1980 Pontiac Trans Am Indy
1999 Pontiac Trans Am
Anthony & Lorraine Lee
1954 GMC & 1970 Pontiac GTO
1968 Pontiac Firebird & 1980 Pontiac Trans Am
1963 Pontiac Catalina
1964 Pontiac Grand Prix
John & Barbara Lombardo
1967 Pontiac Lemans
Joe & Becky Madeira
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac GTO
1967 Pontiac Executive
Bill & Barbara Moon
1974 Pontiac Lemans GT
1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible
1970 Pontiac Firebird
Tim & Estre Nichols
1965 Pontiac GTO & 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP
We thought we would tell you a few things about our 1965 GTO Convertible. It was back IN 1974 OR ’75, I was working at Camden Wire 11-7 shift running machines near the time clock, there was a bulletin board with this ’65 GTO for sale. The owner was a fellow employee from Fish Creek Landing. Within a couple of days we went to his house to test drive the car, yes it was a ’65 GTO, but it had lost much of its charm. The upholstery was worn along with the convertible top. It needed upper & lower ball joints, rear end was leaking, in other words it needed work!
It was a GTO, being 23 years old now was the time to own my dream machine, that is if my wife say it’s ok, you know folks when this car was new and I was 15 all I could do was imagine owning one. So I had to convince my wife on this investment. Now I had to negotiate with my wife $650 for this was not too bad of a deal. Finally she agreed. During our ownership it shared honors with our 1967 442 which I had bought in 1972 for $890. I had driven the GTO one Camden winter and at least a couple of years had no garage to store it in. The items that had to be done to the GTO were taken care of such as the convertible top, tires etc.
Finally in 2004 we had a complete frame off restoration done by Mark Choquette to bring the car back from the grave here in Camden. All the rust was removed, new sheet metal installed, all new upholstery and many items rechromed. The 4 speed was rebuilt along with a new flywheel. Just about everything was either refurbished or replaced. Let me back up, all of the above had to be done because when our house caught fire in 1998 the GTO was a little too close; the sheet metal was warped on one side and melted the convertible top and seats. The insurance company declared it as a total loss & I bought it for $2,000 as salvage. There it sat for several years, still Mark took the restoration. During the time the GTO was idle it gave me time to acquire most parts needed.
Now 34 years later we have decided to sell it. Yes I know it’s not all original, I know it doesn’t have everything it was born with but it is still a GTO, a New York State GTO. But that’s Ok. We have owned a 1939 Pontiac Street Rod that will need some TLC and we will be back on the road again!
1970 Pontiac Tempest
Interesting Options: POWER STEERING AND AIR CONDITIONING
Where & when did you find this car?: FOUND IN UNCLE KEVINS GARAGE IN 2000. HE WAS ASKING FOR HELP TO CHANGE THE ENGINE WHILE I WAS UNDER THE CAR I NOTICED HOW CLEAN & RUST FREE IT WAS. I TOLD HIM HOW INTERESTED I WAS IN IT. HE SOLD IT TO ME FOR $2000.
What condition was it in: THE ENGINE UNCLE KEVIN PUT IN WAS A 1974 350 OUT OF A PONTIAC FIREBIRD. THIS ENGINE TURNED OUT TO BE NO GOOD. I WAS THEN ABLE TO GET THE ORIGINAL ENGINE BACK FROM UNCLE KEVIN, REFURBISHED IT, AND DROVE IT FOR 10 YEARS.
THE INTERIOR WAS ROUGH, BUT THE BODY AND FRAME WERE SOLID.
What's the condition currently? What have you done to it?: NOW HAS A 1970 400 GTO MOTOR. THE INTERIOR IS BEING WORKED ON. THE BODY STILL DECENT.
I TURNED IT INTO A MAGNUM 400 TRIBUTE CAR. THERE ARE 17" TORQUE THRUST STYLE WHEELS ON IT.
Why did you buy this particular car?: NO PARTICULAR REASON OTHER THAN IT WAS A SOLID CAR AND THE PRICE WAS RIGHT.
Any interesting facts about this car?:
Who helped you restore this car?: I HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE MECHANICAL THINGS MYSELF. JENNETTE, MY WIFE, IS HELPING WITH THE INTERIOR.
Have you taken any special trips?: WE HAVE STAYED IN NYS, BUT HAVE GONE TO SHOWS IN BUFFALO, ROCHESTER AND SYDNEY. AND OF COURSE, THE SYRACUSE NATIONALS EVERY YEAR.
Has the car won any awards?:
What has been the most enjoyable aspect of owning this car?: IT'S A HEAD TURNER
What are your future plans for this car and do you own any more Pontiacs?: COMPLETE RESTORATION. WE DO NOT OWN ANY OTHER PONTIACS. SADLY.
1969 Pontiac 2 Door Coupe
Where & when did you find this car?: Found the car in 1992 in Constantia N.Y. (was living there at the time).
What condition was it in: Good, had been repainted blue (original was gold). Beginning to bubble around quarter panels. Ran well, would be considered a plain Jane 350 2barrel, single exhaust
What's the condition currently? What have you done to it?: Excellent, complete restoration (guess it would be considered a "restomod"). Complete disassembly, shell blasted and started a build up from there. All metal parts were stripped and or blasted and painted. NOS fenders, one NOS quarter panel one repop from Classic Industries), new door skins. Hood and trunk lid original (added a rear spoiler...just cuz). Went into the build as if I bought this sometime in the 1970's but was afforded today's goodies. Engine rebuilt/tweaked/worked by Billy Law (Oswego). Now sports a 4barrel with dual exhaust (this is the original engine and head setup so decided not to overbore). One of the hardest things was selecting a color!
Why did you buy this particular car?: My first car (bought in "76" with my own money earned from working at a Gulf station during high school) was a pre owned 1969 Camaro RS. I paid a whopping $1,100.00 for it. Since they share the same body, this "Bird" was my fix for selling the RS when I left the armed services in 1980. Grew to love this Bird and the Pontiac brand as a whole. One sees many vintage Camaros on the streets but not many Birds.
Any interesting facts about this car?: I'm the 3rd owner. I have all the receipts from any and all work done on the car including the receipt of purchase and the protecto plate. The car is from Endicot N.Y. and the car traded in the deal was a 1967 Camaro convertible. I've come full circle
Who helped you restore this car?: John Buske (Oswego)
Have you taken any special trips?: No
Has the car won any awards?: No
What has been the most enjoyable aspect of owning this car?: The most enjoyable aspect is definitely my involvement in the work. I'm retired now but in 2010 I would go home, change, then head to John's pole barn for a few hours. He had me do a lot of what I call "the grunt work" i.e. Stripping, blasting, sanding, grinding welds (my personal favorite) etc. etc. Took two years and finished the Friday of the 2012 National's. Literally a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
What are your future plans for this car and do you own any more Pontiacs?: Maybe some form of engine upgrade in the future. Would love another Pontiac!!!
1954 Pontiac Chieftain