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Old 03-02-2005, 08:36 AM
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Firebird Rear-End

One of my friends may be getting a 70 something firebird with a 454 the only thing it needs is the rear end put back in. What would we have to do to put the rear end back in. I want to make sure we do everything right

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Old 03-02-2005, 02:38 PM
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Springs, shackles and shocks.
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Old 03-03-2005, 06:11 AM
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thats what I thought but I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about before I told him that I could help him put it in.
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Old 03-03-2005, 07:51 AM
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Since it is a BB, and you have to install a rear end anyways...why not go with a Ford 9"?
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:28 AM
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well its not my car and i think nick (the owner of the car) wants to keep it as original as possible.
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He'll have to get rid of that Chevy bigblock then.

Dont forget about the brake hose and lines....
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Old 03-03-2005, 04:16 PM
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I think there was an LS6 454 option in 1970, I would have to check to be sure though.
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Firebirds back in the 60's and 70's didn't come with Chevy 454's, more likely a Pontiac 455 if anything.

Depending on what axle he has to put back into the car, he may look into upgrading if he plans on doing anything more than simply driving it.

That year could have possibly had an 8.2 inch 10-bolt, 8.5 inch 10-bolt or a 8.875 inch 12-bolt. The 8.2 is getting more difficult to find parts for, the 8.5 is still being made and parts are cheap for them, the 8.875 is the top of the line choice and can demand a very high price as they are in very high demand for all older cars they were an option in.
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Firebirds back in the 60's and 70's didn't come with Chevy 454's, more likely a Pontiac 455 if anything.

Depending on what axle he has to put back into the car, he may look into upgrading if he plans on doing anything more than simply driving it.

That year could have possibly had an 8.2 inch 10-bolt, 8.5 inch 10-bolt or a 8.875 inch 12-bolt. The 8.2 is getting more difficult to find parts for, the 8.5 is still being made and parts are cheap for them, the 8.875 is the top of the line choice and can demand a very high price as they are in very high demand for all older cars they were an option in.
Your exactly right...maybe when I read Firebird I shouldn't think Camaro. oops.

Now I see my confusion...I was thinking about the Chevelle / Camaro thread and how we used to cut down Ford rears to fit some 20 years ago. Guess I had Camaro on my mind.
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:48 AM
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sorry guys I lied i though he said firebird but its actually a trans-am and he said its got a 455 in it, Hes nervous about buying it because he dont think that we'd be able to put the rear end in. I told him that we could easily do it in a day if we had all the parts
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Lying gets you nowhere.

Installing an axle is not brain surgery and Jethro could do it without screwing it up, I'm sure.

Let him know if this car is a good deal and he passes it up he will regret it later.

Also let him know he has the assistance of Hotrodders.com if anything comes up.

Leaf spring axles are NOT that difficult to figure out how to install. Get a Haynes or Chiltons (or both) and learn more than he needs.

Most of those all too common cars are well documented in pictured all over the internet, that car shares the same chassis as the Camaro of that era.
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he really wants it but he doesn't have the money and he has to wait and see what his parents decide.
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