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Finally got my ride

Been driving several different classics over the years, and finally Thursday brought home the one I've truly always wanted. Didn't go financially too far out there with a goat, 1966 Lemans, bodywork and frame all done, 455, original 2 speed powerglide, one leg 10 bolt. Time to start having fun...
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Sharp looking car! I would suggest removing the GTO-clone emblems off the fenders, leaving the GTO hood, and installing a 3 speed TH 350 transmission as funds permit. The real first gear of a TH350 will give the car a ton of performance....night and day. Straight bolt in. Your car isn't a Powerglide....it's a SuperTurbine 300, which is a heavier duty unit and not used by Chevrolet. Your car looks to have nice original interior, too. My first car at age 18 was a '66 GTO 40 years ago....but I always liked the tail lights of the LeMans better. Have fun with it!
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Thank you! I was planning on a 350 or 400, posi in the rear, remove air shocks, taller springs back there and just enjoy it!
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Great plan. Car looks like they used to circa 1980, when they were 13-15 year old used cars. Looks pretty original and unmolested which is a good thing. You should hunt down the missing rocker trim, wheel well trim. and window drip rail trim...it would dress it right up. Looks like it's painted 1967 Regimental Red, which I like better than the '66 Montero Red. Hard to beat the lines of a '66-'67 Pontiac A-Body!!
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Great plan. Car looks like they used to circa 1980, when they were 13-15 year old used cars. Looks pretty original and unmolested which is a good thing. You should hunt down the missing rocker trim, wheel well trim. and window drip rail trim...it would dress it right up. Looks like it's painted 1967 Regimental Red, which I like better than the '66 Montero Red. Hard to beat the lines of a '66-'67 Pontiac A-Body!!
The PO said the body was amazingly clean after blasting, saw the photos, one fender patch, one quarter patch. Dont know yet the paint info, but recent and good quality. I'm going to go for the rockers, wheel well trim, but more a gto look minus emblems.
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Thanks, shock hasn't set in yet, but so happy to have it.
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Sharp looking car! I would suggest removing the GTO-clone emblems off the fenders, leaving the GTO hood, and installing a 3 speed TH 350 transmission as funds permit. The real first gear of a TH350 will give the car a ton of performance....night and day. Straight bolt in. Your car isn't a Powerglide....it's a SuperTurbine 300, which is a heavier duty unit and not used by Chevrolet. Your car looks to have nice original interior, too. My first car at age 18 was a '66 GTO 40 years ago....but I always liked the tail lights of the LeMans better. Have fun with it!
Btw, appreciate the info, superturbine. Been in a Ford for a minute, forgot some details. Will a superturbine hold up to a 455? Street car with some spirited driving. Not a drag car. Was told a '73 455, need to look st the numbers.
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Super Lemans! Mine is a 1966 As well and I have a 461 Stroker motor. Listen to geeteeohh guy on that trans. I did what he recommended to me a few years ago, I took out the super turbine 300...And put in a 350 TH with a shift kit and a dual gate shifter. Really great,bolts right in no drive shaft change needed.

The 350 is a strong trans, but I also added a “Ratchet Diode” put in by Performance Torque Converter PTC,... they build the race converters and transmissions too. They said they put it in drag cars and it would take a thousand foot pounds of torque, and they have not broken one yet.

Butler said my engine would have about 500 to 550 ft lbs of torque, so the 350 can easily take it and may have been ok anyway.

I then put in a gearvendors overdrive, had to put in a new driveshaft and crossmember, but that is awesome as well.

Your car is super, enjoy it, and congratulations!
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Very nice! Nothing like 1st gen!
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