Murray Motor Car

17476-D 147th St. SE. Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: 425-487-1902

Jaguar Restoration

lg800J65 DTS,6-14-11


Project Pontiac

Here is the arrival of our Pontiac project fresh off the container ship from England.

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The owner's overall objective for the restoration is going to be a "Nice Driver Class" restoration. The car is basically in good unrestored condition and has not been messed up too bad. Mostly original body and mechanical, this car is unusual because it's a General Motors export car to France. The speedo reads in kmh and the headlights are French Marchals. 

The car also has a General Motors tag on the firewall and other European export identifying items. Note the English license plate as well. 

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Detail shots for reassembly.

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Unique to this car is the French General Motors data plate. 

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Here's an interesting patch job on the exhaust manifold that requires attention. 

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Note the removable underhood worklight on a wire string. Quite ahead of its time!

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Unique fuse block signage.

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The Chief!

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Note the Marchal headlight.

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"Silver 8 Streak"

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Damaged stainless that will require a lot of attention.

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Note the crease in the bumper.

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Many more dings in the stainless means long nights at Murray Motor Car.

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Check out this high-tech state of the art 6.5" full range dual cone speaker in the door. Clearly the previous owner "spared no expense"!

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This door jam has been jammed one too many times. 

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Here we have the Pontiac's body number. Note the high-tech speaker wire running through the grommet.

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The unusual door latch. Very "GM".

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Left door panel and related mechanisms.

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Right front suspension and heater/fresh-air intake.

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Trunk lid bottom ready for service.

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Check out the Harrison heater box. Housed inside is a small radiator to provide occupants with heat.

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Here's where the real work begins. Hopefully it's better than it looks! Note the cutout hole in the bulkhead between the trunk and passenger compartment. I wonder what the previous owners hid in this hole...

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Up-close shot of the trap-door hole through the rear bulkhead.

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Parts ready to be blasted.

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The stock mechanism will need to be taken apart so here's a good picture to put it back together properly.

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This is the bottom side of the radio with the other part being a hydraulic top (roof) switch. 

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Fuseblock/rats nest

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Left hand dash closeup with push-start button.

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Cool dash!

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Clock in a radio speaker - very unique!

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Automatic transmission.

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Trunk lid back from the blaster.

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Rear fender skirts cleaned up nicely.

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Minor rust holes. Nothing we can't fix!

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Doors looking great. 

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One-half of the hood - left side. Metal looks great!

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Front fenders. Fenders were plastic media blasted first and then the rusty areas were sand blasted to take care of those more troublesome corrosion spots. Otherwise they look like new old stock.

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Right side of the hood and epoxy primer.

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Back seat area - milk crate optional.

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Mystery passthrough port.

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Box of parts headed to the chrome plater.