1969 Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird is an American automobile that was built and produced by Pontiac from the 1967 to 2002 model years. Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced on February 23, 1967, five months after GM’s Chevrolet division’s platform-sharing Camaro. This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford’s upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.

The name “Firebird” was also previously used by GM for the General Motors Firebird in the 1950s and early 1960s concept cars.

The first-generation Firebird had characteristic Coke bottle styling shared with its cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro. Announcing a Pontiac styling trend, the Firebird’s bumpers were integrated into the design of the front end, giving it a more streamlined look than the Camaro. The Firebird’s rear “slit” taillights were inspired by the 1966-1967 Pontiac GTO. Both a two-door hardtop and a convertible were offered through the 1969 model year. However, GM feared this would cut into Chevrolet Corvette sales, and gave Pontiac a piece of the “pony car” market through sharing the F-body platform with Chevrolet.

There was an additional Ram Air IV option for the 400 cu in (6.6 L) V8 engines during 1969, complementing the Ram Air 400 (now often colloquially but incorrectly called the “Ram Air III”, a name never used by Pontiac). The Ram Air IV was rated at 345 hp (350 PS; 257 kW) at 5000 rpm and 430 ln-ft (583 N-m) of torque at 3400 rpm; and 335 hp (340 PS; 250kW) respectively. The 350 cu in (5.7 L) HO engine was revised again with a different cam and cylinder heads resulting in 325 hp (242 kW). During 1969 a special 303 cu in (5.0 L) engine was designed for SCCA road racing applications that was not available in production cars.

This Firebird came in for some engine work. We will be diagnosing the problem and fixing any issues.

We have removed the A/C compressor and are doing a compression test the spark plugs.

We removed the hood to begin teardown to removed the engine.

We have gotten the engine removed.

We will have to replace the heater hose to cylinder head fitting.

We have gotten the new heater hose to cylinder head fitting installed.

After fixing the fitting, the engine has been reinstalled.

New radiator installed and running a pressure test.

The new headliner has been installed.