We traded a ‘68 Barracuda, which was a previous shop project, along with some money for this awesome 1971 Firebird. This ride has a complete Heights G4 suspension in it, sub-frame tied together with a Heights tubular front end. It’s got Wilwood disc brakes all the way around, and has an LS3 with a Howell Engineering tune on it, so it has about 550-600 HP.
It has a Monster T 56 6 speed in it. We put some racing seats in it and we’re waiting for the roll cage to show up. We’re basically building a track car out of this, something we can go terrorize the canyons with. This is going to be a fast and fun road car.
Some history of the 1971 Firebird:
The Firebird was built by Pontiac between the years 1967 and 2002, so our ‘71 Firebird was a relatively new model at the time it was produced. 1971 models were actually part of the second generation of the Firebird, with the second generation spanning 11 years between 1970 and 1981.
The Firebird was originally designed to be a muscle car that would compete with the Mercury Cougar and Dodge Challenger. Just over 53K total Firebirds were produced for the year 1971, with our 2-door mode being one of ~20K available.