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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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65 Tempest into GTO

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Greetings from Turkey

There is a 65 tempest 4 door here and i want to restorate and transform it into GTO,
So, i'm waiting for your opinions and helps
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Pontaics in Turkey....cool, welcome to the Herd. well they never made a 4 door GTO and the frames are different so you can't make it into a coupe or hardtop 2-door, but a nice clean 4 door Tempest would be cool in it's own right, mine started as a gto clone but was so intact i decided to keep it a Tempest with a little punch under the hood....and a few of the iconic gto touches







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Howdy and welcome...

Well, there never was, at least not to my knowledge, a 4-door 65 GTO from the factory so that'll make it easy for people to identify your car as "not a real GTO" - if that matters to you. So, consider that before you spend lots of money on all the various emblems, trim pieces, and other visual GTO cues that you'd need. However, there's no reason at all not to give the car a "GTO spirit" like Brian (Instg8ter) has done with his Tempest by building a strong Pontiac engine/drive-train and also upgrading the suspension and brakes so that it -performs- like a GTO.

It's your car though, so it's your call.

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I think a quadra port GTO clone would be cool. Would you go for 100% stock resto look to make the purists question thier own sanity or go for the pro touring vibe where you could spank all those that would dare laugh?

Love the international flavor this site is getting.

Are there any other American cars in your country? Do you belong to any car clubs over there? Getting parts for these cars here is difficult, I could'nt imagine what even simple stuff like brakes and shocks and ignition components would take for you to procure much less the sheetmetal and engine components.
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Welcome to the herd!!
I know many people that were stationed in Turkey in the AF. They say that the Turks can build you whatever you need. Buddy needed a muffler, and they made a muffler.. Sounds like a cool project. You could just throw a GTO hood on it and leave it a Lemans.

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I've seen home-spun GTO station wagons (Tempest's with a GTO front grille and hood) along with a bigger engine...pretty cool, actually. How about a Tempest with a European Grand Touring flair: 4 door car, performance suspension, performance engine/transmission, and a GTO hood and grille/emblems? It would be a practical, 4-door GT car....and get looks, too. Bear and the others are correct: never was a 4 door GTO in '65.....
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He lives in Turkey, nobody will notice or care that its a 4 door. All you need is the grille, the hood, and some emblems, unless you want a bigger engine.
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Yeah, ya know, a Tempest is cool in it's own right.

It is a Pontiac after all.

All A-bodies are pretty much the same under the skin. It's your car build it your way.

That's the fun of it to me, individualizing your car to suit yourself, not others.
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...heres a 4 door i would'nt mind sporting around...i thought it was the coolest car at the show , i gravitate to cars that are individualized and not just another one of the bunch.

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if it was an olds you could make a 4442.


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