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1966 OHC6 Pontiac Tempest

Look at what followed me home................

Can I keep it Mom? Can I? Huh? Can I? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Check out that simple rear...........tastefully elegant.

Rally 1 wheels

three on the tree now changed to 4 speed.

Bench seat to have your honey sit next to you and always be in the way of the rear view mirror.

It's a sacrifice worth making.

Remember those old commercials:


Well here it is................

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!

Hurst Competition Shifter install making sure everything is good to go.

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

tempestuous (tĕm-pĕsˈcho͞o-əs)►

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.

I like the big and little look of the tires and wheels.


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ghpcnm on Nov 23, 2015 said:

Damn, that's a good looking car. Hurry...engine pics, please.

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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)

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ghpcnm on Nov 24, 2015 said:

Please...No owner pics !!! LOL :-)

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azmusclecar on Nov 24, 2015 said:

You can just feel the love in this post above......

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ghpcnm on Nov 30, 2015 said:

Thanks for the engine pic. Can you feel the love?

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azmusclecar on Nov 30, 2015 said:

I feel something..............not sure if it's love.

At my age I can attribute this feeling to a myriad of things............I'll check and get back to you.

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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

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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.:^)

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azmusclecar on Dec 14, 2015 said: 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.

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ghpcnm on Dec 20, 2015 said:

MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friend. Take care of that 6-Banger and of course, that beautiful 'Vette of yours.

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Buckelew on Jun 13, 2017 said:

This is a great car, sporting another one of Delorean's dreams. There are a few OHC 6's around here, always great to see/here them at the cruise-ins.

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azmusclecar on Jun 13, 2017 said:

Thanks Buckelew.....I have the OHC 6 apart putting new valve stem seals. I'm also adding power steering which I have most of that installed. Then it's on to change out the 3 speed for a 4 speed.

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suptclark on Jun 14, 2017 said:

I saw your request for help and thought about it. my problem is you have is the two thousand miles between us. If you get to NJ look me up.

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Anonymous on Jun 14, 2017 said:

That's about as close to getting help as I have let me think on it.....Is that New Jersey or New Mexico

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suptclark on Jun 15, 2017 said:

New jersey the Garden State

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ghpcnm on Jun 19, 2017 said:

Hey...Is that another one of those fantastic OHC Sixers or is it the same one ?

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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.

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ghpcnm on Jun 20, 2017 said:

Have you posted pics of your new 'Vette'? Those are truly awesome cars. What do you think of the upcoming mid-engine 'Vette ?

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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!

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ghpcnm on Jun 21, 2017 said:

I'm really looking forward to pics of your new 'Vette. I must confess that I'm a little envious. There is absolutely no way my wife would allow me to get a new 'Vette unless I threatened her with bodily harm :-)

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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

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ghpcnm on Aug 30, 2017 said:

That hurt :-(

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azmusclecar on Aug 31, 2017 said:

But the truth, shall set you free............... I have an angel taking care of me Dave so what I post is just a mirror of me.......;-)

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ghpcnm on Sep 15, 2017 said:

That engine bay is lookin' mighty fine.

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azmusclecar on Sep 15, 2017 said:

Thanks Dave............not bad for an old man with little talent and even less brain

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ghpcnm on Sep 15, 2017 said:

Now that I've complemented you, we can get back to being our normal obnoxious selves, right?

Of course, if you will fly over to FL and detail my engine bay, I promise to be nice until you're finished and back in CA :-))))

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azmusclecar on Sep 16, 2017 said:

It's ARIZONA................eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh,

Lord give me strength to love ALL.............even Dave.

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ghpcnm on Sep 16, 2017 said:

Cool...You don't have as far to travel. :-)))))))))

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azmusclecar on Sep 17, 2017 said:

My best friend just moved to Rockledge FL, retired and got to FL just in time for Irma.........and then an acquaintance lives in Indiatlantic not too far and he rode the storm out.

We get very few hurricanes in AZ but would any one listen?

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ghpcnm on Sep 17, 2017 said:

We live in Sarasota. We were were damage. Lots of damage in our neighborhood (even the house next door), but our property was spared. I'm spending much of my spare time these days helping the neighbors out with cleaning up debris.

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pat65cuda on Nov 5, 2017 said:

Love it :)

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Rick65 on Dec 21, 2017 said:

Nice car. Lovin it

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ghpcnm on Dec 26, 2017 said:

Hope you had a nice Christmas. Time is flying by... HAPPY NEW YEAR

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ghpcnm on Dec 31, 2017 said:

Your movie is now showing at Dave's Drive-In

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ghpcnm on Feb 12, 2018 said:

Is somebody preparing for the Spring Nationals by installing a new Four Speed Saginaw ?

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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.

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ghpcnm on Feb 18, 2018 said:

Those tools in that last pic look mighty familiar.

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ghpcnm on May 25, 2018 said:

How goes ol' friend? I haven't heard from you in a while.

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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?

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ghpcnm on May 25, 2018 said:

I'm doing about the same as you...just not quite as worn out. I turned 66 on May 3rd :)

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ghpcnm on Jul 6, 2018 said:

WOW...What an improvement !!! I love the Tempest logo and those Cragars are rockin' my friend. You've got that thing lookin' Pro-Street (almost).

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