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  1. Hi! I grew up with a 63 and 66 Star Chiefs. Learned to drive on the 66. Now I have a 65 Catalina Safari which I’ve owned long enough for both my kids to learn to drive on. Now she’s at a body shop getting gussied up and also having a custom interior installed.
    6 points
  2. Hello Pontiac Fans. I have finally got another Pontiac after many decades without one. A 1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport at age 16 is what sparked my enthusiasm and of course I fell in love with the GTO. Realizing that I cannot afford the GTO or even the 64 on up Tempest and LeMans, I found a 1963 LeMans last week and it now resides in my garage. It will be a project car shared with my oldest son, we plan on just getting her back to stock and trying to preserve the unique history and drive train on that year. So, I look forward to being in this community and I am sure I will be asking for advice and
    6 points
  3. Got it back out for the spring/summer. 3800 Supercharged engine swap. It’s a fun unit!
    6 points
  4. Here you go! https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-antique-1800s-pontiac-buggy-1818317659
    5 points
  5. The first vehicles named Pontiac were horse drawn carriages and sleighs starting in 1893 by the Pontiac Buggy Company. Founder Edward Murphy would later create Oakland Motor Car Company in 1908. GM would purchase Oakland in 1909. The first automobile named "The Pontiac" HIgh Wheel Runabout was created by the Pontiac Spring and Wagon Works in 1908, not Oakland Motor Car Company. Around 50 are believed to have been built in 1908. Four are known to still exist, two of them are in Michigan. One in Flint and one in Pontiac. The first Pontiac made by General Motors and Oakland M
    5 points
  6. Thought I would post some of what’s be going on as of late in the old shoppe! I don’t get a lot of time these days, sounds crazy I know, but when you’re retired time just flys away! Right now I just been playin around with some ideas! A 3D Chief Pontiac piece! Long way to go, but I thought some might be interested! This was just a first what if, but soon I changed this concept and plan on removing the center aluminum section of the head!
    5 points
  7. I bought the car six months ago. The previous owner had a new paint done. The engine and the interior are original. I'm so proud to have bought this car. The bird is the same age as me 😳But he looks much better 😂
    5 points
  8. Hay guys I didn’t show you my score .... these are the personalised plates I got for the 64
    5 points
  9. 1964 Catalina original survivor 64,000 miles , Kansas car with factory AC .
    5 points
  10. we lucked out. spent a week there and not a single time did it rain. some of the most friendly people we ran into there for sure. spent many long nights in pubs
    5 points
  11. That is seriously excellent craftsmanship, well done. I've got one year & 4 months before I can apparently retire - those are self imposed dates so as to reach certain fiscal targets before I let go of my income stream. But, I gotta say with each passing week an expense pops up and a little bolt of fear shoots down my spine that reminds me how lucky I am to still be working. Anyway, your handiwork reeks of perfection. 👍
    5 points
  12. So glad to be a part of this forum! Looking forward to all things Pontiac!!! I drive a stock 1963 Bonneville Convertible just as it rolled out of the factory. I have had my Pontiac for years, and I am the second owner. It is Grenadier Red, Black Interior and White Top. 8 lugs. JC Penney aftermarket AC installed 7/64. Blows ice cold. Original drivetrain, to include 389 4bbl. AM/FM with reverb. PS, PB. Bench front seat. Gauge package. All original body panels. Rust free. Chrome and stainless is just as it was originally delivered.I have owned the car for years, and I am the second
    5 points
  13. Hope everyone is having a good Friday
    4 points
  14. Welcome aboard. Congrats for finding this Lemans. Great another Pontiac saved. The time you spend with your son rebuilding this car is priceless. Good luck with your project.
    4 points
  15. HISTORICAL FACT Here's a little known fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends. The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter. Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that
    4 points
  16. quick update. Took some photos sitting in the carport waiting for the snow to thaw for first test drive.
