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’67 Firebird of Dan & Debbie Tietze “Freeda”

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘67 Firebird of Dan & Debbie Tietze from Firestone, Colorado. Here is their story:

We purchased our 1967 Firebird in 1997. It has always been a Colorado car, originally sold in Grand Junction, Colorado. Although the cosmetics were in sad shape, it was a rust free car. After having an interior kit installed and the body stripped; Freeda, as we call her, was sprayed in her original color – Cameo Ivory. She has a bright blue interior. We enjoyed the car along with our 1971 GTO convertible.

 In 2008, after the GTO went by the wayside, I decided to pull Freeda’s original 326 engine, which is now stored. I replaced the engine with a nicely built 400 YT code engine with factory crank, speed pro rings and pistons, Eagle connecting rods and Crane cam. The 6X heads were treated to some port work and three angle valve job, and an Edelbrock intake with a 750 Holley dual feed. Cooling is taken care of by a Meziere water pump, 16″ electric fan and a Griffin radiator. The original 350 turbo was built by Ram Transmission Gear and underneath the front drums were replaced with a Hurst roll control and Wilwood disc brake system and also rebuilding the front steering components. Quick Time performance servo controlled exhaust cut-outs and FloMaster mufflers, and Competition engineering subframe connectors. The ten bolt third member is loaded with 3.55 gears and of course body bushings will Edelbrock INS shocks for handling.

Freeda enjoys some car shows and going to Sonic Burger Friday nights, seeing other muscle cars – some oldies but goodies and even some rat rods. Freeda was built in Lordstown, Ohio, not fifty miles from where I was born. Colorado lets you run the year license plate of your car in place of your collector plates.

My wife and I will enjoy Freeda until the bitter end.

Happy cruisin’

’79 Trans Am of Michael Bartholomew

I am forwarding some photos of my 79 T/A which I hope some of which you will put in the member magazine.

Car info:
1979 Trans Am
Automatic Transmission
403 olds engine
AM/FM/8-Track Radio
CB Radio
T-Tops
Space Saver Spare Tire

 When I first found this Bird, I really wasn’t looking for a car from this era. After bringing her home, I quickly fell in love and this car can also be credited with starting my love affair with Pontiac. It accompanies my daily driver, a ‘64 Bonneville, in the stable. From early on, this car has been on a journey to go “back to factory” replacing a ‘77 nose that had been placed on it with the proper ‘79 nose among other changes that the previous owner had made. One of my favorite “upgrades” that I’ve made is getting the snowflake wheels with reproduction period correct tires put on all 4 corners. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed shows and cruises with my kids, but also introducing them to things like 8-Tracks, the CB, and getting dirty under the hood. I look forward to many more years of fun!

Michael Bartholomew
Dunedin, Florida

Technical Sections Volume III Now Available

A  complete copy of all the Technical Sections, topics, questions and answers published in the EAGLE from 2008 to 2017. It is indexed by category such as electrical, suspension, etc. for easy reference and accessibility and contains over 100 pages. $15 plus $5 shipping and handling for the printed version.

 It is also available on CD-ROM for PC or Mac (can also be emailed with no shipping charges) in combination with Technical Section Volume II. It is indexed by category and contains over 250 pages. $15 plus $5 S&H for the CD which contains both Tech Sections Volume II and Volume III (emailed $15).

Available from the NFTAC by ordering on the website at www.firebirdtaclub.com/regalia.htm or by using the order form in each issue of the Eagle..

It can be purchased as part of a 3 volume combo that contains Tech Sections Volume I, II and III all printed (over 400 pages) for $40 plus $10 S&H or a CD combo which contains Volume I printed and Volumes II & III on CD for $30 plus $5 S&H. Other options available on the club website at www.firebirdtaclub.com/regalia.htm and in the club magazine.

National Firebird and Trans Am Club Advertisers – Insurance, Parts, Publications and Literature, Service

These are the people and services that help bring information to our club members by advertising in our club publication, the Eagle. Please support them.

Insurance

Classic Auto Insurance, 1-800-397-0765, www.classicins.com
collector car insurance for less

Parts

Ames Performance Engineering, 1-800-421-2637, www.amesperf.com
Firebird and Trans Am restoration parts

Convertible parts, 1-800-343-4261, www.hydroe.com
pumps, cylinders, roof rails, weatherstripping and more!

Firebird Central, 859-408-2000, www.firebirdcentral.com
the best parts at the best prices, 10% off online orders using coupon code: EAGLE

Frank’s Restoration Parts, 760-361-3242, www.frankspontiacparts.com
buy, sell, new, used and reproduction

National Parts Depot, 800-874-7595, www.nationalpartsdepot.com
Restoration/Performance Parts & Accessories

The Parts Place, 800-442-0411, www.thepartsplaceinc.com
original and reproduction parts from the Pedal to the Metal!

