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Bought a 1972 lemans need help/info

Hello this is my first post on you forum i would like to say hello and will definitely be a regular.

Ok to the questions...

I bought a 1972 lemans the car has zero rust previous owner took it completely apart even rebuilt motor .
it has a 350 and a power glide transmission was told its original motor and transmission.
it's currently getting a new paint job just drove it once lol

i can post pre paint if you like.
and after when i get it back in a day or two.

But i need to know how much it is worth before i sink to much into it.
how many was made ect.
and if transmission was original cause there is a spot for a floor shifter of some sort.either it was a floor shifter or Manuel idk.

i know vin says it was originally a 350 but i cant find where to check for transmission.

and also should i gto clone it or leave it be?
the idea is my son who is 7 loves old cars and wants me to take him to car shows with it.and he wants to learn how to fix cars
and i do not want to look like a complete redneck and show up not even knowing what my car original came with lol

anyways thanks for any info or advise you can give
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I would run the VIN # with PHS to see what the car came with from the factory.
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ok so that will tell me the original transmission ect?
Will it tell me the number made ect too?

sorry i am a newbie to this stuff.
thanks
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DO NOT GTO CLONE IT. Keep it a Lemans. As I recall, the PHS documentation does tell you how many were made. I have a book that gives these numbers as well. Depends on your Body Style number.
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The non a/c 350 automatic T-37's and LeMans in the the 70-72 era came with a dual bolt pattern powerglide when one opted for the cheapest auto transmission choice. That option was the M35 Powerglide. For a little more money one could specify the M38 turbo 350 in the same non a/c 350 car.

If the same car was equipped with the Pontiac 350 and factory A/C, and was factory optioned with an auto transmission, it would have come with the M38 Turbo 350.

The dual bolt pattern Powerglides are very hard to come up with. Examining an original 350 engine Pontiac A or F body of this era, a turbo 350 equipped car wil have a decent cable hook up to the 2bbl car. The glide will not have a detent cable.
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Agreed, do not clone this car. Too may have been done already and your son will enjoy being the only 70-72 LeMans at any show you go to. I have only seen a couple others since I got mine a couple years ago. If you want to spec out the drive line, go for it, just leave the body and badges alone.

Good luck and yes, we want to see pictures!
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As to your question about worth, there's a ton of variables involved but as a rule of thumb it's real hard to recovery money spent. The biggest factor is the quality of the work.

If you want a GTO clone by all means go for it.

Looking forward to seeing pix.
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I'd leave it a Lemans and make it a "GTO" under the skin. Lemans could be had with 400 or 455 engines and bucket seats just like its big brother.




Yep, I wanna see pictures, before and after please!
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This website is helpful to find where to locate serial numbers and other identifying stamps on the car. It also will give you numbers built, etc.
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