    4 points
  17. No apologies needed bro. Not sure if you still need to know now or not but on my 17 inch rims the bore size is 83.06 according to American Racing. Hope it helps
    4 points
  18. Got a few hours today and started to assemble the front suspension, had a hard time getting the springs in with no weight on the front end, had three people sitting on the cowl and used a spring compressor to make it happen, all new bushings, ball joints and all the steering components. tried the to see if i could use the existing bracket for the brake caliper hose but that is not going to happen, it is not going to bend correctly when turning so I'm going to have to put it in the front of the spring instead and make a new brake line to make it work also had to cut of the little "guide"
    4 points
  19. Did everybody read this? I took the time to carefully read it and it's GOLD. If you haven't run out to the garage and made sure this is happening on your engine, shame on you! Go on, I don't care if you have Krusty The Klown pyjamas on - go out there right now and make sure you are taking advantage of full manifold vacuum by porting the vacuum advance BELOW the throttle plate, not above it. I once experimented with my old 1968 302 Fairlane and disconnected the vacuum advance and played with the timing and went for a long drive. The thing drank so much fuel that I reversed everything I had
    4 points
  20. Yeah Fitzy, your 100% right brother. I looked at some other forums before joining this one. I had never been on a forum and stayed away because of the trash taking and lack of respect. I would look for answers but that was it. I actually looked back on this site at some older posts and the comments people had trying to help each other. I watched new posts and member interaction for a couple of weeks before finally joining and speaking. I guess I was just nervous asking strangers for help after seeing all the bull crap on other sites. I'm glad I joined (still the only forum Iv been on). The lev
    4 points
  21. Awesome ride. A local friend built this beast.
    4 points
  22. Construction adhesive is pretty damn strong-why not try that first and next time you use the horn ring, honk gently. I remember my father (who had a sharp temper in traffic) honking someone in his 67 Falcon and snapped the horn ring right off. Hilarious. Oil cap under the hood-tragic!
    4 points
  23. Careful mate - she could be planning your untimely and tragic end right now! Of course the reason why most men die before their wives is....THEY WANT TO!!!
    4 points
  24. Nice plates. I found mine on ebay and it was entirely coincidental that the letters are GPS - Grand Prix...I dunno...Sixties? Anyway, I'm sure everyone is aware that 60s black and gold CA plates are worth money these days. They are period correct for my 65 car and it was born in CA, so pretty close, plus they really stick out here in Oz.
    4 points
  25. very cool info Frosty... check this out, and there is a picture of my spanner !!! 1920's https://swanstromtools.com/about/history/
    4 points
  26. Yup! Handed down tools are as meaningful as JustA bout anything! In my case my dad didn’t have anything to hand down as he really wasn’t a handy guy! It is what it is! Fact is you really wanted to keep him away from things! Once he tried to replace the master cylinder on our 57 chevy! He ended up driving through our garage! Really! Another time he built a stool to stand on,,,, yes it collapsed when he stood on it! But the good news is my grandfather, my moms dad, was that guy and while nobody ever showed me how to do anything when I was young, I do have some of his old tools! The man who
    4 points
  27. Along with the mystery plates we found this!!!
    4 points
  28. Fitzy, life is too short to worry about money, justA get rid of it as fast as you can!! its evil the wife bangs on about what i spend on .... Quote... "my hobby" ALL THE TIME... i justA tell her i will be dead soon and you can sell all my toys and spend the money on your retirement home!!! ahahhaha
    4 points
  29. 'Trying to win this race.' Yeah, right. I'm having 2 minute noodles as a special treat tonight before crying myself to sleep after surveying the shreds of my bank account. No race here, I'm just over looking at the old girl and hoping stuff was done, so I made it happen.
    4 points
  30. finally got a few hours to finish up the floor, front suspension installation next.
    4 points
  31. After all I've seen from Last Indian......I won't even be impressed with this one until he sings with it. UNH UNH UNH....
