Call me old fashioned, but a second Gen bird with a shaker needs a NA Pontiac 400 or 455, with the holes on shaker cut open. That sucking sound as the engine gulps air, fuel, & money is half the fun.
I thought only Toyota’s did that?and starts every time you turn the key.
We think alike. When I was a kid, my dad had a late 80’s electric blue IROC Z-28. Boy what I’d give to have that car now.Call me old fashioned, but a second Gen bird with a shaker needs a NA Pontiac 400 or 455, with the holes on shaker cut open. That sucking sound as the engine gulps air, fuel, & money is half the fun.
Oh that's a much easier solution, move out of Cali!Pictures are coming up. My wife loved everything about the car but the AMUs I poured into it. Unfortunately, the CoVid jab killed my wife. California Air Resources Board (CARB) puts the cabash on dropping older engines into the car and 1979 was the last year of the Pontiac 400. Also, the chassis is engineered for the low deck 301 to save weight.
I’m surprised I have such a leak. The previous owner overhauled it not so long ago. Maybe they didn’t get a good seal then. I had at least 40K more miles on my Firebird Formula 400 and never had a problem with that seal. It had a 4 speed manual with a Hurst Shifter and a racing clutch. The PosiTrac was standard. I miss its acceleration.
The shaker hood was designed to allow a higher rise carburetor for the higher displacement engines. Sort of gilding the lily for this car.
That's a Gen 3. As far as I'm concerned, Gen 2's were the last real Firebirds.You said rope seal. 1989 Pontiac T/A with Buick Turbo V6?
You can drop the pan and pull it out or push it forward to uncover the rear main cap. When you pull the cap off, you can either grab the upper seal with needle-nose, or if it’s really bad, use a short length of copper wire to push it out. You want a two-piece rubber/neoprene seal. Clean the seat with solvent, put some RTV on the upper half, and slide-push it in (might need to have someone turn the crank). Don’t put it flush, offset by about 1/8”. Tiny dab of RTV on ends, then a very thin stripe on the cap parting line. Reassemble. I’ve done this twice (at least; on different vehicles, lol).
I believe there was a good write up on BuickV8.com
Edit: here it is
I have had a few folks ask for this, and don't mind sharing. Once again, as I mention in every "how to" I post.. this is how I do it.. and it's been...www.v8buick.com
Here's a picture of my late wife, Tammy, the Firebird, and someone else's airplane.I'd love to see a picture.
Of the car... not the dealer, or the fish.
Personally I am a Mopar muscle car fan, Dodge Challengers to be specific. Just a couple days ago I pulled this driver out after too many months of sitting.
Yeah, a leaking valve cover gasket can certainly make a mess quickly.
It have the 340 in it?One of the cars we had when I was in high school was a '68 Dodge Dart. It had manual steering with something like twenty turns lock to lock, and half a turn of play. The suspension was so loose that the rear end would sway on every turn. It was actually pretty scary to drive faster than 40 miles per hour.
Acceleration wise it wasn't that bad. Then again, the base roads didn't allow for very high speeds to begin with.Man, no handling AND gutless. Deadly combo lol
Yeah the 440 was quite the monster. While the 426 Hemi gets the accolades for outright performance and tech advantage, it was often said that they were a bit more difficult to keep running in top shape consistently. The 440 would often win out over the same car with a Hemi just due to consistent performance. FIL has a 440 Cuda (green car behind the Duster in pic above) and a Hemi Challenger as well (and a 340 Challenger). I don't try to put any of them through their paces though, since I can't afford to replace them if I blow one up, lol.Acceleration wise it wasn't that bad. Then again, the base roads didn't allow for very high speeds to begin with.
Funny thing is after returning to the States, I ended up taking a racing course set up through my local community college. The instructor, a former driver on Mario Andretti's team, got a hold of two Dodge Monaco police cruisers. He stripped them out, installed roll cages, redid the suspensions, and rebuilt and modded the 440's. Although similar in appearance to the older Dart, their handling was razor sharp for a car of its size and weight, and they were very fast. The driving course was set up on a closed airfield. The highest I got the car up to was 140, and it wasn't tapped out. They were basically stock cars, back when stock cars were still stock.
That was a fun class while it lasted. After a second semester, the school decided that even with high course fees, it was still eating up too much money and canceled it. Probably these days even if a course like that was financially viable, it would likely be a no go from a liability standpoint.
What, they paved it?? The gravel was half the fun! We drove our bone stock '73 Mustang (351C, 2-barrel) up to the top in '84, got out with the kids and tossed snowballs around in August. No special prep to get up there, but the old girl was wheezing just a bit.Pikes peak when the top was still gravel!