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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #200 on: January 15, 2019, 10:00:11 PM »
Congrats on getting the motor back in.  You're braver than I am tearing the motor down like that!  Looks great. Good luck...can't wait to see it running.
Be sure to post a video.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #201 on: January 24, 2019, 01:48:28 PM »
Have you started it yet?
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #202 on: January 24, 2019, 05:17:35 PM »
Not yet.
I've not touched it in couple of days as it's about -4 degrees in Fahrenheits here now and I have lowered the temp in my garage also to save a bit. It's full winter here with a lot of snow on the ground now so I'm not hurrying with the start up. They are forecasting cold weather to continue for some weeks so it will take some time.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #203 on: January 24, 2019, 05:33:39 PM »
you must be getting the cold spell we just had from a few days ago.

We just got dumped 20 cm of snow yesterday too.

Gotta love winter
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #204 on: January 27, 2019, 11:49:22 AM »
More show and cold weather. Missed one garage weekend again. But it should change to a bit warmer next week.


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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #205 on: January 27, 2019, 08:23:26 PM »
looks the same as around here...back to -34 C again in these parts
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #206 on: March 10, 2019, 05:57:14 AM »
Ok, this is now fully ready for first start. I've been mostly waiting a bit warmer weather and it seems I still need to wait a week atleast.  It's still under 25 in Fahrenheits here, but now they are forecasting warmer after a week.



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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #207 on: March 10, 2019, 11:13:23 AM »
Right on...that looks great in there. I'm excited so I can only imagine how excited are you!!
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #208 on: April 08, 2019, 01:53:40 AM »
Ok, engine started but not without problems.

At first start it had couple of very angry backfires resulting two broken flexplate tooths. So I need to change the plate later.
But after getting it to run and after getting all air out of the cooling system it did run about 20 minutes in my quite small and warm garage, but still did heat up to 210 in Fahrenheits. So it's definitely better already but still getting a bit too hot.

Next I'll install an afr meter I ordered to make sure it's not running too lean. I did change idle air bleeds from 73 to 70 and open idle screws all way open getting it to run better and better all the time but it's still not totally happy I think. Spark plugs however are on the black side now.

I's not generating any bubbles to cooling system so it should be fine to run after setting up the carb but I still need to get it running a bit cooler somehow.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #209 on: April 11, 2019, 03:06:40 AM »
Right on...that looks great in there. I'm excited so I can only imagine how excited are you!!

Thanks, can't wait to test it.  Winter did come back here and it's snow on the ground everywhere so it'll still take some time.


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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #210 on: April 19, 2019, 03:12:25 AM »
First time out of garage and by using it's own power.


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The engine is running OK, but it still heats up a bit too much. 180 in Fahrenheits even if there is no thermostator and hood. It may overheat in traffic with the hood installed.

A short video also.

https://youtu.be/KqAA6-BpWA8
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #211 on: April 19, 2019, 07:19:21 AM »
Congrats on getting the car out on its own power. Looks like your weather has cleared, I dont see any snow on the ground! FWIW, my car runs at 180deg on a regular basis.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #212 on: April 19, 2019, 10:17:02 AM »
Thanks!

Yes, rest of snow is gone after all and it's about the time to get this on road. It needs to pass the mandatory yearly inspection first we have here. It had it's last passed inspection on 2017 just before the original motor destroyed.

If it stays 180 with the hood on, then it's fine to take to inpection. I really hope it does.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #213 on: April 20, 2019, 09:08:40 AM »
The hood is on and it seems to keep 180.
Couple of photos with the hood on and all dust washed off.




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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #214 on: April 20, 2019, 10:14:07 AM »
Wow! Really looking good, Im sure its a great feeling to actually be driving it !
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #215 on: April 20, 2019, 10:18:31 AM »
Really nice car I am glad to see that the cooling problems seem to be fixed.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #216 on: April 20, 2019, 02:16:54 PM »
Thank you!
The plan is to drive this on road next week.

Here's also a front view photo with the hood on. Can not decide if I should change to a trans am shaker later or not.


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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #217 on: April 25, 2019, 01:16:39 AM »
Yearly inspection passed today!!!  So it's now legal to drive this on road here.

I did drive it to the inspection and back as it is allowed and everything seems to work quite ok and the motor did not overheat. Motor stumbles when opening throttle too quick, so I still need to play with Holley and it's also leaking some power steering fluid from conversion fitting, but as said it works quite ok and the first feeling driving this was great. I've been waiting to drive this too long but it makes it even more nice to have a first shakedown successfully.

Thank you all for supporting this quite big build!

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #218 on: April 25, 2019, 04:52:25 AM »
Looks great. I think I like the hood. Goes with the whole PT theme. Did you paint the door handles? In some of the pictures they blend in. Looks great.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #219 on: April 25, 2019, 06:18:34 AM »
Looks great. I think I like the hood. Goes with the whole PT theme. Did you paint the door handles? In s ok me of the pictures they blend in. Looks great.

Thanks.
Yes I did paint them first with special metal primer and then flat black paint. I also changed door locks to black ones and removed side window trims.
So everything shiny is blacked out except wheel chrome lips.

