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Old 04-17-2019, 09:11 AM
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I recently acquired a 66 GTO. On the fence on what to do with it. Its pretty much all there body wise. Interior is from a 67. No drivetrain. PHS says its a 335hp wide ratio 4sp 3:55 safe-t-track. Console and not much else. Barrier blue, black gut. I will post some pics later. I always wanted to build a gasser style car straight axle and all or I have been toying with building it pro-touring style LS or modern HEMI with a manual. What would you do with it.

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Old 04-17-2019, 10:38 AM
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Pro-touring, but with a Pontiac driveline. 5-speed, rebuild the rear end, AC, quick ratio steering, upgraded suspension, front discs, etc.

Return the body, trim, glass, and interior to stock. 15" '66 GTO Rallye wheels. Staggered tread width, so you have a little more meat in the back.

I'd keep it carbureted. Was it a tri-power originally?

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Old 04-18-2019, 07:56 AM
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Heres how it sits right now. Still on the trailer.
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Wow you have your work cut out for you! Barrier Blue is a great color and you have a clean slate to start with. Endless options and I would keep a traditional Pontiac engine under the hood above all else.

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You're in deep! Looks like a good project. Yes, 100% Pontiac power plant.

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I just bought this rusty 66 GTO Barrier blue car cause I needed a donor frame . No title but at the time I didn't care
After I bought it I decided to get the PHS for it to see if it had Posi
Turns out the car is an original 4sp, 3:55 posi rear and true tri power car too
At this point I rather sell what I have rather then
Take the frame and scrap it
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I would keep it Barrier Blue (you never see that color anymore) and put a parchment interior in it. Do the drivetrain and suspension like you want. I would keep it Pontiac, add AC, and add a 5 speed. Make it a comfortable car that can eat up the road on long trips.

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An LS or a hemi???? Really?
It's still a free country, do what you want to do. Both those engines will cost more to make respectably turn key power plants than a Pontiac will.
A Pontiac GTO was like a revered car in its day. A stock 66 GTO is a crazy cool car.
There's still Pontiac engines and transmissions around, especially in your neck of the woods.
I wish you well on your endeviour!!!

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Do the LED tail lights and parking lights, plus rear sequential signal lights.

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STS-1 Sequential Turn Signals, $69 - For cars with 3 lamps on each side. Guaranteed for as long as you own the car. If they stop working just send the modules back and they will be replaced.

And congrats on getting a 66 GTO.

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Got the front end rebuilt and installed with BMR 2" lowering springs and polygraphite bushings. Want it to handle and brake well so we can drive the crap out of it. Boxed and repaired the rear part of the chassis. Going to box the center frame and get the body bolted up with the new mounts. its just laying on the chassis in the photo.
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Very nice color that is hardly even seen. Personally I would restore it and find a 389 in the date range of production and build it with roller cam and rockers. As for the tail lights I'm definitely not a fan of the Mercury Cougar lights on a GTO they look out of place. If you sell plan on selling it later it will command a far better price than a custom with a Chevy or Dodge engine in it.

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Its going to be Barrier Blue. Haven't decided on drivetrain yet. That depends on budget. Somebody mentioned sequential taillights i wouldn't change the housings though. I have a rebuildable 428 & 455. It will get the stick probably a 5 speed o/d.

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Boxed the chassis and sprayed it with Eastwood chassis black. Built a body dolly so i can roll it around. Received sheet metal to begin body. Rockers, driver floor section and rear window and package shelf sheet metal. Follow the build and our others on Instagram @Grumpy_German_Garage
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Nice progress. I just went through the same process of boxing in the frame on my '66. Interesting to see that your frame differs from mine in the area where the front section is welded to the side rails in the mid section.
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Tackled the inner and outer rockers this past weekend. Drivers side so many spot welds were never penetrated from day one. Passenger side they made sure that was on. Goodmark products. Very good quality in shape and metal thickness. Floor pan was also a really nice piece.
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Passenger side pics. Also the UMI shocks we installed. I'm building this one to handle. Not pro-touring just an all around well balanced driver.
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A little update on my 66 GTO. Welded some holes up and straightened previous butchery on firewall. Decided to see what was hiding on the 1/4 panels. Replace right with the partial and an outer wheelhouse. Fit was pretty good. I also broke out the TIG for this one.
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Rear window panel was extreme butchery. Whoever pop riveted a used section right over the old and let the inner panel flop around. I made it right with a new inner and outer panel. Inner is a lengthened Chevelle. Screws and sheet metal are just there for mock up. A piece was fabricated and fully welded to fill the void. So much better.
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Left 1/4 panel carnage. I knew it was bad. It doesn't even look like they tried. Next order should be here in a few days. Left full 67 1/4, wheelhouse, full trunk assembly, left trunk drop down and the rear taillight panel which just arrived. All from Ames Performance. So im hoping to have it in primer by the end of 4/20.
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That's some great metal work you're doing! Keep the pic's coming. Luv watching here at a distance.

Have you decided on the 428 or 455 yet?

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