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Parts Used In This Episode

Accel
Distributor Cap, HEI Corrected Design, Red, Clamp-Down, GM, V8, Each
Carbon Kustoms
70-76 Firebird Shaker, Carbon Fiber
Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI)
Heat Protection, Boom Mat, 12 in. x 23 in., Self-Adhesive, Set of 20
Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI)
Sound Deadener Installation Tool, Roller, Wood/Rubber, 2 in. Width, Each
Dupli-Color
Carbon Fiber Kit; (2) 11 oz Aerosol
Dupli-Color
Grease and Wax Remover, 11 oz., Each
Kimberly-Clark Professional
Scott Pro-Shop Towel, Blue Roll
Loctite
Loctite 30544 10.5-Oz. Aerosol All-Purpose Spray Adhesive
Loctite
Loctite 75430 Extend Rust Treatment - 1 Quart
Mr. Gasket
Micro-Electric Fuel Pump - for Ethanol and Methanol - 35GPH @ 4-7 PSI
Single Source
PPG Epoxy Primer Black-DP90LF
The Industrial Depot
The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware and Shop Supplies
YearOne
1976-1981 console models 1-piece carpet. Color : Saddle
YearOne
1978 models with Standard Interior front bucket seat covers. Color : Camel
YearOne
Functional Shaker hood scoop conversion kit for 1973-1976 Trans Am models with 400 and 455 Pontiac engines

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> TODAY ON DETROIT MUSCLE, WE'RE GONNA GET ALL UP INSIDE IT AS OUR GIVEAWAY TRANS AM'S INTERIOR

GETS SOME LOVE AND ATTENTION. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW JUST SWAPPING THE CARPET CAN LEAVE A LOT UNDONE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FLOOR PANS. FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN ATTAIN A CARBON FIBER LOOK ON YOUR FACTORY PIECES, LEARN THE INS AND OUTS OF RESCUING AND MODERNIZING ALUMINUM TRIM, AND TAKE YOUR HOOD SCOOP FROM FAKE TO FUNCTIONAL.

(JOE)>> THERE'S NOT MUCH LEFT TO DO ON OUR 1978 TRIBUTE TRANS AM GIVEAWAY CAR. AFTER AN ENGINE UPGRADE, SUSPENSION, REAR, AND NEW PAINT, WE'RE LEFT WITH A BIG BLACK BIRD THAT'S NEARING ITS COMPLETION.

(TOMMY)>> AT THIS POINT WE'VE JUST ABOUT GOT ALL THE DECALS ON OUR TRANS AM HERE. BUT WITH OVER 200 FEET OF STRIPE, WELL IT TAKES A DANG GOOD BIT TO GET THEM ALL ON THERE.

(JOE)>> YEAH BUT TIME WELL SPENT MISTER TOM, ESPECIALLY WITH THAT NEW GOLDEN FIREBIRD FLAPPING ITS WINGS ON THE HOOD. I LIKE THAT THING. YOU KNOW NOW IT'S TIME FROM THE OUTSIDE INSIDE THOUGH.

AND WELL YOU KNOW THIS, THE INTERIOR IN THIS THING'S IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE, IN NEED OF TLC. WE JUST PULLED UP THE CARPET AND PULLED OUT THE SEATS AND DIDN'T FIND ANY MONEY LIKE WE USED TO. BUT WHAT WE DID FIND OUT IS THE FLOOR ITSELF IS IN PRETTY SERIOUS NEED OF ATTENTION. SO OUR FIRST STEP IS TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS. OH YOU THOUGHT TV WORK WAS GLAMOROUS RIGHT?

ANYBODY NEED A USED TOOTH PICK? THEY MAY BE DIRTY AND DINGY, BUT THE METAL UNDERNEATH IS IN GOOD SHAPE. WE SAW TO THAT WHEN WE INSPECTED THE CAR FOR PURCHASE AND WORKED UNDER THE CHASSIS. THE FACTORY SOUND DEADENING MATERIAL IS GOING AWAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SOMETHING BETTER.

