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November 2017 Feature Car


It seems pretty apparent that 1966 is a popular year for our members when it comes to Canadian built Pontiac's. It's not really surprising given the clean, well proportioned styling the Pontiac's had that year. We have seen a lot of great examples of 66's here over the years. One great sixty-six that many of us may not have seen very often on Canadian Poncho is Gary Lupton's Parisienne. This car wasn't always as nice as it is now. Gary and his son Devin did a fantastic job restoring the car. As you will read below, it wasn't an easy restoration. As with so many Canadian Pontiacs, this one had both rust and collision damage. Follow along as Gary tells us how he brought this Poncho back to better-than-new condition:

"I have always been fond of the 60's Ponchos. My first was a '64 Laurentian 4 dr that was our family car that I bought from my father. I was looking for something in the 63 to 67 range. My son Devin, told me about a car that was parked in Delta that belonged to the daughter of a fellow that we worked with. Went to have a look and it surprised us that it actually started although I didn't know how long it had been sitting. Got in touch with the gal and the deal was made. We drove it home and on the freeway it was a blast from the past. You have to love the ride in these big brutes. 

I started the tear down to find what we had and how good it was. Lots and lots of work was ahead in the build. Someone had done some bondo and in places it was almost 3/4's of an inch thick. Most of that had to be removed and new proper pieces put back in. A lot of time was spent sourcing parts from all over North America. 

The majority of the welding I did myself, which I had never done before. My son was in the mechanics course and had his third year so he did the motor build after it came back from the machine shop. I was able to do the body work with a lot of helpful information from a body guy that my son worked with. 

 

Most of the parts I got from a guy that had a huge collection of '65 b body stuff which he later sold to the Tin Man.

The two major repairs that were made was both of the rear quarters. Was able to source this from a '65 that was in very good condition. The drivers side was a total redo from door to the trunk. Passenger was only from the door post to the center of the wheel well including the post which had been hit at some point in its life. Major headache. 

 

 

Had the frame dipped and the body blasted and then did all the preparations before my son did the paint which was the first that he had ever done on his own. I think that he had a very good teacher!

All of the running gear is numbers matching, as I discovered after getting the GM docs.

A few things have been added that were not original to the vehicle such as the tach, rear defogger, the belt moulding below the back window, wheel well stainless in the rear wheel lip, (I didn't like the skirts), spinner hubcaps, and the passenger side mirror. The dash in the car is as it was when I first looked at it with a little touch of paint. 

 

In all the build took us 5 years and I couldn't be happier. I just love to get it out on the road and cruise down the highway as it floats along. 

Thanks for allowing me to be in that place at the top of the site and thanks to Todd for this fantastic site and all of his dedication.

Gary (Luppy) Lupton"



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Those are some of the all time best B Body lines in that 66! Nice car Gary. Hope to see it someday soon.
John in Maple Ridge

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It just looks so good white with the blue interior. 5 year project that looks so sharp!

Jake

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Have seen this car and it looks even more perfect in person! Congrats Gary...beauty car and job!

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Awesome !!!!    great father son project .      congratulations



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I went thru the pictures and then went thru them a second time.
What a fantastic finish for a home shop father/son project.
Truly worthy of " top of the page ".


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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful car. Love the story, the colours and the great job you did on the car.

Another great feature car!

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Another fine choice for the monthly feature car.

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Beautiful interior, stunning engine bay, awesome white paint... very nicely done!!!

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Thank You for saving the car. It took a lot of work but now it is done right. With the curvy coke bottle lines of the mid-60s Pontiacs and lack of available sheetmetal I'm not surprised at the amount of body filler you found initially. That is impressive welding & bodywork, Gary, especially for a novice. You should be proud of your achievements. One of the best looking big cars of any era in my opinion. The colour choices are also very nice. If I were all thumbs I would give 10 thumbs up!



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Wow... congratulations... looks amazing...

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hawkeye5766 wrote:

Have seen this car and it looks even more perfect in person! Congrats Gary...beauty car and job!


 Totally agree. Love these self done stories. 



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Love to see a restored Canadian Pontiac with the correct body colour firewall too, I forgot to mention that initially. So many guys make the black firewall mistake.

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Nice, nice car. The story is great and the final outcome is fantastic. This is definitely something to be proud of.

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1969 Firebird 350HO Convertible

1969 Camaro X11-V8

1969 GTO

1969 Parisienne

1969 2+2 was a 396

1969 2+2 427

1978 Chevy Short Box Step Side 4x4

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Carl Stevenson wrote:

Love to see a restored Canadian Pontiac with the correct body colour firewall too, I forgot to mention that initially. So many guys make the black firewall mistake.


 Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the car, guys. Carl the only mistake that I made was that I didn't cover the firewall tag, which I just fixed and I also got the wrong information about the trunk. Was told that it was splatter paint and should have been body color. This is on my to do list to correct sometime down the road. Thanks again for all the praise. 

Luppy



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Love it ... very nice car!



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Congrats. Beautiful car!

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The result was well worth the work !

Congrats and enjoy.


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Good on you Gary for sticking with it and getting it done and done right. The result is stunning. Just the kind of car that begs for a long roadtrip.

And congrats on being the feature.



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Fabulous!



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Beautiful interior, stunning engine bay, awesome white paint... very nicely done!!!


 ...what he said..biggrin...wow - my favorite colour.....beautiful Canadian Pontiac - hope you and your son enjoy the ride, you deserve it



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Love the B-Bodies. Great Job and a very nice looking ride! Thanks for sharing

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Beautiful beautiful beautiful. There is no denying that the 66 is one of thee most beautiful cars EVER built. I admire your dedication and hard work to make that beauty what it is today. The fact that you and your son did it the right way makes it all the more special. Congrats on that amazing 66 and continued good luck. Cheer. George 



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Gary, congratulations on an absolutely beautiful rebuild on your car. It is absolutely gorgeous! I can really appreciate the time , money and care that went into it . I've never been a real fan of blue but your interior is perfect with a white car.

You are correct in saying how much enjoyment there is to go cruising down the Queen's highway on a sunny day in one of these big old time machines. True class.

Fred



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Nice!


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