JT  Sep 15 2007 - 8:34am   

Scott Moyer, member and moderator of ThirdGen.org, has put in a lot of time and effort to get members of ThirdGen.org official, colored, T-shirts!

For T-shirt and ordering information, please see the following post on ThirdGen.org's forum:

A sample of the T-shirt:

JT  Sep 10 2007 - 5:42am   

A couple months ago, we released a new ThirdGen.org forum style called "TGO Classic". Veterans of ThirdGen.org may remember the look, as "TGO Classic" resembles as closely as possible the look that ThirdGen.org's forums appeared as for most of it's time online, up until 2006. If you would like to view ThirdGen.org's forums using the "TGO Classic" style:

1) Log into the ThirdGen.org forums
2) Click on the UserCP link
3) Click on Edit Options link
4) Under Miscellaneous Options, change Forum Skin to "TGO Classic"
5) Click on Save Changes button

It can also be previewed using the Quick Style Chooser at the bottom left of the boards.

JT  May 10 2007 - 12:49am   

Member phess11 sent us two magazine articles to add to TGO's Magazine Articles collection:

Mustang vs. Camaro - Car and Driver - June 1983

Best Handling American Car - Car and Driver - May 1984

Also, member 80salltheway sent us a copy of the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Brochure to add to the Sales Media section.

Thanks for your contributions to the Multimedia section!

JT  Mar 21 2007 - 1:07am   

Thanks to member HP52TA for submitting the following magazine articles to add to our Magazine Articles collection:

Building a better Firebird - HPP - Dec 89

SLP TPI Build - HPP - Feb 89

FBody Build-Up - Muscle Car - Nov 89

dave8412  Mar 1 2007 - 12:00pm   

We're always looking for ways to improve the site and we're hearing everyone's suggestions. A big feature that has been asked for over and over again is to reduce the time between search. After doing extensive research and finding a method that was both lightning fast AND reliable we have instated a new and improved search function for ThirdGen.org. Instead of waiting a full minute between searches we have gotten that time down to 15 seconds. So by the time you're done sorting through the results you're ready to search again with no restraints.

Another vast improvement to the search feature is the speed and returned results. Instead of having to wait 20 - 50 seconds (or more) for your results to be returned, you are getting your answers in second or even fractions of a second. This is great!!! You may have also noticed that the returned results seem to be more relevant to what you are looking for, as well as more current and active threads. All in all, this new search feature just rocks and we hope you enjoy using it.

Another little feature that was added was the size that LARGE images get reduced to when you insert them directly into a thread. Instead of 700px wide you can now view your images at 800px wide, which is usually what most people upload their images as. If an image is larger than that and you wish to get a more accurate view of what it looks like, go ahead and "Right Click" on the image and choose "View Image". This will take you to a page where you get to view the image in it's native resolution. Anything that makes ThirdGen.org more user friendly is what we're striving for. We hope you enjoy the changes as much as we do.

JT  Oct 12 2006 - 10:18pm   

ThirdGen.org has a new RPO decoder! Dirk sent us a program that he had one of his friends write for ThirdGen.org some time ago. The new RPO decoder requires that you install the program onto your computer, and it requires that your computer have .NET framework installed. Right-Click on the link to save the TGO Decoder to your computer, then install it.

Member Sonix sent us a technical article, SBC Camshafts – A primer, that explains small block chevy camshafts with pictures.

Finally, member firebirdta84 sent us a copy of an article from an Autoweek 1980 magazine: 1982 Firebird and Camaro Preview.

jasonlitka  Sep 26 2006 - 10:24am   

This site will be going offline on 9/28/2006 at 9:30 AM (Eastern) in order to move to a new server. This move should be complete by the end of the day, although it may take up to 48 hours for DNS changes to propagate to your internet service provider.

10/9/2006 UPDATE: The server move went pretty smoothly. There were only a few hours of downtime (mostly due to how long it takes to move 15GB of data across the internet and then unpack a zillion tiny files). At this point, we are using a master/slave setup for the database. This has worked out so well that the search restrictions have been drastically decreased. There is still a 60 second wait between searches (this does NOT apply if your first search returns no results) and you are still limited to 1000 results, but the limit of 5 users searching at a time has been removed, as has the 5 minute penalty for double-clicking the Search's "Go" button.

dave8412  Sep 8 2006 - 3:12pm   

The site has been and will be undergoing maintenance to upgrade the CMS. In the near future we are planning to upgrade to a new version of MySQL and PHP.

Till this is completed the CMS will be down for short periods of time and may not look as it did before.
You will still be able to view the forums and participate in forum topics.


dave8412  Aug 10 2006 - 9:23am   

You may have noticed that yesterday the site was down for a short period due to server upgrades. We intend to make some more adjustments to this setup that will further increase the response times of ThirdGen.org.

Today we will be upgrading vBulletin to version 3.6 so the techboards will be down for a short while around 11am.

JT  Aug 8 2006 - 11:05pm   

While going through old VHS tapes, firebirdta84 came across an old GM commercial for the 1984 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta. He converted it into a MPEG format which can be viewed here: 1984 Chevy Camaro Berlinetta Commercial

We've also added a new Tech Article on the VATS and PASSKey system for those who need help troubleshooting the system that can cause a no-start condition. The article can be seen here: VATS and PASSKey System


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