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Kurk_Kurk

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About Kurk_Kurk

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    Learning to Fly

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  • Location
    New Jersey
  • Interests
    Lots of pontiac cars. Rebuilding one real soon

Forever Pontiac

  • Name
    Curtis
  • Gender
    Male
  • Year
    1978
  • Car
    Firebird Esprit
  • Trim
    Espri
  • Engine
    5.7
  • Style
    Coupe
  • Color
    Glacier blue

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  1. Looks like i fell down the rabbit hole with my daily 2002 firebird. I got a lot of ideas for customization (widebody badassery, but that's for a later time) right now, im curious about the pop up headlights. I hate how bulbous and chunky they look when popped up, however i do like pop up headlights. I have an idea for a small 2 piece lightbar in place of the headlights. I would like to know if there's a way to adjust the end height of the motor. Like have it stop at an earlier area. That way i feel i'd keep the sleekness and have the ability to see at night.
  2. I feel inclined to point out that i spun a bearing in the original V6 the '02 Firebird came with. i bought a Bonneville V6 and swapped the intake, mounts, etc, to make another V6 for the Birdy. Im really hoping that engine block is the same as the L36 with the 9.4:1 Compression. (i didn't change crank, heads, valves, cam or pistons.) That's another thing, how does the whole PSI work? Do you change the turbine inside the turbo? or does the size of the turbo generate the PSI? I feel like this may be my very last question. and for the record, i've already looked this up before but i dont retain any information when im just scrolling. 1 on 1 is how i learn this kind of stuff.
  3. Im not going for anything crazy with the boost, like maybe 10 psi. Im trying to get something that will let me have fun with it without blowing up. I'll see if i can ask them about the PCM specs and all. But that leads me to another thing: will my stock engine internals handle a small psi like this?
  4. the kit im looking at is the exhaust headers, a crossover pipe, waste gate and the t4 turbo. it has an oil line included and will indeed fit under the stock hood. It was custom fabricated to fit under there. New exhaust is no big deal to me, ive got enough pipes. There are also no 'recommended' parts. As for the cooler, i've found one for a few more bucks that i can buy separately. will i need to poke a hole into the oil pan for the oil to feed into the Turbo?
  5. I have a 2002 Firebird with the 3800 series V6. It's the Y85 code with a factory GU6 (3.42) gear and i'm finding that it needs more power. I found a lovely Turbo kit specifically for these 4th gen V6 F-Bodies that i'm about to buy. It's complete with a wastegate and a T4 Turbo. What i'd like to know, is if i'm missing something here. I'm coming from my first car, the 1978 Firebird that had no computers or anything like these modern cars. Will i need a Tune? Will it bolt on and work right away (assuming all goes well)? im thinking some moderate boost btw, nothing too crazy.
  6. Kurk_Kurk

    POTM Nominations, June 2018

    My own Birdy. 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit with a custom built 355. Nicknamed 'Angry Bird' in my town.
  7. i'm incredibly new to this carb tuning so i'd like to start with the fact that i have no idea what Jetting is and what a 'jet'does. does it regulate air? does it help the mixtures? my proform is pouring WAY too much fuel and i cant seem to sort it out. i'm talking 5 gallons of fuel in 20 minutes, idling. i opened it up and i cant get the billets off but i did find some odd numbers on what i think the 'jets' are. primary fuel bellow or barrel, whatever was .36 and the secondaries was .70 i think i just need understanding of these Jets
  8. i used a bolt through that little loop and another nut on the bottom to hold it down, worked fine for me
  9. Kurk_Kurk

    Just got my first Trans Am...but...

    the only thing that stuck out was that it was an oldsmobile 403. not a pontiac motor. but if it has 200k miles, i doubt there's much restoration value, no?
  10. i mean, a trick i used is a bypass kit for the coolant to cycle around the intake manifold better. it's a 400 and i've heard that they are prone to overheating and this bypass trick worked for me. just 2 hoses from the thermostat back to the rear of the manifold. pulls hot coollant from the back and back to the front where it's cooler
  11. Kurk_Kurk

    Just got my first Trans Am...but...

    thanks for deleting that other post it's a basic Trans Am. Build sheet included, 6.6L olds 403 and a 3 speed automatic. T-tops, ground effects, stock white seats and black carpet and dash. even has a CV radio. Powered windows and locks too. is a very basic Trans Am which makes me thing there's not a whole lot of value which steers me in the direction to take the front half of my 1978 and put it on the Trans Am completely scrapping the Restoration idea
  12. So My Dream Car is The Trans AM ever since i owned my 1978 Esprit from my grandparents. And after a long time of money grinding, we finally picked one up, 1979 though but still the number matching 6.6L Trans Am is really cool considering its massive lack of rust/rot. But here's my issue. I'm not a pontiac purist, i like to hot rod these cars, i.e the other blue Firebird. We have the options to combine these two cars and make a beautiful, badass street stomper. OR restore the Trans Am and try to make a profit. I don't think we could get much of a profit off the Trans Am considering it's 200k miles in... What do you guys think? "ruin" the Trans Am or Restore the Trans Am?
  13. Kurk_Kurk

    It's ya boi

    Seems as good a place as any to Introduce myself, I'm just a firebird owner who isn't the pontiac purist. I'm still young and hot rodding is a passion so it explained why I own a 1978 Esprit firebird that's rusted, mismatched and not stock in the slightest. and a 79 trans am that I also plan on 'ruining'. Got a HUGE build coming up with both of these cars. I mean, the 6.6 holds so much potential, right? All my photos are over 1.91mb so it looks like I can't post a photo now. But if you wanna see the monstrosity, I'm @kurk_kurk on Instagram This place seems really cool, contests, guides and the sorts so I'm looking forward to some tips and tricks I may pick up from around here
  14. 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit
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