Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’68 Firebird of Thomas Maffei from Redwood City, California

I have been a huge Firebird fan since I was little kid. I always thought the look of a ’68 or ’69 Firebird was nicer than the Camaro. I bought this car in Bend Oregon. I put a 5.7 liter 440 hp engine that I bought from a guy who makes engines in Tacoma Washington. I have redone the suspension, replaced the shocks and the disc brakes and of course rebuilt the engine.

Thomas Maffei, Redwood City, CA

'68 Firebird of Thomas Maffei from Redwood City, California
'68 Firebird of Thomas Maffei from Redwood City, California
'68 Firebird of Thomas Maffei from Redwood City, California
'68 Firebird of Thomas Maffei from Redwood City, California

’68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty

A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty of Palm Springs, California. Here is his story:

I am a happy owner of a ‘68 Firebird 400 convertible, and I thought I would share some pictures of my car. These pictures are a little different from the normal ones you see. No green lawns, and well kept houses.

I have owned the car for about 25 years, and it’s our daily ride when we live here in Palm Springs California in the winter season.

The somewhat unique thing about my car, is that it has an agent, and does a fair amount of advertising, commercial work, and photo shoots in and around the Southern California deserts and ghost towns. I have worked with clients ranging from high brow ad agencies with household brands, to adult film producers. It’s always different, fun and oh, interesting….

Here are some pictures recently taken at a photo shoot for an Australian fashion brand at a deserted gas station at Salton Sea, CA-about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

Hope you enjoy them!

James McCarty
Palm Springs, CA

‘68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty of Palm Springs, California.
‘68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty of Palm Springs, California.
‘68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty of Palm Springs, California.
‘68 Firebird 400 convertible of Jim McCarty of Palm Springs, California.

’87 Trans Am of Walter Stasiewski

This is the 1987 Trans Am of Walter Stasiewski from Denver, North Carolina. It is black sapphire, t-tops, 5.0 liter fuel injected engine, 3 speed transmission with WS6 performance package and digital dash.

One owner, everything is original including the interior, drive train, suspension, paint and radio. He has all the original paper work. The rear spoiler was repainted by the dealership at purchase and the wiper fluid is original to the car.

1987 Trans Am of Walter Stasiewski from Denver, North Carolina
1987 Trans Am of Walter Stasiewski from Denver, North Carolina
1987 Trans Am of Walter Stasiewski from Denver, North Carolina

’80 Trans Am of Craig Pelletier

This issue’s featured car is the ‘80 Trans Am of Craig Pelletier from North Smithfield, Rhode Island. Here is the story:

I am new to the club, but not new to Pontiac. My first cars when I was 16 was a 69’ Firebird 400 and a 69’ Firebird with the Pontiac 350. My current Firebird is a 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace car. It has 52,000 miles and is all original. The decals are starting to fade, crack and slightly yellow. Overall the car is in really good shape. On the sail panels, I have the “500 Festival” logo. They are also fading and cracking the same amount as the rest of the cars decals. I believe they are original.

I am unable to find any info about the actual track cars. I realize it is not a “true” pace car. I believe it to be one of the press cars. Does anyone have any idea on how to verify that the vehicle was at the Indy 500 race on the track during the parade lap? I have searched the internet with no luck. I have decoded the VIN and other tags and it is a real pace car, but I could not find the build sheet. Editor’s Note: If you have any information that can help him, please contact him by email at Fnfast468@yahoo.com .

‘73 Formula of Keith Lally from Kingston, Ohio

I bought my 1973 Firebird 400 in 1977 when I was 16 years old. It had 51,735 miles. I garage stored it for 29 years and started restoration in 2009. My son and I rebuilt the engine. It was bored over to .030 with a scat stroker kit.

Now it’s a 461 cu. in. with 549 lift compcam. I put in a scorpion roller valve train that features Kaufman aluminum heads. The fuel delivery is a Rob mic fuel pump to a pro fuel system with a Holley 870. The transmission is a GM Turbo 400 with a B&M 3K stall converter built by M. Downs.

It has got a 12 bolt master rear end with 373 gears and I rebuilt the suspension. The paint and body was done by Dean Osborne in Levercross, North Carolina.. I have all authentic GM sheet metal. My fiancé and me restored the interior. I finished my car in October 2017.

’77 Formula of Jim Elick

This issue’s featured car is the ’77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia. Here is the story:

The Formula is the rarest of Firebirds but try to find a one-owner, matching numbers 400, in 29L Nautilus Blue with prototype “Sky Bird” bucket seats.

It was purchased 21 days after Smokey and the Bandit and spending $5000 for this car nearly 42 years ago. I have not seen another 77’ like her and apparently neither have the judges as we’ve just stormed through the southern US car show circuit. By these same attachments, it’s clear who my only Firebird club is!

Having just returned from Mecum in Indy and speaking with PHS, yet again, these simply don’t exist any longer, not with this cowl plate.

She is 43 years old and was featured on Summit Racing’s turntable for two weeks in September.. This car has a terrific story behind it as well being a one-owner vehicle.

'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia
'77 Formula of Jim Elick from Sharpsburg, Georgia