, just thought someone may want to know what this stuff costs and how to find it.

Not braggin! :coffee

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Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:31 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Got the rest of the rear suspension painted. It came out OK, but the paint I am using is pretty old so it didn't lay down as well as I hoped. Having said that, they are chassis parts, so they are going to get dinged and chipped anyway, but hopefully won't get rusty again. Also started assembling the front Control Arms. Uppers were a pain in the nuts but the rest went easy. Going to let the paint harden until next weekend then hopefully get it all (or most) installed on the car over the long weekend! New brakes are on the way too!

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And here are all the re-finished parts so far, in various states of assembly
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For this post:
2 Cans of Eastwood X-treme chassis Black gloss $0.00 (had them on hand)
AC Delco front, lower control arm bushings (front bushing, X2) 89056252 $7.50
AC Delco Front, Lower control arm bushings (Rear, X2) 89056253 $19.50
AC Delco front upper control arm bushings (X4) 89000864 $32.10
Total Cost this post $59.10
Overall cost $2997.10

Labor this Post: 7.0hrs
Total Labor: 36 hrs

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2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


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Love the chassis black!

Nice work!

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Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:26 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Finally got the suspension parts assembled, all new hardware, touched up a few spots then clear coated them. Going to let them st one more day to cure then start putting them on

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2001 Formula Firehawk #293
2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:17 pm
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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Alrighty, so for final assembly on the rear suspension (finally). First thing you have to do is install the bushing. The panhard bar could not be any more straight forward, grease the new bushing, push them in then grease the bolt sleeve and push that in. Done! The control arms are a bit trickier. They have a steel sleeve. The bushing tool I bought also comes with everything you need to install the sleeves. It has 2 spacers you put on either side of the sleeve int he LCA to keep it from crushing in, then essentially just works backwards from the removal. Again make sure you grease everything, after that you just push the bushings into the sleeve and it is ready to go.The front torque arm mount is a hop in the a$$ without a lift if you put in a single piece bushing. Since I went with polygraphite instead of straight poly it was pliable enough to install the torque arm after the bushing was installed in the clamshell. With a poly one getting the top bolt on the front mount in is a real PITA, stick with it and it will get there. Pretty basic after that, unbolt old stuff, bolt in new stuff. Again, make sure you grease it all, get the right torque specs (I used LS1 tech) and torque it all while the car is on the ground. I also changed out all of the hardware as well as the sway bar bushings and endlinks

Torque Specs:
Lower Control Arms: 87 lb/ft
Panhard Bar Bolt: 87 lb/ft
Panhard Bar nut: 55 lb/ft
Torque arm to axle: 96 lb/ft
Torque arm to transmission (top): 33 lb/ft
Sway bar brackets: 35 Ft/Lb
Sway Bar links: 18 Ft/Lb


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For this Post:
LCA bushings: PST POLY33136 $69.00
Panhard Bar Bushings PST POLY37106 $28.00
Torque Arm Bushings: POLY31111 $28.00
Torque arm mount: GM 10252375 EBAY $195.00
Sway bar bushings (21MM): PST POLY35145 $45.00
Sway Bar links: GM 10023178 $12.00 ($6.00 ea)
LCA Bolts: Spohn 981 $12.00
Torque Arm Bolts: Spohn 982 $22.00
Panhard Bar Bolts: Spohn 983 $11.00
Cost this post: $410.00
Total Cost: $3407.10

Labor this post: 6.75 hours
Total Labor 42.75

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1988 Trans Am GTA Resto-Mod project *Coming in 2018*
2001 Formula Firehawk #293
2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:55 pm
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Tackled the front suspension. Again pretty basic stuff. Unbolt old stuff, bolt in repaired stuff. The only real issue was the bolts for the lower front control arms were completely seized in the bushings. I got the horizontal ones out after some work with a hammer, but the vertical ones had to be cut then driven out with an air hammer. I put a lot of anti-seize on the shafts of the bolts just in case they ever have to come out again hopefully they won't be rusty. Important note, if you change your lower control arms you will 100%, without a doubt, need an alignment. Everything else went pretty smoothly. Was time consuming mostly for the SNAFU with the LCA bolts. Also installed the sway bar, nothing eventful. Since things took so long I didn't have time to clean up and paint the spindles, but easy enough to do on another day

Torque Specs:
Shock Mount Bolt: 32 Lb/Ft
Shock Mount nut: 37 Lb/Ft
Shock Lower Nut: 48 Lb/Ft
Shock Lower Bolt: 48 Lb/Ft
Tie Rod end Bolt:35 Lb/Ft
UCA bolts: 39 Lb/Ft
LCA Bolts (Vertical): 74 Lb/Ft
LCA Bolts (Horizontal): 81 Lb/Ft
Sway bar brackets: 41 Ft/Lb
Sway Bar links: 18 Lb/ft

Old Vs refurb UCA
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Old Vs Refurb LCA
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Installed right LCA
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Installed right UCA
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Complete right side
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Completed left side
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For this Post:
Front LCA Bolts: Spohn 987 $15.00
Front UCA Bolts: Spohn 985 $11.00
Upper Ball joints (X2): PST BJ104233 $120.00 for both
Lower Ball Joints (X2): PST BJ10277 $54.00 for both
Sway bar bushing bolts: Spohn 989 $7.00
Sway bar bushings (32MM): PST POLY35162 $21.00
Sway bar end links: GM 10023178 $12.00 ($6.00 ea)
Cost this post: $240.00
Total Cost: $3887.00

Labor this post: 9.25 hours
Total Labor 52.00

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1988 Trans Am GTA Resto-Mod project *Coming in 2018*
2001 Formula Firehawk #293
2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


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Post Re: 2001 Firehawk Resto thread
Lastly for the big stuff this year, decided to replace all the calipers, pads and rotors. I bought all new hoses but didn't have time to get all the rust off the old fittings and decided for now to just leave the old hoses in place till next year. Also found an axle leak on the passenger side. No big deal, Have an axle to rebuild over the winter so not going to lose sleep over it. I ordered the brakes as a complete kit from Rock Auto. Made it cake and a very good price. Only big tip here is when you get powder coated calipers be wary where the caliper lines bolt on. I always sand the coating off there to make sure there is a clean, smooth surface to prevent leaks. Powder coating is awesome for longevity, but it is thick and leaves a ridge where the hoses bolt on. Apart from that no other surprises. Took all the old stuff off, the calipers/brackets came assembled so I put the rotors on with a couple lugs to keep them straight, bolted the caliper assemblies on and then put the pads in. Make sure to grease the pads where they go into the slides to prevent them from hanging up. Ran out of time today, will bleed them tomorrow.

Torque Specs:
Brake Caliper Slide Bolt: 23 Lb/Ft
Caliper bracket Bolt: 74 Lb/Ft
Caliper hose bolt: 30 Lb/ft

Power Stop Brake kit
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Old Brakes (all wheels looked similar)
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Rear Passenger side
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Rear Driver Side
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Front Driver side:
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Front passenger side
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Brake kit: Power Stop KC154826 $558.00 (Rock Auto)

Cost this post: $558.00
Total Cost: $4445.00

Labor this post: 6 hours
Total Labor 58.0

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2002 Trans Am MRM Convertible
2002 Trans Am WS6 #206 346CI of unbridled fury *gone 4 ever*


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