David R

From Dream to Reality...A Ram Air 3 400 Firebird Convertible

It was about 10 years ago. I had a 1969 Cutlass at the time with a 350 engine and single exhaust, nothing too fancy, just a nice survivor car. I was telling my brother that I was thinking about looking for something more Musclecar like. We were thinking about what I might replace the Cutlass with and we started talking about how cool it would be to drive a large engine pony car like a Firebird. Even cooler was a convertible. Being a fan of both Olds and Pontiac, I agreed that a Firebird convertible would be an awesome find. I informed my wife of my idea, and she was not clear what the Firebird would be like. A few days after, we were driving together and a Blue1969 Firebird convertible drove by. I said "That's the Firebird I want!" Upon seeing it she agreed that a Firebird convertible was a cool car. Now that I had gained agreement from my wife, the remaining challenge would be finding an affordably priced example. I was living in British Columbia at the time, and finding clean cars there was possible, however, shortly after I was transferred to New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada. I thought that my dream of owing a 1969 Firebird was over as I would surely not find one out there.

While browsing E-Bay for Canadian Firebirds, I came across a listing for a Warwick blue, 1969 Firebird Convertible. It was originally a 350 car, but the 350 was replaced with a 1969 Ram Air 3 engine out of a GTO, and a Turbo 400 automatic. It looked similar to the one that drove by that day I convinced my wife, that a Firebird was the car to have. When I looked at where this Firebird was located, I couldn't believe it! It was 40 minutes drive away, in Moncton. I contacted the seller and made arrangements to view the car. It was a previously restored car, (mid 1980's) and had lots of documentation and receipts. A strong #3 car. Although it did not have a numbers matching engine, this Ram Air 3 400 was a strong runner with only 5000 miles on the rebuild. I struck a deal and drove home my new toy, which I have to this day. I wasn't sure I would ever own my dream car, and now that I have it, I will never let it go.

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