61-62 Stereo System For Sale!

June 30th, 2019

I have a NEW killer stereo system I purchased a long time ago for my 1962 Catalina. The car is gone and I just found all of the following packed away. The dash unit is a Custom Sound USA 240 watt with AM-FM, USB and MP3 compatible, RCA outputs, Aux outputs and CD control. Next is a Custom Sound USA 10 CD changer that is matched to the head unit, with remote. Next is the front speaker which is a 4” x 10” Dual Voice Coil, 140 watt peak with dual tweeters and 12 oz. magnet. This is also Custom AutoSound model #3001DVC. Last but not least is Custom AutoSound Model SPUV693C 6’ x 9’ Upgrade Speaker, 200 watts, full chrome basket, 16 oz. magnet, again NEW IN THE BOX. The head unit also fits 1961 Pontiac. Nothing has been used or opened. These head units have not been made by Custom Sound USA for early Pontiacs for a long time. So this means find something close and start hacking your dash up. Not here! This will give your 61 or 62 full size Pontiac the sound and options you need. This system today goes for $700+ but you cannot get the correct head unit to fit your 61 or 62. I would like to get $475 and I will pay the postage to you here in the USA only. World-wide at cost. img_0246img_0242img_02451img_0247

Contacting PontiacParadise.com

May 28th, 2019

If you have a question related to B body Pontiac cars or parts, please email us at oldschoolhotrodz@gmail.com.  Do not use link on this site.  It is no longer hooked to a valid email,  Thanks!  lk-5/28/2019

65-66 Parts For Sale:

May 22nd, 2019

For Sale: 1965 and 1966 Catalina Front Clips. Both are in the Twin Cities area. The 65 is a Ventura clip, minor rust, photo is in the article on this site on my green 65 convertible (gold clip). It is being replaced with a different clip this summer. The 66 is a straight Catalina clip. The fender bottoms were repaired many years ago and have held up well. I have no use for these at this time. Neither come with hood hinges or front bumpers, otherwise complete. $500 each.

Also for sale: 1965 or 1966 Catalina or Grand Prix BOXED frame. Rolling up front with power steering box. No rear end. Has small rust area at right side on side of frame. Easy fix. Has complete dual exhaust system front to rear. Will fit all Catalina or GP (119″ wheelbase) models except wagon. Bring your tires to load. $700

Also for sale: 1956 or 1966 Catalina open (regular) frame. Complete rolling frame from California. Excellent condition. Has 3:08 factory air gears. Bring your tires to load. Will fit all Catalina models (119″ wheelbase) except wagon and 4 door hardtop. Both frames are in the Twin Cities area. $700

Also for sale: Nice 1966 front bumper with all brackets, decent driver chrome. In the Twin Cities. Will fit ALL 1966 full size models. Can ship via Fastenal from 55033 to your local Fastenal at your expense. $250 LK 5/22/2019

65 Parts Needed:

May 22nd, 2019

New Wanted List:

For 1965 Pontiac Catalina Convertible:

-rear interior door panels, no rust

-decent rear seat

-sunvisors, left and right, need rods only

-A pillar moldings, left and right

-Catalina front seat with plastic hinge covers

-front interior lower windshield moldings (same as hardtop)

-Catalina door panel emblems (have Ventura emblems to trade)

-automatic kickdown solenoid off 2 barrel engine

For 1965-1966 Pontiac Catalina 2 door sedan:

-rear seat (must be from a 2 door sedan only)

All the above parts can come off of ANY 65 or 66 B body convertible except Cadillac. Please don’t waste my time if you are not able to package and ship items. LK 5/22/2019

1965 & 1966 Powder Coated Battery Trays!

January 11th, 2019

Photos of Powder Coated 66 Full Size Battery Trays! Just back from the powder coater. 1966 Full Size Battery Tray. These are photos of one of our prototypes. Cost is $139.95 plus $14 USPS Priority Mail in the US only. World-wide at cost. Taking pre-orders for delivery late January-early February. Check or money order preferred. Will take PayPal with 3% kicker. Mail to PontiacParadise.com, 12501 Danbury Way, Rosemount, MN 55068. PayPal to oldschoolhotrodz@gmail.com. Price for the same for 1965 Battery Tray. If you want either of the trays bare, they are $119.95 plus the postage. 65 trays start shipping next week. BTW, your check or money order will not be cashed until the parts ship. Thanks for the overwhelming response.20190111_155916-66-pc-tray-120190111_155941-66-pc-tray-2

65 and 66 Battery Trays! Update!

