Part of my Pontiac project is adding electronic fuel injection (EFI) to the original 389cui V8, and this required a new fuel system as the old-style mechanical pump can’t supply the required pressure fuel injectors require. So, I needed a better fuel pump, and this led me on a merry course of failure and frustration … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 2 – getting the fuel to the fire with a proper in-tank solution
Fixing the rust under the roof rail turned out to require way more cutting than I’d envisaged, but all that digging was worth it once the rot was gone! The gutter was welded in before stitching the two roof sections together along the body line, grinding the weld down to provide the same lip as … More Cutting out the rot in the roof isn’t for the faint of heart….
I’ll say this straight up – I liked the white-over-blue two-tone paint my car wore when I bought it. Originally delivered in Pontiac’s very early/mid 1960s colour “Aquamarine”, at some point my car was resprayed with more blue in the mix, and a pearl white roof. The resprayed blue works well with all the chrome … More Paint stripping is much easier than sanding paint off but isn’t without its own hazards.
If you undertake a restoration on a car, and plan on doing much of the prep work yourself, spend a king’s ransom on good quality gloves and hire assistants to help you clean around where the glass and trim went. To get my car ready for the upcoming paint and panel work I had to … More My fingers hurt and my back aches (AKA why stripping a car for paint sucks)
Way back in 2012 my mate Brenden bought a sweet ’62 Pontiac from a bloke in Western Sydney. The Vista four-door hardtop was long, low and a very cool cruiser as it was a proper American-spec Bonneville (not a Canadian Parisienne, which was basically a Chevy with Pontiac panels), but had been converted to right-hand … More Losing a ’62 Pontiac Bonneville in a fire led me to buy the ’64.
Living in Australia can be beaut, for around 10,421 reasons. However, it sucks The Big One when it comes to having to ship everything across the Pacific Ocean, because that is damn expensive. And so it was I found myself needing to buy some Edelbrock cylinder heads for my Pontiac, but not wanting the hundreds … More Flying 10,000km to the USA is cheaper than paying freight on a pair of Edelbrock cylinder heads. But now I have fancy lightweight heads on my car!
One of the biggest individual projects I’ve undertaken is fitting fully programmable EFI to my ’64 Pontiac’s engine. One thing which is important to point out is that EFI isn’t a magic bullet to cure car set-up problems or find a million horsepower – a good standalone ECU makes it easy to get a good … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 1 – Don’t fear wiring EFI in as Haltech makes it easy!
I’m not sure if I flat-out wasn’t told – maybe I wasn’t listening. Knowing how I am, I may well have been distracted by shiny things when the sage advice was imparted that could have steered me away from embarking on my folly-filled journey to build my Pontiac. The fact remains what really causes large … More Electric power steering is immeasurably better than old school hydraulic power assistance. Fact.
Getting into the garage and making stuff using your hands and an assortment of power tools is good for you. Your brain gets drunk on solving issues and fixing things, making you feel good. Sometimes I feel so good I celebrate by getting physically drunk. As a self-taught garage stooge I learned an important lesson … More Fabrication is good for the soul (aka I ditched my mechanical fuel pump)
I’d just blown up the stock transmission on my Pontiac and was laying in defeat under the behemoth. Reaching up, I playfully tugged on the back of the flexplate and my whole world fell over. The clunk I heard was the crankshaft moving fore and aft in the block, otherwise known as “end float”. A … More Rebuilding my 54 year-old Pontiac V8 properly after someone used gum wrappers as bearings