A Bird and Its Perch.

1968 Pontiac Body - 1

As you may have noticed in the artist renditions, this car is going to be low to the ground. Because the Firebird is a uni-body construction, lowering it is a bit more complicated than on a frame/body car where each part can be done separate from the other (for the most part).

1968 Pontiac Body - 2 1968 Pontiac Body - 3

To begin with, the whole body has to be put on a jig to keep everything in its proper place when we start cutting apart the rear frame rails. New rear frame rails will be welded into place once we determine the desired ride height in relation to the body.

1968 Pontiac Body - 4

Becaue the Firebird is a uni-body, you can't "channel" the body to lower it. The lowering has to be achieved by kicking up the rails in the rear.

Removing trunk floor. Trunk floor removed.

The rear rails and trunk floor are completely removed. Without the jig supports the rear of the car would dragging the floor.

Currie rearend

With the old floor and rails out of the way, the rearend/axle housing are raised into place so we will know how high to place the new rear rails. The geometry will be checked, too, so we can make sure there is enough travel in the rear suspension.

templates for rear frame rails.

template for right rear frame rail..

Cardboard templates are created and used to check everything out before being handed over to the fabricators to make the new frame rails.

That looks about right.

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