1967 Pontiac Firebird 326 V-8 HO
In 1967 I was in the market for a red Firebird. I went to a Quebedeaux Pontiac in Tucson, Arizona but they did not have one in stock. They located one on March 31, 1967, the day my youngest daughter was born. The only one in the state was at Stallings Motor in Globe, Arizona. It was a red 326 V8 HO. I purchased this car on April 8, 1967.
I later found out that it had been special ordered and the person backed out on the purchase, my good fortune. In 1967 they only made 6,078 326 HO Firebirds. This was an exceptional vehicle. It was special ordered with high compression heads, four speed, M-21, Muncie Synchro-Mesh manual transmission and a 4:11 posi-traction rear end. This was to be our family car. This car was an Arizona vehicle, except for six years in Texas. When disassembled, there was no rust anywhere on the vehicle. I was in the U.S. Air Force and moved around quite a bit. When I went overseas this vehicle was in an enclosed garage. This car was used on and off until 1999. The engine was not running very well anymore. I would start it up to keep it from freezing up.
In 2007 I contacted the proprietor of Old School Classics body shop in Phoenix, Arizona. I had known him since he went to school with my son and knew the type of work that he did. We had talked previously on him working on the car. He agreed to do a complete rotissary restoration on the vehicle. It was completely disassembled and put back together. The power train was completely overhauled by Master Tech Auto in Peoria, AZ. It took four years to restore it. The Firebird was finally completed in October 2010. What you see is four years of hard and meticulous work. This is now the finished product.
Picture added on 21 April 2011 at 11:56