Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’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

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.

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’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

 ’68 Firebird of Jim Burrowes

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club 68jimburrowesfirebird 68firebirdjimburrowes2 68firebirdjimburrowes3featured 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.

 

‘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.”

’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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