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11-23-2007 11:07 PM
Chopt 48 All I've got to say is that is one sweet Firebird or what ever else you want to call it. Nice work.
11-23-2007 04:43 PM
68birdman
Absolutely!!!

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Originally Posted by CDJr
Ya, Id add em too, just be sure to seal the edges of the holes to prevent rust. I didnt see any pics of the underside...you DID put subframe connectors on it, right? Cuz I have a feeling that 468 is gonna make that body twist and flex a pretty good deal, leading to deformation and eventually stress cracks, etc

F-body + Power - SFCs = Problems
Yep I did install the Competition Engineering Bolt in sub-frame connectors AND welded 'em in also included are Lakewood traction bars. Hooks up pretty good although it could use a bit more rubber on the ground. The torque of the big block is pretty hard to contain when you get on it hard. In fact with the modified turbo 350 it will turn sideways going into second if you don't give it some respect.
11-23-2007 10:20 AM
CDJr Ya, Id add em too, just be sure to seal the edges of the holes to prevent rust. I didnt see any pics of the underside...you DID put subframe connectors on it, right? Cuz I have a feeling that 468 is gonna make that body twist and flex a pretty good deal, leading to deformation and eventually stress cracks, etc

F-body + Power - SFCs = Problems
11-23-2007 06:27 AM
68birdman
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Originally Posted by CDJr
Nice work!
I noticed you left off the chevron trim pieces that go on the quarter panel...any particular reason?
Thanks. I'd like to say that it was because I did this whole project in just over 1 year and I didn't quite get to it yet. OR that since this was supposed to be a low budget build that turned into nearly 30k restoration that I ran out of money BUT I only left them off because I didnt want to drill any holes in the new sheet metal that werent absolutely necessary. Here in the midwest rust is a certainty at some point and since I drive this car I didn't want to open up any more holes than necessary. With that said, I am actually considering adding them now because people STILL want to call it a CAMARO. If you noticed, I also left the "FIREBIRD" lettering off of the front fender and am considering adding them also.
11-23-2007 01:37 AM
lowROLLERchevy god that cars sexy

anyone thats to much of a purist to appreciate that needs to stop tieing their panties in a knot before they put them on in the morning

those purists would probably riot of they saw what my brothers friends 68 looked like after a heathy round of body mods, lol

lets just say i thought it was cool .... back at the same age i though rear window louvers and headlight tints were cool
11-22-2007 11:35 PM
CDJr Nice work!
I noticed you left off the chevron trim pieces that go on the quarter panel...any particular reason?
11-22-2007 10:10 AM
68birdman
It's been a while!!!

I'd like to start off by saying thanks to those of you who helped me in my time of confusion. I finally got around to posting the pics of what started out to be a "cheap" driver to go to the cruise nights in and turned out to be one hell of a nice lookin'...and running car. Some of you may remember the discussion that was had about the 68 Firebird with a 68 Camaro PUI Interior that I was trying to install that also has 468 Cubic inches of OLDSMOBILE in it. I still have a few changes to make but i.e. 4 speed OD transmission so I can get a little better than 8 mpg out of it. And A/C for the wife. She's kind of a sissy. Anyway, the pics are posted in my album so check em out and thanks again. By the way, turns out it's an OLDSMAROBIRD... go figure.
04-29-2007 09:58 PM
CDJr LMAO @ Camoldsbird...guess thats better than Firemaromobile

Farbeit from me to be considered a purist. Olds power is great as long as it gets it down the road...especially if it does it in a very rapid manner
04-29-2007 07:45 AM
DanTwoLakes
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Originally Posted by 68birdman
I am attempting this weekend to take another seat that I acquired and using some ingenuity and some of the clips (i don't know what they are called but they are tubular shaped and split down one side and you crimp them together around parts of the seat frame)
They are called BW clips (short for borderwire). Good luck.

I don't understand.........your car is a Camoldsbird?
04-29-2007 07:15 AM
68birdman
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Originally Posted by EricTopless68 Camaro
We Camaro guys run into this question a lot... Lots of guys with verts that lost their seats along the way.

And we all know that "Firebird" is just French for "donor car".

Please don't flame me, I just could not resist.

Eric
I have no intention of giving you crap. I actually joined this website because the Pontiac "PURISTS" won't give me the time of day because I wanted to put Camaro upholstery in it. By the way...it also has 468 cu in of...get this...(purists can stop reading now)...OLDSMOBILE power.
04-29-2007 07:07 AM
68birdman
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Originally Posted by EricTopless68 Camaro
Birdman -

The trouble you have run into is that all the 1st gen Firebirds had rear armrests whether coupe or convertible, standard or deluxe. 1st gen Camaros had a wider backseat in standard interior coupes (and 69 deluxe coupes, if you want to venture into the "more than I needed to know" category.

Anyway, if you can return or sell the cover set you have, you want a standard backseat cover for a convertible and/or fold-down rear seat Camaro. That's the only way to get standard 1st gen Camaro upholstery for a narrow backseat.

Your F-bird armrests will be fine.

Thanks Eric
Actually that is the exact information that I was looking for.
04-29-2007 07:03 AM
68birdman
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Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
I assume this is a bench seat top and bottom. Are you talking about 2" too big side to side? You need to take the seat and seat cover to an upholstery shop. Making them smaller is relatively easy, and if you can re-upholster the seats yourself, it shouldn't be too expensive. If you've got 20K invested in this thing, a couple hundred more to fix the seats will be well worth it. It sure beats eating the seat covers you have and starting over. As far as the rear panels go, get the right ones for the car. There are all kinds of websites that sell exactly what you're looking for. If you can post some pictures, I can tell you exactly how to make the seats smaller.
Actually the seat is 2" too narrow on each side for a total of 4 inches and I need to make it bigger. I have attempted to find a new reproduction seat frame and foam but there are no manufacturers making rear seats. I am attempting this weekend to take another seat that I acquired and using some ingenuity and some of the clips (i don't know what they are called but they are tubular shaped and split down one side and you crimp them together around parts of the seat frame) and my mig welder to increase the dimensions of the frame. I will then attempt to use the good old electric knife and form new bolsters with high density seat foam. I am lucky enough to have a place here in KC (Muscle Cars Inc.) that can get me just about anything that is produced. I'll let you know how it goes.
04-27-2007 06:17 AM
428ho Camaros had bigger back seats because of the bigger butt size of the um, guest occupants the average Camaro owner picked up.

Time for some Firebird Camaro Smack Down?
04-26-2007 09:49 PM
EricTopless68 Camaro I always kinda figured that all 'Birds got rear arm rests so that the blue hairs that favored them could get out of the back seat when they got to their hot Mah Jong tournament.

Camaros needed the bigger back seat for all the, umm, activity that their clean good looks generated...
04-25-2007 11:54 PM
CDJr LOL Oh yall aint right for that! You DO realize the Camaro was just the "baby brother", right?
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