I purchased my 1972 Pontiac LeMans because I wanted a Pontiac that was ready to drive. It was a muscle car I could drive while I worked on the Corvette. I spotted it one December in 2007 on eBay. It was in Portland. I said to my wife “Wife, look at this cool car”. Because my wife is a cool chick, she said “You should buy it”. When the bidding failed to meet reserve, I flew from Seattle to Portland, gave the car a once-over and drove it back home, title in hand. This is when I discovered we had a new rule in our household… whenever I get a car, my wife gets a dog.
Enter this little asshole into our lives.
He’s a French bulldog. My wife named him “Louie LeMans” (I guess our new naming convention is to incorporate the name of the car into the dog’s name. This will be a challenge when I win the Mega Millions and get that 275GTB I’ve always wanted). He’s French and he’s a bulldog – great combination for disaster.
The LeMans started life with a straight six engine and 2 speed Powerglide. The previous owner replaced it with a healthy Pontiac 400 and Muncie 4-speed. It came to me with an Edelbrock 1406 carburetor, which I replaced with a rebuild Quadrajet as soon as Cliff’s had a chance to build one for me. In summer of 2015, I replaced the ancient tires of questionable origin and American Racing Torq Thrusts with BF Goodrich g-Force Comp 2 tires mounted on 18 inch US Mags Bandit wheels. In spring of 2015, I had Vintage Air air conditioning installed by J-Rod and Custom. The car has since lost its moniker of the “sweat box”.
Future projects for this car include brakes and suspension, but for now, it’s a fun driver.