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LeighP

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #200 on: April 16, 2019, 09:27:59 AM »
So, got a phone call today....exhaust was ready...sooner than I thought. I had the car tilt trayed home to the garage.

The guy did a real nice job tucking everthing up tight.....he flanged it like he said, so its easy to drop the centre section out. One tail pipe is so very slightly different from the other on exit angle....I'll get him to adjust that when the car is running and registered.

Off the headers, through the large "merge" pipe then back t othe slim line mufflers.

IMG_1860 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

The mufflers sit up probably an inch higher than the subframe connectors.....the merge lets both mufflers take each exhaust pulse, so it won't be too loud.

IMG_1861 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

The flange on  the pipes behind the mufflers.

IMG_1862 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Back home........all the parts stacked up behind it...its amazing when they all go back in the car.

IMG_1867 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


Jack

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #201 on: April 17, 2019, 08:04:46 PM »
That exhaust came out really nice, too bad its tucked away where no one will see it... have you considered jacking up the rear like we use to in the 80s :lol: I know bad joke.




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LeighP

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #202 on: April 18, 2019, 06:33:39 AM »
I'd need to chrome my springs if I do that, lol.....and the brake drums.
Don't laugh, saw that at a car show in California in the 80's....  :shock:  :lol:
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #203 on: April 18, 2019, 09:34:20 AM »
Looks like really great work on the exhaust system! Looks like it is gonna be a lot of fun putting a lot of new parts back on the car.
Jim
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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #204 on: April 18, 2019, 12:01:49 PM »
Wow, that looks fantastic

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
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LeighP

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #205 on: April 19, 2019, 07:49:19 AM »
Thanks, Guys....I want to finish off dressing the engine so I can look to the electrics etc.
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


LeighP

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #206 on: July 08, 2019, 06:50:09 PM »
Well, life took one of those unforeseen turns recently......

This 69 came from the collection of my best friend, who passed away in 2017. I've been selling his cars for his widow until we were down to my friend's favourite 68 firebird that he'd owned for 25 odd years.....we spent a lot of time with it, restoring, doing car shows and runs together.
Anyhow, his wife didn't want to see it go....took two years to decide to put it up. We came to an understanding about the 68 that let me give it a good home......so the 69 got sold yesterday to a friend of a friend who wants to finish it off.

So...thats the end of this build thread......sorry. The 68 itself is not a project.....its a complete show winning car with a number of trophies to it's credit. A 428 with gear driven RAIV cam, Tremec 5 speed and 9" LSD rear axle.

Click on the pic.....its a video....
C2D14DCB-0C0F-4907-8F42-67B032E18873 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #207 on: July 08, 2019, 09:40:03 PM »
Nice car but again,  the wheel is on the wrong side.
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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #208 on: July 09, 2019, 12:59:18 AM »
I think your build threads are really good and looked forward to progress . However it seems fitting and understandable how things turned out.

Jim
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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #209 on: July 09, 2019, 06:34:30 AM »
I'll say this, someone picked up a great start for a project. The work that you did was top notch and well thought out. Glad that you ended up with the 1968, I think that was the right move. Your friend's wife couldn't have picked a better home for that car.

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #210 on: July 09, 2019, 07:02:58 AM »
Good Deal Leigh! That car sounds like a beast, bet its fun to drive.
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Jack

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #211 on: July 09, 2019, 09:02:53 AM »
Congrats, I like 67/68 a lot more than 69. Now you are done and can enjoy a finished car. BTW what does the C stand for on the RED 68C Tag?




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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #212 on: July 09, 2019, 06:03:08 PM »
Coupe?
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

LeighP

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Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #213 on: July 09, 2019, 07:03:22 PM »
Yep, the C stands for "coupe".....although it originally stood for "convertible", as he used these person plates on his red 68 Camaro convertible that I also helped him build....another show winner that he'd owned for a while.
We used to joke that only cars he was allowed to buy were red ones.......I guess the 69 broke that run, lol.
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


Re: Project 69 - Requiem for a Firebird Owner
« Reply #213 on: July 09, 2019, 07:03:22 PM »
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