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Old 02-02-2016, 05:36 PM   #131 (permalink)
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A MGB roadster. Why? The hybrid engine would still make more power than what it rolled off the production line with.

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Old 02-02-2016, 10:00 PM   #132 (permalink)
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I have been working diligently on combining my old and rusty 1967 Firebird Convertible with a 2014 Prius V I purchased salvage with a crushed roof due to a roll-over. These cars have the same wheelbase, same tread width, and same tire diameter, which gave me the idea to begin with.
FWD in a Firebird? That's surprising to say the least. Anyway, I'd tell you to get a life insurance before you take it to a classic car show...


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FWD in a Firebird? That's surprising to say the least. Anyway, I'd tell you to get a life insurance before you take it to a classic car show...
Ever since I started the project, I have had people walk up to me and offer me cash for the Firebird to keep me from doing it. Also, there are plenty of rude remarks. However, there are even more "Wow" and "Cool" remarks, and the project has become a bit of a celebrity among the neighbors. One neighbor nearly drove off the street onto a lawn watching me drive the Prius V chassis sitting on a folding chair.


Neighbors also stopped by to watch me place the body onto the chassis.


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Old 02-03-2016, 05:22 PM   #134 (permalink)
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A question... how are you going to wire the engine management stuff and other sensors, which I would think you'd need even for simple things like fuel remaining in the tank? Won't you want some of the other dashboard readouts that the Prius has? Will missing sensors like TPS be a problem? Are you scavenging dashboard elements too, or going without in some cases?
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Ever since I started the project, I have had people walk up to me and offer me cash for the Firebird to keep me from doing it. Also, there are plenty of rude remarks. However, there are even more "Wow" and "Cool" remarks, and the project has become a bit of a celebrity among the neighbors. One neighbor nearly drove off the street onto a lawn watching me drive the Prius V chassis sitting on a folding chair.
What are you waiting to start a build thread for it? BTW what kind of mileage you'd expect it to get?
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I consider it far more an evolution than anything else. Guys say Prii are fun to drive, although I imagine that it would require a fair amount of modification to be as quick as the Firebird originally was, although you would definitely be up to the task.

What is sad to me is that people would probably prefer that it rusted behind someone's house than you do something with it, just because it is something they do not like.
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A question... how are you going to wire the engine management stuff and other sensors, which I would think you'd need even for simple things like fuel remaining in the tank? Won't you want some of the other dashboard readouts that the Prius has? Will missing sensors like TPS be a problem? Are you scavenging dashboard elements too, or going without in some cases?
Almost all of the electronic components and wiring harnesses from the Prius V will be reused, with judicious splicing where wires need to be lengthened, or Firebird external light needs to be connected. I plan to adapt the Prius V speedometer into the Firebird dash. I even plan to replace the gas door emblem with the rear side marker from a '69 Firebird to be used as a defacto center brake light. :-)



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