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Debbie Harris's 1969 Grand Prix

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  1. Many thankz to Ringo for sponsoring the calander contest and all that goes with it. Congrat's to all that entered, soooo many fine Pontiac's and those that won a spot.
    6 points
  2. Congratulations to all who entered, always a tough job to make a choice! Kudos to all the winners and especially too my buddy JustA! Congratulations Steve!
    5 points
  3. We are all winners for driving such good looking cars.
    5 points
  4. i think its beer o clock!! my boss is currently stuck in Auckland after going up,to help with the new grand baby but now cant get home thanks to there being a border between Auckland and the rest of nz.. she is whats called level 4 up there and tomorrow it drops to level 3 but shes still not allowed to come home !! guess i will be cooking for myself for a while yet!!! hmmmm tomorrow night will be pork chop night,,, followed by steak eggs and chips night followed by crumbed fish night. followed by lamb roast night... ...... who was i talkiing about ?????? i forget ?
    5 points
  5. Yes, she is road race prepared, 5 speed Richmond gearbox, Baer brakes, hotchkiss suspension etc, but no, I don't race!
    4 points
  6. Hey y'all, home again after 7 days at work. I came home to a sack of presents and am now waiting on engine internals to turn up so's I can get the thing back together. Will visit machinist tomorrow to see how they're going. Should have engine bay mostly sorted by end of my R and R. Will catch up on all your activities tomorrow morning.
    4 points
  7. Where are you putting the bed and tv?
    4 points
  8. Congratulations to our 2022 Forever Pontiac Calendar inductees (guess, we can use that term ) and thank you to all participated/voted! Please message me the original file of your photo from your camera. Having the highest resolution possible will provide us with the best quality printed calendar. If for some reason we are unable to find a high quality image or we fail to receive a message from you, we will move to the next user voted. Please message me by October 11th, 2021. We will move forward with the next individual if we do not receive a message by then. (if you require more time, please be sure to message me.) Here are our winners!: @JAMIE's 1966 Bonneville ✅ @Bob S' 1970 Firebird ✅ @Mike Register's 1968 Firebird ✅ @Lucky's 1974 Firebird @TranzAm69's 1969 Firebird ✅ @Debbie Harris's 1969 Grand Prix ✅ @Champagne_jewel's GTO ✅ @GTO TEX's 1966 GTO ✅ @tonyspizza131's 1970 GTO ✅ @JUSTA6's 1966 GTO ✅ @CLEARCROW's 1971 Lemans ✅ @JUSTA6's 1980 Sunbird ✅ Once I start receiving full resolution photos, I will add a ✅ next to your name. Thanks!
    4 points
  9. Wrapped in a Chicago tribune gift wrap
    4 points
  10. Wow, what a day in Nj & Pa.! Rolled the Firebird T/A convert out to stretch her legs. no disappointment on this spectacular early Fall day. Took a drive from the Jersey shore to the Poconos with top down. Perfect 70 degree temperature, plenty of sun, a bit of early color change! Drove thru the Deleware Water Gap, super views & River was Gorgeous! Definitely my favorite time of year, now till late Nov. Even if u need to put the heat on with the top down 👍😁!
    4 points
  11. Those photos are great, and I love the inclusion of the old ads. You've inspired me to screenshot the ad that whetted my appetite to get a Grand Prix. I'm hoping that when I finally get my old girl on the road that people will show similar appreciation - mind you I'm friendly and sociable to a point, then it's a short road to wishing they'd just go away!
    4 points
  12. Wanna see some Pontiac's??? Met up with Mike N his 65 GTO, on the cruise to Farmington, was gonna peel off but he needed gas too. Formed a crowd when people saw me taking pic's.Met up with IndyJoe when I got there. Jim Larson was also there today.
    4 points
  13. Yes Andy, despite the fact most of us will escape unscathed, this thing is real and just because it's invisible doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Nobody likes restrictions and we don't need internet jerks going nuts about the dangers of vaccinations, but if the choice is permanent damage, death or a side effect from a shot, I'll take the latter. Good advice for everyone is to be sensible and do the right thing - a lot harder for a surprising number of people to do apparently.
