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Dean Bower
Dean Bower

Bought my first Firebird in 71,  A Formula 400/4sp./3:73 posi.  I had ordered a 71 Formula 350 but the factory was on strike andI never got it.  In those days the Firebird had more suspension options than the Camaros and I liked its styling better.  Thru the years I have the pleasure of owning a 67/400/4sp./4:56, 69/400/4sp, the afore mentioned 71, 2 1975 TA's, a 93 SLP Firehawk, and my current ride, a 78 Formula  with a Chevy 427/M-22 4sp./3:42.

  I realize that the Chevy engine may raise some ire, but there is a story here.   In 1967 a friend took me for a ride in his 66 427 Corvette which he had purchased from Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago.  I had never before or after been in anything with that much power.  When I had ordered my 71 Formula 350 it was with the intention of installing a big block in it. Some time ago as I was coming in from the garage I said to my wife, "it took me over 40 years to do it, but I finally got my big block Firebird."

    I have been a gearhead all my life and have had many toys through my life including GTO's and Corvettes, but enjoyed nothing as much as my Firebirds.

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