It was black and racy, sexy and cool. I felt like a super hero in it as I zipped down the street and flew around corners. But I had trouble with that car; in short, I couldn’t drive, eat a donuts, and shift all at the same time. That irked me a lot. But the car never broke down. Of course, it only had 30,000 miles on it before somebody used it as target practice for Terrorist Training by ramming their car into it and totaling it. I knew a Terrorist did it because nobody else would accidentally run smack in the back of a parked car. So at 22 years old, I ran down to my Pontiac dealer and bought what I really wanted in the first place: A Red Pontiac Formula Fire bird! Picture my ear-to-ear smile as I drove off the lot with all 8 cylinders humming, a box of donuts at the ready, and my automatic Transmission doing the shifting for me. It was a really fast, shiny red car that you could see coming for at least 135 miles. I knew it would draw in the babes. As I drove home, I figured I’d finally be able to get a girl to talk to me now that I had this fantastic car. I remember the excitement as I ran low on gas after that first tank. I’d been waiting for this day. I’d have to stop at the gas station where I’d quietly and sexily get out of my man-o-musk metal outerwear so all the ladies could longingly admire me, the owner of this fabulous, magnetizing machine.
The first ten times I got out of the car, girls didn’t look at me much though. I thought nothing of it. I was aloof and on top of the world. I figured they were just being coy as I was. I lived my fantasy for many station stops later. I even stopped to fill up every 5 gallons to improve me odds of admiration. Over 100 stops later the results were in; no ladies looking. Adding insult to injury, 15 your old boys always came over to me to say something like, “dude, how many horses that baby has under the hood”. OK, so it took me another ten years to figure out that I’d need something like a BMW, Mercedes, or other expensive car to get the ladies attention as pontiac firebird. I learn life’s lessons very slowly. Anyhow, the reason for this story really has nothing to do with how good I am, but actually about my Fire bird’s mechanical problems. I tend to ramble. In short, one morning my Fire bird had developed a attitude problem that revolved around a sleeping disorder. That is, it wouldn’t wake up. The starter was pronounced clinically dead at the scene. So I towed my 60,000-mile old Babe Mobile down to my local neighborhood franchised garage and they had a deal for me. They could replace my starter with a Rebuilt part and save me some money on the repair (versus using new parts like the Dealer wanted to do). It came with a glistening 90-day warranty. I figured, the original part lasted 60,000 miles and 4 years, the rebuilt one would surely last at least half that long. So, about 91 days later I was towed back into the shop again with my car’s same attitude problem. The shop manager figured we had adjusted the car’s attitude right the first time, and the failed starter was surely just a fluke. So we agreed to put another rebuilt starter in there. Yes, I skulked back in to the same shop about 92 more days later. I think we may have put a new one on it that time, but I don’t really remember (bad memories are blocked by the brain after the trauma gets serious enough).
So now a little tech talks as to why this might have been happening. Rebuilt parts usually come with a 90 day warranty and fail far more often than re manufactured parts or new parts. In the process for a rebuilt part, they generally clean, test and replace what has to be replaced – but nothing else. Think about that for a minute. You are only fixing what actually broke, not necessarily the design or assembly flaws that may have caused the failure in the first place. You can also go with a re manufactured part where you throw away all the wear items, test the rest, resurface all relevant surfaces, replace all the thrown away wear items, and test the final assembly. In this case you are definitely improving your odds at staying on the road longer. These parts will fail a lot less often than the rebuilt parts and they generally come with a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty. Of course, you could go with the full Monty and buy a brand new part and also get a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty and (arguably) get the best results.
Now that I’ve helped you understand the tech talk the shop guys tell you when they’re listing out your options, keep in mind I have little to no good advice regarding women in general. But this story ought to help you with that one little problem I had driving a Pontiac Fire bird. You see, today my wife is smarter than me and she’s also way more beautiful than me. And you guessed it. I met her long after the Fire bird was buried. Frank Bellow is the President of Performance Motors in Austin, Texas. In addition, he likes to think of himself as a rather funny person. His wife doesn’t agree. But that’s OK. Frank seems to have limitless funny experiences with cars, one of his great passions in life. You can catch Frank driving down 183 in Austin in his Land Rover. He loves his Rover more than wine. And he really likes wine (just not at the same time).
