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Old 01-19-2006, 07:47 PM   #1
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I have a 1986 trans am sitting in my back yard now for almost a two years . Once upon a time i was going to fix it up and drive it. I paid $150 for the car.I bought TT2's 17x8($800 plus shipping), 4 Bolt 350 Engine 67-78 High Performance Block ($350 for whole truck engine included), Inland Driveline Aluminum Drive Shaft ($300), New front end/Front Fender/Door/ground effects/other things ($350+). Recently the car was in a huge hail storm and broke the front window. This is another fix untop of just about everything else.
Well I bought a 2001 ws6 t/a about a year ago and now i want to do everything with it. Should i hold on to the 86 t/a or let it go? I could sell most of this but i will take a huge loss in money
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Old 01-19-2006, 08:05 PM   #2
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The drive shaft may be transferrable as possibly the wheels (don't know the style). The other stuff may sell well on this board, a 3rd gen forum and/or ebay.
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Old 01-19-2006, 08:22 PM   #3
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ditch the turd gen and go with the LS1 car.
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Recently the car was in a huge hail storm and broke the front window. This is another fix untop of just about everything else.
Part it out. Scrap the body. I've started projects like that, they become money pits real quick.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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you can spend literally over twenty grand restoring an 86 trans am to MINT condition, and you'd still have a car worth $6,000 tops. unless you really like third gens, part it out.
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poor car
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:27 PM   #7
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Save it Third gens are getting more valuable every day. I re did mine and have no regrets. You can see the resto in my sig.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:33 PM   #8
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really, its a $150 car. you arnt gaining much by selling it and your situation may change so that you can start working on it. It sounds like you are building a drag type car out of it so maybe that could be you're project while the LS1 is the DD.
or, just build up the sweet LS1 and get rid of the old junker car.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:40 PM   #9
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keep it and put a ls1 in that bitch if your not gonna profit
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:42 PM   #10
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Don't restore the carcass unless it has documented
value of some sort. There are too many around for
supply & demand to help you out. It would have to
be somehow special, to be an "investment". And like
I tell the GF, not that she listens, it's only an
"investment" if you actually plan to sell it and take
the money back out. Just buying it for what you
think is a good price, doesn't count.

I'd think more in terms of "superBeater" - stay
cheap and grungy and put the short dollar into
bang-for-the-buck ***-haulin' parts. Lighten
it up, make it go, and park it wherever you
feel like.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:47 PM   #11
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I am in the 'do not bother' catagory.' 86 was not that great a year, although it was the last carbed one I think....correct.??? [ although a t/a is a t/a ..]
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Unless the body is really clean(which it doesn't sound like it), junk it. As already stated, 1986 wasn't a great year anyways. There are thousands of other 1986 Trans Ams in better shape out there that somebody could restore.
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I am in the 'do not bother' catagory.' 86 was not that great a year, although it was the last carbed one I think....correct.??? [ although a t/a is a t/a ..]
umm my friend has a 89 camaro z28 with a carbed 305, so im guessing they still had carbs, or maybe his has a different engine?
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Is anyone bitching about the car sitting there or is it in the way? You won't make a lot of money off of it, so maybe throw a tarp/car cover on it and you'll get around to it some day. It would make a good drag car.

I do like the idea of doing a cheap build on it though like car craft with junkyard parts....

In reality, I see nice 3rd gen T/A's pretty cheap for under 2 g's. You'd probably be better off buying one of those and fixing it up if you wanted to restore one. It would probably be cheaper in the long run. Maybe use the rough one you have for a parts car?
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May as well keep it. You may one day decide to start it back up. Right now, my LS1 is my DD, but eventually, it will be garaged. And there is a finite number of things I plan/want to do with it. Once you're done with the 2001 WS6, you may want something else to build up. Besides, it always makes sense to own multiple Birds.
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Right at this moment, I'd say stick with modding the LS1 'bird.
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Cut your losses now on the '86.
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:22 PM   #18
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They made a lot of 86's, I had a TPI 383 86 IROC and it was a money pit, once I got my LS1 she was history.):
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