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I'm in the final stages of a 12+ year restoration/recreation of a 65 Catalina.

Over the last decade I've completed the following:

Body off and frame restoration

Accumulation of various factory performance parts [3.42 Saf-T-Track, factory headers, factory tach and gauges, Muncie M-20 with correct bench seat Hurst Comp Plus shifter]

Built a 455 [400 HP, 500 FT-LBS] with correct brackets, paint, and accessories for a 1965 Pontiac, and I'm using a points style distributor too!

Two major tasks that remain are body/paint and interior, then the challenge of putting the car back together.  There's still many various small parts to buy too, but that's how it goes.

So far this spring, I've dug into the lower cowl patches, and I found a set of rust free doors that have a few dents, but nothing that can't be fixed.  Rear quarter patches will prove to be the most challenging repair, but I'll probably farm that out.  Full length patches that go 3-4 inches above the wheel opening are scheduled to be available later this summer, so the only real issue is repairing the outer wheel wells.

I'll use this thread ONLY to show the progress of the final tasks of my project, and some older relevant pics from the last decade. 

 

 

 



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Good work!   You have the patience of Job    12 years and still have to paint and put together    wow    Keep us posted  



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VERY exciting. I feel very privileged that you chose 2doorpost.com, to unveil the final stretch of your restoration with us.

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WOW! 12 years, that is a labor of love for sure. Please keep us up to speed on any progress.

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When finishing up a long project, body and paint tend to be the most expensive part of the project. Dropped a door shell off at a local body shop to have some dents removed...nickel and dime.

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Catalina 2001-01.jpg--

2001 Pontiac Nationals...yes, it was on the road for one summer before tear down.



Edited by MattK on Thursday 6th of June 2013 01:24:24 PM



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Some progress pics over the last decade.



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Matt,

Excellent progress....I bet you and the car have only gotten better in the last 12 years

What are you plans with the car? When do you see the car being completed? Are your plans to attend and return to the Pontiac Nationals in 2014 or 2015? Wow, your car and myself will be 50 years old in 2015

I would love to personally invite you to the MCACN`s.....its the BEST indoor Muscle Car Show on Earth!

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Long story, short: As built, the car had a 389 2bbl, TH-400 and a 2.41 open rear. When completed, it'll have a 455 (400hp), 4-speed and a 3.42 posi and factory headers.

Overall the car will be ALL Pontiac with very few visible aftermarket parts on it. Open the hood and it'll appear correct for a 65 Pontiac. Look closer and a trained eye would notice a Q-Jet intake and carb, but not until the air cleaner comes off. In the cabin, it's a bench seat with the correct bench seat Hurst shifter. Along with some other goodies like a factory tach, and some rally gauges (oil, temp). Body paint will be Reef Turquoise with Teal Turquoise steel wheels.

After years of dragging my feet on the body rust, I'm finally doing something about it. I've got replacement doors and front cowl patched up, now if I can get the rear quarters patched up, I'll get it blasted, primed and painted before the end of 2013.

If I don't run out of funds, it will be on the road in the spring of 2014. It may not be totally complete, but close enough to drive and start to enjoy.

A pic of the Muncie M-20 and Hurst Competition Plus.



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Matt,

Great progress, keep it going....we welcome you to post more pics as you get closer to completion

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Awesome,I know all too well about enjoying one for a year or few months then digging into the rebuilding.Cant wait to have mine back together to start driving and enjoying again .

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Postsedan wrote:


I would love to personally invite you to the MCACN`s.....its the BEST indoor Muscle Car Show on Earth!


 

In early August we have a show called the Muscle Car Classic sponsored by the Land o' Lakes GTO club.  It's not indoors, but it's a top notch show where you see some pretty rare and unusual stuff.  I've been a judge for the last two years, so I get close to a few of the cars.



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Excellent! Not everyone can judge a car, your expertise is appreciated by many.

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Catalina 2001-01.jpg--

I love two doors as well   ...



1966 Pontiac Strato Chief  427 4 speed (Small).jpg

Edited by MattK on Thursday 6th of June 2013 01:24:24 PM



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Matt, I give you a lot of credit for sticking with it. So many times restorations come to a halt because the owner loses focus and the car never gets finished. I applaud your tenacity and desire to see it through to the end. Way to go!!!

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Dave, there were times where I just wanted the car and all the parts to disappear. You go in the garage and look at the same problems that need to be fixed and never have a good solution. In my case, I forced myself to work on things I'd envisioned many times being completed. Since I'm at the "metal patching" stage, and I'm a relative novice at doing that, it was a tough sell to just go and make mistakes only to have to re-do a patch you worked a few hours on. It's like the old saying, "you learn from your mistakes", and little expert advice helps too. I've tackled some easy patches and some not so easy ones. In other cases, I found it easier to buy used rust free pieces like my doors, to get by repairing rusty bottomed ones. As with many cars from the 60's, rear quarters tend to be a major issue. Patching a few small areas on the lower skin is one thing, but the wheel well is usually beat up too. That's the last major repair hurdle, then on to prep for paint...I still need to decide on the method of paint removal. Blast, chem strip, or sand. I'll consult a few experts in the coming weeks to get that planned out.

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Dan, is a dipper...

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That's Mr. Dipper.....Thank You very much.

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Dan Dripper...
Kinda sounds like Don Draper.

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