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Old 03-01-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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ok guys,... I can't believe that I found this,... will post pictures soon.

1970 Pontiac Catalina
ALL ORIGIONAL PARTS
no motor or trans (but it'* a project car, those just get rebuilt or scrapped anyway)
VERY little rust on the body (underbody'll need a little work)
and all this for only $300 (or trade the salvage guy my 2 old 1/2 parted out cavaliers hehehe)

so,... any ideas on this???
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ok guys,... I can't believe that I found this,... will post pictures soon.

1970 Pontiac Catalina
ALL ORIGIONAL PARTS
no motor or trans (but it'* a project car, those just get rebuilt or scrapped anyway)
VERY little rust on the body (underbody'll need a little work)
and all this for only $300 (or trade the salvage guy my 2 old 1/2 parted out cavaliers hehehe)

so,... any ideas on this???
Get a big block and you're set!
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looking at an Edelbrock 383 crate motor to drop in, the badge on the fender says it'* the factory 6.6l 400ci, but I can't find any that aren't in a firebird
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looking at an Edelbrock 383 crate motor to drop in, the badge on the fender says it'* the factory 6.6l 400ci, but I can't find any that aren't in a firebird
NICE!!! What type of hp/torque ratings?
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330 BHP and 400 lbs factory,... but can't find any...... would love to put that in and throw on some edelbrock accesories
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Nice Score!

It will likely be a rust bucket for so little, but then, most restorations start out that way anywho. You got a frame and a VIN #, which is pretty much all you need. The car is old enough to be exempt from damn near everything, so the sky is the limit as far as what you can do to it.

As to suggestions on what to do. Well, assume the worst. Dissassemble the entire car down to a frame. Take huge amounts of pictures...you'll need them later. Bag & Tag everything into logical groups.

Then, start with cleaning off the bare frame and having it fixed. The frame is the basis for everything else go on, so it needs to be perfect.

Then start cleaning, inspecting, replacing until the entire car is reassembled.

These kind of projects can take years to do by yourself. (I'd estimate close to 1500 man hours to do a complete restoration.)

Good part about it is that you can work on major sub-assemblies in parallel. When you get bored with one task, you can stop and go work on another area.

Hmmm....motors. I'll second the Big Block idea, if you can afford it. Second choice would be the 400 Pontiac V8 if you can find one. 3rd choice would be a late model Small Block Chevy 350 with Fuel Injection. You'll never find the original motor with the correct serial number, so you're not hurting the cars value by substituting a different V8 from the GM family. Transmission, only one choice IMHO if you plan on driving the car on the road...the 700R4. Fitted with the vette accumulators, 2nd band pistons, and all the bulletin upgrades, it will be plenty strong enough to handle such a heavy car. If you go carb, there are tricks to getting the TCC to function as well.

One thing to budget...disk brakes on at least the front axle. Drums on all four corners suck.
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You just gotta go with a 455 in any 70 Pontiac.
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actually, after a little more research, I'm thinking that the 455 idea is a good one, plenty of motor, and lots of possible add-ons, well, I'll get started on it sometime this summer, and do my best to post pics along the way.
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haha,... found the motor I'm definitely getting.


click here ---->http://www.proformanceunlimited.com/...455_450tk.html

have already decided to do the Holly carb upgrade
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Dayamn, that'* a puryt motor! I know they paint it any color you want, but I'd hit that gold long and lovingly.
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