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91Firebird

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  1. Ed Kozinski-1994 25th Anniversary Trans-Also the Pace Car for the 35th Daytona 500. All original with 19,500 and 1 0f 89 with the 6-speed Manual+T-Tops and CD Player.
  2. For awhile, it was 2 FREE oil changes. Now for 2019, it is NOTHING with the purchase of your NEW vehicle. In ANY business, you always are thinking about HOW can I get CUSTOMERS INTO my store. Whether it is get a FREE anything or whatever, the idea was always to get you thru the door. In the case for offering FREE oil changes, when the car is on the lift, now is the time to CHECK for TIRE WEAR/ ALIGNMENT/ BATTERY/ WIPERS/ CABIN FILTER/ CHECK ENGINE LIGHT/ ETC. Get the picture. It is really STUPID to ignore pushing your customers into a MIDAS i.e., where they get you for EVERY little extra cost NOT included in the regular oil change price, such as the dispose of used oil/ shop towels/ high mileage oil and synthetic oil. 😠
  3. My 1994 25th Anniversary Trans Am GT/ 35th Daytona 500 Pace Car also. This is 1 of 89 ( out of 2,000 produced) with a 6-Speed Manual/ CD Player and T-Tops
  4. Glad to be of help. You should bring that Road & Track Issue to your bodyshop and ask them if they are aware of the paint process. You want to show them YOU know what is involved in getting your FORMULA DONE RIGHT. If you can, take pictures of the work. The prep work is where ALL the extra effort to make it look like it just left the factory will show up. Make sure as much of the moldings are removed. If any rubber moldings show signs of DRY ROT, get new ones from Classic Industries. I can't spend your money for you, just my knowledge of Paint Management and what works after 30 years of DETAILING High End cars and my own SHOWCARS. LOL, ED
  5. Two-Lane Black Top, I just found 5 ISSUES of the Road & Track 1993 magazine Guide to the all NEW PONTIAC FIREBIRD on eBay. If your interested in leaning ANYTHING About your Formula, this brochure will show you a LOT of information, which would still pertain to your problem NOW.
  6. Thanks for the positive comments. You have a very RARE Bird and if your looking to keep it for MANY years to come, don't cut corners. You'll need to get an issue from eBay called ROAD & TRACK GUIDE TO THE ALL-NEW 1993 PONTIAC FIREBIRD. It was a special issue filled with 80 pages to showing how GM changed 90% of the 4th Gen Firebirds. In the TECHNICAL ANALYSIS section, you will get a DETAILED explanation of why they used different plastic materials vs steel and why it's VERY important to use the correct (an expensive) paint mixtures. I don't pretend to be an expert on this procedure, BUT I try to surround myself with professional people in this business. You can read up on the correct way to make it look factory fresh, there are NO shortcuts. If you don't get the right answers from the body shop owners, then move on. Hope I've been a help, because I've been there, DONE THAT. Just my humble 2 cents and I owned my own detailing business for over 30 years, so hit me up IF you have any more questions. ED
  7. Right now the condition of the FACTORY paint, makes the ENTIRE Formula look like it has been neglected for a LONG time and takes the resale value down the drain. The fact that the paint is peeling all over the car, means you can't just paint over the ORIGINAL finish, because it will just flake off again. The ENTIRE finish has to be removed. Also, you need a Quality Bodyshop that has worked on these cars before. There are several DIFFERENT PAINT mixtures that need to be applied SEPARATELY! The doors, the front fenders and the front and rear bumpers are made with a different material than steel. The surface qualities of the different materials using a technique known as Distinctiveness of Image, which compares the clarity of the reflection or the visual depth of the paint. WHEW, that's a lot to understand, but the bottom line is that you cannot just pick up a paint gun and shoot the entire car. ALL of this is EXPENSIVE, but if you want your Bird to look BRAND NEW, it's gonna take time and $$$$$Money.
  8. This is my 1994 25th Anniversary Trans Am GT. There was only 2,000 produced and this is 1 of only 91 with all the factory options including a HURST 6-Speed Manual.. It has 19,750 miles in original showroom condition. These models also had the honor of being the Pace Car for the 35th Daytona 500.
