New member here. Recently purchased a restored 66 GTO. Car is in super condition, unfortunately after a moderate run through the gears last Saturday, she began to knock and oil psi dropped (from 60 to 40). Drained the oil and found lots of metal and copper....
Engine is a 1970 400.
She is parked as I weigh my options. I'll start by saying, I am not an engine mechanic. I am considering the following.
1 - have a local engine rebuilder go through the bottom end. Find what is wrong, flush and replace what is needed. I'm having trouble finding a local "Pontiac specialist" in my area, SE NC.
2 - Locate a builder in region. I've found a guy 3 hrs away with a great reputation. There is even the potential of a 428 replacement engine in the mix with this option.
3 - Go all out with an engine from Butler or Central VA machine. They could use my block, heads (edelbrock RPM) etc. and put together a super goat engine. Obviously this is the high end option$$$
Looking for opinions and advise to get her back up and running strong. I know Butler has a stellar reputation and I have heard good things about CVM. Butler is about 11 hrs away, CVM is about 4 hrs.
I am new to the forum, constructive advise is sincerely appreciated.