Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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bottom line is... having been a factory 4 spd Judge, you will most likely be leaving too much on the table, changing exterior color. On an auto '70 Judge, that is NOM, the change to atoll blue would not been a big hit in perceived value.
as far as original stamped engines go, I've examined too many partial VIN stampings on Pontiac blocks that the the last 2 or three digits were never struck very deep while the entire string was in the gangstamper. Also know of quite a few instances where fairly rare blocks were sourced that originally were installed in same asm plant, exact same time of year Pontiacs, and decades later are now in very close dated same orig assembly plant built GTO's, Judges, TransAms. The above average local yokel "GTO guy" that would make a snide comment at a local show, isn't smart enough to know the fine points, I wouldn't give him the time of day, most of them are near clueless when it comes to the overall picture of the hobby.