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The Phoenix Charter Oak Firebird and Trans Am Club Newsletter CLUB CALENDAR 2009

Volume 7. Issue 3, March 2009 The Official Newsletter of the Charter Oak Firebird – Trans Am Club.

…At a glance…

It’s Almost Spring? Hello all. Well it is February 2009 and as I am looking outside and watching it snow again, I sure am looking forward to the upcoming cruise year.

2009 Charter Oak Firebirds Cruise Night Location: Panera Bread 3120 Berlin Turnpike Charter Oak Firebirds Club Meeting Location: Rotating Locations

Starting May16th 1st and 3rd Saturday Nights each month until Oct 3th 2009 at 5:00 PM Time/Date: Feb. 21, 2009 Saturday Rick’s House, 17 Lincoln Road, Waterford, CT

Charter Oak Firebird’s 3rd Annual Club Dinner

Our Next Club Meeting The February 2009 Club Meeting will be held at Rick Holloway’s house, 17 Lincoln Road, Waterford, CT 06385 on February 21st at 1PM. There will be Pizza and soda at the meeting. Rick requests members who plan to attend email [email protected] (We want to make sure we have enough Pizza).

Good Friends and Good Food. That’s the way I would describe the January 17th Charter Oaks Firebirds’ 3rd Annual Club Dinner. The dinner started at 5:00PM and went till 8:00PM and was held again at the Pacific Buffet and Grill in Wallingford, Connecticut. In attendance were David Marquis, Dave Cartelli, Jeff Magarin, Martin and Carolyn Brown, Max Heim, Larry Erhart, Neil and Joyce Silberkleit, Rick and Judy Holloway, Rob Heim, John Biro, Alex Biro, Brad and Tawnye Benoit, and Robert and An Wakefield. The Dinner was started by Brad with a short discussion of a brief Year In Review. He then presented the Charter Oak Firebird officers with a personal gift. Brad announced that Panera Bread had once again agreed to sponsor our Panera Bread Cruises this year. He then introduced Robert and An Wakefield the owners of A. Wakefield Surveillance/Investigations to the club members. They will be sponsoring the trophies for the Panera Bread Cruises. Brian Skibo will again be providing the Music. Larry Erhart gave a short presentation on his vision for a 40th Anniversary Trans Am Cruise. Much more to follow as planning, scheduling, and details are worked out. This should be a lot of Fun. Two other items were discussed. First we will move the Club meeting locations around the state during the off cruise season. February, March, April, and October.

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr The other months the meeting will be held at the Panera Bread Cruise location in Newington. We also want to have club events, like day cruises to other car’s club sponsored cruises, car shows, and events. The members will be notified by email and/or phone call. Most of the time was spent talking about cars, what every one had been doing during the Holiday Season and EATING.

Meeting Minutes None Submitted Go to the club website http://www.charteroakbirds.com

New Member Welcome to the club newest member Dave Cartelli of Cromwell CT and his 1999 Firebird.

A few words from the Web Master I hope you have had a chance to utilize some of the enhancements to our Web Site www.charteroakbirds.com. You can now order Club gear online by utilizing the Club Store link to ZAZZLE. You also can link to our Members Only Garage/Blog at www.firebirdnation.com. There is also a section on our Web Site were you can view some Firebird Videos. Or you can link to other forums at www.firebirenation.com. I invite you to check out the Firebird Nation Web Site. The Charter Oak Firebirds Club is a contributing Member of the Firebird Nation Network. This network will become a location where other Firebird Club will post their Newsletters, Event Schedules for other Clubs to View, and exchange ideas that will improve the Firebird Community. If you have question on how to utilize the new functions of our Web Site or how to use Firebirdnation’s Web Site call (860-447-1988 leave a message if I’m not home) or just send an Email at [email protected]

Our Members have Spoken These are the results of the Polls conducted on The Members Only Garage/Blog at http://www.firebirdnation.com/forums/index.php?autoco m=blog&blogid=56& . This Garage/Blog is open ONLY to Charter Oak Firebirds Members. The purpose is to provide a space where you can provide your comments and suggestions to the Officers and other Members. Here is where you the Members can have your suggestions/comments heard. The Charter Oak Firebirds need your ideas for activities and club direction is welcomed and encouraged here. We want this to be a fun organization for the membership.

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr Answer to last month’s puzzle: Last month’s Do you want to caravan as a Club to The 7th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show?

Yes

[ 10 ]

No

[0]

column, the wheel in the last Newsletter, the correct answer was the 2002 Firebird Firehawk Wheel.

[100.00%] [0.00%] Total Votes: 5

Bird Talk Can U Guess It? Everyone loves a contest. Do you think that you know everything about TransAms and Firebirds? Each month we will post a picture of a TransAm or Firebird wheel. Send your answer to [email protected] You must correctly identify the name of the wheel and the years of production, The first one to submit the correct answer, wins. The member with the most Wins at the end of the year will receive a Free Charter Oak Firebird Mug.

