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Many thx for all the positive feedback ...
i get a red head .. ;)

Nice to find my car here and i`m very proud that Todd asking me for more pics and info.

At my facebook profile Bjoern Poncho are more pics and feel free to contact me if you like.

Over the years i have learned much about the canadian cars and the difference to the US.
In 2007 i bought an desert burned 30years long sitting in a barn 65 Bonneville coupe project and could compare how different the US Pontiacs vs the canadian cars are .. very interesting!

However, canadian or US Pontiac ...both making much fun and fazinating young and old people wherever you are with the cars ..The US Pontiacs are so powerful and heavy, the canadian 65 is light, economic but fast as the big US brother.

Yes, much work over the years and improve here and improve there but i have to stop myself to do to much.... some are saying : you need to recover the seats, they`re faded from sun ..but i try to let all what is orignal like it is or replace with original parts to keep the car and a little bit of history and patina. I reused the old seat cover after made the cushion foam and springs new.
The car is always turn key and we use it some weekends in summer over 600 miles for shows and meetings. The kids loveing it.

The cragar`s are sold .. because not street legal in Germany so i replaced with the 7x15" rally wheels ..not sure to use a 3" deep trim ring ..perhaps ..or not .. hm .. ;)

The bride ..
yes thats my wonderful wife .. not 1995 but born in 1978 ...thx for the flowers i will tell her ...
always helping me at the cars if i need a third hand ...







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Great story, beautiful car Bjoern! Coolest car in germany!

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Great Story and a very nice ride1

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1968 Parisienne 2+2 Convertible

1984 Correct Craft Southwind

1994 Cruisers Aria

2005 GMC K1500 



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 The cragar`s are sold .. because not street legal in Germany so i replaced with the 7x15" rally wheels ..not sure to use a 3" deep trim ring ..perhaps ..or not .. hm .. ;)
 


 Why are they not street legal?



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'64 Parisienne CS "barn find" - last on the road in '86 ... Owner Protection Plan booklet, original paint, original near-mint aqua interior, original aqua GM floor mats, original 283, factory posi, and original rust.



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Yes, very nice ride indeed!   I saw your web site several years back detailing all the work you have put into her and your efforts have paid off beautifully with a nice color combination. 

....Also nice to see one of these as a feature car too...  smile



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 The cragar`s are sold .. because not street legal in Germany so i replaced with the 7x15" rally wheels ..not sure to use a 3" deep trim ring ..perhaps ..or not .. hm .. ;)
 


 Why are they not street legal?


the Cragars have alloy center and welded at steel ..a no go here and the uni lug bolt circle is the another no go  ..

Some guys ride these wheels but if you have an accident you can get much trouble with the law ..

same with tires .. you need speed and load index ..the cars are up to 120 mph so you need T tires .. really difficult to find 215 75 14 WSW with load and speed index ..so i changed to the nice orig. Pontiac Rally Wheels and easy to get 215 70 15 WSW like cooper GLS ..

So i be at the safe side of ride  ;)

 



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lets bring this baby back to the front less than 2 weeks to enjoy



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Can you believe CP has been online for almost 6 years and we have never featured a 65 Pontiac? Well the dry spell is over! Feast your eyes on Bjorn Grudzinskas' beautiful 1965 Parisienne Custom Sport Convertible. Bjorn hails from Germany found this Canadian Poncho in dry Arizona. Although the car spent many years in a desert climate Bjorn found a few surprises. Thankfully the Custom Sport was under skilled hands and Bjorn has restored the car to like-new condition with a few subtle modifications like tri-power and American Pontiac wheels. Bjorn tells us more about the car:

My story began in 2000. I was looking for a 65 Pontiac Catalina or Bonneville convertible. In germany I didn`t found a good car and so I decided to make my search in Southwest of the United States. I traveled to LA and spend 2 weeks of my vacation for searching my dream car in LA, Vegas and Phoenix. I meet many friendly Pontiac owners but the time gets closer. In the last days of my vacation I finally found my car in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a rare 65 Parisienne custom sport convertibe with floor shifter and many goodies. Second owner, history, org. condition, complete (I thought), org. manual and prospects, all bills....I did the deal.


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*In february 2003 the car arrived in cold germany and I took the first closer look under my car. Oh my god! All floor pans were faked by many "do it yourself" mechanics. It looked horrible. After two weeks of depression I decided to restore the complete body. I found out that all sheet metals, floor pans, braces, trunk floor, frame, engine, steering, axles are the same like the 65 Chevy Impala convertible. So I wrote a list with all parts I would need and ordered all parts from Classic Industries. I get all missing parts at eBay and spend many money. I did the complete brakes system new, overhauled the suspension, restored the interieur, replaced chrome parts..... I want to do it right!
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***The complete new floor pans, braces, and trunk pans arrived via UPS...wow..I had to built a new car!! 6 month of heavy work, 5 days a week, all night long. The frame was still good , thx to Arizona dry clima. The car was running onkly 10-15 years in Manitoba, later in Indiana and from eraly 80`s in Phoenix.

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**June 2007 and i decided to repaint the complete car in org Mist Blue code "D". I found the paint code for mixing at my local painter store. So i redone all work..stripped the complete car, removed all paint & bondo down to find the org sheet metal. The RH rear quarter panel was baaad, too. The LH & RH door, too. I contact my friends in Arizona and after 3 month i received from a desert 65 Grand Prix quarters, doors and fenders as "like new" from Arizona desert and i started the worke  a la "Made in Germany"
Finally the car gets an frame off and the list of parts to make new are more bigger each weekend.

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The 65 received new 1 1/2" drop coils from classicperformance, red Koni shocks,  new Poly bushings, new frame bushings, new stock brake system; lines, hoses, everything  and an dual brake master. The new steering box with 2 1/4 turns handles the car more safety on German highways.. The old lady runs easily 80-110 mph and me and my family use the car all summer long for classic US car meetings in Belgium, Netherland, Swiss and Germany.

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In 2008 the convertible won the 3rd place in nicest convertible at the Essener Motor show ! I`m very proud of!

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From time to time i changed the wheels ..14" Cragar SS ..later the deluxe spinner caps and now it has 15" Rally II wheels on.

in 2009 I bought an 1965 Bonneville coupe from Kingman.. and desert found, too. Was in barn for over 30 years ... it`s now finish, too ...

Never will sell one of these cars ;)

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Cheers from Germany, Bjoern


 



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Thx for doing that ;)
Wish you all an grrreat christmas time and an happy start in 2014 ... so our old cars get one year older ;) 65 ..wow that are 49 year old cars ...the most modern daily driver gone to the yunk after 10-15 years because to much electrical trouble ...
So keep the old Pochos staying alive ;)
Cheers, Bjoern

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Some more pics ....of the 65 photo shooting.....

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