1969

Production Figures & Information:

Body style Total
2dr Hardtop (coupe) 75,362
2dr Convertible 11,649
2dr Coupe Trans Am 689
2dr Convertible Trans Am 8
Total 87,708

 

Transmission Total
Manual 20,840
Auto 66,868
Total 87,708

 

Engine Total
OHC-6  
326 V8  
400 V8  
400 Ram Air  


Base Firebird
The base Firebird came with an OHC V6 (250ci) and 1bbl carburetor rated at 175hp. This model can be identified by the "Overhead Cam: 4.1liter" badge that appears on the rear edge of the bulge on the hood. Two versions were offered:
Coupe                  $2,831
Convertible           $3,045

Firebird Sprint
The Sprint package added a Rochester 4BBL carburetor and 10.5:1 compression which produced 230hp with a manual tranny and 235hp with an automatic tranny. This model can be identified by a set of "Sprint" badges that appear on the forward edge of the rocker panels. Cost: $121

Firebird 350
This model was the first in the line of V-8s. The 350 replaced the previous years 326.  Equipped with a 2BBL carburetor the new mill made 265hp. This model can be identified by the "350" badges located on the rear edge of the hood bulge. Interestingly this option was cheaper than the Sprint 6 package. Cost: $111

Firebird 350 HO
This model featured a high output version of the original 350. It featured a 4BBL carburetor, newly designed cylinder heads with higher lift and larger valves, and a longer duration cam. The upgrades were good for 325hp @ 3600rpm. This model is very difficult to identify from the Firebird 350. Decals on the 350 HO engine were the primary method of identification. Package cost: $186

Firebird 400
The Firebird 400 was again the most desirable model of the bunch. For 1969 three different 400 mill options were available: the standard 400, the 400 HO (RAIII) and the legendary RAIV. The standard powerplant, equipped with a 4bbl carburetor remained relatively unchanged from 1968 producing 330hp. Firebirds carrying the standard 400 received non-functional hood scoops, a floor-mounted shifter and dual exhaust. The 400 HO added a high-output cam and a freer flowing exhaust system for an increase to 335hp. This engine was also called the Ram Air III and the hood scoops were made functional. The final option was the RAIV. The pinnacle of Pontiac engineering this engine added a high-output cam and springs, oversize valves, and flat-top pistons with valve indents. It was rated at 345hp. This model is most easily recognized by the twin-scoop hood with "400" emblems located on the rear edge of the hood bulge.
Cost for the standard 400 option: $275 with manual tranny and $358 with automatic
Cost for the 400 HO: $77
Cost for the RAIV: $832

Trans Am
 
Coded WS4 "The Trans Am Convenience and Performance Package" the Trans Am made its debut in March of 1969. The Trans Am option included a base Firebird equipment plus a special hood, blacked out grille, three spoke woodgrain steering wheel, three speed heavy duty manual transmission with floor shifter, chrome engine parts, free-flowing dual exhaust, rear deck airfoil, heavy duty springs and shocks, front and rear stabilizers, Power Flex Fan, Safe-T-Trac differential, full length body stripes, front wheel disc brakes, variable ratio power steering, F70-14 whitewall glass-belted tires and functional front-fender air extractors. Two 400c.i. powerplants were available, the base Ram Air III and the optional Ram Air IV. This model only came in white with blue striping and included "Trans Am" decals on the fenders and rear making it easily identifiable.
Cost for the Trans Am option: $1100 

VIN Number Decoding:

Location: Attached to the left side of the top side of the dash.

Sample: 223379N100001

22337 is the model number.
1st digit is the GM division number. 2 = Pontiac
2nd digit is the series number. 2 = Firebird
3rd digit is the model/engine number. 3 = All firebirds manufactured in 1967.
4th and 5th digits are the body type and number:
37 = 2dr coupe
67 = 2dr convertible

6th digit is the last number in the model year i.e. 1969
7th digit is a letter indicating the assembly plant:
U = Lordstown, OH  N = Norwood, OH  L = Van Nuys, CA

100001 is the sequential production number. These numbers fell into two ranges to differentiate between V-6s and V-8s as show in the table below.

Engine Body style Code
I-6 Coupe 223377L600001 and up
I-6 Convertible 223677L600001 and up
V-8 Coupe 223377L100001 to 600000
V-8 Convertible 223677L100001 to 600000


Specifications:

General specifications

Wheelbase 108.1
Length 191.1
Width 73.9
Height coupe 49.6
convertible 49.5
Fuel Tank Capacity 18.5
Steering Ratio manual 24:1 (6cyl)  28:1 (8cyl)
power 16.2:1
Brake Diameter rear drum 9.5"
front disc 11.12"
Oil Capacity   5 qts

Shipping Weight

  Base Firebird Firebird Sprint Firebird 350 Firebird 350 HO Firebird 400 Firebird 400 HO Firebird 400 RAIV
coupe 3084 3137 3239 3280 3319 3319 3319
convertible 3367 3420 3522 3563 3602 3602 3602
w/ 4-speed +9.0 +9.0 +6.0 +6.0 -13.0 -13.0 -13.0
w/ auto -10.0 -10.0 -4.0 -4.0 +32.0 +32.0 +45.0


Transmission Ratios

  3-speed man (base) 4-speed Manual 2-speed Auto 3-speed Auto
1st 2.85 2.85 1.76 2.52
2nd 1.68 2.02 1.00 1.52
3rd 1.00 1.35 - 1.00
4th - 1.00 - -
reverse 2.95 2.85 1.76 1.92


