1968 Pontiac Firebird Before
Restoration Work Started...

I purchased this car in the summer of 2006.

It had been restored to some degree by someone in Saskatchewan from what I was told.
My brother then purchased it in a car auction in Calgary in 2004. The work done so far on the car,
for the most part, seemed fairly well done but it was badly in need of some freshening.
At first glance I felt it needed:

Here are a few pictures taken within the first few days/months.

The 14" rally II's on the car looked nice, but I did not get to keep them. I had already started removing
the stainless trim here and you can see the engine is out, with the front riding up where it is.

you can see the condition of the kick panels and the carpet in this shot. the camera is much kinder
to the red interior than it actually looked in real life. the door panels were pretty worn looking and
a noticably different shade of red than the rest of the interior. the auto shift console is in very
good shape but it will go to make room for the 4 speed. I do have the "hard-to-find" top 4-speed
panel from the old grey bird to replace it with. The car also had standard seat covers to go with the
deluxe interior. I will worry about that at a much later time.

the car originally had a remote mirror set-up but that did not come with the car when I got it.

again, the camera was very forgiving for the red. the sail panels and side upholstery were
really hurtin. needed a lot of cleaning and dyeing to get them the same colour as the rest of the interior.

those brush strokes were from some black tremclad being painted over the visible
rust from the moisture damage from a leaking rear window.

same thing on the drivers side.

a few scrapes on the trunk floor with a putty knife showed what was waiting for me under the
tremclad. The trunk alone took days and days and days of scraping, grinding, and blasting to
get rid of all the rust. I have a seperate page planned for all the rust work photos.

here is what the engine compartment looked like while it still had the original 350 in it.
Almost everything under the hood, except the motor and alternator, was painted black.

one of the rather fun things about the tear-down of the vehicle was discovering the wide range
of fasteners used to put the car back together. I have found almost everything there is: slot,
phillips, robertson,torx, metric, round head, oval head, flat head, square nuts, jam nuts, nyloc nuts,
hex nuts, machine screws, wood screws, and studs. every day was an adventure. the builder was
a real "mcguyver" as he used anything that was handy and looked like it would do the job. I am
not a "numbers matching" stickler but I do feel the fasteners should be period correct or similar
in grade 5,8 or stainless if possible.

from the bottom: pretty dirty, and surprise, surprise, everything was black and mostly undercoated.
Car was definately a driver and not a trailer queen in any shape or form.

diff code showed it to be a 2:56 peg-leg (non-posi or "open" diff). Highly desirable :-(

Anyway, that is what I had to start with. Not bad. A hundred times better than what I had to start
with on the last car. Lots to do with power-train, interior, and trunk, but I did want a project, right?

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