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Aftermarket Questions / Re: T Top weather stripping
« Last post by ColtonY78TA on Today at 12:27:00 AM »
I've heard of the spliced hurst hatches form a friend, is there a website or someone that knows how to do it? They are slightly larger than hurst hatches.
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Restoration Projects / Re: 1980 Formula
« Last post by b_hill_86 on June 19, 2019, 09:31:14 PM »
Couple options for dashes. Find a good used, repair the one you have or buy new though honestly Iím not sure the new option is available officially yet. Also could fix yourself depending on the damage.

Engine/ Trans is all about what you want and why. Plan on keeping it forever? Do what you want. Itís your car. Plan on selling? Iíd stick with an engine that was an option during that time period. But its all in what you want.
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Aftermarket Questions / Re: T Top weather stripping
« Last post by RipGiver on June 19, 2019, 03:41:22 AM »
https://www.classicindustries.com/product/all-years/pontiac/firebird/parts/k234.html

I haven’t dealt with this company yet, but it’s the best I can come up with for firebird parts.

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Aftermarket Questions / Re: T Top weather stripping
« Last post by Aus78Formula on June 18, 2019, 11:22:44 PM »
I don't believe there is one. I recall someone splicing together 2 sets of Hurst weatherseals, the American Hatch must be similar, just slightly larger.
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Aftermarket Questions / T Top weather stripping
« Last post by ColtonY78TA on June 18, 2019, 05:31:07 PM »
I recently purchased a 1978 trans am with American hatch corp t tops and was looking for an aftermarket supplier for the weatherstripping. My car didn't have it when I got it.
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Aftermarket Questions / Re: 1980 Formula replacement engine
« Last post by RipGiver on June 18, 2019, 03:18:48 PM »
Ah ok. 

Yes, my brother had all kinds of problems with his 400 for some reason.  He finally gave up on it and went to a 350 crate engine.

Part of me wants to find a Pontiac engine for it, but not sure it’s worth the hassle.


Thanks for your response.
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Aftermarket Questions / Re: 1980 Formula replacement engine
« Last post by Aus78Formula on June 18, 2019, 06:39:58 AM »
Be aware that it's a SBC 400, matters none for adding in a Firebird, even less since not a TA with shaker. So just treat it like any other SBC in a Camaro, or Firebird for setup, I can't comment on how tall an intake will work. Camaro setup is less helpful there since different hood but 99% also have a cowl hood now.

The 403 Olds was also a small block.
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Restoration Projects / 1980 Formula
« Last post by RipGiver on June 18, 2019, 01:16:17 AM »
Iím starting to gather information on restoring my 1980 Formula high school car.  It has been stored inside for nearly 30 years, Crazy. 

I need a new dash do to a lovely individual that decided to smash my dash up to take the stereo I had in it.  I really should have replaced it back in the 90s but didnít have the money. Now they are hard to find and are about 800 bucks, but they donít have stock. Do you guys have a good place to get quality OEM parts for my bird?

Also, taking feed back what engine/transmission I should put in her.  Unfortunately it came with a 301 auto and I would like to put a 400 in it.  Suggestions?

When I get my new place and drag her out Iíll get some photos posted.  So good to see fellow firebid owners still around.  I really love that car, and had so much fun in it.  Probably a good thing it only had a 301 in it.
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Aftermarket Questions / Re: 1980 Formula replacement engine
« Last post by RipGiver on June 18, 2019, 01:01:53 AM »
Ah thanks.  Would the automatic transmission be worth going through to handle the bigger engine or would you recommend something else?

Also, this is the link to some choices for engines.

https://blueprintengines.com/collections/gm-compatible-small-block-crate-engines/blocktype_small-block+horsepower_501-600


https://blueprintengines.com/products/383-ci-stroker-crate-engine-small-block-gm-dressed-longblock-fuel-injection-bp38313ctf1

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Aftermarket Questions / Re: 1980 Formula replacement engine
« Last post by RENOVATIONS on June 18, 2019, 12:42:19 AM »
A Pontiac 400, Olds 403, SBC, etc will fit under the hood...no difference in clearances between 79 and 80...you'll just need the appropriate air cleaner assembly.
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