(TOMMY)>> YOU GOT ABOUT ALL THAT OLE SOUND DEADENING MATT SCRAPPED UP?

(JOE)>> YEAH, JUST ABOUT, I THINK THIS'LL ABOUT DO IT AND WE CAN HIT IT WITH A VACUUM CLEANER.

(TOMMY)>> SOMETIMES THIS STUFF IS STUCK PRETTY GOOD IN IT.

(JOE)>> YES IT IS! BEEN HERE A FEW YEARS.

LIKE I WAS SAYING, THIS MIGHT NOT BE GLAMOROUS

BUT HEY, AT LEAST I GOT TOMMY TO HELP.

(TOMMY)>> THEN WE'LL BUST OUT THE BUCKET AND SOME SCOTT PRO SHOP TOWELS TO WASH IT DOWN. THERE'S NOTHING TOO FANCY HERE, JUST SOAP TO GET IT CLEAN.

(JOE)>> THERE IS A SMALL AMOUNT OF SURFACE

RUST TO CONTEND WITH. SO WE'LL KNOCK THAT OUT WITH SOME LOCTITE EXTEND RUST TREATMENT.

(TOMMY)>> ALRIGHT GUYS, WE'RE READY TO INSTALL OUR

BOOM MAT THAT WE GOT FROM DEI. NOW THE INSTALLATION IS PRETTY MUCH STRAIGHT FORWARD.

YOU JUST PEEL OFF THIS LITTLE WAX PAPER AND THEN STICK IT ON. THE BEAUTY WITH THIS STUFF ALSO, WELL IT REDUCES THE TEMPERATURE AND NOISE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. THIS LITTLE ROLLER HELPS TO MAKE THE JOB A GOOD DEAL EASIER, AS WELL AS KEEPING THE MAT LAID DOWN NICE AND FLAT FOR YOU. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, SOUND AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL

MATERIAL LIKE THIS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR RIDE.

(JOE)>> NOTHING LIKE BRAND NEW CARPET FOR THE FOUNDATION OF AN INTERIOR MAKEOVER. THIS WE GOT FROM YEAR ONE IS CUSTOM MOLDED FOR OUR TA, AND IT'S GOT JUTE BACKING FOR A LITTLE CUSHION. HOWEVER BEFORE WE THROW THIS THING IN THE CAR, WE'LL SHOW

YOU A LITTLE TRICK THAT'LL MAKE LIFE A LOT EASIER WHEN IT'S TIME TO INSTALL SEATS. IF YOU LOOSELY INSTALL SOME BOLTS INTO THE HOLES WHERE THE SEATS MOUNT UP, ONCE THE CARPET'S LAID DOWN YOU'LL BE ABLE TO FEEL THIS THROUGH THE CARPET. CUT A LITTLE SLIT FOR A NEAT INSTALLATION. THE WAY WE SEE IT, IT ONLY TAKES ONE CHICKEN TO LAY AN EGG, BUT TO LAY A CARPET IT HELPS TO HAVE TWO SETS OF HANDS.

OURS IS A LITTLE ON THE LOOSE SIDE. SO SPRAYING SOME LOCTITE ADHESIVE ON THE BACK HELPS TO MAKE FOR A TIGHTER FIT. THEN AFTER A FEW MINUTES OF TUCKING AND PAT DOWN, THIS JOB'S COVERED.

(TOMMY)>> NEXT, AFTER SOME CLEAN UP AND FRESH PAINT, THE REAR SIDE PANELS CAN GO IN PLACE ALONG WITH THE SAIL PANELS.

(JOE)>> WELL TOM'S HARD AT WORK RECOVERING THE FACTORY SEATS, REPLACING THE BORING BLACK VINYL WITH A SET OF CAMEL COLORED FABRIC COVERS FROM YEAR ONE THAT COME WITH TRIM THAT MATCHES OUR CARPET, ANOTHER LITTLE TOUCH THAT'LL SET THIS BANDIT APART FROM THE REST.

WHILE HE'S DOING THE FRONT SEATS I'M GONNA PLUG OUR CONSOLE BACK IN.