January 5th, 2019

1966 Full Size Battery Trays! I just received my three prototype trays. I am test fitting in my 66 cop car today. Only did a run of 150, same with second run of 65 battery trays. Order today before Ames and OPGI buy us out! Payment by check or money order only to PontiacParadise.com, 12501 Danbury Way, Rosemount, MN 55068. $119.95 bare, $129.95 painted satin black or $139.95 powder coated satin black. Postage is $14 per one or two trays USPS Priority Mail in US only. World wide at cost. Thanks to those who have hung in there on this project. Les 1/5/2019 href=”http://pontiacparadise.com/shoptalk/?attachment_id=633″ rel=”attachment wp-att-633″>20190103_144819-66-battery-tray-120190103_144837-66-battery-tray-2

2 New Repro Items Coming!!!!

December 28th, 2018

PontiacParadise.com announces two new badly needed reproduction items coming soon! #1 is 1964 Catalina quarter panel clips with water seals, made from NOS clips in a superior nylon material. These are curved. The clips on eBay are beyond wrong. Door molding clips are right behind these. Those are straight with water seals, again made from NOS clips. #2: 63 to 64 filler neck gasket. This goes at the top of your filler neck and keeps it from rattling up by your gas cap. These are always hard and crunchy. Again, made from a superior rubber, all items are made in the USA! Pricing to follow. Happy New Year to all! 20181220_183440-64-clips-rear120181228_211811-63-64-filler-neck-gasket

1964 Catalina Quarter Panel Clips Coming!

December 20th, 2018

Coming soon from PontiacParadise.com! CORRECT Reproduction 1964 Catalina or Star Chief Quarter Panel Clips. Beware that EVERY 1964 Catalina quarter panel clip on eBay (all 16 listings!) are WRONG. Our clips are made from our NOS clips and are made from a superior nylon material and come with a superior o ring that seals the clip to prevent water getting into your car. The photo is of the prototype clips we received today. Pricing to follow as are the door clips (not curved like the quarter panel clips) are coming soon!20181220_183440-64-clips-rear

1964 Pontiac 421 Engine, 43N Code Complete!

December 2nd, 2018

1964 Pontiac 421, 320 horse engine. 43N code. Complete with all accessories as pulled out of car. Power steering, alternator, air cleaner…etc. Stuck from sitting. As with ALL 421’s, this is a 4 bolt main engine. Block casting number 9773157, heads are 9773345. Can load into your vehicle or can ship via Fastenal in Hastings or ship via EnginesDirect.net. Additional cost to build pallet to hold engine correctly if shipped. $4000 firm. Photos up soon. Thanks for looking!

Long Story About A Neat Car……

November 23rd, 2018

A long story about a neat car…….

In 2004, I answered an ad in the Mpls. paper for 1965 Pontiac 2+2 convertible. The car was a GM Exec car loaded with options from Alabama. I purchased the car from a person in Burnsville, MN and it came with a 1965 Catalina convertible “parts car”. I held on to both for over ten years, planning to only do the 2+2. This story is not about the 2+2 although it in itself, is a rare car as well. The more I learned about the 2+2, the “back story” to the parts car started to be unfold.

The PHS documents for the 65 Pontiac 421 green convertible show there were only 754 cars built with this spec. 421 Special Equipment 421 HO, Auto, 3-2 bbl, YK engine code.

Options and Accessories:
- Radio. Push button & Manual antenna
- Windshield Washer & Dual speed wipers
- Deluxe steering wheel
- Deluxe wheel discs
- Lamps - back up
- Vera-phonic rear speaker
- Power steering
- Power brakes
- Mirror, outside
- Clock, Electric
- Safe-T-Track rear axle
- 8:25×14 white tires
- Turbo hydra-magic
- HO-Tri-Power 421 ci

The car had a tilt column and has 8 lugs, neither showed up on the build sheet.

