Originally Posted by curtis.smith68
So this is the beginning. I'm as green as a blade of grass in April when it comes to forums but I wanted to find a place to lay down my experiences and progress with this unique personal project. I'm sure there will be many who will cringe at what i've done but I wanted to make this car my own. I wanted to merge modern tech with old-school muscle and the raw brutality that I find in my definition of a true muscle car. GTO's are arguably the first true muscle car and there are plenty of other's who own "Pony" cars that would beg to differ. I love this car and I appreciate what Delorean was trying to do in the mid-late 60's with this car. He appreciated the style of Eruo cars but wanted to merge it will the large size and power that became the GTO. Maybe I'm wrong there but that's my opinion from what I've read.
I'm going to take that and run with it. Unfortunately my budget is not limitless but i feel I am able to make some good compromises. I would love to have the ability to throw in the absolute top of the line products and make this car everything I have ever dreamed of but I don't and I can't. However, i have made some quality decisions and have been extremely satisfied to date...
Enjoy... Below is what I was starting with...
No, nobody is going to cringe on this forum as we welcome all aspects of "what we do" to our rides, from 100 point restorations to rat rod style. Most preserve the image of the Pontiac with keeping it Pontiac powered. Some go the LS swap, but I am one who scorns with sacrilegious
(gross irreverence toward a hallowed thing) abomination
(a feeling of disgust or hatred) as it is a slap to the face of such an iconic automobile, and because it was the Pontiac engine that created the image that all have come to know.
However, I am no purist by any means and fall heavy towards the hot rod camp and understand the LS swap - just don't care for it when there are plenty of Pontiac engines available to build. The saying here is, "its your car and build it the way you want to." I considered doing a "Mad Maxx" version of my '68 Lemans - gutted interior, roof spoiler, removing the rear glass/window shelf/trunk lid and inserting a large round "gas tank," roll bar, truck bolt-on fender flares, zoomie header pipes coming out below the rocker panels, dummy blower set-up, matte black, etc..
Instead going the mid-seventies look based more on a drag racer, 455CI, 5-speed, Ford 9", tunnel ram with dual quads, velocity stacks, zoomie header pipes, one piece fiberglass flip nose, stripped interior, roll bar, jacked up in the rear, 12" wide tires hanging out the wheel well, matte black, etc..
So ask all the questions you need and be sure to post pics as the build progresses. It's all about ownership and enjoying your ride.