Looking around for something unique at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we spotted a 1967 Pontiac Acadian that has an identity all its own. Built by JF Kustoms, founder JF Launier was present at the BASF booth to give us the inside scoop on this aggressive build.
“You recognize it as a ’67 Nova, but it is not, even though it is built on a Nova chassis,” said Launier. “It was built in Canada by Pontiac, complete with a different front grille and GTO taillights.”
According to Launier, the car was built for a customer, who plans to use it on the autocross and then some, versus just making it a show car.
“We pulled out the fenders and quarter panels to give it a more curvaceous appeal,” said Launier. “We wanted to keep the build timeless with the correct bumpers, chrome, and shiny grille.”
The custom Acadian features JF Kustoms wheels that measure a staggering 19×12-inches in the rear and 18×8 inches up front. “We wanted to put down as much tire on the road as possible, all the while giving it an aggressive look,” Launier said.
“I wanted to make the car look tough,” Launier said. “It’s got a LS3 with 550 horsepower and a Tremec T-56 Magnum transmission. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of transmission because it simply works with everything.”
Nate Tovey, director of enthusiast marketing at Tremec was also on hand to talk about the T56 transmission in the Acadian. “We continue to produce street car transmissions that give enthusiasts the ability to handle massive amounts of torque under the hood,” said Tovey. “The six-speed transmission helps get the most out of the power band in this particular application.”
With so many custom vehicles in attendance at SEMA, we were pleased to speak with Launier about the custom Pontiac Acadian, and ask about what is on the horizon for JF Kustoms. To learn more about the company, be sure to visit the website.