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   Texas Trans Am Service & Restoration Newsletter
     "Specializing in Service and Restoration of
         Second Generation Pontiac Firebirds"
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               Episode 19 - June/July 2004
 
In this Issue
1a. Alex's $500 '69 Trans Am
1b. Hi from Germany
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. There isnít a car guy out there who hasnít heard an urban legend or two about some unbelievably rare and ridiculously cheap muscle car.  The story should go something like this:  This guy died in a Ram Air 4 Judge convertible that was buried in a snow bank the stench from his rotting body was so bad that the car couldnít be sold and was given to a charity itís now being driven around Wichita Falls by a homeless family with no sense of smell.  Does the story usually have an air of truth to it? Of course.  But with every one of these stories there is one thing missing that could silence the detractors photos (Ed. Note: TXTA photographers are currently searching for the homeless people in the Judge convertible).  This story is different in a couple of key respects.  First, I have plenty of photos of the $500 í69 Trans Am, and the family driving around in it are in Waxahachie.

Enough joking around hereís the real story.  In early 1980 I was a 22 year-old sailor stationed on a ship in San Diego.  My buddies and I enjoyed drinking cheap beer while watching (female performance artists).  We soon realized that San Diego had a dearth of affordable entertainment like that, so we headed 20 miles south to Tijuana, Mexico.
 
Read the rest of Alex's story here:
 
1b.  Hi, I'm Michael from Germany. 
It's a very, very great site....I love it.  My dream car, for the past 10 years, has been a '79 Trans Am.  But in Germany I have not found it yet.  I'm a big, big Trans Am fan and I hope I can buy one in the next few years.  Your pictures of restorations are nice.
If I come to USA, I visit you in Texas...it would be a great honor for me!!!!
T/A-Fan:
Michael
 
Thanks for your letter Michael, all we can say is "kŁhl". 
 

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2. "The Privileges of Membership"
Welcome to new newsletter subscriber punch_z, who became our 506th member of the 26 new subscribers from June.  Newsletter subscribers get first notice on rare parts and new project cars.
 
- New Offering :: 1979 Mayan Red 403 automatic Trans Am project car with clean straight body.
 
- New Offering :: 1979 Red 403 Trans Am - Arrive and Drive.  This was Jerry J's old dream but now it's for sale.  Some minor service work was done at Texas Trans Ams, but not the paint or body.  It's the car we used for the Texas TA Muffler sounds and video. 
Please contact Jerry directly about this one at 972-386-9882.  Serious inquiries please.
 
- New Offering :: 1980 Silver 301 CID Formula.  Straight body panels, some surface rust.  Engine is partially disassembled.

- New Offering :: 1981 Autumn Maroon 265 CID Formula.  Really nice straight body, good primer job to start with, pretty nice black interior.  No structural or surface rust has been detected.
http://www.texastransams.com/projects/81maroon265fo.htm

1980 Formula originally White.  Straight body, no visible rust, amateur restoration started Needs engine and transmission.
 
1981 Trans Am originally Silver, in primer now. 301 T/A 4.9 (non turbo) Car is intact, including overflow bottle, brackets etc..
 
- Coming Soon 1977 Brown Trans Am, no engine, trans or hood. straight body - no rust.
 
- Coming Soon 1978 Black on Black Trans Am, 400, Automatic, runs.  Clean straight body.
 
If you are interested in one of these great project cars, call David at 817-563-2121
 
NEW PARTS CARS
'72 Firebird Esprit, good tail light panel, no rust - minor dents.  Good sub-frame.
'74 Buccaneer Red T/A lots of rust, sub-frame looks fine.
'79 black Trans Am, ripped quarter panel. Offering all or part.
'77 red T/A parts car 400, automatic transmission, all but carburetor and hood shaker.
'76 Yellow T/A, 400 block complete motor.
'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.
 
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/2004may_newsletter.htm
 
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3. New, re-production, and discontinued parts
 
Texas TA Mufflers
The catalytic converter on the Texas T/A parts-hauler Suburban wouldn't pass the sniff test.  So off we went to Mansfield Muffler and Gas for new pipes.  David brought along a 2 chamber TexasTAMuffler with 3 inch inlet and dual 2.5 inch outlet, Mansfield Muffler and Gas provided the new catalytic converter, pipe and rolled chrome tips.  This is a great way to get the "dual exhaust" look from a single cat. and muffler.  We think a family SUV should not sound like this.  That's just the way we like it.
We are an authorized distributor of Phoenix Graphics. 
Recently we took in a restoration refugee from Florida.  Among other things the decals were ruined.  Even Bryan from Phoenix Grafix concurs that someone soaked them in water first before taking the paper backing off.  These are not like the decals that come with model cars.  It's a little different process and at almost 16 square feet (2,304 square inches) of vinyl, a slightly different technique.
 
