I just completed my 2nd drive since I finished the suspension, brakes, battery in trunk, High output alternator, shifter conversion, electric fan, aluminum radiator, hood tach INSTALL! Hehehhe [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]
2 years worth of work! It's amazing. I used to think my car was fun, and it's much better now. I still need registration, inspection, alignment, and new tires... But wow!
The single piston conversion up front and stock drum work very well now that I have braided flex lines and gravity bled it. The difference is almost scary. I took care to temper the brakes after their sleep, got the varnish off and now it brakes really well! 35 year old rubber hoses are not pretty or safe.
I'm completely in love with the hood tach! I'm not used to it and whenever I remember to look at it, it's like "cool..."
The solid Ny-liner bushings (VSE) up front are just like everyone said. Lots of good feedback from the road and wheel input, not rough at all just responsive. That combined with solid subframe bushings, cut station wagon (6041) coils and Hotchkis three leafs in back this car corners now! The old tires can't begin to harness the new suspension. Yet with Bilstein shocks, the car cruises like a newer car. My only Newer comparison is a 99 V6 Accord coupe. The Firebird is only slightly more firm than that and is way flatter in the turns.
So far so good with the hi-amp alternator. I installed a new high output externally regulated alternator from a company here in Texas. I figured it was a good idea with the electric fans and 15 yr old Alpine system. At driving rpm it appears to be doing its job very well.
I have 2 more brackets to fab and then I can mount the 96 TA seats in the car. They'll look good and hold me in place with the new suspension. May sound silly but if you look at the design of the later seats they are very similar to the original Deluxe style seats, just more bolstering. I figure if I take the headrests off while it's parked most folks might not notice the change. I could get some seat covers made in comfortweave and have a great looking upgrade!
Later on I'll put 2002 Fbody 4 wheel discs on the car. I have all the parts together for it. I still need to get the drum hubs machined, have parking cables made and install it all. Should be interesting but for now I want to drive it and that means getting it inspected with a great working stock setup. It can wait.
I would like to thank you David, you definately inspired the suspension. The other fellas here also convinced me the Bilsteins were the way to go. Thanks to pdq and Chicane on that. Thanks to PonPow for the subrame mounts... [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/hurray.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Moog 6041 Cut Coils
VSE Nyliner Bushings