I got this Firebird along with some other built ups from a guy on FB back in June.
I liked the 70's look it had and wanted to keep it that way but rebuild it. I tore it down and started the process. I had to repair the rear wheelwell arches that got ruined from the old tires sitting against them for years.
I found a new set of tires and wheels to keep the vibe but get rid of the two piece tires.
The first round of paint wasn't saying 70's street cruiser to me so I stripped it and repainted it.
I installed the 383 from the 69 Nova kit since it was handy. Nothing extreme.
Then I began applying the decals from the old MPC 73 Mustang. About a quarter of the way through the main decal disentigrated on me. I had a second set, but they were a different shade. So I tried to remove the decals that were on the body to start over, but they wouldn't come off. Next thought was to strip the body and start over. During this process the front body edge got brittle and broke off. I had to repair that.
Body stripped of my fresh paintjob, I resprayed and started the decal process with the second set of decals. These too disentigrated. I then put in a "Wanted" add for the decals AND bought a 73 Mustang kit off of eBay.
One of our members here (VMach) donated a set of decals and my kit came in from eBay. Both sets were different shades. (The MPC 73 Mustang Mach 1 has had 3 different shades of the same decals!!) So, I sealed both sets in decal sealer before begining. The first set started out fine while applying them but during install they both wrinkled up so badly I couldn't get them to lie flat. Frustrated, I gave up. The Firebird wouldn't have decals!
Now the Firebird was too brown.
I couldn't have that. It didn't have the 70's flair it needed. So, I dug through my decal stash and with the aid of my wife we settled on a plan to modify the decals from the 70 Plymouth Road Runner. Here is the finished build- aptly, and lovingly named "PITA". Far from perfect but this was supposed to be a quick, easy rebuild to a shelf queen. Yeah, right!!