New for 1966 Pontiacs All New Over Head Cam Engine.
First’s Achieved by PMD with the OHC engine;
First US Passenger Car Production 6 cyl with OHC design.
First Belt Driven Camshaft on an American engine.
This LeMans has the optional Sports Package / SPRINT OPTION This factory installed option, Dealer code #332. With a base price around $125.00 included the following: 230 cid L-6 overhead cam engine with a 3.875 Bore & 3.250 stroke. Rated at 207 Horsepower @5200 RPM and 10.5:1 compression. Specially designed head, Intake & exhaust manifolds as well as a 650 cfm 4bbl Rochester Quadra-jet Carburetor with the exhaust piped out a 2.25 inch system with special muffler and resonator. Available on all Tempest & Lemans models, Exc. SW.
The package also included standard 3 speed manual transmission with optional automatic or 4 speed transmissions. Specific axle gear ratios and Heavy duty suspension, with most parts borrowed from the GTO.
Exterior treatment consisted of OHC/Sprint 6 fender badges and body side tri-striping available in Red, Black or White. Or you could order Stripe Delete.
OHC development started at the end of 1961 in hopes to start production in 1964. John Z. Delorean and the Pontiac design team made several prototypes before 1966, look up 1964 Pontiac Banshee.
1967 Pontiac introduced the all new Firebirds with OHC,
1967 also offered the 4bbl OHC engine option on wagons, Not listed as a Sprint/sports package.
1968 brought the release of a newly re-designed 250 cid engine.
1969 was the last year for the OHC engine.
Wow, can't believe it's August already. Man time fly's.
Hope you all are having good cruising weather!
It's been cooling down a bit but we were hitting the triple digits a few weeks back, Thankfully the O'l Cammer hasn't let me down and has been running well in our lovely high humidity summer. Just patiently waiting for the cooler months ahead.
Well the East Coast Drag Times Reunion Show has come and gone and was as always a blast. Ricks induction is now forever part of recorded history of the future hall of fame museum. The show was almost a mile of a truly amazing assembly of mixed models and makes, a little something for everyone.
Here's a link to some show cars; http://s412.photobucket.com/user/SPRINT-6/slideshow/2016%20EAST%20COAST%20DRAG%20TIMES%20HALL%20of%20FAME%20SHOW
We attended this years event to be part of Ricks induction and the show was a great way to get good parking ;) With only one class per make, winning never crossed my mind.
Well Fridays mail contained a package with something that truly came as a surprise. I for one would have, could have, chosen so many other worthy candidates for this award. With that said we are honored to be recognized with this. Not bad for our 21 year old restoration! What a way to close out this years car season.
Cheers and see you soon...
This weather sure has been testing us. With several 70 degree days in late Feb early Mar. Then some below 30 days at the end of March. Last night the area took a hit with Heavy Rain, Hail & Tornadoes. But we made it. April 1st 2017 Spring Dust Off. The season has officially begun! A nice 60 degree Saturday and lets hope Mother Nature will be nice from here out :-)
Going through old image files and came across this image from one of the first shows we attended in Virginia Beach. Moved down here in '96 and kept the '66 stored in N.J. while patiently waiting to get it down here. Once here I couldn't get it out fast enough;) c1997 Boardwalk Show, to think it's been 20 years. Summers approaching quickly are you ready?
Hey Hey hope everyone has been out cruising and putting on some miles. Just realized another month has past and in less then 2 weeks I'll be heading down to Texas to meet up with an old friend and a 1963 Tempest I re-assembled almost 4 years ago. Looking forward to catching up with old friends, and driving the Tempest Torque 194 c/i "Rope-shaft"
Have a great & Happy fourth of July.
The overall show was fun but we never built this car as a shower, more of a go'er. We drove her in all directions around the Texas Motor Speedway and she never missed a beat and it was HOT.
Cruising her best in the 60/70mph range all the while running with the (65-4 AC) system full on ;-)
To top it all off we (She) were honored with a, Most Outstanding in Class award!
Good Times for sure!
