With the 455 H.O. cleaned and stripped to bare metal, it proved the perfect opportunity to repaint it in the correct shade of blue Pontiac used during the ’71-’72 model years. Mike Cole of D&R Auto Paint & Supply in Council Bluffs, Iowa, expertly mixed us a custom color that replicates the hue exactly. Local friend Mike Buzzello used his equipment and safety gear to first apply an epoxy-primer base, which was then followed by two light coats of color. The 455 H.O. looks factory fresh.