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Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« on: August 18, 2009, 05:48:19 PM »
Me and the wife wanted to build a car similar to the ones we had twenty-something years ago. We looked at alot of vehicles that just were not right. even traveling a few states to look at some that were said to be great, only to find a bondo filled piece of [censored]. We came accross the 71 T-37 on craigslist in pompano beach florida. We looked at many digital photos, and communicated through a few e-mails, then decided to call and talk with the dealer about it. He said they started to restore it, new suspension, brakes lines fuel tank. They painted in in its original color, base coat then clear coat. put in a new dash, detailed the instument cluster, had the material for the seats, but then the resto stalled. No motor or trans, wich was good, because I wanted to build the motor anyhow. It does have a 12 bolt posi with yukon axle shafts. so,they were just trying to liquidate a little inventory. We liked what we heard and struck a deal over the phone. The T-37 was put on a truck and delivered to the street in front of my house. When it arrived, the car behind it was strapped right against the rear bumper :o. after a closer look, we saw that a utility box with a faulty latch had fallen open on the hood, dinging and wearing away the paint. :o after an even closer look, they had the T-37 right up against the front of the truck, witch wore off the paint and cracked the fibreglass header panel :o. The company admitted their fault, but is being a pita about the amount. anyway, the car is in awsome condition, and will be a great start for our project.
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 06:16:12 PM »
Bob....we need pics. 

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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 06:53:12 PM »
I wasn't finished with the story, but pics will come. ;)
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 07:03:57 PM »
the damage;


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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 07:09:58 PM »
the good;




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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 07:18:40 PM »
I found a 1969 428 4 bolt main block cleaned and magnafluxed for $400. I will be boring it .030" over and using a "stroker" crankshaft to give it 467 cu. in. I am still searching for the rest of the parts, but this is a good start. thanks for reading, thats it for now.
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 08:00:29 PM »
That is a great start to a project. I'm sure the end results will be something your both proud of.

And sorry to hear about the driver’s carelessness. Did you use a broker or hire a driver direct. 

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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2009, 08:02:49 PM »
Very nice... except for the shipping fiasco.
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2009, 08:04:56 PM »
bob you should check out blue magic in mendon for parts for that im sure he could hook you up.

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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2009, 08:27:46 PM »
There is a speed shop 5mins from that I have been using.
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2009, 08:39:46 PM »
Sweet project, Bob!  Nice color.

Sucks to hear about the shipping issues, though.
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 06:33:23 AM »
bob, are you still going to go wheeling with us? ;D
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2009, 08:04:24 AM »
Of course. I think?  :D
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Re: Our 71 Pontiac T-37 build
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2009, 08:06:55 AM »
Thats Hawt. What are your tranny choices? keeping the slush box or going manual?
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