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    1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  cammrjeff on Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:08 am

    Well I have never been the 1st person to post a topic in a section before! Whoo Whoo!!!!

    As stated in the title I also have a 1971 Catalina Freeway Enforcer, its a 4-door Sedan, 455 4bbl, duel exhaust, T-400, 3.23 8 7/8" rear axle.

    It was the Police Chiefs car of Chambersburg PA, I bought it about 18 months ago, it only has 33,000 original miles, but it does have some dents and alittle rust from its years in service. It was always just a plain white car, no spot lights, blue interior. Not many option other than the Freeway enforcer package, that includes Larger 15X8 plain steel wheels, 13" front disc's, and 12" rear drums from the same year Caddy, 1 1/8" front sway bar, and 7/8" rear bar, and a certified Speedo. It has the optional 455 engine that has a duel snorkel air cleaner and 1970 style ram air III exhaust manifolds. The options on the car are HD Frame (boxed convertible frame) HD front and rear suspension, HD Cooling, HD Battery and Alt, HD front and rear seats, rear window defogger, electric trunk release, Custom cushion steering wheel, in dash clock, and Carpeting (even though it has the full rubber floor mat underneath. It came with the ticket writing desk/console, and the rear seat divider in the trunk.
    I plan on restoring it to its in service condition. Hopefully will get started on it this spring. I will post some pictures if anyone is interested.


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    Re: 1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  cammrjeff on Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:49 am

    OK here are some pic's of it when I picked it up, I forgot it had Delux wheel cover not dog dishes as I expected.
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    And for those not aware of the differences between standard Pontiac D-port Log manifolds, and the 1969/70 Ram Air III manifolds, here is a picture comparing the 2 styles.

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    Post  Sweet Seventy9 on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:42 pm

    Nice! Talk about a sleeper!


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    Re: 1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:55 pm

    Wow thats pretty darn cool! My grandpa is a big Pontiac fan, i mean he has lived in Pontiac, MI. Worked at GM in Pontiac assembling Pontiacs and has owned a few Catalinas. Ill have to show him this, he will get a kick out of it.


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    Re: 1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  Myloth on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:42 pm

    NICE what are you talking about nice that's &%$#iing SWEET! Pontiac damn how much did you pay for it if you don't mind

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    Post  solo79 on Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:44 pm

    Wow, that is super clean. I have never seen one of those before.


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    Re: 1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  cammrjeff on Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:18 am

    I paid $4800 for it. The interior is very clean, just a few of the interior plastic panels have turned Chalky, just like the 77-79 panes tend to do. There was 1 rip in the back seat bench that has been repaired, and other than redying the interior panels that need it, Carpeting and finding and mounting some vintage Police equipement will be all that's needed.
    The exterior is not as nice as it looks in the pictures, every body panel exept the hood and trunk lid needs some work. There are small rust holes in the rear 1/4's, and the drivers side front fender, and every panels has dents, dings, and scrapes. The chrome is still nice, as are the grills. And Who knows what I will find when the Vinyl top comes off.

    I did get this picture of it in service parked outside the Police station on 10-20-1971
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    I also found the Build sheet above the gas tank

    and it came with the Protecto Plate Card in the Glove Box
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    Unfortunatly no one seems to have a copy of the 1971 Pontiac Police Packages. All I have been able to find on line is this image, and it is not of a high enough resolution for me to read it when I print it.
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    My Friends all think I am nuts for attempting to restore it. They would have just pulled the engine and used it in a Firebird or GTO. But I think it needs to be saved, being as original as it is. Heck it even still has the spiral shocks on it.


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    Re: 1971 Catalina Freeway enforcer

    Post  Myloth on Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:35 am

    Well I don't think you are nuts there's more than enough F Bodies being restored or modded and not enough Full size

    Pontiacs .Besides I suspect a fully restored Pontiac Police vehicle from that era to be as rare or rarer than many sportier

    Pontiacs of that period.
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    Post  Sweet Seventy9 on Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:35 pm

    I bet movie car companies would be interested in renting it from you.


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    Post  cammrjeff on Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:52 pm

    Yeah that is pretty much what I was thinking, Pontiac Historical Services says that a total of 278 Pontiac Police cars were made in 1971, no breakdown on Models is available, they did offer Sedan, and Wagons in the B-body Range, and Sedans in both the A-body and New X-Body Lines.

    Pontiac was a Very Minor Player in the Police Market until the 1976-79 Model Years when they really Marketed them and sold quite a few including to the NYC Police Department.

    As for the Movie Car companies I have thought about it, but am a bit leary as I have heard some horror stories from some owners about how they treated their cars. But at least it is an automatic.


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    Post  Sweet Seventy9 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:18 pm

    I sort of feel the same way about renting to movie car companies. I was approached 2x about my white Impala but passed both times.


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    Post  Myloth on Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:50 pm

    I am surprised the standard Transmission on those in 71' was 3 speed Column shift Manual with a 350. And the Turbo

    Hydromatic being optional. I knew it was common in the 60s it must carried over into 71', 72'. I don't mean

    that they didn't have them I have seen later 70s v8 with manual column shifted but this was the STANDARD drivetrain

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    Post  cammrjeff on Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:50 pm

    It was all about advertising a low Price, 71 was actually the last year you could get a manual trans in a Pontiac B-Body, and only the 3-speed column shift was available it was a 3-speed Muncie. No floor shifts, or 4-speeds ere available. Also as far as I know they were only available with the 350 V-8. Optioning up to a 400 or 455 required Buying the Automatic trans.

    I have only seen 1 manual trans 71 Pontiac and it was a fairly high optioned Catalina 2-door HT.


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    Post  cammrjeff on Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:39 pm

    I have not been here in awile, and all I have been able to do to the Enforcer is start prepping it for the Body and Paint Shop. But I did get some Enforcer production numbers for 1970 & 1971. And I found out my car is 1 of 23 Freeway enforcers sold in 1971.
    They also sold 138 Highway Enforcers, and 120 Light Duty Law enforcement package cars.
    I knew my car was rare but I never figured 1 of 23, and that does not break down the engine options. The base engine was a 350 2bbl, optional were 400 2bbl & 4bbl's, and 455 2bbl & 4bbl's. Mine has the 455 4bbl.

    Still looking for more information on it.


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