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Bill the Engineer 02-09-2016 06:25 AM

The Firebrid Hybrid Convertible Project (Prius platform swap)
 
By request, I'm starting a separate thread to blog the conversion of my 1967 Firebird to a Hybrid by combining it with the running gear and suspension of a 2014 Prius V. More details will follow...

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...g?d=1499110444
https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...g?d=1499110444


Bill the Engineer

Xist 02-09-2016 06:51 AM

Awesome project! :)

Daox 02-09-2016 09:16 AM

Sounds very interesting!

MetroMPG 02-09-2016 09:38 AM

Subscribed. This will be good.

Bill the Engineer 02-09-2016 11:17 PM

Time for a quick review:

I first bought the Firebird in July 1979 just after having graduated from college with my engineering degree. My late Dad found it for me, and my grandfather floated me the $750.00 for it until I could get a loan to pay him back. From the start, the Firebird was my second car used mostly for fun on the weekends.

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911
https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

Over the years I made many memories in it, including dating my future wife.

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

It fell out of use after having moved from state to state twice. With 167,000 miles on it, it was pretty tired.

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

Eventually things started to break down. One day when I tried to start it the front wiring harness fried. (You are not supposed to let the smoke out!)

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

Then another move to another state caused me to put the car in storage for a while. As it sat waiting for me to work on it, mice took up residence and caused vast amounts of destruction before I could finally eliminate them (with the willing help of the family cats.)

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

I tried twice to begin a regular restoration of the Firebird, but each time I hit major roadblocks. Rotted floor pans, broken suspension parts, rusted and seized engine and other mechanical parts. Basically it was a mess.

https://attachments.priuschat.com/at...ate=1523155911

I finally got discouraged over the amount of work that it would take to bring the Firebird back to life.

Then one night my wife mentioned off-the-cuff that it was a shame that I couldn't just make it a hybrid like our two daily driver Prii. (Plural of Prius.) Her comment sparked my imagination, and I began to compare the dimensions of the Firebird versus the available hybrids on the market...

(More later...)

Bill the Engineer

Frank Lee 02-10-2016 04:57 PM

I caught one in the act and gave him a ferris wheel ride for the ages by turning it on high:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r...psnmf0uxbl.jpg

I know the War On Everything is quite overused... but when it comes to mice in the vehicles IT IS WAR.

doviatt 02-10-2016 06:03 PM

Frank, You should present that to your Cat. Returning the favor and also showing him you can hunt too.

mcrews 02-10-2016 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bill the Engineer (Post 506935)
Time for a quick review:


and I began to compare the dimensions of the Firebird versus the available hybrids on the market...

(More later...)

Bill the Engineer

DONT .....STOP!!!! :eek: MORE NOW!!!!!
:thumbup::D;):p

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 02-11-2016 05:18 AM

Though hybrids are not really my cup of tea, this project sounds impressive. How are you considering to conciliate all the gadgets in the Prius' instrument cluster with a classical look that would be expected in a good old American ride?

mcrews 02-11-2016 10:34 AM

ps.....Welcome!! :o


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