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Old 08-16-2004, 05:14 PM
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Should I be a packrat or not? Keeping old OEM parts...

So I'm debating on whether or not to keep my old, OEM parts for the firebird. Truly the car is in good shape, but so far I haven't kept any of them (broken AC compressor, old cast iron-can-get-it-anywhere two barrel intake, crappy AM radio etc, nothing important really). I am, however, (and don't ask me why) debating on keeping the old 305 that came in the car. I really don't have room for it, its not a unique engine by any means, but I thought it might be somewhat important to keep the original motor to the car if I never sell it. I would probably keep original trim pieces and dash etc too. I'm leaning toward selling it, and just getting a few bucks and an empty space in my garage. WHat are your opinions on the matter?

My plan for this car was never OEM, so I'm thinking just hotrod the thing, and forget about what the next guy might or might not want...

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Old 08-16-2004, 05:19 PM
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If you already hotroded it the buyer will be a hotrodder
most likely.
So i say sell the engine or just dump it.
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Old 08-16-2004, 07:00 PM
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Keep that stuff, in 20 years you will be glad you have it.
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Old 08-16-2004, 07:20 PM
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Yup, The engines are a dime a dozen. The trim pieces are different matter. Even if they aren't perfect they'll be very valuable to you or to come one else 15-20 yrs from now.

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Old 08-16-2004, 10:41 PM
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don't keep big bulky stuff that you don't need. I used to do that and now i have a huge collection of spare parts for cars that I haven't owned in 10 years! and they have been sitting so long that there all now seized, broken and just generally useless. so I say sell it now while its still useful to someone and make better use of the extra space
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:03 PM
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its nice to be able to hang on to things if you have the room but if its in the way move it on out
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:11 PM
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Do what you want with the stuff.


Then you can kick yourself in 20-30 years when the 305 is the most sought after sbc, AM radios for Firebirds are going for $5,000 and everybody wants one of those hard-to-find old cast iron two barrel intake.


You just never know.
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Trust me, do yourself and your surviving loved ones a favor and dump it as soon as possible.

I've had to clean up after a packrat who died, and I'm bad myself about hanging onto stuff no one wants or needs simply for emotional reasons, or because "I may need that someday"....

The sad fact is that after all of these years, sometimes at a cost of $900 a month for storage, most times it's easier to go buy what I can't find or has gone to crap from sitting around.
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Old 08-17-2004, 11:54 AM
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just the fact your bird came with a 305 means it wont be all that collectable anyway. let alone that engine. throw it away. maybe you could use the heads on something tho, like a 327. keep the brackets maybe. just m2c's
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Old 08-17-2004, 12:04 PM
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That's what I figured, bull. All these nutcases on Fbody.com went ape***** when I told them I had a chevy motor in a second gen firebird. The car was about 1/2 or 1/3 as much as a 60's car in similar condition, and parts are a dime a dozen. Figured with the chevy driveline in it, it was a perfect candidate for hotrodding, without guilt, and on the relative cheap. Just goes to show you what a bunch of idiots they've got over there. I think late '70's, second gen cars about the last thing that real hotrodders crap their pants about keeping "all pontiac" and "all original." Good crap, its a 305 car from the friggin 70's! ...Not like I dumped a 350 into an original hemi cuda or something.

I maintain that that site is full of ******bags.

Anyway... anybody want to buy a 305 with cam and intake?


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