1997 Pontiac Firebird

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby TireSmoker » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:28 pm

I admit, I wasnt quite seeing it in the prototype pic, but the end result looks really cool! Gonna look even better once painted.

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird at Nelson Ledges

Postby Fred32v » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:01 pm

Beautiful day for a ride into the country.
Just driving the TrackBird is it's own entertainment.

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Track Bird @ Nelson Ledges


Gates were open, but I thought better of taking a lap.

Just like TRP, Nelson Ledges can be fun.
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Basement Paul » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:33 pm

Probably best to not catch a charge. The car looks great. Can't wait to actually do some hot laps there.

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby MostMint » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:14 pm

I could have arranged to get you some parade laps - or even go in and find Fred and ask.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Basement Paul » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:48 pm

Thanks to some 4th gen forum, we fixed the daytime running light issue which is to say the DRL control module is bypassed, at least as far as the front directionals are concerned. So that all works correctly and there will be no DRL on this car anymore.
We also changed the rear diff fluid to synthetic, which got the break in oil and crap out of it.
And last but not least the new PCV was installed.

I bought paint and supplies for the hood, and that will happen with better weather.

Almost completely done. Now all we need is some track time!

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Fred32v » Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:12 pm

The nice weather allowed me to work on the TrackBird's louvered hood.
First thing was to go underneath and make the vents Red.
I brushed on some '05 Silverado Red that I had after I prepped and sanded.
To my surprise, the right vent had fish-eyed badly. I put on 2 more coats,
looks not good, but under there it doesn't matter.
I then turned the hood over and much more thoroughly cleaned and
hand sanded the new louvers. Then I DAed the rest of the hood with 320.
Lastly, I put several coats of primer on the new louvers and no sign of fish-eye.
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Under hood - before

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under hood after

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ready for paint

It was just like I was back at Ralph's Forbes Rd. Auto body, 60 years ago.

A strange kind of fun, can't wait to see that hood in Firebird Red.
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Basement Paul » Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:46 am

Looking good! It will look really cool all red with the louvers.

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Fred32v » Sat May 02, 2020 6:42 pm

Today I did the final primer coat on the hood and painted the simulated vents black.

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vents are black
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hood ready for paint

Ready for color after a light sanding.
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Fred32v » Sat May 02, 2020 11:43 pm

After 11 good passes at the test n tune, TrackBird was not able make it home from Dragway 42.
The rear end has issues, we'll have a look at it soon.
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Bob Fade

Our old friend Bob Fade brought the 'Bird home.

We plan to have the car ready for June 8th.
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby wxo » Sun May 03, 2020 11:31 am

What a typically good Cossick adventure. Can't wait for the next episode. :mrgreen:

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby MostMint » Sun May 03, 2020 12:01 pm

Boba Fade with the Millennium Flatbed to the rescue. hope it didn't blow up the gears but i am not optimistic
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Basement Paul » Sun May 03, 2020 12:13 pm

At those speeds, I'm figuring anything that rotates is junk at this point. Worst case scenario is JD Race (assuming this wasn't his fault) has a completely rebuilt 3.73 sitting there ready to go for under $1100 that would bolt in...

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby Basement Paul » Mon May 04, 2020 6:50 am

There is also the possibility that the rear u-joint let loose somehow... The more I thought and talked about it, there is a definite chance this happened. I'm not sure if that's better or worse at this point. I know everything is still in place for the most part under the car. More to come.

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby TireSmoker » Mon May 04, 2020 1:39 pm

You know, I thought I saw a u-joint cap on the ground, as we were pulling away from our 2nd inspection, on the right berm of the road. I wasn't sure if thats what i saw, because I only caught a glimpse.

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Re: 1997 Pontiac Firebird

Postby MostMint » Mon May 04, 2020 2:47 pm

a driveshaft, u-joints and a new yoke seems like a better deal than replacing the housing inners.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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