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Old 07-25-2010, 03:15 PM
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I have a line on a '64 pontiac tempest. Its a coupe with air. Doesnt run. How much difference is this car worth vs. the lemans? Do these cars hold their value as well as the lemans and GTO? It seems to be a solid car. Just curious how you tell if its worth picking up or not. Any insight?????? Thx

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I doubt they will be highly valuable, but historically, these cars will have a following in the drag race communtiy. Many big name racers ran the lighter, lower priced body
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in 64 they all used the same basic body.....Sure a GTO is going to have more value, buta Tempest is cool too......What engine is in it?
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its a 326 w/ 2 speed. Body is in decent shape. Surprisingly the trunk pan is solid. My only hesitation is the fact that it is a coupe. If it was a hardtop I would jump on it. I can put the lemans taillight housing on and have a "lemans clone!" lol
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I knkow the bodies are the same minus trim and tai llights. Just curious if the value is noteably different. Also is the fact tht its a coupe not hardtop....how much does that affect. Been so long since my last pontiac.
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You should snap that tempest up.Compare prices at classiccarsonline.com also a coupe ( post) is 20 pounds lighter that a hartop due to extra bracing in the roof where the "B" pillar doesnt exist.That 326 would be a sweet machine if the motor is good.If you could put a fresh 200 4 r ( 4 speed auto) in it with a few mods it would scream as a powerglide just kind of slugs along. yes they arent as valueable as a lemans gto ( Which I Have) but I dont care. My lemans is a sweet ride and I love it. The tail panel is pretty easily replaced if your handy with a welder and fab work. you will have to get quarter panel extensions for the lemans and they are getting scarce. there was a pair on e bay a while back that went for 175 so that wasnt to bad . I paid 200 for one side as mine was bent and cracked. By the way the 200 4r is almost an exact fit for the power dump 2 speed. I saw a buick skylark that someone did that too and performance was at the top.Mileage went from 6 in town to 14 and 18+ on the highway. Post a pic when you get it.
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Oh by the way the other visible difference in the tempest verses the Lemans is the belt line moulding on the tempest is at the top of the body line and there isnt one on the lemans. The lemans gto have window reveal moulding that the tempest does not. Did I mention I love Pontiacs and also Go to Ultimategto.com you will like it
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Latech, thanks for the info. I love pontiacs as well and asm aware of the differences. I had a 64 goat. Also had a 67 firebird and a 612 catalina. I was just trying to find out wht the thing is worth so I have an idea what to give for it. It is also a factory a/c car. If you got an idea about what its worth (has to be gone thru) I would appreciate it. With this economy an not being into them for a bit I'm trying to get some bearings. In my opinion the 64 lemans/tempest is the cleanest muscle era car!
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May be more weight difference than that. The HardTop doors had extra bracing aswell. I have a 64 HTop and a 64 Sedan Post Chevelle, the doors are very light on the Sedan and the HTop doors feel like they have lead inside.
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If you dont want it I will take it! Dont worry about value or it not being a GTO. A Tempest is a cool car all on its own, and the post makes it extra special They dont leak nearly as much as the hardtops do, and yeah they are lighter. Stuff a stroked 400 in there with some street ported 6X heads and have a fun cruiser!

Dont bother cloning it, its cool just the way it is. You hardly see a Tempest anymore, most have been cloned or used as parts cars. I would love to have one.
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Thanks thumpn. I wasnt going to clone it. And I am gonna get it. I think I got a feel for it being worth what hes asking. thanks to you and all who weighed in. Appreciate it!
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An AZ survivor '64 Tempest... What's not to love about that!!

A post is stiffer- if I had a choice between it or the HT, I'd honestly take the post over the HT, all day.

Just keep it Pontiac under the hood, please!
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Just keep it Pontiac under the hood, please!
On a side note, any Pontiac V8 will bolt into the Tempest. The '64 had the starter bolted to the bellhousing, but if you're changing tranny, anyway, a 350, 400, 428, or 455 with a turbo 350 would fit right in there.
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It would be a sacrilage to put anything other than pontiac back under it. Im actually leaning toward the 326 (which we all know is about ten cubes bigger than advertised) and a 4 speed! Thanks again to all. BTW, there are more hard core poncho fans here than onn a couple of the pontiac forums. Nice to see! thanks again to all.
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Im actually leaning toward the 326 (which we all know is about ten cubes bigger than advertised)...
The 326 was legit, but the "350" Pontiac was really a "354".
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