Hey gang! Hope all are well and having a good summer. Our's like this, Urban Camouflage has been a colorful one weather wise. Gratefully we have been getting in some drive time in between those events. Our Cruise-In weather is really just beginning so we should still get lots of wheel time. Be Safe & Drive the wheels off it!
Hey Gang Happy 2018, yea I know. Anyhow thought I would open with an updated Window Card/Sticker. Found a "close enough" version on line to simulate the factory one. This is a '65 window sticker but very close to the correct '66. I've updated the options list to reflect any/all factory/dealer correct additions.
YES I LIKE GADGETS :-) Cheers!
Our official cruising season begins with the annual SPRING DUST OFF Show, anyone who has been here in the Virginia Beach area during spring know all about the DUST ;) Been prepping the '66 and getting it out once in awhile, Hopefully the weather will cooperate for this years event. In the meantime heres another Flashback picture. c2006 IIRC this was the last show for the Pontiac in the Park event that was held at VMP. That event started out good but fell flat in short order, but we always enjoyed it!
Same Year & Location of the photo shoot for Smoke Signals Magazine.
Received the official award from POCI Gettysburg and we were very pleased to place with a STOCK GOLD. This was truly unexpected since we haven't shown her in a points judged event since 2005 where we received our first STOCK GOLD. So with the restoration now being 24 years old, we didn't think she would place higher then SILVER. It's rewarding to have your hard work recognized and encourage anyone up to their eyeballs in a project to stick with it!
azmusclecar on Feb 9, 2015 said:
I have to be one of the first to give you a thumbs up since I too own an OHC 6, except mine is in the 39th car built, a Tempest, with three on the tree and the very same color as yours. I had to go to my garage to see if mine was still there. I have a lot to do to my car, the body is in very good shape, with both original paint, and original primer and now with some new primer. The OHC 6 was just overhauled and week by week I work on it. It has a bench seat and rubber floor mat as well. I bet you get a lot of questions about the engine at car shows. That engine is a real crowd draw since many have been scrapped and some haven't ever seen one in their life. Glad to see what my project hopes to become someday.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Mar 1, 2015 said:
Hey great engine bay pic, look at that...power steering, power brakes, AND AIR CONDITIONING!!! As the song sings: GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY..... And that four barrel sitting there ready to feed it. I hope my engine bay will look this way AND this nice someday......... You've set the bar high .....thanks for the goal.!![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Mar 2, 2015 said:
I'm not sure how many OHC 6 owners know it, or maybe readers of this website but there is a forum designed for the OHC6 owners which takes in Tempests, Lemans and Firebirds from 1966-1969. If you know of someone with an OHC6 or own one yourself, find out what all the chatter is about. This car by Jeff and Marie would be an exceptional example of the OHC6 breed.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jul 30, 2015 said:
Yea, everytime I see this engine bay it makes me sick...............sick to look at mine......LOL!!
I can't seem to find the time to even detail mine...maybe a winter project........I'm enjoying driving my OHC6 with 4 speed too much. My dog won't allow me to do much to HIS car. He owns the back seat and proudly prevents anyone from coming close to it while he's out for his ride.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Aug 9, 2015 said:
Wow Jeff, I'm not sure if your order sheet was posted before or not.......amazing to see the options on your OHC6. Base price 2,600 with 1,300 in options! WOW! When I saw the word "LOADED"...that was an understatement. Most salespeople back in the day would suggest you just spend less money and get a GTO. But evidently someone knew what they wanted and stuck to their guns ordering this. I do enjoy seeing small items listed like the visor mirror.......... you could really PERSONALIZE a vehicle back then. I miss spending hours across the desk from a knowledgeable salesperson checking off boxes and negotiating options and prices and then getting up, and going to another dealer with your build sheet, handing it to them when they offered the car for less. Fun Fun Fun.........those days are gone.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Sep 20, 2015 said:
I'm visiting your OHC6 again since I no longer own mine.
A 65 year old retired GM/Pontiac mechanic who cut his teeth and spun his first wrench on a Pontiac Tempest bought mine to do a full restoration.
It was bittersweet to see it go, yet I know this car is in the hands of a man who wants to fulfill a dream in his golden years.
