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1986 305 HO. Could it be 1 of 26 made


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#1 86ta5sp

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 10:06 AM

Looking for ways (beyond vin) to help identify this rare bird? Bought it off a guy that kept it in a garage its whole life. He swears is the Ho 305. How do i know for sure??? Thanks ahead of time.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:28 AM

Should have 305 HO (maybe TBI) on the air cleaner lid if memory serves me correct bit those are easy enough to fake.

There should be a build tag on door/door jamb/glove box listing codes for all options. L69 I think was for the 305HO.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 12:00 PM

The air cleaner is long gone. Theres a chrome one on it. Nothing in the center compartment. There is a tag (whats left of one) on the door jam. And it says L69 w/mt. Manual trans? Holy smokes i think i just won the lottery. Lol
Thanks zumpTA. Any casting numbers?

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:13 AM

Is there anybody else that might be able to offer some more info on the L69 305 HO for the 86 production year? Casting numbers, engine hp and torque output? And so forth.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 05:03 AM

The 3rd gen info I have puts top 305 with carb as 190 hp @ 4800   torque is 240 @ 3200

 

There was a port fuel injected version of the 305 that had 210 hp @  4000   torque 270 @ 3200

 

The 8th digit of vin number of your car will tell you which engine you have.    F= 305  210hp LB9 FI,  G = 305  190hp L69 carb,  H = 305  155hp LG4, 

 

And take the vin report with a grain of salt. Every car you check will come back a unique in some area.

 

And according to sources, all L69 equipped cars came with a manual trans.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:03 AM

Thanks, the 8'th digit is a G and my car is a 5 speed borg warner. I appreciate the response. This is my first trans am. I always wanted one just never got one till now. The car i got is a one owner. The previous owner got it as a graduation present in 86 from his father. Drove it till he had kids and then it went in a garage for along time. He did take care of it by starting it and taking it for short drives. He said it was a rare optioned car? When i went for it it was under a cover in a garage with boxes all over and around it. As soon as he pulled the cover back i new it was going to be mine.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:07 AM

It's good that car spoke to you, so to speak.  You'll take good car of her and preserve a piece of history.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:44 AM

Yes it did my friend. I felt like i belonged in it when i sat down behind the wheel. I plan on holding on to her for a very very long time. As a matter of fact my son already put his dibs on her. Lol. Does anybody have any specs on the L69 305 HO? I.e cam heads and so forth? Want to know everything i can about this car.thanks ahead of time.

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I have an 85 L69 with the WS6 suspension package. I have done quite a bit of research into this. I am new to Firebird Nation and I see that this post is from 2017. I would guess that you have found all that you wanted to know by now. However, if this is not the case, I would be happy to share what I have learned about my 85 version of the L69. 



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Welcome Dominic! Share some pics of your 85 when ya get a chance.


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I just got the car to my house in GA from where it has been sitting for almost 21 years in VA so I don't have many pictures. However, I don't know how to post any of the few pictures I have. I will figure it out and post what I can. I did just add it to my garage with one picture there. 



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Thanks Sea Dog. Here are a couple of pics. I guess I didn't take the pic of the engine with the air filter cover and dual intakes and the 5.0. H.O. on it.

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Cool car!

I always liked the looks of the third gens with the side skirts etc.  My son had an 88 GTA back in the day.


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I like it too. The whole concept of bringing my brothers car back to life makes me both nervous and excited at the same time. I have a lot of work to do on it. I should have brought it home after we lost my brother, but I just couldn't do it. It has taken me 20 years but I finally have it. I am still not sure where to start, but now that I have confirmed I have numbers matching, at least I know I don't want to simply replace the motor or transmission. I will keep what I have and make it work. 

 

I do have a question about the rebuild process, but not sure if I should keep this thread going to do it or if I should start a new one specific to my question (which would give others who have this question an opportunity to find it). Given you seem to know FBN pretty well, which direction should I go? 



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