1987 Pontiac Firebird
This is mostly an '87 Firebird, I think, but it is hard to tell because it is actually a Pro-Street model that has been cannibalized from other Firebirds from the mid to late '80's. It's hard to distinguish between Firebirds from '85 to '87, especially when the hood on this bad boy is most certainly a custom job. The fake louvres, which were for cosmetic purposes only, are simply not there.
This bad boy was built to go, but I really didn't want to put this one together that bad. It came in a 3-pack with a '78 Trans Am and a '64 GTO, and I wanted the other two. However, I viewed this one as a great opportunity to try my hand at a two-tone paint job.
I'm glad I took this one to practice on, because the paint started to creep up the seems in the doors. I hadn't anticipated that, so now I'm brainstorming ways to prevent that from happening on future models. Other than that, I'm my own worst enemy. My impatience to get this one finished created a lot of paint smudges on the outside body which was otherwise another very nice air-brush job.
I also cannot emphasize enough...when a paint job is done well, you will know when the last coat is going on before you start on that last coat.
That said, this model sucked to put together. The parts didn't fit. I had to hold the roll-cage intact overnight with a clamp, and I had to scrape away a good eight of an inch to get the engine compartment to go together. To add insult to injury, I think my kitty stole the rear tail lights, so this model isn't yet complete.
To be frank, I'm looking forward to the '78 Trans Am. This one will probably be cannon fodder next year on the Fourth.
Next up: 1978 Pontiac Trans AM