1963 Pontiac Tempest
Chino Hills, CA 91709
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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This is my 1963 Pontiac Tempest Convertible ordered with the Custom Option. It is a second family-owned car, having purchased the Tempest from the son of the original owner (I have the original bill of sale and protecto plate that will go along with the car). It was ordered through Ebersole Pontiac in Lebanon, PA. Ordered with the Custom Option, it came with the 195 ci Trophy 4 cylinder (half of a 389 V8) with 4 barrel, automatic 2-speed transaxle, power brakes, power steering, clear steering wheel (restored), remote side view mirror, blue Triton upholstery, power convertible top, and deluxe wheel covers. The Tempest was restored in two parts over a 7 year timeframe. From 2010 to 2011, the Tempest was painted the original Yorktown blue (code on the body plate - see photo), rechrome work, vent window seals, and the convertible top were replaced. From 2013 to 2017, the engine and front suspension were restored and upgraded, along with the gas tank. The convertible power unit and rams were also replaced at this time.
The engine was upgraded with a custom hydraulic roller camshaft cut by Bullet Racing Cams, and the block machined for Crower hydraulic roller lifters. The crank was polished 10/10 and neutral balanced (note the video) so there is no excessive vibration. The cylinder head was machined and fitted with Crower 1.5 roller rockers. The pistons are custom RaceTec Pistons. The Rochester 4GC carburetor was restored, including receiving an original dichromate finish, and outfitted with an electronic choke. The mechanical fuel pump was blocked off in favor of a Carter electric fuel pump that is wired with a relay. All of the engine parts, except for the cylinder head and block, have been powder coated early Pontiac engine blue. A new mini starter and Pertronix electronic ignition were installed. The exhaust crossover was eliminated, and a Ram Air III exhaust manifold (ceramic metallic coated) was used. The exhaust is 2.25-inch diameter custom built to match the original factory routing and also ceramic metallic coated. A new 4-core desert cooler copper and brass radiator was built using the original Harrison tanks and installed, as well as a radiator recirculation recovery system.
The front suspension, including crossmember, was completely removed, powder coated satin black to match OE, and reinstalled using new bushings and ball joints. The upgrade is a front disc brake kit from Ben's Classics, new front coil springs from Coil Spring Specialties, and a new GM-type dual reservoir master cylinder and 7-inch booster (I still have the original brake parts that will go with the car, if wanted). KYB gas shocks were installed all around. The power steering was rebuilt by Lares Corp. The gas tank was cleaned and restored: zinc powder coated exterior with an interior seal using POR 15.
The interior: the front bench seat had a few sections (center and end caps) restored/repaired by Ron Mangus using SMS interior original patterns. The rear seat is all original. The carpet was replaced in 2011...still have the original Pontiac vinyl frontfloor mats. The upgrades include an AM/FM stereo and MP3 connection radio conversion using the original radio, and 3-gauge cluster from the Autometer Custom Shop. The dash speakers were upgraded to Custom Autosound dual speakers mounted by a custom fabricated bracket that mounted to original location and fasteners. There is a pair of Custom Autosound boxed speakers under the front bench seat for a full stereo sound.
The Tempest is driven often to car shows and cruises. I have lots of spare parts that can go with the car if wanted, including an extra set of grill inserts, emblems, rope shaft carrier bearing, two rear axles with bearings, extra automatic transaxle, rear tail lights, compete set (4) of deluxe wheel covers, original wheels restored and powder coated, etc. I'm getting close to retirement and need to reduce my collection, so I am putting this up for sale. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I missed anything, or if you have specific questions I did not address in the description. The price is OBO.
Classic Car ID100999620
Custom ColorYorktown Blue
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