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OOB Revell 1998 Trans Am-Completed-06/26

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OOB Revell 1998 Trans Am-Completed-06/26
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 8:05 AM

 

I’m going to try something new folks. I’ve been building models now on and off for the past 4 decades. I’ve only been a more dedicated and active builder in the last 9 or so years. Being a modeler who likes details I often spend 6+ months on any given build with my quickest turn out being around 3 months. With all that being said-my threads tend to be rather lengthy. What I’m shooting for is to start a thread with a model build that will be as close to OOB as possible with just a few scratch-built changes. No aftermarket upgrades, no fancy PE sets …..notta. I also am going to complete this thread using 8 posts or less in the build process. If anyone has any questions on how I completed a certain task or technique I’ll address those inquiries but I’ll keep posts limited to completion of each module, i.e. engine, chassis, interior, body and such. I want something simple for a change, and I’m trying to keep the thread the same way. The aim is to spend less time posting, more time building, and to complete a build without a whole lot of complications. This….is going to be a challenge for me on a number of levels but one that I hope to meet.

 

I've been wanting to build a late 90's / early 2000's Trans Am for a while now. I was working in a Pontiac Dealership as an auto tech when the 1998 Trans Am equipped with the new LS1 engine were being freshly delivered and I instantly fell in love with these cars. I mean the 93-97 T/A's were nice but these...….were A LOT faster than their LT1 equipped counterparts. No factory American built car had given me the "butterflies in the stomach" feeling under hard acceleration the way my first test drive in one of these things had. Beautiful and fast cars these were and even though I never actually owned one, I got several chances to drive pre-sold and the used offerings that were there on that lot (SIDE NOTE HERE-I was NOT one of those techs who went out joyriding in owners vehicles-just a wrong thing to do to another man’s car) and I loved every minute of it.

The Kit:

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And....we'll be going with a red one in honor of the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar. This thing just screams "I Can't Drive 55". lol 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:15 AM

I always liked the ram air TA of those years. They were quick too, I've seen them run 12's in factory trim. And that was fast for those days. I too was a tech, but at Ford. I always took great care of the customers cars as if they were mine, but the dealer owned cars, new and used got beat like you wanna beat the neighbors dog. I never drove one of these but I did get to drive the new GTO when they came out and "$*#&", that car would step right out. Looking forward to this one.

BK

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:53 PM

Well, this should be a lot of fun. Very cool subject. No upgrades or PE huh? I've got to follow along on this one simply because I'll believe it when I see it. Big Smile

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:09 PM

Hmmm. Yes, this will be difficult for you. My bet is you will have more trouble not adding the details you are famous for more than getting 'er done quicker.

We shall see. Fun choice.

PS, a wonderful women I used to work with (bless her soul), used to drive a Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am. At the time, I didn't realize how cool that car truly was.

Are you finishing the Maverick first?

-Greg

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:33 PM

Wow Mustang, I don't frequent the auto section of the forum often. 

But when your project looks so much like my car how can I resist?!? Wink

I will be watching this!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:35 PM

Man I am all about simplifying things. Those Ram Air Firebirds were hot!

Chad

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:47 PM

Thanks Brandon, Joe, Greg, Gamera and Chad.

Greg and Joe: DEFINITELY gonna be a challenge for sure. The Maverick is not done yet....not by a friggin' LONGSHOT!! Which is why I wanted a project that I could see some results with fairly quickly. I have a little bit more bench time during the day on the 3 day weekends now so I'm working this build in between the lulls of the Maverick build.

Gamera: Wow! You lucky DOG!! I can remember when I was working at my first dealership back in Carrolton when these things were brand new. I was doing an oil change to a red T/A like yours and "I Can't Drive 55" came on the radio. Perfect song for this car at the time. BTW....interior and engine shots of that car would be greatly appreciated. All the interior you can stand to allow me to have would be great!!! 

Chad: I'm sticking to the basics on this one for sure. It'll make 'er a little quicker in the building process. 

                   

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:52 PM

Oh sure Mustang, I'll see about some engine pics this weekend. The interior is kinda messy, I haven't cleaned her since last fall. I'll see about getting her cleaned up for some photos too. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:57 PM

This will be your ultimate test lol.

In for a gen4 camero.  Last one before the break.  Glad they brought it back for the new HP wars.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:21 PM

Gamera

Wow Mustang, I don't frequent the auto section of the forum often. 

But when your project looks so much like my car how can I resist?!? Wink

I will be watching this!! 

 

Wow, what a crazy coincidence.

Cool ride, Cliff.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:48 PM

Cliff: Thanks bro. PM Sent

John: I know right??!! Are you saying that you've got a Gen 4 Camaro in the works?

