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Old 09-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Lightbulb New VTA Body from PROTOform: Rise of the Thunder Chicken

New for Vintage Trans Am class racers: The 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

More info can be found here! http://racepf.com/vintage-trans-am/1...am-clear-body/
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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Looks fantastic! It's on my "must have" list...
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Wow, very nice! I'm definitely getting one of these.

Not that you guys don't get 50 different requests per day, but anyone thinking about a VTA Cougar anytime soon?

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Was it Thunder Chicken or Fire Chicken for the Trans Am? I thought Thunder Chicken was for the Thunderbird?
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Was it Thunder Chicken or Fire Chicken for the Trans Am? I thought Thunder Chicken was for the Thunderbird?
It was Fire Chicken. My parents owned two and always called them that.
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got mine on order cant wait
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It was Fire Chicken. My parents owned two and always called them that.
I thought so. Tony and I always called his Mom's Thunderbird the ThunderChicken, lol.
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Was it Thunder Chicken or Fire Chicken for the Trans Am? I thought Thunder Chicken was for the Thunderbird?
There's no real right or wrong answer to your question. It depends on "when" and "where" you were back in the day.

At the time that the then-new Trans-Am Firebirds were the rage I drove a 1969 396 Nova SS w/L78 option. The carguys in my town called the Firebird T/A's "Thunderchickens" - simple as that - and it's always stuck in my mind. I never did see a Thunderbird at a street race back then. (boy....do I miss those days!! - lol)

I find it strange that any one would even care to talk about the Thunderbird at ali....much less give it a dignified nick-name. If I were to try to give the average T-Bird a nick name, it would be more like "Dodo Bird" or "Slush Bucket".... or something like that.

The only truly cool T-Birds were built in 1955-57. After that it was all down hill. The "cool meter" was pretty much pegged at zero by the time 1967 rolled around. The T-Bird was a favorite of the over 50 crowd - not the hotrod crowd. You know..... the guys with yellow pants and turquoise polo shirts - showing off their "new wheels" at the country club.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Thunderbird

Bill Elliott's record setting 1987 NASCAR Thunderbird was about the only noteworthy and/or cool T-Bird since 1957.

My 2 cents - for whatever it's worth.

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The pic from the front looks mean. I have been waiting specifically to finish a new VTA build upon the release of this shell. Gotta' get it .
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can it be used for vta?
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You got it Dale. I had a ' 67 Impala SS and then a '70 Camaro split bumper. wasn't much said about "Thunder T**ds".
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There's no real right or wrong answer to your question. It depends on "when" and "where" you were back in the day.

At the time that the then-new Trans-Am Firebirds were the rage I drove a 1969 396 Nova SS w/L78 option. The carguys in my town called the Firebird T/A's "Thunderchickens" - simple as that - and it's always stuck in my mind. I never did see a Thunderbird at a street race back then. (boy....do I miss those days!! - lol)

I find it strange that any one would even care to talk about the Thunderbird at ali....much less give it a dignified nick-name. If I were to try to give the average T-Bird a nick name, it would be more like "Dodo Bird" or "Slush Bucket".... or something like that.

The only truly cool T-Birds were built in 1955-57. After that it was all down hill. The "cool meter" was pretty much pegged at zero by the time 1967 rolled around. The T-Bird was a favorite of the over 50 crowd - not the hotrod crowd. You know..... the guys with yellow pants and turquoise polo shirts - showing off their "new wheels" at the country club.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Thunderbird

Bill Elliott's record setting 1987 NASCAR Thunderbird was about the only noteworthy and/or cool T-Bird since 1957.

My 2 cents - for whatever it's worth.

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You got it Dale. I had a ' 67 Impala SS and then a '70 Camaro split bumper. wasn't much said about "Thunder T**ds".
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Dale,
That is another beautiful creation. I do not know what is more impressive, the innovative designs you have come up with for "race cars", or the bad a$$ scale replicas. Very clean, very great detail. Always good to see your quality and skill shine through in your finished products.

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BTW the body is now listed on the rules page...another great job, thanks Dale!

http://www.usvintagetransam.com/rules/index.html
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