230 CI overhead cam 3.8 liter. Previous owner added 4 barrel Holly, which has been changed to an Edelbrock Carb 4 barrel intake, dual exhaust manifold, this was an option added by Pontiac beginning in 1966 called the SPRINT PACKAGE. The engine is stock other than those 2 modifications. The true Sprint Package added higher compression and different cam for up to 207 ponies.
The OHC6 was increased to 250 cubic inches later and was discontinued after 1969. It was available in Tempest, LeMans, and Firebird models.
And it was the engine chosen to be in the Banshee, a Pontiac prototype 2 seater.
Thought I'd throw some eye candy in to show how the Tempest is coming along.
New valve stem seals required the cam cover to come off so hey why not make it all purdy?
Front cover plates as well and I added a new Edelbrock 1403 carb to the intake.
It's back on it's wheels after a 10 month refresh. New boxed rear lower control arms, added power steering, 3 speed removed, 4 speed installed. A few little things here and there.
I installed this four speed Saginaw with the rare 3.50 first gear option. It mates well with my 3.08 rear gear to give the OHC6 some added "umpf" to get her rolling. I had to do a tail housing swap to get the later Saginaw to install easily where the 3 speed was. It was an effort well worth it when it comes to the fun to drive factor.
Sorry, no burnout photos allowed.......the owner said NO!
Last modification in 2017 is the Hurst Shifter install with the 4 speed. I was glad to find a shift lever that works with the bench seat. Very comfortable to use and fun to drive.
Next down the road, carpet, body bushings, maybe drum to disk, fix a few rust spots here and there. Plenty of plans with very little money. Let's see how this all works.
Updates to come.
I've renamed my car: TEMPESTuous
adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: tempestuous gales. adj. Tumultuous; stormy: a tempestuous relationship.
Finally got the shifter installed, before I put all the rubber mat back I took everything out down to the floor pans and cleaned them and only had a few pin holes to plug. Put sound deadener and heat barrier down and reinstalled the rubber floor mat. Also took the driver's seat to an upholstery shop to have some springs replaced and repaired. Guy did a good job and now it feels like a new seat. I put my GPS in to check my speedometer accuracy and I'm about 2 mph off. That's due to a wheel and tire change. I have the correct speedometer gear for the transmission but it is so difficult to get to I decided to accept the 2 MPH difference for now. If I take the tranny our again I'll install the correct gear in it.
I purchased a set of Crager Wheels and Cooper tires for the Tempest. The price was too good to pass up. 15 inch rear with 255/60/15 and 14 inch front with 225/60/14. It went from a plain stock look to a more aggressive muscle car look with a slight rake to it. Little does anyone know the muscle is only a 6 cylinder so it is a lot of show and just enough go to make it fun to drive.
azmusclecar on Nov 24, 2015 said:
Soooo, you'd rather have more pics of the car rather than the owner? My feelings would be hurt if I didn't know you're the car fan you are..... Thanks for the compliments. I may need to bring it to Florida......if I can ever get my wife to agree to visiting the Sunshine State. She thinks Arizona is the SUNSHINE State.......bless her little pea pickin heart..........( famous quote borrowed from Tennessee Ernie Chevrolet)[Reply to this comment]
SPRINT6 on Dec 5, 2015 said:
AM, finally getting over to tell how glad I am you could not resist the power of the CAM ;-) Once you get one it's hard to let go. I've always loved the base Tempest with it's trimless barebones no nonsense look. IMO you need to keep those steelies and add some poverty (Dog Dish Caps) But you are correct Pontiac Ralley Ones look so damn good :-D I had a '66 Tempst Drop Top Sprint many years ago. IIRC it has no carpet, rear armrest, grab bar and only a DS sun visor. Very unusual to see it with PB & AC. Anyway glad you found another. Cheers SPRINT 6[Reply to this comment]
esstenner on Dec 14, 2015 said:
Well that's a real nice find (welldone) that front end looks soooo good, actually the whole car is great. I do love a mid size GM thought the info on sprint package was amazing to think of the choice you had back then. keep up the post updates.:^)[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Dec 14, 2015 said:
Thanks......it is so much fun to hear this little OHC6 with it's dual exhaust note....sounds a little raspy as first and then as it gets higher people think they are being passed by a Ferrari........okay so it's a slow Ferrari..... I was out cruising the interstate yesterday at 75 and it was a nice little deep tone from the back as the tach read 2100 rpms.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Jun 14, 2017 said:
That's about as close to getting help as I have gotten.......so let me think on it.....Is that New Jersey or New Mexico[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jun 19, 2017 said:
It's the same one.......still working on it.......I sold my 64 Corvette and bought a 2017 Corvette. The 2017 is my first NEW car in 30 years. Having two cars without A/C and power Steering here in the AZ heat just wasn't feasible. So, I kept the OHC to play with and cashed the 64 in. Now my wife and I can ride in comfort. It was 116 as I came through Phoenix today....that is brutal in an old car with black vinyl and no A/C. At 66, my comfort is becoming more of an issue for me.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jun 20, 2017 said:
Well my Corvette is at the dealership an dhas been there since last Friday June 16. One of the parts on it was broke so the dealer had to remove the part, send it back to Bowling Green and they just sent the replacement part out. I hope to have it by the end of this week. They offered me the use of the car with the broken part removed but I want it to be right when I pick it up. They are keeping me up to date on the car. I drove a 2016 Z06 and that car was nuts with 650 horsepower. INSANE.......I would end up killing myself or worse yet someone else in that car. I went with the Grand Sport which looks like a Z06 but has the stock 460 horsepower engine. I'm 66, my hot rod tire burning moronic show off nature is gone. I just wanted a nice final Corvette. I got a good price on it too.
I'm not sure of the mid-engine Corvette. Us Corvette enthusiasts have been teased over and over with that. The C7 has the perfect 50/50 balance. Why mess with perfection? Just because you CAN make something doesn't mean you SHOULD![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jul 29, 2017 said:
I believe you just living with her has harmed her enough. Let the lady live in peace. She's an angel working on earth and I am sure when she gets her wings, they will be huge and white and yours will be..........well.........well......uhmmmmmmmmmmm[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Feb 12, 2018 said:
Well, there's a new Dodge Demon down the street that needs spanked and sent to his room. So, when my project of a nitrous supercharger dual turbo tunnel ram dual four barrel alcohol E85 tune is all done....I show him a thing or two, or die trying.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on May 25, 2018 said:
Uh-oh...this can't be good. What do you need now Dave? Just kidding, I am doing well besides my body falling apart here and there. I hit 67 last week or it hit me. Old age tries to keep me in bed in the morning but I manage to chew through the restraints to see if my obituary is in the paper. When it is, I'll go back to bed and just wait.
How are you?[Reply to this comment]