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Old 10-15-2018, 12:23 PM
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'91 Firebird convertible project

Just bought my first third gen, a '91 Firebird convertible with a Trans Am front clip and GTA badges. I'm new to these cars, so I don't know anything about them. Does anyone know where to get new trunk struts? And does anyone have pictures of what the kick panels look like? Mine look like they should be carpeted, but aren't. Also, do the dash pad covers look good on these cars? Not the carpet ones, but the hard covers.

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Old 10-15-2018, 12:39 PM
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Re: '91 Firebird, a few questions.

Rockatuo for the struts. Yes the kick panels are carpeted. Check with Denny at thirdgen ranch he sells nice used dash pads for around $150 or scan fb marketplace or cl for a nice used one. I think dash covers are around $100 and just look cheap.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:45 PM
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Re: '91 Firebird, a few questions.

Kick panels stopped being carpeted by 91 on Firebirds.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:25 PM
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Correct. 91 kick panels were not carpeted. Has a PO put speakers in them and used carpeted ones?
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:26 PM
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Re: '91 Firebird convertible project

Haven't figured out yet how to post pics off my Android phone, but the car is coming together. Needs some somewhat hefty rust repair on the rear quarter panel and into the spare tire area in the trunk, all in good time. Replaced the dash pad, got new center caps for the wheels, heavily cleaned the interior and engine bay, replaced the trunk struts and replaced the interior door handle. Needs seats and carpet eventually, along with a top, weatherstripping, and god only knows what else. The brights switch and the fans don't work, haven't figured those out yet. For what I paid though, I can't complain.

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Re: '91 Firebird convertible project

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The brights switch...don't work
More often than not, its just the switch out of adjustment. Do a search, you should be able to find the way to fix it. Its not hard, but it is a ginormous pain in the rear.

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Old 11-14-2018, 12:47 PM
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Paintchips: As a new Third Gen Firebird owner, you might find the "All Firebird Colors, Codes & Quantities" fact and reference book helpful.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:17 PM
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Started digging deeper into this thing, and this car's Wisconsin heritage is becoming more and more apparent every second. Props to whoever had the brass to drive this thing in the winter for who knows how many years, because it was a scary ride on my way to the storage unit in light snow. In any case, my driver's side fender, passenger side quarter, driver's side floorboard up front, the trunk, and the rear wheel wells are starting to look like Swiss cheese. The wheel wells are my biggest concern, as they're pretty terrible. I could probably stick a fist in the hole I broke out at the bottom towards the front of the car. Looks like I've got one HELL of a project ahead. On the bright side, the strut towers are perfect and the girlfriend knows it's my dream car and gave me the green light to do whatever is necessary to get it fixed up.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:33 PM
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Started digging deeper into this thing, and this car's Wisconsin heritage is becoming more and more apparent every second. Props to whoever had the brass to drive this thing in the winter for who knows how many years, because it was a scary ride on my way to the storage unit in light snow. In any case, my driver's side fender, passenger side quarter, driver's side floorboard up front, the trunk, and the rear wheel wells are starting to look like Swiss cheese. The wheel wells are my biggest concern, as they're pretty terrible. I could probably stick a fist in the hole I broke out at the bottom towards the front of the car. Looks like I've got one HELL of a project ahead. On the bright side, the strut towers are perfect and the girlfriend knows it's my dream car and gave me the green light to do whatever is necessary to get it fixed up.
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Re: '91 Firebird convertible project

Just start grinding and cutting away the rust until you hit good metal, then make patch panels, and get to welding. It's kinda fun when you get rolling.
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