Your Ride: 1969 Pontiac GTO
When he was a senior in high school, our reader Chris came across the prettiest Pontiac he had ever seen — a 1969 GTO. Like any gearhead, Chris knew he had to have it. So, in 1992, he picked up this stunning machine and never looked back. After a full restoration, loads of mechanical and aesthetic adjustments, Chris now takes his GTO on the road to show it off for anyone curious enough to take a look. Read his full story here:
How did you acquire your ride?
I have owned my 69' GTO since 1992 when I was a senior in high school. I had a welding class and I had to travel to a different school each day. My friend Jason spotted the GTO and we talked about it. It looked in great shape and we joked about it being for sale and costing only$ 3,500. Sure enough, we went and looked at it one day and it was for sale and for $3,500 shockingly!
My Dad and I came back and test drove it and were hooked and had to have it.
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What drew you to it when you bought it?
The looks and styling of the 69' GTO'S, especially the hood scoops and of course the 400-inch power plant under the hood!
Does it have a name?
Of all the years I have owned it I have not really named it. I call it my "Ol' Goat" typically or "Rompin Stompin Poncho"!
What do you feel like when you drive it?
It feels great, I have taken it to several shows and drag races including the Tiger Run in Oregon and won 1st and 2nd places in the modified class! I have had numerous people tell me they had one just like it and to never sell it. One memory I have– I was driving it one day and a guy rode up on a motorcycle and scared the crap out of me by just sticking his head in my car and yelling awesome car and don't sell it!
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My Dad and I have owned several Pontiac's over the years and have been to several of the All Pontiac shows. We have met so many Pontiac greats including Jim Wagners the man behind all the marketing of GTOs in the 60's, Pete McCarthy and his wife and even got head porting tips. Arnie Beswick, Jim Butler, Bruce Fulper, Dave Bischof of SD Performance, and so many others. One year at the Tiger Run in Bend Oregon, I spoke to Jim Wagners and he autographed the under side of my trunk lid and there it remains till today as a great reminder of the awesome man!
What you would change about your car, if anything?
Always the need for more pontiac power! I would love to change the cylinder heads to some ported Edelbrock's and add a Victor intake and possibly a roller camshaft!
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What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
I have done quite a bit to my car over the years during the resto. The car now has a 70' 455 bored .60 over to a 468 with ported #96 heads with the heat cross over filled and a port matched Torquer 2 intake and a modified Holley 850 carb. The valve train consists of a Comp Cam's 300B6 solid camshaft with 600 and 610 lift and 300 duration and a 106LSA, the pushrods are comp cams hardened pieces and the rocker arms are Norris stainless steel 1.65 ratio and it's topped with a Comp Cam's stud girdle for the ARP screw in studs.
The pistons are TRW forged flat tops with file fit plasma moly rings, the rods are factory units that have been beam ground smooth, shot peened and had the beams polished. The heads and bottom end are both studded with ARP studs. The oil pan is a Canton 7QT with baffles. The Transmission is a built up TH400 with a deep aluminum pan and a Continental 10" 3200 stall converter along with Aeroquip teflon lines leading to a tru cool max 4739 45000GVW cooler with AN fittings, the driveshaft is a Denny's Nitrous ready 3.5" chromoly unit with a Mark Williams chromoly slip yoke, the pinion yoke is also a forged unit and all held together with Spicer solid body 1350 series u joints and I also added a trick bolt on Caruso Performance driveshaft loop for safety.
The exhaust consists of ceramic coated hooker super comp headers with the flanges trimmed around each port for better sealing and looks, full 3" aluminized mandrel bent Torque Technologies exhaust with a DR. Gas X pipe and stainless Pypes Race Pro mufflers. The rear end is an 8.5 10 bolt with 4.10 gears and bolt in axles and a support cover, the suspension consists of BMR adj upper control arms, Indian Adventures adj lower control arms, hotchkiss 2' lower springs in the rear and HO springs up front and Koni SPA1 shocks, Hotchkiss frame strengthing bars, HrpartsNstuff adj anti roll bar with heim joints. The fuel system consists of a factory tank modified with a 1/2" pickup and -8 fuel line and a Mallory Comp 140 fuel pump and regulators and filter. I also added an NOS Cheater adj 100- 250HP system for some extra kick!
I have 3 sets of rims, 1: Weld Pro Stars 15x7 and 15x8 with BF Goodrich 275/60/15 rear and 235/60/15 fronts, 2: Center Line 15x8.5 and 15x3.5 with Mickey Thompson Drag radials 295/55/15 and Mickey Thompson sportsman 8 ply skinny's and 3rd is Center Line 15x8.5 with Hoosier 28x11.5x15 Quick Time Pro tires! As you can see I have done a lot to my car and still going with it!
Dream accessory for it and why?
I would love to have an Indian Adventures IA2 535" motor with wide port edelbrocks making 700 horsepower on pump gas! It would be the ultimate combo and could be driven anywhere! Best of all it's all true Pontiac and would make for some tire shredding torque most definatly! Love the Pontons! As you can see from the pics the car was blue when I got it and now is Red!
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