    4 points
  14. As you know, my nice new 067 Mellings cam turned up and it went to the machinist so they could hone the new cam bearings to suit. All the bits will be ready to pick up next week BUT we're going on a little road trip for a few days, but upon my return, I get to pick up my stuff and then comes the crucial bit: reassembly. The machinist offered me some tips and I share them here for the general good: A small smear of assembly lube on all the bearing shells, some specific cam assembly lube on the cam lobes, some zinc additive to go in with the initial oil fill to help protect those lobes during break in, run engine at 2000rpm upon starting, for 20 minutes. This is critical to ensure lobes will last the life of the engine. Lastly, he made me promise to get an oil pump priming tool that you turn with your power drill, through the distributor shaft hole in order to guarantee full pressurised lubrication upon start up. Is it 3am yet? I need to start worrying. I'm now concentrating on all the bits bolted to the firewall. I cleaned up the regulator box and the throttle linkage. Check out the 'printed circuit' under the guts of the regulator. THAT is how electric connections were made in the 60s - out of metal that is 2mm thick, and certainly the reason why that regulator is still regulating 55 years later. One last thing: Butler emailed me to tell me that the Cold Case radiator I ordered doesn't even exist, even though it clearly exists on both websites. I have given up, ordered a refund and will now go with an Aussie Desert Cooler aluminium job, for about the same money.
    3 points
  15. Ringo certainly knows his British comedies. If you guys have never watched Shaun The Sheep or The IT Crowd, you gotta have a look. Anyway, I'm happy to report that my firmware is now software and I can think properly again!
    3 points
  16. Hi all, just wanted to say hi before I explore this site and find fellow PONTIAC lovers!
    3 points
  17. I 2 was thinking it didn’t seem 2 bad. I’d put it between good & excellent (-10%) for auto puts it about $14500. Figured he’s pretty close. Probly will start @ $9500 & see how he reacts. I wouldn’t do full price for sure as after I do what I want pretty sure I won’t get it back but if I keep it I’m not really worried! I do love the body & paint & the minimal graphics. No Thunder chicken on the hood😎. It’ll be a fun ride with another 200 hp & a stick😁!
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. Have been following on Twitter and decided to join.
    3 points
  20. First and second coats of concrete sealer are now applied. Time to start moving in earnest! Jacob and I made at least four trips this weekend moving stuff. Car parts are on the mezzanine now. Tools are now arriving.
    3 points
  21. First stop would be Franks Pontiac Parts in 29 Palms California. https://www.frankspontiacparts.com/ Dessert Valley Auto Parts https://www.dvap.com/ Start with these two. If you don't have any luck, let me know. I know of other junkyards around the country.
    3 points
  22. My name is Jim Suva. I live in Westchester, Illinois. My ride is a 1977 Firebird Esprit. A tribute car to James Garner's Rockford Files Firebird. I am a member of POCI and The Crusin'Tigers Pontiac Club. I have written articles for POCI's Smoke Signals magazine and have been a Co-chair of the last two years of our Annual Indian Uprising Car Show. I was the Chairman of this years event and am the Chairman for next years 31st Annual Indian Uprings in Crystal Lake, Illinois. I am very happy to join your group. Thank you, Jim Suva
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. Yeah man ! I have only justA learnt what a flux capacitor is !!!and I am not even going to ask what a root file is !
    3 points
  25. Another day of cleaning engine bits & pieces. I gotta say, I'm over it! Tomorrow should see the last few bits cleaned up. I painted the crank pulley black to match my new single groove water pump pulley, and all the other bits will be polished clear coated steel. As you can see, the Pontiac Room is once again filling with shiny engine bits - not far off now before all that crap gets bolted together again and shoved back in the engine bay. The good news is that my Butler engine rebuild kit got delivered today. Look at those beautiful KB hypereutectics. A little worryingly, the cam that I ordered the week before is still out there somewhere - good ol' USPS. Kiwi, if you're reading this: when you get the option of how you'd like your stuff delivered, pay the extra few bucks and go the step above USPS. Just like Australia Post, stuff will just sit around until one of the employees sees it and because they've already had lunch and smoko, they'll then reluctantly put it on the conveyor belt. The Frosty Memorial Tacho suffered the USPS treatment en route to Oz. The new pistons have only 2 valve reliefs whereas the stockers have 4. Here's hoping everything works properly! To my surprise, the new slugs have fully floating wrist pins where the stockers are a press fit. I hope the rods can accommodate the change. Bring on 3am! Worry worry worry...
