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September 2011 AllGenTransAms Member Feature

Year: 1975 Trans Am
AllGenTransAms Member: Rich Keller
Location: Newport News, VA

1. What Year and Model is your car? How many miles?
1975 Pontiac Trans Am - 139,000 miles

2. What was it that made you choose that model Pontiac?
When I started looking for a car my choice years were ’74 - ’76. I like this body style / front clip. So it wasn’t so much looking for a ’75 but a range of years. This car happened to be in my price range and what I was looking for.

3. How long have you owned your car?

I bought my car in Feb. of 2006 so I’ve owned it 5 years now. The funny thing is, the car was created in Feb. of 1975.

4. Where and how did you find your car?

I was searching e-bay for cars and came across this one. Not liking to use e-bay I did not bid on the car, plus I thought the price was too high. Well, the car didn’t sell so I contacted the seller directly and made an offer. He accepted. The car was sold from a dealership in St. Louis, MO.

5. Is your car stock, restored, modified, or in between? If restored, tell us about the restoration. If modified, what “mods” have been done?

The car is … maybe 85% stock I suppose. Since I’ve owned the car I’ve completely restored/replaced the drive train and suspension along with some other minor things.
o Transmission: The tranny is a TH350 and was rebuilt in 2007 and sports a shift kit.
o Rear End: The rear of the car is a ‘77 Pontiac posi-trac and was torn down and cleaned up in 2008. It sports 3.23 gears.
o Suspension: In 2008 a good friend of mine came down from Ohio and helped me rebuild the suspension. The suspension was purchased from AGTA Club Sponsor: http://www.pro-touringf-body.com and is the GT kit. I also replaced the steering components at this time. This lowered the car about an 1” in the front and gave the car a straight line look. I didn’t quite care for it so in 2009 I replaced the rear springs with stock springs which gave the car a nice rake.
o Engine: The engine is a 1976 400 block and was completely torn down and rebuilt from the bottom up in 2009. The only part that was not replaced was the crankshaft but, it was re-ground. The engine is bored .040, has forged pistons, roller tip rockers, XE262H comp cam, rebuilt Q-jet. CVMS did the block and head work and ordered all the parts. A friend of mine and I tore the engine down and rebuilt it. I also replaced the radiator and engine harness.

6. Do you have any future plans for your car?
I have lots of future plans for the car. I actually have a three page document detailing what I will be doing to the car in the years to come. Just some highlighta.
o Car will be repainted a bronze/copper color called Nutmeg, or a close variation.
o T-tops will be added.
o The decals will be air brushed and slightly modified from original.
o Dash gauges will be changed to a set of Autometer gauges.
o Interior will be done in black with bronze highlights.
o A 1975 year correct motor will replace the ’76 and will be much, much stronger than this motor.
o Overdrive unit installed or tranny replaced with an automatic w/overdrive.

7. Do you attend shows/events/races with your car? Are you a member of any clubs?

I attend shows and events all over the east coast and I DRIVE my car to these events. I have put the car on the track once in 2009. Loved it! Would love to take it back out. I also attend (meaning the car is in the parade) various parades like the VA Beach Christmas Parade, Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade, and when I can, the Veterans Day Parade. As far as clubs I am a member of three different clubs and try and participate in club events as much as I can. They are the Tidewater Trans Am Club (Firebird/Firehawk club), the Classic Cruisers Car Club (Any car 20+ years and older club), and the Ohio Firebirds (Firebird club).

8. How many miles a year do you put on your car?

Hmm… I would say approximately 3k – 5k if I do not go to the Trans Am Nationals.

9. Have you won anything with your car you're especially proud of?

Nothing that I am especially proud of. Well, maybe one, the award I received from 78ta.com at the Trans Am Nationals in 2008, which read, “Certificate for most tows in a year”. Ya, stories abound that year!

10. What's your fondest memory in/with your car?

Fondest memory so far … Two memories stand out, beating a Porche at the drag strip and cruising down to the Trans Am Nationals with the Ohio Firebird club. Had a lot of fun at both events!

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