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Hello all!

The bad news is that my 66 Lemans has been in my shed for the last 6 years, and I have not been starting it. :(

The good news is, I have decided now is the time to get her running again! Last night I pumped up the tires, tonight I pushed her outside, Saturday morning I'll give her a good washing, and then I'll work on getting her running again...

I am so excited, I can barely stand it! I had "forgotten" my love for Pontiacs for a long while, but taking that dusty car cover off got my blood racing again.

Here are the first pics of the Poncho, seeing sunlight for the first time in years:





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welcome to the forum, and welcome back to Pontiacs...looks pretty good, hope the coons or mice did'nt get inside it. i am doing a Tempest and after i seen the tailpanel chrome on the Lemans, i had to have it, i was able to find a nice one for mine. This is a great place for help and information, and we all like pics. These old Injun's have a way of making your heart race, never met a group of guys who were so passionate about their cars.

heres mine

http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/g372/instg8ter/1966 Tempest/

Brian B. also....LOL
 

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Thanks for the replies guys...

It was about 70 degrees here in SC today, but I was so slammed at work I couldn't take any time off. I was dying to get out there and wash her off.

But, before dark tonight, I was able to go out and start cleaning the interior. Seats were musty, but cleaned off like a champ. Wow, I had forgotten such killer details such as the '66 horn button: chrome Pontiac arrowhead on a deep turquoise background...killer!

I look forward to chatting on this forum with you fellow Tin Indian freaks.

Brian
 

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Ok, another update...

As expected, today was one of the first 70+ degree days here, so I spent the morning cleaning the Lemans:
- Cleaned the interior (vinyl seats cleaned up well, lots of mildew...)
- Windows
- Full carwash
- Tires & wheels
- Chrome

All in all, the car is in pretty good shape given how long she has been stored. There were a few rust spots which have gotten worse (rear quarter, lower door, trunk molding area, etc. But all in all I am pleased.

Unfortunately, I'm going out of town on business, so once I got her washed, I rolled her back into the shed and put the cover back on, to protect from rain while I'm gone!

But when I return, I'm gonna try and get her running. Probably will change fluids (oil, gas, coolant), put in new plugs, etc. Any suggestions on what to do before starting a car that hasn't been started in a long while?





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lookin good Brian, how many miles does that motor have on it? After 6 years i am guessing all the oil has drained down and left everything gummed up. one of the motor guys should have a good routine for starting her back up, may want to pull the dizzy and pump the oil back up after changing fluids so you dont put excessive wear on it cranking to start. A good carb cleaning would not hurt either as i am sure it has varnish on it. may get away with putting some 93 octane on top of whats in the tank as far as the gas goes.
 

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Very nice! Even has A/C. I would put a little oil in the cylinders before you leave. New gas for sure.

I have started cars that have sat for over 20 years. I run them around by hand with a socket first to make sure it isn't locked up. I have seen locked up cars run with diesel put in the cylinders for a while. You turn the engine back and forth till freed up. then even ran with no trouble.

Good friend did it to a 73 mustang notchback with a 351 cleveland. It was locked tight. After a couple weeks with the cylinders full of diesel he worked it back and forth till it was free. Changed every thing, fluid, tune up, rebuilt carb and drove it for a couple years. He got it from another guy at work we knew for $300 buck because he thought it was done for. When he was told how it was freed and only took under $100 to fix he was pissed.
 

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Ha, that's a good story, Likethat.

Instg8ter, it has about 154,000 on the original motor, so I'm due for a rebuild (or a new bigger motor). My goal is just to get this one running so I can drive the car to work once a week, and keep the momentum going until I can afford an overhaul.

I'll keep you folks posted when I get back in town, should be a few weeks. Thanks for all the support and interest!
 

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like stated pull the plugs, squirt some diesel in the holes and let it soak the rings while you are gone, when you get back change all the fluids and clean up the carb and linkage, check your belts and hoses including vacuum, new battery, gas and fire it up.
 

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Welcome back!!!I want to hear the reason for leaving it sit for 6 years. Thats a nice looking ride you should have been out enjoying it.Well at least you can start catching up with her.:cheers
 

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Hey Crusty,

OK, I'm back from my business trip...

For years, I used the Poncho as my daily driver, and my boys (high school & college years) drove some newer vehicles. Finally, when they got up and out, I started driving one of the newer cars, since it was more "user friendly" for day-to-day use.

I thought that it would be good for the Pontiac, to keep it out of the rain and such, but I got lazy and neglected the car. Then, it needed a new battery, etc etc, wouldn't start, etc, and pretty soon it just became the old car that sat in the shed.

Shame on me, I know, but I am getting ready to reverse all that, God willing!

Thanks for the interest,
Brian
 

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OK, first report from the shop...

- New battery installed
- Tried to crank, wouldn't crank (no spark)
- Cleaned points and plugs, got it to start up
- Got a carb rebuild kit, gonna spiff up the ole carb
- Brakes looked good, no need for new drums

Not a bad report, all things considered. I'm gonna call them tomorrow to see what else needs to be done, then I'll get to drive here home, woo hoo!

Actually, just realized I need to 1) get the car insured again, and 2) get a tag for it. Ah, heck, I'm driving it home anyway, I'll worry about that stuff later!

Eagerly anticipating,
Brian

PS - The guys are Pontiac specialists, and they had really good things to say about the car. It is a "survivor", that I got from the original owner, and neither of us really ever changed anything, so it is truly all original. They said they rarely see a car that is so clean and original....nice compliment! :)
 

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sound like your getting that Pontiac fever again Brian, good to hear everything checked out, always funner to spiff them up while you drive them. get the insurance mine is 22.00 a month for driving season only coverage on stated value of 20,000 and an accident can be expensive with what the parts and labor costs. plus you will want to drive it more than JUST home....LOL....:party::party::party::party::party::party::party:
 

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Reg is cheaper on classic cars here in FL. For insurance I also have collectors car insurance for $116 a year, 0 deductible on comp and collision, just have to garage it and not drive it to work, as far as they know...
Nice compliment from the shop, nice to see it running again, congrats!
 

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Well, it seems I spoke too soon...

Seems the car has trouble starting. Once they get it started, it runs like a top, but it doesn't want to start.

They have done the following:
Fuel: New gas, new fuel filter, rebuilt the carb (original Rochester 2G).
Spark: New plugs, new points, new distributor, new battery. (Turns out my plug wires are the original ones, wow!)

So we have air, fuel, and spark, but it doesn't want to start. Current thinking is that the starter may be weak, and does not turn the engine over quick enough to start. (We had a battery charger connected, so it should not have been due to the battery getting low...)

Any ideas? I would have thought these guys would have been able to get her fully operational by now.

Somewhat bummed,
Brian
 
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