1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am For Sale
     
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Vehicle Description
 
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
For Sale By Owner
Offered For $98,000.00

 
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. World of Wheels winner, Cover for Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine. Too many trophy's and plaques to name. White exterior with White vinyl interior. This model features a 400 ci, Ram Air II engine with 4-speed manual transmission. This is 1 of about 18 built in Van Nuys, CA. Rare order factory parchment interior. Pontiac historical society doc., build sheet window sticker. Frame-off restoration, finished in 2000. 7.5K miles since restoration, 83K on the odometer.
TRANS AM TRANSFORMED
A Phoenix Based '69 TA That Has Risen From The Ashes
Text and Photography by Barry Kluczyk
According to the myth, the Phoenix was a bird that, after living perhaps 1,000 years, built a nest that became its own funeral pyre --- A Firebird if there ever was one --- and from its ashes a new Phoenix arose.
Dewayne Neitzel's recently restored 1969 Firebird Trans Am hasn't been around for 1,000 ers, but it has risen from mechanical death in, ironically, Phoenix, Arizona. With just 697 built in its first production year, a '69 TA is a rare bird wherever one isspotted. That this one had slipped through the cracks of the enthusiast community for so long is amazing. "The car pretty much sat in the same Glendale (Arizona) yard for about 15 years," says Neitzel. "It was nosed against a fence and all you could see was the rear end of the car, but with that spoiler you could tell exactly what it was."
Sent to the repair shop for motor work that never got done, the owner, not surprisingly, told anyone who asked that he wouldn't sell it. "It even had 'not for sale' written on the window," says Neitzel. "I talked to the owner's neighbor, however, who persuaded the gentleman to part with it."
Sold originally at Western Pontiac in Phoenix, the first-year TA has remained in the "Valley of the Sun" all these years, although not always protected. A look at the accompanying "before" shots reveals a car that was baked and abused, but luckily not bent. Thirty-five years in the desert climate preserved the sheetmetal rather nicely, too. "I guess we take that for granted out here," says Neitzel. Rust-belt readers may now eat your hearts out...
Acquiring the car in 1999, Neitzel hauled the car back to his home shop in the suburb of Surprise, Arizona. For the next few years he labored to restore the Trans Am, collecting as many parts as possible before diving into the resto. Luckily, all the right parts still were there, including the hood, front fender heat extractors and rear spoiler. "They're just so hard to find otherwise," says Neitzel.
The hood required new inserts for the opening sections of the air scoopes. Neitzel says they were just about the hardest parts to source. "A guy up in Canada made them for me," he says. "He took a 100 percent deposit up front and sad it would take a few months. I took him at his word and sure enough, they showed up at my door a few months later.
The Trans Am's parked position in the previous owner's yard had unexpected yet welcome consequences, too. For one thing, the car's nose was suitably shielded from the sun so much that the front grilles were nearly perfect --- an almost unheard of find for plastic parts in the desert. The care even wore its original quartet of T-3-coded headlamps. Neitzel worked hard to find as many original parts as possible for the restoration and he located NOS lower rocker moldings, exterior emblems and other ancillary parts. He also credits Year One with supplying much of the stuff he couldn't get as NOS. Brandy's Body and Paint in Morristown, Arizona, handled the bodywork and paint after all the parts were assembled. And what of the Ram Air III engine? the original block was toasted some years ago (it was originally was laid up because of engine troubles), but Neitzel had a correct replacement.
"People were hard on Pontiac engines back int he muscle car days and a lot of them didn't last," he says. "I'm not surprised the original engine blew up." "A guy I know had an NOS carburetor still in the box --- never used --- and the code numbers were like, only one digit off from the Trans Am's," says Neitzel. "He charged me only what he paid for it: $150.00." Interestingly, the Tans Am's original transmission was in very good condition and didn't require rebuilding, although the rear axle's ring-and-pinion combo was hurt. It took a while to locate the set, but Neitzel says Arizona Differential came through with the correct cogs.
After the long and detailed restoration, Neitzel admits the car is not 100 percent. When we photographed the car, a cover concealed the cracked original steering wheel and the center console is currently painted black. Originally, it had a faux woodgrain appearance. But as we went to press, a new, correct steering wheel was located. The console, however, is likely to remain black for a while. "In my opinion, the woodgrain doesn't look good or go with the car," Neitzel says. I know it's not correct, but right now I like it black.
One of maybe seven or so '69 Trans Ams known in the Valley of the Sun, Neitzel's is one of the few that sees thelight of day during shows and cruises. It's the payoff for a long restoration on what had been a borderline project car. "If it hadn't been a Trans Am, I don't know that the restoration would have been justified," he says. "It was really rought, but the cars are so rare, I knew it had to be done." An interesting confirmation of the car's authenticity came from Pontiac Historic Services (www.phs-online.com). Seeking to confirm the car's identity, Neitzel sent in the car's information and simply requested the background on his "1969 Firebird."
"I didn't want to claim it as a Trans Am at first," he says. "I wanted them to confirm it independently." Well, the confirmation arrived in the PHS information packet. On the packet was a yellow Post-It note with a message: "You don't have a Fired, you have a Trans Am!"
Up from the ashes, indeed.