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POCI’s Firebird & Trans Am Chapter

Posted in Chapter News on April 6, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

POCI’s  Firebird & Trans Am Chapter is looking for new members to join our group of Firebird Enthusiasts. This specialty chapter was established in 2003 to serve any POCI member who owns or likes the Firebird. We welcome any models, stock or custom and all years 1967-2002. We would also like to welcome the Firehawk owners as well as any one of the new Camaro-converted Trans Am vehicles on the market now. Members will receive a chapter newsletter to keep them informed of news and events. Dues are only $10 per year. Our official chapter website is: and has all the information you need to know about the chapter. We are holding an annual meeting at the POCI Convention this year on Thursday July 7th from 12:00-01:00. Please come and join us, if you are attending, and learn more about us. John Froehle is the president and you can contact him at 801-564-4588 or email:



POCI’s Greater Ozark Chapter – GTO Feature

Posted in Chapter News on March 26, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

GTOs on Route 66

(from the Greater Ozarks Chapter newsletter Vol 23 #6)

The production year of 1966 was the first year for the GTO to have it’s owndesignation. It was also the year of the most produced GTO. While 1966 is well knownas the last year of the Pontiac Tri Power, for most of the GTO addicts, it is almost anecessity, regardless of the year of their car. These three GTOs show that their ownersdo agree on that premise, but not necessarily the body styles.

