AUGUST 30, 2012 (SEPT 2012): ’68 PONTIAC LEMANS CONVERTIBLE CATCHES THE PROFESSIONAL EYE OF A BODYMAN

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Bud McEwan has compiled a long career massaging dented metal back into un-dented metal on cars.

 

He still likes his job, but not well enough to resurrect a four-wheeled basket case in his spare time.

 

Bud also likes the classic look of a bygone era of cars and had been looking for a vintage ride for quite awhile before he found his 1968 Pontiac Le Mans convertible.

 

He was open-minded enough to consider all purchase options in his search for a four-wheeled blast from the past, just as long as it was not a major restoration project.

 

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The fact is that a guy who works on cars for a living has a good working idea about how much time and effort goes into a good restoration and Bud just wanted to enjoy his spare time behind the wheel of a classic car.

 

He finally located this bright red beauty and gave it a professional once-over to determine whether it had gone through a cheap bondo facelift before he considered buying it.

 

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A busman’s holiday repairing somebody else’s bad bodywork was not in the cards for Bud because his Poncho drop top was a bondo-free zone. He had found a car that had a GM pedigree, a lively and original 350 Pontiac, plus it had a three-speed standard to launch it.

 

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The bonus feature was that the car was a convertible and it carried that stylish late 60s look very well as a drop top.

 

The car had spent its life in the arid state of Utah so its worst sin was faded paint in its original form and that was not a deal-breaker by any means for a smart buyer. Bud’s Lemans has regained its glow from a bright red re-paint job which always is a home run color on any vintage convertible from Motor City.

 

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The Le Mans convertible is a unique way to join the car culture because there are fewer of them around than their famous Goat cousins in 2012.

 

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Plus Bud can bring along friends and family when he hits the road in his classic Pontiac during the summer.

Jim Sutherland

 

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