first firebird

good day, ladies and gents
My first foray is automobile restoration
I have just bought a 1986 Pontiac Firebird, with a 2.8 V6, hardtop.
It runs, little splotches of rust on the hood, leaking valve cover gaskets,
leaking rear transmission seal, a little rough when idling.
I got it for $400.00, the previous owner lost his garage with the 4 hurricanes we recently went thru.
I now state that my knowledge in repair/restoration is limited to books, and 3 years of auto shop, 30 years ago.
My intent here is to 1) post irregular and ongoing updates on my progress and/or slow and progressive descent into madness and hell. 2) to accept any and all suggestions as to my inability to anything right. 3) I intend to document my progress with photos and dialogue(barring any difficulties with massive amounts of alcohol and prescribed medications.
In anticipation of the hours of fun and enjoyment that I will reap from this adventure, I have already notified my shrink at the VA, and she has prescribed and adjusted my medications, to the best of her abilities.
so let the "fun" begin. . . .
I have bought a Haynes and have ordered a Chilton's, and a buddy of mine is a diesel mechanic by trade with first aid /cpr training.
pictures forthcoming shortly when Vie finished reading the instruction book for my digital camera
Gary
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1) Restore the car for what YOU like it to be, because it won't be worth much restored even to original factory specs (it's a V6, very common vehicle).
2) Find a GM shop manual on Ebay. Throw out the Chiltons and Haynes, worthless table props. The GM book is far more complete and cheaper in the long run.
3) Get yourself a good supply of tools. Sears Craftsman work for me.
4) Ask questions, many here (myself included) are willing to help if you ask.
5) Take your time and don't rush. Make it a weekend car and don't depend on it to get you to work or anyplace. Using your restoration as your only car is a sure fire way to railroad the project, frustrate yourself and make it cost 10x more than it should (and still not come out right).
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Bigjfig wrote:

Truer words were never typed.
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