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Hi all,
I am selling my 66 chevelle the deal comes with a partial trade for a 65 Tempest. I am having trouble trying to decide which way to go with the restoration. I want to do another ProTouring project but go all out not sure if this is the car for that though. I could go GTO clone but there seems to be a ton of those out there. Or I could go close to original?
A little background: The original owner passed about 2years ago and the son sprayed the places where the paint was thin from the California sun and parked it. It has original numbers matching everything. It does have a slight ding in the rear quarter panel (driver's side) where someone backed into something.
I am attaching some pics and would love some feedback on what route you guys think I should go.
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Hello James, I am new to the forum also and what you got there is a Tempest Custom my friend. Better than "just a Tempest" but not quite a Lemans. I should know because I have one myself, except its a drop-top. Now I will tell you this, they aren't worth a whole lot of money per say but, they are getting harder to find in original condition, like yours, because they have either been destroyed, parted out or cloned. I, personely, would like to see these types of cars brought back to their former glory. At one time, they were part of the back-bone of our great country. I have been to hundreds of car shows, seen thousands and thousands of cars, but I have yet to see another Tempest custom with my own eyes, and only one 65' lemans. I am very interested in your car and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything.
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Thanks Nyte,
I will document everything that I do (in here)... once I decide what that is going to be.
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If you haven't found this site on the net yet it is a good one. Go to www.oldride.com and at the top right click "library" then click the word "Pontiac" in bold letters then look for "1965 pontiac tempest" half way down the page in the third columnand click that, lots of good info about your car.

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Welcome to the contingent of Tempest/Lemans owners on the forum, it seems we are growing in numbers rapidly these days. Looks like you have a pretty good foundation to build on, don't recall ever seeing the two tone interior, is that original? I am in the camp of "build what will make you happy". i had the same predicament when i got mine...Clone, Resto-mod, Original? Well where i came down was somewhere between original and Resto, lost the 326 for a 463, any mods i make other than the motor will be able to be undone with a wrench and screwdriver in a weekend. As stated the changes will not effect value as much as if it was a 242 (GTO) so it gives us a little more wiggle room to play with them.....keep us posted and welcome to the herd...

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tempest custom here also. i was lucky enough to get a hardtop. im in favor of doing whatever makes you happy if you own it.


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Any ideas on what it is worth as is and fully restored original?
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You'll have to look it up, don't know what kind of carb. it has, go to www.caaarguide.com, that should tell you what you want to know. Click "car values" at the top, find "pontiac" next and click that, then "tempest" and then "1965"
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sad fact is if your talking "concourse" original, you will put more into it than what it will be worth. All the parts you will need are basically GTO parts and as such they carry steep price tags. Your car looks intact so to repair/re-man your existing parts and do a nice frame on resto and rebuild the 326 doing all or most of the work yourself you may have a little equity in it. Now, in terms of a sleeper car you have a great candidate, factory specs them out at 400 lbs lighter than a GTO so find a nice 389/400/421/428/455 and throw it in there, dress it like the 326 all the accessories will for the most part bolt right up as all the pontiac blocks are the same dimensions. Drop in a 4 speed shepards hook hurst shifter with the sweet two tone bench and go show a few of your Chevelle buddies what Pontiacs are all about....
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