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March 2018 Feature Car


It's my pleasure to feature Mike Ward's 1966 Beaumont Sport Deluxe this month. Mike is part of the "Manitoba Gang", a great bunch of guys who's blood runs Poncho red! Mike tells us more about this beautiful Beaumont:

When I worked pumping gas as a teenager, driving my 66 Valiant, Saturdays at the station was a gathering point for all the guys driving their 66/67 Chevelle's and Beaumont's. A friendís 66 Beaumont Sport Deluxe, Big Block, 4sp car was far and away my favourite of all of them. I eventually got myself in the game with a 72 Nova but Iíve always thought that the 66 Beaumont was one of the prettiest and meanest cars out there. Iíve owned and sold so many Ė 62 Impala, 70 Chevelle SS396, 67 Impala SS427 (clone) among them Ė but if I have any regrets itís selling my 70 Acadian SS 4 spd. I bought it from the original owner and babied it until the day I decided to put it up for sale at what I thought was a ridiculous price! But forty years later I find myself in the fortunate position of owning both a 72 Nova SS and a 66 Beaumont Sport Deluxe.

I found my Beaumont listed for sale in Victoria BC. I contacted the owner and developed an instant rapport with him. After a few calls I tentatively purchased it over the phone on July 14, 2014.

My wife and I flew to Victoria July 25 with Cragar wheels and tires checked as baggage, which got the wheels there for me and ended up being a funny story. The owner picked us up at the airport, took us to the car for our first look and then on to his condo where he was kind enough to let us stay for the duration of our visit in Victoria.

The car was as represented so the next day he picked me up and we got the transfer of ownership and temp insurance done, had my wheels installed on the car and prepped for the 2,000 km drive home.

We arrived home after three long uneventful days driving, other than all the eyes turning our way

It was originally a Manitoba car, blue on blue Sport Deluxe with a 230 Ė 6 cyl. Somewhere in its travels out west the 230 came out and a 307 went in, the blue seats, door panels and dash pad were replaced with black and a fresh repaint was applied.

Itís a great driver so I didnít have any serious issues with leaving it just the way it was, but with my Nova undergoing a complete refresh and big block upgrade, I had a ZZ4 350 crate motor looking for a home and happened upon a Turbo 350 transmission from Carl. Didnít take long for the 307 and Powerglide to come out and with a little helpful information from a couple of other members, the ZZ4 and TH350 went in. That combination has made it just a little more fun to drive.

Thereís a few more little things that Iíd like to do to the Beaumont but right now the Nova has my undivided attention and is my budget priority.

The Canadian Poncho Forum has become a daily habit for me. Itís such a great resource for anything Beaumont (in my case) and thereís always help with any technical issue that arises, be it on existing threads or starting a new one to solicit information from members. Making friends along the way is the best part. Canít say enough about the Winnipeg group and having the opportunity to meet members from across the country.



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Splendid Can't see my wife agreeing to have 4 Cragars checked as baggage. The West group certainly contribute a lot to this site.

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Good story, nice car. Congratulations.



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Beautiful car Mike.Funny how it made its way back to Manitoba.


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VERY cool, glad to see your car up there Mike. Love the story that goes with it too.

For you local guys who haven't met Mike, c'mon out to coffee. He has some great input. These retired guys have some cool cars and some great stories!

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Well Mike, I have to say I agree with your taste lol. I am putting together my 66 Beaumond SD same colour as yours, also own a 70 SS Acadian as well as a 67 427 Z24 Impala. My father had a 66 Valiant for his store delivery car that I learn to drive on and took my drivers test in. thanx for sharing it with us

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Very nice car with a very nice story! (Somewhat of a non convertible sister car to ours. Cool that it had posi come with the six...and luv that it has all the chrome!)



-- Edited by 66 327 sd on Wednesday 28th of February 2018 08:51:15 PM

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What a beauty and a great story!

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love the baggage story and nice car!

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Great story and a gorgeous car! When I was reading the post, the build sheet presents itself before you mention the original 230 CID engine being changed out. Needless to say, I was not expecting that it came from the factory with a 6, so that was very interesting. Also, a Manitoba car being repatriated back to the original province it was initally sold in, is a twist of irony!

Nice car, great story and the 350 is just a whole lot more fun than a 307 or a 6!



-- Edited by Earl36 on Wednesday 28th of February 2018 11:13:25 PM

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Congrats Mike. Lovely Beau. Keep up that momentum moving up the displacement ladder lol!



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Once again, 1966/67 cars may have been the best styled cars of all time.† This is a prime example and I have to say as a former 66 Chevelle owner the Beaumonts looked much more classy.† She's a beaut!



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Congrats Mike. Has always been my fave year in the Beaumont and you have a beauty of one! Crager's over Rally's any day.

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Beautiful car and a great colour. Was a pretty well dressed 6 cyl car from factory with all those options.

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Good story, and good round trip back to 'Toba.



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Nice to see Mike's car at the top of the page.
Great car, great guy, great story, and as always even better in person.
An excellent representation of the Manitoba gang.

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Very nice car Mike!

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Congrats Mike - very nice car! Thanks for sharing.

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Great Car, neat to have in back in it's home province too! thx for posting

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Beautiful car and great story enjoy your month on top of the mountain†



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Great looking car;the Cragars are a nice touch.

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Looks great with the Cragars, beauty !

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Great looking ride! Congrats

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Beautiful Beaumont . 1966 and 67 are my favorite style of Beaumont. Congratulations !

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congrats! - My favorite colour on these cars.

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