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Texas Trans Am Service & Restoration Newsletter
"Specializing in Service and Restoration of
Second Generation Pontiac Firebirds"
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"Horn Broken, Watch for Finger"
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November & December 2003

 
 
In this Issue
1a. Evonna's note
1b. Gary's trip to Trans Am Nationals
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?

In the World Championship Hide 'n Go Seek Tournament this round's winner is 0sama Bin Hidin' with the recent elimination of 5addam Hu55ein' from competition by US Forces.  0sama, you can come out now. 
 
1a. The following article was sent by Evonna R., a true Pontiac Chick we met at DAPAs PSN.  When I found out that her Black 1969 GTO that she was showing was a 4 speed, I asked if she ever got tired of all the shifting?  She confidently said "No, my other car is a WS6 6 Speed."  Following is more from one of our favorite Pontiac Women:

"I won first place at the Pontiac Southern Nationals this year in Dallas. Had lot's of fun. I also own a 2002 WS6 Pontiac Trans Am 6 Speed, and yes its my favorite color, red! I'm emailing you a picture of it, thought you might want to post it on your website. I love Pontiac's, my husband Eddie is the one that turned me on to muscle cars. He is truly a Pontiac Enthusiast, in every sense of the word. He has six GTO's of his own and several other old cars, and yes he has owned several Trans Ams in his time. We both enjoy going to shows and swap meets. Of course we have more fun driving them than anything else. Just show us a back road and we're gone!  Just wanted to say thanks for the experience. Yall's website is really taking off, hope more women join in. Thanks again," - Evonna R.
http://www.pontiacchick.com/

1b. Gary's trip to the Trans Am Nationals:
Our Webmechanic and Newsletter Editor drove to Dayton, OH with a car full of Texas TA Mufflers, Texas Trans Am Service and PontiacChick T-shirts.  Just to take pictures of old cars and to show off our low-profile muffler.  "On my drive to Ohio I rekindled my zealous appreciation for the quality and variety of radio station offerings in the DFW "Metroplex" while in rural Arkansas.  I assure you the best station I could find featured some promising intern reading the community calendar and sports page from the local newspaper.  That would pale in comparison to the bizarre audible "trail mix" I would experience on my return drive through Kentucky.  The radio station signal oscillated between NPR's 'A Prairie H0me C0mpanion' and 'The H0ward St*rn Show', after which the news from Lake Woebeg0ne will never have the same innocent nostalgia.  I was also reminded that the area considered 'fly-over' country by "coasties" is truly BEAUTIFUL, and I finally realized why a particular return route was suggested by Alex M. and it will be known as the distillery detour.  Thanks again to the Manzs' our gracious hosts in Columbus.  I don't usually eat 3 ears of corn in one sitting." 
 
We saw our friend Paul W. from Lewisville, TX, Lee F. from Kentucky, "Big Orange" from West Virginia (We missed you at Tipp City but we still have a tee-shirt for you.), and met our arch nemesis in Firebird recycling from "Hogs Head Racing" Brian and Joe, some of the nicest guys around. 
 
The most rare car that caught my eye at the show: a tie between a convertible 1979 Special Edition, said to be one of 2 done be the same designer and one of 20 know to have been done in '79, and a yellow 1974 455 Super Duty formula with a white vinyl top.  Both of these cars are pictured along with David's trip article here.
 
See if you can spot David, Alex and Gary talking to the owner of the 1979 Special Edition Convertible on Hogs Head Racing's Tipp City coverage page.
 
Due to no response whatsoever from last month's mathematical word problem to help calculate your vehicle's top speed with given rear axle ratios it is now available in Java Script in the Articles section of TexasTransAms.com
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2. "The Privileges of Membership"
Welcome to new member #378 "buickregalgn"
And now for a Christmas card and gift to you, loyal subscriber, from your friends at Texas Trans Ams.com!
 
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And now your gift, the recipe for Firebird Betty’s Double Layer Pumpkin Pie.
 
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk or half-and-half
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1 / 2 cups thawed whipped topping
1 graham cracker pie crust (6oz.)
 
1 cup cold milk or half-and-half
2 packages (4 serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin
1 3 / 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
 
SOFTEN cream cheese in microwave on High 15 to 20 seconds.
 
BEAT cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and sugar in large bowl with wire wisk until smooth.  Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread on bottom of crust.
 
POUR 1 cup milk into bowl.  Add pudding mix.  Beat with wire whisk until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes (mixture will be thick.)  Stir in Pumpkin, 4 ounces of cream cheese and spice with wire wisk; mix well.  Spread over cream cheese layer. 
 
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until set.  Garnish with almonds, pecans or shelled pumpkin seeds as desired.  
 
We thought about making Firebird Betty’s Double Layer Pumpkin Pie in a '1967 Le Mans hubcap in authentic TexasTransAm style but we couldn't find it.  As David says there's only two ways something leaves the shop, either he sells it or we open up the overhead doors and the wind blows it out.
 
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Newsletter subscribers get first notice on rare parts and new Project Cars.
 
