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post #1 of 24 Old 01-28-2010, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Finally decided on a project. Pics

Picked this up for $500. Only surface rust on the hood. Frame and body are in good shape. Cant wait to get started. I have to clear out the garage and then go pick it up in Venus, TX.

Anyone have one of these or can offer any advise on what I may want to do/not do. From what I have read, you cant just drop a chevy small block into a pre 83 pontiac. Trans wont match up, motor mounts arent the same etc...







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post #2 of 24 Old 01-28-2010, 01:07 PM
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isnt it great finding cars in Texas ? as long as you are not near the coast rust isnt a factor sounds like you have a project.

I always loved the back of Ta's back then. I would find a message board for that gen and speak with folks over there.

I'm only knowledgable on older Camaro's. Good luck !
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Nice find - looks like a great project

Should be easy enough to get a SBC in there, people have done it for years

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Sweet! Looks like a pretty solid foundation for a nice project!

Check out NastyZ28.com - a great 2nd Gen forum.

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Maybe a small block 400 perhaps
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post #6 of 24 Old 01-28-2010, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate it. I found a good website. Transamcountry.com, all about 2nd gen birds. Jekyll-n-Hyde, your right, there are still lots of gems hidden behind single wides and in fields here in Texas. Drive down any country road and your guaranteed to see something like this or older or a classic truck just sitting.

On the motor, got to get in their and see what I have and see if its worth rebuilding or just get a crate motor or something. Really excited.


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I'd stick with Pontiac power to keep it real

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Definitely go Pontiac, make it a true Firebird.

455, go big or go home...
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NICE!

I had a '77 T/A with a chevy 400. It was already in when I bought it, but it should be an easy swap. The parts are gonna be different, but parts off a Camaro will work. Unless you want to keep it original and depending on what you want, it'll probably be cheaper to build a nice SBC (even with all the parts you need) than to build a nice (fast) pontiac motor...unless you can get luck and find a built one cheap. But stock, they were slugs.

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I am going to try to keep it all Pontiac and would like the 455. That is an Olds motor correct? An Olds motor used in the T/A's and other Pontiacs I think. If a nice 400 or 455 doesnt not work out financially or power wise, I will have to convert to a sbc. Thinking about 350 HP will be about right.


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