The Gallery FAQ

Read on to find out how to add your Firebird to the Gallery! Some sections have different information requirements than others so be sure to read the section specific info as well as #1.

Table of Contents

  1. How do I submit pictures of my Firebird?
  2. How do I submit a short video of my Firebird?
  3. What should I include in the video?
  4. What kind of information would you like me to include about my Firebird?
  5. How do I send you pictures of Firebird model kits?
  6. What kind of information would you like me to include with the Firebird model pics?
  7. I'd like to correct/dispute some Firebird information on the site.
  8. How do I get my Firebird in the Projects Lot?
  9. How do I get my Macho/MSE TA in the MACHO & MSE Lot?
  10. How do I get my bitchin' tubbed 9 second Firebird in the Drag Racing Firebirds Lot?
  11. How do I get my Firebird in the International Firebirds Lot?
  12. What's the optimal resolution for viewing the Firebird Gallery?


If you have any questions that I have not answered in this FAQ please feel free to send me an e-mail: webmaster1@firebirdgallery.com (remove the "1" before sending).


How do I submit pictures of my Firebird to the Gallery?

First let me tell you that I have a site standard limitation of six images per car. You do not have to submit six images of your car but you may submit up to that many. A good rule of thumb is to take 4 of the exterior and one each of the interior and the engine bay, but this is not a requirement. You can send me all five of the exterior if you wish or any other combination.

All images submitted for addition to this site must meet the following requirements:

              1) They must be in the .jpg format. If you are unsure how or unable to convert them from their current format contact me for help.
              2) The images MUST be 640x480 or larger.
              3) Images should be clear and in proper color

If this seems like a lot, you have to understand I have been doing this for several years and about 25% of the images folks send me with good intentions are just not usable on the site. I'm providing these requirements to cut down on having to contact you to ask for new pics. Below are a couple of pictures to illustrate how much a good quality image can make when displayed on the internet:

Excellent Image:                                             Unusable image:
Excellent Image (67278 bytes)                                           

To submit images to the site simply send them to submittals1@firebirdgallery.com (remove the "1" before sending). Include the images and and a write-up in the e-mail as attachments. If the images are large just send them in individual e-mails. Please ensure you include your first and last name so I can give you credit as the owner on the site. If you prefer people not know your last name then make a note of that in the first e-mail.

    
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How do I submit a short video of my Firebird?

To make a video of your Firebird you either need a camcorder or just a nice digital camera that has the "movie" feature which lets you shoot short move clips. The more storage you have in your camera the longer your movies can be or the more of them you can shoot. Basically you can keep shooting movies until the storage runs out. Most cameras come with a very small amout of storage built in but allow for the addition of more storage through some kind of removable media. More and more cell phones are now coming equipped with a camera that can take short movies and some cell phones also allow you to add additional storage. I WOULD NOT recommend using a cell phone to take a short video clip of your Firebird. The video is typically much smaller and much lower quality than what you can produce with a camera or camcorder. Cell phones are also super sensitive to movement so its easy to blur or distort the video.

Most camcorders and cameras come with a USB cable to connect to your computer so you can download the movies to your PC. Consult the user manual for directions as to how to accomplish this step. Once you have the movie saved to your computer, its as simple as sending it to Gallery as an e-mail attachment. Use the following e-mail address for all pics, videos and information: submittals1@firebirdgallery.com (Please remove the "1" before sending).

The standard format for videos on the Gallery is the MPEG format denoted by the MPG or MPEG extension on the filename. Please ensure the vidoes you are sending are in this format. I will consider other formats as well such as avi or wmv however most cameras and camcorders use the industry standard MPEG format.


What should I include in the video?

I recommend any of the following content for video submissions:
     1) A simple walk around of the car showing all areas including the interior, trunk and engine compartment. Note: I highly recommend having the car running and pause by the exhaust so viewers can here how your bird sounds.

     2) Video of the car at a car show or a cruise in.

     3) Videos featuring wives, husbands, girlfriends and/or boyfriends are welcome as long as the videos are tasteful.

