This is not a new project, but a couple people have asked me if I'm ever going to start a build thread, and I decided today is the day. The car is a 1986 Pontiac Parisienne Safari. I've had it since 3/2000 and it was my first car, which I bought myself. It's been off the road since 10/2005 and I've been slowly taking it apart. Here is how it sits right now:
The interior is mostly stripped out. There is some rust on the floors but nothing too severe. Any patching needed will be minimal.
The original owner was an old man who only put 37K miles on it. It now has about 63K total. There is a fair amount of rust, lots of faded, cracked or missing trim parts -- the usual stuff you would expect from a 22-year-old car. I am going for a mostly-OEM restoration, using as many original GM and ACDelco parts as possible, with a few minor upgrades and changes. It has a 305 V8, 4-speed auto, 4-barrel electronic Quadrajet carb.
Today I picked up the engine block from the machine shop. It has been rebored and decked. Now I just need to order a new cam and a few other parts, and I'll be ready to put the engine back together.
Other finished engine parts:
Except for the pistons, which are new, all the engine parts shown are the original items. With such low mileage, everything was in decent shape and just needed normal machining work.
Next steps are to get the engine assembled and send the trans out to a rebuilder. In a few months I hope to get started on body work. This is a very slow-moving project for two reasons: (A) I don't have a lot of spare time and (B) I live in Philly and the car lives at my parents' house in NJ, so I have to drive 2 hours just to get to it. So don't expect an update every week -- though hopefully I'll make some serious progress this summer.