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Yo Dude!

I noticed something at the bottom of your post. I don't know how well they'll come out but I'm going to try before/after pictures. 1969 Firebird. Seagoville Texas car. All metal, including quarters, is factory installed sheet metal.

Origional configuration: Factory 400 car, a/c, 3 speed manual, 10 bolt posi of unknown raito, Carousel red with delux houndstooth interior, fold down rear seat.

Condition upon purchase: Basket case, 99% rust free. pihchwelds and floorpans have shiny factory paint. Quarters--factory installed but totaled. Right quarter/wheewell 100% rust free. Left quarter-wheelwell 1% rust in quarter lip. Trunk: rough but no rust. Factory intake. No engine, butcher installed M22 4 speed, and bucher installed Hurst Competition + shifter. 10 bolt posi full of water. Purchase price in 1985: $150.

Finished product: Drivetrain:

Sum Motors, Dallas TX, custom built 400. $500. Factory correct block with early model unleaded heads. C/R 8.75/1. Factory intake with Quadrajet. Custom ground cam of unknown specks. Hooker Competition + headers, 2.25 H-pipe dual exaust with hush thrush mufflers. Estimated hp: 300 Transmission: custom built 350 slush box $40. Stock converter. $25. Rear: incorrect 3:23 12 bolt posi.

Interior: standard--dark green with factory shifter. (parts bonned from a rusted 350 MD car.)

Body repair. Estimated labor costs: Repair quarters, 80 hours each. Factory 400 hood prep, 30 hours. Roof prep, 30 hours. General body prep, 200 hours. Total body prep 420 Hours @ 24/hr, $10,080.

Paint: Sikkens 2-stage urethane. 1987 GM code # 62 or #64, 1987 Seville Eldorado metallic red. $485.

Finished in 1987. Estimated retail restoration cost: $18,500. Total restoration costs: $6,280. (Notice the pain-to-match hubcaps?)


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