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July 2018 Feature Car


For July we are featuring something a little different. In fact, I believe this is the first time (ed: second time) we've featured a Canadian Poncho race car! Brent Fulmek has owned this 1965 Acadian for 36 years! What started out as just a shell has been transformed into this terror you see here. Brent gives us the details:

"The story:

It was 1982. I was looking for a project car to build just as the Prostreet movement was well under way. I had a 1967 Mustang prior to this car.†

A friend told me there was a car for sale that would make a good candidate for a prostreet conversion as the only thing left was the outer shell.

The car was a†1965 Pontiac Acadian.†Originally sold in Lethbridge Alberta, the car somehow made its way into a farmers field just south of Foremost Alberta. The car didnít have an engine or trans, and the interior was completely gutted. The body was in reasonably good shape given where it was.†

I paid $400 for the car, hauled it home and started what turned out to be a 3 year project.†

Here is a photo of some of the parts I had acquired in anticipation of transforming this car into a big block, big tire car:

I took the car to a friend of mine, Ted Allen, if Allen Automotive. Ted cut out the entire floor plan and installed a new frame and a narrowed 9Ē rear end.†

Here is a 1966 Pontiac Parisienne:

This car was owned by a friend of my fathers. It had the original 427/390 hp BBC. †I ended up buying the car with the intention of taking the motor and putting it in the Acadian. I replaced the original motor with a 396. Back then thatís just what you did!!!

Here is the rebuilt motor going into the car. Increased the compression to 11:1, added a solid lifter cam and tunnel ram:

I had the rear wheel wells lengthen to accommodate the larger tires:

In for bodywork and painting:

†Painted and ready to go.†A few years go by and I decide to upgrade the engine. How about a 6-71 supercharger and parts on the dining room table.†

I rebuilt a 454 with all the goodies for a blower setup. The motor made just over 800hp. The trans was a super T10.†

†Next I added a 250 nitrous kit:


It was a good driver!

Fast forward to 2010/11. After 15 years of driving the car on the streets of calgary, I decided to upgrade the motor, transmission and front suspension. †The motor is an all aluminum 598, 10-71 supercharger with dual dominator carbs. The front end is a Alston Chassis works bolt on subframe.†

The driveline transformation was complete:

The transmission: A Lenco 5 speed, designed to run on the street:

In April 2016 I decided to freshen up the paint and straighten the body out. †The guys at a Triple K Autobody in HighRiver did an excellent job. They blew the entire car apart to block sand and paint:

Colour change!!!

Out for a cruise:

Engine and shifter:

†I added wheelie bars over the winter:

I now race the car in the Pro class. The best time to date is an 8.605 in the quarter mile.†

For those wondering whatever happened to the 427/390 motor, approximately 5 years ago I tracked the current owner down with the help of the message board on Canadian Poncho.†

Whatís next?

I just enjoy the car and race it 4-6 times per year and take it to the odd car show.†

Brent"



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I love the story and the upgrades you've done over the years. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

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Wow what an incredible car and story. Love it.

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1935 Chev 3 Window Std Coupe

1957 Chev 2dr†

1967 Mustang Convertible

1969 Firebird 350HO Convertible

1969 Camaro X11-V8

1969 GTO sold

1969 2+2 was a 396

1969 2+2 427

1978 Chev ShortBox StepSide 4x4

1980 Harley FXWG

1986 CJ7 Jeep



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Great story! Great car!

Any videos?



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67' Grande Parisienne.†Ex Ottawa USSR Embassy car, 67- 68.
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I like the story and the transformation is great.

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That is a lot of power for a compact car. I'll bet it is scary-fast. The shifter looks like the Lightning Rod deal made by Hurst. A Lenco transmission was an expensive proposition as well. You sure didn't cheap out on any of the parts.

Congrats on making Feature Car this month.



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Also in garage waiting:†stroker 296 cid inline six & built TH350

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Wow,wow,wow.....did I say WOW!! That is one Nasty feature car! luv the re colour/re power! Have you been sued?..... Must be lots getting whiplash from watching it go by!biggrin†Great feature car!



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nice1 65 INVADER RULES great to see it over the years also

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Brent is a good buddy of mine, and I've had the experience of riding in the car many times, though only with the supercharged 454. Yes, it was fast!!! I can only imagine riding along for a quick 1/4 mile!!!

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Nice job must go like snot lol



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Wicked, Wicked, Wicked. Great feature car for the month. Would love to see it at the track.

Luppy



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Wicked Brent! Great work , and looking Sharp!

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My two most favourite car topics in the same story, 65 Acadians and 427 powered 66 Grand Parisiennes!!!

Love the 65, those cars make about the best looking race cars in the whole world...

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Carl Stevenson wrote:

My two most favourite car topics in the same story, 65 Acadians and 427 powered 66 Grand Parisiennes!!!

Love the 65, those cars make about the best looking race cars in the whole world...


†I figured you'd like this one.



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Wow, great Acadian and such incredible workmanship !

Todd:††"In fact, I believe this is the first time we've featured a Canadian Poncho race car!"

It's the second time, 6 years ago in July 2012 we had this beast...

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Thanks for jogging my memory Ray!

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Wow is right!
Are you sure you are not related to Stevenson confuse? seems to be some similarities, pulling 427's from Canadian Ponchos and stuffing them in 65 Acadians.......biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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Thanks for the great feedback. Here is an In-car video during my licensing runs. This was also the first time I used the parachute.†



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WOW!!!
What a cool car! Great story too! 8.60 is seriously fast!!!
It's one thing to make that much horsepower but I'm even more impressed by how well the car gets down the down the track.
I like everything about that car!




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The neat part is how effortless it seems for that powertrain!

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oooh yea!

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jim_ss409 wrote:

WOW!!!
What a cool car! Great story too! 8.60 is seriously fast!!!
It's one thing to make that much horsepower but I'm even more impressed by how well the car gets down the down the track.
I like everything about that car!



†.........what Jim said.......we raced for many years and can really appreciate your efforts here......very well done.

Beautiful car and what a ride that must be......the Lenco is absolutely COOL!...biggrin.....so much nicer that the usual P/glide



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......big block, 4 speed, bench seat, it doesn't get much better

happy motoring :burnout

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