Rear Axle Ratios

  250ci (base) 250ci (Sprint) 350ci 350ci (HO) 400ci 400ci (HO) 400ci (RAIV)
standard man 3.55:1 3.55:1 3.23:1 3.36:1 3.36:1 3.36:1 3.90:1
standard auto 3.23:1 3.23:1 2.56:1 3.23:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.90:1
optional 3.08:1
3.28:1
2.78:1
3.55:1
2.78:1
2.93:1*
2.78:1 (*,)
3.55:1
3.90:1
3.23:1*
3.55:1
3.90:1
3.55:1
3.90:1
4.33:1
 
*w/ automatic     w/ air conditioning     w/out air conditioning


Codes:

Exterior Color Codes

Starlight Black A Midnight Green M
Expresso Brown B Burdgundy N
Cameo White C Palladium Silver P
Warwick Blue D Verdero Green Q
Liberty Blue E Matador Red R
Windward Blue F Champagne S
Antique Gold G Carousel Red T
Limelight Green H Goldenrod Yellow W
Crystal Turquoise K Mayfair Maize Y


Interior Trim Codes

Color Std Buckets Custom Buckets Bench
Blue 200 210 -
Gold 202 212 -
Red - 214 -
Green 206 216 -
Parchment 207 217 227
Black 208 218 228
Gold Leather - 293 -

Door Panels

Standard Front Custom Front
Not yet available... Not yet available...

Seats    

Bucket Seats
Not yet available...


Convertible and Vinyl Top Color Codes

Convertible Top   Vinyl Top  
White 1 Black 2
Black 2 Blue 3
Blue 3 Parchment 5
Green 9 Fawn 8
    Green 9


Manifest Engine Codes (col. 75-76)

Code Displacement Comp. Ratio Bore/Stroke Cam Head
Casting
Carb
(bbl)
HP rating (bhp) Torque Trans
ZC 250 / I-6 9.0:1 3.875 x 3.53 - 9795456 1 175 @ 4800 240 @ 2600 man
ZF 250 / I-6 9.0:1 3.875 x 3.53 - 9795456 1 175 @ 4800 240 @ 2600 auto
ZH 250 / I-6 10.5:1 3.875 x 3.53 - 9795457 4 215 @ 5200 255 @ 3800 man
ZL 250 / I-6 10.5:1 3.875 x 3.53 - 9795457 4 215 @ 5200 255 @ 3800 auto
WC, WM 350 / V-8 9.2:1 3.875 x 3.75 9777254 47 2 265 @ 4600 355 @ 2800 man
XL, XB 350 / V-8 9.2:1 3.875 x 3.75 9777254 47 2 265 @ 4600 355 @ 2800 auto
YJ, YE* 350 / V-8 9.2:1 3.875 x 3.75 9777254 47 2 265 @ 5000 355 @ 2800 man/auto
WN 350 (HO) / V-8 10.5:1 3.875 x 3.75 9779068 48 4 325 @ 5100 380 @ 3200 man
XC 350 (HO) / V-8 10.5:1 3.875 x 3.75 9779067 48 4 325 @ 5100 380 @ 3200 auto
WZ 400 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9779067 16/62 4 330 @ 4800 430 @ 3300 man
YT 400 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9779067 16/62 4 330 @ 4800 430 @ 3300 auto
WQ 400 HO 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9779068 48 4 335 @ 5200 430 @ 3400 man
YW 400 HO 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9779067 16/62 4 335 @ 5200 430 @ 3400 auto
WH 400 (RAIV) 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9794041 722 4 345 @ 5400 430 @ 3700 man
XN 400 (RAIV) 10.75:1 4.12 x 3.75 9794041 722 4 345 @ 5400 430 @ 3700 auto
* Powerglide w/AC, 3 speed manual wo/AC


Part Numbers and Casting Numbers

Engine Block
     Location: Early to mid 1967 the block casting number was located on the distributor pad. In mid 1967 it was
     moved to the rear of the block just behind the #8 cylinder.

     326 = 9786339
     400 = 9786133

Intake Manifold
     230 (OHC)
       1-BBL = 9782098
       4-BBL = 9787541

     326/400/428
       2-BBL = 9784438
       4-BBL = 9782896

Distributor
    
326 (250hp)
       1111164, 1111199

     326 (285hp)
       1111165, 1111238

     400 (325hp)
       1111250, 1111252, 1111253, 1111254

Carburetor

Block Part # Block Part # Block Part #
WC 7027071 WH 7037071 YJ 7027062
XI 7037062 WK 4243S WO 4245S
WU 7037277 YT 7027272 WQ 7037277
YM 4246S XO 4248S WZ 7027273
XN 7027276 WI 7027277    


Identification information specific to the year model

  • 1969 Firebirds were a one year only design and thus are easily identified:

    1. The front nose was completely redesigned for 1969. The four headlights were moved outside of the chrome grill surround and were mounted individually in a body colored part of the nose. The chrome grill surround and grilles were shortened. Parking lights were also changed from the wrap-around style in the valance to two small rectangular shaped lights mounted below and centered with each headlight pair. The front cornering lamps mounted in the fenders were changed from a silhouette of the 1st generation emblem to a small circular light mounted very low in the front portion of the fender. Each fender also featured two new scallops accented with chrome trim mounted in the rear portion of the fender.

    2. The rear end was also completely redesigned. The rear taillights still consisted of four slits but the slits were wider and the upper slit was shortened creating a pyramid shape effect. The letters forming the word "Pontiac" were moved from the top of the trunk to the very middle of the tail panel just below the 1st generation bird emblem. Finally, the rear 1/4 trim lights were also changed from an arrowhead emblem to a silhouette of the 1st generation bird emblem.

    3. The chrome ribs featured in the forward portion of each 1/4 panel were removed for 1969.
       

Interesting facts


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