Original parts available:
AC Delco AM/FM 8 Track Tape player
6X 4 heads, street ported
Freshly rebuilt turbo for a 301 (a $600 to $700 service)
Call David at 817-563-2121 for prices.
 
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4. Show Room
The front show room was textured recently and is ready for paint.  Roy picked up 5 gallons of light gray misstint paint for the interior wall of the showroom.
Directions and map to the Texas Trans Am shop / showroom available here:
 
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5. Secure on-line ordering: 
 
Thanks to Wallace for prompting us; the Texas Trans Am Service retro shirts are available for ordering on the stuff section of the parts page.
 
http://www.TexasTAMufflers.com
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"
Blah Blah Blah...
 
Someone tipped us off to the new Muscle Car Topsites,
and it took 3 whole days to be ranked #1.  But it needs more listings.  It used to have great graphs that showed visitors by day, but it hasn't worked in weeks.
 
David's e-mail:
We fired AOL, so please address e-mails to david@texastransams.com.
 
Question of the month: Do you have any perfect dash pads for a second generation Firebird?
 
Answer: No. You won't find a perfect 24+ year old dash pad from a daily driver south of the Mason Dixon line.  One solution is to order a dash pad cover for $100 from us.
Another solution is to send your original off to Just Dashes to be completely reconditioned for a little over $700.
 
Runner up question: Do you have any perfect seats I can just bolt in?
 
Answer:  No.  However, we can recondition yours, or provide the seat frame.  We can also recover the seat frames with new vinyl covers or reproduction camel hobnail.
 
"Hey to everybody there at TexasTransAm this is Goose (Chris).  Yeah the trip down to Texas was alright but on the way back it was better.  I learned one thing, if a guy in a parking lot asks you for a screw driver always have the tool box buried under a bunch of stuff because there are a few crazy people in Texas.  Well just thought I would let you know that me and Kevin made it
back OK, but up on the turnpike in Kansas Kevin said he seen some pretty weird s***.  Later on, and have a blast working on cars."
 
Thanks Goose, see you in Joplin.  Editors note: When strangers ask if I have a screwdriver, I tell them that I would, if I could just find the orange juice.  Sometimes, I pretend to speak Norwegian.

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 'FRONT LOWER SPLASH PAN' 12
 5 'VIN' 5
 5 'engine' 118
 4 '10th anniversary' 8
 4 'doors' 28
 4 'door panels' 23
 4 't tops' 118
 4 'Camaros' 2
 4 'interior parts' 22
 3 'HOOD WITH FIREBIRD AND HOOD SCOOP' 41
 3 'fiberglass' 14
 3 '1974' 20
 3 '403 Trans Am' 110
 3 '1978' 38
 3 '70 trans am' 16
 3 'calculator' 7
 3 '78 trans am' 29
 3 't top' 118
 3 'FRONT LOWER SLASH FINDER' 0
 
This months searches not found include 'cannon ball', 'hovers', 'Firebire Decale', 'rear axel', 'FRONT LOWER SLASH' and reminds us that it's not Texas '1974 plymouth duster'.  Hmmm, Axel and Slash, together again.  Do we smell a Guns and Roses reunion? 
(P.S. Cannonball is one word.)
 
We also use Site Search results to learn popular new spellings like 'panle', 'carberators' and 'gran prix'. 
Remember if it's an absolute Firebird emergency, please e-mail us at david@texastransams.com or call us at 817-563-2121. 
 
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Black Retro T-shirt:
White Retro T-shirt:
Protect your noggin from the damaging rays of the sun with one of our lids, like the Special Edition cap Chrisha is wearing:
or the khaki cap Misty is wearing:
 
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8. At the Shop Recently ...
 
We are planning to have a booth Saturday July 10th at the POCI convention in Joplin MO.  See you there.
 
We are also headed to the 20th Annual Trans Am Nationals is coming up August 27-29, 2004 Hosted by the Trans Am Club of America Dayton, Ohio Chapter
 
Shipped Recently:
Chrome exhaust tips to Sweden
SHIPPED
 
Alex M's 1979 Formula 400/4 Speed -
The trunk pan has been repaired and returned to the
original contours.  The rear drive shaft hump has been
replaced. (You know, where the old drive shaft let
loose and smacked it.)
 
Dano's '79 T/A Special Edition TA - After the camel
paint was finished on the front cowl, we had the front
windshield installed.
 
Larry A's '71 Firebird - Now that the roll cage has
been finished and the door hinges rebuilt, the doors are installed and adjusted to fit the contour of the quarters.
 
1979 Black Trans Am in for collision remediation.  Car
delivered.  The last step was to clean up and repair
the power door locks.
 
Thanks for reading!