PAGE 1 - 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Safari Stationwagon
- REVIVING AN OLD FRIEND
Owner: John F. Ednie
March, 2012 -      home / page 1 / page 2 / page 3 / page 3 B / page 4 / page 5 / page 6   back to idesign
pontiac at 20 years old ( I think )  

I made a good inspection of my 1985 Parisienne Stationwagon. It had been parked for over a year with no attention given to it. I did have a large sheet of material covering it.

  • The battery was dead.
  • The engine wouldn't turn over with a boost.
  • The starter needed replacing.
  • The exhaust system was falling off.


pontiac at 27 years old

Note: This car has a 5 litre V8 engine, automatic tranmission with overdrive and is rear wheel drive.

first image ->

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
broken exhaust connection  

There were three major projects I had to do to get the Parisienne running again.

The tailpipe and muffler were number 3 on my list. What you see here was barely hanging on when I put wrench to hanger bolts to remove it in February 2012. It simply fell off to the ground as each bolt was loosened.
Pic of new one -->

I did have to cut the hanger which had been welded to the back of the catalytic converter.

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
welded exhaust at catalytic  

I'm sure this weld of the back of the catalytic converter to the connecting pipe was the cause of the catalytic breaking connection with the engine exhaust pipe on the front of the catalytic.

There is supposed to be a "ball and socket" joint here to allow movement.
see new one ->


Next ->

<- previous

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
new exhaust assembled on the floor  

The new exhaust system was loosely assembled in my home. I did this to measure the distance from the exhaust pipes still attached to the engine, to the first hanger point near the rear axle.

It was 82 inches. The new system was 86 inches.

When you're working without a proper hoist, and in a parking lot, it's important to make sure the pipes will fit once you get everything laying out under the car. I had to cut off 4 inches from somewhere. (see next photo)

next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
connection point for catalytic  

This was the connection point for the new catalytic converter.

The old catalytic was welded on broke off where you see the opening.

This made for a rough connection point for the new cat.
see new one ->

I marked the cut point with a black marker, for removing 2-1/2 inches of old pipe and work on that extra 4 inches of length I had to get rid of.

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
front of old catalytic  

This photo I took when replacing the old starter motor (project 1).

Fortunately, we didn't have to remove the cross bracing to get the old one out. Easy does it.

Also shows the front end of the old catalytic converter before I removed it.



next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
new starter  

The ugly beast is lowered to the ground.

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
new starter  

Looking forward the old starter doesn't look as bad as the previous picture. This one was still working, but it was 18 years old at this point and I didn't want to wait for it to fail. So I'm half way through the project of replacing it. Had to use a Boshe remanufactured one

I should stress the point here, that I did not have to remove the cross bracing to get the starters in and out..

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
new starter  

The new starter was put in with much effort and was very awkward to put in place. It was heavy.

Try holding forty pounds above your chest while laying on your back without resting your elbows on the ground.

We resorted to attaching the wires on to use as a helper to lift the starter in place. The crossover exhaust pipe was a good resting place for it while we got the shim and bolts in place to bolt it on.

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GM Wiper Control Modual 1984  

This image is a bit out of place, however. . .

The wiper control modual fits over the wiper motor. When it gets wet the wipers start by themselves.

This is the OEM unit with the cover removed. Never did get the pump working again.

Had to replace it with an after market kit. (for now)

Next ->

<- previous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Front of the Parisienne  

Put the front air scoop back on the bottom of the Parisienne radiator.

Next Page->

<- previous

top

 

Parisienne is
the Canadian name
for this model.

 
 
     home / page 1 / page 2 / page 3 / page 3 B / page 4 / page 5 / page 6