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Michael Dalke's 1967 Firebird

2020 March
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stratman

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  1. Beautiful Bonnie! Looking at the options I can see, it has to be a rare beast... convertible, 421 tri-power, 4 speed, eight lug wheels, tach, vacuum gauge, power windows, arguably the best color combination.
  2. Thank you and keep up the good work Ringo! Looking forward to the next ten years buddy!
  3. Thanks guys. I am so blessed to have such good friends, even ones I have never met like you all.
  4. I had many highs and lows in the 2010s with Pontiac and life. Here they are in chronological order... September 2013: Took delivery of the greatest car I have ever or will ever own... A fully restored, documented numbers matching, triple black, 400 HO, 4-speed 1968 GTO. Named her Black Betty that day! Her she is as she arrived that glorious day... August 2014: Black Betty won many trophies at local car shows and cruise-ins, but the proudest moment came at the 2014 Susquehanna GTO's All Pontiac Show in Landisville PA. If I remember right, there were close to 200 Pontiacs. Black Betty was class "D" 1964 - 1974 Stock GTO... there were 17 beautiful restored GTOs from many east coast states in the class. Black Betty won Best In Class! 2015 and 2016 were horrible. My dear wife Nancy was diagnosed with stage three cancer in March 2015 and passed in July 2016. Had to sell Black Betty to keep up with the bills. As much as we love our Pontiacs, they are just metal and rubber and pale in comparison when your wife of 38 years is dying of cancer. I sold it with no regrets. July 2019: I returned to the Pontiac fold when I purchased a black 1981 4- speed Trans Am (after swearing I would NEVER buy another black car, lol!). Named her Raven . October 2019: I went to the biggest car show (just short of 800 cars) in WV. It is in Charleston WV and they biock off one of the main drags for over a mile and the cars park on both sides of the street. I got to finally meet Frosty and he set me up with a primo parking spot as he is one of the grand poobahs of this event. Spent three days there, got a free detail from one of the venders. I look forward to going again this year.
  5. Thanks for not ratting me out Frosty, but it is hard to ignore so I needed to confess, lol! I keep the registration sticker from Charleston because it reminds me of the great time I had that weekend. Hard to predict the future, but I definitely want to go again next year.
  6. It was sunny and in the 50s today, so I unwrapped Raven and went for a drive after she sat in the barn for a month. In the video you will see I have lost a wing off the bird on the driver's side sail panel. Worst of all, you will see a bad scratch on the passenger's side door. I have only my idiot self to blame for that.
  7. Many here know the reason I had to sell my '68 GTO four years ago and had been without a Pontiac until this year. I am so grateful to be a part of this calendar with these eleven other magnificent Pontiacs. Thank you to all who entered and voted, A special thank you to Ringo who put in all the hard work to make this possible... The annual calendar voting seems to get better every year , thanks buddy!
  8. Ok, good. How are those cars getting votes when they are not there?
  9. I’m not seeing the entries in #3 Which Pontiac. Did I miss something?
  10. What a beautiful Firebird you have! What color is it? In the pictures it looks black, dark blue, and the last picture it appears to be verdoro green.
  11. I would really like that. Hopefully the stars will align and I can come out there for the dream cruise next year.
  12. I have been here on Forever Pontiac for eight years, I have made many friends here, but have never met any in person. That finally changed this past weekend when I met Frosty. He is a wonderful guy and made sure I picked the right hotel and arraigned for a reserved parking spot on the show line. It was a fabulous weekend, I want to do it again next year. I tried to get a picture to show how big this show is, but you would need a drone or a helicopter to do that. This picture is the best I could do, but it shows just a portion of the show. Here is my Trans Am, Raven, surrounded by Camaros, parked on the show line. Croftgate USA, one of the vendors, they make detailing products, picked Raven for a free detail! They sold a lot of product while they were detailing Raven (should have gotten a commission or at least free product, lol). She never looked better, but alas, it only lasted one day as it rained the whole way home Sunday (five and a half hours). Oh well... Here is a slide show of the pictures I took. They are in no particular order except I put the Pontiac pictures first. I find it best to pause the slideshow and click through the pictures manually using the right arrow on the right hand side of the screen. If you use the automatic slide show mode, it tends to skip pictures no matter what speed you choose. http://s931.photobucket.com/user/us_strat/slideshow/2019 Charleston
  13. So glad to finally meet you Frosty! I had been threatening to go to this show for many years now and I am so glad I went. If at all possible I WILL be back next year. I am still working on my pictures and will post them when I am done. Hell of a show, so much fun!
  14. I detailed my T/A this past weekend and I got new plates.
  15. So glad you are keeping the Quad 4 HO torch burning! Such a great engine, I loved my '93 Grand Am GT with that motor. I'm sure finding parts is a PITA, but God bless you, I don't think there are many folks out there restoring these wonderful cars. By all means, keep us up to date.
  16. I wish they would have made the corvette a two car line-up by continuing to build the C7 along with the new C8. I admit that I don't know anything abput manufacturing costs, but GM already had the tooling for the C7 and wouldn't think any of it would able to be used on the C8, so they would have to have created all new tooling. I would assume you would have to open a whole new production line, however... they couldn't both be built on the same line. I'm going to wait till I see a C8 in the flesh before I decide on the styling. Right now I'm leaning to the "slightly disappointed" side. I do believe GM will keep the base price within a couple of grand of the current C7 base. They know this is a big deal and would not want all the negative press that would come their way with a base price a lot higher than a C7.
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