Thursday, April 1, 2021

Rescue time for 1966 Pontiac Tempest


Dig it out! Buying a 1966 Pontiac Tempest two-door for $300? Unheard of, you say. The Junkyard Life team has been working on this deal for more than a couple of years. Maybe four? It was time for a quick touch base with the Tempest's owners about the future of the widetrack Pontiac that has been parked in their yard since 1977. A deal was made in short order – it was time for the Tempest to go to a new home. Ours!

Red and rusty 1966 Pontiac Tempest two-door has no rear glass. It fell into the backseat due to the rot around the window channel.
The red Tempest features a mashed roof and a back glass that found a better view in the backseat. Glass is still intact, the sheet metal, not so much. 

Never give up
This rescue shows that persistence pays off! We've been searching for a good, used core support for another one of our "someday" projects and this car has been simmering in our back pocket. It is always good to keep tabs on the old, automotive landmarks in your town. One day they will be gone. Either eliminated by nature or a more diligent car hound will scoop them up.
We know! These junkyard dogs will hunt!

Stay with us! More to come on the 1966 Pontiac Tempest!

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life

The distinctive flared tail panel found on 1966 and 1967 Tempest, LeMans and GTOs.

Swoopy script "Tempest" emblem on the 1966 Pontiac.

Rust devoured the ’66 Tempest hood and pock-marked the top of one of the fenders with holes. A GTO scooped hood would be a nice replacement!

Pontiac wasn't the first with stacked headlamps but certainly a contender for best design.

Inside the Tempest we found blue vinyl bench seats, A/C controls, and original radio. 

Last tag on the 1966 Tempest? 1977 – only 11 years old when put out to pasture.

More to come as we load up this old Pontiac and head for home. Stay tuned!

Do you have a classic car in the yard, or a great story? Send us details and we’re on the way!  Send emails to Jody Potter at 
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