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Hot Rods From Tempest to Model A?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Zettle Bros., Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Zettle Bros.
    Joined: Oct 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,329

    Zettle Bros.

    Guys need some help here. Bought a 1964 Pontiac Tempest last year and like the car. Thing is I just seen a Model A sedan built in the traditional way come up for sale. Not sure if I should sell off the Tempest and buy the A or not. Any thoughts?
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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,044

    from Oregon

    A hard decision but what do feel in your bones? Is your desire for a hot rod or you like a cruiser. Seems that you are leaning to the hot rod since you are thinking about. What makes you happy , I say go for it. Life is too short.
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  3. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    No, for all of the reasons you already are thinking, being practical is at the top of the list.
  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,195


    That's always been my favorite Tempest of the whole production run. Good solid car, easy to work on, easy and not expensive to get parts for and great looking since the day it was built.
    Not that I don't like that Model A The only thing I would do to it is put a real exhaust system on it so I could drive it without without wearing my shooting range earmuffs.
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  5. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,084

    from ohio

    A nice clean 64 Tempest is a lot harder to find than a Model A and in my opinion worth a lot more. Don't let this deal be one of those that you think back on and wish you had not let the Pontiac go.
  6. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,183

    from Minn. uSA

    Keep the Tempest, buy the A.
    "Double your Pleasure, Double your Fun..." :D .
  7. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,676

    Bandit Billy

    “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
    Uhm, Shakespere? The Tempest? wow, tough room. Let me me make this easier, keep the poncho.
  8. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,580

    from PNW

    A mans reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for.... Poncho all the way. Why follow the crowd, when it's so much easier to lead.
  9. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,703


    Super nice Tempest with good chrome, especially in the Rust Belt. It's a keeper.
  10. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,638


    In the last year, I've seen about 300 model A Fords. No '64 Tempests at all. Love the A you showed. But that Poncho is sweet! Keep it.
  11. Do everything you can to keep both. I like the Tempest and the "A". They'll loan anybody money nowadays.:)
  12. My A was cool, but lacked...trunk / storage space, visibility, a feeling of security (especially if rear-ended), the front bone perches also are “thin” compared later years (could be changed) and it attracted too much attention for my liking. To each their own...
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  13. mcsfabrication
    Joined: Nov 26, 2006
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  14. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,147


    Another vote for tempest. Looks sweet
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  15. You ask'en for my opinion ? Well if your only 45 years old. I say go for the A Hot Rod. But I would definitely try to have both. I love Pontiacs, and have a 389 tri power in my 29 coupe. There's nothing more FUN than a model A!!!!!!!:) Ron............
  16. Barrelnose pickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,115

    Barrelnose pickup

    It’s your garage!
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  17. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,993


    Both cars check the boxes on my list! Different boxes but enough so I would be happy with either one. The decision as to which one depends on your lifestyle. If you have to drive the car daily and how many people go with you on a regular basis. That Tempest is a bit more practical as most above have stated. That makes it the "better" car. The A is a Hot Rod, that make it a car you "need" to have!
  18. B Bay Barn
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 407

    B Bay Barn

    Had a '64 LeMans convertible, great car (other than a gas gauge that read 1/4 when it was empty). Think I could remember that 30 miles from home? Nooooooo! D'oh!!
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  19. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 18,590

    Staff Member

    I would keep the Pontiac, but I would put a set of Hurst wheels, or Cragars or Chrome steel slots on it.....
  20. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,377


    If you have had an A like that before you know what you're in for.....they are two extremes in vehicles.
    I have had many A's love them all but that Tempest, hmmmmmmm nice car.
    If you can afford......keep the Tempest and buy the A.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2020
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  21. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,638


    *With red line tires*

    QUOTE="Moriarity, post: 13559226, member: 218"]I would keep the Pontiac, but I would put a set of Hurst wheels, or Cragars or Chrome steel slots on it.....[/QUOTE]
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  22. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 331

    bill gruendeman

    I may be bias I love pontiacs so I say keep the 64. But I understand wanting a hot rod, I say get the a AND keep the 64. I have 2 running cars, my 39 Pontiac and a 68 firebird, sometimes it’s hard to decide on the one to drive.
  23. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,601


    I went through the same dilemma when I was considering trading my '50 Dodge for the T. The Dodge was a nice driving, comfortable with a great running 318/727 combo. But when I realized how often I actually drove it, and how it only came out of the garage in good weather, I knew I would rather do it in something more radical. It's your decision, if you can do both, win/win!
  24. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,754

    from Tampa, FL

  25. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,984

    scrap metal 48

    You don't see many Tempest.. You always see GTOs.. That particular "A" is NOT as cool as the Tempest.. I'd keep that really cool Tempest....
  26. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,841

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Apples and oranges
    My choice Pontiac, with a wheel change.
    If you're hung up on an A, buy a cheap project and make it your own.
    Two distinctly different cars in the garage is a nice choice to have.
  27. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 919

    Joe H

    Drive the A first and see how it rides compared to the Pontiac.
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    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
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  29. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 381

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Cars come and go. If you've enjoyed the poncho enough already and want to experience the A, well then do it. If you get tired of the A then move on again. Always someone willing to trade,buy or sell.
  30. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,613

    from Boston MA

    This. The A is about the journey. The Pontiac is about the ride.

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