Surprised this has not been brought up - a suggested reading list for us Pontiac enthusiasts. Let's list any books, journals, factory literature, CD's, or other printed materials tht may be of value. And, it does not have to necessarily be Pontiac specific if it can be applied to out hobby, like suspensions, transmissions & clutches, rear ends, etc..
Hopefully an administrator will see this and give it a "sticky" so it is readily available and can be added to over time.
First off has to be your factory build sheet for your car from PHS
(Pontiac Historical Services). Don't guess if your car is original or what it was ordered with, KNOW that it is original and has all those items it came with from the factory (or not). PHS Historic Services
PO Box 183251
Shelby Twp, MI 48317
FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL
(Sometimes called a chassis manual). Get one for your year car. Sure you may not be a mechanic and you may not even want to work on your car, but someone else will. It'll help whoever does work on your car, and it can help you to understand what your car needs or what the repair is by the shop/person doing the work.
These manuals can be had as originals, reprints, or in PDF format on a CD where you can veiw a page or section and print out only what you need. Prices will vary, so check around for the best deal.
Faxon Auto Literature
- Original, reprints, CD's (I have purchased CD's here) Search
The Motor Bookstore https://www.themotorbookstore.com/se...?query=Pontiac
(Wow, they have some great prices on manuals & CD's) https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...r+manual,10335
Year One https://www.yearone.com/Catalog/1964...ory-literature
Frank's Pontiac Parts
(Looks like Frank's has gotten into the literature business too) https://www.frankspontiacparts.com/n...iacmanuals.htm
You will also see additional GM manuals or brochures that will include your vehicle or is specific to your year vehicle.
ENGINE BUILDS & PERFORMANCE
Pontiac Heavy-Duty Parts & Specifications
by H-O Racing. This book is a wealth of knowledge in building your engine. These guys were top of their game at one point. Has all the little tricks you need to know and diagrams showing port work - from street to race. Highly recommended. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-1979-P...oAAOSw~gRVrmpv
Pontiac Musclecar Performance 1955-1979
by Pete McCarthy and John Angles. Another duo that did some serious racing in their day. When I was in my early 20's, they put out a paper covered booklet that had a ton of info and I still have it. This book gives you all those specs you need for each year, engine codes, HP, TQ, cam, carb, heads, rods, intake, build & modifications, tips, etc.. Many photos. Go right to the author himself. I also have the Performance Porting DVD Pete McCarthy Books
How to Rebuild Pontiac V-8's
by Rocky Rotella. Nice basic book in my mind. Step by step disassembly and rebuild showing you the entire process. Lot of insider info and a ton of photos. https://www.amazon.com/How-Rebuild-P.../dp/1613250355
How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8's
by Rocky Rotella. This is aimed at high performance rebuilds and those parts used to do it. This is a little more advanced than the first book, but filled with a lot of photos that can help you pick the right parts for your build if you wanna go with more than stock. https://www.amazon.com/How-Build-Max...a-586696755557
The GTO Association of America's Pontiac GTO/GT-37 Illustrated Identification Guide
by Eric White. This is a great "quick reference" spiral bound booklet. It is tabbed for each year, 1964-1974, and has all the specs for each year - Data plate decoding, paint colors, interior trim colors, engine/trans options, rear axle options, tires/rims/hubcaps - all th good stuff you need to have on your car at your finger tips. B&W line drawings. GTOAA Pontiac GTO/GT37 Illustrated Identification Guide
Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide 1964-1972
, Second Edition by Paul Zazarine. This is one of the best "go-to" books I have and use. 543 pages with tons of photos and illustrations of every aspect of the GTO. I got mine used on Ebay and it has a different cover than Amazon's, so must be reissued. https://www.amazon.com/Pontiac-Resto.../dp/0879389532
Standard Catalog of GTO 1961-2004
by John Gunnell. What? 1961? Yep, the book starts of with the 1961 Tempest - the name and car that would soon change everything for Pontiac. It covers right through to the 2004 GTO. Great color photos. Provides ID numbers, colors, and each car line - Tempest, Tempest Custom, Tempest Lemans, and GTO. Under each car line you get a description of the car, the model number, body style number, body type, factory price, shipping weight, and production totals. Then the next section is ENGINES and again lists each car line and what was standard and what was optional. This is folowed by CHASSIS which gives all the wheel bases, then OPTIONS which list many of the assorted options for each car line, the order number, and the price of the option. The author also lists specific option and presents a percentage of how many cars had that option, like 18.3 percent of the 1966 Tempest line had 4-speed transmissions. Then at the end of the chapter year, is HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES to wrap everything up for that year. Good book to have on the shelf. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Standard+...ref=nb_sb_noss
ROYAL PONTIAC & PONTIAC PERFORMANCE
Milt Schornack and the Royal Bobcat GTOs
by Keith J. MacDonald with Milt Schornack. Great book on exactly what the title says. Milt Schornack looks back on his time at Royal Pontiac and as a member of the Royal Racing team. Milt was the guy who was at the track for the assorted magazine test of the GTO's and was often the driver. Good number of B&W photos. Covers the Ram Air cars and their testing. I really enjoyed it. Lot of history here. https://www.amazon.com/Milt-Schornac...a-648844350913
Glory Days - A Memoir by Jim Wangers
. This is a must have if you get Milt's book. You will learn how Wangers first got hooked up with Royal Pontiac and how he was in advertising and his ways of promoting the GTO. He was the force behind what the GTO was and sometimes against corporate. His drag racing years spilled over onto Woodward and taking the GTO to the street. He eventually left Pontiac and this is his journey from his beginnings to owning his own Chevy dealership. He also took a position as vice-president of Hurst when Hurst was putting out the AMC Rambler Scrambler, Rebel Machine, and the 1970 Chrysler 300-H. He was also instrumental in bringing about cars like the 1975 Mustang Cobra II, the 1977 Pontiac Can-Am, and the 1982 Charger 2.2 package. So it is not solely focused on the GTO. https://www.amazon.com/Glory-Days-Ho...s&sr=1-1-fkmr1
Pontiac The Performance Years
by Martyn L. Schorr. Martin Schorr was the editor and editor director of several of the magazines that featured articles and driver tests on the GTO. This book begins with 1955 and the introduction of the first Pontiac V8. It covers the concept/show cars, the Super Duty Cars, the GTO, Royal Pontiac, the experimental engines, the Firebird, the Trans-Am, and more. 217 pages and a lot of B&W photos. https://www.amazon.com/Pontiac-Perfo...s=books&sr=1-1