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 Chemical reactions (AKA, 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 Before the ’64 (AKA, a tale of woe and a crispy 4dr Poncho)
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 Going on holidays to the USA is cheaper than paying freight (AKA, why I brought half an engine back from America in my luggage)
One of the biggest individual projects I’ve undertaken is fitting fully programmable EFI to my ’64 Pontiac’s engine. I had a rebuilt carby (carburetor) on a new intake manifold all set-up ready to drive when I realised I wanted the easy starting, improved fuel use and cleaner running from EFI. This blog post won’t cover … More “The Spaghetti Incident” isn’t just a Guns’n’Roses cover album. It is also what I did when converting my Pontiac to electronic fuel injection (EFI)
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 What they don’t warn you about when you develop an addiction to cars… (aka fitting an Astra electric power steering pump)
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)