Cool Clone: 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

A few short years ago the early 2nd generation Pontiac Firebird (1970 -1974) was a cheap classic, but prices have soared, particularly for the Firebird Formula 400 version. Today’s next example isn’t a real deal Formula, but it has a 400 cubic inch Poncho V8 with a bunch of hod-rod goodies and is probably a hoot to drive. The price is high, but it probably cost more to build it. Find this 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 offered for $23,000 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1973 Pontiac Firebird
VIN: 2T87M3N131833
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 257
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: coupe
1973 Firebird Esprit 350 car that has been turned into a 1971 Formula 400 Ram Air car.
I completely rebuilt this car from top to bottom and front to rear. It was finished August of 2020.

Where do I begin??

Frame off rebuild….completely rebuilt front chassis with all new components: Hotchkis springs, Koni shocks, all new steering linkage, quick ratio gear box, ball joints, control arm bushings and sub frame body mounts.
New rear leaf springs, Koni shocks and front spring mounts modified to relocate springs up 5/8″ for better traction.
New front disc brakes and new 06 Chevy Blazer rear disc brakes.
Hydroboost brake booster from Astro van with all new lines, Master cylinder and proportioning valve.
Rear differential rebuilt with Eaton posi carrier, all new bearings and new 3.73 Richmond gears.

72 Pontiac 400 with Sealed power forged pistons .030 over, Lunati Voodoo cam, double roller timing set, Melling high volume oil pump, forged crank and cast rods ARP main and head studs.
Machine work and balancing done by Lucitos Machine shop
67 Pontiac 670 heads ported and chambers opened bu Butler Performance with Ferrea stainless 2.11 and 1.77 valves, Comp cams springs and retainers.
Edelbrock Performer intake with Q-jet carb, New HEI distributor and MSD wires.
Raim Air Restorations RA3 2.5″ exhaust manifolds with Pypes 2.5″ stainless mandrel bent exhaust with Racepro stainless crossflow muffler and tailpipes.

Rebuilt 4L80E transmission with Transgo shift kit, stock GM 1800 stall lock-up converter.
Trans is controlled by GM 0411 ECM
New driveshaft.

Stainless fuel tank from Tanks Inc with in-tank electric fuel pump capable of EFI but regulated to 6psi for carb with Holley bypass return regulator.

All new interior: seats, door panels, carpet and headliner. Tan and brown in colors, dash and console are original dark brownish color. Pics show it as a green…but it is not.
Factory his/her shifter with 4 speed conversion installed.
Intelitronix digital gauge clusters
Custom Auto Sound bluetooth stereo and F&R speakers.
Vintage Air heating and A/C system.
GM cruise control out of a 97 Tahoe.
Tilt Column out of a 79 TransAm.
Factory 2 speed rear window defogger.
LED headlights with halo driving lights.
Digitails LED tail lights with sequential signals.
Digitails LED front park light panels.

All new sheetmetal in rear quarters and tail panel.
Floor panels and frame rails solid.
NO RUST anywhere.

Paint is Hyundai pure white clear coated.
All window trim, roof rails, headlight buckets and front park light frames are powder coated matte black.
Rear bumper is painted matte black.

Front clip is off of a 71 Formula with fender vents.
Front chin spoiler is a steel one from Spoilers by Randy.

American Racing Torque Thrust wheels front 15×7 rear 15×8
Delta Roadmax tires front 215/65/15 rear 245/65/15

Everything on this car works and is brand new.

Only reason for selling is because I just went through a divorce and need to buy a house, otherwise I would keep it.
More pics available upon request. I have all pics of when the rebuild process was being done.

NO JOY RIDES…serious buyers only.

See a better way to drive a Firebird?