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November 2016 Feature Car


November is usually the month where most Canadian Poncho members put their collector cars away for winter.  However a few of our members live in a climate where a collector car can be enjoyed year round. Dave LaCourse is one such member. Dave lives in sunny Florida and is the proud owner of two Canadian built cars. His 56 Pontiac Pathfinder was our June 2010 feature car. We are happy to feature Dave's latest acquisition for November; a beautiful 1964 Beaumont SD Convertible. 

 Take it away Dave.

 

While continuing to work on my 496 BBC-powered 1956 Pathfinder, I decided I wanted a ready-to-drive cruiser. I internet-shopped quite a few cars, then discovered this 1964 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe convertible at a dealer just 75 miles from home.

 


 

It was priced more than I budgeted, but certainly was worth the trip to go look at it. It looked good – nice driver quality paint, good chrome, very good top with crystal clear rear window, very nice interior, practically new tires, and of course (since it was at a dealer) spotlessly clean. It purred like a kitten at idle, and drove very nicely (no power steering or brakes, yet it handled and stopped fine). It did not run well while accelerating, and full throttle had no guts at all, even for a stock 283. I checked the VIN and saw it was originally a 6 cylinder car, so the advertising claim that it was an “original V8 car” was clearly wrong – someone had swapped in a Chevy V8 (as determined by members here, pointing out the Chevy valve covers and air cleaner which are different than Pontiac/Acadian).

 


 

I came back home and I continued to inquire about the car here at Canadian Poncho, since I had never owned a 64-65 A-body, much less an Acadian (my SS396 Chevelle was a 66). Members were extremely helpful, pointing out numerous items that were not original (e.g. Chevelle interior, hood and rear bumper, not Acadian) and potential problem areas (frame rot, sagging driver’s seat, etc.).

 


 

Armed with this information, and the fact that down here a car that kind of looks like a Chevelle but isn’t, is not as desirable as a ‘real’ Chevelle (and therefore less marketable), I made a list of problems, concerns and market comments, called the dealer, and made an offer 23% less than their asking price, dependent on them making the car run right under acceleration, and fixing the front seats (new foam and springs). And, of course, subject to final inspection by me of the frame, and the funky looking VIN plate (which I needed to compare to both the title and the GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services document which a prior owner had obtained).

 

To my surprise, the dealer called me the next day and accepted my offer. He said he would call me when the car was ready (time needed to fix the driveability and seat issues) the next week. After his call, I cut a cashier’s check at my local bank, drove up, had them put the car on their lift and inspected the frame closely (it all looked really good, I poked all around with my small screwdriver and could not find anywhere that was rusted through).

 


 

The front seat now clearly had new foam and felt much better, although there remained a problem with the seat back sagging (which I will deal with at a later date). I checked the VIN (the plate was very worn but was still legible, the rivets appeared unmolested, and the numbers checked out), and did a final test drive ... OK, it’s mine! Since rain threatened, and I did not really want to drive on the interstate in 90 mph traffic, we arranged to have the car shipped to me the next day for $100.

 

So my 64 Beaumont SD came home.

 


 

According to VVS, the only factory options were:

A62 - RESTRAINT SYSTEM, FRONT SEAT (DELETE)

C14 - WIPER SYSTEM WINDSHIELD ELECTRIC (although some dimbulb replaced the original 2-speed motor w/ washer with a single-speed motor w/o washer L )

M35 - TRANSMISSION, POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC (2 SPEED)

P66 - TIRES: 6.95-14 4PLY – HWY

 

The only information I had about the prior owner was that he lived in New Hampshire, bought the car in 2011 from a dealer in Georgia, and had assembled a bunch of documents about the car. The Floridadealer I bought the car from bought it from another dealer, and it looks like it was passed around a bit for the past few years. Here is at least one sale between 2012 and now:

 


 

The documents I have started with a 2011 appraisal, which stated:

 

This is a rare Canadian car found in Ft Walton Beach Florida, no doubt a snowbird car that never returned north. This car had some floor and trunk rust from its Northern life, and sheet metal rust from its near-beach life in Florida. The frame and structural areas were spared from rust, however. All bolt-on sheet metal was replaced with rust-free California components, the trunk and floor repairs were made with correct panels welded in professionally.” - My inspection of the trunk and floor pan verified excellently welded new panels.

 

The body was stripped and repainted its original Goldwood yellow.” - The VVS documentation verified this original color, available only on Sport Deluxe models – and the same color as original on my 1966 Chevelle SS396 convertible I bought new! J

 

The interior is all new. The bumpers and mirrors are new, all exterior trim was removed and polished … there are some pits remaining on a few die cast pieces. The transmission and full brake system have been rebuilt. A new gas tank, fuel pump, fuel lines and rebuilt carb have been installed. Rare wire hubcaps, 5 new 205-75R14 tires.” - So some prior owner, before 2011, had basically restored the car, body/paint/interior as well as mechanical (except engine) – although, sadly, using mostly non-Acadian, Chevelle parts.

