Love the story. Can I share one too. Had a 64 post LeMans back in the 90's which I had cloned to look alot like my Conv. Marimba Red, Black vinyl roof, But I Didn't put a real 64 GTO hood on. To hard to fine and already up the 1,000 to 1,200 dollar range. So I put what I called a 64 & 1/2 hood on it. 65 GTO scoop welded onto the LeMans hood. Only seen about 4 of them.
Drove it all the time, until my older brother decided he had to have it one day. Like a dummy I sold it to him for 7,000 which is what I had in it. Will about 8 months somebody offered him $8,000 for it so he sold it. Still upset with him to this day about that.
In 2011 on my home from the Portland Oregon, GTOAA Nationals. I had stopping at Nebruska's Pioneer Village on my to do list. Had on my GTOAA Nationals t-shirt. This guy walks up to me and ask what year car I have. 64 of course.. He said him too, but his car as a 65 scoop in it. So I say is it Marimba Red? YES Does it have a Black vinyl roof? YES
Couple more questions and then tell that is my old 64. You know when it lives now. White Pine, Tennessee. And we just both happened to be far from home at the same time. It is a small world sometimes!!!!!!!!!!