1969 Pontiac Custom S (Custom S)
Last updated Mar 9, 2012
Back in late October 2011, I was looking to add another project car to work on. I saw this on Craiglist listed for $2350 and my wife contacted the owner. He didn't seem too keen on selling it, but his wife insisted he get rid of it.
However, he hesitated and told us he'd call us that weekend to let us know if the Pontiac was still available. He had other buyers interested. Not wanting to wait, we contacted another seller about a 1969 Skylark. Right up to Saturday, we had every intention of buying the Skylark, but that deal fell through. Cash in hand, we frantically scoured Craigslist looking for another vehicle to buy.
Things just had a way of working out. The owner of this Pontiac told us that the other buyers backed out and wanted to know if we were still interested. Of course we were.
A 40 minute drive to Brentwood and we were looking over the car. The exterior was rough, but solid. The interior was not really there. But, the engine bay was immaculate. I could see where all their project money went.
This was a father and son project bought when his oldest son was in High School. They worked on it for four years, but as soon as his son graduated, he became interested in sport bikes. And, so it sat.
The owner and I took it for a spin. She drove very well. I switched with him and drove it for a little while. I was in love.
We went back to his home and signed the paper work and I paid him.
The unthinkable happened. As soon as we shook hands and my family loaded themselves into our sedan, I sat in the Pontiac and tried to start her up.
Nothing. No crank.
The previous owner tried to figure out what happened. He tried to jump start the battery, but that didn't work. I felt deflated.
I also felt determined. Thankfully, I had reupped my membership with AAA and had it towed home. Our neighbor, who was a mechanic and former Datsun 510 Racer and champion, determined it was the neutral safety switch that stopped working. He bypassed it and put a button start and all was well.
Pontiac 350ci Engine
Hooker Headers, Edelbrock Intake and 4bbl carb, K&N Air Filter, Dual Flowmaster Exhaust with 3" pipes, Hurst Dual Gate Shifter, Pontiac Rally II wheels and BF Goodrich Radial T/As, .
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