 

The car at that time still had no radio (as delivered from GM). After buying the car in 2011, the NH owner purchased a factory Acadian Beaumont AM radio, along with a bunch of other parts including ‘V8’ emblems (since the car was changed from the original 6), all from Tin Man, totaling over $900 US. He also spent over $1,500 US on rechroming, including the Tin Man parts as well as the shift console. (He saved all his receipts, which were included in the documents that came with the car.)

 

And, in 2012, his receipts show that he had the engine completely rebuilt, at a cost of $4,283 US including installation. At the same time, he had the steering box & coupler replaced, another $380 US.

 

Basically, prior owners have done all the work and spent all the time and money on a driver-quality restoration, so I should have a relatively trouble-free cruiser for occasional nice days or a local show. Better yet, the Beaumont is distinctive down here in Florida – not just another Chevelle, eh?

 

Of course, being a car guy, there is always something more to do to improve the car. Chris (ACADIAN here) had a good complete set of correct interior door handles/window cranks (what was in the car when I bought it was a mish-mash of pieces) that I bought to make the interior a bit better. The rear rocker moldings were a mess (ratty to begin with and then some bozo drilled a screw right in the middle!), and I had to replace them (repro Chevelle SS moldings are an exact match):

 

 

And the engine, while clean and smooth-running and close to stock-appearing, had those incorrect valve covers and air cleaner, and, well, I couldn’t resist a little dress-up:

 


 

There are some remaining little problems with the car I still have to fix, and of course there is all the Chevelle stuff that is not correct for a Beaumont, but by and large I can plan on cruising in my ’64 Acadian Beaumont SD with the top down October-April, while continuing to work on my ‘56 Pathfinder – best of both worlds, eh?

 


 

 

Jerel, Brian, Don, you have fun with your 64 Beau SD convertibles in the summer, I’ll enjoy mine in the winter! J



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May i be the first to say, Congrats Dave!

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Well, Dave, it is very nice to see your Beaumont at the top of the page. As I've mentioned previously that is one of my favorite colors for these cars. It is good that the car has been sold to someone down there who appreciates its uniqueness. Congrats and continue to enjoy the cruising.

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Dave, sweet looking Canadian time machine and now you got two. The issues are all minor and from where i am standing, that is one beautiful car. Dave, good luck with both your Northern iron time machines. Cheers. George



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Well done Dave a great looking '64 and an excellent choice for this months feature car!

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Great story, and I have to agree, I love the colour on your car Dave. It will be fun looking at it this month!

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Beautiful looking car Dave,...enjoy it in that warm Florida Sun!

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Nice car! I like the changes under the hood!

ak

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Well done on the acquisition and of course the continued detailing. Love the day two look of the engine, nicely done.

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Congratulations, Dave. My compliments on your immediate upgrades and for being car of the month. I, too, very much like the color combination. There is nothing quite like cruisin' in a Ragtop.

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Wow, looking forward to a full month of seeing a 64 Beaumont SD convertible every time I log in.
Dave in the short time you've owned the car you've done a lot of research and are quickly making it even more distinctive. Loving what you've done.
Great looking car...I should be so lucky.


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Congrats Dave on the monthly feature. A very worthy beauty. All of us up north are in envy of the fact that you still get to cruise in the winter. Enjoy!!!

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Great looking car, can`t help being a little jealous you get to enjoy driving this beauty all year around!!


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Love the car! Top down in Florida!



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Great looking car. I am looking forward to going for a cruise in it this winter.

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Great car, great story, even better guy, what's not to like. Congrats Dave.

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Come on Dave, take all that K mart chrome goo gags off that 283 and make her right. She deserves better than that...... well just kidding, well maybe not kidding at all. Cheers. George



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Cool car Dave, one of my favorites colours on the right car and it really suits that one. Don

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Nice car! Congrats on the feature car

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Awesome !

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Congrats Dave! At least you didn't have to go hunting up north for a Canadian car.wink Will enjoy at the top of the page for the next 30 days and you'll enjoy 365 days a year of cruising with the top down!!! Just not fair!!!!!!!!!!no



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Thanks guys. Although I will not be doing year-round cruising, too hot here in the summer in a non-A/C car, especially with black top and interior to absorb that hot Florida sun. But is is nice now - going to replace hood springs today, then I just might have to go for a little spin ...

Dave

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  1964 Acadian Beaumont SD convert, 283 - factory 195 hp, Powerglide, 3.08 10-bolt - Cruiser

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



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Finally got around to replacing the inside door handles and window cranks (thanks again Chris) - one "new" one shown on top, one of the old rear (extremely pitted and knob worn off) and front (incorrect for this car) shown for comparison:

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Sadly, driver's door window regulator has major problems so I will have to disassemble and repair ...

Dave



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56Pontiac  1956 Pontiac Pathfinder 2dr sedan, 496 - dyno'd 545 hp, stick shift, 4.11 posi - Hot Rod

  1964 Acadian Beaumont SD convert, 283 - factory 195 hp, Powerglide, 3.08 10-bolt - Cruiser

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



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It was my pleasure Dave. Always good to replace with clean original parts!

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A good looking ride, and the greatest place to have it!  That yellow has to be an all time favorite.

 



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