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  1. I just delete emails like that and hang up immediately on all of the extended warranty, credit card service, medical insurance, etc. etc. calls I get. Wife does the same.
  2. What the folks said above nice machine, restore it and get it running, they have a following. I wish I were closer to you I would try to talk you out of it.
  3. This fellow repaired a '60s Pontiac cast iron factory performance exhaust manifold for me and did a great job. Not cheap. Click around on his site and look as some of his past work. https://www.therestorationshoponline.com/
  4. You never did give us the dimensions? I have a FedEx account and put in 30lbs from Miami to Clackamas and it was $42.45 FedEx ground. I ship car stuff from SE Texas to all points and have never paid over $100 for anything. Two Pontiac heads are about $85 no matter where I send them.
  5. Put "1966 Fairlane site:craigslist.org" (or "1967") in your search engine there are a number for sale online right now. Scroll down through probably ten pages of listings. I looked last night and there was one very nice red one but I don't recall where it was.
  6. Disregard my question I also put this on a Pontiac forum and someone bought it.
  7. I think this is a '50s Pontiac exhaust elbow but it could be any GM model? If anyone knows I would appreciate their telling me. $25 + shipping.
  8. I just put him on my ignore list too. He needs to join a bridge club, start going to AA meetings, or something?
  9. That is a very good deal. I too have one I built myself and it is a heck of a lot of work. The way that one is made you can raise/lower the car and center it vertically so it can be spun with one hand and locked at any angle. Nice job!
  10. I had a chance to tour Jay Leno's shop in about '05. He had four full time guys doing the cars then and a full time lady cleaning and dusting the floors/walls/collectibles/and done cars and motorcycles. When I went through they were working on a couple of restorations I think it was, or was it three?, one of which was a 30s Duesenburg (sic?). I asked them what they painted the frames and suspension components with and you could have knocked me over with a feather when he said Rustoleum. With that said I mess with old car stuff and have parted out several cars and buy and sell early 60s Pontiac super duty stuff as part of my hobby. I have had a number of items/cars go through my hands that had components/floor undersides/frames coated with either powdercoat or POR15 or competing products. Those coatings are fine until they get a chip in them, which can happen, and when it does rust can start and then creep under the surrounding finish and it comes off in sheets. I like Rustoleum.
  11. Go to these forums and pose your questions in the 61-63 Tempest & LeMans TECH section. There is also a section on there where you can request the parts you need. http://forums.maxperformanceinc.com/forums/
  12. If you are seriously interested in a '58 Bonneville send me a PM and I will give you the name and # of a fellow who owns and has bought and sold a number of '57-'62 Bonnevilles and has a registry on them. He may be willing to sell one of his or may know where one is available for sale? but I can tell you the price will be far higher than that scammers price. One in the condition that one appeared to be in would be 100k probably?
  13. I second Xander if you are only going to buy one get a two post. I have both and in my experience while you CAN work on one sitting on a four post they are really best for storing while the two post is best for getting under/into everything. The things I wish would have know to do was get an asymmetric rather than symmetric and get one really wide inside the posts. I have early 60s full size Pontiacs and cannot enter or exit the cars when they are between the posts ready to be lifted or lowered; I have to exit the car short and push them to the point where I locate the arms under them to lift them up. Asymmetric fixes this problem but having the posts farther apart too would be an advantage even with asymmetric. Another thing I would recommend is to be sure and get a lift that will hold your tow vehicle because you WILL want to be able to put it up too at some point. This means you will want at least an 8k lift but IMO 10k will make you feel even better due to the safety factor.
  14. I had a friend, now deceased, who owned and operated a paint and body shop for fifty years. He made his living and kept his business operating doing insurance repair work on modern vehicles but also took in vintage car restoration work and always had two or three in his shop. His old car restoration work was not "high end" work but he did very good paint and body work. My observation is that restoration jobs took six months to two years on average. He did a '65 GTO for me (paint & body) and it took about six months with me down there helping and nagging. I have another friend who owns a sure-nuff "high end" restoration business and I think jobs he does normally take one to two years but each one may sit in a storage building he has for three or four years before it's number comes up. As others have said the owners ability to keep sending $$ can have an effect on his timing as he is definitely not cheap; he always seems to have one sitting over by the wall waiting for more $$ to arrive before they take it to the next step. IMO unless a person is young to middle aged AND the car has some special/personal significance the best route is always to just go out and buy the best you can afford. Unless the car is a really rare or significant something or other the person who pays for the initial restoration always looses their butt.