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Glastron Trans Am 4 years 7 months ago #85689

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We have been asked to convert a Glastron Carlson Intimidator into an aquatic version of a 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Edition Trans Am...or as close as we can get it. On behalf of my staff, I have accepted the challenge. I am to be given free reign to design/execute the conversion. Even the trailer wheels will be vintage Trans Am. This project promises to be the most interesting and challenging we've ever had. I'm happier than a Kardashian with a butt reduction. The Glastron arrives here on November 16th. Stay tuned for nautical history in the making!

Just let me at it!
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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 7 months ago #85693

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The owner is looking forward to it as well Jan;
www.classicglastron.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=9579&p=57896#p57896
Evidently the boat looked a lot better in the pics than when he got it home for closer inspection, guess it was a little "harsh reality check"?
www.classicglastron.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=9535&start=20
He's in good hands now though, and I told him so. ;)

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 7 months ago #85696

OOOOOOO ! This sounds like it will be fun to watch ? I got the beer and Doritos ready... let me know when I should order the meat lovers pizza ?

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 7 months ago #85705

Very cool, can't wait to see that. Are you going to use the "honeycomb" rims on the trailer?

Bob

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 7 months ago #85735

For 1979 T/A would want the "snowflake" wheels. Honeycombs were 1976 and earlier 2nd gen. I know I'm picky lol.....damn car guys anyway. Would be awesome if you could incorperate the "splitter" exhaust tips and screaming chicken decal. My dad had a 1978 gold edition trans am when I was a kid. Loved that car. Can't wait to see what this looks like!

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89711

These are the wheels that will go on the trailer. Proper for the '79 Silver Anniversary.
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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89722

Glastrontransam wrote:

These are the wheels that will go on the trailer. Proper for the '79 Silver Anniversary.


Am I correct in assuming this is your Glastron that Jan is about to restore?

He does some super awesome work. I live near him and I will be stopping by just to look at this thing first hand when the work gets going on it.

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89726

Yes it is mine. I know he does incredible work. That's why I chose him for this project. I only hope I can make the trailer worthy of the boat. I've caught hell from the die hard keep it original klan on other forums for daring to do something different with it. I know there will be nothing else like it.

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89731

Cool, now will you be pulling it with the '79 Silver Anniversary Trans Am?

Bob

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89735

That would be cool. Now accepting donations. lol.

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89742

Glastrontransam wrote:

I've caught hell from the die hard keep it original klan on other forums for daring to do something different with it. I know there will be nothing else like it.


Then we think alike my friend, nothing better than being original AND one of a kind!

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 4 months ago #89746

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You need a car to pull molds off of. :)

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90348

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We have begun the transformation. First, we stripped the interior and all the fittings from the exterior. Then we cut away the existing dash area in order to incorporate a Trans Am dashboard. To do this, I bought a "junk" dashboard to use as a pattern for cutting the curves and building the sides to curve into each side to blend into the dash. (The boat is 10" wider than a Trans Am.) After the fiberglass sides have been cast, we'll remove the dash and begin the bodywork in preparation for painting. Anyway, here are a few photos that show the stages thus far.









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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90351

I am very interested in how you are going to make this all blend together, and look like it belongs. Just wondering, why didn't they just go with the glastron scimitar that came from the factory with T-tops?

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90357

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I believe it will all blend together quite well. I've done my homework. As for a Scimitar vs an Intimidator...you'd have to ask the owner.

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Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90367

Jan, are you planning to paint this boat or do gel-coat?

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There are two schools of thought but there are extenuating circumstances to be considered, not the least of which is the fact that the surface of the boat is pebble-grained...a factory screw-up, age or whatever. There's nothing "wrong" with the surface, it's just the way the fiberglass was originally laid down. (You should stop by and take a look at it...interesting but problematic.) So...the client has requested that it be made flat and the severe sanding which will be required will almost certainly mean re-gelcoating. Since I'm also assuming that there's no way I can perform a gelcoat dead-match to the original Silver Anniversary paint (two colors), at this point, I would guess that we'll be doing both gelcoat and painting. Copious experimentation is indicated.

Here is "Step A" in blending the boat bulkheads to the Trans Am dashboard. Step B will look much better...I promise.

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"Vintage quality beats new junk every time." - J. S. Hadley
"Anything supposed to do two things does both of them half-assed." - J. S. Hadley
"Success makes...

Re:Glasstron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90581

This Intimidator is going to be a priceless original when completed. I am really impressed with how the Trans Am dash is going to look like it was built into the boat.

The sanding is going to be a long arduous process and I do not envy the work it is going to take. Keep it up and I look forward to stopping by again and checking out the progress.

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90591

very cool, I might have gone all the way with the scrimatar. All I have to say is T-tops on a boat.

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90592

If the Scimitar were a car, it would be a Berlinetta Camaro. Though it is a very cool boat, It just doesn't scream performance machine like the Intimidator does with the pipes sticking out the back. I think overall, the Intimidator will make a much cooler Trans Am.

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 3 months ago #90604

That Scimitar would make a Knight Rider Trans Am... Maybe...
The intimidator is bad ass all the way!!

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 2 months ago #92342

jan how is it going so far,its been awhile.

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 2 months ago #92394

Yeah what John said! LOL

Bob

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 4 years 2 months ago #92402

The engine was shot in the glastron and I've held Jan up a bit. We are getting a new engine in a few days to get back on track. This thing is gonna be incredible.

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Re:Glastron Trans Am 10 months 2 weeks ago #133207

Whats the latest on this TransAm boat???

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