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93-97 to 98-02 Full Body Conversion *Guide*

This is a discussion on 93-97 to 98-02 Full Body Conversion *Guide* within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Full BODY 4th Gen Conversion Well I see alot of ppl. asking for someone to explain how to do this ...

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    Wink 93-97 to 98-02 Full Body Conversion *Guide*

    Full BODY 4th Gen Conversion

    Well I see alot of ppl. asking for someone to explain how to do this so after doing it fully myself i can, but i wish i took more pics while i was in the process of doing it. There's already a highly detailed guide for the camaro " http://www.bfranker.badz28.com/fbody...ontendto98.htm " but not for the Birds however its a little similar. If you have any questions feel free to ask, cuz i asked a million b4 I started.



    Items needed for Front Clip Conversion:

    **I got most of my parts off of ebay, and if u going to go through GM for the parts, your better off buying a new car.
    now when buying parts for the conversion make sure their 1998+ plus the desing ur going for: FIREBIRD, FIREHAWK, TRANS AM
    Fenders $100-200 x 2

    Hood $200-900 Stock "non ram air" is really cheap unless u want Ram Air

    Front Nose $200-400

    Front Fender Bracket (2-pieace) $50 x2

    Headlights $250 - 350 x2 GM wants about $1,000

    Fog Lights $20 - 100 depends if ur going for stok or aftermarket

    Turn Signal Housing $25 x2 and Light Sockets ? x2

    Side Markers $40 for the whole set

    Front Bumper Center Support $40
    *hard to find on ebay
    Front Bumper Impact Bar Absorber $60
    *hard to find on ebay

    Some extra nuts and bolts



    Rear End Clip Conversion



    Rear Bumper $200

    Tail Lights $200- 300 think GM wanted like $800

    Hatch $350
    *depends which one u want, Highrise is more spendy.
    Side Markers $30

    ** You can also put on the side skirts "molding on your rocker panel", but i didnt..



    Ok, to go from the early 4th Gen Bird




    to the late 4th Gen Bird







    Step 1.
    A. Disconnect the battery
    B. Take off the hood and the underbody weathershielding




    Step 2.

    Remove the Fenders and Front Nose
    **i took my doors off also while i did this, but i was repainting..





    *remove the old front nose brackets also, you may need some WD-40..



    Step 3.

    Remove Headlights and support.
    **the long plastic support that goes from headlight to headlight...


    Step 4.

    Remove front nose foam support.

    1/2 way there!!



    Step 5.

    A. Put the new front fender brackets "12 amd 17" on and the headlights on also.
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    **ur gonna have to splice the cables for the headlights otherwise they dont fit or buy the female end also.. make sure u wait to final fit these till u have the rest on too or youll end up what i did where they scratched the hood**


    B. Replace the old parking light socket with the new one..



    Step 6.

    Put the new front Foam Nose absorber "6 and 7" on and the Center nose support also..
    **really easy, bolt off and bolt new one on..
    Last edited by Jager686; 11-26-2009 at 12:01 AM. Reason: update..
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    Step 7.
    Put on the hood, fenders, and Front Nose








    you can use your old struts and gear from your old hood to the new one..


    Take your time aligning everything up it look better in the end.. My Semi-finished BABY!!

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    is urs a six banger?

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    headlights look like they would scrape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickle86 View Post
    headlights look like they would scrape.
    haha u noticed, they did at first only cuz i slapped it all together the last minute for college but i got it taken care of now.. and yes its a 6banger for now..

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    oh ok right on. good thing you got it fixed haha

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    I realize you just got it together, but holy bad fitment bro.. Gotta get on that before the paint starts to chip on your edges..
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    Rear End Clip Conversion
    I didnt take many pics while i was doing this however its really easy however your gonna need someone to help you with the hatch..
    *You can use ur original lights fot the newer 98+ tail lights..
    Step 1.
    Remove the tail lights

    Step 2.
    Remove the Bumber and disconnect the side marker

    Step 3.
    Remove the hinges on the hatch and remember to disconect the power and the GROUND!! which are located by the top light..

    Use a board or something to hold the hatch up.

    Step 4.
    Have 2 ppl on each sidde of the hatch while u remove the hatch the hindges so it dont drop on your ass..



    Step 5.
    Install the new bumper and connect the side markers also..



    Step 6.
    Install the hatch before u put the tail lights on so u dont scuff them putting the hatch on.
    Make sure its aligns correctly so it closes and locks.
    Step 7.
    Intstall tailights and center pieace



    YOUR WELCOME!

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    Op, if you were to put a blower on that car, I'm pretty sure you'd have no trouble keeping up with a stock B4C. Built turbo Buick GN's have been pulling wheel stands for years..

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercopone View Post
    ur building a fake trans am....how much do u have in this?
    Does it really matter? its "my" 1st project car ntm im looking at a ls7 to drop in it next year then ill repaint it AGAIN lol

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    But i chose not to go the route! k thanks the end!

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    but it didnt cost much, plus i had a whole boring month to kill and i didnt want to keep the old front bumper so i did it. IDC if its "posing" as a trans am, not me with the problem and i didnt create this thread so u can burn on my car. Created this thread to be informative to those who are thinking about doing it.

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    any1 know where i can find a t-top conversion and v6 to v8 conversion guide??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager686 View Post
    any1 know where i can find a t-top conversion and v6 to v8 conversion guide??
    Believe it or not, some of the structure is already there on your car for the T-tops. The center support is under your head liner. You'll have to do a search but someone here @ the site has done the conversion.. I'm not sure if there's a kit for it though. There's a lot that will need changed for the v8 install you're planning but also has been done buy a member here too. Have to do that search too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Believe it or not, some of the structure is already there on your car for the T-tops. The center support is under your head liner. You'll have to do a search but someone here @ the site has done the conversion.. I'm not sure if there's a kit for it though. There's a lot that will need changed for the v8 install you're planning but also has been done buy a member here too. Have to do that search too.
    Ya im one of the lucky ones that has the outline for the t-top under the head liner BAH! dont remind me, im aware theres alot to be changed for v8 but i might as well start prepping the car now b4 snow comes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager686 View Post
    Ya im one of the luck ones that has the outline for the t-top under the head liner BAH! dont remind me, im aware theres alot to be changed for v8 but i might as well start prepping the car now b4 snow comes
    I feel ya. I was gonna do an LS1 conversion too in the spring. But the guys here got me thinkin' blower. So I put it to the wife she said go for it..

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    im so jealous



    ..... since when did trans am get all cheapy on auto trader !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager686 View Post
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    ..... since when did trans am get all cheapy on auto trader !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well I gotta finish my other project before I can start the new one. Kinda was the deal with the wifey. But I can stock up on parts in the mean time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager686 View Post
    any1 know where i can find a t-top conversion and v6 to v8 conversion guide??
    you are way better off buying an ls1 trans am,

    seriously, you have an lt1 body, and doing an lt1 swap would be costly in itself, but putting an ls motor into lt1 body means even more parts would need to be swapped such as entire fuel system etc and so forth

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