     4) Videos of the car being driven either from the outside perspective or the inside.

     5) Videos of drag racing events being held at legal and sanctioned events at an approved facility (NOT STREET RACING).

     6) Videos of road racing events being held at legal and sanctioned events at an approved facility.

Note: The Firebird Gallery is not requesting or soliciting anyone to break any traffic law for the purposes of producing a video to be displayed on this site and will NOT be held liable for any traffic violations nor citations that occur as a result of such activity. Further, the Firebird Gallery will  not be held liable for any property or bodily damage resulting as such. DO NOT submit any videos that feature any kind of illegal acts such as street racing, burnouts, doughnuts etc... I reserve the right to screen content and refuse to post anything on the site that displays illegal or irresponsible activity or anything else I do not feel is appropriate.


What kind of information would you like me to include about my Firebird ?

This is basically up to you. If you have already (or are about to) browse the site you can read the information included with the images and you should be able to get a feel for the kinds of information people are interested in reading. Ask yourself what kind of information would you like other Firebird fans to know about your car!? Here's a couple of suggestions to get you started, just remember you are not limited to answering just these questions:
           
        1. Engine/tranny - what kind of engine and transmission combo are you currently using? What factory high performance
            goodies have been installed on it? What aftermarket high performance parts have been installed? Has it been rebuilt
            either professionally or by yourself and if so what was done? Do you have a horsepower estimate?

        2. Interior - What factory options did your Firebird come with? Have you added any it didn't come with or deleted or
            modified any that it did? What color is it? Is it the deluxe or standard? etc....

        3. Paint & Body - What color is your car? Is it the original factory color? What modifications have you made in these
            areas? Is the color a special order color from the factory?

        4. Misc - Do you have any 1/4 mile times for your car? Have you won any trophies or placed in any shows with your
            Firebird? Do you have an interesting story about how you found and bought your car? etc...

        5. Lastly if you have a homepage I will provide a link to it. You'll need to provide me with the URL to your homepage and the name of it. I also need
            to know if you would like me to include your e-mail address on the site with your car. I don't post private information like e-mail addresses unless it
            is requested by the individual.

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How do I send you pictures of Firebird model kits ?

If you have a Firebird model kit (it doesn't matter if its been built or not since all I need is pictures of the box) that is not already depicted on the site and you would like to submit some pictures of it; here's how:
     First we'll go over sending in the pics. To provide other site browsers with a good look at your model I would recommend you submit a picture of the top of the box and one of the side (the side that usually has extra info and pics of the car). The images must meet the same requirements as #1 above. Send the images to me in an e-mail as attachments. You can read over the "How do I send you pictures of my Firebird" faq above for specifics on the images.
    
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What kind of information would you like me to include with the Firebird model pics ?

I probably have not built or even seen some of the kits that will get sent in so its impossible for me to provide site browsers with a good description of the model. You on the other hand are the perfect candidate. Here's some of the things I'd like you to tell me about your kit:

        1. What color the parts are molded in.
        2. If the kit can be built more than one way.
        3. Descriptions of the decals and chromed parts that are included.
        4. The date the kit was manufactured.
        5. Any special or weird options included with the kit.
        6. Rarity and availability if you know it.

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I'd like to correct/dispute some Firebird information you've put on the site !

No problem at all. I only seek to provide Firebird fans out there the most accurate information possible. I have owned six different Trans Ams over the last ten years but I am far from the most knowledgeable in the hobby. If you think I have provided incorrect information anywhere on this site please feel free to email with what you think is correct and I will investigate it. If you are correct I will change the information and space permitting and put a remark naming you as the corrected information provider.

webmaster1@firebirdgallery.com (remove the "1" before sending)

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How do I get my Firebird on the Projects Lot ?

This is very easy. You only need to do two things:

        1. First you need to send me some pics of your Firebird undergoing its restoration, modification, race-prep whatever.
            You need to follow the same guidelines for sending images to me that was discussed in the
            "How do I send you pictures of my Firebird?" faq. When you are organizing the pics you want to send just ask yourself
            what kinds of images you would like to see of someone else's project car.

