TransAm sport truck
Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:08 PM
This will be a long road to travel!
Posted 18 September 2010 - 04:37 PM
Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:07 PM
Daniel, first let me say I will be watching this with great interest, the Trans Am Type K Sportwagon has always been one of my favorite non production Trans Am subjects! I wish you the best in doing this conversion.
No no no, I absolutely have to! The problem so far is finding a '77 TransAm nearby, they being a few years out of production and kind of scarce on the ground.
Also, I have been a fan of all year Trans Ams for many years, and have done much research on them also. You might try broadening your search for the donor of the non t-top roof, all from the 70 1/2 to 81 model years should work with no problem. The major changes during those model years was most noticeably the front facias and rear panels and taillights, but the main body was virtually the same through the run. The only change I'm aware of is the shape of the rear window, in the 75 (if I remember correctly) model year, Pontiac changed it to curve around the body into the B pillar like the window in the 10th anniversary car in your picture. The window prior to that was flat an slightly larger. Another route you may want to check into for the roof is the same model year Camaros, since they are the same Fisher body style of the Trans Am, and the roof should also interchange with no problems.
Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:47 PM
Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:15 AM
No problem, Daniel. I know the few Type K pics I've seen all had the 1979 front clip, and they had the Trans Am style scoops in the fenders. I'm going to be out most of the day today, but when I get back home, I'll see what type of reference pics I can dig up for you!
Thamks Highway. I was going to use the 77 Formulae for the roof. I need the standard 77 for the front clip although it looks as though some work will still need to be done around the front flare. The wagon seems to have less slope to the flare. The replicas were built using the 79 car as near as I can tell so that would be the easiest conversion but I would rather try to copy one of the original showcars. If anyone has some more pics I would appreciate any help in that direction as what I have is very limited.
Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:38 AM
Posted 19 September 2010 - 02:25 PM
First, here's a pic or two.
And here is the site I found them on:
There is a complete history of the cars, and I even learned these were built from 1978 cars, but were later converted to look like the 79-80 models, and there were two of the prototypes! I also found out that it was even featured in one episode of "The Rockford Files"!
I also ran across a pic of a later model late 80s or early 90s version, but I don't know if this was a factory concept or just an add on, since this wagon piece just replaces the stock rear window/trunk lid.
Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:14 PM
Posted 19 September 2010 - 05:52 PM
With the great job you did on the 58 Chevy this should be even better yet to watch as it unfolds!
Posted 19 September 2010 - 08:03 PM
No problem again, Daniel, I enjoy helping whenever I can!
Thanks Highway. I had not seen the Rockford site before. The TV car is obviously the original car that was reconfigured with the '79 frontend on the '78 body. The rear of the car looks unchanged from the original. I found some info and pics on the wheels that may have been used, another minefield! No matter how long this project takes I will bet that as soon as I am finished some more information will come to light.
As for wheels, I'm not sure exactly what is available in the 1/18 scale diecasts, but they are Pontiac Snowflake wheels that were common on Trans Ams, but they need to be this style from a 77 or later car.
I know you had mentioned the Bandit version, and that would have the correct wheels, you would just need to remove any gold like in my pic to make the all aluminum colored versions on the Type K.
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:51 PM
Fitting, jigged and soldered and test fitted.