The only time Im in love with this car is when I drive it! As crazy as that sounds. When its setting in the garage collecting dust. I hate that car! But everytime I drive it I fall in love again. I cant go anywhere without ppl saying "hey man thats a badass car" or "I had one of those back in high school wish I still had it". I even had a lady tell me "I went to prom in one of those".
Paying of a truck isn't my primary reason for thinking about selling. My wife wants a storm shelter pretty bad. We lost our home almost 3 years ago to a tornado. Thats how I built the GTO, I took my left over insurance money went out and bought some GTOs and put this together. I even sold my avalanche half way through the build because I ran out of money. I couldnt have a half done car setting in my garage for the rest of my life. With out the tornado hitting and having some money left over. There is no way I could have ever afforded to build this car.
The only other thing I really hate is I want to take it out on long trips for shows like from my house to the Rod Run in Pigeon Forge is about 4 hours. If I break down, most parts stores do not stock these old pontiac parts. For that reason I have really wanted to do a LSX conversion. I know alot of ppl are against that, but parts for those are readily available at any chain parts store. To do the LSX conversion Im looking into about another 3-6k in this car.
I got some thinkin to do I know that for a fact. Thanks guys for your responses. And I welcome more responses. I feel like Im putting one of my kids up for adoption here.
I was speaking mainly of the thought of paying off the Z71 and buying a new T/A or GTO. I just see that as trading an investment for something that will go down in value. The storm shelter is probably a good idea, but I would try to finance it without losing the car. We lost our home in 2010 to a fire, so I know what's that like. I wouldn't wish that on anybody.
.If you are really worried about it breaking down on long trips go buy an alternator, voltage regulator (if it still has one), starter, points/ign module, coil, fuel pump, fuel filter, and a starter and put them in a plastic tote in the trunk. Take a small tool kit and you'll be set. Short of a major engine failure, and that's really the main parts that could put you on the side of the road. You can buy all of that for about the price of a water pump on a LSX engine -lol. I used to do something similiar when I drove my Firebird, my '69 Chevy CST/10, and my '71 GT-37 to Turkey Run and PCB (although I didn't have everything I listed above). I had an alternator fail on the GT-37 and the one that came on the car as a spare in the tote, and it got me home.
Good luck with whatever you decide. I've had several cars over the years that I really, REGRET selling, and I think in time you would really regret selling such a beautiful car. I have dreams that I still own my '69 Firebird -lol. It was a starlight black car with a parchment interior, RAIII, 4 speed, 3.55 posi. I had a new complete interior kit, (about $2800 worth), new radio, gauges, radio, D98 stripes, and tons of other parts new in boxes for my GT-37 that I lost in the our fire. I had the stuff stored in my office and the insurance would not cover it. I decided to sell the GT-37, because I would have had to buy everything again, and I just lost interest. I thought I was done with old cars, but I couldn't stay away. I am just now starting over with the '67 GTO I just found. The '67 GTO is my dream car, so this one is going to be a keeper if I can.