1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula – needs restoration
Tried to get vehicle history based on VIN , but apparently those are only available on automobiles made after 1981.
2= Pontiac U=Formula 87 = Sport Coupe Z= V8 Pontiac 400ci engine, 4bbl carb 6 = 1976 N = built in Norwood, Ohio 500843 = serial number
I am a complete novice, yet I ambitiously purchased this car some time ago intending to restore it. I got it a tune up, and got it running, but further restoration with my income proves elusive.
I have not won the lottery yet, and even if I did, I must be honest and say I do not really have the skill necessary to do the restoration job properly, and it would show, so why not make it available to someone who can do it properly!
Vehicle originally had vinyl seats, I found some original leather seats and half replaced them. I had other half,intending to to do full replacement, but my wife junked all the spare parts that I had in the shed one day when I was at work!
Trunk still has a few spare parts that were spared from my wife’s “cleaning”.
Last run 2 years ago,then we took the battery out to use for my wife’s car,and it has not been run since. While it did run last I tried, I would not count on it to run; best to plan on pulling it out on a car trailer.
I believe previous owner replaced the carburetor to get better fuel efficiency. I am not a mechanic or auto professional, but it dose not look like a four barrel carburetor to me.
A “friend” told me it the engine is not the original, but he tends to exaggerate things to see how I’ll react. I do not know. It is a V8 and the valve cover color seems correct. Few years back when I had a professional tune up they did not say anything to me in that regard. See pics for more.
Speedometer reads 92,794.7 miles
To give some idea of value you are getting:
Original hoods, like this one,alone sell for over $1,200.00 ! A lightly rusted 2nd gen body only ( no engine, no glass, no wheels, no interior) recently sold for over $5,000.00 on Ebay!
Even when rusted, original rims sell for $100.00 a piece!
When restored a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula will sell for around $30,000.00 + !