Pontiac GTA Enhancement information and discussions with Technical DIY and performance tuning information for the hardcore Pontiac GTA Owners and Enthusiasts.
Forum | Register Now | Members | Search | How Do I... | Calendar

Go Back   The GTA Source Page Message Forums > GTA SPECIFIC > GTA TECH

GTA TECH Want to discuss technical topics about your GTA.... engine tuning, mechanical upgrades, problem areas, etc.? Then post it HERE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-24-2016   #1
rarebmx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 37


I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

I posted on the Facebook page but deleted due to that page being public & don't like old friends knowing about my 3rd gen issues. I bought the red one out of CA that I'm sure some of you saw. This is my 3rd, 3rd gen convertible. I also own an 87 & 89 IROC as well as an 89 IROC 5.7 ttop car.
I know most don't like the verts because they "flex". The purpose of my collection is to driverify on occasion & take to shows & improve them anytime possible.
This will be my 1st GTA but I did have an 86 WS6 T/A that someone converted the outside to KITT. I was too embarrassed to ever drive that one & the furthest I ever drove it was down the driveway until sold.
I think the 3rd gen HP cars (GTA, IROC, T/A, Z28 & B4C) cars are still extremely undervalued. The GN & TTA have taken off but I'm not into all out fast cars. I drive them to appreciate the little time machine factor. I like hitting the garage door opener & seeing them in the garage on any given day & hoping in to take a drive up the road yo get s doda. I run historic plates on them, so I'm limited to 1000 miles/yr anyway.
I'm pretty excited & flying from Missouri to CA in a week to drive her home. I'll get a feel for t g e car in my 1700 mike journey. How many times do you get to take historic Route 66 in a convertible for 1700 miles!


Last edited by rarebmx; 10-24-2016 at 10:33 AM.
rarebmx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016   #2
JonBlake
Hopefully soon to be restored Third Gen owner.
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 247


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Nice looking GTA. Good luck with the drive though cause it's not exactly the best time of year to be driving one of these cross country. It's raining in some parts of Cali right now and snowing in some parts of the country with salt on the roads.
JonBlake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016   #3
rarebmx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 37


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Thank you. Yes, could be scary going North but staying deep south. Bad weather is possible but should be far enough South.
rarebmx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016   #4
DynoDave
Registered User
 
DynoDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 253


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

She's a beauty rarebmx. Congratulations on the purchase!

Have you been working on a Route 66 plan? Lots to see and do, lots to avoid, not always well marked.
__________________
DynoDave
1988 Pontiac Trans Am
POCI #72200
DynoDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016   #5
rarebmx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 37


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

DynoDave. I've not done much planning yet. We are going to try & make it a 2 day trip.....25 hrs. I have no issues driving 14hrs at a time but it could possibly run into 3 days. I'm paying a friends way out to drive back with me. First day we'll arrive around noon in Ontario, CA, then wrap up details & drive the car for maybe 6 hrs to Arizona. Then wake early & hit the road. Whatever happens, happens I guess. We'll hit a spot or two but for the most part DRIVE. Shipping out some tools & parts so I have some spares just in case. Kind of winging it. That should be the fun part I guess. It will be a story for sure.
rarebmx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2016   #6
rarebmx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 37


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Day two of the trip back to the Midwest. Car is doing well. Headlight motors are weak & will need rebuilt or swapped but car driving well.
rarebmx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2016   #7
DynoDave
Registered User
 
DynoDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 253


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

What a great car for a road trip. Enjoy every minute!

Headlamp motors...a job we'll all have to do some day, if we haven't already. I know one of mine was replaced be the dealer for the 1st owner. And so far so good. But you know that original is just a ticking time bomb....
__________________
DynoDave
1988 Pontiac Trans Am
POCI #72200
DynoDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2016   #8
rarebmx
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 37


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Thank you DynoDave. Making progress & car doing great.
rarebmx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2016   #9
89-5.7GTA
Tony
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Rocky River Ohio
Posts: 304



GTA Year: 1989
GTA Engine: 350 TPI Automatic
Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Cool ride for a Rt. 66 trip. Hope you got the top down for some of it. I have done about 3/4th of 66 in my '07 Vette convertible. Have to get Arizona and west someday. Drove my '89 GTA T-top to Mt. Airy NC early October - first long trip in that car. The Vette is a manual and I have to admit, I did enjoy not having to shift the GTA.
__________________
L98
700R4
3.27
89-5.7GTA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2016   #10
89JerseyGTA
Registered User
 
89JerseyGTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 427


Re: I bought it....89 GTA 5.7 Vert

Nice car, I have an Iroc vert as part of my TG affliction. Wish I had more time to drive them. My GTA has Ttops, I keep them out all summer. Enjoy Rt 66
turning cold out here on the East Coast.
__________________
[/SIGPIC]
89 GTA 350
1990 Iroc Vert 305
Previous cars
69 Camaro (81 to 84)
78 Trans Am(84 to 86)
84 Trans Am (86 to 88)
89JerseyGTA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1987 gta vs 1992 trans am vert??? 87350gtanj GTA MISC 11 03-09-2015 09:38 AM
88 GTA 5.7 Catalyst flange size fcortes795 GTA TECH 0 01-08-2015 09:42 PM
*** FS: 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA..50k miles..NY *** CLASSYGTA GTA CARS FOR SALE 25 02-24-2012 12:57 PM
Just bought GTA convertible today 15 OCT 10....from the junkyard TA PARTS PLACE GTA DOCUMENTATION/RESEARCH 39 03-06-2011 09:15 AM
1988 GTA 5.7 'vert Wes GTA ONLINE FOR SALE ADS 5 08-22-2008 03:39 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.