(ANNOUNCER)>> COMING UP, WHILE TOMMY UNLOADS THE BIG

RED SEAT COVER FAUX PAS, WE'LL DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF ILLUSIONARY CARBON FIBER PANELS. ALSO MAKE YOUR WAY AROUND A HIDDEN JUNGLE OF AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY WITH A DETROIT TREASURE HUNT.

(JOE)>> THESE SUPER DUPER RAD SEAT COVERS HAVE PERFORMED THEIR DUTY AND IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO BE RETIRED FROM THE BUCKET SEATS OF OUR TRIBUTE TRANS AM. THE FACTORY BLACK VINYL COVERS ARE PRETTY TIRED TOO, SO THEY CAN GO AWAY AS WELL. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE FOAM IS IN GREAT SHAPE. A PAIR OF HOG RING PLIERS AND A BOX OF HOG RINGS ARE THE WEAPONS OF CHOICE TO GET OUR NEW COVERS IN PLACE.

(TOMMY)>> WHILE DOCTOR TOM FINISHES UP HIS SEAT SURGERY

I WANT TO TRY SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

WE USE SPRAY PAINT ON EVERYTHING FROM ENGINES TO TRIM PIECES, BUT THE GUYS AT DUPLICOLOR ARE ALWAYS COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS FOR NEW PRODUCTS LIKE THIS KIT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO GIVE A CARBON FIBER LOOK TO JUST ABOUT ANY ACCESSORY.

IN OUR CASE THIS CONSOLE COVER FROM OUR PONTIAC. YOU GET THE CAN OF GRAPHITE METALLIC BASE COAT, BLACK TOP COAT, AND THIS MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN. IT'S THEIR DIMENSIONAL EFFECTS TEMPLATE. NOW THE FIRST STEP, AS WITH ANY PAINTING PROJECT, IS TO GET THE PART CLEAN AND I LIKE TO USE THIS DUPLICOLOR PREP SPRAY.

NEXT TWO TO THREE COATS OF BASE COAT FOR A DEEP GRAPHITE METALLIC BASE. AFTER AN HOUR WE CAN LAY DOWN THE TEMPLATE AND THE FLATTER TO THE SURFACE THE BETTER. THEN TWO MEDIUM WET COATS OF BLACK TOP COAT. NO FLASH TIME BETWEEN THOSE COATS. ALLOW THAT TO DRY FOR FIVE MINUTES BEFORE REMOVING THE TEMPLATE AND REVEALING A NICE, SUBTLE CARBON FIBER LOOK THAT WORKS FOR BOTH METAL AND PLASTIC.

A FEW HOURS LATER THE PART'S READY TO REINSTALL, AND FOR EXTRA GLOSS AND DURABILITY YOU CAN ADD CLEAR COAT. NOW THE USES FOR A CARBON FIBER KIT LIKE THIS ARE ONLY LIMITED TO YOUR TIME AND IMAGINATION, AND IMAGINE THESE VALVE COVERS WOULD LOOK GOOD WITH IT.

(TOMMY)>> WELL ALRIGHT GUYS, WE'RE READY TO GET STARTED ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR BRIGHT WORK ON THE TRANS AM.

NOW ORIGINALLY THIS STUFF IS IN ALUMINUM TRIM THAT'S GOT AN ANODIZED COATING ON IT. THE PROBLEM BEHIND THAT STUFF IS WELL OVER TIME, IT KINDA TURNS MILKY AND CLOUDY LOOKING. NOW I'M GONNA HIT THIS WITH THE OLE BUFFER OVER HERE TO SHOW YOU WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. THAT'S THE DISCOLORATION THAT I WAS REFERRING TOO, THIS MILKY LOOKING BIT RIGHT HERE. NOW YOU CAN GET THAT ANODIZED COATING OFF WITH SOME OVEN CLEANER AND A SCOTCH BRITE PAD. YOU JUST SIMPLY SPRAY IT ON AND THEN SCRUB IT OFF, BUT IT'S PRETTY MESSY AND IT'S REALLY LABOR INTENSIVE. AND WHENEVER YOU'RE ALL SAID AND DONE, YOU'VE GOT A RAW PIECE OF ALUMINUM THAT YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO COME BACK AND POLISH IT PRETTY OFTEN SO THAT YOU CAN MAINTAIN THAT HIGH GLOSS. SO WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS ACTUALLY PAINT THIS STUFF SEMIGLOSS BLACK TO GIVE OUR CAR THAT MODERN LOOK.