    3 points
  26. Day #2 Missing man formation in honor of Dualquad Pete - who is beside himself because he can't be here this year! The borders between Canada and the US are still closed to tourism and COVID quartine fees are steep ($1200 Cdn) to come back even if you are vaccinated. Here is to you buddy!!!! Rusty and I have you covered! A Desoto with a Firedome Hemi in it. It belongs to my buddy LLoyd, VP of the show. I guess the Charleston Police need a lifted, four-wheel drive, high performance lawn mower? Twin Firebird Formulas - his and hers. One is Formula 350 with a TPI 350, the other is a Formula with a 305 HO motor. I grabbed some aerial views from the top of a parking garage across the street from where I am parked. Tomorrow's big event is the Scenic Cruise (which replaced the Poker Run) sponsored by O'Reilly's Auto Parts. Registration is limited to 15 cars this year, so I was told I had to register early. I was #4 (three other people were already reserved from the Doo Wop committee). I am told we are going thru America's newest National Park (this means we are going up to the New River Gorge Bridge - it use to be National Preserve and Recreational Area - now it's considered a National Park). I am told there are some surprises in store too. So more to come tomorrow.
    3 points
  27. This is my newest friend's 1960 Catalina. Who doesn't love a red dashboard??? He tells me it's a 389 and that the wheels are 1964 Buick SS rims. Nice.
    3 points
  28. Okay, What I Did Today: Clear coated the rocker covers, painted various pieces silver (they attach to silver painted intake) and prepped various other bits to be painted tomorrow and another coat of resin on the tiller. See phenolic spacer pics. The ad said suits AFB, yeah, well it doesn't. I emailed the seller with pics and am waiting to see what they say. If I could drill new holes, no problem but the dimensions are so wrong, I'd have to cut all the edges off and just have it sandwiched between the carb and manifold which I suppose is viable, but I paid my money, so let's get it right. Kiwi, I couldn't source that CRC rust converter you showed me, so bought (at great expense) some Fertan which has a very good reputation. I haven't used it yet, but will let you know.
    3 points
  29. Hey 31pontiac, I was at that show with my Moms 1966 Grand Prix. Wish I would have saw this post earlier I would have said hi. I think I remember seeing your car there. It was a nice show of all GM cars. The entrance fee was a little high compared to other shows around my area, but still a good show. Will probably go next year if they have it at the same location.
    3 points
  30. A few ideas! Seriously, since there is no provision at this time for natural gas, I am thinking of some sort of electric salamander or perhaps some small portable propane heat. First choice is electric since I have the electrical already run through out the garage, I just need to purchase some sort of heater. The insulation is already making a difference. I can feel it just working this past week, when the nights have cooled down outside, it has remained warm inside.
    3 points
  31. OH! Cool a swinging bed! I hope the bed & tv swing in unison! Otherwise you might get motion sickness! The place looks great Frosty! Any planes for heat!
    3 points
  32. Here’s an interesting article. While it’s doubtful GM would bring Pontiac back it’s the most searched question on the internet of any brand Brand of vehicle by a wide margin 🤔 .https://www.motorbiscuit.com/most-searched-dead-brand-is-pontiac-will-gm-bring-it-back/
    3 points
  33. New Bonnie at the beach. This young lady asked for a Bonnie picture to use for a school project
    3 points
  34. Had to stop at the pub in Turangi for lunch
    3 points
  35. Lastly, when I revealed myself to some of friends at the show, my buddy Jim, who was also the DJ, announced to everyone I was there and they proceeded to present me with this award for all my support and contributions to the Hall of Fame. I was definitely not expecting this.
    3 points
  36. Bottom of the pages seems to be round 1. Not making an issue.... but searched for it and got to the topic. Once I replied, its back on the list of featured topic's at the bottom of pages, but even the bottom of home page is still round 1. Justas sayin...
