We purchased our 1967 Firebird in 1997. It has
always been a Colorado car, originally sold in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Although the cosmetics were in sad shape, it was a rust free car. After having
an interior kit installed and the body stripped; Freeda, as we call her, was
sprayed in her original color – Cameo Ivory. She has a bright blue interior. We
enjoyed the car along with our 1971 GTO convertible.
In 2008, after the GTO went by the wayside, I
decided to pull Freeda’s original 326 engine, which is now stored. I replaced
the engine with a nicely built 400 YT code engine with factory crank, speed pro
rings and pistons, Eagle connecting rods and Crane cam. The 6X heads were
treated to some port work and three angle valve job, and an Edelbrock intake
with a 750 Holley dual feed. Cooling is taken care of by a Meziere water pump,
16" electric fan and a Griffin radiator. The original 350 turbo was built by Ram
Transmission Gear and underneath the front drums were replaced with a Hurst roll
control and Wilwood disc brake system and also rebuilding the front steering
components. Quick Time performance servo controlled exhaust cut-outs and
FloMaster mufflers, and Competition engineering subframe connectors. The ten
bolt third member is loaded with 3.55 gears and of course body bushings will
Edelbrock INS shocks for handling.
Freeda enjoys some car shows and going to Sonic
Burger Friday nights, seeing other muscle cars - some oldies but goodies and
even some rat rods. Freeda was built in Lordstown, Ohio, not fifty miles from
where I was born. Colorado lets you run the year license plate of your car in
place of your collector plates.
My wife and I will enjoy Freeda until the bitter