Red 1965 GTO hardtop owned by Randy Grimes from Springfield, Missouri. Randy describes his Goat, "PHS documented 65 GTO with 389 Tri-Power and 4-speed. It's all original with exception of the Cragar 15 inch wheels. I still have the red lines and rallys. It does very well at local car shows." CLICK->
Red 1965 GTO hardtop, right side view. CLICK->
Red 1965 GTO hardtop, right rear view. CLICK->
Phil Rooze is installing a late model engine and transmission into his 1965 Tempest. Phil explains, "I traded a small boat and a pickup truck for this 65 Tempest about four years ago. I'm in the process of installing an LS1 and a six speed transmission out of an 02 Trans Am. There has been a lot of modifications, but it should be a fun driver when completed. I'm also converting everything over so it will look like a GTO. I don't really care that it's not a real GTO. If it was a real GTO I'd probably just restore it to stock specs and be done with it. But this setup will be different and a little wild." CLICK->
Phil added a set of exhaust headers. Looks like they fit real well. CLICK->
Phil cut out the floor to accept the 6-speed manual transmission. It fits pretty good. Look at the dash. This is a pretty rare shot of a radio cutout with no radio in there. See the hole where the rightside tuning knob would be? Ever wonder why that right knob's cutout is such a weird shape? I'll tell you why. Most old radios have a tiny screwdriver slot in them just above the tuning knob. The slot is usually unmarked. Anyway, you can stick a non-metallic screwdriver through the odd cutout and into the tuning screw in the AM radio. The screw is used to tune the radio to that car's particular AM antenna. The screw adjusts or "trims" the capacitance in the antenna circuit so the radio will receive signals better. If you have an AM radio that doesn't get good reception, you can probably tune it up. Park the car outdoors out in the open. Just pull off the rightside tuning knob. And pull off the collar that's under the tuning knob. You'll see the radio's "trimmer" screw slot in there. Set the radio for a station in the mid-band. Then adjust the screw in or out for best reception. CLICK->
Jon Radue picked up this 1965 GTO hardtop. John explains, "This is my latest purchase, a very hurtin' '65 GTO. She's gonna need a little more than a fresh battery and a gas can to get her back on the road, but it's the real deal and a pretty color, too. It's unbelievable that this car sat in a wrecking yard for 30 years and never lost its original grab-bar. I plan to restore it using a donor '65 LeMans body, which I haven't found yet." CLICK->
Burgundy 1965 GTO project car, left rear view. I see nothing wrong with this car. Pristine Christine. CLICK->
Blue/purple car I like to call "blurple". 1965 GTO hardtop with a black vinyl top. Joe sends in photos of this car that he brokered a sale on in 2004. Joe says, "This car is in Denmark, Euroupe at this time. I sold her last year." CLICK->
Blue 1965 GTO hardtop, interior view. Hard to tell if it has an automatic or manual. The brake pedal is small indicating that it is a manual, but I don't see the clutch pedal and the shifter seems too far back. CLICK->
Blue 1965 GTO hardtop, engine view. CLICK->
Here is an Annual Pontiac Motor Safety Award bearing the silkscreened signature of John Delorean which was presented to the Engine Plant for outstanding safety performance during 1965. It has the "Green Cross For Safety" logo. CLICK->
White 1965 GTO hardtop owned by William Lobe. What a sharp car. I wish we had more information on it. Lacking any real information about the car, I'll just make some up so the photo caption seems more complete. The car uses gasoline. The United States consumes over 20 million barrels (840 million gallons) of petroleum products each day, almost half of it in the form of gasoline used in over 200 million motor vehicles with combined travel over 7 billion miles per day. I'd say this GTO has not been driven quite that far. Gasoline is made from crude oil, which was formed from the remains of tiny aquatic plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. These remains were covered with layers of sediment, which over millions of years of extreme pressure and high temperatures became the mix of liquid hydrocarbons (an organic chemical compound of hydrogen and carbon) that we know as crude oil. Because crude oil is made up of a mixture of hydrocarbons, refineries break down these hydrocarbons into different products. These "refined products" include gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gases, residual fuel oil, and many other products. Thus the GTO is made from, named for, and consumes quantities of Gas, Tires, and Oil. Gee Tee Oh. CLICK->
Under the hood is a 389ci Tri-power. Lacking any real information about this specific engine compartment, I can tell you that the gasoline is consumed via these three bitchin carbs. Thinking further about gasoline, in 2003, United States refineries produced over 90 percent of the gasoline used in the United States. Although the U.S. is the world’s third largest crude oil producer, less than 40 percent of the crude oil used by U.S. refineries was produced in the United States. Net petroleum imports (imports minus exports) account for 56 percent of our total petroleum consumption. About 50 percent of our petroleum imports are from countries in the Western Hemisphere, with 20 percent from the Persian Gulf, and 15 percent from Africa and 15 percent from other regions. So there. CLICK->
This is a blue 1965 Tempest Custom convertible. The owner tells us, "It was originally purchased in Austin, Texas in 1965. It has been well maintained since. I picked up the car from a fellow that claims he purchased it from the original owner. Since I have owned the car, I have really come to appreciate it. This car drives and rides very nice and gets lots of looks. I call it the "Un-GTO." It is usually the only Tempest around this year at just about any car event I attend." PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
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