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.