The convertible belongs toWayne Price, the hardtop to Charles Buchannon, and the sport coupe to Jerry and Dustin Miller, all with ‘66 Tri Powers. The location of the shoot was chosen to continue thetheme of sixes. The old Sinclair gas station is located just past Halltown, Missouri, onold Route 66. So we have three 1966 GTOs, with three Tri Powers (6 barrels), threedifferent body styles, and The Mother Road, Route 66.Wayne’s Barrier Blue/white topped 66 is the latest purchased GTO. He and his wifewere born in 1966, so the year was partiallychosen for that fact. The car was purchased less than a year ago, and was really nicewhen he got the car. BUT, as with all carpeople, the car isn’t “exactly” the way hewould have ordered it. It came with aCarter AFB carburetor, and a column shift automatic. The tri power (restored by JonHavens in St Louis) was the first changethat he and his Dad did to the car. The interior is medium blue, with new coversfront and rear, and now the console withfloor shift. The Rally IIs are 14X6, andwere on the car when purchased and maychange someday. We all know that a car isnever really finished, because either wechange our mind, or something comesalong that we can’t resist. Wayne may benew to this car, but is in the automotiveparts industry management, so parts is inhis blood. In the owners words;“Many of my family/friends know I havewanted a 66 GTO for many years. I found a ragtop locally, and in the process of validating its value, I found this car oneBay in Boise, Idaho. The classic car dealer had a few invoices from the guy he boughtit from, but didn’t have all the facts on thebuild. I found a name that ultimately led meto the original restorer, Jake Spoor. Through several conversations with Jake, I learned a lot about the building of the car:full frame off, YS engine rebuild(bored .030. mid-range performance cam,forged pistons, upgraded distributor andcoil), turbo 350 with a shift kit, and frontdisc brakes. Although I never made the tripto Idaho, I wound up talking to a number of nice folks at the local O’Reilly’s parts andpaint department that had great things to say about the dealer, and especially about thebuilder.In the many hours of educating myself on the GTOs, I found my GTO and I were both“born” in Fremont, California in the Spring of ’66. One thing that I like about the car isit gets lots of interest from teenagers to seniors, and my teenaged daughter’s friends allthink it is very cool. I took the car to a local mechanic to fine-tune the “trips”, and on the drive home, “tested” them a bit. The smile was still on my face when I walked in the house! ”Charles’ Torch Red 66 has been with him for a while. It is nearing completion for theway he wants the car, but again, are they ever finished? In the owners words:“I graduated from Missouri School ofMines in 1966, and rewarded myself with anew GTO. I traded that ’66 in on a new ’70GTO in September 1970. I still own that’70 and in January 2005, I rebuilt theengine and took it to a local body man t orehab and paint. I still loved the ’66, so after finishing the’70, I started looking for a ’66. In January2006 I bought one locally that seemed ingood shape. I had found many things wrongwith the assembly of the ’70, and decidedthat I would try to rehab the 66 myself,with the idea of having a “20 footer” that Icould drive when and where I wanted. Istarted to disassemble the ’66 and foundmore rust and damage than was apparentwhen I bought it. I then built a rotisserie and started cutting out and welding patchpanels, both full quarter panels and mini tubbed the rear for wider tires. Whenworking on the frame, I boxed the upperand lower control arms, and replaced all bushings and shocks. I had the M20 transmission rebuilt, and checked the 3:55 gears. For the engine, I had all the machinework done and installed a Comp XE 262c am and had the block, heads and intake powder coated, and added Hooker Headers. I did all the bodywork myself (many hours sanding), but had a friend spray the base/clear, color sand and buff the car. The moreI finished, the better it looked, so I forgotabout it being a “20 footer” and finished itup as a show car. I installed billet pulleys,chrome master cylinder and booster, chrome alternator, smoothed the firewall andcovered it with polished stainless steel and put stainless on the underside of the hood.And I installed a set of polished American Racing Torque Thrusts wheels.”Jerry and Dustin Miller’s Starlight Black 66was a true labor of love. In the owners’words:“It was Dustin’s dream to re-build a 66GTO. A Starlight Black, black vinyl topand black interior (the infamous TRIPLEBLACK combination) was found in 2005. A father/son project, we purchased it as abasket case and have built it to the specs wewould have ordered. When we purchasedthe car, it had less than 25K miles, was aone owner and had last been licensed in1968. It was a Tri Power car from thefactory, automatic with column shift. It hadthe 4:33 rear gears, and transistor ignition.PHS on the car said it even had red fenderliners. With no option chosen on the wheelcovers, it was delivered to the originalowner with poverty caps. Tachometer andgauges were also factory. A radio, heaterand power brakes were the only comfortoptions, but quick ratio power steering wasadded as part of the re-build. We did a bodyoff restoration of the car, detailed the frame, and had the body work, painting andinterior completed. We also had the enginemachine work done, but assembled the YRengine with 093 heads themselves and alsoconverted the automatic to an M21 fourspeed. The car has a PYPES aluminized exhaust system with HO exhaust manifoldsand performance X-crossover-Siamese design 2.5” aluminized steel pipes. Itsounds like a GTO should! All the stainlessand aluminum pieces were polished, and anew vinyl top installed and all new interiorcoverings. Dustin wanted the wheels to beunique and worked with Bonspeed inCalifornia on the design. The wheel chosenwas a black and chrome spoke design; 17inch wheels on the front, and 18 inch inback with Michelin sport tires all around.”So is it “finished”?  No, Jerry is looking forsome more forgiving rear gears for highway driving.

No. Coast Ohio Chapter 2/11 Update

Posted in Chapter News on March 5, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub


The featured car for the month of February was Kerry Klotzmans 1969 GTO.

The start of the classic muscle car dates back to the ’64 GTO. A bigger V8 with the rumble of dual exhausts gave the “Goat” attitude and Kerry definitely had the desire to own one. In 1988, the hunt began. Kerry and a friend came across a ’69 GTO convertible. It wasnt exactly what he wanted but the Poncho ran great and the price was fair. Plus, the 4-speed sealed the deal.

After driving the car for the summer. Kerry decided that a restoration project was in order. So it began&Ron Fuller of Classic Auto Works lent his expertise. When the car was taken apart, it was very rusty and had a lot of body filler. The hood and doors needed replaced. It was no easy task finding parts. A talented worker from Classic Auto Works with old world training did the panel beading. While working on the ’69, Kerry learned that many changes were made on the car prior to his purchase. When they took the motor apart they learned that it was already balanced and blueprinted. Also, from drag racing all of her life the Goats chassis needed tweaking. Kerry was disappointed that he didnt pay closer attention to details before buying the car, however, he was committed to completing the project&so the restoration continued.

