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1971 lemans, to clone or not to clone? that is the question

ok so im new to this site again its been a couple of years, so bare with me.

i need a pontiac specialists opionion that is why im here,

ok to cut the long drawn out story out this is what i got.

1971 lemans t37 bought in 2003 sat for a long time, now my car is on its way from washington state to north carolina where i am currently stationed thanks to the military.

my goal was to clone it but now im debating if the long drawn out process of finding parts will be worth the time and investment.

so what i need to know is if it will be worth the time to clone or not to clone, and if you would say yes to clone it, i need a list of the parts from other years that will fit on it. i know i need a whole new front end but i need to know what years will blend with each other and the easiest way to locate these parts.

thank you for your time,

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Whether you clone it or not it's still just a t37. At no point will it technically be worth any more than a t37 would. So do YOU want a clean lemans or a clean "gto" It's your car and money. Can tell you this. You will park next to alot more "gto's" at car gatherings than lemans.

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I vote NOT to clone. T-37's are a lot rarer than GTO's, and could be had with all of the same performance options. Actually they were lighter than the GTO (being semi-stripper cars) and equipped with GTO spec running gear, quicker than a comparable GTO. I can't remember the last time I saw a T-37 on the road, but it hasn't been in the last 2 decades, that's for sure. My vote is for a stong running 400 or 400 based stroker motor and a TH350 or TH400 trans. You'll have a fast, fun sleeper on your hands.
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If it was mine, I would stick with the T-37.
They are rare and appreciated by knowledgeable folks.
If you make it into a GTO clone, the VIN will always tell the truth.

BUT: it's your car; do what you want!!!

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I would clone it to a GT-37, hood pins and a strip and you have one of the rarist pontiacs ever produced.
The GT-37 was the cousin to the Heavy Chevy and both cars are selling for big bucks today.
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05 is right, I would do the GT-37 stripes, that would be really cool and very unique. The 71-72 front parts interchange, the rear and doors are 70-72. I have a Lemans Sport and like said, there are few GTO's at the show now days, and less Lemans, neverless the t-37s and Tempests. If you restomod it, the value is just as much in the end result as the model name. Lets see pics!! Fort Bragg, have fun. I was AF for 22 years, welcome to Fayetnam..

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If it's all there I say keep it a t-37 (or gt37), they are what the the original Judge concept was (stripped down car with a big motor). I love the attention my Tempest gets at the shows and cruises, the non Pontiac guys say whats a Tempest Or hey is that the car from "my cousin Vinnie". I can count only three others i have seen on the road in the last 20 years and one at a show (that wasn't cloned).

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this is the reason that i come to this sight lol. to be honest and i feel pretty stupid i didnt even know a gt37 was a legit car made by pontiac. ive seen one or two before but i always thought people built them to there own likes. thank you 05GTO for the insight. i think im gonna go with that, i already have the car and i will save tones not trying to rebuilt a front end.

so if i build it to a gt37 only the motor tranny and suspension are different then a t37?

i have alot to learn from you folks lol


also how hard is it to go from a crappy automatic to a manual?
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put on Rally II trimless wheels, hood pins, dual exhaust, any V8 and a three speed.(350 2bbl standard, option: 400 2bbl, 400 4bbl, 455 4bbl or the 455 HO). is this correct? or am i way out in left field?
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i would go stroked 400 , cubes and power of the 455 HO with a smaller crank journal for better oiling and less friction, and stronger block than the 455 (and I am), i love the stripe on the gt-37 that would be a cool and unique build, reminds me of the Yenko cars, i think ames even offers the GT-37 badges.

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