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Maxthe222

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Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« on: April 25, 2019, 07:43:37 AM »
Poked through my uncles garage full of junk,

Found a bright orange 1971 Firebird Formula. Runs and drives perfectly fine. Wasn't the original colour. From the cowl it said it used to be quezal gold, has a manual and standard black interior. Also has some aftermarket trash fibreglass liftoff hood with the massive bulge thing on-top. Does anyone have photos of a standard interior vs a deluxe interior for '71? The interior is almost perfect, no blemishes or rips at all. I'd say it was the original interior but the seats and panels look exactly like a '73-75 deluxe interior, so I have a feeling they're not from the car. The whole car looks dodgy, in the sense that, to someone who knows nothing about a firebird, everything looks totally normal. Sadly, it has a 454 in it. However, might be the original transmission, I think it's a Muncie or something. Definitely a 4 speed. Once I figure out which block in here is the original, it'll get thrown and the original will go back in. Waiting for PHS to come in for the car to explain everything else. Really don't much else about it. Here's some pics:





Don't what to do with it yet, probably going to sell to help sort out the '70-1/2 T/A.
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
1971 Formula 400 4-Speed

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019, 08:10:42 AM »
interesting find.  Looks like it's in good shape.  Chevy wheels on it.  Fun car.
What is the blue on next to it?  The rear spoiler has the firebird/camaro look but I've never seen one like it on a sedan before.

Quite a collection in there.
Steve D
'76 LE 455/4speed/solid roof - SOLD
'02 WS6 T/A convertible

firebirdparts

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2019, 08:34:15 AM »
Oh, my goodness.  Awesome car!

71's had a strange door panel, so if you don't see that, then yeah, it's probably gone.
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Joe Bays
1977 Y82 4-speed (red interior)
1978 Skybird 350
1978 Redbird 305
1979 Redbird 301 4-speed
1992 Lincoln Mark VII LSC/SE (red)
1970 Datsun Pickup
1953 Chevy pickup (converted 4x4)
1988 T-bird Turbo Coupe

Jack

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 02:16:04 PM »
You found a 71 Formula in Australia? nice score, post more pics including the interior, I'll compare to my 71. 




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Maxthe222

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 03:18:20 PM »
Oh that blue one is a GTS Monaro, his car from when he was much younger, after he bought his first T/A. The door panels did look weird, I did not recognise them, plus it had manual windows. It's not converted to LHD so that's a big plus. I thought those wheels looked like 60's camaro wheels or sumthin. I didn't take many pictures, outside it was almost completely dark, and you couldn't really see inside properly since the doors were really close to the other cars. It is straight, and doesn't have any rust, but the car is really dirty from sitting. The boot had these holes on the floor in the back, but they look like they're meant to be there, looks like a hatch or panel or something is missing. There is the original gas tank, might pull that off to try and find the buildsheet, since I have a feeling it's not in the interior.
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
1971 Formula 400 4-Speed

Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 03:18:20 PM »

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2019, 11:25:33 AM »
GM cars had oval holes in the floor everywhere.  That might be original in the trunk (boot?).  They dragged them through an ocean of primer and the holes were there to allow that primer to run out.

Looks like it belonged to somebody who really wanted a Camaro.  That is a Chevy color but I still like it.
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Joe Bays
1977 Y82 4-speed (red interior)
1978 Skybird 350
1978 Redbird 305
1979 Redbird 301 4-speed
1992 Lincoln Mark VII LSC/SE (red)
1970 Datsun Pickup
1953 Chevy pickup (converted 4x4)
1988 T-bird Turbo Coupe

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2019, 03:20:14 AM »
Looks like it belonged to somebody who really wanted a Camaro.

..... The car must be destroyed it has been tainted lmao

Found out that's how he bought it many years ago, it's gunna be stripped when PHS comes back and we'll try find a '71 Formula hood and some Rally II's. Didn't have enough on my card so didn't get the order through. It shows about the primer, car is very clean inside and out. He bought it, never drove it, and dumped it with his other cars.

Speaking of camaro's, he also has a '78 Z28 that's in his barn as well, but that car got burnt from the inside out at a BBQ.
1979 T/A Y84 WS6
1979 F/A W72 WS6
1971 Formula 400 4-Speed

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2019, 01:53:16 PM »
That is really a really cool find...Congrats...Make sure you keep us posted with many pictures, and progress of the build!!!
Charlie

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Re: Scored a '71 4-Speed Formula
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2019, 01:53:16 PM »
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