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Pontiac Firebird (1970 - 1981)


Complete coverage for your vehicle

Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Pontiac Firebird, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Pontiac Firebird. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Pontiac Firebird can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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What's covered

What's covered: 

Pontiac Firebird V8 1970-1981
Rear wheel drive
Series – 2nd generation
Body – coupe
Engine –

Petrol: all Carb V8s, Chev Oldsmobile, Pontiac, 350ci, 400ci, 400ci; Ram Air 455, 455 High-Output, 455 Super Duty,  301ci, 305ci, 403ci, 265ci
Transmissions: 3-spd, 4-spd Saginaw man-trans, 4-spd Muncie man-trans & Warner Auto (THM350, THM400, THM200, THM250)

PLEASE NOTE that this manual is intended for vehicles built to US specifications. Although it is useful when the products or systems are similar to those in other markets, there may still be significant differences, especially in areas concerned with safety and emission control.


Does not cover turbocharged models

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Tune-up and routine maintenance
Chapter 2: Part A: V8 engine
Chapter 2: Part B: General engine overhaul procedures
Chapter 3: Cooling system
Chapter 4: Fuel and exhaust systems
Chapter 5: Engine electrical systems
Chapter 6: Emissions systems
Chapter 7: Manual and automatic transmissions
Chapter 8: Clutch and driveline
Chapter 9: Brakes
Chapter 10: Chassis electrical systems and wiring diagrams
Chapter 11: Suspension
Chapter 12: Bodywork
Wiring Diagrams

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The second-generation Pontiac Firebird hit showrooms in 1970 with bull-nose styling and four versions available. It was the sister car to the Chevrolet Camaro. The range kicked off with the base Firebird, carried on through the Firebird Esprit and Firebird Formula and topped out with the Firebird Trans Am. Engines ranged from a 3.8-liter straight six-cylinder engine up to a 7.5-liter V8. The 1974 facelift brought with it extra weight, which adversely affected performance. In 1976, the special edition Trans Am celebrated Pontiac’s 50th anniversary, and became a movie star in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit. Emissions regulations continued to strangle performance, and in 1980 the 301ci engine was the biggest available. The second-generation Firebird was replaced in 1981. Haynes has Pontiac repair manuals and online maintenance procedures to suit your needs whether you’re a professional mechanic or a DIY car enthusiast. Our Pontiac Firebird manual will be the ideal guide through every stage of servicing or repairing your car.