Texas Trans Am Service & Restoration Newsletter
"Specializing in Service and Restoration of
Second Generation Pontiac Firebirds"
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March / April 2003
In this Issue
1a. Friends and travelers
2. New Project Cars
3. New, re-pops, and discontinued parts
4. Show Room
5. Shipping, Credit Cards
6. Top 100 Muscle Car Site, e-mail and site-search
7. Tee Shirts and Bumper Stickers
8. What's new at the shop?
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1a. Dano, from South Carolina drove in to visit.
He was in the Midwest for business and took a short 600 mile detour by Fort Worth on his way back. A little over 2 years ago, David helped him find his own old dream to restore. The car has been dismantled, painted and the frame reinstalled. Now for the first time, Dano got to meet David and see his new car. The picture says it all.
Alex from Ohio is staying in Oklahoma City, OK for 2 months of training, and has been spending Saturdays at the shop with us. Alex is the new owner of the Rare Mayan Red 1979 Formula 4-Speed that will soon get underway in the shop.
Our friend Chris Anderson has been called to active duty in the Construction Battalion of the Navy and leaves the weekend of April 5. Restoration of his 78 T/A will go on hold for now. We pray that by the time he arrives,
that he will be involved in the reconstruction of a free and democratic Iraq.
"It is the soldier, not the reporter who gave us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet who gave us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brave young men and women of America who are now in the battlefront defending freedom. May they come home, honorably and victoriously before we have been apart from them too long, and may they all come home safely into the arms of those who love and miss them.
What would Beelzebub drive, or rather what would his driver drive? BMW Films answer: A 1976 Trans Am. When James Brown revisits the dark prince to re-negotiate his "Deal" his driver, in the new Z4, winds up racing to "Beat the Devil" in his custom painted '76 TA featuring what else but, flames.
Check it out at http://www.bmwfilms.com
2. "Membership has its' privileges"
Welcome back everyone, and a special greeting to "nate1379" and "Atkinson27" who just became our 214th and 215th members on the same day, of 26 new members this Month. I had no idea how large the distribution of this newsletter would become when we started it one year ago in April 2002. As the Newsletter Editor and Webmaster, I look for trends in email, membership profiles and keyword searches to tune the website to our visitors wants and needs. I commented several months ago to David that a noticeable number of subscribers were Female. As of publication date, of those with Yahoo profiles, 16 subscribers are Women, 37 are Men. David said "If the Trans/Am restoration thing doesn't pan out we can always start a dating service for people interested in second generation Firebirds." The next best thing.. Chat.
Newsletter subscribers will get first notice on rare parts and new Project Cars.
- 1974 Buccaneer Red T/A 455. This survivor RUNS and DRIVES. Straight body, very little rust. Needs complete interior. Recently rebuilt Pontiac 455 features nasty cam, Holly 850 Carburetor, aluminum Edelbrock performer intake, 6x heads, aluminum high rise valve covers, honeycomb wheels.
- 1977 Firebird black with yellow flames and snorkel.
It has a sunroof and good seats. Good body, needs engine. This car is desperately looking for a "B" movie to star in. "Hooper 2003"? The snorkel and paint job alone is worth an extra 100 HP, even without an engine.
1981 Firebird V6 parts car. Perfect doors.
If you are interested in one of these great project cars, call David at 817-563-2121
NEW PARTS CARS
'75 Buccaneer Red T/A, Great Hood, 400 block complete motor.
'76 Yellow T/A, 400 block complete motor.
'75 Burgundy T/A.
'80 White Turbo T/A, 301 Turbo with 4 wheel disk brakes, 308-positrac rear end with brake booster, master cylinder and proportioning valve.
'66 Ford Pickup, reasonably straight, big block, with A/C.
Last month's newsletter can be found in the articles and news section, but only upon the sporadic mailing of the following month. As a subscriber, you get the cars, parts and "scoop" 4 weeks (approximately) before anyone else.
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Texas Trans Ams is now a distributor of Inline Tube, an industry-leading manufacturer of CNC computer preformed tubing and exclusive under carriage replacement parts.
We now sell and install, Inline Tube's variety of products ranging from preformed brake, fuel and transmission lines for all classic cars and trucks, straight length tubing sets for the street rod enthusiast and exclusive products; stainless and OEM parking brake cables, brake and fuel line clips, stainless and OEM brake flex hoses, proportioning valves, disc-brake conversions, fittings, tools and many other brake products.
Texas TA Mufflers are produced with heavier gauge steel than other popular dual chamber mufflers. This design gives the Texas TA Muffler a deep, rich sound.
They are up to 1 1/2 inches lower in profile than other popular performance mufflers.
I finally got done with the exhaust on my 78 T/A. I love the way the mufflers
Sound. I stayed with the stock size exhaust pipes, it still sounds good.
I changed my mind about selling the car now. I turned down $7,500 for it from
a friend. He found nice 78 T/A that needs some work. He asked about were I got my mufflers from so I gave him your web page.
