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Upgrade and Maintain '78 Firebird
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:34:15 AM »
I need advice. I have a 78 Firebird, 231 V6, white/maroon. It is all original with just over 30K miles. I am stationed in Texas and while driving home to the east coast, I saw an oil leak while at a Waffle House in Meridian, Mississippi. That was in 1995. She's been parked, safe, at my dad's ever since. It's high time I got her back on the road where she belongs. So, do I keep the 231 (I cannot find any solid references for a decent build) or go V8? (& I must ask forgiveness, I am a MoPar guy ... sold my 72 Challenger a few years back, but have kept the Bird!).

I am really lacking knowledge of the Pontiacs. What recommendations do you suggest to build a good solid ride, that can cruise, go wherever and have decent power? I know it's a lot, but thanks in advance.
Ray VanHorn

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Re: Upgrade and Maintain '78 Firebird
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 11:35:03 AM »
If you don't want to break the bank, drop in a crate Chevy 350 and a 700r4 overdrive transmission. If MPG isn't important, swap in a Pontiac 400 or 455 ... just remember to upgrade your front springs. If money isn't an issue do an LS1 conversion. Although on such a low mileage original car ... you could keep the original engine and get a custom cam, small overbore, install a 4 barrel intake and carb, upgrade your exhaust and either keep the original transmission or swap in an overdrive transmission.

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Re: Upgrade and Maintain '78 Firebird
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