The Friendly Car Club ~ Established 2004 ~ Incorporated 2006
Neiman, Jerry & Chris – 1978 Pontiac Firebird
Neiman, Jerry & Chris - 1978 Pontiac Firebird
We have owned this car for several decades. It is a tribute to my sister-in-law who lost her battle with breast cancer. Her original car had too much rust to consider restoring. It took a while, but I found a suitable replacement. There are many parts from the original car.
The restoration took place in 1994. I fully disassembled the car… even removing the paint. I remember driving the car to my paint guy just as a shell - no front clip, no doors, no interior except the drivers seat. On Christmas Eve of that year, I remember getting the call that it was painted and ready to take home. It took until early spring to reassemble everything.
On the maiden voyage, I learned that sitting for a year was not good on the motor. It needed to come out for a rebuild. It was only a couple of weeks before the car was back on the road.
In 2021, I decided to have it repainted. After nearly 30 years, there were some issues starting to show in the paint.
I really enjoy this car because it’s different. You see a lot of Trans Ams, but almost never see a base model. Only 13% of the cars made that year were base models. I like to be different.