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Trans Am Photos => Restoration Projects => Topic started by: PokeyJR on June 16, 2017, 05:18:02 PM

Title: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: PokeyJR on June 16, 2017, 05:18:02 PM
I recently acquired my (now passed) fathers 78 Formula Firebird and have taken his nickname (Pokey) and plan on restoring it in his memory. In the middle of July I am going to enter it into the local Show 'n Shine as a kind of last hurrah before the car gets tore down. In this build I'm favoring more practicality than originality. This will be my first undertaking of a project this serious. I've done other "tinkering" but nothing to this scale.

OK so a little bit about the car; when my dad bought it in 2012 it had a sbc 350 in it(not sure on the year yet). It's a manual and has Hurst T-tops. the guy that owned it previously had done some restoration work on it (new carpet, headliner, and back seats reupholstered) that is all that I am aware of at the moment. The headliner has since fallen apart. I hope I can find the build sheet somewhere, though I'm pretty sure it is the original color. I hope I'll be getting some pictures up soon.
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: PokeyJR on June 18, 2017, 01:34:32 AM
Got some pictures of her today, now if I can just figure out how to upload them with my phone.
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: PokeyJR on June 18, 2017, 02:58:09 PM
(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p419/PokeyJr112/received_1915632705374658_zpse21b7134.jpg)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p419/PokeyJr112/received_1915632612041334_zpsbdc0kpcd.jpeg)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p419/PokeyJr112/0617171828a_zpsdrgvajt8.jpg)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p419/PokeyJr112/received_1915632528708009_zpsdpd4r2z0.jpeg)
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: NOT A TA on June 18, 2017, 03:39:13 PM
Looks like a great car to start with! Sorry for your loss of dad.
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: Bman on June 18, 2017, 08:05:28 PM
That's in really good shape! Keep posting pictures along the way, the compliments and comments really keep you motivated. Take lots of pics when you take it apart. I took a bunch but always seemed like i never had the right angle lol. Good luck on the project!
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: PokeyJR on June 18, 2017, 08:52:44 PM
Thanks guys,  right now I'm using it as a daily driver so hopefully I can find something to use instead of it. I'm getting really ancy to start on the project. Gotta wait on that car show at least  8) .
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: sylviashea on January 23, 2018, 03:14:40 AM
Hello!  I enjoyed reading this thread! Restoring the old man's Firebird is quite essential to learn about!
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: Aus78Formula on January 26, 2018, 05:38:54 AM
Could even be original engine, the chev engine was standard on Formulas in '78. Will look very sharp if repainted same colours.
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: Steele59 on June 25, 2018, 08:48:08 AM
How is the restoration coming along?
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: Nexus on June 25, 2018, 04:03:40 PM
I am also curious as to how this is coming along!!
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: PokeyJR on February 02, 2019, 07:35:17 PM
sorry guys i have not been able to make much progress with her. It's been rough and I've had to change living situations so its been hard to find time. i did get some new seats in as well as wheels and tires and i have a plethora of engine parts to build one after i get the block machined so i am moving forward just nowhere near the pace i want to go.
Title: Re: Restoring the old man's Firebird
Post by: Aus78Formula on February 02, 2019, 10:14:43 PM
I'm not sure I accept that apology......what are your plans for it, basically looking as new and original?