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Nightwatch Blue 1965 GTO convertible, right rear view. CLICK->
Red 1965 GTO hardtop owned by Jimmy Hicks. CLICK->
There's a Tripower under the hood of Jimmy's Red 1965 GTO hardtop. CLICK->
Here's a close-up of that Tripower engine. Jimmy tells us that he just added the Tripower setup. He's looking for air conditioning components now. CLICK->
Let's just allow Kev Slaalesen to describe his latest purchase, "Here's a picture of the Tempest Pickup I just.. picked up! It's a '65 with the original (optional) 326 & auto trans. The only other factory options were a power antenna & rear speaker (the switches are still mounted on the dash). It was a 4-door, and sports it's original paint (black) with red interior. The (previous) owner bought it back in '79 and pretty much just chopped the back half off down to the frame and then fabricated a homemade pickup box onto it. He used it seasonally to haul all his firewood from way out in his backyard, up to his house for the winter..." CLICK->
Kev continues, "It has a flip-up rear window, almost like an old Ford Model T. Notice the side-mounted gas tank behind the left rear wheel! It runs & drives great. I'm thinking of maybe adding a set of fat tires & Cragar rims, sidepipes, my '66 tripower, and new paint/cosmetics (skull & crossbones?). Hmmm.... endless possibilities.
Kind of looks like...
1. A cross between a Model T pickup, a Jeep, and a '65 Tempest Custom
2. Something that might be found on the old 60's TV show "The Munsters"
3. The Munsters meets The Beverly Hillbillys
4. A classic cruiser that no chick would ever be caught dead riding in.
(And the list could go on..)
But amazingly, my wife didn't throw me out of the house when I brought it home! Which also makes me wonder if they'd throw me out if I ever brought it to a car show?" CLICK->
1965 GTO hardtop owned by Rich Kilar. It looks like it's painted Palmetto Green. Rich tells us, "I bought the car in August 2000. It was down for almost 2 years waiting for a new engine and I finally
got it back on the road in November 2003. I'm currently running 18" American Racing "Classics" wheels. This car has been a great bonding experience for my Dad and I. The car wouldn't be as decent as it is today with out his help and knowledge. He's an old Pontiac guy from when these cars were new. He and my uncle were such hardcore Pontiac guys, that back in 1965 they were building a 55 Chevy running a 421 HO to run at the track!" CLICK->
Palmetto Green 1965 GTO hardtop, right rear view. CLICK->
Palmetto Green 1965 GTO hardtop, Tripower engine view. Rich describes the engine, "The 389 has been replaced by a 440 (455 block with 428 crank). I'm running a 66 tripower setup with one of the newly reproduced aluminum tripower manifolds. I've had the points distributor converted to HEI as well. For now I'm using the stock M-20 to shift gears. The exhaust consists of a 3" X-pipe and 3" mufflers reducing to 2.5" tails. The engine dyno’ed a best of 430 hp and 517 ft-lbs torque running a Pep Boys off-the-shelf distributor and having carburetion issues." CLICK->
The Scott Family sent in this picture of a black 1965 GTO. They tell us, "This 1965 GTO was for sale at a large car auction in Fairfield, Iowa. It has a 64 hood of another car on it to protect the engine. This car was wrecked back in 1965. It only had 8,000 miles on it. It has the original 389 4-barrel under the hood still. All of the original interior is in the trunk. The car sold for $3700 to a friend of ours. That is John Scott in the red hat standing by the car. His GTO's pictures are on this site." CLICK->
Mayfair Maize 1965 GTO hardtop owned by Jim Castiglione from Orchard Park, New York. Jim had this story to share, "I looked for a '65 for six years. My wife found this one through a friend of a friend. She was buried in a field up to the center of her wheels in mud with a tarp over her. I pulled her out and stripped her down. It's been two years of work so far. Total rebuild of the 389 Tri-Power and the four speed tranny. I restored the interior and painted her this past April, 2004. I still have more to do but at least I'm driving and enjoying her." CLICK->
Mayfair Maize 1965 GTO hardtop, front end view. Jim has "Litl GTO" license plates. This one is just like the one in the "Little GTO" song goes - "Three Deuces, a four speed, and a 389." CLICK->
Mayfair Maize 1965 GTO hardtop, left rear view. CLICK->
Mayfair Maize 1965 GTO hardtop with the hood up. That's a Tri-power! CLICK->
Close-up of the Tri-Power engine in Jim's Mayfair Maize 1965 GTO hardtop.