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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:09 pm

RedFiveKBS wrote:Glad to see another Sunbird Formula being saved!

Its a great car. 40K and very little rust.

Best part(s), the first build was my wife and I. Round 2 is my youngest son and I.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby RedFiveKBS » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:26 am

Mine was not so 'rust free'. :lol:

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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:06 am

In rely to RedFiveKBS;
I got lucky. The guy I bought it from had a transmission go bad in his commuter and was motivated to sell. I showed up and was the only one to show interest in the car. Bought it cheap cheap and used it for our $2014 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge car.
I appreciate what you are doing on your car. Not sure I could have stayed the course. Our 75 Monza has had some radical rust removed and had to maintain the original body lines. But, we have been able to cut the firewall out and remain class legal. Our biggest hurdle was the windshield frame and surrounding area was gone gone.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby RedFiveKBS » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:50 pm

Still need a windshield? You can get NEW ones from Auto City Classics.

28433 Hwy 65 NE
Islanti, MN 55040
763-444-5880
autocity@att.net

Several guys have had great luck here.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:36 pm

RedFiveKBS wrote:Still need a windshield? You can get NEW ones from Auto City Classics.

28433 Hwy 65 NE
Islanti, MN 55040
763-444-5880
autocity@att.net

Several guys have had great luck here.


Windshield frame and surrounding area. It had a windshield....
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 am

More progress on turbo LS install
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:46 am

More from the weekend
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:49 am

Engine installed
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:42 am

Water pipe and Alternator
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby RedFiveKBS » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:30 pm

Loving the updates. Keep 'em coming! Hoping to have the last panel patched on mine in the next week and epoxy primer shortly thereafter.

Formula's rule! :th:
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:58 pm

RedFiveKBS wrote:Loving the updates. Keep 'em coming! Hoping to have the last panel patched on mine in the next week and epoxy primer shortly thereafter.

Formula's rule! :th:

Thanks. My son is heavy into the electricals :bang: ...so I am installing a NOS system into another car :th: , More pics soon.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:08 am

At 8:37pm on 9/7/17 we fired up for the first time. Sounded good.

We will have a little backtracking to do. The right manifold was flipped and the flange is too close to the #8 plug/wire. We will have to disassemble to allow us to clearance. #4 spark plug wire was bad. Possible bad coil of #1.

The entire conversion from thought to start up was 2 months 5 days with 2 knuckleheads with full time jobs. That's SBC removal, LS mounts, LS tear down and assembly, in tank addition with by-pass return, exhaust piping, mount making, water pump modified, modified the harness, drove to buy parts, 3 trips to the You-Pull-It, modified the oil pan, everything....worked on it 29 days/evenings.....super excited.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:07 am

First 5 burn outs completed yesterday.
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby RedFiveKBS » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:05 pm

wheels777 wrote:First 5 burn outs completed yesterday.


Woooooooooo! :th:
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Re: 1980 Pontiac Sunbird Formula

Postby wheels777 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:30 am

RedFiveKBS wrote:
wheels777 wrote:First 5 burn outs completed yesterday.


Woooooooooo! :th:

We hope to get to the track this weekend. Registered the car yesterday. Have issue with boost control. Punch list is down to 11 items. Close.
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