You Don’t Need To Spend A Fortune Upgrading Your Old Muscle Car

Not every muscle car has to be restored to concours-level perfection—especially if you plan on driving it.
Cars like a 1968 Pontiac Firebird can get ready for the next 50 years with just a few simple changes.

There’s literally nothing the aftermarket industry hasn’t produced for a GM F-body yet, meaning that if you end up with a nice 1968 Pontiac Firebird convertible and some spare change, you’ll have an endless list of upgrade options. The trick is to know how to go with the most basic (and cheapest) ones.
Since it’s highly likely that you aren’t aiming for the ultimate road racer experience with your convertible, there’s simply no need for the most expensive go fast parts. It’s easy to go crazy and burn a lot of money while building a car, but in reality, all an ancient piece of American V8 goodness needs is decent enough disc brakes in all corners, a more efficient radiator with better wiring, a modern suspension, some Dynamat under the carpet for sound- and heat-isolation, new headers, an exhaust for a few extra horses, and a well-hidden stereo. Maybe a roof that doesn’t leak too, but that’s it.

Such a complete package may sound expensive already, but if you can afford a ’68 Firebird, these upgrades shouldn’t break the bank either in exchange for a car that looks and feels like an old one, but drives like something that doesn’t want to kill you.

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