- I receive my two dealer brochures I found on the Internet. Both are Canadian but other than where they were distributed, there is no real difference. One is for a 1985 Firebird line and the other is the 1986 Firebird line, both are mint condition. I'm going to scan the cover of the 1985 version and make a T-shirt / Polo out of the front image of the black and gold TA, with some mods to the design.
1985 and 1986 Firebird model line dealer brochures, Canadian GM issue
I found these two ancient brochures online at McLellan's Automotive. Communication and shipping were friendly and super quick, I highly recommend these people if you need an old brochure or other type of literature for your car.
I enter the '86 TA in a local car show. I'm late so I miss the judging and any awards given out but the car meets with a lot of awe for its condition and seems to attract a fair sized crowd from time to time. I spend most of my time there answering questions about how I got the car and on the third gen Firebirds in general. The only other Pontiacs at the show are a golden green '68 GTO, '76 red Trans Am (though it has a clock in the dash where the tach should be and it is sporting 1979 gold decals instead of the correct 1976 decals so I can't verify its authenticity) and a super sweet old red Lemans convertible that I would love to own.
I join the club that is putting on the car show, The Cool Cruisers of South Mississippi, and am invited back that night to the monthly cruise-in at the Sonic in Oak Grove, MS. I've been hanging out there with the club for months now with my father and his '55 Oldsmobile so they know me. During the car show, I make several contacts and begin to track down a local powder coater out of Columbia. I am also invited to two more shows in the next few weeks, a show for the local armed forces personnel at Camp Shelby (April 22) and a car and bike show in Collins, MS in the first few weeks of May. The cruise-in at Sonic is shorter than most due to the car show that very day but the TA still draws a small crowd from time to time with a follow-up Q&A session when someone in the club points the crowd over to where I'm sitting.