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POTM Nominations, May 2016

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All members with 10 or more posts may nominate their own Pontiac and/or another Forever Pontiac member. Anyone can nominate another member!

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Ok, I reckon I'll throw mine into the ring for this month.

It's a 69 GTO that I've had the pleasure of owning since 1976.  (It didn't always look like this)  It was my daily driver while I was attending college, then first married.  My Dad and I bought this car together (I found it, he had the money) while I was still in school.  I started a frame-off restoration in about 1985, got a year or so into that, then life had other plans.  The car sat in pieces, in a rented storage unit - for the next 25 years after that.  Fast forward (slow forward?) to 2008 when my present wife (angel and true partner that she is) provided substantial encouragement for me to resume the project.  It moved under its own power in November, 2011 for the first time since 1985.  I did 100% of the work myself: engine, drive train, suspension, body, paint, interior - and every part of that except for the mechanical jobs were my "first time".

The car is all numbers matching, even the engine - which was originally your basic "garden variety" YS-coded 400, but I've warmed it up quite a bit by building it as a 461 stroker with solid roller cam, ported Edelbrock RPM heads, and an assortment of other goodies.  Oh, and even though I still have all the original parts and could re-build it 100% stock should I ever want to, it's also right now carrying a Moser 9-inch with 3.50 gears and a Wavetrac differential.  No way would the original 10-bolt with 3.23's have survived for long behind this engine.   My overall goal for the car was to build it as "stock appearing", but capable of inflicting much harm if provoked :)  I also wanted to be able to drive it anywhere, anytime, and be able to dance "just above" the NHRA-mandated roll-bar rule of 11.49.

The car has run a best to date E.T. of 11.86 @ 113 mph at Texas Motorplex, we drove it on the "Long Haul" Power Tour in 2013 (and will be catching the last half of the tour in 2016), and I drive it --- not every day, but pretty regularly.

Here's a link to my web site that has hundreds of mostly dull and boring photos of the build progression:


...and a link to a YouTube video that also tells the story, including a brief segment that shows that very first drive in 2011 (still on 30 year old tires).

If you're REALLY bored and need help sleeping, search YouTube using the term, "Bear's GTO" and you should find a few more.



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