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General Discussion / Color Code on Engine
« Last post by may2021 on April 22, 2021, 11:39:57 AM »
I was wondering what this is for on my ‘87 Trans Am could anyone give me a clue to what it’s meant for.

Caleb Bark
General Discussion / No spark
« Last post by may2021 on April 22, 2021, 11:35:47 AM »
I am working on a no spark for days. I cannot find a direct answer to if a stand alone ignition coil mounting bracket needs a ground to operate? And does the ignition module need a good contact to distributor plate for ground? I do have new heat sink on back of the module but one of the module mounting bolts broke. I will fix this once i fix my no spark. Currently its pretty secure by one bolt and distributor cap.

Thanks a lot in advance. I have an ‘89 with a 305 tpi.

Daniel Smithengell
Wanted / Evaporative Emission System (EECS) Parts
« Last post by firebirdclub on April 17, 2021, 07:52:42 PM »
Parts for the Evaporative Emission System (EECS) on a 1987 Trans Am with 5 liter engine: vapor canister including the purge valve &  solenoid and the fuel tank pressure control valve. Jonathan at 860-424-6908 or
Cars for sale / 1994 Trans Am 25th Anniversary
« Last post by firebirdclub on April 16, 2021, 01:02:37 PM »
1994 Trans Am 25th Anniversary. Rare 6 speed manual, T-Tops, loaded, 14K mi, much doc, PMD letter stipulating 1 of 140 made. Window sticker, 2006 appraisal 2 HP Pontiac mags featuring, ad reprints owners kit etc $26,000. Cell 614-519-4805, landline 512-752-3032. Lampasas, TX.
Wanted / 1970 or 1971 Lucerne blue 4 speed Trans Am
« Last post by firebirdclub on March 29, 2021, 10:20:01 AM »
Wanted 1970 or 1971 Lucerne blue 4 speed Trans Am, all matching numbers drivetrain. High quality restoration only. Prefer ram air 3 or 455 on ‘71. Please serious sellers only. Vehicle is for my own personal use. Thank you. Joe at 818-383-2333.
Cars for sale / 1976 Trans Am
« Last post by firebirdclub on March 16, 2021, 01:53:29 PM »
1976 Pontiac Trans Am, 427, automatic trans, T-Tops, good condition, needs a little work, serious inquiries only, $12,995.00, IL
News and Announcements / Rick McLauglin Scam Update
« Last post by firebirdclub on March 07, 2021, 11:45:45 AM »
Rick McLaughlin / McLaughlin Trans Am Museum / McLaughlin Motor Cars Scam update

There is a lot happening with the Rick McLaughlin Scam and I am asking for some more final bits of information.

A new investigation has gotten underway which is chronicling years of title fraud between Ohio and other states. I am asking anyone who has a car purchased from scamming Rick McLaughlin to send me their info and I will forward to the Ohio Attorney General. As we know Ricks’ s Trans Am Museum is a shell company with all money being funneled through McLaughlin Motor Cars. That has ended but the state wants a list of any cars purchased from Rick. most likely you will find that there is still an active title under McLaughlin Motors… and guess what … illegal!

We are coming to the end so anyone, even those who have civil suits against Rick please contact Detective Hart and Tracey Chapman. There is a little time left for those who where scammed to be made whole.

Recap for those joining the conversation late: 1 year ago, I purchased a 1989 Trans Am Turbo from Rick McLaughlin, after a lengthy battle my car arrived minus ownership papers and keys. I waited and begged Rick McLaughlin for the items and finally an envelope arrived with a forged MSO and other documents… During that time the West Virginia police and owner had contacted me, informing me Rick McLaughlin had stolen the car and my 50K dollars! Since then thanks to the online community we have located many other victims of Ricks scams including suspected insurance fraud, title fraud and grand theft auto and a host of other federal crimes.
Recently 3 people have been able to retrieve their cars from his chop shop in West VA, Jeff, Dennis and Jay are now reunited with their cars and one long term lawsuit was finally settled retuning a restored truck to Mark in Canada!
The federal case against Rick McLaughlin is coming to a close and with a plea bargain and or jail time likely. Hopefully all of the victims (including myself) will eventually be paid or Mr. McLaughlin will have a new address, some new friends and time to reflect on his crimes. We are still searching for some Trans Ams that Rick has sold illegally which are listed below.
Also below is a list of VIN numbers which have duplicate titles in McLaughlin Motor Cars name. Several of these owners have already been notified. If you have one of these cars you MUST contact the OHIO DMV investigative division to insure your car is correctly titled. If you know anyone who has been scammed or owed money by Rick McLaughlin please reach out and I will put you in touch with the authorities.
I want to again thank everyone for the continued support and prayers that this career criminal will no long be able to hurt those simply wanting to enjoy an amazing hobby.
2x87z9n150220 – Looking for this 1979 silver anniversary TA approx. 12K miles w/4 speed
2X87K9L177718 – 3600 miles 1979 silver anniversary TA automatic
Ben Kenion

