I tried the head pipes from Pypes. The would not ship to CA. so I had them shipped to a friend in Ariz. and picked them up there. The had very nice bends but the flare to manifold wasn’t even close. The flanges were both stamped wrong and would Slide right over the flare. There was no way to use them so I sent them back. The only positive was that they did accept the return. I had some custom made.
Another option is to go manual transmission. There is a new version of the Tremec 5 speed that fits better in the tunnel. That will provide tons of overdrive. There are different versions with different gear ratios. All the parts needed for the clutch, clutch pedals, and linkage are all readily available.
I had reached out to Lee Power Steering in Valencia CA in addition to First Generation Firebird. One of their service people called me yesterday. He said the Saginaw power unit is longer than the manual unit. He said look inside the car at the column, loosen to small bolts that hold the column to the fire wall. Next he said, just under the dash there are two nuts on studs in slotted holes, loosen those. In the picture the nut and slot are at the top. I was able to pull the steering wheel outward the length of the slot. This provided enough room to install the Saginaw box with the rag joint attached. I still have install the rag joint bolts and connect hoses. I haven't attached the pitman arm yet, but will shortly.
I have a chance to buy a 1969 Pontiac GP. Motor is a 400- 350hp motor with auto trans. Car is complete. Body and seats are shot I do believe. Car is numbers matching. Anyone know what this may be worth?
For many years something has been really wrong with this planet, it's like the Kurse of the Kardashians or something, nothing is real, who in the hell thought this would be a good idea and then who in the hell bought this at auction???????????
Seriously, I have actually heard people at car shows and cruise nights say things like "a Firebird is really a Camaro"
NO IT ISN'T!!!!!!!!! JUST AS A JUDGE OR 442 OR GRAN SPORT or GTO or Lemans or Cutlass etc etc IS NOT A CHEVELLE!!!!!!!!!
this car isn't worth a dime
you know what wouldn't surprise me, is if the vin a body tag go back to a Ram Air car
If memory serves that is the correct spot. It shines down in of the ashtray. It's a pretty strange item, with a tiny hole to only shine light in one little direction, think there's one on the cig lighter too. They don't shine much light when they work.
Just got done with my 69 4speed goat adding a backup light switch to the shifter and removing all the linkage to the steering column. It was simple to unplug the connector from the column switch and connect the shifter switch with some spade connectors. Between the rebuilt shifter and removing the crappy linkage it should be a huge improvement. Can’t wait for spring to drive it. The same thing should be easily doable for you 69 FGF 4speed folks that need working backup lights
If he has a paper trail it is possible, here's why and only why.
First off NO Firebirds came from the factory with 428's PERIOD.
Second - a very few select dealers would put one in for you, one I know for sure did this was Myrtle Motors in New York. I believe Royal did too.
They would have the original paperwork from the dealer and the paperwork better look real old, no copies, it's the only way to prove it. PHS will have no history of this being done but if the papers exist it would be a rare and valuable bird.
A lot of people did this at home too, the 428 is a plug in.
I have an original 1969 Firebird AM/FM Stereo radio, has been in dry storage for over 40 years. Worked fine when removed. If this is something you are interested in. These are extremely hard to find and expensive. I have no way to test working condition, so it’s selling as is condition.