I'm a happy camper now; New project car.

Been wanting one of these since I rode in a buddies in High School. 1969 Firebird convertable. It's pretty rough from sitting in a field on blocks for years. The body is straight with only surface rust in a few places. No
missing parts and the chrome is all there albiet needing serious attention. Got a set of the old black spoke mags with rotted Goodyear wide ovals. The top and interior are pretty rotten but that gives me an excuse to change the color scheme anyway. (Green on green with a black top.) Engine is a 389 with three dueces. It's a shame but it seems to be locked up. It looks like it might have been a GTO motor. 4 speed Muncie with an old Hurst shifter. 12 inch posi. This was somebodies hotrod baby at one time and I hope to give her the attention she lacked while sitting in that field. The best part was the price. Free. I used a buddies rollback to haul 4 other cars to the dump. In exchange I got the Bird.
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Congrats FBR, always nice to get your dream car.
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First of all any small bolt GM wheels will fit on your bird. Personally I would use temp spares as they will give you some ground clearance, yet room to work in the wheel houses.
As for the block, pull it out, tear it down. It's probably savable.
Have fun with it, and come to the cars & Parts Swap Meet this spring. Always a good place for first gen parts. Charles
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Good luck!
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I'm sure you'll straighten it out! Good luck.
Any pictures of it? 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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FBR wrote:

Have fun. :) And now that you've saved all that money buy getting the car for free, you can afford to fix it up. Anything is possible. :)
btw - the engine may not be totally ratched - just rusted...
my demo derby car (70 Buick) was full of water up to the carb. We pulled the plugs and turned it over... pumped the water out and it fired right up. (on carb #2 - we broke the throttle shaft in 1/2 on the first one 'cause it was seized.) Not that you should do that to this engine, but it may not be as bad as you think.
Ray
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On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 21:57:00 GMT, "FBR"

Can you feel my jealousy creeping through the screen? Good for you, but I wish it was me. :-)
...Ron -- 68' Camaro RS 88' Firebird Formula 00' Mustang GT Vert
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Whatever you do, don't let go of that Tri-Power setup (chebbie was three dueces, Dodge was 6 pack, etc. IIRC). A complete unit with linkages bring crazy money these days (67s were the last year and bring the most money). No matter what engine you end up putting in it, I'd plan on using the Tri-Power. You're probably looking to build a cruiser with a bit power under the hood. The Tri-Power will do fine and you can't beat that setup for the open the hood and listen to the ooooh! reaction on a poncho.
Great find, good luck with it!
Dave
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Whatever you do, don't let go of that Tri-Power setup (chebbie was three dueces, Dodge was 6 pack, etc. IIRC). A complete unit with linkages bring crazy money these days (67s were the last year and bring the most money). No matter what engine you end up putting in it, I'd plan on using the Tri-Power. You're probably looking to build a cruiser with a bit power under the hood. The Tri-Power will do fine and you can't beat that setup for the open the hood and listen to the ooooh! reaction on a poncho.
Great find, good luck with it!
Dave
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