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Second build for my 74 Lemans..

Post by twoponchos on Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:40 pm

I'll try and keep this short..

 This pic was taken about 6 months after I purchased it around 13 years ago..  Car was born in Canada with a chev 350, and auto on column.  Spent its life in the desert area of Alberta, Canada until I purchased it. Paid $1000 for it and drove it home.  Very solid car, with one repaint, but the blue cloth interior was destroyed by the sun.  I Immediately replaced all worn suspension, wheels, tires, and interior. Freshened the motor with cam, intake, carb, swapped points for hei ignition.   After a year or so I converted it to a manual trans using a 74 Grand-Am as a donor.  Drove the car this way for a couple more years as a daily driver.


could not stand the badly faded paint any longer, so I took it upon myself to repaint.



Again.. this was my daily driver at the time, and I drove it to work during the week. Sure was noisy with no weather stripping!



And then it emerged from the Garage within a week of starting the bodywork...



I dyed all of the interior pieces to match the seats.



Drove it a couple more years until finding a 70 Bonneville with a 455 to replace the chev 350.  Made some upgrades of course!

No longer the daily driver.




Fast forward until the present!

Complete car is coming apart for a real makeover!





Plans include a repaint back to a blue color, auto trans, and a twin turbo setup.  I'm really hoping all will be done by next summer.  I miss driving the old girl already!

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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:51 am

Nice story! and secondly, dont ever "make it short", we all like stories and pictures around here. Very cool car.
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Post by Pontichev327 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:21 am

Awesome car, cool story too. They may be heavy, but there is something really beautiful about a freshly painted Pontiac mill.....
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Post by dynchel on Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:33 am

Welcome, I always liked the '74 LeMans ever since the one kid in my high school had one.
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Post by driveit on Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:40 am

Awesome.  Can't wait to her read and see more pics!
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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:50 pm

Very nice, Keep up the good work. Persionally I liked the one color better than the two tone. JB
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:59 pm

welcome aboard

very nice ride.
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Post by DiscoMalibu on Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:23 pm

Yes! A Poncho! Cool I saw a kid around my area with a blue one but the quarters were so rotten I could stick my head in the trunk! Awesome car, glad to a see a Pontiac on the list of Projects. Keep us posted!
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Post by skeezix91 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:26 pm

Nice Lemans man! Smile

Too bad they're hard to find parts for. Sad
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Post by LSANTI76 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:04 pm

Sharp looking car!! The white interior really looks classy as well with the best part of a factory color 455 in between the wells. Hard to beat the excellent low end torque & mid range power of a 455.
Cool story & very nice work!
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