1966 Full Size Battery Trays! Pricing/Delivery Date here!

October 31st, 2018

OK, price on the 66 Battery Trays will be $119.95. Increased tooling and production costs drove the price up. Also we are only doing 150 trays in this first run. We strongly suggest you order NOW. Shipping date will be Jan 1st, 2019. Postage will be $14.00 USPS Priority Mail in the US only. World-wide at cost.
Photo will be posted when we receive the first prototype. It is guaranteed to be an exact reproduction. Thanks to all who waited. No credit cards. Personal checks ($133.95) or PayPal with 3% kicker ($137.96) only. Call to order. Thanks again. LK 10-31-2018

1965 Battery Trays Coming Soon Plus More!

October 23rd, 2018

20181024_173600-65-battery-tray-165 full size Battery Trays back in stock 11/25! PontiacParadise.com’s second run of 1965 Battery Trays are to be available for shipment November 25, 2018. Cost will be $119.00. Also back in stock will be our Boxed Cage Nut (2 pieces) also know as Rattle Nuts that hold your car to the frame and break off. $13.95 each. Also back in stock are the 65-70 Cross Member Brackets (2 per car) with correct carriage bolts. $37.95 for the pair. All parts plus shipping. World-wide at cost. We normally ship USPS. All these parts are faithful reproductions and made here in Minnesota. LK 10-23-2018

1965 & 1966 Battery Tray Update! Plus more!

October 20th, 2018

20181024_173600-65-battery-tray-1120181024_173620-65-battery-tray-2We will be making a new run of 1965 Battery Trays (65BT) around the middle of November.  As before, they will be an exact reproduction of the original tray.  We have also commissioned the tooling for the 1966 Battery Tray (66BT) and hope to have these ready to ship around Christmas 2018.  Pricing will announced soon.  Thanks to all that have waited patiently.  The tooling costs are very pricey.  We will be taking pre-orders starting November 1st or when pricing is available.

We are also making another run of the 65 to 68 Cross Member Brackets (65-68CMB) as they have sold out.   A new item currently being made is 1964 Catalina and Star Chief Quarter Panel Nylon Clips (64QPC).  These are impossible to find and are different from the door molding clips.  First run is limited to 2,000 clips.  After this project, we will be doing 1964 Grand Prix Parking Light Lens!  LK 10-20-2018

All of Pontiac Paradise’s Parts For Sale!

October 20th, 2018

Because of health issues, we have decided to sell everything having to do with the  PontiacParadise.com parts business. This includes all sheet metal (doors, fenders, quarters, hoods, deck lids), interior, dashes, consoles, suspension, trim, frames, NOS parts and bumpers.  The name PontiacParadise.com, engine parts, shelving, tools and the reproduction end of the the business are not for sale at this time.  This is a ready made business for someone.  Parts would fill at least 2 semi trucks.  It should be noted that most of the parts (97%) have never been marketed.  Price is $65,000 f.o.b. Rosemount, MN.  LK 10-20-2018

1965-66 Catalina/Grand Prix CA Boxed Frame

October 20th, 2018

1965 or 1966 Catalina or Grand Prix Boxed Frame from California.  NO RUST!  Bare.  Will fit all models including convertible except stationwagon.  119″ wheelbase.  Will not fit Bonneville or Star Chief which are 121″ wheelbase.  Located in Twin Cities, MN.  Local pick up only.  $1,200 firm.  Thank for looking! LK 10-20-201820181004_130919-65-frame-2018

Pair of 1964 NOS GM Full Quarter Panels, left & right!

October 20th, 2018

We have one pair of 1964 NOS Full GM Quarter Panels, left and right for Catalina or Grand Prix.  These are new old stock, not reproductions. The reproductions were made off these panel but are only half high and have none of the front, end and top provisions a factory GM quarter has.  When was the last time you saw ANY 1964 NOS GM quarters?  No photos. Local pickup only.  In Twin Cities, MN.  Price is $4,000 firm.  Thanks!  LK  10/20/2018

Finally! Correct 63-64 Bellhousing Boot

October 20th, 2018

After 3 tries, we have finally have the correct 63-64 bellhousing boot finished.  It is made here in the USA from a far superior material than original.  The last one of these NOS we saw on eBay, went for $400 and that was 7 years ago!  These are never in any stick car nor are they ever in original bellhousings.  They keep water and garbage out of your bellhousing.  Cost is $80 which includes USP Priority Mail in the US only.  World-wide at cost.  20180907_144736-63-64bellhousing-boot-220180906_161629-63-64bellhousing-boot-5

