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  1. #1
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    Aug 2004
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    My 1969 Firebird

    Hello all,

    This is my '69 Firebird:

    Specs:
    Engine: 486ci N/A Pontiac (690hp/620tq)
    Trans: TH400, reverse manual valvebody, 9.5" converter (approx 3500 stall)
    Suspension:
    Front: Global West "Negative Roll" system, 800lb/in springs, Koni shocks
    Rear: Global West 150lb/in springs, Cal-Tracs
    Del-a-lum bushings througout
    Solid body mounts
    Solid engine mounts
    GW Subframe Connectors, tied into the rollbar
    Body:
    All stock/steel except for the hood (needed for engine clearance)
    6pt rollbar
    Full factory original interior (ok, except for the arm rests)
    Rearend: Factory 8.2" 10-bolt, Auburn Pro differential, 3.55:1 gears
    Brakes:
    Front: 12.2" rotors, Wilwood SuperLite II calipers, PFC '01 Pads
    Rear: 10.5" rotors, Ford Turbocoupe calipers, Porterfield R4 pads
    Other Stuff: External oil/transmission coolers, 3qt Accusump
    Tires: 265/45/16 Kumho Victoracers, 26x10 M/T slicks

    The car is a porker (especially with my fat ass in it). Race weight ranges from 3800-4000lbs depending on fuel level and wheel/tire combination.

    Pictures (many more at http://www.offline.org/~burch/firebird/):























    Linked for size, on the oval at California Speedway.

    What I do with it:

    The car has run a best 1/4 mile ET of 10.909 and a best MPH of 124.66. An average pass through the mufflers is [email protected], and with the cutouts open 10.94-10.96 @ around 123mph, depending on traction.
    I've had the car to one open track event, at California Speedway, and had a blast. I'm attending another event at Streets of Willow Springs in the beginning of September.

    Video:
    First 10-second pass
    In car, out the side window
    Out the rear window

    On a mini-autox course at Cal Speedway
    Fooling around on the skidpad at Cal Speedway
    A few (easy) laps of the Roval at Cal Speedway


  2. #2
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    Sweet ride I also have a 69 bird. Who sells that hood? What is the purpose of the cooling mod.

  3. #3
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    The hood is from Spotts Performance.

    What cooling mod are you referring to? If you mean the line running from the rear of the head to the intake manifold the theory is to prevent a hotspot at the rear of the cylinder head but honestly I haven't noticed a difference on the two motors I've done it to.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2003
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    Marietta,Ga.
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    Upper Baffle Pics

    I love your car. I knew it looked familiar when I saw that pic of your engine. I think I saw it on the performanceyears board. You've got to show the rest of the guys the pic of your fabricated upper baffle. I'm thinking about doing something like that on my 67.
    -Corey

    Project "Fowled Up"
    67 Firebird Coupe + 440 EFI = Way Too Much Fun!

  5. #5
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    I knew it looked familiar too, then when I saw the title of your 10 sec video I knew it was the same car.

    yes, definitely post the pic of the front air baffle.

  6. #6
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    Here's the upper baffle:



    I've actually cleaned up the edges a little and painted it black--I'll try to get a more up-to-date picture tonight.

  7. #7
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    michigan
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    nice ride...that hood ROCKS!.....thanks for sharing.....

    colt45
    colt zantop

    1968 camaro LS1.......aka......."NJECTED"

  8. #8
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here's a current picture of the upper baffle after some cleanup of the edges and a couple coats of Krylon BBQ paint:


  9. #9
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    You guys may also be interested in the 2" dominator flange drop base aircleaner I made out of a 16" K&N assembly. Here's a quick photo montage:















    All this work was necessary because even with the raised rood this intake combination is so tall no standard air filter assemblies would clear. At the dragstrip I'll probably pull the aircleaner and reinstall the 1" cloverleaf carb spacer but for driving around/road course work it's nice to know there's something keeping the rocks out.

  10. #10
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    Plano,TX
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    Very Nice and I really like your air cleaner mod I know what fun it is to mess with hood clearance.
    1984 Z28 6.7 Liter 400rwhp T56 6speed w/17" FIKSE FM/5's
    Mark's 1984 Z28

  11. #11
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    I was wondering how to get some hood clearance with my Dominator also.. Now I have some ideas!! Thanks.

    BTW - Your car looks good, and great video
    Brad
    68 Camaro - Procharged LQ4 coming - Currie 9" narrowed, bagged, lays frame, BMW projector HID's LED tails, 18"s, lexus center console, seat warmers, A/C... Mini-tubbing in progress!!

    07 BMW 750li -loaded