Editor’s Note: Ben Kenion can be contacted on our Facebook group ( by searching for his posts.
News and Announcements / Meet the New Members!
« Last post by firebirdclub on March 07, 2021, 11:33:56 AM »
This topic highlights some of the new members that have joined the club (not the message board) recently and is the same list that appears in the latest printed Eagle club magazine. Welcome to the Club! Recent members may appear in a subsequent topic.

John Myers, Bixby, Oklahoma

Steve Chricton, College Station, Texas
He is the original owner of a low mileage (54,500) all original 2001 Ram Air WS6 Trans Am.

Ronald L. Bushka, Watertown, Connecticut
Ronald has an ‘84 white Trans Am.

Chuck Adams, Senatobia, Mississippi
Charles has a ‘78 platinum 4-speed WS6 Trans Am.

Paul Lubkeman, Martinez, California
The membership was a gift from Sharon.

Randy Kopp, Farmer City, Illinois
He has a ‘79 Formula.

Roger Johnson, Kensington, Maryland
Roger has a ‘98 white WS6 Trans Am.

Sherolyn Kennel, Maryville, Tennessee
She has a ‘99 red Firebird.

Lark Barker, Chesterfield, Virginia
Lark has a ‘67 sky blue Firebird and a ‘68 burgundy Firebird.

Noel Richardson, Suth charleston, West Virginia - He has a ‘70 Castilian bronze Firebird Esprit.

Matt Cauley, Bethesda, Maryland
Matt has a 2002 pewter Trans Am convertible.

Hiram Ruiz, Wake Forest, North Carolina
He has a black “bandit look” 1978 Trans Am.

Ken Moseley, Nixa, Missouri
He has a ‘70 Trans Am 400 Ram Air and  the membership was a gift from Ryan Moseley.

Robert Baguiao, Merrick, New York
Ricardo “Rick” Stephens, Fairborn, Ohio
He has a ‘99 red Formula.

Michelle M. Baillargen, Oak Ridge, North Carolina - She has an ‘87 flame Trans Am GTA.

Darlene Kidwell, Flint Hill, Virginia
Darlene has a 2002 CETA and a ‘97 black WS-6 Trans Am.

Ted Porter, Decatur, Indiana

Saadallah El-Jundi, Dallas, Texas
He has a ‘68 Goldenrod yellow Firebird 400 and a ‘70 white Trans Am.

David A, Rood, Orchard Park, New York
David has a ‘92 black Firebird.

Sam Justice, Lakeland, Florida

R. Forgey, Bridgewater, Virginia

David Minato, Portland, Oregon
He has a ‘78 carmine Formula.
3rd generation cars (1982 to 1992) / Re: Doors Lock Switch Issue
« Last post by firebirdclub on February 25, 2021, 11:27:57 AM »
You would not be able to post on this board without the login info.  You logged in and posted as february2021.  Membership cards, decal and dash plaques are sent out by postal mail by the volunteer staff at the end of each month. Not possible to send those items electronically.

You also may be able to get more and faster replies to your questions by posting on our Facebook group page at .   More people and members seem to be more active on that group.  Much more than on this Message Board.
3rd generation cars (1982 to 1992) / Re: Doors Lock Switch Issue
« Last post by february2021 on February 22, 2021, 05:32:35 PM »
So after I found this relay,  I was wondering why it was hanging loose.  I also didn't see a black wire coming out of I assumed it needed to be grounded.  I scratched the base against the chassis and hit the switch and eureka,  they work.  So I mounted the relay on the chassis and now everything is working like normal.  Thanks guys for pointing me in the right direction.   Although I started looking for a replacement relay,  just in case one day I needed it,  and I cant find one anywhere?  Any suggestions?
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