1972 Pontiac Le Mans
I purchased this rust-free ’72 Pontiac LeMans GT about 7 years ago from my brother-in-law’s best friend, ho bought it from the original owner back in ’75. Even though it has always been garage kept, t was in serious disrepair when I got it and it took a couple of years to get it back on the road. It had a 350, hich I still have and intend to give to the next owner. However, neighbor of mine has a ’70 Trans Am that came with a 400 which he had rebuilt with a mild cam and aluminum intake. He decided to build up a crate 454 for his TA and I bought the 400 for $2500 and dropped it in my Pontiac. There are about 2000 miles on the 400 since it was rebuilt. When we installed the 400 we opted to take out the air conditioning, hich was in good working order. I still have all of the original air conditioning parts that will be provided with the car. After having the car on the road for about a year, y son wrecked it and damaged the original Ram Air hood and Endura grill/bumper. I drove it to my buddies shop and piddled with it from time to time until I found a good hood/bumper to repair the car. In addition to restoring the original sheet metal and painting it back to original factory spec, ended up replacing the carpet and floor mats, ll door rubber, ecovering the door panel and front/rear seats and installing a dash cap. Only the head liner and rear package tray are original. And as you can tell from some of the interior pics, hey aren’t in terrible shape but could still stand to be replaced at some point. I also installed new exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers, n MSD electronic ignition system and a Summit vacuum canister, ummit competition starter and a Summit 650cfm carburetor. Other than being slightly cold-natured, he car runs really well and the brakes and transmission are in great shape, oo. I drive the car for about 20-30 minutes at a time around my neighborhood every few days. There are no oil leaks but there is a slight coolant leak that occurs when the engine is up to operating temperature. Electrically, he car needs a little bit of work. I have the park lights, rake lights and turn signals all in good working order, ut the head lights still need to be addressed. One of the low beam lights does not come on and one of the high beams is also out. The horn is also not functioning currently. Cosmetically, he only other thing that is missing are the chrome headlight bezels. As you will notice in some of the pics those bezels are missing. I the driver’s side bezel and mounting hardware but not the passenger side mate, o I just left it off and I’ve decided to let the next owner deal with getting a set if you can’t find a match. So this car was a LeMans GT and now it’s a GTO clone. The reason I did this was because the LeMans GT decals (made by 3M) are so much more expensive that the stock GTO decals. I figured that if the next owner wants to restore it back to original, hey can easily do that by changing the badges. Interestingly, here were fewer Lemans GTs made than GTOs in ‘72, o it’s probably worth more as a GT.