I found my 1980 Trans Am on the internet. It needed a lot of work. I have been fixing it up as I go so I can use it. It is not the best way but the car is nice but not mint. I drive and use it now. The car has the 400 engine in it (go it that way) but it originally has the 301 engine in it. It was originally silver but I like the current blue better.
It was a GREAT event!!
For our third anniversary, we once again increased our participation. The 2016 event saw an increase in older Pontiacs and we certainly had FUN. Yes, it was a beautiful weekend for the Pontiac Adventures driving event. We had some wonderful comments from couples who enjoyed the event because of all the events they could do together. We had an amazing array of Pontiacs, old and new and we had fun – driving & showing Pontiacs!!!
The start of one of our great tours at the 2016 Pontiac Adventures event. The track at Dells Raceway Park once again proved to be fun to all who participated in this exciting event. Then on Saturday night we visited Edge Of Dells for burn out action – and you won’t believe the stories!! Just one of our tours staging for a group picture before hot laps at Dells Raceway Park
The tailgate party was well received and we will work to enhance the experience next year with hopefully grills and also lighting under the tents just to mention a few of the improvements we will be working on.
Tours on Friday in 2017 will be at 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm and on Saturday the tours will be 1:00pm, 1:30pm and 2:00pm. Sunday’s tours will depart at the same time to get everyone back in time for that fantastic brunch.
We will have at least one tour stopping at an orchard and all new tours for you to enjoy, both scenic and spirited. So, drive in next year and experience the best Pontiac show and driving event in the Mid-West, driving on curvy lower Wisconsin roads in the fall with the leaves turning along the roads – what a great way to spent the weekend!!
THERE IS A REASON to be here in 2017- well there are many reasons as we are the ONLY EVENT in the nation with these types of events: Spirited Driving Tours, Scenic Driving Tours, Hot Laps at Dells Raceway Park, Burn outs, Judging.
For 2017, the event will be held on September 15 – 17, 2017 – mark your calendars and come drive with us.
Thanks to all who participated in this record year and next year will be even bigger!!
Deb Stebane, Chris Wachel, Joe Morgan, Ed Saari
A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘68 Firebird of Jim Burrowes from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Here is his story:
My uncle bought the car when I was 15 years old. I relentlessly begged for it as it sat in a barn for 27 years. He finally let me purchase the car, and I have spent the past six years rebuilding it. I still have a lot of work left to do. So far I have replaced the suspension, brake system, floor pans, rear quarters and fenders. Additionally, I have rebuilt the transmission. The car had the wrong motor in it, so I found the right one and rebuilt it with lots of performance pieces. Most of the parts have been purchased and I am currently working on installing a new interior.
The 2016 Trans Am Nationals were held from August 26-28 in Fairborn, Ohio which is just outside of Dayton, Ohio. As usual, there was a large number of Firebirds and Trans Ams so the National Firebird and Trans Am Club participates in this event.
There was a good turnout of cars as usual. There were many rows and rows of Firebirds and Trans Ams with many examples of all the generations including the growing every year Trans Am conversions.
There were hundreds of cars that registered for the show and everyone had a great time. Thanks to the staff of dedicated people who put on the show and volunteered their time.
A great time was had by the attendees and the 33rd Annual Trans Am National will be held in August 2017. Take a look at all the photos of the event and we know we will see you there!
Edison, New Jersey to Flemington, New Jersey on July 23, 2016
Though delayed by two weeks due to threatening weather on the original event date, the 2016 NJ Trans Am/All Pontiac Run went off on schedule on its ‘Rain Date.’
There were 13 participants taking part in the Run, and thankfully none of the participants experienced any difficulties with their vehicles, that prevented them from completing the trip from the McDonalds in Edison New Jersey, to Main St in Flemington New Jersey.
Once settled in on Main St, the participants were given some time to look around, and at 6:00 P.M., the ‘Giveaway Items’ (provided courtesy of the National Firebird Trans Am Club), were given out, and the Best Firebird/Trans Am, and Best Pontiac Trophies awarded. Best Firebird went to Bill Vantuono, owner of a1969 Firebird Convertible (see event photos), and Best Pontiac went to Scott Kievning, owner of a 1998 Pontiac GTP.
After the awards were handed out the participants hung out for at least another 2 hours, and then slowly began heading home, with yours truly (Ben Deutschman), leaving at 8:30 P.M.
A GREAT time was had by all, and we all look forward to the 2017 Run.
NOTE: We are now asking for suggestions for a 2017 destination for the NJ 2017 Trans Am – All Pontiac Run, . Please keep in mind that any suggested destination must be able to accommodate 25-40 vehicles, guarantee parking together, be available for a rain date, preferably have food available, and be open on Saturday. It is preferable that the destination be a Cruise Night/Car Show, but that is not a necessary prerequisite.
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This issue’s featured car is the Here 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.”
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.com
Here are some images of my 4 Year Restoration.
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
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.
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.