http://www.v8tvshow.com - Our latest project car - a 1969 Pontiac Firebird named "Routy" - has finally entered the building. It has been patiently waiting in storage in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, and owner Steve Prouty finally got a break in the weather and hauled it to the V8TV shop. The car is in pretty good shape, we don't anticipate any major panel replacement or real surprises, but we'll see when we get into the project. Here's the intro video with the car, and the other "goodies" Steve brought down from America's Dairyland.
1965 Chevelle Quarter Panel Install Pt. 1 V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - PART 1 - Quarter panels are one of the most rust
and dent-prone parts of musclecars, and our 1965 Chevelle had some of each.
Mostly dents. Thankfully, OPGI came out with new reproduction full
quarter panels for 1965 Chevelles. In this video, we show you how to
remove your old panel and install the new. Also applies to other GM A
Bodies like Skylarks, Cutlasses, GTOs and others.
1969 Pontiac Firebird Project: Body Media Blasted V8TV
The moment of truth...our project 1969 Pontiac Firebird "Routy" came home
from the media blaster. We had the interior, underside, trunk, and
firewall of the body tub blasted, along with stacks of smaller parts like
the inner fender wells, the radiator core support, and all the bumper
brackets. We also had the complete subframe and suspension parts
blasted, but that's a different story. This time, we're taking a closer
look at the condition of the body. This car had many previous repairs,
and it's not really fair for us to point out the details of previous work,
but we think it's important to illustrate what we found and to make some
observations on what we're starting with.
1969 Firebird "Routy" Trunk Floor Replacement Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The trunk floor area in our 1969 Pontiac Firebird
"Routy" was looking pretty rough, so we elected to use an assortment of
repair panels from Classic Industries to replace the rust and previous
damage repairs. The process went pretty smoothly, and we were able to
butt-weld and plug weld the new pieces in leaving a factory appearance with
no evidence we were ever there. A coat of Eastwood Epoxy Primer will help
keep them rust free for good.
1969 Pontiac Firebird Project Teardown V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Tearing down muclecars to their bare bones can be
a big mess. Luckily for us, this phase of our project 1969 Pontiac
Firebird named "Routy" went pretty well. Since the car was already
mostly disassembled, it came apart fast, and we didn't have to change the
name to "Rusty". Now that the car is blown apart and on the Autotwirler
rotisserie, it's next stop is the media blaster where the piece-parts and
underside will all be stripped of the flaky paint and undercoating residue.
Then we'll know the real truth.. if this car is as clean as it claims to
be, or if there are any secrets hiding under the primer.
1969 Firebird "Routy" Final Paint Spray Video #2 V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The paint sprayout continues with our 1969
Pontiac Firebird project "Routy." This time, we're spraying DuPont Hot
Hues Red Hot Meltdown color and intercoat clear in preparation for the
painted stripe treatment next. We're spraying with the 3M PPS system to
minimize cleanup time and solvents, and to help measure the mixture
accurately. Eastwood Pour-It lids also make things easy, and SAS Safety
gear keeps everyone in top shape. Once the color was applied, a 3M Sun Gun
was used to check the coverage. Part 2 of the paint application series.
1965 Chevelle Engine Upgrades V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Our '65 Chevelle drove in on a low-performance
350 cubic inch Chevy replacement engine that was reported to have less than
10,000 miles on it. Initially, we contemplated doing a late-model EFI
swap on this car, but then we thought we'd take a look at what we had and
see what kind of shape it was in. Turns out that the 350 is a parts-store
type replacement engine with 4-bolt mains and a very clean bottom end.
The cast iron heads and cam were not very exciting, so we used the Dynomation engine simulation
software to whip up a new recipe. In this installment, we clean up the
engine, repaint the short block, and install a new Comp Cams Xtreme Energy
cam, lifters, timing set, new Holley performance aluminum cylinder heads, a
Weiand Action Plus intake manifold, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor, some
Flowtech headers, and a Holley 670 Street Avenger camshaft. Some of the
parts we already had like the MSD unit, the intake, and the carb, but the
cam and heads are new. Here's how it went.
1969 Pontiac Firebird Front Suspension Install Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We reassembled our restored front suspension with
some new tricks to make our 1969 Pontiac Firebird "Routy" drive and handle
better. First we replaced all the stock worn-out control arm bushings
with some new Global West Del-A-Lum bushings for minimal deflection and
smooth articulation. Then we replaced all the loose steering components
with new parts from Classic Industries, including a new steering box, tie
rod ends, center link, ball joints, idler arm, and pittman arm. Once we
could put the wheels back on, we rolled the subframe under the body,
aligned it, and bolted it up. Out back, we added some Del-A-Lum bushings
to the Detroit Speed & Engineering 3" drop leaf springs and put the rear
axle assembly back in the car. Classic Industries had more hard-to-find
nuts and clips for the front leaf spring mounts. Now we can hang all the
sheetmetal back on the car and start the panel alignment!
1969 Firebird Seam Sealer Video - V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - After the metalwork was completed on the bottom
side of our 1969 Pontiac Firebird "Routy", we applied some Eastwood Epoxy
Primer to the underside and inside of the body shell to prevent rust and to
provide a base for the next steps. We then sealed all the seams with 3M
Automix Heavy Bodied Seam Sealer (8308) using their pneumatic applicator.
We like to mask off the seams with 3M tape, then apply the sealer, brush it
smooth, and then peel the tape before the sealer hardens. The sealer
ensures no moisture will creep between the panels and start to rust. Once
sealed up, we scuffed the primer and applied several coats of Eastwood 2K
Ceramic Chassis Black on the bottom and inside of the body. The 2K
Ceramic Chassis Black looks like the factory black used on chassis parts,
but is far more durable than regular paint.