Thursday, October 7, 2021

Vmroom!

Seen last night:


1964 GTO.  What caught me was the three carbs on the 389 V8.  The owner basically took it down to bare metal and built it back up again, and he did a nice job.

This is the car that started the Muscle craze.  Basically, John DeLorean took their second gen Tempest chassis and dropped a big block Bonneville engine into it.  Pontiac initially planned a production run of 5000; they actually sold 32000.

 

14 comments:

Glen Filthie said...

That is one they need to resurrect - along with the Judge engine...

Cederq said...

I had a 1963 Tempest Station wagon and a friend had a '63 GTO that had been rear ended. I bought the car from him and placed it's engine and tranny in my SW and placed all the Goat badges on it as well as the floor shift and bucket seats... It turned a lot of heads, it didn't have the 389 V8 with the tri-dueces in it but it was a big block. The bodies were identical except for the trunk... I use to tell people it was a "concept" grocery getter.

libertyman said...

Little GTO
You're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed
On a three eighty-nine
Listen to her tackin' out now
Listen to her whine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up
Blow it out, GTO

[Chorus]
Wah-wah (Yeah, yeah, yeah, little GTO)
Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah (Yeah, yeah, yeah, little GTO)
Wah-wah (Yeah, yeah, yeah, little GTO)
Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah (Yeah, yeah, yeah, little GTO)
Wah-wah (Yeah)
Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah (Little GTO)

libertyman said...

They don't write songs like that anymore.

doubletrouble said...

Had a bud, years ago, who had a ‘69 GTO, tri-power set up & all. Nice machine, but it fell into the ‘no maintenance’ black hole. AND, he refused to sell it. It killed me to watch it rot away…

Old 1811 said...

The Goat (as we called it back then) was an iconic muscle car, but was it the first? The '65 Olds 442 ("442" stood for "400 cubic inches, 4-barrel carb, dual exhausts") beat it out by a few years. (And to throw in a what's-the-world-coming-to story, in 1987 I was taking a course at a local community college when I mentioned to one of my classmates, who was about 15 years my junior, that I'd seen a '68 GTO on the street that morning. He replied, "That's a car, isn't it?" If I'd said a "'68 Goat" he'd still be wondering what I was talking about.)

libertyman said...

As I recall, Pontiac was the first - that is a 64 GTO in the picture - then Chevy in 1966 with the SS396 then Oldsmobile then Buick later. I think that was the order as the muscle car genre was born.

I will have to get my high school yearbook out as we had a picture of the cool guys with their muscle cars. ( I, of course, was not in that picture!)

libertyman said...

Actually Olds started the 442 in 1965, then Chevy in 66. My memory did not serve well. I think the Buick GS400 came in 67.

Old 1811 said...

Libertyman, you're right; the Goat beat the 442 by a year. I guess my mother forgot to tell me that part. Thanks for the correction.

Brad_in_IL said...

Hey 'Patch ...
Here's quite the coincidence ... few days ago I stumbled upon a channel called "Hagerty" ... and his time lapse video on a 389 TriPower rebuild. I watched it at 3/4 speed.
Here you go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpEzczHlmBQ

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BigCountryExpat said...

DeadDad had and fully restored the first year 1962 Pontiac Grande Prix... I blegged aboot it a waaay back. 3 feet longer than a B-Body Modren Station wagon, and was a two door... 389 Tri-Power, which only went on for car shows, otherwise we used to swap out for a standard 4bbl. The 3X2? Gallons per mile man.... good memories and times.

Old NFO said...

I had a 66 Goat, Tri-power, no air, no power steering. Won a lot of races with that car. Didn't stop worth a damn though... LOL

Will said...

High school buddy had a '65 GTO. 4spd, 389 tri-power. Supposedly box stock, as it held the NHRA record for it's class. IIRC, A second quicker than the prior record holder. Tear-down showed it met all specs. The only mod we found was the linkage for the secondary carbs was soldered or brazed closed, so those carbs opened sooner than normal. He bought it from the racer as it was in '69. Drove it for a year or so, and then traded it in on a new 350 Nova. Offered it to me for $1100, but I had too many cars, and couldn't sell anything quick enough.

That car just stomped all over any 4bbl GTO he ran against. Philly area.