Hey everyone, my name is Scott and my dad and I are the proud owners of a 1970 triple black 4-speed Goat! We've had the car for 12 years and bought it right after a complete frame-off restoration. I'm currently 20 years old, so this was the car I grew up on...stirring up a love for classic (and modern) American Muscle! I've had lots of good memories in that car...all the thumbs up from passing drivers, dad laying down two dark strips of rubber as we pull away from the house while my mom just stood there shaking her head, learning the basic ins and outs of how to work on a carbureted motor, learning how to drive stick on it, etc. My dad recently passed away at the age of 58 in September. He fought an 8 year long battle with cancer and it finally got the best of him. This GTO not only symbolizes the lasting memories I will have of him, but it's something that helped me build a strong bond with my dad. Unlike my dad, I'm not too much of a sports guy (although I do like football) so this car was something we could both enjoy together.
Anywho, now that I'm the proud owner of this GTO I want to maintain and drive it as much as possible. Putting a list together of stuff i want to do/needs to be done on the GTO looks a little like this:
Needs a tune up--spark plugs, fuel filter, oil change, carb/choke adjustment, (am i missing any other key components on a tune-up??).
Needs new tires (still running on the same tires we bought it with 12 years ago
) Rears are 275/60R15 and Fronts are 215/70R15. Are these stock size tires? I don't think so, but if you have any recommendations for tire brands and/or sizes throw them out there.
Inspect sway bar bushings.
Replace the diff fluid to keep the Posi happy.
Also, once it's warm and I turn it off, sometimes I go to restart it and nothing happens. Turn the key and I get no cranking, almost as if it's dead. After a few more on and off cycles it'll crank and start right up. I'm thinking it's the mechanism in the steering column not picking up when the key is being turned. Input on this would be appreciated as well!
Anything else you guys recommend as preventative maintenance??
I look forward to your input and any advice you guys have for me.