(JOE)>> I'LL BET YOU NEED SOME SCOTCH BRITE, HAVE A PAD OR TWO ON ME.

(TOMMY)>> I APPRECIATE THAT, I'M GONNA LET YOU USE TWO OF THEM THOUGH.

(JOE)>> OH YEAH, YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T WANT TO PUT THIS IN THE SAND BLASTER WOULD YOU?

(TOMMY)>> WELL YOU COULD PUT IT IN THE SAND BLASTER BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE TO DIAL THE PRESSURE BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU COULD DISTORT THE ALUMINUM.

(JOE)>> WELL LETS STICK WITH THIS. AND YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO GET INSIDE THESE CHANNELS AND GET ALL THIS CRUD OUT CAUSE THIS COULD WIND UP IN THE PAINT, AND WE DON'T WANT THAT DO WE TOM?

(TOMMY)>> THAT'S RIGHT BUDDY. THE FIRST THING WE'RE GONNA BE SPRAYING ON IS SOME PPG DP 90 EPOXY PRIMER. NOW WE HAVE TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE NEED A TIE COAT, WHICH IS GOING TO TIE OUR BASE COAT TO THE ALUMINUM PIECES WE'RE ABOUT TO PAINT.

(JOE)>> THE REASON YOU NEED THAT TIE COAT TOM WAS TALKING ABOUT IS BECAUSE BASE COAT TYPICALLY HAS A HARD TIME STICKING TO ANODIZED ALUMINUM PARTS.

(TOMMY)>> BUT WITH THE EPOXY SEALER LAID DOWN WE'RE GOOD TO GO WITH SPRAYING DOWN SOME BLACK BASE COAT. THEN WE'RE GONNA FOLLOW THAT UP WITH SOME FLAT CLEAR. YES, FLAT CLEAR, NOT THAT GLOSSY STUFF. ONCE IT'S CURED WE'VE ADDED A MODERNIZED EDGE TO OUR TA'S TRIM.

(ANNOUNCER)>> COMING UP, WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU GO HUNTING AFTER HIDDEN GEMS IN YOUR LOCAL AUTOMOTIVE GRAVEYARDS. ALSO WE'VE GOT AN EASY TO INSTALL HOOD SCOOP MOD THAT TAKES YOUR RIDE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

(JOE)>> WELL TODAY ON OUR HUNT FOR SOME DETROIT TREASURE TOMMY AND I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. HOWEVER WE DO KNOW THAT OVER THE HILL HERE IS A COLLECTION OWNED BY A SELF PROCLAIMED JUNKAHOLIC.

(TOMMY)>> YEAH TO SOME PEOPLE IT MAY BE A

BUNCH OF JUNK, BUT TO HIM HE USES A TERM, SPECIAL INTEREST ANTIQUES. SO LETS JUST CHECK THEM OUT AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT HE'S GOT.

(JOE)>> I LIKE THAT TERM.

(TOMMY)>> I DO TOO!

(JOE)>> WHEN THE OWNER RETIRED FROM HIS NINE TO FIVE JOB, HIS COLLECTION OBSESSION WENT INTO OVERDRIVE.

THE PLAN WAS TO BUY ONE, RESTORE IT, THEN BUY ANOTHER AND SO ON. WELL SO MUCH FOR THE PLAN.

(GARY)>> WELL I WOULD FIND ONE I LIKE, THEN I KEPT IT. THEN I'D FIND ANOTHER ONE I'D LIKE, AND I KEPT. AND WORK A LITTLE BIT ON THEM AND GET SIDE TRACKED AND FIND SOMETHING ELSE.

