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I'm picking up a 1964 Pontiac lemans has the orginal 6 & tranny . Also comes with a 389 & tranny rebuildable , Or i was thinking pro streeting it , I'm kinda up in the air right now. Could use some advise . Frame is solid , it no longer has the bench seat.The second owner dropped some buckets in it . All & All it's solid.
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If you are looking at this as an investment, restore it to original.
Otherwise, have fun and do what you want with it.
just my opinion.
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If you are looking at this as an investment, restore it to original.
Otherwise, have fun and do what you want with it.
just my opinion.
Russ
:agree:agree:agree Make yourself happy first. It's your money and your car...

If you want to go original, well, then it's just a matter of finding the right parts and doing the work. If you want to build it with some "cojones" :D well, we can help with that...:cheers

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I'm going to run down to my local chassis shop & have a chat ,It's right around the corner & see if it's worth it. My x Bro in law ( still in good terms) owns a body shop so paint & the lower rear q's are not a problem. Just don't know if i want to start cutting up a 64 lemans , if ya know what i mean.
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One can build a SERIOUS street machine without 'cutting up" the car. Most of the performance parts available are intended for installation in unmodified cars. If all the stuff is "bolt-in", you won't harm the integrity of the car.

Be sure you're aware, there is no "need" for anything but a Pontiac V8 today. ALL the "goodies" for a hotrod engine are readily available, and easily puts the Pontiac "out of reach" of a small block, and it takes a WHOLE LOT of "big block" to make the kind of streetable power the Pontiac can make. Many will "bend your ear" to put a Chevy in it. They're "scared" of the Pontiac when "done right". 600 HP on 93 is a "slam dunk" today. And they are as or MORE reliable than an equal BBC.

A LeMans or Tempest doesn't command the resale value GTO does.

FWIW

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Thanks guys i appreciate it. I talked to the guys at the race shop today.
Going with a mini tub & will retain the rear seat . Going to have the 389 & tranny rebuilt .
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welcome to the herd, sounds like it should be a fun project. you will be able to get some meats in there with the mini tub, and that 389 will give it plenty of get up and go. I am sure Mr. P-body can lay out a good plan for that motor, don't let a chevy guy pick your parts....:cheers
 

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welcome to the herd, sounds like it should be a fun project. you will be able to get some meats in there with the mini tub, and that 389 will give it plenty of get up and go. I am sure Mr. P-body can lay out a good plan for that motor, don't let a chevy guy pick your parts....:cheers
:agree:agree:agree It'd be well worth your while to double-check whatever the race shop recommends with Mr. P-Body and the other folks here.

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