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64 Lemans Convert - SHOULD I Restore as GTO or Lemans?

Some of you that know me, know that I'm kind of out of control with my collection and restorations. welcome2.html

I've had this '64 Lemans numbers 326 for about 7 years now in one of my buildings. I picked it up in Indiana from the original owner back in '07 and have other resto projects ahead of it. I'm going to restore it this winter, as this winter's project.

There are SO MANY '64 Lemans cars that have been converted to GTO, that I wondering if I shouldn't just do a stock restore, rebuild the 326 and the powerglide and keep it at that. I know I can find a steel hood for 2k, and that's not the issue, it's the Lemans or GTO issue.

The car was either undercoated at the factory or by the dealer. There is little surface rust on frame, and a piece of undercoating came of the gas tank, and it shines like new under there.

Let me through this in the mix.....I have a YEAR matching '64 389 303HP with the TH400 attached to it still. I'm thinking that I could restore it as a Lemans, but as long as I have to rebuild either the 326 or the 389, rebuild the 389 with TH, and then just save the the 326/PG so if I ever sell it the buyer can have the original numbers engine and trans with it.

The car is all original and never been messed with. The only metal that I really need to replace is the full trunk and braces, which surprises me a little because the car was undercoated. I'm thinking because the gas tank was in when the undercoating was shot, that's why the trunk floor rusted out. The floors are all solid as a rock.

Here are some pix of her. Look forward to your comments and ideas. Most of the Pontiac people I poled said to keep it as a Lemans, but others liked the 389 idea.

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I would try and keep it as much original as possible. That said i would build the 389 and keep the 326 to go with it (what i have done with my Tempest). Replace the trunk pan and any worn suspension and brake parts. Clean and detail the interior and new carpet. Touch-up and rub out the paint and drive it like i stole it. That is a very nice car as it sits and a true Pontiac lover (buyer) will appreciate it's originality and a paint job would probably lower the value over an original paint car.

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I'm tempted to do just that, rebuild the 389/TH and put it in. I'm going to have to put 3k in the engine anyway, so it's going to have to be one or the other.

As far as the paint goes, it's got a bad repaint original color on her, so that's going to be redone. I'm basically going to do a ground up on it, starting with springs, front end rebuild, trunk and undercoating.

Then all new Legendary interior, pull the convert top mech and restore, new top, well, pads any mech bushings.

Restore everything else with the exception of wheel well moldings and rocker trim which I just got from Classic Industries.

It needs quarter patch panels (lower) so I'm going to just take the car down to bare metal and go from there.

Here's one I did a couple years ago, but it's a 242.

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keep yours as a Lemans...it has some unique to Lemans parts, right???...I would put the built 389 in it for driving but keep the 326 as well...

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My vote also is to keep it as a LeMans, but drop the 389 in it. Put the painted valve covers from the 326 and know one will know the different. Doing the same thing to a 64 Tempest wagon now. Love those 64's!!!!!!!!!
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A LeMans is the way to go. Put in a bigger engine, etc. if you want. But leave the car pure. Clones are a lie, IMO.....meant to decieve. No longer a LeMans, and not a GTO. LeMans's are excellent cars, and getting to be as rare as hens teeth, due to cloning loss. Nice project, BTW!
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Nice convertible with factory Red on Red, P/S and brakes? No brainer, keep it a Lemans and upgrade to the 389 (or stroke it to 400+ cubes ) with lower compression and keep it stock looking. Maybe some M/T valve covers and RA exhaust manifolds and one of those cool looking louvered 14" air cleaners.....

Have fun with her OP, you've got a great project there.
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Nice car, Dave, I agree, keep it true to the LeMans nameplate and keep the stock parts. And if you change your mind and decide to sell it, lemme know!
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