1968 Pontiac Firebird, 400 Engine, Runs, Needs finish restoration, early build #

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:GAS
Interior Color:Pearl White & Black
Engine:6.6L 400. V8 GAS
Number of Cylinders:8
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1968 Pontiac Firebird!
This IS a rare number car, the vin identifies it as 1 of the FIRST 1000 made in 1968 of the first generation built in Van Nuys, California, production # 00590, yep… that is right.. the 590th built in 1968. I looked at all the other vins on here, and NONE were in the first 1000 in production.
You heard me, this baby had the gas drained, and a new battery & fresh gas put in, and fired up. Gotta love that new HEI which I put in back in ’00. Many on here are not assembled, so you have no idea if the engine even works.
400 6.6L V8 with an Offenhauser Manifold, Edelbrock 600 carburetor, Posi rear….. Ready to finish. I Honestly do not know if the #’s match…. I did not research the block #’s, the engine and transmissions are the ones I received.
This IS a rare number car, the vin identifies it as in the FIRST 1000 made in 1968 of the first generation built in Van Nuys, California, production # 00590
Vin # 223378L100590
Description on vin from YearOne.
paste this: drivinithome.com/firebird-vin-decoding/
1st digit: GM line number:
2nd digit: Series number:
3rd digit: Model/Engine number:
3=All 1967-69 models
3=Standard models(1970-71)
4=Esprit V8(1970-71)
6=Formula V8 (1970-71)
8=Trans Am V8 (1970-71)
4th and 5th digit: Body type number:
37=Sport Coupe (1967-69)
67=Convertible (1967-69)
87=Sport Coupe (all 1970-81)
6th digit: Last digit of the model year:

7th digit: Letter indicating assembly plant:
L=Van Nuys, California
N=Norwood, Ohio
U=Lordstown, Ohio
8th through 13th digits:
Sequential production number
starting with 600001 for 6-cylinder models and 100001 for V8 models.

I have well over $12,000 invested in this car. All parts came from either “Classic Industries”, “Year One”, “Summit Racing” or “American Speed”. I have realized I have no time to finish it, and sadly…. I list it for sale.
The following is a list of parts and features:

Rebuilt400 engine (done by previous owner)Rebuilt350 Turbo heavy duty transmissions with shift kit. (Rebuilt by LandisBrothers transmissions in Leola PA- less than 500 miles on rebuilttranny).Newlinkage for tranny.NewLeaf springs (Buds Spring shop – Lancaster Pa)4Matching American Racing rims (originally over $1,000 in rims alone)Discontinued style.Newwheel Bearings (Landis Brothers – Lancaster Pa)RebuiltPosi rear end- full posi, (but I kept the original gears in a box).Newbrake lines.NewHEI (Original Points in box)NewShocksNewEldlebrock 600 Carburetor, (done by previous owner)BRANDNEW BATTERY (Bought in September 2014)
Extra goodies that go with the car, not attached.
Extra400 turbo transmissionSetof 4 original Pontiac rimsExtraset of ’69 high back bucket seats (also pearl white) My husband searchedfor a LONG time for these and gave to me one year for Christmas, he paid asmall fortune for these alone. The original ’68 are lowback ones and donot have a head rest.Balljoints new in boxBrandnew brake shoes- in boxUpperdash instrument panel (where the vin plate is located, and under the frontwinshield) BRAND NEW still in the box, from “Classic Industries”. See 3 pictures, one of dash, one of image from Classic Industries catalog, and see box on the shelf.. (I was too lazy to take the box down to photograph)Newcarpet Newin box – heater core

This car comes with all the original parts to include all glass, original seats (need upholstered), emblems, etc. (too many things to list). Power break booster. Lots of other parts, all trim pieces and anything else we find in the garage as the GTO is gone, and they shared so many parts. This car has everything needed to finish it off, just someone with time to do it.

This is a beautiful car with very little rust, and I am doing a full disclosure, I don’t want to waste your time nor mine.
There is rust in 4 places:
1) The Passenger front floor needs replaced or new sheet metal welded in or new floor pan, you can see on the picture, that is the ONLY place or floor that has ANY issue. REST OF FLOOR AND TRUNK IS SOLID. See floor picture with a white circle, that is the hole in the passengers floor.
2) There is a rust hole on the firewall behind the engine, not big, but easy enough to repair.
3) The passenger rear quarter has a small rust pit, see picture.
4) Upper dash instrument panel (where the vin plate is located, and under the front winshield) is rusting and needs replaced, and luckily…. I have included a BRAND NEW one I purchased some years ago, still in the box, from “Classic Industries”.

I bought this before I got married, actually my Husband and I each bought one to restore and play with together while we were dating. So together, after all these years, we made a deal, he would sell his ’70 GTO and I would sell my ’68 firebird. Well, the GTO is gone, and now it’s my turn to say goodbye to the last of our toys we bought together 20 years ago. (Nostalgic music playing) Typing this up and reading it made me chock back a tear or two.
I have had this car in the garage for almost 20 years, and well… I really do miss my garage stall. Last time inspected was through ’01, I purchased it in ’95, it was originally titled in Pennsylvania in ‘94. I purchased it from a friend who was taking it to the “paint shop” in a few days, and it has been in primer ever since, as I did not feel it was ready for paint yet. He had just moved back to town and brought this baby with him from one of the southern states. This car NEVER saw ice or salt in its 46 years.
PLEASE EXCUSE THE DUST, It has been sitting in an attached HEATED Garage all the 19+ years I owned it, and only started on and off since 2001, moved into the driveway and back in the garage. I had drained the gas BEFORE I tried to start it recently, as I did not know the last time it was started.
I WANTED to wash it and take super nice pictures of it to post on Ebay, but today was the day one of our other cars (that was just started a few days ago), decided it did not want to start. So alas, the pictures in the driveway are from last week, in the garage is from today.
This vehicle is located in LACASTER, PA… and requires $500 deposit for the winning bidder and Cash or Cashier’s Check for the balance, with Drivers License. No PERSONAL CHECKS!!
This IS a rare number car, the vin identifies it as in the FIRST 1000 made in 1968 of the first generation built in Van Nuys, California, production # 0059
Vin # 223378L100590
I would love to run a Carfax report for you, and well… Carfax laughed at me as this vin was when they only had 13 unlike the 17 of today’s cars.

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