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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:14 PM   #1
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Hey guys. Just getting back into cars after 14 yrs on bikes. Picked up an 80 T/A a few weeks ago, has what appears to be a stock 403. Looking forward to throwing out some rookie questions.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site, nice super chicken.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 09:05 PM   #3
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Those are coming into demand now so your in luck. Are you replacing the motor or have questions about it?
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Old January 12th, 2017, 03:22 AM   #4
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1st time I've heard super chicken, my brother will get a kick out of that.

Not rebuilding the engine but hopefully adding a few pieces to pick up a little power.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:27 AM   #5
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Welcome to out site. We'll help you build your 403. Let us know if you have questions.

BTW, very cool car!
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:39 AM   #6
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #7
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Hey guys. Just getting back into cars after 14 yrs on bikes. Picked up an 80 T/A a few weeks ago, has what appears to be a stock 403. Looking forward to throwing out some rookie questions.
Welcome. Be aware that the last 403 was built in the 1979 model year. If this really is a 403 in a 1980 F-body, it isn't original. Good luck with it.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:51 AM   #8
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Yes I am aware that it is not the original engine. I ran the engine and head info before I purchased the car. Thank you!
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Old January 12th, 2017, 06:55 AM   #9
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Yes I am aware that it is not the original engine. I ran the engine and head info before I purchased the car. Thank you!
Cool. It's interesting that someone would go through the trouble of changing the mounts, accessory brackets, exhaust, etc to install an Olds motor when a 455 Pontiac bolts in place of the 301 that car was born with.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 07:00 AM   #10
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I agree and a 455 would be great, some times it's just getting the car on the road I suppose. As of now the engine checkes out and runs good so it's going to be there for awhile.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 07:27 AM   #11
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Welcome to CO - great site and TONS of information to get your SC on the road. Post more photos when you can!


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Looks nice. I had a '79 w a 403. Fun car but not all that quick. Way better than the anemic 301. Maybe the PO came into a wrecked one & swapped everything over.
Post an under hood pic when you have a chance
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The previous owner didn't know much about the car, everything was done when he purchased it. I'll post some pics later.
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Some hints on the engine compartment that you may or may not be aware of- Shaker is supposed to have a rubber gasket to seal the engine bay from the elements, hole in front right corner of the shaker should have a nipple & a drain hose that kinds of sticks down by the PS pump & drains to the ground. Air cleaner is supposed to have a cols air intake that goes into the fender by the battery. 1st two fixes are pretty cheap and should be worthwhile. Last one is more expensive (people want a lot for those parts) and prob doesn't make that much of a difference but looks tidy. Just trying to help.

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Old January 12th, 2017, 10:51 AM   #16
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The gasket stays with the hood when it goes up, might be stuck? Or installed wrong? I moved the drain hose while doing a compression check and it broke off. Intake hose is missing in action.
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I love those T/As
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