Hello,I just found your forum. I've been reading and reading, whish I had my printer hooked up because the amount of information is staggering. I'm driving a '68 firebird and am saving up for an automatic to manual conversion at the moment. Reading through the posts on this site have only served to feed the dream of one day having a true road monster that eats rice grinders at stop lights, but for now I just wanted to thank y'all for having so much information and advice in one place.Thank you,bubblehead
welcome to the forums..have you typed anything into the search window above right or clicked on the tech tab below the big red pontiac above left???
Yes I have, tons of great information. I'm on the novice side of wrench turning and this is so helpful. I recently retired(medically) from the Navy and when I did my wife gave me permission to start my midlife crisis. I purchased a slightly used '68 firebird out of a shop in Denver and after two years of working offshore in the oilfield have paid off enough bills to start making more debt and I've decided to improve my cars nature. auto to manual conversion, drums to disk brakes, Get rid of that belly squeezing steering column, figure out a center console so my fat ass can have a place to put a drink, mini tub the rear end and get rid of the pizza cutters, and see just how ecologically unsound I can make this 400. I suppose if I had a question to ask it would be if y'all can recommend a shop in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area, but if not there is always a street cruise going on down here where I can ask somebody driving a bird. Again, Thanks for putting all this info in one easy place and when I run out of money, thanks for paying your taxes.bubbleheadto err is human, but to arrrr is pirate!
but what kind of shop??? body shop to install the rear wheel wells???someplace to swap the column.. HINT.. there are seat track extenders.. move the seat mounting points backwards.. more room for belly.. smaller steering wheels also.. easy.. cheep fixes..console... hmm... don't mess up your console.. do you have any wood working equipment??? create one out of wood... find a thermal vacuum forming company.. have them make some components out of plastic sheet.. or make negatives and use those for vacuum thermal forming molds.. hint. make the positive patterns out of foam sheathing.. then pull a negative off out of plaster.. or quick drying concrete. the magazine headquarters is in tampa fl.
I suppose shops would have been a more apt word. Machine shop, body shop, pontiac friendly/knowledgable mechanic. The issue with the column isn't all about being a smidge large for my car, it was a column shifter in a previous life and the prior owner moved the shifter to the floor when he put in the larger motor. The transmission is functional now but geared way to low and I just don't like automatics. The only nice thing I can say about the present column is that I can rotate it around and have a redneck style anti theft kill switch. I have no center console, just carpet and shift kit, and found one on classic industries web site. building one out of wood is an option but I think I'm worse with a saw than I am with a torque wrench... it's righty tighty correct? While I enjoy the process and am always happy to play step-and-fetch it for mechanics, doing the work myself doesn't seem practical or for that matter street safe. Luckily, the oil field pays me just enough to buy parts but paying for labor is hit or miss and if the mechanic/machinist isn't competent then cost can get outrageous. Parts cost what they are listed at but labor tends to be fluid. Thanks for the tip on building a console though. Also, for anyone living in an HOA community, do you get much grief over working in your driveway? Getting accustomed to Florida isn't going to be easy.
i live on the west coast.. not the east.. used to have some older cousins there. old style hard hat divers.. probably all retired. i only dabble nowadays.. who needs a console anyway.. just keep it around. they are worth a few bucks once in a while. i had my console out in my GTO.. was hauling my older brother to get a cast on his broken foot.. i wanted to stop for gas.. he looked.. i had an eighth of a tank of fuel.. he said.. its not far.. you can make it with that.. i ran out of gas going 75 on the ventura freeway.. i coasted almost a mile just short of the downhill of the offramp.. i got out and started pushing.. my brother steering from the right side.. the car got away.. i am running at full speed as my 66 GTO accelerates away from me down hill.. my brother was able to get his leg with broken ankle over the hump to the brake pedal and stop the car part way down the hill.. i was able to coast to the bottom and around into the gas station to put more in.. what a day.. and yes.. it you set your alignment up perfect.. your car will roll really really easily..
I just got back from sea on Monday and I'm trying to verify some basics before moving forward. Beside my water pump on the passenger side of my block is 0714740 XH and my date stamp beside my distributor is B340 the only number I can find on the outside of my heads is D109 and P080 1 3/8, my VIN is 223378L100755. I can't get to my block casting number and was wondering if this is enough data to find it another way?
XH FullSize 400 10.25:1 350 Auto 13 66 4 bbl This is what I've found on this website but I'm still having trouble finding the casting number.
okay, Thanks again to this website, I think it's a 9799914. Now let me find out what heads I have, I'm loving this website.
1968/9 400 62 2.11/1.77 75/72 Screw in studs- dual valve springs- D port Okay, now I can do some shopping. Thanks again for the all the info stored here.
Your engine is a 70 400 the #0714740 on the front of the block is the production number and means nothing . 1970 400 350 HP XH A 10.25 066 13 1-4 7040264 GP Block Casting 9799914
Welcome bubblehead! This is by far the best forum! Amazing group of people with a huge amount of knowledge. How about some pics of your bird?
LMAO! Great story!
test photo of my interior