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Old 10-23-2010, 10:22 AM
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You're right, that hood does look good. For paint i wanted to do something like this: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...:1&um=1&itbs=1 or this: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...1t:429,r:0,s:0 I think the dark red looks great on these cars.
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And for wheels what do you think about these?: http://www.jegs.com/i/Detroit+Wheels...5761B/10002/-1
http://www.jegs.com/i/Cragar/260/3975734P/10002/-1
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That cars desirable if you like it! I'm a huge fan of the 2nd Gen F-bodies, but of course I do like the 67-69 firebirds... used to have a 1969 firebird that unfortunately I never finished. I consider the 1969 firebird the least known, and rarest of the birds... I prefer the 1979 the best.

That said, I'd put Trans-am Fenders, Spoiler, and some combination of cool looking hood and wheels. Next, I'd put in a nice LSX motor... so If you ever decided to sell it you'd get a good price. Personally, I don't want a car if it's stock. Factory stock hubcabs and steel wheels look great? Give me a break, they never did and never will.

Also, since it's not a special model, that gives you every right to chop it up, and make it into a one of a kind original model. Factory cars are extremely boring and unoriginal. People judge a 60's-70's car on what motor they originally had, and their original jello suspension systems... None of that matters unless your going back boring stock, because none of the original suspension or engine usually is any good due to miles.

So with that said it's your car, and you can build a dream car out of it.
The one thing I have to say is leaving something "stock" as in totally original in the form that it rolled off the assembly line is "boring". I LOVE a totally original car for what it is, ORIGINAL. But other than that, I am with you, I am not big on the poor fit and finish of a car like that seventies Firebird.

HOWEVER, when someone spends the time that has obviously been spent on this black Firebird ....



It is FAR from "boring". The detail that has been spent making it straight and perfectly fit panels makes it a stand out, at least to me. When walking thru a Goodguys show a car with special detail, that "extra" touch that says "I have been touched on every square inch" gets my head to spin a lot more than a car with a bunch of stuff bolted on that doesn't have that "I have been touched on every square inch" look.

The proper stance, just the right amount of SUBTLE changes can make a car a MUCH bigger stand out than shocking, belly button changes that everyone else is doing.

Of course when we talk about OPINIONS like these we all have different ones, I am just stating mine.

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Martinsr,

I agree with you on that firebird, and know what you mean about spending time on the body instead of just adding hoods and spoilers. Sometimes less is more... ALOT more.

When I go to a car show, I look for the cars that have been touched all over, and you can tell those apart from some of the ones that were just put together... you know the ones with the none buffed paint, and gapped panels.

That firebird looks really nice with that cut and buffed black, plus with the deep dish wheels out back. It reminds me of a 1996 cobra I did in all black, it had deep dish torque thrust wheels in the back... the body was stock, but I spent so much time just sanding and buffing the car. It really paid off, and when I watched the car drive away all you could see were the trees surrounding the car because it mirrored so good.

I believe bigdog should leave the body stock, maybe add the duck tail spoiler... then a nice set of 17 or 18 inch wheels with deep dish in the back. I believe he would really really appreciate a nice completely cut and buffed black paint job. Internet pictures really don't do it justice...
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Alright this seems to have turned into an argument somehow. So, what do you guys think about the rims and paint job I put links to?

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bigdog: i didn't mean to diss your ride but any bird past 73 is going to take an act of allah to make it look good. you could sell that 77 and buy a nice older bird for little or no cash outlay. here's my 72 that i sold long ago. this pic does not do it justice however. no modifications required to make it a head-turner....
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Well this is my only car so i can't sell it. It's also pretty hard to find old cars where i am that aren't completely rusted out.
Do you think this cowl is too big?
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Do you think this cowl is too big?
YES! if you are going to work with this 77 i suggest that you turn it into a trans am clone with a shaker hood and TA spoilers. that's all it needs...
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Well i don't have alot of money to spend on it right now and i'm not trying to make it worth alot of money, i just want it to look cool.
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Well this is my only car so i can't sell it. It's also pretty hard to find old cars where i am that aren't completely rusted out.
Do you think this cowl is too big?
Cowl hoods are a Chevy thing. Lots of those Pontiac guys have a complex with Chevys. For some reason they think GM screwed over Pontiac or something.
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For paint i wanted to do something like this: http://www.classiccarstudio.com/imag...ion/1058/1.jpg or this: http://www.carsbykris.com/1600site/g...rmfirebird.jpg

And for wheels what do you think about these?: http://www.jegs.com/i/Detroit+Wheels...5761B/10002/-1
or these: http://www.jegs.com/i/Cragar/260/3975734P/10002/-1
or these: http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=7&vid=008835
or these: http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...7.5&vid=008835

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Alright this seems to have turned into an argument somehow. So, what do you guys think about the rims and paint job I put links to?

No argument, we are just discussing this, no big deal.

I personally think being it is your only car and you don't have a bunch of dough, keep it simple and clean.

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Alright, no problem. I want to put new rims on so which of the 4 do you think would look best? Or if you have any other suggestions for rims that cost around 100 bucks a piece.
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Well this is my only car so i can't sell it. It's also pretty hard to find old cars where i am that aren't completely rusted out.
Do you think this cowl is too big?
Here it is, OPINION time, I don't like it. There are only a few cars those hoods look good on and this isn't one of them.

No scoop or the stock Trans Am are the only options if you ask me. I mean that scoop IS a GM design, did they put them on that body, nope. Look at all the hoods they put on those F bodies of that vintage, they put a lot of different scoops, none of them look like that because they don't fit that body well.

Just my opinion.

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