Archive for October, 2012

Having weird brake light/turn signal problems? Read on….

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

When we were finishing up my first really nice “done” Pontiac 1964 Catalina 2 door sedan, I noticed I was having problems with no brake lights, sometimes brake lights and the same in turn signal land. I was losing my mind. Finally, just before hacking into my wiring, Bill Taylor, a friend of mine who owns a repair shop in Minneapolis, dug into the problem. He found it! At the base of your 61 to 64 steering column, is a little weird box. Your turn signal switch is NOT up top where most others are. It’s in the weird little box and is contolled by a cable that runs almost the entire length of your column. Bill took the little box apart by bending back (carefully) the little tabs holding it together, to discover nothing but fuzzies, hard grease and dirt. Fifty years ago, there was some sort of grease in these boxes, most has now turned hard and crunchy. Well, there are contacts that slide inside this box and they are spring loaded. Guess what? No grease, no slide! Bill cleaned the box out and put in new di-electric grease and POOF! Problem solved.

So don’t send your 61 to 64 Pontiac to the electrical shop for those re-occuring brake light and/or turn signal problems. This is the solution. LK 10-31-2012

OK, you just bought a 62 to 66 Tachometer, now what?

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

One thing I always try to push on people buying Tachometers for their 62 to 66 full size Pontiacs, is to purchase a NEW Tachometer Harness. They are dirt cheap and easy to install. I am going to give you the part numbers to order in from Ames (1-800-421-2637):

1962 Tach Harness: PM04000 $33.00
1963 Tach Harness: PM04250 $33.00
1964 Tach Harness: PM04605 $33.00
1965 Tach Harness: PM06245 $33.00
1966 Tach Harness: PM06245 $33.00

Of course, these prices are subject to change and the harnesses listed above are not to be used with Transistorized Ignition. Ames has those harnesses as well however they are $4.00 more expensive. OPG has the same harnesses available as well. As with everything I do out here, I hope this helps somebody! LK 10-27-2012

OK, what about help with my Pot Metal stuff?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

I recieve many phone calls every week about how some backwoods chrome shop destroyed my lower 64 Bonnie moldings or some other super rare part. People, 97% of all chrome shops cannot do pot metal. Wake up and re-read. Here is a little Les story…..I had a weird hobby in the mid to late 70’s and early 80’s. I bought broken, pitted & cracked 55 Nomad fender, door and eyebrow moldings. Most were missing mounting studs as well. I found, in Hemmings, a little shop that did NOTHING but Pot Metal. I sent them my moldinds and they returned the most beautiful moldings that looked better than NOS. That shop? Pot Metal Restorations, 4794-C Woodlane Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Phone is 850-562-0538. Website is BTW, I sold all 28 sets of my 55 Nomad moldings for well in excess of $100K in 2004. Why take the chance of getting screwed by “Bob’s Custom Chrome Shop” on your moldings? No, they are not cheap, but they are good and do it right the first time. Please tell them Les sent you from LK 10-26-2012

1963 to 1965 Rally Gauge Oil Pressure Senders

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

As some of you know, the prices for the 1963 and the 64-65 Oil Pressure Senders are thru the roof. Most range between $300 to $400 for a new one.  The 63 sender is all by itself.  The 64 and 65 senders are the same.  The 66 on up oil pressure senders are in stock here for around $35 plus postage.   If you are buying 63 to 66 Rally Gauges from someone, you’d better get the oil pressure sender.  99% don’t come with senders.  Also, if you’re buying a Rally Gauge setup for your 66, MAKE SURE it’s a 66 and not a 65.  And visa versa.  Also remember that column shift 65-66 speedos are different from floor shift models. The Rally Gauges in 65 and 66 are in the speedo head.   We offer 62 to 66 tachometer full electronic conversions and complete face repaints for your tach and all gauges as well. BTW, the Water Temp Sender is still available from AC/Delco for all 63 to 66 Rally Gauge setups, for less than $15. 10-23-2012 LK

News…some good, some OK…October 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

First off, as some of you may know, I went in for major surgery October 4th to have 85% of my stomach removed. My hope is solve a number of other medical issues brought on by being overweight. It seems like all my problems started when I hit 280 pounds. Since starting down this road, I have dropped 41 pounds and am now back to 280. My goal is to be at my USAF weight of 245 pounds with a 30″ waist. Thank you to all that have wished me a speedy recovery. Life is changing everyday for me. On to Pontiac news……

I recieved some good news today about the long awaited 63-64 lower quarter panels. Below is a photo of the prototype laid over my NOS 64 Catalina/Grand Prix Quarter.

Other repro items update….65 Battery Tray sales are pretty slow. Hoping 66 Trays will do better. Because of money issues, don’t expect 66 trays until mid to late 2013. 66 2+2 Quarter Emblems are also in the works. Looking at the fall of 2013 at the earliest. Thanks to Bob Munson for helping me out with an emblem to use as a pattern. 61-64 and 65-70 Crossmember Brackets are done and ready to ship shortly. These are exact copies of originals. Other things set for next year include a number of rubber products such as: 63-64 Bellhousing Boots (will fit 61-62 if you toss the gay metal cover!), 63-64 Firewall Clutch Rod Booty and Metal Retainer and 61-64 Gas Tank Filler Neck Upper Rubber that supports the neck inside the gas door. I am also planning on doing the 65 to 68 Round Trunk Mounts althought the “already done” 61-64 Trunk Mounts can be used in a pinch.  Still looking for a 65 to 68 Catalina Ragtop Trunkpan and a 65-68 2 door hardtop Bonneville Trunkpan to borrow for a pattern as well.

Last but not least… will be moving to the Sandpoint-Cocollala-Coeur d’Alene area of Idaho next year, GOD willing. I can no longer take the harsh winters here in Minnesota and the State is going down the drain to muslims and Democrats. South Minneapolis is starting to look like Somolia. Sorry, not for me. I grew up here and I hate to see this place turn into the dump it is heading for. will continue to exist elsewhere, as will I in the mountains of the Great Northwest! 63-64-pontiac-quarter-2012-10-18_14-30-06_809resized1The full length photo did not load right so please email me for the KILLER photo!