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October 2012 Feature Car


Although we recently featured a 61 Pontiac, after seeing Greg Bronson's 61 Parisienne Bubbletop at a local show recently I knew I had to feature it. Some of you may remember seeing this car when it was for sale in Swift Current, Sk. Gary purchased the car and has been upgrading it ever since. Gary swapped the small block for a period correct 348. The three speed manual trans was switched to a 4 speed. Gary tells us about some of the other upgrades he has made to this sweet '61:

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This project started when I was 13 or 14 yrs. old. A local guy in my hometown showed up one day with a 1961 american ventura bubbletop  389-4 spd. Fifty years later I'm looking for another car to work on and I find a 61 parisienne bubbletop in Calgary. Four days later it's in my driveway. The car was originally sold in Swift Current Saskatchewan from Century Motors. It spent most of it's days in that province.

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    The car needed lots of body work, rockers ,lower rear quarters, bottom of front fenders and rear trunk support mounts. Front and rear suspension and brakes were replaced with new springs and shocks. A power disc brake system was installed. Ball joints ,tie rods, andbushings were replaced. The frame and under floor was scraped, wire brushed painted and under coated.


   I painted the car myself in my garage,took me 3 weeks with original colour,jewel blue or richelieu blue and ermine white on the roof. A rebuilt 275 hp- 327-4 spd. was motivation for the first year. Then last fall I found a 348-250 hp and rebuilt it. I'm pretty sure it is a 61 pontiac engine. Last winter the 348 was installed and have around 1000 miles on it so far.

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The interior is original except for a new rug. Thanks to Dale at NOS for finding original material to repair holes in drivers seat.

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It's not a perfect car ,there are some small things I can do while continuing  to drive. I need a couple of stainless pieces repaired and still looking for the small chrome  emblems for front fenders to show it's a v8. 

The  real nice thing is when  I go to a cruise I have  the only one there.



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That is super nice !!!

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is that the car with the road trip thread that was white? WOW!

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What is there not to love about this beautiful bubbletop???

You've done a beautiful job on the car Greg. I edited my post to reflect your correct name!

-- Edited by Carl Stevenson on Sunday 30th of September 2012 08:17:23 PM

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Wow,  that is nice to see,  expecially with a 348 4spd all stock.



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STUNNING!


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very nice! jewel blue is a beautiful color!



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that is soooooo cool! I Love it!

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Very nice car! Love the colour combo!



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wonderful car, I 've seen it in person, both car and owner are #1!


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What a beautiful ride congrats on a job well done!!

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I remember seeing the car in Calgary for sale and I seriously thought about buying it. Great Car and you've done a Super job with it!!! Glad to see it went to the right owner.

  Heres what it looked like when I saw it last...

 

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-- Edited by sixtywagon on Sunday 30th of September 2012 07:20:19 PM

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Very nice car, and an Alberta car strikes again!!!!



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Wow that's a very very beautiful car, color, driveline, year, everything just works so well together. (-:



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fantastic job and what a great looking car. love the engine compartment.

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Great job on the car. Love the color combo and the wheels. Congrats.

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Thanks for the nice comments and my name is Greg, thanks for the picture sixtywagon as I don't have any before shots. I don't play with my camera anymore. I bought the car without the rims ,not my style.

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Was I ever confused Greg, I couldn't believe there were two cars like this. Love it.

Love the 61's, second car we had since I was born.

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Beautiful job on the restoration. The 61 bubbletop Pontiac has to be the best looking car made in that whole era. 



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beautiful car greg; glad to have been part of it @ thanks for the thanks

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gotta love it



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Gregory wrote:

Thanks for the nice comments and my name is Greg, thanks for the picture sixtywagon as I don't have any before shots. I don't play with my camera anymore. I bought the car without the rims ,not my style.


 The guy you bought it from had a Used Car Lot and picked that car up just to "flip" it.  He put those wheels on to attract more people I think, because I believe when it was on Kijiji, before he bought it, it had the stock rims on it.  Here are a couple more pics I have of the car..  Ken

 

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Thanks Ken ,I see the windshield is broken ,I was told it was fine, as you can see the lower body needed lots of work. It had 2 layers of metal from previous body job, much worse underneath top layer. The original rims weren't the same . I have a set of 15x7 rims painted body colour with the dog dish caps ready to go when I get the urge to change the look.

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That would be real Kool with the dog dishes on it!

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nice bubble, i hate to think what it would take to find another piece of glass for that car, ouch. Glass makes the Car, how many where produced?



-- Edited by Shoeboxnut on Monday 1st of October 2012 12:16:54 AM

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