I'll keep coming back to view yours Jeff and Marie. Please keep your OHC6 alive and well. I'll need to live through yours vicariously.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Dec 1, 2015 said:
Well Jeff.....I feel your pain having spent many a winter in PA. I'm in Arizona now but will be bringing my new (new to me) OHC6 Tempest back to PA. Yes I went out and got a replacement for my other OHC6 which went to a worthy mechanic to restore. I'm making mine roadworthy here in warm AZ, for an upcoming road trip from AZ to PA. May sound crazy but at my age, people expect crazy so why not fulfill their expectations. My new OHC6 drove fine for 900 miles from San Jose to Tucson. Mine will never be as nice as yours, but I use yours as the benchmark by which others are judged. So put your trophy winner in hibernation and let it rest.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Feb 15, 2016 said:
Is the party over ?[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2016 said:
Also had a 1966 sprint , blue charcoal fully loaded like yours with a reverb feature on the radio KR[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2016 said:
Also had a blk vynl top 4 barrel rochester and hurst 4 speed !
KR[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on May 30, 2016 said:
I just had mine out for about a 100 mile road trip. A bit toasty here in Tucson without A/C. The vinyl seats and steering wheels reminds you fo the good ol' summertime when you hopped in wearing shorts and you starting doing back arches to get your butt off the seat and then grab the steering wheel which is just as hot to brace yourself and your hands get burnt.........ah yes........the good ol' summertime......... My car ran well and got a few thumbs up. The ladies gave me the thumbs down........:-([Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Sep 8, 2016 said:
Congrats on the ANTIQUE award........it was for the car right???????????? As I get ready to go back to Arizona to work the winter months on my OHC Tempest I still have yours as my benchmark. My intended projects won't bring it anywhere near your car's level of perfection but for me......I have always been a meat and taterz kind of guy when others are having surf and turf. The uniqueness of my Tempest with the OHC is what I like showing at car shows. Hope you had a great driving season with your car and its always nice to cap it off with a dinner with your child. Enjoy the fall driving weather. Hopefully the AZ thermometer will soon be a bit more kind when I get there and the fun begins............[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2017 said:
I had a '67.. best car I've ever had; tremendous motor.. economical, very fast (beat out MANY v-8s, INCLUDING Pontiac's 326!!!)[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Oct 2, 2017 said:
I just took mine out Jeff yesterday for a 25 miles cruise keeping an eye on the gauges and listening for anything that didn't sound right. It was an enjoyable 25 mile cruise up in the mountains of AZ even getting a thumbs up. I have a slight shake above 65 so I guess I'll have the alignment checked. I just had the tires rebalanced so hopefully an alignment will fix the problem.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Feb 7, 2018 said:
Jeff, I'm amazed AT THE LIST, and second, by THE PRICES! WOudl you like to part out your car? I will give you double what is on the build sheet for your parts!! That is 100% PROFIT. You can't get that in the market. Yes I would say that is a GADGETpalooza car.. I feel cheated, mine had.....had..... CAN YOU BELIEVE IT! NOT ONE OF THOSE ITEMS!!! NOT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Oct 3, 2018 said:
Thinking about it....truth be told my funds are dried up. My wife fully retired now and so I have had to make some changes to "OUR" money......and "MY" money. The "MY" money jar is empty. My wife bought a Honda and we have 4 cars and a 3 car garage and I don't want the Cammer sitting outside which my wife believes is the right choice. So..changes NEED to me made, sad to say.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Sep 23, 2019 said:
An amazing car in so many ways. I have always appreciated these special Pontiac's. They were just too ahead of there time to be fully appreciated by the car buying masses. I have seen a number of these at shows and always take the time to fully appreciate them. Roll over GTO, you have a rival. A very sensible rival. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Oct 27, 2020 said:
Jeff, I just thought I would rediscover that beautiful Pontiac of yours. Still as sweet as ever and cheers to you sir for building it.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Nov 22, 2020 said:
Nice ride. Have wanted one since I saw my first one a lot in Kokomo Indiana in 1970. The right quarter had been poorly repaired and my Dad nixed the deal. Still looking for another.[Reply to this comment]