From the Editor's Desk – November 2008

'89 Formula 350 of Steve Reed Thanks to all of the new members that joined recently.

Thanks to Janice Francis, Jay Lord, Wayne Lewis, Brian Deines and all of the other contributors to this issue! Also many thanks to Todd Stahr, Justin Kwarta, Bill Simcox and Brett Campbell on their continuing technical help to our members on our new message board at board.firebirdclub.net.

The latest  NFTAC local chapter is the New England Firebird Auto Club serving all of New England. The president is Joseph A. Pendola, the vice-president is Paul Cullen and the organizing officer is Christian Driscoll.  The address is 760 North Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876.  Phone number 978-821-0528 and email  address of Spcledtnta@yahoo.com .

Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section on the Club Message Board where each local club has its own section where local club items can be discussed.

You can now find us on the popular networking sites myspace.com, facebook.com, friendster.com and yuwie.com in the groups/clubs section.

I am happy to inform you that Technical Sections Volume II is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac and is available in the Club Store section of each Eagle and on the website at www.firebirdtaclub.com .

Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Eagle available on CD only for PC or Mac.

We have a new and improved club message board. You can access through the club website at www.firebirdtaclub.com or directly at http://board.firebirdclub.net . We have a members only section of the message board.  You can use the user id and password on page 3 of each Eagle or you can get a personal id and password.  To do so, register and then logon to the message board and send a message to us with a reply in this section or via email. This allows you to access the Member Only Question & Answer and Upkeep and Performance Hints Area.  It also allows you to post items in the For Sale and Wanted sections as well as post photos in the Member Photos area. Also there is a now a Local Groups/Activities section.

The club also now has a blog located at http://blog.firebirdclub.net . Members can publish items or comments to the Blog.

We have a National Firebird & Trans Am Club photo gallery located at http://photos.firebirdclub.net .  The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board. Members can download photos directly here.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt  or tech volume II CD.  The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA.  And  in  response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. So save some money and get a free t-shirt or tech CD in the process!

Classified ads are FREE to members but now you can add photographs of your items for sale.  For $15 we will include a B & W photograph of your car or item and for $35 we will include a color photo. Also the classified ads will now appear on our Internet web site.

Remember we will send out the eEagle, our email newsletter in addition to the regular Eagle for members that have given us their email address. Our website address is www.firebirdtaclub.com and our email address is info@ firebirdtaclub.com.  The website  has a “Members Only” section on the web site. This section contains technical staff contact information, recommended repair shops,  spare parts lists that members have sent in as well as complete current and past issues of the member magazine which can be viewed on-line or downloaded for printing.

You need an ID and password to access this area.  You will find the current ID and password on page 3 of each issue of  the EAGLE.   These will change with each issue so use only the current ones listed.

Thanks for all of your support and to this issue’s contributors and I hope you are preparing for next year’s driving season!!

1977 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis

My name is Wayne Lewis form southeastern Indiana. I purchase on eBay in August of 2007 a 1977 Trans Am. This vehicle was sold new in December of 1976, at Don Sisk Pontiac in Indianapolis, Indiana. The original owner kept the car 20 years and only put 36,000 miles on it. He then sold it to his brother, who in the next 11 years put another 3000 miles on it. And it gets better. The car was rust proofed at the dealer when it was sold so it has no rust in the floor pans, trunk, etc. And I have all the original paperwork for the original sale, rustproofing, and even the the first two Indiana vehicle safety inspections. The interior also is in very good condition. The car came with steel wheels on it. It has the W72 package and Hurst link 4-speed. The A/C is inoperable but everything is there. It has camel interior and white exterior. I was going to paint it Smokey and the Bandit black and gold but I may leave it cameo white. I also picked up a set of snowflake wheels and had them reconditioned and then painted gold.

It is really nice getting all the double looks as I meet people on the highway and people coming up to talk while getting gas and stuff.

'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis
'77 Trans Am of Wayne Lewis