(JOE)>> NOW NORMALLY WHEN WE GO ON THESE TREASURE HUNTS WE'RE ON A MISSION TO DECODE A SPECIFIC CAR AND SEE IF IT'S A RARE JEWEL, BUT IN THIS CASE THERE'S SO MUCH COOL STUFF TO LOOK AT, INCLUDING A LITERAL BOATLOAD OF CHROME, THAT WE'LL JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE SIGHTS. AFTER ALL IT'S A LOT OF FUN TO GANDER AT THESE OLD RIDES. I THOUGHT WE'D START WITH SOME OF THE OLDER CARS HE'S GOT HERE. AND LOOKS LIKE UNDER THIS SHED IS A GOOD ONE. BEHIND THIS VEGETATION FIVE WINDOW COUPE '34 FORD. NOW THIS COULD BE A REAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH, NO

KIDDING, BECAUSE THE GUY HAD A STREET ROD PROJECT. IT'S A REAL STEEL START.

(TOMMY)>> NOW AT FIRST GLANCE MOST PEOPLE MAY THINK THIS IS A BUNCH OF SCRAP METAL, BUT MAN THESE CARS ARE ICONIC. YOU'VE GOT A MODELA ROADSTER, A '34 FORD SEDAN, AND ANOTHER '34 COUPE SITTING IN THE

MIDDLE OF THIS STUFF.

WITH THESE CARS, WELL THEY STARTED HOT RODDING. THEY WERE LIGHT WEIGHT, FAIRLY CHEAP, AND BEGINNING IN 1932 POWERED BY THE LEGENDARY FLATHEAD VEIGHT. SIMPLE BY THE TODAY'S HIGH TECH STANDARDS, THE FLAT HEAD WAS UNMATCHED FOR BUILDING GO FAST POWER ON THE CHEAP.

(JOE)>> THE FLAT HEAD SPAWNED THE MODERN AFTER MARKET SPEED EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY, AND IT BECAME THE FAVORITE OF BOOT LEGGARS AND DRY LAKES RACERS ALIKE. WELL FLASH FORWARD TO 1953 AND '54 WHEN FORD TOOK A PAGE OUT OF THE CUSTOM CAR BOOK AND MADE THIS PRODUCTION MODEL. IT CAME WITH A VEIGHT, IT WAS A TWO DOOR HARD TOP WITH A LOT OF COOL FEATURES, AND WELL THEY CALLED IT A SKYLINER.

WHY, WELL JUST LOOK OVER THE DRIVER'S SEAT. THE ICONIC GREEN TINTED ACRYLIC PANEL PROVIDED AN OPEN AIR FEEL. FORD EVEN PRODUCED A FEW SEE THROUGH HOODS FOR DEALER SHOWROOM DISPLAYS. EXPERTS SAY ONLY ABOUT 20 CARS STILL HAVE THIS RARE FEATURE. MOST ALL OF THESE CARS NOW COMPETE WITH VEGETATION FOR ATTENTION. THIS CHEVY'S EVEN GOT A TREE GROWING

WHERE THE ENGINE WAS. BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT MOST HAVE A STORY TO TELL.

(GARY)>> IT'S TOO BAD THEY DON'T TALK, HUH?

(TOMMY)>> ONE THING I REALLY ENJOY ABOUT CARS OUT OF THE

'50'S IS, WELL THEY'VE GOT PERSONALITY TO THEM. I REMEMBER AS A SMALL KIT, MY DAD HAD A '56, AND HIM TELLING ME, WELL YOU NEED TO SEE IF YOU CAN FIND HOW TO PUT GAS IN THIS OLD CAR.

I WALKED AROUND THAT CAR FOUR OR FIVE TIMES AND THEN FINALLY HE SHOWED ME HOW. AND I REALLY BELIEVE THAT'S WHAT'S GOT ME HOOKED ON THESE OLD CARS.

(JOE)>> WELL TOMMY GOT THE OLD CAR PERSONALITY PART RIGHT. SOME VEHICLES TODAY ARE MORE LIKE WELL DISPOSABLE APPLIANCES. GARY OBVIOUSLY HAS A SPECIAL FONDNESS FOR THE PERSONALITIES OF CHEVY IMPALAS.

