The most noticeable of the body revisions is probably the GTA hood. The new Victory Red colored paint is a little richer shade of red than the original. The fresh silver color seems lighter. Both hideaway/flip-up light are now consistently functioning properly. Phoenix Graphix supplied the stripes and decals.
BODY / LIGHTS
Probably about 90% of the people that have had a vehicle with hideaway/pop-up headlines know what it’s like to deal with the “winking effect”. One comes up when it suppose to and the other ignores the command and stays down… or the reverse. After rebuilding the inside of the lift motors, the fix lasted a while before the problem reappeared. Both headline assemblies have been removed and completely replaced with new ones. Maybe these will hold up another 10-15 years. The back tail lights are still the original ones, but I replaced all of the plastic wing nuts that hold them in place. The old ones crumbled as they were turned.
BODY / PREP
The base model hood was replaced by a GTA vented hood, thanks to Jay Stanaford at Triple SSS Racing. Fat Boys body shop did the painting. The West Texas sun had baked a lot of the paint off of the hood and roof of the Firebird. The clearcoat had also separated and flaked off on several areas of the car. Overall, the body was in good shape, minus a handful of parking lot dings. After prepping and sanding, the FireChicken got two rounds of primer and sealant. Each coat was followed by a good wet sanding to smooth out the surface of all blemishes.
BODY / PAINT
The Bird received five coats of Silver on the lower portion of the car. The five layers of Victory Red paint came next. After some curing time, the clearcoat was shot. (I’m not sure how many coats of clear was done.) Three bottles of glazing were buffed on to seal the final shine. The mirrors, back spoiler, headlights, and hood vents were reattached to the body. I’m now down to the striping kit. Since the body shop doesn’t do vinyl striping (if you figure that one out, let me know)…… I have to now wait another week to pay someone else to do it.