Catalina 2+2 Pontiac
to Pontiac Historical Services, this Catalina sports coupe was built on or
My research has uncovered three
previous owners: Kenneth W. Anthony until 1983 (if you’re out there, please
contact me), Charlie Lynch 1983-2001, and Steve Parberry 2001-2007 – all from
Since purchasing the car, I have had the undercarriage blasted & epoxy primer and painted. The body was completely stripped and repainted in the original color, although I opted for base/clear coat. There are no Bondo patches on the car.
I am attempting to keep the car as original as practical. The few
changes I have made are easily and completely reversible – the original parts
are being retained. These changes include power steering (a concession to old
age - mine, not the car's), 8-lug wheels, addition of
factory dash mounted tachometer, and replacement of the rear package shelf.
All the chrome and stainless trim has
been professionally restored.
The engine and transmission were removed while the car was being
painted, so that the engine bay and engine itself could be painted. The
factory Tri-Power set-up was very professionally restored/rebuilt by Dick
Niekamp, a most knowledgeable fellow and friend.
The wiring harness has been replaced
from the firewall forward. The exhaust has been replaced with a stainless steel
Except for paint and bodywork, all the work has been done by my friend Steve Gray, at his garage, with my assistance. Steve is an avid car hobbyist. Check out his website at Crazy4Carz.com. We have to forgive the fact that his main passion is Mopars.
After reassembly and driving, I determined that the engine would benefit from a thorough rebuild. I entrusted that job to Pontiac racing guru's Jim & Mark Pickett, in Darby, PA. I've known them a long time, and they are experts at wringing the best performance out of Pontiac V-8's. The rebuild included an upgrade to forged pistons & connecting rods, and a hydraulic roller cam set-up. The intake manifold & heads were ported & matched.
Three days after the engine was completed & installed again, I set off on a 500-mile drive to Dayton, Ohio, to attend the POCI/GTOAA Co-Vention - reputedly the biggest all-Pontiac show ever. I was extremely gratified to have won a Stock Class Gold Award on the car's first outing.
I've always loved Big Pontiac's, since the day I bought my first car - a 1958 Bonneville convertible with Tri-Power. It was 1963, I was 17, and the memories are strong. I consider the '65 models to be among the best looking American cars of the era, and the 2+2 to be the ultimate expression of Pontiac style and performance. I'm pleased to have found such an unmolested example of this model, and proud to have brought it back to it's original glory.