    3 points
  37. hmmm, where is all the wood ????? i cant see it through this forest
    3 points
  38. OK guys I am back, finally got the park brake cables on and all is done. As you can see from the pictures I just connected the hard lines into the caliper. It just takes a 1/8 pipe to 1/4 inverted flare fitting. I would rather have used a short flexible line but could not find what I needed so figured it could wait. I needed to replace the studs as the originals were about two threads from full penetration. These dormans are the closest I could find to what I needed, just had to cut down the shoulder. Not having a lathe I used a drill press and a 5/8 hole saw. If you bend the teeth in so they are snug over the threaded part it makes a really clean cut. The cable connections are at the top of the backing plate and I secured them to the control arm to keep them out of harms way. The right cable is a tiny bit short and you can see from picture 1290 that I needed a slight extension to reach the original connector. I strung the cable as direct as I could keeping it out of the way of exhaust and driveshaft and was still a couple of inches short. But it works so what the h..... The brakes require a burning in which in the big city can be a challenge. Repeated stops from 65 to 25 not many places around here to accomplish that. There are places that I can but it is about an 80 mile round trip. They are coming along, the more I drive the better they get but the first block out of the garage cold I will hold the brake pedal down to warm them up. Reminds me of the old velvetouch shoes if any of you go that far back. If you are planning to drive hard I would recommend up grading to the 6 piston calipers. but for a daily driver it appears that once these completely run in they will be more than adequate. Now for the parts list: 140-11397 complete rear brake kit with parking brake 330-9371 park brake cable kit 120-13846 front caliper 150-8850K front pads (rear pads are in the rear kit) 160-15516 front rotor 220-8763 front brake hose 220-6956 fitting 220-13124 fitting I am into it for about 2200 but remember I have no shipping, they are only about 30 miles away from me. Hopefully I have adequately explained everything if not the floor is now open for questions.
    3 points
  39. Great work so far pal!
    3 points
  40. Another inspirational and color test piece.
    3 points
  41. Both of my girls grew up in the show car world. My son has his own custom shop. My oldest daughter has her 1st car, a G6 and runs to shows with our tribe. She is also here as Justa G6. My youngest has always been a truck girl. Her husband bought her a 55 chevy project....yet to begin. And he had flashbacks to his 1st N favorite car and picked up a 69 Rivera to run with the tribe. Point is.... It's sooo cool to get your son involved. Our kids will keep our sport and our rides going well after we are gone.
    3 points
  42. Back to work tomorrow for another 7 days, but it has been a productive week. Today, I did some more in the engine bay, reprepped & repainted the rocker covers (clear coat will go on when I get back) and had another go at the steering wheel - I did some more shaping and then liberally poured fibreglass resin over the structure and will gradually build it up in layers until the rim thickness is uniform. Next time I'm back, I'll want to at least start prepping underneath the hood for repainting, to complement the refreshed engine bay. My El Cheapo air compressor started leaking from the controller, so there's a new controller coming - thanks ebay: $12 delivered. Whilst the compressor was apart I took the opportunity to give it a clean and tighten all the various fittings, which turned out to be a good move as quite a few of them were loose. I guess the 8 year old child who assembled it in China must have dropped the ball that day.
    3 points
  43. Del ! your car justA screams cool ride mate !!! no wonder old and young fancy a picture in your girl 👍 And look at the setting your in!! omg ! Half of this is your super cool 64... the other half has got to be about you as a owner allowing people to enjoy your car ! i love that you have got your kids involved with the 64. i did the same thing with mine and that in itself creates memories that you, and they, will never forget so cool buddy
    3 points
  44. Very exciting Bonneville weekend. We entered two car shows and won two trophies! There were amazing cars much nicer than ours but people seem to love the Bonneville! I invited anyone who wanted to jump in the car for a picture. Again, you would think I threw them a $100 bill. Dozens of people where absolutely thrilled to get a photo in the “Beach Bonnie” My son is beyond thrilled to put the trophies on his dresser.
    3 points
  45. Not a mechanic at all, just an enthusiastic car guy for many years. And I would certainly never tell anyone how to do something on their car. That's what wifes are for, isn't it?
    3 points
  46. So, I called the machinist today and apparently the block needs to be bored, but the crank and heads have been crack tested and crank only needs linishing. Unfortunately a 030 rebore means new pistons, so went all out and ordered a rebuild kit through Butler which is pistons, rings, bearings, gaskets & seals, plus I chucked in some cam bearings. What the hell - just money, right?
    3 points
  47. i really enjoy sheet metal work... if something doesn't fit you get to bash it into want you want it to be !!! and if that doesn't work! you start again ! that might sound kind of metaphorical
    3 points
  48. Left trunk floor panel done, took a long time to make it fit they way I wanted, on to the center panel. Used weld through primer and I think i put it on to thick did not want to weld real nice but turned out ok after some grinding.
    3 points
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