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Michael Dalke's 1967 Firebird

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At the mention of “Irma” I still shudder :lol: . Good to hear something positive came out of that time! We got lucky here in Naples for the most part. It could have been a lot worse. 

Great deal it sounds like and awesome Bird!

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As lots of us hate to admit it I had just gotten married again (ugh) and my new wife and I got into a financial bind. I had a 1964 chevy step-side pickup. I had swapped the inline 6 with granny gear 4 speed for a hot 350, with a turbo 350, tilt wheel, 6 way power bucket seats both sides, and Ice chest type cooler console.. I  had to sell it to help with the situation.  My wife told me then that one day I would have my hot rod back... Approximately 5 years later we were able to start looking for me a car again... She found my 68 GTO Convertible on the internet in Destin, Fl.  It had been restored for this lady by her husband in 1983 and he had gotten killed in the military... She sold it to me in 1995, I think.  I was a nice auto then, but had some rust, a replaced used 400 with a 2 barrel carb. and was skipping.  Someone had ripped her husband off.. They were supposed to rebuild the one that was in it, so it would still be a matching #...I do hate to say it but I am glad she decided to sell it.. At the time I thought I almost stole it... I only gave $10,200 for it... Now I would almost get rid of my wife before I would get rid of my GOAT...

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Ted, great story and nice ride! Have fun and a good time getting Barry ready for the summer shows!

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Very cool find,  I have my cabin/huntin property in Lk City.  Did not put it together, but have seen your car in the 4th of July car show up there. :indian:

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On 2/4/2020 at 1:38 PM, Ted Feight said:

In 1967 I had a 1966 Pontiac Catalina Convertible, silver with a black top. I came home from working in Chicago for 3 months to find a draft notice to report the next day. I had to give the car back to the dealer, which was allowed in that day. After an all expense paid trip to the far east I came home and bought a 69 Camaro.  I wanted a 67 Vette, but was talked out of it. I finally bought the 67 Vette in 1984, but never found a 66 Catalina that I liked.

Then while traveling to see a client on M-55 I saw the nose of a Catalina sticking out of a small garage. After seeing the client in Lake City I stopped at the house with the Catalina Convertible and talked for hours with the owner.  He was an older man who did not get a lot of visitors. We talked about the car, his clocks, watches and life. I told him if he ever wanted to sell the car I would like first rights. I stopped and talked to him when I was going through from time to time.

Then last fall his daughter called and said her Father (Barry Snyder) had dies. Did I remember him. I told her yes and I was very sorry to hear he died. She said he left a note telling her that she should give me first chance to buy the car and he had set the price. I drove over that week and looked it over.  The price was fair, not high or low. So I came back the next week and picked it up. I named the car Barry.

From what I can tell it had set in the garage for the last 10 years.  Before that Barry basically loved taking it to shows. With the help of Frosty and a few of you on the forum I am making the car my own, by making a few needed changes. Hopefully, I will start showing the car in the early part of the summer. 

God Bless!

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I agree with 74Espirit, great story, but even better, you friended someone who clearly needed and appreciated it! That’s why he remembered you! That was truly a wonderful gift to to give him! That to me is the bigger story!

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Sean, thanks for sharing your great story! Welcome aboard and keep us updated on your progress! Keep the photos coming and enjoy restoring your Pontiac!

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Sean, this is a great story and a even better car. Also, as an owner of '72 Lemans Sport convertible, I'll be interested to see what you do to it. I'll be happy to give you advise along the way. I've owned my Lemans for 25 years now. I am not afraid to drive it cross country either. Other than hanging sheet meta, I've been there and done that.

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:welcomeFP:

Fantastic story about getting your LeMans. Congrats!

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