Originally Posted by Todd J Sullivan
I was looking at a 1969 GTO restomod clone that was advertised as a Lemans the other day. I made an offer ($6,500/it runs.... with no rust), but was confused by the wing window.
After running the body tag numbers and some research, it turns out to be the 200th Pontiac Tempest Custom S with the 350 4 barrel. It has the GTO hood and front fender with a funky wing on back.
From some fast reading, it looks like only 7,600 of these were produced in this configuration. Interior is stock, with buckets and center console/auto 400.
So, I was going to just have fun with it and mod it to what I wanted since it was a clone anyway. Now.... crap. Confused.
Any thoughts out there???
The seller may know where the original motor is.
PS: it does come with the original nose and hood.
There is no way to tell from a body tag or from the VIN, that the '69 Custom S received the 350 HO engine. I'd hazard more '68-72 350 2 bbl Pontiac A body's have received 4 bbl intakes and carburetors than 389 4bbl GTO's were "upgraded" by owners to tripower setups. A very common swap and have actually provided date matching '70 and '71 intakes, Qjets,and dual snorkel aircleaneds for just such swaps. '69 Custom S 2 door hardtops....have owned 4 hardtops and two Custom S converts. One of the verts was solid enough to leave here with the body shell intact. The other vert's LH quarter panel, rear trunk panel, doors, and repaired deck lid made their way into GTO restorations.
Disagree with the years old original poster's post that the '69 Custom S was somehow the result of the stillborn ET concept. The ET concept was built off a 2 door Coupe LeMans, and built to test against base equip '68 Roadrunners @ the GM Proving Grounds. The ET concept, equipped as a pkg with 350HO engines, was a relatively bare bones performance vehicle, as an exercise. Built to study the feasibility of a bare bones bones Performance Pontiac to battle in sales with RoadRunners, SuperBees and other entry level muscl. . Some like to see the ET as the impetus to the '69 Judge, though quite a few of us disagree, & no GTO's were going to be be built as Coupes without GTO hoods and with 350 Pontiac engines. Delorean made sure of that... before he left Pontiac to head Chevrolet. A shuffled trim level '69 LeMans built with a base overhead cam6, a Sprint6 , or a 350 2bbl is not what the ET was conceived as.
On the primered project car in Florida...I'm out on about anything out of Florida or any southern gulf state without personally inspecting said vehicle while up on a lift. Many years ago, shipped a lot of nice sheet metal to restorers in Florida, they would have been better off heading west and buying much more solid cars.. Most of what is being thrown together down there, today, is puppy mill junk, buyer beware.