None of these tips are offered as
professional advice, only suggestions from one Pontiac hobbyist
to another. The Arkansas Pontiac Association will not be held
liable for any damages resulting from the application/use/misuse
of these tech tips.
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How to use a Camaro throttle cable on your 1974 Trans Am
Here's a tool to oil prime your Pontiac motor!
Gasket matching your intake to your heads offers
power potential. Get your grinder ready.
Port alignment makes sure your gasket match is not
going to waste. Learn how.
Chris Ritter (AKA "The Cheap Guy")
says if you need a degree wheel, here's a way
to build your own.
Rocky Rotella has tested
a variety of recurve kits on his distributor machine. Here's the eyebrow raising results.
Want to remove rust safely? Chris Ritter
offers this solution.
Geoffry Schwark found a way
to save money on Auburn positraction rebuilds.Click on the photo above to see.
Chris Ritter, being the lazy guy he is, built his own pressure bleeder.
The good news is that he took pictures and notes for you.Click on the photo above to see.
Rocky has done it again.
This time he's unraveled the mystery of ignition timing. Click on the photo above to see it.
Rocky Rotella has given us a great story to help us
understand the Pontiac Quadrajet. Click on the photo above to see it.
Chris Ritter has an article detailing how to upgrade the front calipers on 70-81 Trans Ams.
Click on the photo above to see.
Flexible Feeler Gauge - Those springy plastic zip-tie
that you use for banding things together have found another use. Measure
the thickness with your dial calipers and use them to slide into those hard to fit
spots you're trying to measure. - Marty Ester
Checking Clearance - A ball of clay or Silly Putty can be used to check clearance between parts on any restoration/modification.
It is commonly used to check the oil pump pickup height. Roll
up a small ball and place it on top of the pickup. Seat the pan
and allow it to squash the clay. Measure the thickness of the
clay to see how much clearance you have between the pickup and
the bottom of the pan. - Chris Ritter
Get Wired - Coat hangers
can be used to wire accessories up out of the way when pulling
an engine. Cut, thread and twist to keep those components out
of the way while lifting the motor free. - Robin Hood
Good Reading - The local
library often have extensive collections of automotive guides,
such as Chilton's. You can score points with the better half
by taking the kids along. - Robin Hood
Taping The Edge - If body parts are painted off the car, be sure to
use masking tape along the edges of the panels before fitting
them. This will help prevent chipping or cracking the new paint.
Folded cardboard can help with spacing the panels while fitting
them. - Chris Ritter
Basic Brackets - While you have that engine out to be rebuilt, clean
and paint all those accessory brackets. Coat hangers come in
handy again. Hang the parts up and shoot them with a high quality,
semi-gloss black paint. - Robin Hood
Brush Between Shows - Wax and dirt have a way of finding cracks to hide
in. A good assortment of soft bristle brushes can help you clear
out grunge and will make a difference with most judges. - Chris
Shine That Rusty Chrome - Light rust that has formed on chrome
can often be cleaned with a light application of Navel Jelly
followed by a quick rub with a very fine grade of steel wool.
- Bryan Blocker
Spotless Engine Bay - Mix dish washing liquid and water in spray bottle.
Mist the engine compartment with the soapy water and rinse with
a hose. The sheeting action of the dishwashing liquid will help
keep the water from spotting the engine compartment - Jerry