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Chris & Dee Brown’s 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

My wife and I have a beautiful fully restored triple Black 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible.
We bought the car 12 years ago in southern Ohio. We lived in Michigan at the time and towed it home.  Although it was a basket case, we began working on it right away.  As part of the restoration, we disassembled and gutted the car.  Everything from the interior, paint and engine was redone.

We moved to Phoenix five years ago, and started doing the car show thing here.  The car has been well received and has won many awards.

3.6 years ago, we had a mishap. The car caught on fire in my garage.  I pushed the car out of the garage (while on fire) into the drive.  Luckily, I was able to put the fire out and save her from disaster.  Due to the fire damage we had to rebuild the engine, install a new hood, dash, front end wiring, repair the firewall, rebuild the front suspension and most importantly, the paint.
A good friend of mine and fellow car enthusiast Bryan Waller helped me get my baby
back to awe sum condition. Its good to have friend in this hobby!

This is my second 1969 black Pontiac Firebird Convertible, but that’s another story.

The Firebird is powered by a 400 CI engine that has a few modifications done to it.  It’s breathes through a 1000 C.F.M throttle body system sitting atop a high rise intake manifold.  Fuel and air are fed through a set of ported heads.  A mild cam opens the stainless steel valves via a set of roller rockers.  All of this is spun by a steel crank pushed by high performance pistons.  Fuel is delivered by way of an electric fuel pump.

The power from the 400 spins the 3:55 rear gears through a Tremec 5-speed transmission.

Riding on new springs, gas shocks and poly urethane bushings throughout, the suspension is slightly updated for a better ride and handling.

The mostly stock interior features a custom wrapped console.

The custom triple black paint is mirror smooth with blue ghost flames on the fenders and hood.
The car has won many awards since I have owned it.

If you are out in the show scene, be sure to check out Chris’ Firebird.  It’s paint is smooth as glass and the rest of the restoration meets the same high standard.

Thanks for sharing such and awesome ride with our viewers Chris.

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  1. mark bunting says:

    i LOVE your car. Would you sell her?

  2. Andy says:

    Please try to answer my question. I am trying to get information on my 1968 Fire Bird convertible I recently purchased am am lost to where to get the answer. The motors manual does no good. Bee trying for several months now. The question is what is the gear ration for the rear end. Thh 68’s and 69 are suppose

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