‘84 Trans Am “Phoenix” of Sussie Due from Bend, Oregon

This issue’s featured car is the 84TASussieDue5 84TASussieDue6 84TASussieDue7 84TASussieDue8 84TASussieDue9 84TASussieDuefrontHere is her story:

I always wanted a Trans Am and decided I was not getting younger so it was time to get my dream car. I found this one on Craig’s List. It had been living in a well kept barn for 6 years. The owner had decided that a Corvette was better (How little does his know). Cosmetically it was a beauty. Mechanically? Well it had been sitting for six years, what can you expect? Almost exactly one year and $17,000 later, not including the $3000 purchase price, this car is a piece of art now mechanically as well as cosmetically.

The 350 engine the original owner had put in it after his daughter blew the 305 had to be rebuilt. By the time the block was saved it ended up being bored out to a 355. Then my mechanic went above and beyond the rebuilt by adding a roller cam, roller tip rocker arms and topping it off with an Edelbrock 600 cfm carburetor. We also added a custom made aluminum drive shaft and many other high performance parts. This car turns heads and is actually requested at some of our local events. All 6 of my vehicles have names. I named this one Phoenix because he rose again. My new project is a 1982 Trans Am that I am turning into “K.I.T.T.”

The New 840hp Trans Am Bandit Edition is Smokin’

A limited edition of the most famous and beloved Firebird Trans Am is back! Yes, Pontiac produced the Trans Am from 1967 to 2002 but you can still go and buy a new Trans Am.

The company Trans Am Depot introduced a new, extremely limited, Trans Am SE Bandit Edition, based on the bones of the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, inspired by the famous and unforgettable black and gold example that starred in 1977 hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit”. They will produce 77 modern replicas, all signed by “Smokey and the Bandit” star Burt Reynolds. The Trans Am Depot model features all the details and elements painstakingly crafted to reminisce the original vehicle, paying more than a tribute to it. Of course, there’s also a big bird plastered on the hood.

“The Shaker hood and T-tops were a must. If you don’t have the T-tops, you don’t have a Trans Am,” said Scott Warmack, co-founder of the Trans Am Depot. The white-letter tires and snowflake wheels complete the retro effect. “It was hot in every way. It was a love story and most guys like a love story with a car in it,” said Burt Reynolds.

The cars are equipped with 7.4-liter LSX V8 supercharged engines that can put out as much as 840 horsepower, about 650 more than disappointing 185 horsepower original Bandit Trans-Am, which should please even the most jaded traditionalist.

Pricing starts at about $115,000, which includes the cost of the donor Camaro. More info at www.transamdepot.comNew-Bandit-Trans-Am

’95 Trans Am of Dave Publicover from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada

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It is a 1995 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible, LT1 engine with 4 speed auto. All options, other than the power seats. 100,000 mile car.

The car was built in Quebec, Canada for export to the U.S.A. and was sold new in Los Angeles, California. Over the next 16 years it made its way to Arizona, Oklahoma and finally to Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East coast. It became a summer car for a Couple from Puerto Rico who had a vacation home in Nova Scotia.

I acquired the car and started restoring it. Aside from a new GM transmission (dealer installed by previous owner) I had to go from one end of the car to the other. It had not weathered the years well cosmetically and mechanically, some short cuts had been taken. I designed the seats myself, rewired the engine, new roof components and glass, Magna flow exhaust, paint, stereo returned to factory so I could use the steering wheel controls, and a host of other small issues we tackled.

I really enjoyed the process and I am very pleased with the success in the restoration.

David G. Publicover
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada

’68 Firebird of Ehron S. Stout from Easton, Illinois

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘68 Firebird of Ehron S. Stout from Easton, Illinois. Here is the story:

The following is the story as to how I came to own my 1968 Pontiac Firebird. While stationed in Japan with the U. S. Navy, I owned a 1967 Firebird convertible and sold it when my wife and I were expecting the birth of my son. After my son was born in May 2001, I decided to start looking for another first generation Firebird (in the U.S.) that he and I could eventually build as a father/son project.

I went to eBay and found a 1968 Firebird with no title, California Highway Patrol drug seized car, no rust, with an opening bid of $1600. The car was located in Sacramento, California and had been painted orange. The car was missing front seats, console, radiator, tail lights and other items. I placed a bid of $1600 and won the auction as the only bidder. I then had the car transported to Illinois where the car sat in storage. In the meantime, the seller in California contacted me and was able to obtain a clear California title.

After my retirement from the Navy in 2010, I began the frame off restoration. I placed the car on a homemade rotisserie and removed everything from the car. At that time, the following was conducted:

Capital City Powerdercoating, Springfiled, Illinois

Powdercoat (gloss black) subframe, new gas tank (maroon), inner fender wells, radiator supports, all bumper brackets, al A/C brackets, all pulleys, sway bard (maroon), all suspension components and rear brake drums.

Complete rebuild of numbers matching 350 Pontiac engine with #47 heads.

