Ok, she started life as a base 69 GTO with automatic and black vinyl roof factory AC car.
I got her with an engine built to RAIII specs, an M20 with Hurst shifter, a spoiler and no vinyl roof.
I had the opposite experience in HS. For 800$ I got a 69 that was oringally a RA car 4 speed (I was told), but had a tire 350, and beat TH350, and a non RA hood when I got it. I could bare afford to keep it running a couple of years, its long gone, and I can't find it.
I added the RA bracket, cable, flappers, etc., some appearance touches,
an 8 track-
and with the exception of hood pins, every thing I plan to do appearance wise done. Next I'll work on getting the heat and AC working.
Ok, I went from 14x6 Rally IIs all the way around with p22570s.
I kept those up front.
I restored a pair of 15x7 Rally IIs (take that green party and cash for clunkers, how many of them have keep 4000 or so pounds of vehicle and parts out of the scrap yard. We are the damn environmentalists, not them. Their toxic batteries and power cells filling land fills will be the end of the environment some day.)
the PMD caps are not fitting the 15x7s tight, so the arrowhead caps I had laying around are on for now.
I went with R15 p275/60s. A classic look for muscle in my opinion is taller, wider, and a little more sidewall in the rear compared to the front. You gain about 1.5 inches in diameter/ .75 in height, 1.8 inches in width, and .25 inches of sidewall in the rear compared to the front in this combo on these rim sizes.
Just the look I was going for, plus a couple hundred less rpms at cruising speed.
Have not had the wife, spare, and all the kids in the trunk, and hit bumps at speed, but think I am going to be OK. (you know what I mean, wife and three kids get seats, spare in the trunk)
My "Day Two" look I was going for is complete.
I know the hood scoops, hood tach, and spoiler are suppossed to be body color.
I know it is supposed to be 14 inch rims all around, no trim rings for a Judge, and PMD caps in back (which if I get them to fit tight will put on),
I know it is not supposed to have "GTO 400 CID" gloss black stickers and gloss black The Judge stickers on the spoiler, extra stickers on the rear window, the split exhaust tips, etc.
should be a blacked out front grill, etc.
Not going for a factory correct show appearance. Going for the look you had in the 70s and 80s when you got your hands on one.
She is not set up for speed on the drag strip, and is no valuable true Judge, and not restored to museum show winning standards. but its a real GTO I am putting like 500 miles a month on. If it was any of the three types I mentioned, I doubt people would drive it so much. I drive it at night and in the rain if need be. I can't say it is my daily driver, but once i get the heat fixed, ac fixed, gauge lights working again, and the wiper switch 100 percent instead of 90 percent reliable- it may be getting more than 500 miles a month.
these are not balloons, these are how old school muscle looks
ok, maybe I do need hood pins,
but that will be the last thing for appearance. I swear