GM Firebird 1967-1981 Repair Guide

HISTORY AND MODEL IDENTIFICATION

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Fig. Fig. 1: The 1967-68 Firebird front end the only difference between these two model-years was that the 1967 Firebird was equipped with a vent window



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Fig. Fig. 2: The front end on the 1969 Firebird changed the large metal bumper was replaced with a smaller metal bumper, and, on some models, a urethane front bumper fascia



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Fig. Fig. 3: The 1970-72 Firebirds were not available with a metal bumper at all the entire body changed in 1970, becoming lower and longer



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Fig. Fig. 4: There was a minor front end change in 1973, the rest of the vehicle, however, remained the same



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Fig. Fig. 5: Once again, the 1974-75 models had only a minor aesthetic change to the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 6: The 1976-78 models were the first Firebirds to come equipped with 4 rectangular headlights, rather than round ones



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Fig. Fig. 7: The front end for the 1979-81 Firebird models

After the introduction of the Ford Mustang and its immediate rise to popularity, Pontiac was quick to introduce its own "pony" or personal sports car, the Firebird, in 1967. Along with its sister car, the Camaro, the Firebird was General Motors' entry into a burgeoning market. Customers could literally order their Firebird from a long option list. Choices ranged from 3-speed economy models to 400 cubic inch Ram Air, 4-speed supercars. GT and luxury outfits were available for the ordering by checking off the right blocks on the order blank.

1967 through 1969 were years of detail refinement. Firebirds were available as 2-door coupes and convertibles. A long wait for the new model proved worthwhile when, in 1970, the redesigned Firebird was introduced. The new body shell, shared with the Camaro, was a departure from preceding models and had a European GT flavor. The convertible Firebird was dropped in 1970 along with the overhead cam 6-cylinder engine. Body styles were limited to the 2-door coupe, while the conventional OHV 6-cylinder replaced the OHC engine. Despite rumors of its demise, due to receding sales and the burden of emission and safety standards, the Firebird continues to be a stylish alternative to mundane transportation.

 
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