Pontiac Hot Rods

Ben Williams September 4, 2020 6 No Comments

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’36 coupe that showed up at POCI Badgerland Chapter meet.

’36 coupe that confirmed up at POCI Badgerland Chapter meet.

When the collector-car pastime kicked into excessive gear within the ’70s, it was uncommon to see a Pontiac amazing rod or customized, however issues have modified. Take Lou Calisibetta’s Old Stillwater Garage in Stillwater, N.J., as an illustration. Calisibetta is known for redoing the Alexander Brothers “Golden Indian,” a radically personalized 1960 Pontiac that he owns. Calisibetta additionally created a pair of Pontiac “woodies” primarily based on the uncommon 1957 Transcontinental station wagon and 1958 four-door Custom Safari wagon.

Still, it’s uncommon to see a Pontiac amazing rod. This could be as a result of builders search for sure automobiles to switch and Pontiacs simply aren’t on the record. In a whole lot of circumstances, at the very least for pre-muscle automobile fashions, fans stumble onto a Pontiac after which resolve to switch it as a result of it’s simpler and cheaper than restoring it to inventory situation.

This ’37 coupe was a fixture at the Lake Geneva Classic Car Rally.

This ’37 coupe was a fixture on the Lake Geneva Classic Car Rally.

There aren’t many elements in catalogs for early Pontiacs. To carry a Pontiac again to its unique configuration, you both have to search out good used elements (which is getting even tougher) or buy NOS manufacturing facility elements (which is dear and near not possible).

This car appears to have a ’26 Pontiac frame but all else is newer.

This automobile seems to have a ’26 Pontiac body however all else is newer.

The first Pontiac was manufactured in 1926. We have seen one Pontiac dragster with an indication saying it was a 1926 mannequin, nevertheless it was actually simply an outdated body with a fiberglass physique and an all new energy prepare. On the opposite hand, a Pontiac we’ve seen amazing rodded so much is the “waterfall grille” ’36 Pontiac with its artwork deco styling. We discover these as a result of we now have a inventory ’36 in our assortment. We had a bear of a time getting elements for our automobile, so we perceive the rationale that many ’36s Pontiacs are getting the amazing rod remedy.

In our travels, we’ve seen a handful of late-’30s and late-’40s Pontiac rods. Early-’50s Pontiacs are onerous to customise. Talented builders can do it, however it’s simpler to begin with a automobile that has much less trim, much less weight and smaller tires that look higher on a rod. Pontiac rods and customs usually function bolt-ons reminiscent of Lakes pipes, solar visors, hood scoops and Moon discs.

Lou Calisibetta also built this ’58 Safari wagon into a woodie.

Lou Calisibetta additionally constructed this ’58 Safari wagon right into a woodie.

The 1957-1962 period of Pontiac higher lends itself to customizing. This explains why fairly a number of of those automobiles—notably 1958-1960 Catalinas — are being modified immediately. With the ’61-and-up fashions, amazing rodding normally takes place below the hood. However, in case you’re fortunate sufficient to pay money for a Super-Duty Catalina or Tempest or one thing of that kind, a Pontiac amazing rod will look simply tremendous in case you do it up in “gasser” type.

Whatever you do and nonetheless you modify your Pontiac, you may count on it to get a tiny further consideration at a automobile flash since you had been considering out of the field and personalizing a automobile that you just don’t see at each amazing rod flash.

Detail views of Lou Calisibetta’s Alexander Bros.-customized “Golden Indian.”

Detail views of Lou Calisibetta’s Alexander Bros.-customized “Golden Indian.”

Flamed and scalloped ’62 is Alan Maye’s cover car for his book.

Flamed and scalloped ’62 is Alan Maye’s cowl automobile for his e-book.

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