Gasser HotRod Forums banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
55 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
hello from alberta canada i am building a 1966 pontiac strato chief 2dr post car into a old school gasser big project but enjoying every minute
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,596 Posts
Welcome 66stratgasser... love the name! Mark will love having another Chief on the forum. Of course you know we all love pictures. Looks like a good car to do.

I found this one on the web to see what they even looked like.



Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,322 Posts
Hey hey hey Stratogasser. Great car to build. Man after my own heart. Although I'm sure you will be running all chevy drivetrain since that is what Canadian Pontiacs ran. Not sure how familiar you are with the differences in the USA versus the Canadian versions of Pontiacs but they are pretty much different cars. Canada did not like the Wide Track of the USA Pontiacs so GM used Chevy frames and drivetrains under the Pontiac wider bodies. That's why the Canadian Pontiacs look kind of different with the wheel tread a little narrower on the wider bodies. Just not sure when that stopped. But it gives a little wider wheel area for wider tires. Some used shorter front fenders too because of the shorter Chevy wheelbase. As you can see I'm building a'63 Pontiac Catalina gasser. I look forward to watching your build and seeing how you build it. Welcome here and I'm glad you found us. Mark L
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,277 Posts
Welcome 66stratgasser... love the name! Mark will love having another Chief on the forum.........



Mike
You are right Mike...... I can almost see the BIG SMILE on Mark's face from here.

Wonder if another "Opel-Owner" is on the way?????
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
81 Posts
You are right Mike...... I can almost see the BIG SMILE on Mark's face from here. Wonder if another "Opel-Owner" is on the way?????
Now, if only there was another guy building a 55 chevy gasser so I could have someone doing the same thing that I am...........................oh wait.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
55 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
well i am a woman after your own heart actualy but i saw your 63 and am amazed i think its great to see another crazy pontiac builder and have gotten some great ideas frome yours and yes i am going with a bbc and a 4speed i will post a tone of pics and info as i go thanks for the greeting
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,322 Posts
Lady Gasser. Welcome. I should have said your a car nut after my own heart, heh. It will be great having a woman in the midst. Glad you joined in. Mark L
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,322 Posts
I forgot to ask if you have any pics of your actual car so we can get an idea of what you are starting with? Mark L
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,322 Posts
I also love the 2 dr sedans starting in '65 on up. My first Pontiac was a '64 Catalina 2dr sedan ex-police captains car from Brookfield WI. 2 barrel 389 with three on the tree and taxi cab interior and still had the spot ligh ton the front post. The earlier 2 dr sedans had more of an upright angular roof line so in '65 they made it a little bit softer, smoother. I like that better. Looking at your '66 I can see how Chevy frame changes the dimensions of the Canadian Pontiac versus the USA version. Look at your frontal view, the wheel base is shorter on the Canadian version so they moved the front wheels back towards the firewall and lengthen the sheet metal distance from the front of the front wheelwell to the head lights. The USA version is probably 3 inches shorter. Even the bumper goes back farther so I bet they would not interchange. And the rear wheel well is farther forward I think or the measurement from the rear wheel well to the back of the door is shortened. I also believe the front wheel well shape is different. If I'm right then the Canadian version will be lighter too. Would love to see an example of each side by side. Mark L
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
374 Posts
I'd like to see a side by side comparison also. That's a kool lookin car!
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top