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stratman

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  1. 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.
  2. Great pictures and video Frosty!...and a lot of really nice Pontiacs! Got no ideas about your overheating, but I thank God you didn't get burned buddy!
  3. Thanks for the encouragement Indian! The gold SE stripes are definitely in the future for sure.
  4. Dang! I will be at Topsail Beach NC next weekend! Maybe I can make it to your event in Charleston this year.
  5. No name yet... the working name is "Junior" as in "Black Betty Jr", lol! I'll need another week or so to discover her name. The engine compartment, even with that dang Chevy 305, REALLY sold me on this baby. It is super clean and tidy, and yes, there is a LOT of bling there. I don't know what upgrades may be going on internally, but externally it has an Edelbrock manifold and carb, headers, dual (guessing here haven't measured) 2.5" exhaust with "H" pipe, aftermarket alt and distributor. It has four wheel disc brakes that about put me through the windshield the first few times I used them, lol! It has flowmaster or Magnaflow mufflers and it sounds fantastic! Everything is tight... not loosey goosey like the Vette. The Vette was quicker, but Junior is no slouch and is most definitely putting out more than the paltry 150hp stock 1981 305. Money, or lack thereof, was the reason the Vette had to go. I was not looking for a car, but I saw Junior in a classic car dealer lot last Sunday and that was it. I looked her over real good and could find only a few tiny very minor things. It was a fair price and I knew it would not be there long with all the interest in "Bandit" Trans Ams these days, Monday I went to the bank, Tuesday it was mine! I haggled with the dealer for a good half hour to 45 minutes, I think he knew I wasn't going to leave without Junior. He really low balled me on the Vette right out of the box, but eventually I got more out of him, not as much as I would have liked, and he came down on the price of Junior. In the end, I was ok with the deal, the difference was about $2K more than I had guessed I was going to spend. I can't tell you how super happy I am! So glad to have a classic Pontiac again. I have not truly fully recovered from my wife's passing three years ago, but this is the best I have felt in a REALLY long time.
  6. Traded in my Vette today for this 1981 Trans Am! The good news is it is a four speed!...The bad news is that in 1981, if you wanted a four speed, the ONLY engine available was the 305 Chevy. The engine puts out more hp than stock, it has been dressed up nicely, and it is numbers matching to the car. The car needs nothing, but I may add the gold special edition (Bandit) stripes in the future. Missed you guys...
  7. Red Rocket lookin' real good there, Rick! Looks like it was a great show with a lot of nice Pontiacs.
  8. I am totally blown away! That is a lot of work (very skilled work!) to get done by one person in such a short period of time. You are incredible and I look forward to every new video installment.
  9. Those are three of my favorites to hear during Christmas time, Frosty. I enjoy a good cover also...
  10. Nice return to the Christmas of ‘64... Thanks Slipjoint!
  11. My You are probably regretting asking our opinions on what wheels to get, but I'm just sure you have been anxiously waiting to hear what I think, lol! I took this picture probably 4 or 5 years ago at a Pontiac show. I wish I had taken a picture that shows the wheels better, but they are 17" or 18" interpretation of the Honeycomb wheel. Being an old fart (Get off my lawn!), I'm afraid I like the old school rims. I'm a big fan of Rally II's (with no trim rings) and ARE 200s "Daisy" wheels. But seriously, don't listen to us, you know best what will look good on Lucy.
  12. Thanks for posting those links, Frosty. If I was up there, I would definitely take some or all of those circle tours.
  13. I'm so sorry for the loss of your father, Frosty. That is a very nice tribute picture. So that's what the sunrise looks like at the beach.... I've never seen that before because that requires you to be on the beach before noon, lol! 😜 Great pictures, btw.
  14. I was going to ask you how the colors were in Michigan this year. Is there a "go to" place in MI for fall colors?
  15. Pictures #4 Some miscellaneous pictures from this summer of the bird feeder, Jonesy the cat, and my grandson Zach.
  16. Pictures #3 Some pictures I took of the moon over the ocean at the outer banks of NC this summer.
  17. Pictures #2 Some night pictures on the farm
  18. Pictures #1 A couple of pictures I took in WV Saturday 11/3/2018. The colors were not so good this year, I guess because of all the rain we have had this summer and fall.
  19. I am so sorry about your wife's father. I can only imagine how he will feel when you take him for a ride in his old Trans Am. I'm sure you have googled the '69 TA, but in case you haven't, I came across the web page with a lot of '69 TA info: http://www.classicalpontiac.com/members/2/4.html BTW,
  20. Think about adding the Skyline Drive to your trip... I'm about 15 miles from miles from the start of the Skyline Drive. The end of the Skyline drive is the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. So to get the full fairyland cruise, you would start at the beginning of the Skyline Drive in Front Royal VA, continue on the Skyline Drive till it crosses over I-64 at the top of Afton Mountain, at which point it becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the end in NC. The Skyline Drive is 105 miles, the speed limit is 35mph, it will add three to four hours to your trip but well worth it. If you were thinking about this year when the leaves change, they might not be too good this year due to all the rain we've had this spring, summer, and into the fall. Normally, about this time of year, we start to get some color. However, everything is still green and I'm afraid they're going to go from green to brown with not much color in between. It would be my pleasure to meet you.
  21. Meh...it's ok. One big turnoff-The brother that runs the shop that works on original Trans Ams said he was a stickler for originality, but he swapped out the Pontiac 400 for an LS motor in the '78 they were restoring.
  22. Nice pictures, Frosty... Thanks for posting! Maybe I'll make it there one year.
  23. Thank you for the kind words, Last Indian.
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