1965 Pontiac LeMans Custom (Tuff65)
Last updated May 5, 2009
I first got her in June of 1999. For $2400.00 in Spokane, Wa.
She was Gun metal grey.With no primer under the paint. Bondo with no hardner in it. (like chewed Wriggleys GUM ) She had a Pontiac 350 then,With a rod knocking.and a 2 speed Power Glide automatic.
Dents,dings,And lots of rust. In Quarters and trunk floor.
couple small rust spots in Drivers floor boards. And rotten around front windshield & Rear windshield.
But I didn't care...Because I had one in high School and traded it off for a pickup.I hated myself for that,for years...
It took 15 years to find another one,I could afford.
So I bought it knowing full well what it would take to make it right!
I Painted her Black Primer ( really flat black paint )in 2001. And she ran that way for three years,Up to 2004.I also had a 1969 L88 Corvette scoop on the hood then.And will have again Soon...
Now she's Custom ! Shaved Handles,Shaved Antena & Shaved Body Seams.1985 Monte Carlo Mirrors.
Paint(1994 Chevy pickup Light Quasar Blue ) with Silver-Blue Ghost Flames on a G.T.O hood,and front fenders. All rust repair was done while in the Body shop for 13 Months.
Body work and paint done by Rick Newton. He takes a while,but he dose a good job. ( Kettle Falls Collision) Kettle Falls,Wa. Now I hear he is in Post Falls,Idaho.
All rust replaced with new metal,done right!
She runs a 360 hp 1976 Pontiac Trans AM 400/4bbl Edelbrock 750,With K&N Filter,Torquer Intake. High Performance HEI ignition,with wire braided 8mm spark-plug wires.
3 tube Headers Center tube is bigger,With Flowmaster 2.5"exhaust out the back.
With a 350 Turbo Trans and trans cooler/Pickup Tow package. Shifts smooth if you drive mellow. Shifts Hard ( @ 4200 RPMs )if you drive hard. Or you can shift it yourself @ 5500 RPM's,B&M Star Shifter. Rachet shift.
Aluminium 2 row 1" tubes Cross Flow Radiator.
I will have a balanced and blue printed 1971 455 Pontiac in it soon.It should be some where in the 400+ horse range.With the goodies on it. It's going to be an awesome engine.
308 rearend. For the highway.( cruiser ).....She scratches every gear.( Even loaded with 4 people and a full trunk )
Should be even more fun with the 455!
Flowmaster Dual Exhaust. I had 24" long,4" wide Chrome Tips put on summer of 2006.
She's no quarter mile car...she would probably run in the 13's.Which is alright but not super quick....
Weld Racing Wheels. 15"x10"s with 275/50/15s BFGs in the rear. 15"x8"s with 215/60/15s BFGs up front.
I want to go back to the 295/50/15s on the rear,but I have to mini Tub it frist. She was rubbing a little on the frame with the 295s. A 1/2" of clearence wasn't enough.You can see the 295/50's on it.Below in black primer.
She has 1974 Chevy Nova Disc Brakes up front. Done in 2003 by Carry Brooks. Colville,Wa. A Friend.I want to put disc's on the rear eventually.
Glass etching was done by myself. I do Glass etching,and Draw Pencil portraits of Automobiles. And other stuff as well.
I Hunt for extra parts always,and Save all I find.And buy new....( Ebay,Yearone,Paddock,Ames Performance,and Auto parts stores )
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