The vehicle is a 2006 Holden Ute. Holden is similar to Pontiac in Australia. A company in Colorado converted the car from RH drive to LH drive by using parts from a donor car which was a 2004 GTO. Engine is an LS1, 5 speed auto transmission. The Colorado company has converted about 40 of these vehicles, so mine is one of 40. It has some quirks but drives like a normal vehicle and meet all emission standards.
1964 Pontiac LeMans
Our Pontiac Lemans was bought new on Labor Day 1964 from the Rogers Pontiac Dealer in Dayton, Ohio. Barbara named her Betsy. As time passed, she became old Betsy.
Betsy has taken us many places over the years, including many trips between Lockbourne, AFB, OH, (where we were stationed) and Oak Ridge TN, (our home state). From coast to coast and through 23 other states. She even went with us to RAF Alconbery, England for 3 1/2 years.
Early on, an AC unit was added when we found out how hot it could get in CA. Gradually, over the years, I added P/S, backup lights, dual exhaust, auxiliary gauges, rally II wheels, with trim rings and center caps, and a pair of manually remote mirrors. A lot of these parts came from local "junk yards". The engine developed a serious problem and the car was parked for several years.
After retirement, I started working on her again. A complete interior was installed including replacing the rare factory custom sport steering wheel and a new paint job. In 2014, Larry Smith's "Gulf Coast Classic Cars and Restorations" rebuilt the engine and installed a mild street performance cam, a holly carb, an MSD ignition system, and a 2sp windshield wiper/washer. She was refurbished, (not restored), with the worn out items replaced and some needed items added. She is a numbers matching car.
This is the only "family car" our children ever knew, except for the time we were in England, and was our main car until we moved to Georgetown in 1980. Currently she has 173,600 miles. We have all the paperwork, window sticker, and owner manuals that came with her.
1996 Pontiac WS6 Trans Am
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