History: My Uncle died a few years ago & his wifw gave me his 1966 GTO. He bought the car at a local Pontiac dealer,(dealership sticker still on bumper), & used it as his daily driver for many, many years. I never really kept up with him on what was ever done to the car, re: engine rebuild, body rust repair that sort of stuff. I know the 389-4 bbl. has been rebuilt at least 1 time. He picked up a tri-power for it 2 years before he passed away, but was never happy with it for some reason or another. As far as the body go's, I call it a "20 footer"....Looks great from 20 feet away. The prep work was done correctly, as no rust has popped thru, but the block sanding was not done correctly & is a bit on the wave'y
side. The deal when I was given the GTO by his wife was, The car is not in the will, but I know he wanted you to have it. I'll sign the title over to you under one condition, You can NEVER SELL this car, It must stay in the family, (14 year old son crawling up my a*s to get it ready for him). I know why she said this, I had 4 Plymouth 'Cuda's in my life. The last was a '74 in near perfect condition. I got married, had a kid, bought a house, you know the drill.... Had no cash so had to sell. got it for $2 grand, sold it for $9 grand. Now this was pre Barrett-Jackson times & if I knew then what we all know now, I would never had sold it. Anyway, The GTO has been sitting for 2 years now in my garage with the engine out. I'm not even sure the engine can be bored out any more & don't want to sleeve the cylinders, so I'm thinking on the lines of a 350 crate motor or something to that order. I'll be keeping the 389 & rebuilding it at some point in the future, but for now I want to just get it out for cruising & have a reliable running car for the boy when he's ready for it. Here's the really big reason I came back to this forum (joined quite awhile ago), I was thinking on the engine replacement yesterday & I know what I want to try... I want to drop in a late model 6.0L GTO engine w/6 speed manual trans. My question to you guy's is: Is this possible? Has anyone here done this? The guy that I'm going to talk into attempting this is quite qualified when it comes to engine's, he worked with Tim Richards & Joe Amato during the glory years of Amato Drag racing. He even ownes a late model GTO himself. Anyway, I didn't know how to search for this information on the forum, but I'll try snooping around to see what I can find. Well, that where I'm at, What do you think? BTW: one thing, I did mention that the car can never be sold so please spare me the " your killing the value of an original classic car" song. It really doesn't matter to me what it's worth if I can't sell it & I don't even think the '66 GTO commands all that much at auction anyway. I'm just looking for a nice running, reliable cruiser with a little balls. Comments? Criticism? I would really like to hear from both sides.