Parts for your Firebird or Trans Am at http://parts.firebirdtaclub.com.
parts for all Pontiacs and other vehicles!

Year One1-800-932-7663
www.yearone.com
Parts for your Pontiac, Firebird and Trans Am

Publications and Literature

Firebird and Trans Am color sales brochures, 315-432-8282, www.autolit.com
original sales brochures for most cars and trucks

Pontiac Shop Manuals on CD, www.firebirdtaclub.com/regalia.htm
with Fisher body service and 1963-75 Pontiac parts, for ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70, ‘71 or ‘72

NFTAC Technical Sections, 773-769-7166, www.firebirdtaclub.com/regalia.htm
Volume I, II & III. Copies of technical topics published in the NFTAC Eagle.

Service

Speed and Sport Chrome Plating, 713-921-0236, www.speedsportchrome.com, sales@speedsportchrom.com
chrome plating, 15 day service, specializing in classic cars

Book Review: Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years


by David Newhardt

Celebrate 50 years of Pontiac’s iconic muscle car

The early 1960s saw American auto manufacturers desperately trying to sell cars to the emerging baby-boom market. Pontiac attained success with its original muscle car, the GTO, but as successful as the GTO was, it was handily outsold by Ford’s grand-slam home-run pony car, the Mustang. In response, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967, its new Firebird, a model that became one of the most iconic cars of the classic muscle-car era. Eventually the top Firebird model, the Trans Am, became the standard bearer for automotive performance in the U.S. market, kept the muscle car flame alive throughout the dark years of the 1970s and led the charge when performance reemerged in the 1980s.

Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years chronicles the Firebird’s rich history, from the early attempts to reach the youth market in the early 1960s, through the potent and turbulent years of the classic muscle car era, the resurgence of muscle in the 1980s, to the car’s continued popularity today.

This 2017 hardcover book is, priced at $50.00 is available on Amazon.

Purchaser review from Amazon: Finally a big fancy and good hardcover book on one of my other perennial favorite vehicles, the Pontiac Firebird and its derivatives, the Formula, Trans Am and so forth. Beautiful book chronicling this vehicle that sadly is no longer with us. Smokey and the Bandit and movie cars and marketing genius is in the book. I would have like to have seen the current Bandit conversion T/A (Camaro with a body kit made to look like a T/A; they also have a GTO based kit and other kits from others) car and aftermarket Camaro based clones as well as the racing cars and racing heritage. Otherwise I love the cover, love everything about the book and the history contained in it as it is well written. Glad to have this book in my F-Body (Camaro/Firebird) Book collection. Hope one day Pontiac will come back with the Firebird, T/A and Formula (wishful thinking). In the meantime we have a book like this tha
t perfectly shows these legends. – Jose Lopez P

2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the 2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo from Marina, California. Here is his story:

This is my 2002 Trans Am WS6 which I changed the brake rotors to cross drilled front and rears. I installed the Lambo doors myself. It has the high performance super chip program on it. It has a Hurst 6 speed shifter. I also added sequential turn signal lights to it. I put the racing stripes on myself. I changed the ram air decals to chrome ones. I also changed the ram air grills to chrome ones. I didn’t want to get rid of my front chrome Firebird because I live in California that requires the front license plate, so I installed a front license plate that retracts to hide under the front bumper and it also displays my front license plate from a remote control key chain. I am a Marine Veteran who plans to work more on my Trans Am and to keep taking my Trans Am to car shows. I hope you enjoy these photos, I’ll post more at a later time.

2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo
2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo
2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo

2002 Trans Am WS6 of George Bravo

‘89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki from Westchester, Illinois

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki from Westchester, Illinois. Here is his story:

My 1989 Turbo Trans Am – 20th Anniversary – Pace Car replica for the 73rd. Indianapolis 500 is car number 265 out of the 1550 made. This was the first car to pace the race that did not require engine modifications. The cars were all built as GTA‘s sent from General Motors to PAS in California to be modified. The car has the Buick Grand National 3.8L V6 engine, brakes are the 1LE option and it has a Borg Warner Australian rear end. There were only two options available on the car T-Tops and leather interior I have both. I am the fourth owner; the car has 18,150 miles and is all original / stock except for a couple of chrome pieces under the hood and the white face gauges. All changes were made by owner number two. The car was original purchased in Connecticut, owners two thru four all live in Illinois and are separated by less than twenty miles. I found the car at a local car show in September of 2010.

I should also mention I have an all original / stock 1987 Buick Grand National with 14,886 miles.

'89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki  '89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki    '89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki  '89 Turbo Trans Am of Robert Rogacki

 

’80 Trans Am of Kevin Janusek from Green Bay, Wisconsin

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.

’80 Trans Am of Kevin Janusek
from Green Bay, Wisconsin
’80 Trans Am of Kevin Janusek
from Green Bay, Wisconsin

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells
2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells
2016 Pontiac Adventures in Wisconsin Dells

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