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First off let me start by saying that I am a long time reader and first time poster. I have often used the AACA forum for information regarding one or more of my classics, as I find that there is a wealth of information here that no library could contain. I will give an introduction about myself, and our school, and then go more in depth about the project. My name is Joseph Phillips, I am 25 years old and I teach Industrial Arts at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf Iowa. My areas of expertise (and courses I teach) are Wood Technology I and II, Automotive Technology, Electronics, and Power mechanics. Power consists of 25 students and these are the bright young men that have been posting to your forum. Our school district is promoting digital citizenship and technology integration, and part of that initiative involved issuing every student an I Pad. This is the means that they use to do their research, homework, etc. This could also explain some of the typos that you have been encountering as the keyboards are not the most user friendly. The other explanations for typos could be that the student has a handicap, which I have seen one instance of this in a post already, or the student was in a rush or too lazy to correct their spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. This assignment came to me when I clicked on a video excerpt of the Mormon Meteor III. I was amazed at how the whole class went quiet to watch the clip, and as it played I heard all these sidebar conversations amongst different groups of students. Jocks talking to band geeks, seniors talking to freshmen and they were all discussing how cool the car was. They talked about its shape, its large motor, how fast it could go, even if they would drive it to school. It was truly amazing. I did some probing to find out how much my class knew about cars. Some had a fair grasp, while others didn’t know how many cylinders were in a V8. The general consensus was that cars prior to 1960 were incapable of going past 30 or 40 mph at best. So, I began showing students numerous automotive greats from Bucciali, Delahaye, and Bugatti’s to Dusenberg, Auburn, Packard, Peerless, Pierce Arrow, the list goes on and on. I then asked each student to pick either a car I showed or one from a company that is no longer in business and find out everything they could about it and then report back to the rest of the class. I asked them to find all the technical specs on it, wheel base, curb weight, BHP, engine displacement, top speed, original MSRP and current value in today’s market. I took it one step further and required them to reach out for assistance on the AACA forum. I thought, “Who better to consult about old cars than people that eat, sleep and breathe them?” I must apologize that there has been a small group of students that have abused this privilege and acted inappropriately. Not only has it wasted your time but it has also set a negative tone for the rest of the class. Most of my students are enjoying this activity and the ability to share the knowledge that some of you have and are willing to offer. If it would be possible, would a moderator please PM me so I can get the names or copies of the posts to follow up with parents and ultimately disciplinary action for those that need it. There have been so many people that have been tremendously helpful, Rusty o Toole for one, and the students genuinely appreciate it (as do I). It has left a positive impression on them. They have gone out to Wikipedia and used google but I told them to come here because they can get firsthand accounts or experiences that are invaluable and not common knowledge to a search engine. Some students just needed a bump in the right direction, but as I said the car community is generally a good bunch of individuals and the AACA forum is a good place to find information or just kick tires. At BHS, we started teaching 1 automotive course with a mini-van and a Ford Taurus. Not bad vehicles by any means but not exactly something that gets kids excited. This coupled with kids that get new cars and are scared to change their oil because it will void their warranty made for low interest. To address this I brought in my 1928 Buick sedan and began a full frame off restoration. At the time the car had been sitting outside since the early 90’s and had not been driven since 1996. The motor was locked up and the day we unloaded it off the trailer the driver side door fell off in my hand. The students freed the motor, got it running and then began painstakingly removing every nut and bolt. Needless to say we now have 3 sections of Auto’s and an after school club that works solely on the Buick, not to mention numerous possibilities on the horizon. I am blessed in the sense that my school and my dept. have been tremendously supportive in this venture. Here is a link to a newspaper article that ran on some of the work we have been doing to the old Buick: http://www.bettgrowl.com/?p=3488 Regardless I talk to people all the time that say young kids are not interested in old cars, and I truly believe it’s just because they have not been exposed to them. Luckily I love talking about them, and when I show them cars that could do 100mph in 1930 or a steam car that make 700 bhp from 2 rpm it opens their eyes and for some of them they’re hooked. This has been a truly enjoyable experience for me and my class; I find myself even learning stuff (I didn’t know Pierce Arrow made bird cages). A lot of students have been overwhelmed with the kindness that some people have shown, to the point that they are bragging to each other who’s been the most help and how many posts they have gotten and how often people are posting to them. I would like to get some information from other users on the site. I welcome any constructive criticism on this matter or suggestions for other similar assignments. I hope this has been a positive experience for those of you that have been helping these young men along the way. Please let me know if this is an inconvenience to you in any way. If that is the general consensus I will abandon the project all together. I also think it may be beneficial to put all of these into one folder or the equivalent there of. I look forward to posting various other pictures and question on the Forum, and welcome feedback on our 1928. We are seriously considering converting it to a touring car, as it’s just a regular sedan and seems like a prime candidate. If you need to contact me for any reason, I look forward to the interaction. You can PM me or feel free to email me, my school email is: Jphillips@bettendorf.k12.ia.us If you contact me I would be more than happy to share my phone number as well. Thanks again!
I'm Dylan, i'm from Bettendorf High School and I would like to gather some information on the Pontiac Firebird and the franchise in general for a project. I hope that some of you are still willing to share some information with me. I am primarily interested in the first generation and the 1991 third generation convertible. I owned one but sold it just a few years ago. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.