Bad stuff happens to good cars. This 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula (or is it a base 'Bird, Espirit or modified Trans Am?) had the misfortune of landing in the local pull-your-own parts yard in Birmingham, Alabama. A reader tells us its fiberglass Formula hood had a jagged, shaker-sized hole carved into it (ugh!). Despite the glaring damage to the hood, many other rare, early second generation Firebird parts are waiting on a date with the crusher.
|Look at that beautiful, straight, chrome rear bumper.|
More good parts than bad ones on this 'Bird. '70-'73 Firebirds shared many interchangeable parts. Try finding a set of tail lights, front bumper assembly, rear bumper, fenders and doors. Grab all these parts: fenders, doors and front and rear bumpers. It will only set you back for a total of $200 at this yard. That's a steal for Pontiac F-body parts of any year model.
|This '71 'Bird will fly away in pieces. Another junkyard casualty that should have been saved.|
|The center chunk had been removed from the 8.2" 10-bolt rear end.|
What is it?
No VIN number to decode here but a few clues lead me to believe this is a Formula. The wrong year, rear spoiler appears to be from a '79-81 model. A Trans Am decal can be seen beneath the blue paint. A previous owner had racing aspirations with this 'Bird. Cutting a hole in the macho Formula hood wasn't enough. They bolted a set of trac bars in the rear to compliment the Ram Air and Shaker set-up. Sometimes more is less. A likely scenario is this Formula's owner had T/A envy. No Espirit or base 'Bird owner would go to this much trouble to look like a half-breed. The iconic, aggressive profile of the '70-73 Firebird Formulas deserves better than this.
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