1991 Pontiac Firebird Electric Hatch Pulldown Diagnosis and Repairs (Ep.15)

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This video has been a long time coming, as have the problems we have had with the hatch assembly on our 1991 Pontiac Firebird. Electrical problems? Check. Mechanical problems? Check. Replacement parts that don't fit? Check.

We will cover repair of the switch assemblies, the extend relay, guides, and more in this in-depth look at some of the work we have done over the last two years. We will also cover variations of the pulldowns used over the years in third generation F-body Camaros and Firebirds as talk about and demonstrate the way that these cars are actually supposed to work.

Dates of filming: July 12th, 2018 (Initial Inspection of Pulldown)
July 26th, 2018 (Corrosion Removal and Relay)
August 14th, 2018 (Switch Repairs)
August 15th, 2018 (Switch Install)
September 4th, 2018 (New Nylon Guides)
April 24th, 2020 (Gearbox Disassembly)
May 18th, 2020 (Gearbox Reassembly)
May 26th, 2020 (Relay Testing and Diagnosis)
(Other dates between July 12th, 2018 and May 28th, 2020 for minor parts)

Song List (Order of First Appearance):
0:00 Sawdust - Silent Partner
5:15 Birds in Flight - Dan Lebowitz
12:38 Daisy Dukes - Silent Partner
19:50 The Opening - Dan Lebowitz

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29 May 2020




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Overengineering Yıl önce
When working on 80-90-2000 cars, you definitly need a 3D printer.
Darth Sega
Darth Sega Yıl önce
One of the best things I ever did was swap out that pulldown for a manual "Slam Latch" assembly. I removed the mounting bracket off a donor 83 Firebird junkyard car, by drilling out the spot welds, then did the same on my Formula. Then a buddy welded in the manual bracket into the car, lined up the standard latch and now I have a nice and reliable latch assembly. Another bonus was since I autocross and road race my car, so shaving a little weight was a side benefit.
Sainsburys dad
Sainsburys dad Yıl önce
2040: So I’ve finally finished restoring this car.
neon Yıl önce
"Definetly not ideal" that pretty much wraps up me doing something on my project car
nathan w
nathan w Yıl önce
Never missed an upload since I found this channel, looking forward to every one!
Stephen S
Stephen S Yıl önce
We owned several 3rd gen IROC-Z's when I was in high school. Most of them this assembly wasn't an issue, amazingly, and one or two of them we just replaced the shocks and bypassed the entire thing. And that was 25 years ago when replacement parts or junkyard parts were much easier to find.
Sammy Piper
Wow. The knowledge here is tremendous! Thank you for the diy solutions and actual mechanical/electrical repair tips. Nothing necessarily wrong with replacing older parts but it’s good to see real fixes.
Eino Ojanperä
Eino Ojanperä Yıl önce
You know you have problems with electronics when every connector looks like dark bread
Joel Palmer
Joel Palmer Yıl önce
Your videos are excellent. Well shot and extremely informative. Thank you for all the work that goes into making and editing these!
I've been watching your channel for a year now, started watching the second gen build and loved it. Your video style is great. Finally made my own account to document my own second gen build and wanted to follow along. I've actually built a few 3rd gens myself, so I'm liking this one too. Keep it up!
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore Yıl önce
You've helped me so much in working on my 89 bird. Very well done and informative.
Silent majority
Silent majority Yıl önce
Love your videos. I went through just about the same thing with an 89 Toyota MR2 about 15 years ago. Bought it for 300 sold it for 2700 after driving it for 6 years. Had tons of stuff wrong with it, and I fixed it all. My question is, why didn't you repair the relay. I have fixed several. Even the ones that are supposedly sealed. They are way less complicated than the headlight control module you took apart. Even better yet, when you are looking at the junkyard, grab all the relays and fuses from them.
Mihaere Davies
Mihaere Davies Yıl önce
Glad to be a patron of this channel, I really enjoy your content. Keep up the great work! :D
Manny Yıl önce
Amazing how much work and time is needed to restore a car. Just this latch mechanism!
L. Castillo A.
L. Castillo A. Yıl önce
Excelente trabajo👍
chad mccolm
chad mccolm Yıl önce
Here is another good one. Never ground an amp to the trunk pop. A place I had my amp installed at did that one and it made the trunk pop run all the time making so the battery would run down
Corassiam007 Yıl önce
Just slide as many large long zip ties as needed between the two outside track rails to suck up that wiggle room and ditch those shitty plastic guides if they're broken. Worked for me!
Valentin Maissen
Valentin Maissen Yıl önce
I love that you fix things instead of just replacing with new parts. Pretty rare on youtube.
Taylor Couvrette
Taylor Couvrette Yıl önce
Thanks for including timelines the way you do; really helps humanize the way you complete and confirm things for the viewers. Keep it up!
John Mccord
John Mccord Yıl önce
Beautiful firebird! I had a 1987 model in high school loved that car wish I hadn't of sold it
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