 

                   

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:58 PM

You got me thinking. I owned a TA once. It was an 87 TA with all the black and gold with snowflake wheels. I miss that car so much. It looked exactly like this.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:07 PM

Just along for the ride

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:08 PM

Wow! An 87 T/A! Did it have the 305 or the 350 TPFI?

                   

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:41 PM

mustang1989

Wow! An 87 T/A! Did it have the 305 or the 350 TPFI?

 

Ya made me think about that one. It had the 305 Tuned Port engine. 27mpg all day long. Great on road trips.

BK

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 8:47 PM

Brandon: Ohhhhhhhhhh, now that is sharp!!! Always thought they looked great as a kid, guess that's one reason I ended up owning one.

Greg: Thanks! I love the car.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by fussionboy on Friday, April 17, 2020 9:17 PM

I was an Alignment and genral mechanic at the Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Auroura/Cadillac and GMC Dealer in Stillwater,Mn.

I got a work order for a black T/A with a heavy gas smell in it. Imagine my suprise whenI get in and its a Limited Edition Blackhawk. Number plate on the center console. The owner had overfilled the gas tank dumping the extra fuel into the canister on the evap system. Heck yeah I road tested it, I never turned in a work order without knowing the problem was fixed. No I did not drive it like I stole it, just a route that I used to check Alignments and other road issues.

That was a Good Day.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 4:59 AM

This is going to be good..

  

Nick.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:41 AM

fussionboy

I was an Alignment and genral mechanic at the Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Auroura/Cadillac and GMC Dealer in Stillwater,Mn.

I got a work order for a black T/A with a heavy gas smell in it. Imagine my suprise whenI get in and its a Limited Edition Blackhawk. Number plate on the center console. The owner had overfilled the gas tank dumping the extra fuel into the canister on the evap system. Heck yeah I road tested it, I never turned in a work order without knowing the problem was fixed. No I did not drive it like I stole it, just a route that I used to check Alignments and other road issues.

That was a Good Day.

 

Thank you for dropping in fellow Pontiac tech!! I remember the Firehawks but I may have to look in to the Blackhawk. You've got me interested with that. 

                   

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:41 AM

crown r n7

This is going to be good..

 

Thanks for droppin' in Nick. Great to have you in here.

                   

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, April 18, 2020 12:07 PM

I totally dig those ram air TAs. I've always wanted one. My brother had a black one. I'm totally stoked to watch this one come alive.

BK

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:40 PM

Good looking build, Joe!  Great job!  I rebuilt the '89 Turbo Trans Am a little while ago.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:32 AM

Brandon: Glad you're taggin' along. I think Pontiac released a commercial with a black T/A Ram Air. It's a little rough and grainy but this is it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCtipr5B0Hk

Mike: Thanks bud. I aint got it built just yet now. lol. That T/A of yours looks great

Got the engine finished up this morning. It only took me around a week to get everything painted and together on this one and I stuck to my guns on the OOB goal all except for the oil filter decal. It's not much but it adds a lot to any engine build. For some reason the exhaust manifold texture came out grainy in the photos but it looks smooth in real life. Weird. Anyways, here's my 5.7 liter LS1 engine for this beast. It's my first OOB engine in decades.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 


 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 


 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

                   

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:39 AM

                   

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:10 AM

Considering that's a Revel engine, I'd say it looks amazing. One would think that was a resin piece. Nice!!

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:11 AM

Mr Mike

Good looking build, Joe!  Great job!  I rebuilt the '89 Turbo Trans Am a little while ago.

 

I would love to find one of these in a kit. Let me know if anyone knows of any for reasonable prices.

BK

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, April 27, 2020 1:38 PM

That turned out fantastic Joe. You managed to capture a true sense of realism. Superb job of cleaning up the parts and some top notch painting. Yes, the oil filter decal is real nice touch and adds to the effect. Well done Sir!

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 27, 2020 5:28 PM

Mustang: Great job there!!! Almost a shame to stick that under the hood.

Mike: Ohhhhhhhhh cool!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, April 27, 2020 9:01 PM

That's a mean looking LS1 Joe!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, April 27, 2020 10:34 PM

Taking a picture of a real motor and saying that it's the kit motor does not count.Big Smile. Back in the day, GM used to do a thing called Autoshows in Motion, where you could drive the entire GM lineup.  I got into a GTO, and was a little aggressive with it (I may have been warned by by the overseers not to do that again, but I plead the Fifth).  My friend asked me what I thought of it and told him that I liked it, but could do without the annoying beeping every time I turned the steering wheel. He tells me that was the traction control alarm. Lone Star Park's parking lot was (and still is, makes autocrossing much more fun) very gravelly, and the beeping occurred when the tires broke loose.  Never really took to the F-body or GTO, but a G8 GXP or first gen CTS-V is on the wish list.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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