Conversion from TH400 to Muncie M-21

New: wiring, tubular upper and lower control arms, Magnaflow exhaust, stainless brake lines, fuel lines, disc brake conversion, radiator, A/C box interior and engine compartment, brake booster and master cylinder, 18 x 8 and 18 x 9 Riddler chrome wheels with Sumitomo tires, NVU gauges, hood tachometer, bumpers, emblems, polyurethane bushings, stainless steel body parts, carpet, deluxe door panels

Stan’s Auto Restoration and Collision

Stripped body to bare metal, new rear tail light panel, passenger door skin, front fenders, interior (seats rebuilt, headliner, dashpad repair), new front and rear window glass.

Car painted with 2013 Chevrolet Silverado maroon.

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‘95 Formula of Rick Miller from Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

I ordered this Firebird in January 1995 from Knopf Pontiac in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It’s a lightweight without power windows, locks or seats.

It has 61,000 miles and is all original except for the wheels. The engine is 5.7L with a 6 speed. The only option is A/C.

The only parts replaced have been the rear brake pads, battery, intake manifold gasket and one head light door motor in 20 years.

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1981 Turbo Trans Am Pace Car of Justin Carr from Bloomington, Illinois

Here are some pictures of my 1981 Turbo Trans Am Pace Car. This is 1 of 2000 examples to commemorate the 1981 Daytona 500.

These cars were loaded up with all options from the factory including the Recaro interior. This car is an unrestored survivor with just under 50,000 miles. I purchased the car from the second owner in 2008. He had a small car collection and this car had been in his building since the late 80’s. During this time the car only saw about 300 miles. The car was originally delivered to Earl Dunn Pontiac in Madison, Tennessee with a sticker price of over $14,000.

Since taking possession of the car I have only done what is necessary to make the car safe and roadworthy. This includes a rebuild of the original turbocharger, carburetor, and radiator. Under the hood I replaced any questionable belts and hoses with new stock appearing rubber. The car was not wearing it’s original set of tires so a fresh set of correct size BFG Radial T/A’s were fitted.

The car retains its original exhaust with dual resonators and twin exhaust tips.

The car has been to Trans Am Nationals the past 4 years and The Ames Tri Power Nationals in 2014. This past summer was my first time to the Indian Uprising in St Charles, Illinois.

The Turbo cars are a unique part of the firebird history and I feel they are the best handling of the second generation cars along with the great styling of the late 70’s and early 80’s f-body’s.

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NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run

NJ 2015 TRANS AM/ALL PONTIAC RUN EDISON NJ TO HOWELL NJ OCTOBER 17, 2015

by Ben Deutschman

Though delayed by 3 months, the NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run finally happened, no rain, not even the tiniest hint of rain.

Thanks to my Co-Chair for this event, Steve Reed, who absolutely went above and beyond, not only helping act as liaison between our contact in the Club that hosts the event we ended our run at, but also having secured Goodie Bags, things to put in those bags, creating and printing ‘People’s Choice’ Ballots for the NJ 2015 Trans Am/All Pontiac Run participants to use in order to vote for their favorite Trans Am and Pontiac, securing additional items for use as ‘Door Prizes’, such as AMES Performance engineering ‘Gift Certificates’, plus creating and funding the VERY nice Dash Plaques for this event Yes, Steve was TREMENDOUS help, and a real asset to this event.

We departed Edison NJ at 2:30 P.M., and had a reasonably uneventful trip down to the Howell NJ Chick-Fil-A Cruise Night, in that NO ONE’S vehicle broke down this time around, unlike last year.

When we arrived at the Chick-Fil-A, were directed to our own parking area, where once settled in, my right hand man Steve, was able to then corral our participants, so as to hand out the Goodie Bags, and where we could then both make sure our participants got their People’s Choice Ballots.

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We wrapped things up by around 6:30 P.M., a few of us hung out for a while to shoot the breeze, and by 7:00 P.M. the last of use were on our way home

A successful wrap up, of a successful event, another BIG thanks to the Blue Moon Cruisers for inviting us use their event as our Run destination, and now it’s on to planning our 2016 event.

 

4th Annual All Pontiac Cruise & Show

Thank you very much for the items you sent to us for distribution at the 4th Annual GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise & Show held in Pontiac, Illinois on September 19th and 20th, 20152015 All Ponitiac Show 2015AllPonitiacShowPontiacIL5 2015AllPonitiacShowPontiacIL3 2015AllPonitiacShowPontiacIL2 and benefiting the Pontiac-Oakland Museum and Resource Center. We very much appreciate your support of the museum and were pleased to hand out copies of your club magazine and award the Membership, T-shirt and CD as door prizes. The fact that our event flyer appears in the Eagle helped result in 55 Firebirds on the show-field Sunday and 12 trophies awarded in the four Firebird/TA classes.

This event has grown steadily since its inception in 2012 to participation by 211 vehicles this year and has become the Pontiac-Oakland Museum’s largest single fund-raising event. We are proud to host this event through GTOAA with the Central Illinois and Windy City GTOAA chapters and commend NFTAC and Firebird/TA owners for your participation and support of the only Pontiac-Oakland Museum in existence.

Mark your calendars for the third weekend in September 2016 for the 5th Annual Event and thanks again for your organization’s support.

Mark Melrose
Gateway GTO Association

 

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