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Old 05-17-2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

I finally got my Custom Convertible Tempest back up and running, and made the 60 mile freeway round trip to the SoCal Chapter Pontiac Oakland Int'l Club annual show this past weekend.



I acquired the car from the original owner's family after talking with them in 2011. It was ordered by the father (a local physician) for his mom in 1963 through Ebersole Pontiac in Lebanon, PA. It was oddly optioned - ordered with power brakes and power steering, 4 bbl 195 ci 4 cylinder (half of a 389), with the Custom option (Triton upholstery, custom steering wheel, and wheel covers - typically found on the Lemans model).

After paint, new top, re-chrome and hunting down parts, the original exhaust crossover/manifold heater finally fell apart from corrosion. This exhaust leak started the proverbial ball rolling that led to a complete engine, front suspension rebuild, one-year-only gas tank restoration.








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Old 05-17-2017, 03:20 PM   #2
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Thank you for sharing, and that is one beautiful and unique ride
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Thanks! I had to weld up a couple of sizable holes in the gas tank, and went through a restoration process that included coating the tank inside and out.



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Old 05-17-2017, 03:30 PM   #4
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Half a V8 installed and running...


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Old 05-17-2017, 03:34 PM   #5
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

During the engine and front end rebuild, I had Ron Mangus repair the front seat that was starting to show its wear from being in a convertible...The seat back side caps were replaced, as well as the three middle panels of the seat bottom.

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Old 05-17-2017, 07:01 PM   #6
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

I love the color and I have always loved those wheelcovers.

Mine looks pretty plain in comparison.

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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Very cool Lemans!

We had a great turnout of the Western Region Little Indians Chapter - 16 1961-63 Tempest Lemans showed up (17 registered), with one unable to make it due to a family emergency the day before - for our first show/get-together within the POCI show.




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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Nice car! Love the oldies!
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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There were so many beautiful cars built by Buick/Olds/Pontiac that just never got the love they deserved. Heck, it's getting rare to even see a GTO or Firebird at a large show anymore.

Great job on not only bringing it back to life, but to such a high original standard.
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Thanks! I agree, the BOP models of that era were great examples of a departure from traditional designs at that time. My favorite was the 1963 Catalina Ventura with the stacked headlights, but the 1963 Buick Riviera is probably the best of that model year.

While the front seat upholstery was getting resurrected, I addressed the non-functioning radio, and went with an AM/FM stereo conversion w/MP3, and upgraded the dash speakers and went with some under seat speakers from Custom Autosound.



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My favorite was the 1963 Catalina Ventura with the stacked headlights,
(lol - had one of those, too).

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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

That's incredibly cool. I'm planning on heading to Dallas/Ft. Worth for the POCI Convention in July, and hoping to find a '63 Cat.
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... and hoping to find a '63 Cat.
That's what I was after as well, but ended up with a '63 GP instead.

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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Very pretty little convt.!! Innovative car also, 4 cyl, I.R.S., flexible driveshaft, transaxle. I remember them with a 326 V8 also. I'm OLD, I remember Mickey Thompson did some crazy stuff with that 4cyl. .. so I think the M/T valve cover is a fitting tribute.
My second car in high school was a well used '64 GTO post car... still like 'em & '61 full size cars
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Thanks! I went with new stands and roller rockers, so the original valve cover was not going to work without a spacer, and those Pontiac valve cover spacers are $100...ugh! I had a few M/T valve covers laying about, so I painted one to match. The other thing I had to go with was a spare Ram Air III exhaust manifold to replace the OE manifold that was not salvageable...almost no one noticed it at the show.

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That's incredibly cool. I'm planning on heading to Dallas/Ft. Worth for the POCI Convention in July, and hoping to find a '63 Cat.


Hey Vin63,

Like this one?

https://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/cto/6099697385.html
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Re: 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

More like this Ventura optioned Cat that I foolishly passed on a few years back.





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Over the weekend, I made it to the Friends of Steve McQueen fundraiser car and motorcycle show that benefits the Boys Republic - https://stevemcqueencarshow.com/
It's one of the cooler events as it has a great mix of vehicle types and manufacturers.



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Cool car such an interesting looking engine!
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From the SoCal Pontiac Oakland Club annual show (top) and the Friends of Steve McQueen annual fundraiser for the Boys Republic in Chino Hills (bottom).
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