February’s Featured Firebird Neil Silberkleit’s 1970 Trams Am on display at the Panera Bread Cruise on the Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT

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Neil Silberkleit, Vice President, 26 Rolling Hills Dr. Oxford, CT 06478, 203-881-1411, or email [email protected]

Club Officers Brad Benoit, President, 174 Coe Road, East Haven CT 06512, 203-467-4482, or email [email protected]

Rick Holloway, Secretary, 17 Lincoln Road, Waterford, CT 06385, 860-447-1988 or email [email protected]

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr Max Heim, Treasurer, 82 Hockanum Dr. East Hartford, CT 06118, 860-568-2889 or email [email protected] Larry Erhart, Phoenix Editor, P.O. Box 715, Gales Ferry, CT, 860-441-4133. Please email submissions to [email protected]

2003 Pontiac Trans Am “The Bird that almost was” WARREN MICHIGAN: projects and will serve as a great send off for the exciting 35 year heritage of the Firebird." said Mark Reuss, GM's Executive Director for the Performance Division. "We wanted to start building employee enthusiasm with our division partners and I think these were two perfect cars to help achieve that goal."

GM's new Performance Division unveiled two partnership show vehicles at the 2002 Woodward Dream Cruise that symbolize the heritage of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Created solely for show purposes, the entire project was completed in just eight weeks with parts donated by GM Powertrain, GM Performance Parts and GM Design Center. "This venture truly epitomizes the wonderful relationship that will continue to flourish as a symbol of GM divisional cooperation on future

The GM Performance Division 2003 Trans Am is reminiscent of the 1970-71 original production Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. This vehicle is a modern interpretation of the classic, with a white exterior accented with blue racing stripes and classic shaker hood. The front fascia and rear spoilers were modified to

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr mimic the original muscle car along with front and rear wheel aero spats. The interior appointments come complete with all the amenities of the original and include a Hurst shifter, perforated heliocone blue leather

The front wheels are fitted with 265/30/19 high performance tires. It's too bad GM killed the F-Body platform before these bad boys hit the streets!!!

seats and a DNA white perforated leather headliner. The steering wheel is also leather wrapped in blue to match. The 427 c.i. powerplant, matched with an automatic transmission, supplies the 455 horses to the 285/30ZR20 rear tires.!

Ed. I should have ordered one when they were built!

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr March’s Calendar Firebird

February Mystery Firebird Contest Winner Club member Ted Marek was the first to correctly identify Fil Ferrauto's 1980 Trans Am Turbo as the February's Mystery Car of the month.

Honeycomb Wheel Restoration Honeycomb wheel restoration no longer involves compromises. With OEM Paints' specially formulated finishes, factory appearance can he returned to your wheels in a weekend.

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr BY CARL WEAVER Back in the 1960s and '70s, Detroit's Big Three introduced a myriad of sport wheel designs. During this era, the Pontiac Motor Division of GM had some of the most distinctive wheel designs ever seen in the automotive industry. There is still a living legend with us from that era, which features a wheel structure consisting of a unique "six-sided" cell design. Dubbed the "Honeycomb" wheel, it was the first of its design to ever hit the blacktop. Considered to be state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, the Honeycomb wheel had an outer surface consisting of a polyurethane elastomer that was molded directly to the front of a painted steel wheel backbone. With the introduction of Pontiac's 1971 models, the optional Honeycomb wheel, also known as the "polycast wheel," made its debut on the Firebird, Trans Am, CTO, Grand Prix and, later, the Grand Am. Although the Honeycomb started slowly in street appeal, the 1974 model year saw production numbers for this wheel soar. It was replaced by the aluminum "snowflake" in 1977. The rejuvenation of Honeycomb wheels has been a dilemma for Pontiac restorers for quite some time. To begin with, the paint that Pontiac supplied in the late'70s and early'80s wasn't the correct color or texture. In addition, the Ditzler (PPG) Factory Pack was difficult to get and was discontinued in the mid-'805. So what was Pontiac restorers supposed to do! Go to any car show, and you'll note that the color and texture on Honeycomb wheels vary from car to car. Generally, the only finishes available were dull aluminum paint or other concocted coatings on the market that look bogus. Thanks to the OEM Paints Co., the search is over. Finally, Pontiac restorers can bring those Honeycomb wheels back to life by using OEM Paints' "factorypackaged" aerosol specialty products. OEM Paints Honeycomb Wheel Coating No. 11015 not only has the correct poly fleck, pebble look and sandy feel with a vibrant grain, but also dries fast to a durable, flexible finish. But OEM Paints didn't stop there. It also manufactures the correct color gray, Inner Rally Wheel Finish No.