The Catalina parts car came to me minus the engine, front end, left door, the windshield and most of the interior. The frame looked good but the dash board and steering column were really bent up. The car was built in Kansas City, KS in June of 65. It was mint green with a black bench seat interior. The car had been stripped of a number of parts however I could see it was repairable. Shortly after I purchased both cars the story of the green car started to come out. The car was bought new by a Mpls. Fireman in 1965. He wrecked the car in September of 1966 with 1780 miles on the speedometer. He hit something really high and the engine tore loose hitting the firewall. He was propelled into the steering column and the dash board and lost his life. The story goes that his wife had the car towed home and locked the car in the garage for the next 30 years. Finally, for reasons unknown, the car was sold. The car ended up for sale on Lake Street in Mpls. for a time. The car had acquired a white 66 front clip by this time. The car then disappeared for years re-emerging with no front clip and parts missing as stated above. The right front passenger side floor pan had also rusted thru. Here is where I came in.

The car had an automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, power top and 8 lug wheels. So I kept the car thinking it would be parts for the 2+2. I sold both cars in 2015 to my friend Peter. Peter had expressed an interest in repairing the 2+2 and the Catalina. Meanwhile, in a closer inspection of the car, I found it had a Saf-T-Trac rear end and had 2.5” exhaust all the way back. Peter PHS’d the car and my suspicions were confirmed. The car came with a 421, 376 horse “YK” 3-2 engine. What the car did not show on the build sheet, was the tilt column (maybe dealer installed?). Peter started accumulating parts for the car, as did I for Peter. Many hours were spent trying to decide which way would be best for car. Original, 4 speed it, put bucket seats in….many things were considered. The car was sent to “The Works” in Fridley, MN and a spare front clip was installed on the car as was a spare left hand door. During this time, Peter purchased two other cars, one being a 1964 Pontiac Catalina, 421, 4 speed, 2 door hardtop (a former show car that was custom painted by House of Kolor’s Jon Kosmosky in the later part of the 60’s), of which I am currently doing the engine rebuild and supervising the project for Peter at “The Works”. The other being a 1965 Pontiac Bonneville convertible with factory AND a factory 4 speed. The work has not started on this car except for the engine and transmission rebuild. This car came from infamous Pontiac car collector Jon Fiedler from Pasadena, CA. Needless to say, Peter’s plate was and is quite full!

I had always regretted selling this car. Peter understood this and has allowed me to step back in as the car’s owner. So once again, the green convertible and I are together! Plans are to restore as built. I have the correct 421 (not original) for the car. My 65 Catalina 2 door sedan with factory air comes first. I have most everything however I am missing a few things. I am only able to drive automatic cars because of my stroke. Here is another version given to Peter by Brian Carlson from Bend, OR:

Hello:  It is a very small world when it comes to old cars and especially old Pontiacs.  I know this car!   I just returned from Minneapolis earlier today, where I had been for 2 weeks.  I had lived in Minneapolis for most of my life and moved to Oregon in 1995, but a friend of mine had  told me of this car about 12 years ago.  He had discovered it in a garage in South Minneapolis and told me the story, I nearly bought the car as I am a Pontiac fan with many cars in my collection including a 65 Parisienne convertible.

My friend actually was the one that bought the car from the original owners, then sold it to another local buyer.  Dave said that the story he got was that the car was crashed when it only had just over 1000 miles and it simply got stored away.  It had been in the garage for over 40 years and when he got the car it had a 66 front on it , just crudely bolted on.  It had the original motor at that time.  I asked him to check into finding out what happened to the motor and he is working on that as he is a tow truck driver and occasionally tows for the shop that bought the car from him.

Hi Peter:  Yes this was the first time that I saw the Catalina.  Steve, who will be sending the fenders found the car back in early 1980s as he would ride his bicycle thru the alleys of South Minneapolis long before he had his drivers license and look for cool old stuff.  When he saw the car back then it was in a very dilapidated garage and had been there for probably 15 years already.  My friend Dave first knew of the car when he saw a hand written add for the car on a bulletin board and immediately went to buy it.   He offered it to me, but already having so many cars and living almost 2000 miles away in Oregon, I decided against it.  At that point it did have the motor which in hide sight I obviously should have purchased the whole car at that time.  It then got sold to a repair shop whose owner knew enough about Pontiacs to grab the motor, then he resold it and the trail went cold until Les bought it.

So there is the story of a very rare 65 Catalina convertible. I know of no other Pontiac in the world with fewer miles than this car. A mere 1780 miles, with a killer back story. Les Kasten, www.PontiacParadise.com