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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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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*


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

**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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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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 7:10 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

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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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 7:15 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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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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 7:25 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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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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 7:29 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

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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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

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-Nick
9/11/01 NEVER forget!
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 7:44 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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