    4 points
  32. Wow, you lucked out there with a nice interior. Mine was comprehensively trashed except for the rear seat which I will be reusing. The asbestos component in the headlining is the insulation that was glued to the roof - I can only guess it was fire retardant. My car was also black interior with silver headlining but I chose to go black headlining with those little stars which was apparently pre 64 only. They did a special order for me, coz I'm a bit special... I knew there'd be some backlash about the avatar! I only said it because they are such a nice looking car and perhaps another
    4 points
  33. I went to see the car today so as to assist when it got loaded and taken to the exhaust shop. The mechanic invited me under his hoist so I could see the extent of the header fit. 'Tight fit' is a favourite of mine, but we're talking TIGHT! Old starter cables not long enough now due to header placement, so new ones to be fabricated. Now have to use the compact alternative oil filter so that I can get it to fit. The collectors don't match up with the factory exhaust pipe reliefs shaped into the crossmember, so the exhaust place would have had fun playing with that. New manual steering box is fri
    4 points
  34. THIS is VERY TEDIOUS! My fingers hurt 😓
    4 points
  35. Ok! So #3 is a little more 3D, a little bolder? Maybe?! But all have quite away to go!
    4 points
  36. His welding slag is art..
    4 points
  37. My sister had a 68 Firebird, that was the start. Got my 68 Firebird Sprint in 85, until 2009 when Solstice GXP caught my eye, that was all she wrote. Traded my bird in immediately and no regrets!
    4 points
  38. Last Indian is such a mad genius when it comes to this stuff. When he sent me some of his creations, it was like opening a brand new Christmas present. He does such great work!
    4 points
  39. So there was a quick change to an open assembly with a solid, one piece head! Both of these units I will finish, but again it JustA didn’t grab me so I have gone to a third idea! This one is a little more 3D I think! Of which I will post some pictures of soon!
    4 points
  40. Same !!!!!, Last Indian, are you doing that free hand or is the vise justA for presentation ???
    4 points
  41. 4 points
  42. Looks like a fart can off a Honduh.
    4 points
  43. I did speak with Wilwood briefly at the onset and they have nothing for that era Pontiac or other GM. They do have rear conversions for the 9.3 drop out axle but they are quite large and will not fit in my 15 inch wheels. Don't know about Corvette but Camaro/ Firebird hubs or rotors won't work because they have a 4 1/2 bolt circle and the Catalina has a 5. My present plan is to use the hubs out of the front drums, it is probable that they have 12 inch hats with the 5 inch bolt circle hopefully with a useable offset. Larry has known Bill Wood for years and is going to put me in touch with him t
    4 points
  44. I know. It looks shit hot, but I can't get the car out of my driveway! It was the ridiculous ride height plus a 2" drop off the concrete where it's parked onto my scoured out driveway and hey presto, "clack, clack, clack." Hello crank, this here's the oil pan saying howdy. The replacement coils are a 2" drop, so it'll look much the same only not quite so low. I'll modify the driveway before I touch those springs again!
    4 points
  45. The car is getting trucked to the mechanic tomorrow, so I used a 'waterless car wash' and it came up pretty good. Truth be known, the poor old thing was covered in dust and I wanted the mechanic to at least get to work on something that was presentable and not looking like it was dredged out of a wrecking yard. So, if all goes well it should come back with the front end done, new slightly higher front coils, new manual steering box, new starter motor, serviced TH400, bloody oil pan straightened out, new diff pinion seal AND those wonderful Doug's headers bolted on. After that it's off to the e
    4 points
  46. Honestly guys between the weather and the bike in the garage I haven't had time to do ANYTHING to my girl! I plan on have this guys bike in color and flake this week and playing with the GP after that. Once she's started again and running I'll determined to take her for a drive lol. Ill send a video, if I'm not pushing her. lol
    4 points
  47. Popped my top? Over that crappy tacho? Well, yeah, I suppose I did. I've banned myself from looking at it in case I wear it out. Met the mechanic today and we're all good for Friday. The following Friday it's booked in to get it's new twin exhaust. In a couple of weeks time it's booked in to the auto trimmer. Then, I guess I need to "drive it like I stole it." The race is on. Wrongway must be under the hood sorting out the last bits and pieces so he can blow us away first.
    4 points
  48. welcome Jim. what an outstanding 63 you have !! welcome to the mad house where we bore our wife stiff and enjoy spinning our wheels on a daily basis tell us all about your 63
    4 points
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