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Kindig SEMA 1964 Pontiac Tempest

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Kindig SEMA 1964 Pontiac Tempest

This is the same 1964 Pontiac Tempest that Dave Kindig and crew built on Bitchn' Rides Season 6, Episodes 5 & 6.

Father and son, James and Matt Sirotnak share the story of their cool car, it's history with their family, it's journey to Kindig-it Design and now to the custom, one-of-a-kind build that it is today!

In 1964, the Tempest was redesigned as a more-conventional vehicle and enlarged from a compact to an intermediate-sized car with a 115" wheelbase and an overall length of 203". The unibody, curved driveshaft and transaxle were gone, replaced by a traditional front engine, front transmission, body-on-frame, and solid rear axle design used by all of GM's other cars but the Corvette and Corvair. Together with its sister cars (the Oldsmobile F-85/Cutlass and Buick Special/Skylark), the Tempest/Le Mans moved to the new A body platform shared with the new Chevrolet Chevelle, and all three cars received updates and modifications standardizing them throughout—including the wheels—by GM edict. The Le Mans name was discontinued as a separate series, so now the cars were, in ascending order, base Tempest, Tempest Custom, and Tempest Le Mans.

Replacing the previous "Trophy 4" inline four-cylinder engine as standard equipment was a new 215 in³ Pontiac straight six with one-barrel carburetor and 140 hp. This six was basically a smaller bore (3.75") version of the 230 cu in (3.8 L) Chevrolet straight-6 offered as Pontiac exclusive. Optional engines included two versions of the 326 in³ Pontiac V8 introduced the previous year, a two-barrel 250 hp regular fuel option; or the 280 hp 326 HO engine with four-barrel carburetor and 10.5:1 compression ratio which required premium fuel. Transmissions included a standard three-speed manual with column shift, four-speed manual with floor-mounted Hurst shifter or a two-speed automatic; the latter was a version of Buick's Super Turbine 300.

The popularity of the high-performance 326/336 V8 in the Tempest-based LeMans package the year before prompted Pontiac to give the option a special, sporty name: the GTO, after the Italian abbreviation "Gran Turismo Omologato" used to designate specially equipped street cars homologated for racing (though the opposite, producing a mandated minimum of street-legal race cars to meet the homologation requirement, is the norm). Available with Pontiac's largest V8, the 389 cu. in. (6.4L), and equipped with a four-barrel carburetor (producing 325 hp) or the soon to become iconic 345 hp 3 x 2 barrel Tri-Power set-up, the GTO proved to be the defining muscle car of the 1960s.

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A very special thanks to James and Matt Sirotnak for sharing their beautiful 1964 Pontiac Tempest with us at the 2019SEMA Show in Las Vegas
Kindig SEMA 1964 Pontiac Tempest
Thanks also to Dave Kindig of Kindig-it Design for creating this amazingly awesome car.
PontiacTempest article attribution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Tempest
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