- NEW OFFERING :: 1979 White 403 Trans Am with gold decals and Camel interior.  Great dash board, no visible rust!  Power windows and door locks.  Strong Olds 403 with headers and dual exhaust.  Runs and drives!  Transmission was serviced recently and carries a service warranty.  Call David about adoption.  79white403ta80
 
- 1979 Y84 Black Special Edition runs and drives, 403 automatic.
Canadian car: Speedometer reads Kilometers Per Hour and no Air Conditioning.  79bla403ta015
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/79bla403ta015.htm
 
- 1980 Brown Formula Runs and drives great, Fisher T-Tops, 15 x 7 Snowflake wheels.  Pontiac 301 engine with 4-barrel carburetor, Under 100,000 original miles, Paint and decals available
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/80pr301fo10.htm
 
- 1979 Black Trans Am with a '78 nose.  403 Automatic.
It has some rust spots in floor, decent quarter panels.
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/79bla403ta013.htm
 
- 1979 Blue Trans Am with Hurst T-Tops - No Engine
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/79blu000ta014.htm
 
- 1977 Firebird black with yellow flames and snorkel.
STILL AVAILABLE
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. 
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/77bla000fb58.htm
 
- 1981 Firebird V6 parts car - No doors.
 
If you are interested in one of these great project cars, call David at 817-563-2121
 
NEW PARTS CARS
- 1975 Buccaneer Red T/A, Great Hood, 400 block complete motor.
- 1976 Yellow T/A, 400 block complete motor.
- 1975 Burgundy T/A.
- 1980 White Turbo T/A, 301 Turbo with 4 wheel disk brakes, 308-positrac rear end with brake booster, master cylinder and proportioning valve.
- 1966 Ford Pickup, reasonably straight, big block, with A/C.
 
The previous newsletter can be found in the articles and news section, but only upon the sporadic mailing of the following edition.  As a subscriber, you get the cars, parts and "scoop" 4 weeks (approximately) before anyone else.
http://www.texastransams.com/articles/2003october_newsletter.htm
 
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3. New, re-production, and discontinued parts
New Reproduction Air Conditioning Hoses for Second Gen Firebirds
Recently due to the growing popularity of Firebird restoration and repair Old Air Products of Fort Worth, manufacturer of AC Hoses for vintage cars from antique restorations to custom street rods, set out to complete their offering for second generation Firebirds.  If you were looking for the most complete collection of second-generation firebird parts for patterns where would you go?  Probably the same place Old Air Products did, Texas Trans Am Service and Restoration.  Representatives of the company came to visit several months ago to get 4 AC Hose patterns for mid 70s to 1981 models, and now the products are available to our customers.  Call David with Firebird year model and engine size for specific part number.
Red and Black Recaro Seats
2 NOS Honeycomb Wheels - pictures coming soon...
 
If you don't know about the 1, 2 and 3 chamber Hi Performance / Low Profile TexasTAMufflers by now you must have been playing Hide 'n Go Seek too. Please check out the site:
 
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4. Show Room
We are making more progress sheet rocking the walls and installing overhead lights.  The industrial sink was moved out of the bathroom into the shop.  Cabinets are being arranged for a bar in the break room and another sink.  Currently there is no truth to the rumor that we will be opening a "Firebird Betty's" cafe in response to some F0RD dealerships that feature a "Mustang Sally's", at least not until we have a kitchen sink.  But if we did you might find something like the pie listed above.
 
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5. Secure on-line ordering: We are gradually adding standard items for sale like the mufflers on our
http://www.TexasTAMufflers.com
site and
http://www.PontiacChick.com
More secure ordering coming soon on the Parts and Stuff page.
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
We at TexasTransAms.com believe that the recent attention focused on Mich@el Ja@ckson was just a vast media conspiracy to draw attention from the fact that www.Top100MuscleCarSites.com has shown us tied with stillruns.com both with 65535 votes for the past month.  We sure wish someone would e-mail Wes about this. wes@wedirect.com

David's e-mail
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 a Firebird emergency give us a call at 817-563-2121.  Due to e-mail virus we don't open e-mail attachments, unless we are expecting the attached file, and know it's purpose ahead of time. 
 
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.  The following were the most popular searches for the last 30 days:
 
Count, Search Phrase, # Results
8 'new trans ams' 89
7 'Camaro Pictures' 3
6 'spoilers' 83
5 '1975 trans am' 12
4 'engines' 91
4 '1977 trans am' 22
3 'trans am suspension' 82
3 'bumpers' 16
3 '1974' 14
3 'electrical' 2
3 'transamricing' 0
3 'grills' 5
3 '1976 trans am' 7
3 '70 trans am' 12
3 'MUFFLERS' 14
3 '1970 trans am' 11
3 '1980 trans am turbo' 10
3 'rear end' 13
3 'camaro' 8
 
If you don't find what you are looking for, try changing your criteria.  For example if you search for:
'1978 transam' there are no results,
'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, [weel] yields no results.
 
