First Start of 78 Firebird in 09............
Finally nice enough to fire up the Firebird! Low 80's all weekend, very nice weather for a change!
The car has been stored since late October 2008....time to wake the beast!! :)
I charged the battery most of the day, primed the carb, and she fired right up!!
I may have fouled a plug when I choked it too much? Its now missing on one cylinder.
I have to get it moved into the main garage so I can begin working on it.
I backed it out and checked a few plugs and they were fine.
Took a ride around the block and it's missing, stumbling, and popping, .......no power!
Hope I didn't collapse a lifter!
Well, more to come as I do some needed resto work.
I am replacing the headers and Exhaust and may even bump the cam up a little, not sure yet.
Probably changing the intake to an RPM or similar lower profile so I can put a full size air cleaner on it and still close the hood......time and $$$ will tell!!
Thanks for watching and please comment and let me know if you have any input about the miss in the engine.
1978 Pontiac Firebird Formula Restoration Slideshow
Restoring my 78 Firebird Formula
Pontiac 400 Engine Build in Progress
Block: 500557 Casting (1977) Bored .060
Cam: Comp Camps XE262
Rockers: Scorpion 1.65 Full Roller Rockers
Gaskets: Victor Reinz
Pistons: Sealed Power Forged .060 Over (Dished to run pump gas)
Rods: Sealed Power Forged I Beam
Timing Chain: Double Roller Patriot Timing Chain
Vinyl Seat Covers, Carpet, Console, Door Panels, Headliner, Shift Indicator, Floor Mats, Dash Cover/Cap, Package Tray etc all purchased from Classic Industries.
All the trim was redyed using SEM interior dye
Two 6x9 3 Way Kenwoods
Raam Mat lined on floorboards and quarter panels
Half Inch padding on top of Raam Mat
I give full credit of the music to Alice in Chains for "Check My Brain" EMI/Virgin Columbia
Bush "Machine Head" Atlantic/Trauma/Interscope
Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am BAN3 at the DYNO
We did a complete tune on (Signed by Burt - Car #9) this BRE Trans Am. The Dyno/Tune was performed by Chad & Pat @ THE SHOP, in Lincoln, NE on a MustangDyno). This car has an LS7 engine, with upgraded cam, lifters, springs and rods, to get it to 625hp at the crank, with similar torque. Unbelievable car to drive and feel the power that it has. If you ever get a chance to go for a ride in one of these cars or to purchase one, they are well worth the money and investment. Keep i mind this is a one of a kind signed car designed by Year One and Burt himself, and there will be only a limited production!