Old Race Car First Start - 1968 Pontiac Lemans Stock Car Lives Again!
I picked up this old roundyround race car from a buddies wrecking yard. It was cheap, my parents are pissed it's in the back yard, nothing is new.
Norm Brill was the driver, I have no idea who he is so I'm going to assume he went out in a blaze of glory having a shootout with the cops while drunk, naked and high on PCP, leaving his race car in the weeds lost to time.
It's a 1968 Pontiac Lemans, the same body as the GTO and Tempest from what I understand. The engine is either a 400 or a 350 V8, it had air conditioning and power steering, possibly a limited slip rear differential but I haven't had a chance to check. The carburetor is a 2 throat unit.
It pained me to see it crushed and sent to China like the Nova stock car that was beside it, so I saved it, and now ya'll can enjoy it! Sorry the audio isn't better, it sounds really good in person because the mufflers fell off but it's more than my phone's microphone can handle. The engine sounds very tight and any smoke is likely from the nasty gas I filtered and ran through it.
I also show the old lettering on the car, but it's only because it's neat. I'm not a race driver and have no sponsorship from the names listed, if they are even in business any more I'd be surprised.
It's just a cool ol' muscle car!
Edit: Man this is taking a while to upload. The bent fan and nerfed crank pulley happened when it was moved at the wrecking yard before I got it. I can fix the pulley, but the fan is toast. It'll be replaced before it takes out the water pump. The radiator is junk, it's leaking and I have a large 1ton truck radiator I'll put in it's place, possibly with an electric fan, maybe mounted in the trunk and ducted. I'd sorta like to get fenderwell headers for it like the ratrod has. Will have to look around at the swapmeet....man...this is slow...I like Reddit? Ya'll like reddit? It's neat. Yup...Ooh, I should post this to carporn or something. Oh man, almost done...go...go little bar, you can do it! Oh to heck with it, I'mna go get a beer.
Edit 2: Aw man, it went backwards...was at 100, then went to 95...god, now I just feel like a girl writing in her diary about stupid stuff. Like, oh my gawd becky, did you SEE the percentages on that video? I kno rite? Oh, I know, hey you should check out huskystarcraft if you like video games, starcraft II Wings of Liberty in particular. That Husky guy is pretty cool, the music videos are rad. I may have a straw hat and smell like narsty gasoline and durt but I'm a nerd at heart and I still play with cars! Oh hey it's done I think...neat.
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1909 Cadillac First Start in 79 Years
This 1909 Cadillac was stripped down into a speed car, raced and then
parked in 1934. I was acquired in the early 1960's for restoration. The
restoration was put on hold for many years and then re-started a few years
ago. After multple checks of the ignition and timing we finally achieved
the first start on July 28, 2012. There is still more to do to tune the
engine and sort it out for driving later this year.
The spray on the first try happened when we left the primer cups open. It
runs better with them closed.
And the owner did make it a bit easier by adding an electric starter to the
For more of the story see the HCCA Gazette, May - June 2009.
To see how things turned out, see the related video, 1909 Cadillac first
drive at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEy0KagVrIw
1980 trans am trying to start after 24 years in storage
UPDATE- here is my restoration page with pictures if anyone is interested
i just bought this 1980 trans am. its %100 complete but the guy had taken
it apart before storage in 1987.
i am putting it back together to drive it this summer
i put some oil in the cylinders before i tried to start it.
Rap 24 hp semidiesel, first start attempt in 20 years.
This engine was built in 1930 or earlier. Have been stored outdoors for the
last 20 years. After spending hours getting all parts movable this is the
first start attempt. Seems to be low start pressure (6.5 bar) and low
capacity in start air hose that is the biggest problem.
Me and my dad see my dad's old car for the first time in 20 years.
He sold the car over 20+ years ago when he was an alcoholic. Said he
probably would have died in it. This is the first time he saw it since he
sold it over 20+ years ago. The car does look in relative good shape, we
have no idea what has been done with the car over the past 20 years. It
obviously wasn't sitting there for 20 years and nobody claims it to be. Pay
attention, people. 1964 Buick Rivera. 425 Wildcat V8 w/ 427 horsepower.
De Tomaso Pantera , first start after 26 years,part 1
We purchased our 1974 Detomaso Pantera in February 2013 out of Geneva New
York. Spent the time since then going over things and replacing items. The
car had been mothballed in 1986 and not even started since then. That's a
period of a little over 26 years. Kudos to the previous owner as I was
constantly amazed at the good state of repair things were in. Nevertheless
all items had to be checked. Marvel mystery oil the cylinders., Turned it
over by hand, all Felt good. Proceeded to turn it over with the starter
with the electric disconnected. Noted that we had good oil pressure. Purged
and refilled the Cooling system. All fluids in the engine and transaxle
were drained and replaced with fresh. New belts and hoses were necessary.
All braided stainless fuel lines were removed and inspected however I was
not able to determine that there were leaks in them. This became apparent
that the first attempt at start up as you will see in the video. Replaced
all brake hoses with braided stainless and upon attempting to bleed them
found that the calipers were now seized. Just received the rebuild kits
today and I'm in the process of rebuilding all the calipers. I am so
looking forward to getting this car on the road. After we replaced all the
fuel hoses it ran like a top which absolutely amazed me. Right out of the
box the Weber 48 I DAs had a perfect idlel at a little over 800 RPM after
26 years. I didn't touch them. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Check
out part two and part three of the same video title
1969 Camaro RS/SS First Start up in 28 Years
Work on getting my dads new project car, a 69 Camaro started after sitting for
28 years untouched and uncovered in an Anchorage, Alaska back yard. It was
originally a big block/4speed car but was swapped to a 327 in the early
80's. The engine was covered in leafs, moss and debris and had no air
cleaner, headers or half the spark plugs when we got it. The car has been
parked since 1984, watch to see if we get it going! Don't pay any
attention to the Z28 badges someone added those long ago and it was
originally Daytona Yellow not white. More details coming soon....
old truck start up will the old Dinosaur start?
See my field find 63 impala restoration videos, please. Old chevys never
die, this truck once sat for more than 20 years and started right up so
ofcourse it started this time, it had only sat for a year.