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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 20 Sep 2014 :  9:20:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I began taking the car apart. I'm not quite sure how far I want/need to take it as yet. I know what my goal is, so that much is figured out. I guess the rest will fall into place. My goal is to have a very nice driver, with good power. Although not a 10 second drag car, I'm sticking with "old tradition" and keeping a 400 under the hood. It's a PHS documented HO car with a 4 speed. It was originally white with a black vinyl top and black interior, basically a bare bones car with power steering and brakes. It didn't even come with a console, or fan shroud. I will try to keep posting as I make some progress on it.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH

fbird1969
Sitting Bull

170 Posts

Posted - 20 Sep 2014 :  9:57:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very Nice! I like to hear about people keeping the 400 instead of taking the easy route and using a 455 for power. Post up some pictures as you go. And as always, the 4spd is what makes it a real car!
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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 21 Sep 2014 :  09:14:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm a believer that the 400 is what made the GTO a contender in the street wars of the late 60's. I like the nostalgia factor. I know the 455 is a power house. I'm running one in my Bird. I just want the GTO as a cruiser with an occasional fun blast down the road. Thanks for the support!

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH
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cortcomp
Coyote

USA
5335 Posts

Posted - 21 Sep 2014 :  10:25:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit cortcomp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you're just driving it, a 455 is just wasting gas (trust me, i know, i lost 2-3mpg going from the mild 428 to the rowdy 455...guess how often i get to rev the 455? never, because slow people holding me back). The 400, and the 389, are great street engines. I think as pontiac guys it's easy to say "well, let's put a 455 in it" because it's not any work compared to a sbc to bbc swap, and there were a million of them. 389 to us is a small engine. When i go to shows it reminds me that some of these camaro and chevelle guys strut around like bad asses with a 305 or 350. 383 if they spent a little. The 400 has bragging rights all over those. Even some of the rarer cars might have a 454 or 409 or something. BOP guys really do think 100ci more than the average chevy/ford guys when making decisions, we're spoiled that way.
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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 21 Sep 2014 :  1:00:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To add to that, we as Pontiac guys don't need to rev the crap out of our engines to make a ton of power. Torque is what moves a vehicle. try telling a Chevy "brainiac" that.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH
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Bill Caprio
Tribal Scout

21 Posts

Posted - 16 Nov 2014 :  3:02:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it the original HO motor in it?

Bill Caprio
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rkellerjr
Many Feathers

USA
1260 Posts

Posted - 16 Nov 2014 :  4:02:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about some original pics so we can see the project coming along? Love pics

Rich
1975 TA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR86YT69yeY
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