1966 Pontiac Catalina 2 door sedan Cop Car STICK!

October 20th, 2018

Les Kasten
New Member · 5 hrs
For Sale: 1966 Pontiac Catalina 2 door sedan COP CAR, factory stick! Beyond rare! Was the Chippewa Falls, WI Chief of Police car bought new in 66 from Archie Cochrane Pontiac in Chippewa Falls, WI. Car is mostly rust free except left fender (have NOS fender) and left rear quarter (have rust free quarter). 389 cop car engine (not running), 3 speed on the column, HD frame, special spring and shocks, Saf-T-Trac rear end, metallic brakes with aluminum drums, 15″ wheels, AM radio and light harness to top mounted light, all on the build sheet and window sticker from PHS. All this in a 2 door sedan. Have the original red light for the car. Has el cheaop steering wheel with cap. Car has ALL NEW GLASS through out. Have all missing trim. Missing seats (were shot), same as 65-66 Chevy Bel Air or Biscayne. Found front seat close by. Have some other parts for car. Can’t drive because of stroke. Ross Barker has full color photo of this car in 1966 parked in front of his mother’s house in Chippewa Falls. Truly a killer project. Not another one out there. Have clear MN
title. $8,000 fob Rosemount, MN2011-10-08_15-21-58_982

65 421 Engine, YH code, won’t last long!

October 8th, 2018

I 20180927_165744-65-4211have one (started with two) 1965 421, 338 horse YH engine, mostly complete, missing starter, fuel and oil pump only. Dated G-4-4, June 4th, 1964, super early 65. Heads (76) and intake dated close to engine. Block is 9778791 4 bolt mains. Great core engine. Is standard bore with standard pistons. Price is firm. FOB Rosemount. Can ship Fastenal (your account) or EngineDirect.net. Extra cost to palatalize. Won’t last long! Have photo on Mpls. cl. LK 10/8/2018

61-64 Cross Member and Exhaust news!

March 11th, 2018

For all you people who have modified 61-64 cars and either have or want to install Ram Air Restorations 65-66 421 376 horse exhaust manifolds on your car, I have some news!  These manifolds are the best thing you can do to make about 25 extra horse verses the “brick wall” exhaust manifolds Pontiac made per Jim Butler at Butler Performance.  DO NOT MAKE THESE TWO MISTAKES:

#1:  DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER TUBE STYLE HEADERS.  They suck.  They do not fit behind the steering box (must be beat with a hammer).  You cannot get over speed bumps and the usually leak and burn plug wire ends.  They come loose as well.

#2:  Ram Air Restorations (800-421-8455) makes the only CORRECT version of the 65-66 421 376 horse manifolds.  Others are made with the passenger side being cast backwards.  They are also made in China.  They are bad.  Unfortunately, Ames sells the bad versions.  Buy straight from Ram Air and purchase the entire kit.  The entire kit has both manifolds, the 3″ oil filter spacer (must have), a new bolt kit, new flanges and the best exhaust manifold gaskets in the business.  They fit all “D” head Pontiac engines and have 2.5″ exhaust right out of the box.  If you install on 61 to 64 applications with a back bolt starter, you MUST use a mini-torque starter from Ram Air (MS-2).  If you install on 65 on up big cars, you should use a mini-torque starter as well (MS-1).  Why?  In order to change out a 65 on-up starter, the drivers side manifold must be loosened to remove or replace the starter.  If you use a mini-torque starter, you do not have to loosen the manifold.  If you use the mini-torque starter on ANY applications, you must make a new battery cable and new start (purple) wire.  Your original wires were 18″ long.  You new wires will need to be 24″ long.

Why am I telling you all this exhaust manifold stuff?  Remember I said their manifolds get you to 2.5″ exhaust.  Your car came with 2″ exhaust and it ran OVER THE TOP of your cross member.  With 2.5″ exhaust, it will not clear the floor.  65 and newer cars were built differently and the pipes do not interfere.  I came across this as I installed the Ram Air manifolds on my own car.  I had considered all options.  Notching the cross member, welding 3″ dom pipe on both sides…wow!  Finally Paul at Ram Air offered a solution.  Use a 64-72 A body cross member (not Chevelle).  It has a raised area on both sides to allow pipes to go under the cross member.  I obtained one of these and welded 1.5″ of flat metal the same thickness on both ends (good, hot welds) to make it the same length as my old cross member and the same thickness.  I reused the 61-64 cross member rubber insulators and bolted in my car.  It worked out great with my original 4 speed transmission mount, so it should it should also work in an automatic application as well.  One thing…you have to drill the cross member to use your original parking brake cables, so pay close attention here.  I also recommend a cross-over pipe after the cross member (and before the mufflers) to relieve back pressure and exhaust popping.  I will post photos when I get my car up in the air again.  I hope this article helps a load of people.  Thanks to Paul at Ram Air Restorations.  Great guy!  LK  9/22/2018