Tech Tips

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.



A low buck way to make alignment turn plates

Make chrome shine with aluminum foil


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.

Click on the photo above for car storage ideas courtesy of Hitman's Trans Am Page - Dedicated to the Second Generation Pontiac Trans Am with Photos, Restoration Tips, VIN Number, Cowl Data, Build Sheet, Production Numbers, and Much more.

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 Ritter

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 Spradlin