Featured Ride: Eugene’s 1968 Pontiac Firebird

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When I started this blog I had no idea where it would take me, or how often I would post, however 100 posts came up almost unexpectedly and what better way to celebrate than with a story about a full restoration done by a local car nut?

The builder of this car is like me in a lot of ways he loves, BMX,Transformers, the internet industry, blogging, and fine pieces of American muscle.

Over the course of seven or so years Eugene has worked tirelessly to restore this 1968 Pontiac Firebird to factory show room condition only to put it up for sale after about one year of seat time.

To some putting that much work into a project then selling it so quickly might be a little crazy but for Eugene the art of the build is just as enjoyable as the finished project.

In fact he has already started considering his next project; a 1940s Fleet side Pickup.

If Eugene keeps cranking out cars of this calibre and selling them for such reasonable prices (this car is priced to move at $23,595) than the prospects of all us us being able to one day own a piece of American muscle history  just shot up.

The Beginning
Eugene’s story writes out like a novel, and actually did become a book, his fascination with the first gen Firebirds started when he worked at the GM plant and familiarized himself with the parts and service manuals of the 1967-1969 Firebird.

With a new found love and a wealth of knowledge he set forth to build a show room ready First Gen Bird.

He started off with one that was not too rough around the edges…

Euguenes  car before its long journey
Euguenes car before its long journey
I'm not even sure you could buy a car with a blue on teal color scheme these days
I'm not even sure you could buy a car with a blue on blue color scheme these days

Motor work

In it’s most powerful form the 68 Firebird came with an inline six rated at 215hp. I learned this reading Eugene’s site dedicated to thsi cars build.

Something else I learned is that motor was designed by John Z Delorean the same person who designed this.

John Z. DeLorean inline 6
John Z. DeLorean inline 6
The 90k mill pulled for rebuild
The 90k mill pulled for rebuild
The motor after it's fresh rebuild
The motor after it's fresh rebuild

The Motor running after rebuild

Interior Restoration

The interior was a bit of a mish-mash which can be somewhat expected of a car of this vintage.

All of this was addressed by Eugene during the restoration which brought the interior back to it’s intended glory.

Wee bit of a flinstone car, this was properly repaired with new pans on both sides
Wee bit of a flinstone car, this was properly repaired with new floor pans on both sides
The interior colors were restored to factory and an mp3 player was installed in the glove box to keep the original look, note the colored JBLs as  well
Interior restored to factory specs and an mp3 player was installed in the glove box to keep the original look, note the colored JBLs as well
You know the turquoise interior isn't all that bad when it matches
You know the turquoise interior isn't all that bad when it matches
Freshly redone seats.
Freshly redone seats.

Exterior Restoration
 The climate in the GTA is terrible for the longevity of cars, they all rust to some degree, thankfully Eugene took the time to have his car repaired properly and not smacked full of bondo.

This fender had cancer and someone tried to slow it down with bondo
This fender had cancer which someone tried to slow it down with Bondo and fiberglass
Amputation and replacement was in order
Amputation and replacement was in order
Exploratory sanding was needed to see if the cancer  had spread to other areas
Exploratory sanding was done to see if the cancer had spread to other areas
Early primer stages
Early primer stages
Painted and badged, I should  take a second to note all these photos were taken by Eugene he is talented
Painted and badged, I should take a second to note all these photos were taken by Eugene, talented guy

The finished product

This car turned out beautiful in the end and while it doesn’t have any suspension mods its original stance is one that demands attention and I am sure every car enthusiast would turn their head as this bird flies by.

A well used parking lot
A well used parking lot
Toronto lakeside photo  shoot
Toronto lakeside photo shoot
Parting shot
Parting shot

I’m really honored that Eugene wanted me to do a piece on his car and part of me is sad to see that he is selling it so quickly, however I am really excited to see what he does with his next project.

If you want to read more about the restoration process of this car check out the page Eugene built all about it, My First Gen Bird, all of the pictures in this feature came from there.

If you want to buy this fine machine visit his for sale page at car candy.

Thanks for reading the first 100 and stick around for many more.

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