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81 Pontiac Firebird Esprit, SBC400


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#1 Alarus

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:16 PM

Havent posted in here yet so thought id show you what i started with to what it is now :B):
These ones are from b-4 i did any work to my 1981 Pontiac Firebird Esprit
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And the tear down
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Droping the chevy in (would have loved to stay origanal but the pont. block was screwed)
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And now time to put it all back together
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back together :D
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Still needs some work but drivable atleast
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:20 AM

Looks like it's coming along well! Keep us posted.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:23 AM

Wow, Nice job cleaning up that engine bay... that must of been a PITA!!!
How's the interior coming along?



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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:35 AM

wow looking great keep us up to date!

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:14 AM

Looks like alot of work. Good luck with it.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:15 AM

very nice progress. Keep up the great work!!! always love to see pics, esp when it is making them for the better!!
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 11:20 AM

engine bay wasnt that bad, took gasket remover to it and everything just fell off, still need to find some plugs for the holes on the firewall but seeing how i dont drive it but 1/2 a mile a day im not too worried about it, the interior is just about the same as the pic with the passanger seat (just a little cleaner) i need to save up so i can get the rest of it together, hoping soon i can get a cage in it and finish the inside off, then focus on the paint/body
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 11:57 AM

You had some work cut out on this one! Nice job! A little at a time is what it takes then when you get all finish and looking good you will get bored and have to start something else! LOL Keep the pics coming as you do stuff.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 12:17 AM

Well the other day i got bored and decided it was a perfect day to do the exhaust gaskets, took me about an hour taking my time and what not but i got it done and the car sounds 200% better, dont have the nasty leak anymore (will get a vid up asap)

next project will be headlight adjuster screws (only have one light not free floating but dont drive it at night but half a block anyway), valve seals, and hopefully some interior work.
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 08:04 PM

well i did the headlight adjusters and half the valve (umbrella) seals and i can tell why it was smoking, the old ones were all free floating and hard as a rock, not to mention one was broke (no top acting like a funnel) will update when i get the rest done :crossfingers22:
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 08:47 PM

Looking good RL, enjoy watching the progress.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:26 AM

Got some more work done on the car, fixed the window switch, re-routed the headlight wires between the fender and inner finder to hide the messy looking rats nest, and installed some locks.
Havent got to the rest of the valve seals yet hopefully on my next days off ill be able to
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:57 PM

well ive started on the inside, got the passanger side door panel on and then had to break down and go buy a new radiator, every time i drove it i would look under the car and there would be a nice puddle of watter under it, replaced it with a stock replacement aluminum for a camaro (equal to about a 2 core copper/brass) and it stays MUCH cooler than with the 3 core copper/brass one i had, i put the electric fan on it but i didnt wanna damage the fins so i used somthing like a carpet strip, wraped it around the edge of the radiator (where the cores meet the tanks) and drilled mounting holes in the strip so i could fasten the fan to it...turned out pretty nice but i wanna do a better job with some actual aluminum strap and polish it up.

Im also gonna make a radiator support out of aluminum (the top part that holds the rad. in place) and polish that up when i can find some

(will get pics when i can get a camera)

well ive started on the inside, got the passanger side door panel on and then had to break down and go buy a new radiator, every time i drove it i would look under the car and there would be a nice puddle of watter under it, replaced it with a stock replacement aluminum for a camaro (equal to about a 2 core copper/brass) and it stays MUCH cooler than with the 3 core copper/brass one i had, i put the electric fan on it but i didnt wanna damage the fins so i used somthing like a carpet strip, wraped it around the edge of the radiator (where the cores meet the tanks) and drilled mounting holes in the strip so i could fasten the fan to it...turned out pretty nice but i wanna do a better job with some actual aluminum strap and polish it up.

Im also gonna make a radiator support out of aluminum (the top part that holds the rad. in place) and polish that up when i can find some

(will get pics when i can get a camera)
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:13 PM

Great to see this car being brought back to life!
My Compliments on all your hard but rewarding work.
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Posted 31 July 2009 - 11:20 AM

Havent been on in a wile, been really busy but i lost my job so i have more time to jump on here and work on the car for now, only real updates is i replaced the alt cable with a bigger wire, finished the valve seals...about 100 miles after i did the driver side Posted Image ... and put some better tires on it, there smaller but there not gonna fall apart on me going down the road, the tires were a pain in my butt, had to break the old ones down using my s-10 and remove the old and put the new on by hand with a couple of pry bars.
next is interior clean-up and gonna spray some coating on the floor boards oh and patch a hole in the floor (about a nickle size hole) and maybe work on the radio some... wish me luck Posted Image

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

Well i started work on the floor board on the driver side, not done but decided to do a little bit of work to it till i can get the time to accually tear the car apart to finish it heres the b-4 and in progress pics
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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:09 PM

breakin tires down by hand really sucks lol lookin good tho!

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:50 PM

looks like it will be a pretty sweet ride when she is all finished :B):




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