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post #1 of 215 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 13, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

This is our thread for the restoration and pro-touring build on our 1972 Pontiac LeMans.

We debated for months whether to restore this car or to purchase and restore a more popular model such as a GTO or Chevelle. This LeMans has been with the UMI team for a long time and has been used to design and test fit a lot of the UMI a-body products we now offer. Because of the cars history with UMI and the fact that is has served to help us build some great products we felt it deserved a full make-over. Our plans are to use LS power and have it accelerate, handle and stop well with Made In USA quality.

We hope to have the project completed sometime late in 2013, thanks for following along!

Our first series of pictures shows the car before:
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post #2 of 215 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 13, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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The dismantling has started.

Once the body is off we can begin working on the frame in our fabrication shop while our body guy goes to work on the body. So far it looks like we will be needing at least one fender and rear lower quarters on the body.
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post #3 of 215 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 13, 12:45 PM
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing. At the risk of blasphemy, a LeMans is every bit as cool as a Chevelle, to me anyway.

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Looks good. If you need another car to work on , I will lend you my 70 SS 468 Red, Sta. Wgn.
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You made a great choice using the LeMans. The less-popular cars need more attention than what they usually get.
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Awesome build!

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70-72 Lemans is a favorite of mine. I'd get one and build it to my specs before I'd spend the extra $$$ on a GTO. WIll be following.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! I too am a LeMans fan and a Pontiac fan so I like the car. But we have got the comment from a few "Why are putting money into a LeMans" Or "Aren't you doing a GTO clone?" To us an a-body is an a-body and with the wheels and paint we plan on this car will look pretty killer and handle awesome. The car will offer the pro-tour look while being able to back it up

We have made more progress on the LeMans. All the body mounts are removed and we used a 4-post lift to lift the body off the frame, the body will then go on the rotisserie. We will now begin stripping the frame and preparing it for paint. I have more pictures of the body and frame we will be posting soon.

Thanks for looking!
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I used to own a 72 LeMans. I think you are doing the right thing by redoing that car. Why spend the extra money for the GTO name when the car will be modified. Plus, tht Lemans is almost like a part of the UMI family. I look forward to seeing the progress and the finished product.
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Fun to watch you guys do your projects... Keep the picís coming.

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Sweet car!

I find myself liking the more rare cars. I have a 66 Chevelle and love it to death, but I find myself lusting over weird cars. Just because they are 'cool' and you don't see them everyday. It got so bad I bought a 62 Cadillac Limo a few years back.

If you need help with the interior let me know!
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Sweet car!

I find myself liking the more rare cars. I have a 66 Chevelle and love it to death, but I find myself lusting over weird cars. Just because they are 'cool' and you don't see them everyday. It got so bad I bought a 62 Cadillac Limo a few years back.

If you need help with the interior let me know!
Thanks Tim, I appreciate that! We will be in contact when the interior comes and we decide what to do.

And I know what you mean about the rare and weird cars... I do the same thing
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Body is off and being placed on the rotisserie. The rear bumper gave Buck all kinds of trouble and refuses to come off... so for now he left it on there and cut holes in it to place the rotisserie. (See 2nd image)
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This should be interesting I have stared at this car's under carriage many times now I get to see it transformed and getting a new life.What is your plan for paint?
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So, what does everyone want to see? What would make this build super-exciting?

Key words so far include, LS, T56, Big Brakes, Rear Discs, High Travel Coil Over, Low, Big Tires, Double Adjustable Shocks, Posi, 5-pt harness, Road Race Seat, Boxed Frame,
Full UMI of course.

Are we missing anything?

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