Video: Harbor Freight Tools’ 1967 Firebird Restoration, Part 2

toolboxWelcome back to part 2 of our exposé on Harbor Freight Tools‘ Firebird restoration. Two days ago, we showed you part 1 of the project, as Jeff Tann and his crew received and reviewed their 1967 Pontiac Firebird, making notes and remarks about the car and its anticipated needs. You can see that article here.

But this thing has a long way to go until it’s ready for the car show. So sit back, grab a bag of jerky and some beer, and enjoy the show.

Harbor Freight’s first tool donation to the project is the 700 lb. five-drawer cart with a 301-piece tool set. The guys get to it by removing the hood and its hinges with a provided 3/8″ air ratchet.

hoodAs with any project requiring you to remove bolts, it’s a good idea to keep them all in a marked receptacle so you don’t lose track of what goes where. Jeff keeps his in Ziploc bags.

Jeff moves to the front of the engine bay, where he removes the bolts on the radiator support bracing. The video then skips ahead to where he’s removing the grill and headlamps.

On to the fenders, Jeff grabs a regular ‘ol ratchet wrench to remove the bolts holding the fenders onto the body. A 1/4″ air ratchet wrench is then used to remove the rusted-on bolts on the rocker panels.

And with a gentle heave, the front right fender is removed. Next comes the cowl, finally the left fender. Huzzah!

So there you have it: the fenders, cowl, and grill removed, the boys call it a day. Stay tuned for part 3, when the crew removes the engine using a 1-ton foldable shop crane.

 

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David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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