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What gets your "goat"? (dislikes)

As much as we all love seeing GTOs being used and showing up at the local haunts there's usually something about certain ones that, well, "get my goat". One of the top 3 is the use of wheels in excess of 16". They visually disturb the profile regardless of their assumed performance advantage. 2 giant hoops become an unavoidable focal point and the eye sees them much closer together than proper rallys or period 15s. Another is cheap steering wheels. I get it, they might have a limited budget or the washer/dryer/fridge puked while parts were being picked, but why that thickazzed $80 wooden wannabe? OEM standard is better, isn't it? Only the gratuitous billet wheel that looks like the big hoops outside are worse than the bargain barn woody. Yet another is a pot luck version of engine dress. Old M/T valve covers with a billet air cleaner, slide on stainless over hoses, wires skewed so bad it looks like a bad plate of pasta. I never comment to those I see with such things as I always remember, "...at least it's out on the road..." or "...glad they're having fun..." but it doesn't make the mix any better on the eyes.

I didn't bother with mentioning LS conversions as there's nice long topic on that, but most take the whole farm, goats and all! So pony up kids, what gets your goat? I'm sure some of you might say "...guys who don't like my (insert any of the above)..." so I just saved you the trouble
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A chevy motor. I have seen a few and just walk away from the car no matter how nice the car looks.


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You guys nailed it. For me, number one is Ghetto wheels (anything over 16") They are in poor taste, and do not complement the lines of these vehicles at all. Like putting a velvet Elvis painting on the living room wall. Clueless. Number two is the long knitting needle 'quick release' valve cover hold downs (looks incredibly stupid), along with the slip-on braided hoses, and number 3 is the Buick engine size call-out on 'restored cars'. An additional one is all the nicely restored '65 GTO's out there with high price tags, but the seat covers are installed with the pattern running backwards. And they're usually PUI covers. Terrible.
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100% agree about to ghetto wheels, I don't even like 16's on a muscle car. I hate the people that can't look at your car without putting their hands on the paint and chrome. I mean you spend hours cleaning and polishing the car, have some fricken respect. Mostly I hate people that use the term "numbers matching" wrong. If it's not the original drivetrain, it's period correct at best. Don't tell me the engine is out of a 76 trans am and then say it's numbers matching.
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Aluminum heads, don't like to see them on classics.
Talk about people touching your car, at the drag strip one day had a bunch of Mexicans (not that that matters) with a ricer car in front of me. One of them while talking on the phone with one hand sets his soda on my car and cracks it open with the other hand sending pop all over the back of my GTO. I went the F*** off on him. About 20 of them come over and start giving me crap, it was awesome, within 30 seconds about 40 other racers came over to defend me and the GTO.
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You guys nailed it. For me, number one is Ghetto wheels (anything over 16") They are in poor taste, and do not complement the lines of these vehicles at all. Like putting a velvet Elvis painting on the living room wall. Clueless. Number two is the long knitting needle 'quick release' valve cover hold downs (looks incredibly stupid), along with the slip-on braided hoses, and number 3 is the Buick engine size call-out on 'restored cars'. An additional one is all the nicely restored '65 GTO's out there with high price tags, but the seat covers are installed with the "" pattern running backwards "" . And they're usually PUI covers. Terrible.
painted bumpers ..what are they thinking ..oh yeah my seat covers are backwards ........but there from Year One
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LOL. I very much dislike seeing a gto motor or any classic car with "universal" radiator flex hoses. they look like crap on an engine and put unwanted stress on the radiator necks. you can buy the correct formed hose for damn near any engine ever made. and for a custom application, you can go to an auto parts store n find one that will work. you might have to cut off a section. as hideous as they are, I still see them on engines.ughhh.
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oh yeah, these "billet" engine pulley kits look like crap also. stock painted black like they are supposed to be is what I like to see on a poncho motor.
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LOL. I very much dislike seeing a gto motor or any classic car with "universal" radiator flex hoses. they look like crap on an engine and put unwanted stress on the radiator necks. you can buy the correct formed hose for damn near any engine ever made. and for a custom application, you can go to an auto parts store n find one that will work. you might have to cut off a section. as hideous as they are, I still see them on engines.ughhh.
THAT irks the $hit out of me! Flex hoses are temporary fixes at best and have no permanent place under the hood. I've seen this on more cars than just GTO's and I walk away. It tells me that someone doesn't care to "get it right". Worse... When I see these car restoration shows use them. They don't say they're using them, but the end up in the final build and you see them when they're showing off the finished product. Grrrrr!

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A couple of times at open car shows I've heard people comment about my car that it's not a real GTO because it has a post....
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