Sorry for asking a question that has been asked a million times on this forum, but how do you post pics? I have pics of my Firebird restoration I'll post once I know how. I vaguely remember having to do something in photobucket first before they can be available for the forum.
Ah! Figured it out. And now that I know how, I'll post the rest of the pics later.
Thats really sharp! Show us the rest when you can. Re-size them to 640 pixel width if you would like the whole pic to be viewable without having to scroll over to see the right side of it.
Can I resize in Photobucket?
Sure, thats what I do. Look for something that says "edit". Resizing is one of the editing options.
Ok, finally figured the picture thing out...hopefully. I apologize in advance for reposting pics I've posted in the past, but I wanted to try to keep a record of the resto on one thread.Before I post and get purists pissed at me for what I'm doing to the car, the car was not as good as it originally looked, the car had already been bastardized before I got it and it is not a rare bird as built (350, 3 speed). I purposely bought a car I could make my own and not feel guilty for every mile I put on it.So here it goes!LOL! Only 1.7 original miles!!!
Here's the pics I have of the engine resto. The engine in the car was a 400 just not original. It also had been converted to automatic and had a TH400 which I had rebuilt and reinstalled. The engine is bored 30 over, installed a comp cam 238/246 and 114 degrees, edelbrock ram air IV aluminum heads, custom stainless steel headers, holley 4 barrel 750 carb. Dynoed at 515 hp 545 lbft of torque at 5700 rpm. The youtube link to the dyno: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SsYphFF_4wSorry to the purists again. I ditched the Pontiac blue and went with black because I like the look.Finally resting on its new DSE subframe.
Ok, so here's some pics of the body work. I'll try to recover more, but I had a horrible incident with an iPhone and a hot tub. They don't go well together - I don't recommend it. I'll be back in the states in 6 weeks and then I'll pick up the documentation of my bird rebuild. Hope you enjoy it.BTW, I'm not a body guy. I'm working and leaning from a guy who is a great friend and awesome at his craft. I've always wanted to learn how to do body work and I'm having a great time.I also apologize for the photography. I'll use my good camera for the rest of the rebuild.Just a wee bit of bondo. This was about 3/4" thick! I'll pick up performance by just taking the weight of all that bondo off.So the floor pans gotta go. By the time we were done the only thing left was the roof. Ugh these things can get much more involved than you plan. I lost the photo of three bullet holes through the floor pan on the drivers side - WTF, if only these cars could talk.Well about as much as you can remove has now been removed. Time to start putting it back together again.DSE Quadralink and minitub.Well that's all I've got for now. Only 6 weeks and I'm home and then I'll post more.
We painted a 69 Camaro with both DSE frames that had been connected and everything was welded to the body. That was a big job for sure, and hard as a rock.I see a very different design from the next generation, probably due to rollover mandates. That big beam behind the drip rail strengthens the roof and allows for a hardtop quarter window, whereas on the next gen that and the quarter window are gone and theres just one tall upright between the inner and outer wheelwells.Your car didn't need a roof, but it sure did need more cutting than the 73 I showed to you. Man, I sure use lots of bondo but when I arrive at a good contour, I keep going until the excess is removed. 3/4" is bad, I try to limit it to 3/8 at the worst spots. Unfortunately, fine metal straightening costs more than fine mud work. Most folks want basic metal straightening and plenty of filler.I do love the look of that powerplant, to me its juicy and candy-like. In most cases, my taste is not popular though. Maybe I am learning. Speaking of taste, the white piping on the upholstery demands too much attention. Don't know if you'll be using those seats though. What color did you decide on, anyway? Glad to finally see more of this project. Hopefully your explosion of enthusiasm for it upon your return will carry you through and get you back on the road with it. Should be a terror on the streets. The cam numbers you listed had me thinking it was pretty tame until I got to the dyno results. That ought to be plenty!Every cool muscle car has a bullet hole somewhere. I did a Model A that only had one and the owner wanted to keep it!
Thanks Junk! You're input means a lot to me. I see a huge difference under the skin between my 69 and the 73 you did.The interior will be completely redone. Very retro, but all black inside. So exterior will have the 400 hood, small spoiler in the rear (not the T/A wing) painted red in BMW Vermillion Red. Randy
That sounds damn good. Love stock-ish black interiors and that will look great with the color and add-ons. Sweet.
Thanks Man. I'd appredciate any feedback you can give me throughout the project. I'm going to take better pics when I get back in 6 weeks 2 days 1 hour and 44 minutes - not that I'm counting. :-)
Naaaah you're not counting down ... I'm always glad to give feedback but beware. Everyone I know in person indicates that my tastes are stuck in another decade and are not applicable today. I agree. Thats why I'm more of an executioner than a lawman so to speak. My ideas and input normally are of little use to others. Its so consistent that if I were you, I might be worried that idj likes my build plan.
The one part of the car that I thought was good was the roof, but i come to find out the car originally had a vinyl roof and it's going to take a lot of work to restore it as well. I obviously had no idea what i was doing when i got into this project, but I'm in way too deep to back out now. If I knew then what i know now, I would have done so many things differently and saved thousands and thousands of dollars.