(TOMMY)>> FADED WINDOW STICKERS TELL US THIS '60 MODEL SPENT SOME TIME ON THE DRAG STRIP.

(JOE)>> SPEAKING OF RACING, THIS MONTE CARLO IS

APPARENTLY AN '86 OR '87 AERO COUPE, GM'S LIMITED

EDITION NASCAR FORD FIGHTER. IF YOU EVER SPOT ONE OF THESE, YOU MAY WANT TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH A COUPLE OF OTHER CARS WITH NASCAR ROOTS. CHARGER DAYTONAS AND SUPERBIRDS ARE NOW A COUPLE OF THE MOST PRIZED MUSCLE CARS OUT THERE.

(TOMMY)>> SOME OF THESE CARS ARE SLATED FOR CRUSHING UNTIL CAR CAME ALONG.

AND ALTHOUGH HE WOULD GLADLY LET MOST OF THEM GO FOR A PRICE, THERE'S ONE '48 CHEVY CONVERTIBLE HE WON'T.

A CAR FULL OF MEMORIES SHARED WITH A GIRLFRIEND WHO BECAME HIS WIFE.

(JOE)>> IT'S PROBABLY SPECIAL MEMORIES THAT WOULD INSPIRE SOMEONE TO INVEST MONEY AND WORK INTO BRINGING ROAD LIFE BACK TO ONE OF THESE OLD CLASSICS.

(TOMMY)>> NOW THE WAY WE FOUND THIS NEAT PLACE WAS THIS ONE SINGLE CAR THAT YOU COULD SEE FROM THE ROAD. YOU'RE NOT GONNA FIND THIS TYPE OF PLACE JUST PECKING AROUND ON THE INTERNET. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO GET OFF THE COUCH AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN FIND.

(JOE)>> YEAH NO DOUBT YOU CAN FIND ALL KINDS OF COLLECTIONS OF DETROIT TREASURES IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. AND HECK, EVEN IF YOU DON'T BUY SOMETHING, IT'S LIKE GOING TO THE MUSEUM FOR FREE. YOU KNOW I DO LIKE THIS FLEET LINE. I THINK IT WOULD LOOK GOOD GREEN.

(TOMMY)>> IT'D LOOK GOOD ANY COLOR, EVEN RUSTY.

(ANNOUNCER)>> COMING UP, YEAH WE KNOW IT'S SCARY TO CUT INTO YOUR CAR, BUT YOU HAVE TO BREAK SOME EGGS IF YOU WANT TO MAKE AN OMELET, OR A FUNCTIONAL HOOD SCOOP.

(JOE)>> OTHER THAN THAT BIG BIRD ON THE HOOD, NOTHING SAYS TRANS AM LIKE THE SIGNATURE SHAKER HOOD SCOOP LIKE THIS. NOW FROM '70 TO '73 THESE THINGS WERE ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL. THEY'D OPEN UP AND LET COOL, DENSE AIR INTO THE CARBURETOR. OF COURSE IN '78, WELL OURS IS PRETTY MUCH JUST FOR APPEARANCE UNTIL NOW. WE'RE GONNA MAKE OURS OPEN AND CLOSE WITH THIS KIT FROM YEAR ONE THAT INCLUDES A HINGED FLAP, SOLENOID BRACKET, EVERYTHING WE NEED HERE TO WIRE IT UP. LETS START BY GRABBING A HALF INCH DRILL BIT AND

GIVING OURSELVES A PLACE TO BEGIN CUTTING. THE CORNERS ARE TRICKY, SO I'LL PUT ONE HERE TOO.

