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LeighP

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Picked Up My New Car
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:06:45 AM »
So, I finally got to pick up my new Pontiac last Tuesday.
Bit of a story behind this car, owned by my best friend for 25 years, I helped on the restoration when needed, we did car shows and runs together.
He passed away in 2017 suddenly, and I've been helping his wife sell off his car collection and stuff.
When it came to this car, she didn't want it to go to just anyone because it was my friend's favourite car....one he'd never want to sell.....so we came to deal that worked for both of us and now it'll live with me.
1968 model, fitted with a RAIV cammed 428 and Tremec TKO-600 5 speed. Has a 9" LSD rear. Car was restored and painted in 1995, still pulled the odd trophy 10 years later. I think its still in fine condition.
I've been running it and giving it a short drive every few months for the last 2 years.....when I got it home, I gave it a good check over and changed the oil. My friend and I will be enjoying another car show this Sunday.

IMG_2040 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Video....

C2D14DCB-0C0F-4907-8F42-67B032E18873 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Our cars on a cruise down by the Pacific ocean a few years ago.....

P3170208 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

This is my friend, Michael. Some of the guys on here may remember meeting him at a couple of T/A Nats visits we made in 2006/2007. Thats the 455 he guided me through for my 71....another fast engine. :)

Guru Mike by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
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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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2019, 08:18:38 AM »
That is so cool that his memory continues to live on through you.  I remember you telling the story in an earlier post and it still gives me goosebumps reading it.  Just too cool and the bird looks fantastic!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 08:23:06 AM »
Thanks for the update. Great story, glad it worked out for everybody!
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 09:04:28 AM »
We all had dinner together when you guys were last here in Dayton, I remember.

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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 09:38:05 AM »
That is awesome...I'm happy for you!!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 10:35:06 AM »
Very nice!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 10:38:07 AM »
Nice!!!

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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 10:39:00 AM »
All in all, I cannot think of any other way it could be more fitting. I would certainly want my favorite car go to a close friend or family member that would take care of it the same way that I would. It is certainly, as it should be.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2019, 12:37:38 PM »
Congrats, very nice and thanks for sharing (more importantly) keeping the memories alive.




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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2019, 06:49:23 PM »
A good story with a happy ending. And a beautiful car as well. It's doesn't get any better than that!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2019, 05:24:01 AM »
Thanks, guys.....yeah, its special to me. When he was alive, I'm the only other person he'd let drive this car.....he was EXTREMELY careful with it, lol.
Heres a picture of just three of his cars.....he was a perfectionist with things. This pic is probably 13 years old, the 68 coupe still looks just as good these days, although I finally got him to change the wheels, lol.

P3210030 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr
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Leigh

Sydney, Australia
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Former Firebirds -
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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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2019, 07:06:12 AM »
Man, you confuse me with the right hand drive cars haha

Nice,

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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 07:10:56 AM »
That's a good pic.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 07:33:41 AM »
He really liked red, right? what's the story behind the blue bird in the garage?




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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2019, 02:35:32 PM »
It's great looking car, really nicely done. While I like both the old and the new set of wheels on it, I have to wonder if a set of 17" rally style wheels would look even better?
Enjoy the car, it has to be a blast to drive and you get to run it year round. Lucky dog.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2019, 07:56:02 PM »
What a great car.  I recognize him from the Nats.  All this time I didn't realize he was somebody I had met.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2019, 10:26:59 AM »
beautiful car and touching back story....enjoy it and have fun at the car show!

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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2019, 10:07:48 AM »
The antenna on the roof makes it look like an RC car  :P

I'm glad the car went to you!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2019, 08:21:53 AM »
He really liked red, right? what's the story behind the blue bird in the garage?

that was a one owner family car he bought while we were on a trip to the US...came from central California....darned near rust free, never had a crash. I was starting to restore it when his widow came up with the offer for his red 68....I sold the 69 to a guy I know who was looking for a clean project.
Mike used to get a lot of ribbing over the fact he always seemed to end up with red cars.
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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2019, 11:09:08 AM »
Beautiful car and in good hands!  Awesome!
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2019, 02:07:51 PM »
Very nice!  Its always nice to see a car go to someone who will love and appreciate it as much as the previous owner.
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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2019, 04:16:48 PM »
Good looking ride. ????

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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2019, 10:11:51 PM »
Thanks.
Making some small changes....added Morris inertia reel belts to the front...makes a big difference in comfort....my wife was especially happy to have modern belts.

IMG_2078 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

IMG_2077 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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2019, 12:38:50 AM »
Continuing with little upgrades and fixes.....I never liked the way the front plate was fitted....the car never had a proper licence plate bracket.
Also, the original plate was bent and sat a bit crooked.
I decided to replace the old style plates with USA sized plates, since they are available here now. You can see the old plates in the pics, above.
While I was there, I added the new front bracket and used it to mount a quick disconnect plug so I can hook up a battery tender without opening the hood.

IMG_2080 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

New plates, with some Royal Pontiac repro surrounds.....wish I had a set of originals.

IMG_2085 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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2019, 05:07:08 AM »
Good upgrade and I like the battery quick connect, although do you really need it where you are?




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Re: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2019, 02:46:53 AM »
Sometimes the car sits a couple of weeks.....I just like having it topped up and ready to go.
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: Picked Up My New Car
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2019, 02:46:53 AM »
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