I think that either you should have all shiny parts and in great condition or else black them all out.  I will change also register plates to black ones as it is possible here if the car is old enough and this is. Black with white letters.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #220 on: April 25, 2019, 07:20:42 AM »
Congrats on getting the car on the road. Now comes the fun part! Your car looks fantastic!! I like the blackout look you have. If your looking for opinions (and you probably aren't, LOL) I would go with a shaker hood, or even a formula hood. The one you have makes it look too much like a camaro. To me, one of the best things about the Trans Am is the Shaker.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #221 on: April 25, 2019, 07:54:58 AM »
Congrats on getting the car on the road. Now comes the fun part! Your car looks fantastic!! I like the blackout look you have. If your looking for opinions (and you probably aren't, LOL) I would go with a shaker hood, or even a formula hood. The one you have makes it look too much like a camaro. To me, one of the best things about the Trans Am is the Shaker.

Thank you!

I actually do have upper part of shaker ready and waiting so I'm planning to change or build another hood later. But nowadays I do like a formula hood even better so I'm looking for one original or a good fiberglass copy but it's not an easy task to find one for sale here. And to ship a complete hood from States is a quite high price. Maybe if someone I know will ship a complete car, a hood could be included in the same container.


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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #222 on: April 27, 2019, 10:17:54 AM »
OMG....I love how this looks...it turned out Awesome...congrats on getting it on the road and driving...very exciting!!!
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #223 on: April 27, 2019, 01:00:28 PM »
Thank you!

Today I changed Holley pump cams to brown instead of pink as pumps are 50cc. Also did change primary  nozzle to no 41 from 37.  Helped a lot and is driveable now but still gets a bit too lean when opening throttle. I'll try to find yellow cams and a pair of 45 nozzles next.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #224 on: April 27, 2019, 05:44:23 PM »
Looks great, that’s what I love about Holleys is that they are straight forward adjustments. The Quadrajet is very complicated and I have a hard time following what does what and what I need to adjust.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #225 on: May 13, 2019, 05:44:48 PM »
Awesome!  Congrats on getting it on the road.  It looks fantastic!
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #226 on: May 18, 2019, 12:37:16 AM »
Thanks!

I got the Holley adjusted to work better, but it's stumbling still when opening to wot rapidly, so some more to adjust still.
I think because of lowering there is quite bad drive line vibrations speeds about 40mph and more. I've been adjusting rear pinion angle without help, but it seems that drive shaft is straight line with the gearbox, so that may be the problem.

A fresh photo from yesterday.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #227 on: May 23, 2019, 01:05:01 PM »
Hope you don't mind but I have downloaded this photo...It so awesome!!
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #228 on: July 05, 2019, 02:53:21 AM »
Nice to hear that the car looks good enough to download a photo of it and thank you! Sorry for late answer, I've been mostly driving lately.

Bird has been working great and also Holley has been set quite well now.  Cruise AFR is between 13 and 14 and now it allows to hit the go fast pedal. Down low it could be faster so I think the converter could have some more stall but after it gets to about 2500rpm a lot starts to happen.

I bought a rpm limiter so my next plan is to install it and mostly just drive as much I can. But the project will continue after driving season. There is a lot to do with this one still.

And I also bought another motor project so plenty to do next winter also.  A 30 over 455 block in a great condition and quite a bit worked #62 heads. So the plan is to build another 455 with much more in it.


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Also a photo from our weekly meet. Quite a nice 80 with nose job parked next to my ride.

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #229 on: July 05, 2019, 05:32:45 PM »
The 455 build will be interesting to watch!!!
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #230 on: September 11, 2019, 10:34:47 PM »
I've been mostly driving with this and it's been working great. Only some problems with starter solenoid as it does not engage every time when engine is warm. I need to take it out and check what is the problem there.

Driving season is ending here as it has been mostly raining lately and it's getting colder, so it's time to continue to build this. I already installed EBC front brake discs and Yellow stuff brake pads. Those made a huge difference in braking force and also those should take the heat without problems.

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I've also installed an adjustable RPM limiter, a proper shifter and Autometer Monster RPM gauge with a shift light to make the car more fun and ready to try 1/4 mile next summer.
I did try 1/8 mile with current very slippery street tires and time was 8.7 secs with 2.3sec 60 foot, so I really need to do something for a traction during winter. Can't hit more than half a throttle in first gear and need also to be careful changing to second not to loose the traction.
 

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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #231 on: September 12, 2019, 06:48:15 PM »
I like that brake setup. I want to eventually do something with mine but it's going to have to wait a long time.
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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #232 on: November 16, 2019, 10:12:53 AM »
I like that brake setup. I want to eventually do something with mine but it's going to have to wait a long time.

After driving with these for some time now I can say that these are a great and easy brake upgrade.

Driving season is over here now and it's time to start a garage one.


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Re: 71 Firebird build, 'Finnbird'
« Reply #233 on: November 16, 2019, 01:42:01 PM »
Yeah, here too. We already have several cm's of snow on the ground and it has been between -5 and -20 C the last couple of weeks. Winter came too early this year as I think we only had maybe 3 weeks of fall weather.

I look forward to what comes next!!
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« Reply #233 on: November 16, 2019, 01:42:01 PM »
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