A BODY SAW BLOWS THROUGH THIS FIBERGLASS LIKE A KNIFE THROUGH BUTTER. THE INITIAL CUT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO COME BACK AND HIT IT SOME MORE. YOU CAN USE THE SAW KINDA LIKE A FILE TO WHITTLE

AWAY EXCESS MATERIAL. AND YOU CAN USE AN ACTUAL FILE FOR THE FINE TUNING. LAST OF ALL SOME SANDING HELPS GET

IT NICE AND SMOOTH. IF YOU HAVE TO COME BACK AND DO SOME MORE FILING, HEY NO SWEAT. WELL NEXT WE'RE GONNA FLIP THE SCOOP OVER AND GET READY TO MOUNT THIS FLAPPER. FIRST THOUGH I WANT TO SAND OFF THE AREA THAT WE'RE GONNA APPLY GLUE ON AND CLEAN IT UP A BIT.

THE FLAP NEEDS A LITTLE SCUFFING AS WELL TO GIVE OUR EPOXY A GOOD PLACE TO ADHERE. THEN WE CAN LAY THE EPOXY DOWN ON BOTH THE BODY OF THE SCOOP AND THE FLAP ITSELF. WITH THAT WE CAN STICK IT IN PLACE AND WE'LL HOLD IT DOWN WITH A SMALL WEIGHT PLATE.

WELL NOW THAT THE FLAPPER IS FIRMLY IN PLACE, I'VE GOT THIS PIECE OF YELLOW LINKAGE ATTACHED TO IT. AND THE PLUNGER ON THE SOLENOID, NOW THAT IT'S CENTERED UP, WE CAN MARK SOME HOLES ON THE BRACKET, DRILL INTO THIS METAL TAB.

NOW THAT EVERYTHING'S INSTALLED AND WIRED UP, WE CAN USE THIS LITTLE HAND TOOL BATTERY TO SEE IF THIS THING WORKS.

LOOKS LIKE WE'RE IN BUSINESS AND WE'VE GOT A FULLY FUNCTIONAL HOOD SCOOP JUST LIKE THE TA'S IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS.

(TOMMY)>> IF YOU'RE FEEDING YOUR CARBURETED ENGINE ETHANOL BLENDED FUEL OR EVEN E-85, MISTER GASKET'S GOT A MICROELECTRIC FUEL PUMP FOR YOU. IT'S A 12 VOLT PUMP THAT CAN PRODUCE FOUR TO SEVEN PSI AND FLOW 35 GALLONS PER HOUR. AT MAXIMUM DELIVERY IT DRAWS AN AVERAGE OF TWO AMPS. IT'S A TWO WIRE HOOK UP AND COMES WITH ALL THE FITTINGS AND HARDWARE THAT YOU NEED TO INSTALL IT.

(JOE)>> WHEN WE DECIDED TO SWAP OUR BANDIT TRANS AM'S

ORIGINAL HOOD WITH SOMETHING DURABLE AND LIGHT WEIGHT, WE RELIED ON A SOURCE CALLED CARBON KUSTOMS. THOSE GUYS ARE ALL ABOUT CREATING NEW CARBON FIBER PARTS FOR 1970 TO '81 FBODIES, EVERYTHING FROM

COWL PANELS TO DOOR SKINS. WELL HERE'S THE LATEST ADDITION TO THEIR LINE UP, A CUSTOM MOLDED HOOD SCOOP THAT'S MADE FROM HIGH GRADE CARBON FIBER AND IT'S MADE TO LAST, IT'S LIGHT WEIGHT, AND OF COURSE DURABLE.

(TOMMY)>> YOU KNOW IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO WEAR THE RIGHT CAP FOR THE RIGHT OCCASION, AND THAT APPLIES TO A DISTRIBUTOR. IF YOU'VE GOT A GM HEI WITH THE RIGHT HAND

ROTATION, THIS CAP FROM ACCEL PUT YOUR WIRES IN NEAT, PERFECT ORDER. IT'S A HIGH PERFORMANCE PIECE WITH THE STRESS RELIEF MOLDING, SPECIAL INTERNAL RIBS, AND TALLER TOWERS TO CONTAIN CROSS FIRING. PLUS THE BRASS TERMINALS ARE INDEXED FOR MAXIMUM CONDUCTION OF ELECTRICITY. THAT'S GONNA CAP OFF TODAY'S ROUND OF DETROIT MUSCLE. YOU GUYS COME BACK AND SEE US.
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