1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic
1979 Pontiac Firebird Redbird
Head to Head
I got this car in the autumn of 1983. I was actually trying to get a '75 Monte Carlo, but couldn't come to an agreement on price so kept looking. Mom found this car! Wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but if Mom thought it was cool, I HAD to have it! It needed alot of interior work and had some (alot) of rust bubbling out on the bottom of the doors and some on the front parts of the 1/4's. My Uncle Raymond helped me with the bodywork and sprayed the white stripes along the bottom. That was just the beginning of the project ahead of me. I spent the next 6 years learning how to work on cars by basically tearing this one apart and replacing or modifying every piece as I went. I was getting it close to what I wanted it to be when I had my girl-friend run out on me. I was stupid enough to go out looking for her at midnight on saturday. A drunk driver found his way into the passenger side, spinning me into oncoming traffic, then leaving the scene! My baby was done for. It was crushed like a can and bent like a banana.
1979 Firebird Esprit Redbird Edition. I purchaced this car in 1998 from a man at the Petit Jean Mountian Car Show
in Morrilton AR. It is featured in Marc Cranswick's Book Firebird the Auto-Biography (page 100). It has always been stored indoors. It gets alot of looks wherever I go in it.
Specs for “Mychevelle”
Bought it with a 350 that had a truck 4 bolt main block. That went bad on me to be replaced with a 307 from a '72 Nova, which was replaced with a 305 (temporarily) until I got another 350 built for it. The 305 was bad pretty much from the beginning. so I put new bearings in the 307 and put it back in waiting on the 350. Original rear-end was changed out because of a twisted or bent axel. Had Black-Jack headers, turbo mufflers, dual 2-1/2" exhaust out the rear
Specs for “Redbird”
301 Pontiac V8 4 barrel with TH350 Automatic trans.
Factory Options for “Mychevelle”
Standard Brakes (non-power)
Chrome Trim out the ying-yang
Factory Options for “Redbird”
T-Tops, Redbird Trim Package, AC power "everything" (windows, locks, trunk latch, etc.) cruise control, deluxe cloth (hobnail) seats.
Mods for “Mychevelle”
First thing to go was that ying-yang chrome and vinyl top
Dual Exhaust with Headers And Turbo Mufflers
Rear-end from a '77 Malibu Classic
'73 LeMans 1/4 windows with louvers
Gas shocks all around
B F Goodrich Radial T/A's
and just about every nut, bolt, & everything they held on!
Mods for “Redbird”
I was told that the rear window louvers were added when the car was purchaced new... I like them, so they stay. I have seen a lot of the three piece rear louvers, but haven't seen any just like these.
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