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Old January 5th, 2019, 12:23 PM
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Congrat's on the purchase, I typo's the engine years that will bolt in without to many issues, should have been 1965 to 1978, I typed 56-78 sorry. Your trans should be a TH-400 so common and tough transmission, if you need to replace it be sure to get the BOP (Buick/Olds/Pontiac) bolt pattern, not one with the Chevy Bolt pattern.

Looking forward to the pictures
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Got the car home this morning.Took some pics.opened glove box and has lots of paperwork in it. Car was first sold from St Louis dealer. Have the owners manual and convertible top manual in there also. The story as far back as I know is a guy bought it in 1988 and licensed it and started to buy parts for it as you can see in the pictures, Came with new rear quarter skins and tail panel and some door panels and tail lights and misc. The guy parked it in 1989 in a garage and has sat there ever since. Thats why motor is stuck for now and one brake is stuck. Looks like he had put a different hood on it and car came with a nice front bumper which I am getting ready to go pick up. Looks like I am going to need a steering wheel also.
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Old January 6th, 2019, 05:36 PM
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thanks for posting the pictures and good luck with the parts hunt
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Old January 7th, 2019, 01:47 PM
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Looks like an A/C Equipped car, that combo of a convertible with A/C was no very common on Pontiac's of that era, I had a 65 2+2 so equipped and everyone thought it was handed down to me from my Rich Daddy!
Unfortunatly those Plastic GM Steering Wheels did not hold up well to age or sunlight. Some of the multicolored ones are great looking, but very expensive to restore. yours probably looked something like this one

It looks like a nice Project thanks for posting Pictures.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 06:43 PM
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Motor doesn't want to free up. Guess Ill pull the heads off and look at the cylinders. Water pump was even seized up.But it has sat in a garage for 30 years.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 09:55 PM
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I have engine out..Checking the numbers on the block it looks to be a 71 engine. Must have been changed many years ago. I finally got the pistons out with lots of sea foam creep and a 5 pound hammer. Cylinders are rusty except for a couple. Next step is engine guy to get cleaned a bored.
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