Mark Guerin’s Firebirds

I got my first Firebird when I was 17 years old and it was a 1973 Firebird Esprit, Navajo Orange 350 CID engine. I blew that motor and installed a Pontiac 400 CID rebuilt engine. I blew up that motor just before I went to college and could not afford another motor. My bicycle went to college with me and when I graduated I was heartbroken to have to sell my Esprit. My wife and I purchased the 1972 Blue Formula in 1997. Its VIN is 2U87N2N506556. Its correct color should be Cameo White with Black top. The engine is a 1971 Pontiac 400 CID. My wife and I started our business and the car rebuild was put on hold for 4 years. As I became busy and the car sat I decided to have a local shop build the brakes and they convinced me to rebuild the engine. The shop sent the engine out of state and as of today I put the specifications in a location I cannot locate.
The shop installed a Torker II high rise manifold with a Edelbrock carb. Consequently the hood would not close and after a long debate I requested the Pontiac manifold be installed. The shop then could not find the manifold, The shop did nothing to clean up the engine bay before installing the engine so I took the car as is. I do most of my mechanical work myself.
The 1973 Trans Am was purchased 4 years ago. It has original paint and 55,000 miles, factory or dealer eight track player, The sun roof was installed by the original owner in 1992 in Florida. I have rebuilt the brakes and done minor detailing. The last owner masked or I should say attempted to mask off the engine and spray paint anything black that he thought should be black. I am cleaning that paint off. The 1973 Formula 400 Ram Air was purchased December of 2016. The previous owner’s family has a large auto body shop in Albuquerque, Quanz Advanced Auto care, This car had a body off restoration 5 years ago with the engine rebuilt at 90,000 miles. It has a four speed manual transmission. It also has a few bugs with the lights.
My interest in Pontiacs came about as all my high school friends wanted Camaros, Mustangs, Chevelles, etc.. My mother’s cousin owned a Pontiac dealership and I would go drool over the Firebirds, GTOs and Lemans. They had a Brewster green 1968 convertible on the show room floor. I begged to purchase that car which they sold in 2005 with 250 miles on the odometer.

Visit to Pontiac Museum

by Frank Ochal

I had an opportunity to visit both the Pontiac Museum and the Route 66 Museum which are both in Pontiac, Illinois Here are the photos from the visit.

The history of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center in Pontiac, Illinois began August 1st, 2010 when Tim Dye was on his way back to his home in Oklahoma from a Pontiac show near Chicago. As he drove south on I-55, he noticed signs for the city of Pontiac. As Tim is curious about anything having to do with the Pontiac name, he pulled into town. As he explored the city, he visited the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum which led to conversations with the mayor of Pontiac.

These conversations led to a long series of emails, phone calls, and personal visits to begin the process of creating a new museum were worked out.

The Pontiac City Council approved the museum’s creation on January 3, 2011, and work began immediately on the remodeling of the museum’s new space. The creation of the museum was aided by the hard work of many people. Special thanks to Tim and Penny Dye, Mayor Robert Russell, City of Pontiac Administrator, Bob Karls, Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Building Supervisor, Milt Hanson, his crew and many more. Grand opening day took place on July 23, 2011, less than one year from the time Tim first visited Pontiac.

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