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#1 Gibs679

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

Hey guys, I'm starting this thread as a bit of journal to myself. This is going to be my first time doing a project car. I have some very experienced friends helping me out, as I'm just a do it yourselfer. I hope you guys can help me out along the way too!

I just picked up a 79 Firebird for $700. Complete barebones, no engine/tranny, interior has little to work with. The body though is in amazing condition as far as I see, very little rust. Hardly looks like a Michigan car...

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Tomorrow I am going to clean it up, take inventory, and maybe start cleaning up the floor. Not sure if I want to just paint or bedliner it.
I'm also going to look into a donor car tomorrow with a possible 305 and 3spd manual to get it up and going.
I'll post more pictures tomorrow as I'm cleaning it up.

Any good ideas about what to do with it while its completely gutted?

Thanks everyone!

Edited by Gibs679, 11 January 2013 - 11:17 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

Welcome to the site. Lots of work ahead of you. You will know what is in it when you are done. On the donor car strip every piece off it you can. If you do not use the part you can sell it to recoup some expense.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

Today went over great. Picked up a 75 camaro for $400 with a 301 and 3 speed manual. Had been sitting in a shed for 17 years and looked pretty bad inside.
Also got the interior of mine completely ripped out and mostly ready to clean up, prime/paint since I'm not sure how long until I buy a carpet for it.

Best part of the day? That camaro took us 20 minutes to get it up and running! How lucky could I get? I'm splitting the cost of the car with my buddy who wants extra parts for his race car, so full running drivetrain for $200

Here's just some more pics of the (mostly) cleaned up interior and a little video of the camaro running. Not long but stick around for the surprise at the end!

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Tomorrow I'll be swapping the drivetrain and priming the interior. Should be another good day, weather permitting.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

Quick question guys! I am cleaning up/sanding down the interior to paint it and there are some sort of rubber grommets (assuming some sort of drainage thing?). Any suggestions what to do with them? I would like everything to be new/painted before I put in a carpet, I wont want to take it back off once its there. Thanks.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

got pix? Grommets under the dash are for wires to pass through the firewall. Plugs in the floors or trunk are to pull and let moisture out and air in to dry things out.

Don't plan on using the Camaro for any body parts - each was just different enough that they won't match up.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

Nice start. Hope this turns out for you!
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

Yeah, corpse the Camaro for the Firebird! :)
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