1969 Pontiac Firebird
Adam’s 1969 Firebird had been previously restored when it came to us. However, it had the original drivetrain, brakes, suspension, steering ect. and he wanted to improve all those areas of the car. The paint and body were okay too but wanted to get that stuff dialed in as well. One of the first times we met with Adam he mentioned that during the first restoration he expected to be able to do a good burn out, do a donut, and hold his own if someone ever challenged him at a stop light. When he got the car back the first time around he was left disappointed in its performance. One of his colleagues even mentioned that his wife’s new account could out run his Firebird. . . After enough disappointment and frustration he decided to redo the car. We came up with a simple plan to give him the performance he wanted as well as reliablitliy of said colleagues new accord.
We pulled the old Pontiac 400/400 and 10 bolt rear end, the old cooling system, fuel system, brakes, wheels and tires, suspension. It was time to replace everything and get it up to Adam’s standard. We replaced the suspension with a kit that included high performance adjustable shock absorbers, progressive rate coil spring, composition lowering leaf springs, sway bars, tall ball joints. and self-lubricating bushings. We also replaced the old 10 bolt rear end with a narrowed 9″ Ford. It came with the correct leaf spring brackets, a nodular iron center section loaded with an Eaton True trac and 3.70:1 gears, axles with extended 1/2 studs, and powder coating. I”m sure that will let Adam do some dounuts and burnouts! The brakes also need to be improved on so we installed a wilwood 12.88″ 6 piston kit up front and 12.19″ 4 piston rear. We also installed C6 Corvette brake booster, master cylinder, proportioning valve, and ran all new lines. As for the engine and transmission we went with something that has been proven for us and would have plenty of power. We used a Chevrolet Performance 495hp LS3 mated to their 4L70E transmission. The gauges are modern electric and receive all of the necessary information for the new GM engine computer. With a new fuel injected engine you need a high pressure fuel system. We installed a new powder coated fuel tank with an EFI fuel pump and new level sending unit as well to finish off the mechanical stuff, the exhaust is comprised of a set of stainless long tube headers and full stainless exhaust system.