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#1 Byrd

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:50 PM

I just picked me up a new project...a 1977 Pontiac Astre...Not A VEGA LOL! This car seems to be a rare baby bird. One of less then 500 with the options it has and it maybe 1 of 350 Formulas made in 1977. You can say the Astre went out with a bang since 77 was the last year for the "Astre" after 77 they were renamed "Sunbirds". I am going to send in for PHS packet and the GM of Canada packet to find out more about this car. I also tracked down the original owner and plan to make a trip to meet with him and hopefully he can shed some light on this car along with its unique graphics it has and hopefully some pics when it was new. I plan on swapping a V8 into this car either way...the 2.5 Iron Duke just don't put out enough for me. And yes the V8 will be a Poncho!!! Not some sbc like everyone swaps into these cars. SO stay tuned to see this come to life...

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I will post more pics when I get some of the rest of the car....

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 02:49 PM

Very cool..... I didn't even remember that option, but I know it's real. Last of the Vega twin, with the Iron-Duke 4-cyl in place of the cylinder wear prone Vega high silicon aluminum block. I had a 75 Astre station wagon... or at least my then-wife had one. Sad thing is, the Astre replaced her 1968 Firebird 350.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:26 AM

That's pretty cool - a V8 Astre woud definately be different. Once your PHS packet comes back, verifying the rairity of the car, hopefully you'll be inspired to keep all the original stuff in case somebody wants to restore it to factory original someday. Keep us in the loop on this one...

Been on this site for years and didn't even know we had a forum for "Other Vintage Pontiacs" - learned something new today!
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:26 AM

Congrats can't wait to see more pic and the rebuild.

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 02:00 AM

I've been talking to a few different Astre buffs and this appears to be nothing too special. Other then only 500 spoilers were sold over the parts counter. And while I was talking with these people there was this one from the first picture I posted wanted it. He kept at me sending pms and comments wanting the car. He offered me a pretty good cash offer but I still said no. So his next offer was a very nice rust free 80 Sunbird factory V8 car...and it is a coupe too. Has the 267 (yes that will be a poncho motor soon!!) and TH350 trans has clean interior no cracks in the "clock" dash. He sent me a bunch of pics of the car and has was in the process of swaping all the good stuff from the parts over and painted it satin black. Yeah I liked the car for a few reasons...one being rust free and less work I need to do other then repaint it maybe lol and finish putting it all together. It is a torque arm car and a factory v8 so it has the v8 springs and bigger sway bar already. Plus I was wanting to make a toy for the strip/street and this is better suited for my needs and well it is a COUPE lol you don't see many of them compared to the hatchbacks and 1980 was that last of the H-bodies. The car should be here next weekend that was also part of the deal along with a ton of extra parts from the parts car is that he had to come get it he is in AR almost 4 hours away. And hey I said I would be back in a bird soon so it may not be a "firebird" But dang it is a "bird" lol And these little cars are fun with V8 and I can't wait to see what this bird will do with a nice healthy Poncho motor...
Here's my plans in a nut shell......
Mini tubs with 275/60/15 drag radials on 15x10 wheels
"Stock" suspension legally car ...

Look for Project "FT2BTYD" coming soon lol
Here's a teaser shot of the bird

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 05:52 AM

Congrats Don ,havent seen one of these is years
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Posted 17 February 2015 - 10:16 AM

Ok after a few days to ponder on the trade and sitting down comparing pics and ideas the Astre is stay with me. I broke the dudes heart but I just couldn't do the swap. But I will be sticking with my original plans and build the Astre.
And the search of it's history continues too. But either way it a kool car and kinda rare so LET"S CUT IT UP! lol

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 02:17 AM

I think you made the right decision.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 02:32 PM

Thank You Dan I do too....and I will just leave this here....

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:39 PM

Thank You Dan I do too....and I will just leave this here....

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I like that too, I had a 73 Vega GT after I sold my 69 Z-28, it actually drove very nicely, but a few weeks before it blew up, I traded it for a nice 72 Nova, with a ??? 305???? and a power glide. I built my first engine, and really nice perfect 4 Inch bore 327, but when I started it, it had a cracked block. My shop teach had sold it to me, so he found me another block, and we built the next one together but she was a smoker, but fun? I like the hatchback, what were the Vegas with the black and gold and twin cam??? I know the Injuneer prolly remembers, but I really wanted one of those, it will come to me???? Your model is so slick, I like the vent and the shaker, very kool.

ah so! Goggle says its the Cosworth Vega, I knew it was a twin cam, put our 260 hp in racing form, had some Monza 2+2 goodies underneath. Now the Monza had the little 262 V-8, we had a Carmine and Carmine Monza Spyder in 1980 sitting on the lot at Sunderland Chevrolet Oldsmobile were I worked, I woujld get the keys and go set in it, during my lunch hour. Loved and drooled all over that thing, you've brought back some good memories, thanks for sharing your new toy?

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 09:02 PM

That rendering is sweet!!!
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Posted 24 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

Well I found a 74 Poncho 400 and TH400 trans and a good deal too. Let's hope he still has it once my taxes get here or when I get I first check. Yep I'm back to work again...Finally!!!! So now this project should start moving along nicely and boy I can't wait!! Still got people trying to buy this car from me all the time makes me laugh. Still haven't been offered enough yet though lol
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Posted 03 April 2015 - 03:46 PM

The fun is about to start now!!! I scored a 1973 400 with Edelbrock carb and intake complete running motor...Gave $500 for it WOOT WOOT!!!! I plan on starting on it this weekend and get the Astre ready for heart transplant lol. Man I can't wait to get this build on the road!!

Here is the new heart...

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 05:22 AM

nice going to be a great build









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