Here is an update for my car. October 2004
This past winter I took out the Hydromatic Transmission and replaced
it with a Turbo 400. In doing so, I had to machine a face plate
between the block and tranny so I could install the starter. The
old Hydro held the starter while the Turbo relies on the block to
do so. My 389 doesn't have the bolt holes, so I had to come up my
own solution. As well, I replaced the Rochester 2 barrel with a
Carter AFB. The cruise now is amazing.
My name is Brice Sokolowski.
This is my 1963 Pontiac Catalina. It was originally purchased at
R.O. Evans - Pontiac, Garland, TX. I live in Plano, TX. The car
has been owned and garaged by 3 owners within 15 miles of Garland
since purchased new. I am the 4th owner. Car is all originally except
for the new exhaust system with Flowmaster and the tach inside.
Original paint job that I restored by using a polishing compound.
Before I owned the car, it was covered in rust spots and leaf stains.
The power plant is a Pontiac "small block" 389 cubic inch
engine: the basic Pontiac V8 from 1955 to 1970. 2 barrel Rochester
carburetor: 283 horsepower @ 4,400RPM; 418 f-p of of torque @ 2,800
RPM. The transmission is a Hydra-matic 3 speed Original Super Deluxe
AM radio. American classic "drive-in movie" 4-door sedan.
4,100 pounds of Pontiac EXCITEMENT! The license plate respectively
reads: "63 CAT"
UPDATED! I just wanted to send
you a couple new pictures of my car. More are to come of the engine
because I am working on it. I think your site is really great, and
thank you for posting my Pontiac.