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Pontiac LeMans

Hot Car Summer

The end of every summer brings new hope of completing car projects throughout the rainy fall and cold winter months. I dream of working in the garage, preparing for the dry July and August that briefly grace the Pacific Northwest. I will throw the covers off the cars and be

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Gauges and Wheel Center Emblems For the LeMans

In the midst of installing the new Holley Hyperspark distributor, ignition box and coil, detailed here, I decided to make a few other upgrades to the 1972 Pontiac LeMans. My vision for this car is to make it a great grand touring car. I want it to be reliable and

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The LeMans Gets Hypersparked

New Distributor, Ignition Box and Coil for the LeMans Having started down the road of modernity with the installation of Holley’s Sniper EFI throttle body in my 1972 Pontiac LeMans, I decided to go all in and add their Hyperspark distributor, coil and ignition box. As chronicled here, the Sniper

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Project Season is Here. So What’s the Plan?

As I type this paragraph, a late summer shower is washing away the smoke from forest fires. NFL has just started to provide us with some much-needed entertainment. Our daughter is back in school. Technically, she’s in her bedroom, but she is receiving instruction and doing homework (or so she

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Holley Sniper EFI – First Impressions and Tuning

After weeks of routing fuel line, wiring the new throttle body, installing the new in-tank fuel pump and the new fuel tank, my 1972 Pontiac LeMans was finally running. Holley tells me its Holley Sniper EFI is self learning, and the method to teach it is to drive the car.

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EFI Install: Fun With Fuel Lines!

I crawled under the 1972 Pontiac LeMans for the 50th or 500th time of the weekend. I laid on my back on the Craftsman creeper, the Ford nine inch rear end inches above my head. My daughter crouched in the trunk directly above me, tightening a button-head bolt with an

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Ford 9 Inch For the LeMans

The original differential in my 1972 Pontiac LeMans was the 8.2 inch open 10-bolt with drum brakes. This is the worst rear end one could find in the GM A-Body. Asking the 8.2 to hold up to the 400 cubic inch Pontiac engine is like asking Justin Bieber to lift

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LeMans – Working Out the Details

When I bought the LeMans, my intent was to have a car that required little attention. This would be the car that was ready to go at a moment’s notice. There would be no LeMans projects. I could devote my time in the garage to perfecting the Corvette’s mechanicals, cleaning

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What Is Wrong With My LeMans?

No car is perfect. Compromises must be made by the manufacturer or builder of a car in order to cope with the real world. A stiff, race car-like suspension, for example, might jar one’s fillings loose on the unmaintained roads of California. Perhaps the previous owner made a choice based

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Need More Cars Garage Update

I thought I would provide an update on the current status of all of the cars in the NMC garage (mostly so I can look back and say “Oh yeah, I already did that” next year when I go to perform miscellaneous tasks).

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