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 photo Dale Sweitzer_zps3uhmb9h4.jpg Dale is the original owner of his 1972-1/2 Pantera L, chassis 4284, the 16th L model Pantera. He and his Pantera are shown photographed at a car show in Moorpark California.


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What Are the Parking Brake Options with Aftermarket Brakes

A few years ago I installed (on my '73 L) one of the brake upgrade kits that utilizes Corvette rotors and calipers and uses a line lock for the parking brake since the factory park brake components don't fit. Initially all was fine, but the line lock has lost effectiveness over time so that I don't think it will pass the state safety check. Also, the local garages (Massachusetts) now sit in the car and apply the parking brake themselves to be sure you are not "faking it" when told to apply...Read More...
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Pantera # 5357 - Rocky's 1973 L model

I have been threatening to do a write-up on my build for a while. I see all these great threads, for example the ones by Rob B., Kirk Evans, and and others detailing extensive, very high quality work being done to their cars. My skills are not as tremendous, but I have the help and assistance of a an expert Pantera enthusiast and Hot Rodder (Wade - 4280 / Mark IV) and the resources of this board. My project started as a new motor build, with upgraded performance goals. I wanted to "freshen...Read More...
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1972 Race/street Pantera for sale (#3294)

It is time to give up my Pantera. It has attended many Chicago Historic Races, Pantera International meets and held many titles. I have converted back to street use with some track time. The car has been converted back to street use and is a blast to drive. This car won the Top Eliminator at the annual drag race at the Pantera convention in Los Vegas one year. The engine is from Junior Wilson’s Pantera that won the Silver State Classic two years in a row. The car also attended the Chicago...Read More...
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GT5 & GT5-S Production Numbers

I have just finished an update and consolidation of the 9000 Series Pantera Registry, and so I thought my revised calculations of GT5 and GT5-S production numbers might be of interest. GT5 The GT5 debuted at the Turin motor show in 1980. The first factory noted GT5 is, according to Matt Stone and Rob de la Rive Box, 9250. Matt and Rob state, in their book Pantera Buyers Guide, that prior GT5s were probably recorded as modified GTS units. Franz Krump has also written that the Turin motor show...Read More...
Last Reply By George P · First Unread Post

Need the dimensions of the later Mangusta frame to body reinforcement "wings"

Myself, and perhaps a few others need to add these to the earlier cars. Any help with dimensions, would be much appreciated by all of us. At some point, this will evolve (devolve?) into a discussion of when the wings were added, and my collection of pics have them appearing very late, between high 900's and 1000Read More...
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Was the rubber coating in the front trunk applied by the factory, or a previous owner?

I'm cleaning up the front trunk before putting in new felt. It appears the car was built then the seam sealer applied, more like slopped on by the looks of it and then painted. My car also has a coat of what appear to be a rubber undercoating on top of the paint, was this a factory procedure or has it been added by someone else?Read More...
Last Reply By maraudermike · First Unread Post

Seeking advice regarding how to trouble shoot a temperature gauge that doesn't work.

Hi everyone, Need a bit of assistance from all you great Pantera experts answering so many difficult questions. Btw - thanks for always being so helpful to all in here. :-) Now to my question - where I need help. I got a Pantera 1974, mostly stock, very few modifications (done from before I bought it), only real big difference is engine has been rebuilded and added MSD box. Again done before I bought it. I've got the problem the temperature gauge is always at "zero" or better said, at lowest...Read More...
Last Reply By punkdog · First Unread Post
I am not close to ready to do this to my car, but I was reading some old threads (which were closed for replies - thus this new thread) on this topic. The older threads seemed to (mostly) reach the conclusion that the dipping path was leaden with treacherous potential side effects that could ruin a restoration years later as un-neutralized acid creeped out, ruining paint jobs, or bare metal that could not be reached with new paint rusted. I am curious if this is still the case. It seems to...Read More...
Last Reply By rene4406 · First Unread Post

Where can I acquire the adapters to mate a R134A expansion valve to the OEM evaporator fittings?

I bought a new expansion valve from Vintage air which has Male oring fittings. I'm looking for an adapter to go from #8 female flare fitting to a #8 female oring. Changing system to R134a and don't want to change evaporator, need an adapter. Has someone done this?Read More...
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Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar

George P
March 2019 The world of pop music lost a legend this weekend. We all knew the time was near. I'm numb at the moment … or not willing to admit anything worse. We're all hurting. He was bigger than life. He is survived by his wife Lana, his son Jimmy, Whitey their dog, and his many friends and associates. Special mention is deserved for Ron Eglit, one of the original Del Tones, and Dick's life long bass player and friend. My heart and sympathy goes out to each and every one. Debbie and I had...Read More...
Last Reply By italford · First Unread Post
So yesterday I resolved my temp guage issue which was a bad ground because I painted the rear plate of the ZF and deceided to jack up the car and add freon to the a/c system. The car was idling for quite a while why I was doing this. I went to go for a drive to test the a/c and the car would not roll freely. I thought the rear emergency brake were the issue but I believe it was heat transfer from the radiator heating up the brake master causing line pressure. Has anyone experienced this and...Read More...
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