Look at what followed me home Dear.................Dear? Hello?
Yepper, found a nice 1966 Pontiac Tempest with YES........an OHC6.
My second one. I missed the old one that went to a worthy owner for his talents and restoration.
I had to pay more for this one........and found it in California and drove it 855 miles home. Yes.......855 miles and it ran well.
With 2.41 highway gears.......the tach read a nice 2000-2200 for 65-70 mph. Averaged a nice 15-16 mpgs but faced strong winds from the east hampering mileage numbers.
So I'm back......I have a 2 page list of work to do. If you are reading this you must have extra time on your hands......come on over.....I have a lot of dirty jobs I can't get the wife to do so bring your own tools.......and you will get a 10 minute coffee break when I feel you deserve it and eat your lunch with one hand, the other one can be turning a wrench.
I'll make sure you get your name mentioned on this page......so, I'll see you soon. Time to play in the garage.............
This car is so lowly optioned I think it came with rims and no tires......I have the original 14X5 steelies....original carb, intake, exhaust, and some other options. Still has it's original AM radio. It only gets one station.......called STATIC............but hey crank it up and listen to that 3 watts pounding in your ears......as the top of the dash vibrates from all that bass.
This car suits me, it's SIMPLE............
Yepper another three on the tree............but this too shall be changed to another 4 speed. Interior is nice with bench seat.....takes me back to old skool daze........it's me and my wife and my dog in the front seat. The dog sits beside me since wife refuses to. The dog gets it.......wife no and I don't think she's trying hard to.
230 CI overhead cam 3.8 liter. Previous owner added 4 barrel Holly, 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, little things here and there.
The winter project is to remove the 3 on the tree and add a 4 speed saginaw with a nice 3.50 first gear which will help the OHC get rolling. The 3.08 rear gear makes from some nice highway rpms.
I'm happy that I was able to find a shift lever that looks and works so well with the bench seat. Looking at that just makes you want to hop in and go slam some gears.
With the 3.50 first gear, I'm excited to see if I can pull the front wheels off the ground and embarrass a Dodge Demon. With 165 horsepower, I don't think the Demon has anything to worry from this OHC6.
Just making it a fun driver is all this is, an exercise is NOT cutting off one of my fingers and just reliving a era of when life wasn't all about what is bad in the world, but what was good.
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]