Texas Trans Ams exclusive fiberglass reproduction body parts:
- Front Lower Spoiler for the '74-'75 Trans AM
- Splash Pan for '74-'75 Firebird / Formula / Trans Am
- Front Center Spoiler for the '77-'78 Trans Am
Also fiberglass "ram-air" hoods are available for most any American made car or truck. Contact us with your wants and needs for fiberglass parts, if you don't see it on the following page.
ORIGINAL 1971 HO PARTS
We have for sale a pair of 455 HO round port heads from a '71 T/A, casting 197. Also we have the '71 HO exhaust manifolds, HO carburetor (7041263) and '71 HO distributor. We have a set of '71 Honeycomb wheels (15x7) with the original trim rings and center caps. These are good original parts for correct 1971 455 HO Trans Am restoration. Call David for pricing.
Pontiac Rally II wheels
15 x 7 set of 4 for $100. Not including trim rings or center caps.
We recently had to re-order Chrome plated center caps for the alloy wheels and another case of chrome 2 1/4 splitter tips ('76 - '81 style).
New pictures of old parts:
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4. Show Room
Progress continues in the Texas Trans Am Service and Restoration Show Room. You know the shelves, lights, peg-board and bathroom door are installed. David's office is walled in and we're hoping to get the AC connected soon. When you drop by, you'll see the Honeycomb, Turbo and Snowflake wheels on display, new fiberglass reproduction panels, spoilers, Texas TA Mufflers and other shiny new parts.
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5. In addition to accepting Visa, MasterCard and American Express, We can now accept Discover Card. We are shipping parts nationally and to many other Countries around the world.
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6. Top 100 Muscle Car Sites
Top100MuscleCarSites.com has undergone some reconstruction, and it's better than ever. This site ranks a list of over 780 American Muscle Car Web pages. If you haven't seen it, check it out. Again we are surprised to have been ranked at #2 for the last month, thanks to our readers and site visitors!
David gets HUNDREDS of e-mails each month and tries his best to respond in a timely manner, but sometimes it takes a few days to research the answer and find time to respond. Remember if all else fails and it's an emergency give us a call at 817-563-2121. Due to the proliferation of computer virus we don't open e-mail attachments, unless we are expecting the attached file, and know it's purpose. If you must send an attachment, please call us first so we can make room on the server. The best way to share images with us is to FTP the file to your personal web space and include the URL in the e-mail message. Like this:
Site Search from "WhatUSeek.com".
What are visitors searching for on TexasTransAms.com? Site Search helps us to tune the site based on what you are looking for. Sorry, no swimsuit pictures. The two-piece bikini doesn't fit like it did last summer. The following were the most popular searches for the last 30 days:
Count, Search Phrase, # Results
7 '' 0
6 '81 trans am' 72
6 'TransAms' 52
5 '1978' 11
5 'decals' 8
5 '79 trans am' 72
4 '1981 TransAms' 4
4 'harmonic balancer' 0
4 '10th anniversary' 3
3 '10 th anniversary' 54
3 '1979 trans am' 25
3 'MUSTANG' 6
3 'spoiler' 4
3 '301' 51
3 '1978 transam' 0
3 'rims' 1
3 'interior' 8
3 'clutch' 0
2 '403ci olds' 0
2 '1965 corvette' 0
If you don't find what you are looking for, try changing your criteria. For example there were no results for [1978 transam]. [1978 trans am] yields 11 total results, [78 trans am] yields 72 total results. Also check your spelling or word selection [rims] yields 1 page, [wheels] yields 51 pages, [wheel] yields 4 pages.
We also use Site Search results to learn popular new spellings. Sorry there were no results for "restordcars". This month's "searches not found" remind us that this is TEXAS TRANS AMS, not Texas '1965 corvette'.
Tee Shirts still coming soon.... and always will be.
TexasTransAms.com bumper sticker version 1.2 is available for $2.00 each, plus shipping and handling or FREE with orders over $100.00. Stickers are available with full white background or a clear background for windows.
David recently received a call from San Antonio, TX. (264 miles away) The caller saw the TexasTransAms.com bumper sticker on a car and checked out the web site.
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8. At the shop recently...
We shipped a set of re-machined 8-inch Snowflake wheels, freshly painted and clear coated, but the most unusual thing shipped recently was a pair of rear frame rails.
Todd's blue '78 T/A:: The driver's side lower quarter panel and the trunk drop off panel is finished and in primer. The structure under the floor pan has been cleaned and coated with POR15. The rear floor pan has been coated and welded in place.
Larry A.'s TA:: The new bushings are completed the roll cage is being installed.
Dano's TA:: Now that the body shell is painted the progress increases.
The frame rails are installed with new body bushings, the front and rear suspension and brake parts are coated with POR15. The axle and springs are installed with new bushings and new fuel and brake lines from Inline Tube.
Your friends at Texas Trans Ams
"Restoring Old Dreams"