A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘67 Firebird of Dan & Debbie Tietze from Firestone, Colorado. Here is their story:
We purchased our 1967 Firebird in 1997. It has always been a Colorado car, originally sold in Grand Junction, Colorado. Although the cosmetics were in sad shape, it was a rust free car. After having an interior kit installed and the body stripped; Freeda, as we call her, was sprayed in her original color – Cameo Ivory. She has a bright blue interior. We enjoyed the car along with our 1971 GTO convertible.
In 2008, after the GTO went by the wayside, I decided to pull Freeda’s original 326 engine, which is now stored. I replaced the engine with a nicely built 400 YT code engine with factory crank, speed pro rings and pistons, Eagle connecting rods and Crane cam. The 6X heads were treated to some port work and three angle valve job, and an Edelbrock intake with a 750 Holley dual feed. Cooling is taken care of by a Meziere water pump, 16″ electric fan and a Griffin radiator. The original 350 turbo was built by Ram Transmission Gear and underneath the front drums were replaced with a Hurst roll control and Wilwood disc brake system and also rebuilding the front steering components. Quick Time performance servo controlled exhaust cut-outs and FloMaster mufflers, and Competition engineering subframe connectors. The ten bolt third member is loaded with 3.55 gears and of course body bushings will Edelbrock INS shocks for handling.
Freeda enjoys some car shows and going to Sonic Burger Friday nights, seeing other muscle cars – some oldies but goodies and even some rat rods. Freeda was built in Lordstown, Ohio, not fifty miles from where I was born. Colorado lets you run the year license plate of your car in place of your collector plates.
My wife and I will enjoy Freeda until the bitter end.
Here are some photos that show a pictorial history of what I have done with the car since I bought it in the spring of 2012 at the Midnight on the Oasis Car Show in Yuma, Arizona (www.midnightattheoasis.net). I had “The Golden Bird” registered for its show at the 2013 event . There are more photos at this website location: www.jimsrodshop.net/91.html .
The pictures I have attached are of my wife Betty and myself outside Jim’s Rod Shop in Yuma. Jim by the way has been building hot rods all his life in Yuma and started his career working on dragsters while in California at the tender age of 17.
There is quite a story in what we have had done to my Firebird as the car was in solid condition when I bought it with the exception of the engine.
It has the original (rebuilt now) factory air-conditioning unit and original interior with the exception of the upgraded sound system.
We decided to pull out the original 326 and replace it with a 400 cu.in from a 1968 Catalina. The engine was bored .30 over and a stroker kit added with Hooker Headers, new exhaust and Magnaflow mufflers. We changed the rear end to a 9″ and basically made my ‘67 Coupe into a muscle car.
Here are some photos of my prized possessions. The 2001 WS6 Trans Am is owner (me!) vehicle! It is sunset orange with a little over 50,000 miles on it. It runs like the day I bought it. I am 55 years old now and it is the only new car I have ever bought. Plans are that it will be mine until I die!
The ‘67 Firebird is a 326 with the Powerglide transmission. I bought this car on eBay at 4 in the morning with the help of a friend, Jack Daniels. The wife was pissed but got over it … eventually. I am currently restoring the entire interior. Next I will be replacing the entire suspension with NOS parts except for the Edelbrock performer shocks. The only other non-original parts are the Edelbrock chrome valve covers, air cleaner and the Hooker hearers. I have already cleaned up the (de-rustified) the engine bay and it should be ready for the car show season. When it is time for a repaint, I will be keeping it the original color which is a turquoise – maybe metallic with a couple coats of clear.
The January 2010 Eagle club member magazine’s featured car is the ‘67 Firebird of Jim Muldoon. Here is his story:
Here are some photos of my car. It is a 1967 Firebird convertible with 326 engine. It has a three speed on the tree manual transmission, manual top, no air conditioning and an AM only radio.
I bought the car in February of 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It had 20,342 miles and it now has 92,481 miles on it. It is all original except for new paint and top in 1977 and the spoke wire wheels. I have the original wheels and hub caps.
It is a fun car and now I am in Florida so the top is down all summer.