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    1. #1
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      1969 Firebird: Twin Turbo Butler 482Ē

      Well, it's been almost ten years since I last posted. Poor car got mothballed after a disruption with the local hot rod builder. Then the economy tanked and so the car has sat. A good friend told me about a Firebird built by BBT Fabrications in Illinois a couple of years ago and after a few phone calls to Troy Gudgel the owner we decided to get the ball rolling again. He has a great team and fully understands what it takes to build a world class vehicle. I have been very impressed with their work and look forward to seeing the car completed.



      First image in orange was the car when I purchased it off eBay in the mid 2000ís before stripping it down. The second how it sits now.

      What we had done twelve or thirteen years ago ended up being fully scrapped aside from the original sheet metal, of which little was/is left. It's a tough lesson to learn but sometimes you just don't get what you pay for. So... we yanked all the work done all those years ago and started over from scratch. I believe now the car will get finished and more importantly be safe. We are building this car to run north of 200 MPH and drive with nice manners.

      Current Build Status:
      Builder: BBT Fabrications, Mahomet, Illinois
      Roadster shop IRS chassis
      RS Gear T-56 (Tranzilla) six speed transmission
      Butler Performance 482" aluminum Pontiac engine, Quillen Motorsports turbo spec and tune
      Side exiting exhaust
      Lots of cool fabrication work throughout.
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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!


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      Welcome to the site, Brad. We're glad to have you.

    3. #3
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      nice plans for that bird.. welcome

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      Looks like a cool project. Keep us updated as we love the in process photos.
      Nick R.
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      Current Build Pics 1969 Poncho, Phoenix, Fire Chicken, whatever you want to call it.

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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      Welcome back. I moved the thread to Project Updates...

      Andrew
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      Cool stuff.
      Some times I'm fast sometimes I'm half-fast

    8. #8
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      Nice project. I follow some of BBT's threads on lateral-g, they do great work.
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      Very Nice!
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      So do the plans still call for a 482" TT aluminum Pontiac??
      -Nick
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      very cool, love the rocker exhaust!
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      TT Butler Pontiac

      Yes, we just purchased an all aluminum 8.0 liter Butler Pontiac motor and Travis Quillen at Quillen Motorsports will be doing the tuning for us.



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      So do the plans still call for a 482" TT aluminum Pontiac??
      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      I will be/am selling the original motor we had planned for the car. It was built for and originally in the Mark Stielow built Malibu "Malitude". The new owner (Jody Bernard) who purchased it from Mark decided to put an LS twin turbo in its place so I bought the motor with less than 1000 miles on it. It's a Nelson Racing Engines built twin turbo 372" small block chevy. I will post it shortly with details. A sweet deal for someone looking to go TT. In the mean time you can look up Mark Stielow "Malitude" for old article or Jody Bernarnd Malibu "malitutde" for details of the car with the LS TT in it. A sweet ride either way.
      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      1969 Twin Turbo Firebird update

      It's been awhile so I thought I'd give a quick update. The guys at BBT Fab are doing a great job and I am happy to be working with such a great group of individuals. True to form Troy and team are being different and completely moving away from the factory grill and doing something completely different. I am on board with this as I wanted something more unique than the standard and typical Firebird front end. There will be those that love it and those that don't. This is okay by me as its what makes the community what it is. A bunch of folks that love messing around with cars and getting together to discuss what they like and what they don't.

      I figured it was time for an update as part of the fun of our hobby is sharing and learning form others ideas. I wish I had time to give more frequent updates but life calls me to duty every day at 6:30 AM and there is little time to spare. I'll try to do a better job this year as we close in on completion.

      Happy Holidays to everyone at Pro-Touring.com and here's to 2018!!!

      You can follow the build closer by visiting or signing up for updates from BBT Fab's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/bbtfab/

      1969 Firebird
      482" aluminum Butler motor
      Twin Precision 6870 Turbos
      RS Gear T-56 (tranzilla)
      Roadster Shop Fast Track IRS chassis
      Lots of fun machined and fabricated parts



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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      Quote Originally Posted by 69Phoenix View Post
      Troy and team are completely moving away from the factory grill and doing something completely different. I am on board with this as I wanted something different that the standard and typical Firebird front end. There will be those that love it and those that don't. This is okay by me as its what makes the community what it is. A bunch of folks that love messing around with cars and getting together to discuss what they like and what they don't.
      Anything they can do to kill off that ugly factory grill is OK with me. Amazing workmanship all around.
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      Agreed and thanks for the vote of confidence. The notorious Firebird "Beak" may be something that screams Firebird but it's such an eyesore that we felt it had to go. I'm glad you are in agreement with killing it off.
      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      A few more updated images.

      Frontal and upper view of the Butler Performance prepped aluminum 482" Pontiac engine. Interior view looking towards the rear of the car.




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      Burn emí while we have emí. Fossil fuels and rubber tires till the end!

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      Wow, nice build! Keep up the good work.

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