  9. Looking forward to some NEW RULE changes on the 2018 issue. I think having a separate GTO voting class will help getting some different Pontiacs into the mix, without the same GTO's always in. There are some awesome Goats in here, but it usually always kicks ANY other models out in whatever class they are entered in. Just my 2 cents. Also I think that the quality of the photos should be considered, as many members just don't take the time to figure out a really good background in their photo.
  10. Just wondering, why some of the photos were able to be enlarged BEFORE the vote and now they cannot be enlarged. It makes for a MUCH nicer picture when you look at them.
  11. Here is my 1991 Original Survivor FORMULA 350. It is 1 of only 1,197 with the L98 350 High Performance Option plus rare SLP equipment . This photo was also a POTM winner! Click on the picture for a larger image. Thanks
  12. Congrats on the win. I have a framed 8" x 10" picture of my favorite GTO. I bought it new in 1967 and it was a Bright Red with a White vinyl top and a White bucket seat Interior. The wheels were the Rally II and it had the 360 H.O. motor with a 4 speed and 3:90 posi rear. If anybody can remember these tires, they were made by Elimanator and had a Red and a White stripe sidewall. These where street tires, but with a super soft compound and lasted about 10,000 miles (due to LOTS of burnouts). Throw in the wood steering wheel and shifter plus P/S and Brakes, a Reverb rear speaker with an AM radio (there were about 7 stations playing Rock and Roll). Of course back then, it stayed STOCK for about 1 week before headers were added with the Qjet reworked along with the distrubter and a Competition cam.
  13. Congrats to a hard to find good looking RARE Tempest ! It is sad though, that only 2-3 cars take the time to enter this contest. There MUST be a decent amount of owners who love their PONTIAC and would like to show it off. Sadly I see less that still want to show their Firebirds and G6's-Bonnevilles-Grand Am's etc., at car shows. Really nice examples of the brand are out there, but where is the enthusiam to show what a fantastic brand this once was. Just look at the other side of the coin, and go to a show and look at all the Camaros and Chevy products that are on display. I get a ton of people that come up to my 3rd Gen and say "I remember these models, but they have all dissapeared the last several years".
  14. Thanks very much to all who voted. My Formula sits in the garage from November until the salt and snow clears, and with the UNREAL amount of COLD weather and snow we have had here in Central, New Jersey (with single degree temps still here) looking forward to getting out of the cabin fever and back into show circuit. It's also good to see that the 3rd Gen models are finally coming up in value as there are not many left that haven't been destroyed or left to rot somewhere. I go to car shows now and find out that I am the only 3rd Gen there. So if you have a decent Bird, start to bring it back to looking good and enjoy the people that say "Hey, I had one of those, but you don't see them on the road anymore".
  15. This is my 1991 Firebird Formula 350 showcar. It is loaded with all the SLP options and has the L98 350 motor. There were only 1,197 of these made in 1991.
  16. Congrats to all the Winners, really great cars. Plus a special thanks to ALL the 40 members who took the time to vote on this years Calender!
  17. 91Firebird

    1991 FORMULA 350

    This Formula is only 1,197 made with the L98 350 Performance Option. Also the Black Trans Am wheels were a NO COST option in 1991-92. I have all the SLP upgrades that were offered by the Dealers in 1991. This Bird has been a Showcar for the last 15 years, and these 3rd Gens are finally starting to go up in value since most of the really nice ones are few and far between.
  18. This is my 1991 Firebird Formula Showcar with the L98 350 Option of which only 1,197 were built. HPP magazine did a 6 page article on it back in October, 2012. It is loaded with all the SLP options that were offered and also runs in the 1/4 mile (best of 13.79 @ 100 mph). This car was also voted POTM in the last of that series. It still has the original finish Bright Red Code 81. It now has have 61,000 miles.
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