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Old 12-11-2020, 11:22 AM
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Default Strangest modifications you made as a kid.

How about the strangest, weirdest or more stupid modifications you made to your Pontiacs as a kid.

I was a tinkerer .... I hooked up an electric antenna motor to my glove box door. Used the driven nylon core of the antenna to open and close the glove box door. I could make it open and close real quick like a berserk giant clam.

I installed a home 8-track stereo under the dash. Bypassed the AC transformer and ran it on the straight 12v DC from the battery ... and it did work for a while.

I removed the front wheel wells cause I thought it would look cool ... it did make working on the exhaust manifolds and changing plugs easier ... but the battery fell out once.


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Old 12-11-2020, 11:25 AM
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I glued a rubber trim around my car's dashboard. Making it look cheap.

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Old 12-11-2020, 11:54 AM
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I had Midas weld in a cut-out on my '62 F-85. Worked fine until the wire rusted in the cable, of course w/the valve in the wide open position. And of course the tickets followed. So back to Midas for new section of pipe. Sadder (and poorer) but wiser........

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Old 12-11-2020, 01:04 PM
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Nothing odd like @dataway did. I added fog lights on my 1972 Nova (first car) and then added a red light under each rear shock mount. I think I added a colored light under the dash too if I remember...which I don't.

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Old 12-11-2020, 01:29 PM
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I don't think I want to confess to these in print

But a couple of them involved the addition of a model T Ford spark coil.

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Old 12-11-2020, 01:57 PM
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Not a Pontiac but my first car at 16 was a '63 Impala that had the radio speaker in the back seat with that metal grille. I rigged up a blue light behind it so I could turn it on from the drivers' seat. I thought that all those little perforations in the grille made the headliner look like a disco club..it didn't but I still had a cool blue light in my car....lol
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Old 12-11-2020, 01:58 PM
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Putting muffler clamps on shock absorbers on my dad's 64 Catalina to jack the back up. My buddy George had a 59 Catalina convertible. We stood in trunk in his dad's garage to hook shocks up springs were so heavy,Then, he put 2x6 lumber under front frames to jack it up! No bs. One time he hit a bump and 2x6 feel out on one side! Oh to be young and foolish or daring!!

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Old 12-11-2020, 02:11 PM
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My cousin bought a windshield washer kit. Filled it with a bleach/water mix, and routed the outlets to spray in front of his rear tires. Stock (at this time) '78 T/A with 2.56 gears. He did some cool burnouts!!

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Did the same as above ^^ however it was filled with Jack Daniels and it came out of a hose in the glovebox.

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Old 12-11-2020, 04:09 PM
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My buddy routed a windshield washer to pump ATF into the exhaust pipe just below the manifold outlet. It made the most incredible smoke machine.

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Old 12-11-2020, 04:17 PM
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Nothing odd like @dataway did. I added fog lights on my 1972 Nova (first car) and then added a red light under each rear shock mount. I think I added a colored light under the dash too if I remember...which I don't.
I remember that one, for a while there were quite a few cars with lights up under in the rear axle area.

I'm ashamed to post this one.
Besides the other horrors .... no fender wells.

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Old 12-11-2020, 04:24 PM
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built a v8 vega out of parts from the junkyard next door. radiator would not fit with fan setup, so we took the grille out and mounted it between the bumper and header panel . our high school auto repair teacher just shook his head.

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Old 12-11-2020, 04:40 PM
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Don't know if this counts as a modification. When i was 18 I had a 68 442 with a bad vinyl top. I ripped it off sanded it down and painted it with semigloss rustolium with paint roller. Actually looked good from 20'. Bought it for $300 and towed it home 15 miles with a chain and a buddy. Ended up selling it for $2000, Wish I still had it loved the body style.

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Sure that counts, I had lots of ill advised painting adventures.

ts3189 ... back in Memphis in the mid 70's a "little person" named Billy Desmute if I remember correctly was the terror of Summer Ave. Had a V8 Vega he would bring to the Krystal drive-in restaurant on a trailer and take on all comers. Sat on a phone book and had blocks on the pedals.

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My cousin bought a windshield washer kit. Filled it with a bleach/water mix, and routed the outlets to spray in front of his rear tires. Stock (at this time) '78 T/A with 2.56 gears. He did some cool burnouts!!
We did this and routed it the same way, only we put traction bite in it and street raced

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Old 12-11-2020, 05:19 PM
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We did this and routed it the same way, only we put traction bite in it and street raced
I too installed a secondary windshield washer pump, with the push button neatly installed on my dashboard. I mounted the spray nozzles just above the rear license plate, spraying up at about 45 degrees and directly behind the vehicle. You might wonder why, and I'll tell you this - when some idiot is tailgating your ass on the freeway, a few shots from the sprayer covers their windshield with water, which pisses them off and they just go around or back off. I called it the "Tail-B-Gone", LMAO

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My cousin bought a windshield washer kit. Filled it with a bleach/water mix, and routed the outlets to spray in front of his rear tires. Stock (at this time) '78 T/A with 2.56 gears. He did some cool burnouts!!
I ran the hose to the rear of the passenger seat. A couple of pushes and they think they wet their pants!

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Old 12-11-2020, 06:08 PM
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I think I got the idea from a Car Craft magazine.
When I got my drivers license, but before I bought my GTO, I drove my mothers ‘73 Delta 88. Rocket 350 , 2 barrel, single exhaust, and highway gears. I ran a flexible drier duct that I duct taped to the air cleaner snorkel down to under the core support. I then duct taped a big funnel to the end. “It’s got RamAir man!”

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Old 12-11-2020, 06:12 PM
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Being a keep it stock guy my craziest mods to a GTO are rather tame to say the least...

1... i once painted the white part of the grill emblem on a 68 goat red instead of white.

2...i once put a red carpet instead of black into that same 68, it had an ivory interior and was solar red outside

I'm still ashamed how I butchered that car.

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My buddy and I put some of the lights that responded to different sound levels under the dash. The whole car would flash to the beat of the music!

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