Interior

The original interior was General Motors Ox Grey and Charcoal.  I have stayed pretty much to code on all of the fabric items.  The revision has included replacement door and side sail panels, new dash cap, headliner, and visors.  A window regulator, bushings in the steering column, and trunk and hood lift supports were also replaced.

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Suspension & Chassis

After 25 years of wear, the Firebird suspension was still in pretty good shape.  Replacing the shocks and struts may or may not have been totally necessary.  Changing out the rotors, bearings, and brake pads was a good idea.  Doug and Danny at Forrest Tire gave some invaluable pointers. They also got to clean up the brake job done by another mechanic.

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Transmission

The factory transmission is the 700R4.  This tranny has been a favorite among performance vehicle owners for years. It can be built to perform easy shift changes for everyday driving as well as for supporting performance cars with 450 foot-pounds of torque.  The 700R4 has an automatic overdrive feature that allows cars with high rear-end gear ratios to be driven at highway speeds without problems.

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Worthy Of Mentioning

The course of the restore and revision of the Firebird has been a roller coaster ride.  From dealing with product reps to mechanics, I have become a little smarter at trusting opinions.  One guy fixes this but messes up that, so you have to go to another guy and on and on.  The following businesses provided the bright spots in this project.  They’re the ones I’d go back to for their particular expertise.
  
Lucas Oil
Ever hear – “You get what you pay for.”?  Count on it, and for the buck, Lucas Oil products can’t be beat.  After spending the money on this restoration and revision of the Firebird, it only makes sense to protect my investment.  Their Super Coolant is in the radiator, and Lucas 10W-30 in the engine.  Their customer service is solid.
  
Marrs Machine

I believe they are also listed as Automotive Machine and Supply.  Tony and his staff are responsible for rebuilding the engine.  They do good quality work and have always been able to provide answers and suggestions to my technical… and not so intelligent questions.
  
Permian Glass
The Gaylors have been in business in Odessa-Midland for several years.  There’s a reason they are still here.  After trying to cut a corner and having a bad experience with a windshield outfit on Grandview, I won’t make that mistake twice.  I’m glad I went to Permian Glass for the replacement of the driver’s window regulator and installation of the new door panels.  Jimmy (father) and Shannon (son) are good honest people.  I won’t use anyone else.