Pontiac Fire bird Parts and What You May Need
When you got that vintage Fire bird, you probably never thought about the auto parts that you will need for it. These are important things that you need to know about these auto parts and where to get them. When you start looking for parts for your Fire bird, you may have to go to places that are not as common as you would look for any other parts. These are the Junk yards and farmer fields in the area. You can find a lot of auto parts in a field if you are willing to look for them and climb though them. Going to a farmer for your Auto parts are not always the best things and the best talk to have with these people. Many collected the cars for their own purposes and are not so ready to give them up. You may also encounter a person that has a sentimental value on the auto parts and the cars in his field. You can get them to sell it to you if you are willing to work with them and give them a decent amount of money for their vehicle.
You can look at vintage auto parts suppliers too. These people will be more then willing to help you find the right parts for your auto parts needs and may even make a part just for you and your vehicle in the end. They also may be able to point you in the right direction so that you can find the auto parts that you may need and at a price that you can afford. This can be hard to do if the auto part is especially hard to find anywhere else. Take the time to find the good auto parts for your fire bird because if you don’t you may have a really hard time getting them later. You can always look in the places that seem like they should be odd limits to you. It’s risky but it will help you in the long run to find the auto parts that you may need for your fire bird. You can also buy a car that doesn’t run, but you are able to take parts off of so that you can keep any parts that may seem hard to find. You should make sure that you have a place to put the other car though. That way you won’t get into trouble.
Vintage 1960s Pontiac Cars
Remember the 60s? They were a time of beach tunes, tie-dye, bell-bottoms, and muscle cars. Vintage 1960s Pontiac cars were some of the biggest, baddest muscle cars on the block, with the GOT and Fire bird at the head of the list.
The Pontiac Bonneville. This classic of the vintage 1960s Pontiac cars was one of the biggest, and it was perfect for big families who wanted to impress the neighbors. Available in a convertible or hardtop, the engine packed 389 cubic inches offering 348 horsepower paired with Ti-Power carburetor. The Catalina. It might not be the most memorable of the vintage 1960s vintage Pontiac cars, but the Catalina could pack a wallop. It was a big boat of a car with a 421-inch V-8 engine that could speedily accelerate to 95 miles per hour in the 2 + 2 model of 1964-1967. The Fire bird. This was the Pontiac version of the sporty Chevy Canon, and its low price made it popular with young drivers. Produced from 1967 through 1969, it offered both six and V-8 versions with up to 250 horsepower. The Grand Prix. This was one of Pontiac’s biggest models, and it lost sales in the 1960s to many of Pontiac’s smaller, high-performance cars, like the GOT. The GOT. One of the most famous of the vintage 1960s Pontiac cars, the GOT is still seen as one of the best muscle cars of the 1960s. It was actually smaller than many of the other muscle cars, and with a 421-cubic inch engine, its top speed was 130 miles per hour. It still retains an aura of power and magic today. The Tempest. The Tempest was one of Pontiac’s first attempts at a compact car, which were just becoming popular in the early 1960s. It was actually based on the ill-fated Chevy Corsair, the rear engine air-cooled engine car that became one of Chevy’s worst cars in history. However, the Tempest had different styling and a front-mounted engine, so its fate wasn’t as harsh as the Corsair. The four-cylinder engine was revolutionary for its day, and was developed in part by automaker John Z. Delawarean. The Venture. The Venture was only produced in 1960 and 1961, and after that, it merged into the Grand Prix line. It was based on the Catalina body and frame, and after 1961, the Venture disappeared into the sunset.
So, what did a Pontiac set you back way back in the day?
A Pontiac Bonneville would run you around $3,255 in 1961, but by 1969 the price had risen to $4,733. A Pontiac Catalina would run you about $3,149 in 1964, but that’s a bargain considering the power and performance of the Catalina. In 1967, the popular Pontiac Fire bird was a steal at $2,667, which may be one reason this fleet little model was so trendy. The big, bad Pontiac GOT was only $3,227 in 1968, and considering the power under the hood, that was quite a bargain. Finally, the family model, compact Pontiac Tempest ran $2,418 in 1963, making it a great car for small families on the go.