Offbeat: This Pontiac Firebird’s restoration is anything but traditional
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  • 2016 - Odd Pontiac Firebird - Toyota Prius v Franken-Resto-Mod
  • 2016 - Odd Pontiac Firebird - Toyota Prius v Franken-Resto-Mod
  • 2016 - Odd Pontiac Firebird - Toyota Prius v Franken-Resto-Mod
  • 2016 - Odd Pontiac Firebird - Toyota Prius v Franken-Resto-Mod
  • 2016 - Odd Pontiac Firebird - Toyota Prius v Franken-Resto-Mod

Ok, so what you can probably immediately gather from just glancing at the pics is that this could probably be a post about some ridiculously meticulous restoration of a classic, ratty and beat-up Pontiac Firebird.

While that’s a fairly bit accurate, the restoration itself is anything but traditional.

Instead, “Bill the Engineer” decided to be unconventional with his Firebird. Instead of replacing the original, worn motor with a new GM block, he’s supplementing the gas-electric hybrid powertrain from a Prius V.

Though he isn’t just taking the powertrain from the Prius V–he essentially is chopping up the two cars and merging them together, by basically putting the Firebird body on top of the Prius V. The reason being: they’re nearly the same exact length at the wheelbase. So this new franken-muscle-hybrid is more of a hybrid than the Prius V is itself.

Head on over the AutoBlog, where AutoBlogGreen chief, Sebastian Blanco, interviewed “Bill the Engineer,” who’s located in Columbus, Ohio.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoBlog


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