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Carl owns a unique Pontiac. The Strato Chief was sold only in Canada. It is basically a Pontiac body which has been modified to fit on a Chevrolet Chassis. Trim levels were similar to the Chevrolet Biscayne. Carl tells us more about this rare survivor:

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My love with 66 full size Canadian Pontiacs began in 1975 when I bought a 66 Grande Parisienne.  I owned and loved that car for 14 years and only parted it because I was newly married in the late 80's and my wife and I agreed, the 5 old cars I owned might be a bit excessive! At the same time I also sold my 66 Grande Parisienne 427 factory 4 speed car. I found myself missing owning a 66 full size but did without for a long time. 

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A few years ago I purchased another 66 Grande Parsienne, a minor project car and I began working on it. However my life circumstances changed (health issues in our family) and I realized my days of owning any type of serious project car were likely over. I decided to sell the Grande Parisienne and search for a nice 66 driver.  I sold the Grande Parisienne and before the buyer could travel the 800 miles to come and pick it up, a Kijiji ad for a car 50 miles from home caught my eyes.

 

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It was something to the effect of "66 Strato Chief, 41,000 miles, all original, no rust, 283, 3 speed manual".  I knew I had to look at it because that was pretty much the kind of car I was looking for, a nice driver. My friend and I were the first ones to show up to see the car. We went for a drive. The seller drove and within a  mile I had made up my mind. It was tight, rattle free, ran beautiful and my inspection had indeed found it to be 100% rust free.

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The seller knew the history from new as it was his great uncle who had ordered it in 1966 at the dealership where he was employed as a technician.  It was parked after only 36,000 miles when the owner's hip went bad and sat in his garage until about 2004 when the seller bought it from the estate. He drove it almost 6000 miles until he advertised it in May 2016. 

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All I have done to the car since I got it was a set of new radials (no more white letter tires, I thought they looked wrong on an original car), new Delco plug wires and cap to replace the wrong looking aftermarket parts and replaced the broken emblem on the front fender. 

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The car truly drives like a new car, I can't help but smile every time I drive it!

 

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!!!!CARL, VERY NICE!!!

It gives me new hopes in finding my next "2 door Post".

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Wow, nice Canadian car Ryan

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Rumor has it there's a correct 427 and a 4 speed being prepped for this car.
The 427 was an option in this car.

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Awesome car very worthy of being our banner car.

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very cool car and story 



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......super cool Carl......keep it stock or drop a big block in it.......either way I love it,

my signature says it all......enjoy the ride......it is truly something special



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Wow what a neat car. Keep us posted on your adventures with it Pat

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Great choice for a banner car. I like it Carl.

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A Great car for sure, glad you found it Carl! Any truth to that 427/4spd rumour??

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Carl, I'm in the exact same situation with my 66 Biscayne, excellent driver with the original 283, PG but I'm constantly feeling the pull of that BBC and I want 3:90 or 4:10 gears with and overdrive trans.  Automatic or manual ????

I think it is in our blood or the water.  I did just rescue an original 12 bolt, B body, 3 series rearend with all 4 control arms.  If I rebuild this rear and install it with the factory 4 link setup, it will be a done deal, the BBC will come next.  I can always put the original 283 on an engine stand in the corner of the shop, for the next guy.



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I'm sorry for the late reply. We had some vacation days so I didn't get to see this for a while.

Thanks for all the kind words, and ''yes'' to the question about the rumour!  I mean yes, the plan is 427 4 speed but looking stone stock.



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Fantastic score and congrats on being the banner car here! Looking forward to the transformation, please keep us "Posted".

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Great great car, glad you have it.

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Carl, what a fantastic find, great looking car. Keep us posted on the big block transformation.

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I'm hoping to do the 4 speed this winter. The big block conversion is likely a year or two down the road.

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