We also use Site Search results to learn popular new spellings.  Sorry there were no results for '800 horse power pontiac 455', 'jug', 'weel spoilers' (wheel?  Paul, is that you?), t-shirts', 'Teaxs (Texas?) Trans am.com' all of which we CAN provide for you, except for the 800 horse power 455, for that you might want to try Jim Butler.  e-mail us at david@texastransams.com or call us at 817-563-2121.  This month's "searches not found" remind us that this is TEXAS TRANS AMS, not Texas 'ford musting'. 
 
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7. Shirts and Stuff - All make great Stocking Stuffers!
New heather gray PontiacChick spaghetti strap t-shirt with red piping, coming soon a baseball under-shirt style with red cap sleeves.
 
 
Shop Shirts are available with our exclusive firebird logo embroidery above the left shirt pocket.
http://www.texastransams.com/images/stuff/txta_shop_shirt_blue.jpg
http://www.texastransams.com/parts/parts.htm#stuff
 
PontiacChick.com tank tops with the firebird logo.  http://www.texastransams.com/pontiacchick/images/stuff/tank_top640.jpg
 
Check out our friends at PontiacChick.com, these women love their Pontiacs!
We would love to have more articles from our female readers about why the love their Pontiacs old and new, even restoration, modification and racing stories.  This hobby is for everyone.  Please post related notes in the Message/Forum section of PontiacChick.com:
http://www.pontiacchick.com
Send picture attachments to webmaster@pontiacchick.com
 
TexasTransAms.com bumper sticker version 1.3 is in stock and available for $2.00 each, plus shipping and handling.  They will be available with full white background.
http://www.texastransams.com/images/banner-txta-1-2.gif
 
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8. At the Shop Recently ...
 
David painted and installed a full dashboard cover with the correct dark gray for a '80 Pace Car T/A.  We shipped out the last '74 splash pan from the batch to Oregon, and a Texas Trans Am Service Tee Shirt to Canada.  Remember Our shirts and hats make great gifts to folks that can't drive their "Old Dream" while they're working on them.
 
'67 Camaro Un-Tubbed - First the back story: A previous owner had the bottom back half of the car cut out and drag racing "tub" wheel wells installed.  Once the decision was made to try to return the car to "stock" condition the "tub" wells were cut out and the car was lowered down on the unsupported spring perches.  When the weight of the car was transferred to the spring perches the rear quarter panels folded up around the rear wheels.  After several "professional" opinions the car was brought to David to complete the Un-Tubbing process.
Now the current progress: The back half from the donor firebird has been welded into place to ensure proper alignment of the rear frame rails and now the trunk pan has been cut from the donor section and replaced with an aftermarket trunk pan.  The package tray and tail light panel support have been welded into place and is being worked out.  Soon the rear floor pans of the donor section will be cut out and replaced with new aftermarket pans.
Dano '79 T/A Special Edition TA - Back on the ground.  Clips, clamps, hoses and wires continue to be hung on the firewall and engine like ornaments on a Christmas tree.  The radiator and gas tank have returned from the radiator repair shop.  The radiator support has been sandblasted but needs some more work before painting.
 
Larry S's '79 T/A - The decals are installed.  The shaker scoop and nose are painted and installed including the front bumper call-out and NOS red arrowhead emblem.  All four corner marker light bezels have been painted and installed with NEW corner marker light lenses.  Just a reminder that we warned you last month about this color combination.  Also check out the time lapse movie we made to sum up the 6 hours of activities. 
NOTE :: If you buy a new nose for a '79 - '81, test fit it first before painting, because this one had to be reshaped at the top corners by shaving off up to 3/16 inch of urethane on each side.
 
Larry A's '71 T/A - Roll cage and interior details being worked out.
 
Kerry's '79 SE T/A - We're having the instrument bezel re-tinted gold and just got back the custom Recaro "Daily Driver" seats covered in Camel and Hobnail.  You're not going to believe these seats.
Since the 4 speed cratered recently, Kerry replaced it with a different unit.  This tighter unit brings to light a bottoming out problem with hard second gear shifts.  
 
J-Walk's '79 SE - Headlights on a 403.  All the accessory lights on this car are wired to the fuse block on the 403, except for the headlights which were wired to the starter.  The re-built carburetor was installed, but didn't idle properly due to broken vacuum lines to the pre-heater coil.  David fabricated new vacuum lines from new tubing and fastened them into place.  Now this Olds Rocket starts on the first try, and with the TexasTAMufflers, purrs like a TIGER.
 
57 GMC Panel Wagon (with firebird from frame rails for power steering) - Body has been soda blasted and primed with Rust Bullet and ready for a date with David and his Mig Welder to replace rusted panels.
 
By year end we hope to have Larry S' and the "Camaro Un-Tubbed" ready for delivery in order to bring in the next two restorations on the list.  Currently there are three full restoration projects on the pre-paid slot on the waiting list. Alex's Mayan Red '79 Formula, the Colorado couple's '79 Special Edition T/A.
 
Your friends at Texas Trans Ams
817-563-2121
david@texastransams.com
transams@flash.net
webmechanic@texastransams.com
 
COMING SOON!!!!
High School memories of a Pontiac Chick.