This 68 Firebird has been in the family for many years, decades even, but suffered from sitting outside for way too long. Rob and Ria C. decided it was time to get it back on the road in April of 2011. Since the convertible top was in shreds the floor pans suffered from a heavy case of rot. The engine was pulled out to be rebuilt and the subframe was separated from the body to get the restoration started.
Since it is a convertible, the floor pans are sandwiched between underlying and overlapping reinforcements to give the ragtop some rigidity. Hundreds of spotwelds were drilled out to preserve as much of the remaining floor supports as possible. After the new pans were installed, everything was painted and coated to make them last longer than the originals did.
The subframe had some minor issues corrected and was then sent out for powdercoating. Afterwards it was fitted with all new brakes, brake lines and suspension parts so it would ride and stop like it did in 1968.
The cowl and firewall were stripped down and welded up as needed and then treated to a fresh coat of paint.
The Pontiac 350 was mildly upgraded with a 4 barrel Holley and a mild camshaft. The original 2 speed automatic had previously been replaced with a Turbo 350 but was rebuilt to make sure everything was OK.
All new doors, fenders and hood were painted and installed along with front bumper & radiator. With the front half of the car all done, the owners couldn’t wait to start driving it again and decided to hold off on doing the rear half till a later date.