        2. Second you need to provide me some information on what exactly is being done to the car. Try to avoid providing
            short descriptions of what is happening in each picture. I clump the information sent together in several paragraphs so
            an overall description of what is being done to the car is most desirable. As to content of the information you may
            provide any information you would like people to know about your car. There is no specific requirement, just ask yourself 
            what things would you want to read about someone else's project.

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How do I get my Macho/MSE TA on the Macho & MSE Lot ?

This is very easy you only need to do two things?

        1. First you need to send me pictures of your Macho or MSE Trans Am. You need to follow the same guidelines for
            sending images to me that was discussed in the "How do I send you pictures of my Firebird?" faq.

        2. Second you need to provide me some information about you Macho or MSE TA. The only requirement I have is that
            you provide the series number of your car i.e. 78' Macho Trans Am #24. This is because I am displaying the Macho
            and MSE cars in numerical order on the lots as you have probably already seen. Although not a requirement, since
            some owner may have Machos or MSEs with rare equipment options and do not wish to divulge the fact, I would
            highly encourage you to include a list or breakdown of the modifications performed on your car by DKM and the
            different options or packages it received. Other information on the car is completely up to you. See the "What kind of
            information would you like me to include about my Firebird" faq.

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How do I get my bitchin' 9 second tubbed Firebird on the Drag Racing Firebirds Lot ?

Well that sentence is a little misleading so let me clarify who this section is for. This section is specifically reserved for cars that are no longer stock and are used solely for the drag strip. If your car is basically stock, street legal but is taken to the track a few weekends a year then your car can be displayed on one of the lots associated with its year model. However if your car is no longer stock and is outfitted for some form of regular drag racing then this is where your car should be displayed. Pro Street to Top Fuel to Funny Cars is what you'll find gracing the pages of these lots. Now how do you get that bitchin' 9 second tubbed Firebird on the DRF lot! Two things must be done:

        1. First you need to send me some pictures of your car. You need to follow the same guidelines for sending images to me
            that was discussed in the "How do I send you pictures of my Firebird?" faq.

        2. Second you need to send me some information about your Bird. Here's the categories I am displaying for each car and
            the kind of information I am looking for:

                  a) Engine: This should be fairly obvious. I'd like to see information on displacement, horse power ratings and how it
                      was built from bottom to top. You may be as in-depth and technical as you wish.
                  b) Drivetrain: Rear end and tranny information goes here. Suspension and/or braking modifications can also be covered
                       here. Chassis and frame info may also be added.
                  c) Body & Interior: Here you tell us what modifications were made to the body an interior to get it on the drag strip be
                       it mild or wild. Tubbing the rear, replacing the interior with aluminum sheet metal etc....
                  d) Best Quarter Mile Time: I think I would be severely remiss if I didn't include this one and I think its self explanatory.
                       Just be honest please.

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How do I get my Firebird on the International Firebirds Lot ?

This is very easy to do. You need to do two things:

        1. First you need to send me some pictures of your car. You need to follow the same guidelines for sending images to me
            that was discussed in the "How do I send you pictures of my Firebird?" faq.

        2. Second you need to send me some information about your car. You may reference the "What kind of information
            would you like me to include about my Firebird" faq for general information but for Firebirds that are located overseas
            I am interested in:

             a) How you came to own the car, when it was shipped from there from the United States (if applicable).
             b) If there are Pontiac or Firebird related clubs in your country. If there are a lot of Firebirds in your country or area.
             c) Your impression of the Firebird you own.

            You may provide as much or as little information about you and your car as you like. The things mentioned above are
             not requirements just requests. Please feel free to add anything you feel is pertinent that I have not covered.

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What's the optimal resolution for viewing the Firebird Gallery?

          The Firebird Gallery is designed to be viewed at 1024x768 at 32bit True Color. Please see your computer or video card documentation for instructions on how to change your video resolution.

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