Rare Bird Sighted: 1969 Pontiac Firebird (more than 10 photos)

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 A 1969 Pontiac Firebird recently hit the road for the first time after being restored by a Carter County father-and-son team.

“I just got it finished. This is the second time I’ve had it out. I built it with my dad, Larry Stegall,” said Zack Stegall, who fired the restored Pontiac up for a visit with Madison Berry to see her grandparents, Sherman and Sally Berry.

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“It has 12,000 original miles,” Stegall noted.

The original paint scheme, Sunburst Red and White, was revived by painter Jason Warren of Grayson.

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The car was purchased from another father and son who had hoped to complete the project together. The son, however, received notice he had been selected to serve as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and advised his dad to sell the car. 

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Stegall said he could have reworked the Firebird’s stock engine, but instead opted to have Paul Ramey of Olive Hill drop a 5.3-liter LS2 engine from a Suburban under the hood. He estimates the car will average around 20 miles per gallon.

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The interior features upgraded white upholstery with added Firebird symbols.

Story and Photos by TIM PRESTON

Carter County Post

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