After three years and over 2000 hours of work in the car, including six coats of PPG Duracryl, four coats of clear, new wiring and getting the interior to look like new, the project was finally completed. The newly restored ’69 was finished just in time for the 1991 POCI convention which happened to be hosted by the North Coast Pontiac Chapter. The Goat is definitely an enjoyable car to drive. Just for fun, she even ran a very respectable 14.58 at Norwalk Raceway.

Kerry learned important lessons about restoring a classic. This diamond in the rough was a challenge, but Kerry is happy he followed through with the project. He enjoys cruising in his Ram Air 3, 4-speed, 3.90 posi, Poncho. Since the restoration, the car has put 18,000 miles on her speedometer. This beautiful, Limelight Green Metallic ’69 GTO convertible is now Kerrys pride and joy.

If you are in the Greater Cleveland area, NCPC invites you to join us at our Dust-Off on May 1st at Jay Pontiac, and on July 31st at Solon Commons for our 14th Annual All Pontiac Benefit Car Show.

For more information on the North Coast Pontiac Chapter of POCI, contact Carolyn Kucia, 127 Willard Avenue, Bedford, OH 44146, or email , or please check out our web site at http://northcoastpontiacchapte

You can also search for North Coast Pontiac Club on Facebook. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Jay Pontiac, 18800 Rockside Road, Bedford, OH

4th Annual Tulsa Pontiac Nationals 4/30/11

Posted in Chapter News on January 20, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub
4th Annual Tulsa Pontiac Nationals
April 30th, 2011
Drag race, car show & swap meet open to all Oakland, Pontiac & GMC vehicles. Gates open at 7:30am at the Tulsa Raceway Park. Friday evening tech session with free drinks and snacks starting at 6:00pm at the Ramada Inn located at 1010 N Garnett Rd Tulsa OK. $59 room rate 918.437.7660. Test N Tune starts at 8:30am with eliminations starting at 12:30. Show field parade at 3:00pm. Spectator fee is $15 which includes pit area passes.
For more information contact Larry at 918.798.2765 or, hosted by the Indian Nations Chapter

GMC Truck Chapter

Posted in Chapter News, What's new on the GMC Scene on January 17, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub
GMC Truck Club

Web site for details on how to join

The Jan/Feb 2011 issue of the GMC Truck Chapter’s newsletter “The GMC Times” featured Ralph Wescott’s 1957 GMC Palomino and a wrap up on a 1948 GM/Greyhound Bus. Also some photos of new member Jeff Pedie’s 1980 GMC Indy Hauler pickup truck, and a very nice, original 1959 GMC Grain Truck for sale in North Dakota.

Visit the chapter web site for details on joining up.

1959 GMC Grain Truck

For sale.

Overhead Cammers Chapter

Posted in Chapter News on January 11, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub

Overhead Cammer ChapterThe ‘Overhead Cammers Chapter’ was chartered in July of 2000. The purpose of the chapter is to promote the preservation, enjoyment, and the restoration of ohc6 Pontiacs produced from 1966 through the 1969 model years. However, any classic Pontiac ohc6 powered vehicle would be of interest to the chapter and membership is not contingent on ownership of an ohc6 car. The chapter also assists members with technical information and parts search if needed.

Yearly dues are $15, and includes a well written, informative newsletter ‘The Overhead Cammer’, which is published bi-monthly. Dues also help support the chapter’s website found

Email Jim Black for more information.

PCPV Chapter

Posted in Chapter News on January 11, 2011 by pontiacoaklandclub
Pontiac G8 ST

Jim Wangers with Dave Clee's G8 ST

The PCPV Chapter’s Jan/Feb 2011 newsletter issue features an article on Dave Clee’s G8 ST, Håkan Larsson’s 1965 Pontiac Bonneville limousine, and photos from new members April Warner’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance and Bruce Bowers’ 1973  Astre Panel Truck.

If you like cool and  unusual Pontiacs…. consider joining up with this POCI specialty chapter. Learn more at or call Paul Bergstrom at (763) 479-2111