*edit* 11-4-09 added pics posted later to this first post. 1976 Pontiac Grand Le Mans Safari I still remember the day I rolled out of the dealership lot in the back seat with my father at the wheel in 1976. I purchased the car from him in 1989 and have been driving it ever since. I still have all the original paperwork, purchase receipts, window sticker and dealership brochure. I've spent the past three summers tearing down and rebuilding the engine and front suspension. I went with the Polygraphite bushing kit and coils from PST. The 400 block got bored 0.030" 1968 casting #16 heads - 72cc SSI-10335 cam .204/.214 duration: .420/.443 lift Here is the definitive "before" picture: More pictures of the build are here http://www.stationwagonforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6514 This project still has a long way to go, but paint and interior work are $$$ away. Its funny how these projects go. Every time you clean up one part, it makes other parts nearby look worse. Next thing I knew I had stripped and painted everything from the cowl forwards. Went way over schedule and over budget, but was it worth it?.... oh hell yes! This car will never be for sale. I've got 33 years of memories and adventures tied up in this car. Not really concerened with how much it will take to get another 30+ years out of it. So I finally dug out my box of old photos and fired up the scanner. Day One: April 3, 1976 Still with the Hine Pontiac dealership plates on. Proud new owner - 1989 - Thanks, Dad!!! "Rally Wagon" El Paso, TX - 1991 1992 - Best MPG ever!!! 1772 miles on ZERO gallons. El Paso, TX to Vancouver, WA 1997 - OMG! you can drive ON the beach in Washington! (after being severely scolded by beach patrol "this is not a racetrack") Ever see one of those dogs that love water take their first trip to the beach?.... we were worse than that. Power drifting fishtails and donuts... End of the Road - 1999 - The ranger said we'd need 4X4 to get here. I beg to differ... 1999 - "I think the road ended about 1/2 mile back." So where did this fanatical love of wagons come from? Dad, of course. Dad's first car: 1958 Chevy Nomad He still regrets trading it in for this 1964 Chevy Impala Had to sell the '64 when his job took him overseas. He bought a 1972 Impala upon returning to the states. Sold the '72 before going overseas again and upon return, bought the 1976 Grand Le Mans that is now mine. He still says that 58 Nomad was the best car he's ever owned.