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May 28, 2020

By: Sinjin


Inside The Build: 1967 Firebird

Gas Monkey Garage already has proven what they can do with a Firebird. Flashback to 2014 with a Richard Rawlings’ with a little less grey hair, he came across probably THE “holy grail” of barn finds. 2 Firebird’s with VIN number 100001 and 100002 were found neglected in a garage and brought back to their original glory and fetched a pretty penny thanks to an incredible restoration from the Monkeys.


Jump back to the present day, it was time for Gas Monkey to add their style and attitude to a Firebird. After the original car Richard purchased for this build turned out to be more rust than car, a second more solid bird had to be purchased for any work to really begin.

This shop already showed the world what they could do with an original Firebird restoration, after countless paint ideas from the boss man, they finally had a look and style they wanted for this build.

Giving this muscle car the muscle it deserves, under the hood is a 467 cu. in. V8 from Butler Performance, putting out 550 hp and 600 ft/lbs of torque. Most would be happy just having that under the hood but not this shop. With an Edelbrock 7156 Performer RPM intake, 87 CC Performer RPM cylinder heads, and a Butler grind COMP hydraulic roller, what’s under the hood is just as beautiful as the blue paint job that “was totally” Richard’s idea.  Handling all that power is a Silver Sport 5 Speed transmission. Keeping this impressive powerplant cool and collected, a Ron David Radiator is seated at the front of this engine bay.

As always, if you’re gonna speed off with the power from the best, you have to be able to stop with the best. Gas Monkey went with their favorite option and this Firebird is stopping under Wilwood Disc Brake power.

To keep the ride smooth and the car performing to it’s the best ability, this classic was outfitted with Ridetech suspension and sway bars. Then to keep the power on the ground and reliable, a complete rear end from Quick Performance was fitted.

You can have all that power but honestly, that’s half the battle, you have to look good doing it. This 1967 Firebird is sitting on a brand new set of American Racing Wheels.

While most of the car has a modern take to it, this shop wanted to keep the interior mostly original. With top-notch gages from Classic Instruments and a new interior from Emilios Upholstery, that classic American muscle car feel is still there. Lastly, to keep out the environment from the interior this crew replaced all the weather stripping with Steele Rubber Products.

When it’s all said and done, the Gas Monkey crew has shown they can build a Firebird for whatever your tastes are: resto-mod or original. With a season full of incredible builds, this 1967 Firebird definitely stands out from the pack.

Did you miss this Firebird get a complete restoration? You can watch both parts of this epic build on DiscoveryGo now!

See you back on Monday for another new episode of Fast N’ Loud at 9 pm ET on Discovery.

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