This car was inherited in 1987 from a very good friend of mine. Of course it was not running and was 1250 miles away at the time. Other "interesting" items were the $600 mechanic lien and an open title (the last took almost a year to clear up).

To bring it home, another longtime friend of mine, a 22 foot trailer, and a fifteen year old station wagon that had been in storage for two years


left early on Friday, loaded the car on the trailer at 7 am on Saturday, and were back in Orlando at 10 am on Sunday. Only casualty was one rear tire that was found to have separated in Missouri (in the luggage rack).

The wagon averaged 12.5 mpg of 87 PON and crossed the Monteagle pass in Midsummer without breaking 200 degrees.

Reaching home, one of the first things that required work was the wiring. *ALL* of the wiring. Next was the suspension, then the wheels/tires (the only wheel available from the factory was a styled 14x6" one and tires that "were not even safe in the driveway".

As can be seen in the lead picture, it now has 15x8 Snowflakes from a 1978 WS-6 TransAm, 225x70x15 tires in the front and 255x70x15 tires in the rear. The very tall tires in the rear help offset the 3.55:1 four pinion Saf-T-Track differential on the Interstate. At home I have a pair of sticky 245x60x15s for quicker accelleration. The hub caps sport proper 1970 Pontiac PMD emblems.

Next in importance was the factory air conditioner that was not there any longer. In central Florida, air conditioning is a necessity and fortunately the work was done before the ban on Freon went into effect. Four speed and a/c. My kind of options 8*)

Along the way a few comfort and convenience items were added: AM-FM 8 track (car came with AM-8track - FM rock was in its infancy in 1970), full guages, tilt stering with Formula wheel to set off the red interior, and a few other touches.

The hood tach is an interesting piece. When the car came home, there was a tach in the dash, but one of the most distinctive elements of the '67 - '72 GTO was the hood mounted tachometer. Right out in front of the driver and far enough away not to require a change in focus to read, it was a predecessor of the Pontiac Heads Up Displays of the '90s. Still I hated the idea of cutting a hole in a nice hood.

On examination however, it appeared that the hood had been cut out at one point and patched. Careful picking revealed the original factory holes. Opening it up all the way and dropping a fresh flat black factory hood tach in place with the proper wiring was the final touch the car needed.

Under the hood is a medium-tweaked 400 Ram Air engine with slightly lowered compression (for 93 octane gas) and 744 cam to replace the stock 068. Would not recommend the 744 with an automatic but coupled to a Muncie four-speed, it has a nice lope.

Then there was the mystery of the dysfunctional speedometer. Everything was there and when the cable was spun, the needle moved. Then it was discovered that somewhere along the way, the Pontiac Muncie four-speed had acquired a Chevrolet rear housing and the driving gear did not line up with the driven. Happiness.

Being hearing impaired, it was necessary to improve on the stock exhaust. Factory Ram Air manifolds are backed by 2 1/4" pipes back to the pair of cherry bombs. Was a bit too much so I toned it down with the addition of a crossover pipe. Is just about right now 8*).

Final move was to replace the factory drum brakes with single piston disks of the same era to add the whoa to the go.

Cornering was assisted by a 1 1/4" sway bar in the front and a 1" bar in the rear

Fanatics may note that it is nearly identical to the 1970 magazine car - Polar White with the D-50 flat black spoiler and accents. "After a few minutes of repectful silence, you may turn the page."

Is definately the most fun to drive though not quite as good as the Fiero in tight turns and the top does not fall off.

BTW, none of my cars are coffee tables

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