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September 2016 Feature Car


It's hard to believe that autumn is upon us. That's not to say there aren't any days left to cruise in our favorite ride. In many parts of our great country autumn is the best season to take a drive and enjoy the spectacular colours of the changing leaves. What better way to enjoy the scenery than in a convertible like Brian Pritchard's beautiful 1964 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport? Brian has owned the car since 1975 and has restored the car twice. I'll let Brain give us the details:

I never had a brother. But I did have a first cousin named Leslie who was four years my senior.  Leslie was the “Fonz” in our family and very much like the character from the series Happy Days.  His good looks coupled with his love of life made him a natural when it came to girls and cars.  In 1971 after owning several cars Leslie purchased a Sunfire Red 1964 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport convertible which he promptly had painted purple which was a sharp contrast to the white interior, 4 speed, and factory tachometer.   

I experienced many good rides and even got to drive it on numerous occasions, especially when Leslie had over indulged.  Three years later after surviving his younger brother’s cruising Leslie’s Pontiac sat parked behind the house as he had moved up to a ’66 Thunderbird convertible. 

 Thus began my year long quest to purchase his Pontiac which had a seized 327.  Finally in the summer of 1975 he relinquished the thought of ever fixing it up and sold it to me for $100.00 and a promise to make it road worthy again.  

My desire to own this Pontiac was more the fact that the car was Leslie’s than the make, model or its being a convertible.  At the age of 22 I could envision a poplar tree growing through the floor boards in a few years. I just had to save Leslie’s girl chaser!

By 1977 I had it running again with a freshly rebuilt 327, new top, new windshield, and a fresh Hondorus Maroon paint job all completed to the tune of $1700.00.    Not long after I took it to a family function with the top down of course. The first person to comment on it was Leslie who said “You son of a b----, you had to park it right in front of the hall didn’t you!”  He was well pleased but declined my offer to let him take it for a spin.

Thirty three cruising years later I decided to give it another overhaul which began in the spring of 2010 and completed in the summer of 2015.  Specs are as follows:  350 Dart block, Dart heads, Voodoo cam, Cloyes timing kit, 396 stroker kit, roller lifters, roller 1.6 rockers, SFI fly wheel and balancer, 670 Street Avenger Holley, ARP bolts, 500hp; rebuilt original  M20 and 3:36 posi; ceramic headers, new drive shaft, poly urethane carrier bearing, stainless steel exhaust, Magnaflow mufflers; new locks, mirrors, seville grain white interior, carpet, door panels, etc, from NOS, A complete body job on sheet metal (floor, trunk, and mounts were all good) and a superb paint job in Ford Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (U6).

 

Thank you Barry, Kenny, and Dave for your expertise in helping to make my CS look absolutely gorgeous.  Also thank you Todd for featuring my car.

Sadly my cousin passed away in 2013 and never got to see my finished product.  However my fond memories of him and my 41 years of owning and driving my ‘64CS continue to bring me much pleasure.  The Pont, or Rag as we’ve always called it is truly a part of our family and will be passed to our son when the time is right.



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Beautiful car, great story, nothin' like a ragtop on a warm sunny day eh?

Dave

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Awesome story, awesome 64.
Don

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Great story and a very sharp Rag!

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I love the story and I also love the car. Congrats on having it top of the page.

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Nice!



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Pontiac convertible.

Red.

White interior.

3 pedals.

Factory tach.

Ultimate combination, what a great story.

Congratulations Brian, you've done that car proud. It's another great month at CP!

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Always relish the stories on why an individual is attracted to or chooses to maintain a certain car. This one is a knock out.

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Very nice car and very cool story.



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Beautiful car and great story behind it. Congrats on Top of the page.

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Leslie lives on ...

Always loved your car!



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Beautiful car and a really nice story. Rag top 4 speed does not get any better!

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love it top goes down price goes up



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Absolutely beautiful. That's my favorite year, make and model in the whole world!

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Brian,  your car is simply amazing in person !   

 

Did it come with factory tilt. evileye

 

Love it ..,  we need a pic with my black hardtop beside .. What a contrast ! 

 

 



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Must add - love your engine compartment dress-up - classic valve covers and air cleaner combo, nice aluminum intake, everything looks great.

Dave

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  2012 US-built crew cab truck - Daily Driver and Boat Trailering



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Brian:

You have a real Jewell there.
Thanks for sharing.

Dave..

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Congratulations      nice car      



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That car's a beauty!!!
Good story too.

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Beautiful sweet looking time machine but then.............. i have always loved 1964 Pontiac's, all 1964 Pontiac's. Continued good luck with that sweet heart. Cheers. George



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I thank you, fellow CP members, for your comments and feedback regarding my '64 CS. I am completely overwhelmed with your complimentary responses about my car and my story.
And, yes, thanks to Roger, my Pontiac now has a factory tilt wheel.

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Enjoyed your car and your story!!

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Nice car,really like the story.

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Great car!

I misspent a good chunk of my youth sitting in that very same park in a classic Pontiac! It was the "turnaround" for our cruise loop 30-odd years ago.



-- Edited by davepl on Friday 2nd of September 2016 03:54:30 PM

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Congratulations Brian, we both have a love for 64cs Pontiacs with 4spds. Your car looks so amazing.
Brian

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