12010, which was applied to the steel rim as well as to the backside of all Honeycomb wheels. lust like at the wheel manufacturing plants; this product was developed for maximum adhesion without the use of primers. By using both of these aerosol specialty products from OEM Paints Co., we'll take the mystery out of the refinishing process. If the polyurethane surface of your Honeycomb wheels is damaged, we recommend using Duramix No. 4039 Flexible Plastic Repair Injection Kit to refinish the substrate. This durable product applies and sets in 60 seconds, sands great, and is easy to prime, seal and paint. After the flexible plastic has dried, use 3M's No. 02620 "Super-Fine" SoftBack Sanding Sponge to feather-edge the substrate back to the original surface height. Note: We recommend using 3M's SoftBack Sanding Sponge instead of its Scotch-Brite General Purpose Pad No. 07447, because of the uniform grid on the sanding sponge surface.

Follow along as we rejuvenate an original Honeycomb wheel.

1. The first step is to clean the front and back of the wheels so you can see what you have. Use a1 inch nylon bristle utility brush and an all-purpose cleaner like Fantastic or Formula 409. Thoroughly rinse the seam

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The Phoenix CChhaarrtteerr OOaakk FFiirreebbiirrdd aanndd TTrraannss AAmm CClluubb NNeewwsslleetttteerr area where the wheels are put together, and let dry. Be sure to remove dirt, grease, wax and loose paint.

2. Our wheels were pretty rough to begin with. Some previous owners sprayed them silver, and later painted them to match the body color of their car. The finish was peeling badly and needed to be stripped. If your wheels have only minor flaws in their original finish, you may prime and topcoat (see No. 6).

3. Because of the polyurethane composition of the wheel face, you must be careful during stripping. If you chemical strip, use a Urethane Part Paint Stripper like Kleen-Strip No. US-366. We opted to have our wheels media blasted. Larry Fucci of Quick Strip in Carteret, N.J., stripped our wheels, using plastic media at low pressure. This method can be done so precisely, that the factory primer can be left.

4. If your wheels need only minor prep work, lightly scuff-sand the honeycomb surface using a 3M No. 02604 "Fine" SoftBack Sanding Sponge, being careful not to expose polyurethane material. If you discover that the polyurethane material has cuts, nicks, or cracks, repair as outlined in the article text.

5. If the tire side as well as the backside of the wheel is not rusty, lightly scuff-sand the metal surfaces by again using the 3M "Fine" Sanding Sponge to clean and

prepare the surface for paint. If these metal surface areas are in rough shape, we recommend sandblasting. Use Aluminum Oxide Blasting Media, 80-grit size, at 80-90 psi maximum to remove original paint and embedded rust.

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6. After cleaning the honeycomb surface, we recommend first spraying Marhyde Adhesion Promoter No. 3001, a quick-drying formula designed to improve adhesion of paints to flexible polyurethane surfaces. Second, for a smooth topcoat, spray SEM Flexible Primer Surface No.39133, Light Gray.

7. If all the Honeycomb wheel surfaces are in good shape and you didn't have to chemically peel or sandblast the original surfaces, we recommend using solvent-based grease and wax remover on all surface areas to remove any contaminates. Using a clean paper towel, wipe the solution on in one direction and let it dry. DO NOT touch the wheel surface after you have applied the cleaner.

8. Prior to painting the steel backside of the wheel, start by masking off the wheel slots and holes, using a premium grade of tape. Cover each slot, and then use an X-Acto knife to trim. On any original Honeycomb wheel, you'll notice that the area around the backside slots has polyurethane from the outer side showing (arrows). For correct appearance, this material should be masked. Also be sure to mask off all the slots, valve stem and lug nut holes.

9. With the Honeycomb side tumid face down, use the gray Inner Rally Wheel Finish (No. 12010) and spray a light mist coat 6-8 inches from the surface. Then apply a full coat Several thin coats will result in a better finish than one heavy coat. Recoat within two hours. Let dry for at least 24 hours.

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10. After the steel surfaces wheel are dry, flip it face up, and apply the topcoat, using Honeycomb Wheel Coating (No. 11015). Spray a light mist coat 8-10 inches from the surface, making sure you cover the honeycomb from all directions. Again, several thin coats will result in a better finish than one heavy one. Remember to spray the "outer" bead of the Honeycomb wheel adjacent to the polyurethane material. Overspray on the gray painted "tire side" is acceptable and correct.

12. Let the Honeycomb wheel surface dry for at least 24 hours. Once our wheels were dry, we snapped the new rings and caps on to complete our resto. The finished product is absolutely showroom-quality.

Letters to the Editor Send to [email protected] http://www.zddplus.com/

11. We couldn't put our beat-up trim rings and center caps on our freshly refinished wheels, so we called up Year One and ordered new ones. We expected reproductions, but when the parts arrived, they were in GM boxes.

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