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68 Firebird 400 H.O. Convertible 4 spd

 
silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/15/14
10:31 AM

Just finished a 15 month full restoration of my 68 Firebird 400 H.O. Convertible 4 spd. I'm very happy with the results. I am restoring it back as close to original as possible.

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shyrgfuh3 shyrgfuh3
Enthusiast | Posts: 450 | Joined: 11/13
Posted: 05/15/14
12:00 PM

Wow...that's...just...well...sic! Congrats on building a car you can't drive, lol.  

bigD bigD
User | Posts: 127 | Joined: 05/14
Posted: 05/15/14
03:40 PM

NICE !!!

Please tell me exactly how you got those pics transferred to this site ! The pics I have on Photo bucket are too big. I resized one to 638 width(below HPP max of 640)and tried to upload it to PB. Nothing !   Frown    So, I uploaded it to another Photo hosting site, and followed this HPP site's instructions for posting pics. All the info transfers correctly, but only a small blue image appears at the bottom of the post--no pic.   Frown

You obviously did it right. So please tell me what I'm doing wrong.   Confused

THANKS !  

idrivejunk idrivejunk
Addict | Posts: 5139 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 05/15/14
05:24 PM

Beautiful car! I like the color choices. Is the top white?  
idrivejunk

silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/15/14
06:39 PM

No the car was ordered with a black top so that is what it went back with.

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silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/15/14
06:53 PM

Maybe if you try this

Copy, paste this. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/13978679198_1b4eeeb1c5_z.jpg" width="640" height="427"

replace the https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/13978679198_1b4eeeb1c5_z.jpg in the LINK with your IMAGE link then wrap it with the IMG tags, [ IMG ]  [ /IMG ] without spaces. Once you wrap it pulls in the image.

Hope that helps you.





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idrivejunk idrivejunk
Addict | Posts: 5139 | Joined: 12/09
Posted: 05/15/14
10:27 PM

Cool, I was hoping there was a top-up shot. The car is candy-like, very tempting. Hows she run/sound? Chanting vii-dee-OH!

big D, by "wrap", he means putting that img code at the ends of the url. Site does it for you, I think you got that far. See your other post.  
idrivejunk

bigD bigD
User | Posts: 127 | Joined: 05/14
Posted: 05/16/14
01:36 AM

OK, thanks guys. I haven't given up yet.   Smile  

4zpeed 4zpeed
Enthusiast | Posts: 367 | Joined: 04/13
Posted: 05/19/14
01:17 AM

Absolutely a luscious ride dude, congrats, enjoy and welcome to the tribe here at HPP.

Chanting with Mat....vii-dee-OH!

Grin  
Poncho huggen gear snatchen posi piro.

C_U_L8ER. C_U_L8ER.
User | Posts: 111 | Joined: 05/11
Posted: 05/19/14
10:30 PM

W O W!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Very nice car!  Great job restoring it!  

bigD bigD
User | Posts: 127 | Joined: 05/14
Posted: 05/20/14
12:53 AM

Here's just a little something, some of you younger guys may find interesting. Back in the winter of '75-'76, I decided to build a drag car to run in a class at our local drag strip, which they called Street Modified. You were classed by the car weight divided by the cubic inch of the motor. So, the heavier the car and the smaller the motor, the lower your class.

Well, this class obviously favors the high rpm sbc. But I was still new to class racing, so I decided to try a Pontiac in this class, running a .060 over 400. And in order to run a lower class, I looked for a heavier car than the '68 Bird TJ had run in stock class in '75.

She liked the 1st gens, so I discovered that a ragtop came from the factory with a heavier weight than a coupe. So I looked around for one, to make a racer out of. Don't that make ya'll cringe ? But you must understand, back in the mid '70's these old Musclecars were just wore out cars that nobody wanted. Back then, when a car got over 100K miles on it, it was considered just about wore out.

We never dreamed those old cars would ever be valuable, much less highly sought after. So we didn't even think twice about chopping up a nice one to make a racer out of. I bought dozens of GTO's and Birds. The going price was usually about $300-$350, with a motor and trans. Some of them would run and drive.

Anyhow, I found a decent '68 ragtop for $350, I believe it was. It was a 400 with a TH400 tranny. It had a few dents and a little rust. But by then I had several 1st gens in my "Pontiac Junkyard". So, I just went right outside my shop and got the good fenders and other parts I needed and began to put the ragtop together. I put a homemade roll bar in it, had a 400 built, and used the junkyard TH400 and 4.56 posi rear end TJ had raced in the E/SA in '75.

Now I'm not proud of this. But at the time, the car was just not worth much, Wow, have times changed. That car, in the shape it was when I bought it, would probably be worth at least $12k to $15k if not more, today. Hey, it was a numbers matching 400 car. And I hacked it up.   Frown

Here's a before and after pic.

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C_U_L8ER. C_U_L8ER.
User | Posts: 111 | Joined: 05/11
Posted: 05/20/14
07:08 AM

We just didn't know that these cars where going to be worth anything.  Even as late as 1982 I bought a 67 1/2 400, 4 speed manual, hard top black, with black interior in excellent shape.  The car was solid but needed some mechanical and electrical work.  I didn't have the tools or resources at the time so I turned around and sold it about a year after I bought it.  I patted myself on the back for selling a car for more than I bought it for AND it was no longer driveable.  I bought it for $300 and sold it for $500 - BRILLIANT!!!  

silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/20/14
06:33 PM

My step mom and father got married when I was 5. She owned a 68 firebird 400 4 spd coupe that she purchased new at the time. I remember it really well and it was my first and only exposure to a first gen firebird. I remember it quite well and she had to sell it not long after they got married because it was not much for a family car  they said. Sold it I around. 74-75 for 500.00. It was very nice at the time.  The new owner totaled it not long after it was purchased.  

silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/20/14
06:33 PM

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silverbullet07 silverbullet07
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 05/20/14
06:34 PM

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