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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
  • Engine
    5.7
  • Style
    Coupe
  • Color
    Glacier blue

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  1. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    I took a look when i got home yesterday. Oh boy, are they rusted out and bent. Driver side was expected, but the passenger side bolts and hinge were bent out of shape. Lots of angry passengers over the years ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ thanks for the heads up!
  2. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    Ah crap. That means my doors probably aren't lined up either. i had to install both with the shot body mounts after the accident.
  3. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    So this is actually a pretty big deal, we got the old body mount hardware and rubber all out for the replacements! They have never been touched since their day they rolled off the factory assembly line, as with most of the parts on the car. This is a really big deal because one day when me and my Father had to replace the flywheel, we put the jack stand under the trans and pumped it up for engine alignment, the whole car would bend and creak from the firewall and forward. It was about to accordion itself, really, with how much it bent. that was because of these worn out bolts. With the new Energy Suspension rubber bushings and hardware in place, the whole thing barely budges from it's position.Which gives me the whole 'i told you so' attitude because my father keeps telling me the car is 'unsaveable' But seriously, look at how awful these bolts got. I drove around with these for about 4 years, yikes.
  4. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    Alright, looks like i made some progress for phase 1 of the restoration. The whole front fenders, bumper and hood are all off and the guts are fully exposed. So much to the point where i can see how every. single. bushing. has been dry rotted and dusted out of place. The body mount bushings? they fell out finally, rotted away and feeling like a wet paper towel. Unfortunately, while trying to tackle the body mounts, on the first turns i felt the bold starting to 'rub' you know, the tell-tale sign that the rusted bolt is about to break. So now i wait for new bolts to come in before going any further with that. pretty sure i need to work one side of the frame and then the other, lifting the body up just enough and etc. fun times. I can, however, go ahead with control arm bushing replacement since i think that's where the illusion of a 'bent body' is coming from. Not to mention how i now have all the room in the world to work on it. Little by little. And i would love to have a full frame like you have there, but i simply have no idea how to do that. the most i'll end up doing, is cutting out the entire back seat and trunk out and turning that into a reinforced cage section since.. it's all sheet metal there anyway. I'll create a bunch of room back there to play around with. let my creative side out for a bit lol. So if anyone knows, i need to know the bolt size on the body mounts. I know it's a 15/16, grade 8 bolt, but i dont know the thread or length i need. Any help? UntIl NeXT tImE
  5. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    Well, i don't have a flat spot. but one of my tires is like, making a U shape. Pretty sure that might be the problem then. Aside form this, the driver side wheel sticks out an entire 1" more than the passenger side rear wheel. I don't remember if it's always been like that, but if i can't fix that, i guess i could use some spacers to even it out. Weather has been pretty shite so i haven't had a chance to strip the parts off. Still waiting...
  6. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    I mean i have welded before and i did pretty good with a mig welder on my first try so i doubt it could be too difficult. Ill be starting with small body panel patches to get a feel for what I'm doing. I found a problem already though, at 15-25 mph i have a weird side to side wobble out the rear end. I have no idea what can cause this since all its done is sit for 2 months. The only thing i can thing about, is the one wheel with 3 lug nuts holding it on. Hmmmmmm. I'll also be posting on instagram if anyone wants to see more of the bird's current state. Just find kurk_kurk
  7. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    Oh yea, I've got enough work alright. i don't even know how to weld yet, but im going off the metaphor "pushing spit with a stick" ontop of that welding, i gotta find new body panels, trunk and floor pans. Just found all that out recently. I even have a huge hole behind the driver side red marker light that shines through to the trunk. The rear fenders around the wheel are rotted, good thing i plan on a small, custom wide body design. i got a carport tent coming in, so i can set that up next week and get the car out of the rain and potential hurricanes for the season. I'll be throwing down a large heavy duty tarp to park the car ontop of, since i can't park on direct grass because moisture.
  8. Kurk_Kurk

    My '78 Firebird Esprit

    I've actually looked into that a while ago. It was a first step sort of thing but the price tag is $5k and im most likely going to be using the Spit'n Glue bank after i weld in those damned sub frames. However, i figure some homemade frame connectors could do the same thing anyway keeping the body stiff as well as some small roll cage. Right? Welp, i wrote that before clicking the link because my naive mind thought i knew what you were talking about. That price is way more than the frame chassis i found for the 2nd gen Fbody. If only i could remember where i found that...
  9. This seems like a good place to post a log AND receive feed back incase i do something dumb. Here, we have my Firebird, passed down from my grandmother so i'm the second owner. The earliest photo i have of this car is from the rear diff repair after a very bad accident one night about 4 years ago. Note the black door. over the years, i've changed it up and pretty much ruined the car. I've always wanted something unique, hence the teeth, L88 hood and phat tires. Now it's about time i tear it all down and start over the right way. The car will be built up to handle corners and the ETC. Hopefully i'll have it on an actual road coarse after all is said and done. Before i do anything custom to this car, i need to weld in new rear sub frames, floor pans and try to straighten the body again. Afterwards, i plan to twin turbo the 355ci engine i have because i'm aiming for 650hp or somewhere around that place. I would like a QA1 suspension upgrade as well and lower it about 1". Oh, and thicker tires. In a few days, i'll have the car in a carport tent and the building will begin.
  10. alright cool, i was thinking i needed to buy a whole new axle assembly! ill try to get this sorted out this weekend!
  11. Oh Awesome, and no, this is on my firebird that im bringing out of the ashes. 5 lug rear drum brake. Im just not educated in handling, brakes or maintenance. I just know how to make power lol I only ask because i've changed the axle once before like 4 years ago and i cant exactly remember a whole lot. If it's as simple as hammering it out, i guess i have no problem here
  12. I broke my driver side wheel hub pretty badly. The lug nuts siezed up and we had to snap them off the threading. 3 currently remain, holding the wheel on but i figured i need to replace this. those threads, are they connected to the axle itself? or is it some kind of hub? also, how am i even supposed to go about fixing and replacing this?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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