Here's Stan Kaminski in front of his Flambeau Burgundy 1968 LeMans. With 123,000 miles on it, he is treating the car to a new timing chain and gears. He ended up pulling out the engine and transmission altogether. For the next three weeks he would come home from building cars at a GM assembly line and then go to work on the car. Stan recommends replacing your factory NYLON-coated gears with steel ones. You can read more about his timing chain story in the April 1997 issue of The Legend, the official publication of the GTO Association of America. CLICK->
Here's a side view of Stan's 1968 LeMans hardtop. The design of the rear window usually causes problems with rust to form under the chrome trim. Stan has designed a method to drain away excess water that would normally be trapped under the lower window trim pieces. He fabricated a drain tube system. Small hidden hoses carry the excess rainwater past the trunk area, down to the ground. Smart! CLICK->
Recognize this? Stan was trying to duplicate the perspective of the "GTO" graphic that appears at the top of this web page. He has a mirror-like finish on that '68 LeMans! CLICK->
Here is another photo of the '68 LeMans sent in by Stan. I always welcome more GTO, LeMans, and Tempest photos. See my email link at the bottom of every page. My postal address appears on my MAIN page. CLICK->
Front end view of Stan Kaminski's Flambeau Burgundy 1968 LeMans hardtop. Picture was taken by Steve Kilmer at a local cruise event. Stan has now added power windows and a factory 8-track. Stan adds these comments about 8-tracks, "The 8-track sounds great using my old original tapes. I'm amazed that they sound as good as they do. Just got an old KRACO cassette adapter to play cassettes in the 8-track unit and it works! The cassettes I've recorded sound better yet. Going to try one of those CD cassette adapters (looks like a cassette with a wire to the CD unit) to play CD's thru the KRACO through the 8-track and see how that sounds.
BTW, there were two designs for 1968 factory 8 tracks, one for air conditioning and non-air cars. The AC cars lower duct work required a different front surround pad along with the plastic case. This was due to the duct under the dash. I bought mine not knowing that. Luckily someone had very carefully cut and trimmed the pad and
case to match the contours of the duct.
The 8-track gets more comments at the car shows than anything else on the car. It gets everyone to start telling 8-track stories. I put the carrying case of tapes on the front seat for all to see." CLICK->
This picture was taken on Saturday Feburary 15, 2003. Stan stays they got 24 inches of snow on top of another 8 inches of snow from a previous storm. His Flambeau Burgundy 1968 LeMans is there somewhere. CLICK->
Snow and a LeMans emblem. CLICK->
Find the hidden 1968 NOS LeMans front bumper in the picture. You have 10 seconds. Go! Winner helps install it. CLICK->
Stan tells this story, "This is the NOS front bumper I won on eBay a few months ago. I went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania today and got it. The seller brought it up from Florida during his family visit in Pennsylvania. I took the seat out to make room. He wanted to see my car, hence the bumper rides shotgun. By they way, the bucket seat will fit in the trunk, just fold it down. Just in case you ever need to haul something large home from a car show you can duplicate this very easily to make room for that NOS hidaway setup a guy's wife was selling for $50 while her husband was out looking for other parts at the swap meet." CLICK->
Flambeau Burgundy 1968 LeMans hardtop, trunk view. Stan comments, "Here's the trunk of my 1968 LeMans filled with unbuilt 1968 and 1969 GTO models, that weird yellow four door 1968 GTO TAXI, and a bunch of 8-track players. This was at a car show. It gives the kids something to get excited about. Ditto for Dads. Look carefully to see an original 1968 GTO 8-track supporting the TAXI. The two large looking blue speakers are a battery powered portable 8-track player that separates for use. A KRACO cassette adapter to play cassettes in the 8-track player is shown as well as my very first car 8-track, a MINI 8 that's indestructible. An FM convertor that looks like a 8-track tape is at left. Slip into your player for fine listening FM. The built Carousel Red GTO is the rare 1:32 scale Monogram SnapTite 1968 GTO Judge. No typo, it's a '68 Judge. Somebody screwed up and made a neat collectible GTO mistake. The 1968 dealer sales brochure rounds out the display, opened to a rare 1968 Tempest Sprint convertible in Flambeau Burgundy, the color of my LeMans. The original Batmobile and Munsters Koach lurk in the shadows." CLICK->
Eugene Anderson from Green Forest Arkansas has this 1968 GTO hardtop. He has added a 1969 spoiler on it. Nice touch! CLICK->
Excellent GTO art by Danny Whitfield. He has GTO posters for sale on his web site. He has this print available in his web store at http://www.dannywhitfield.com CLICK->
Every once in a while we see a GTO with the chrome bumper instead of the Endura rubber bumper. Here is a Pontiac letter announcing the availability of the chrome bumper to dealers. This is a black and white image. Check out the price they give. CLICK->
This GTO picture is black and white. This is the large glossy photo that comes in the mail with your packet when you get a 1968 car VIN verified through Pontiac Historic Services. If you are interested in their services, they have a website at http://www.phs-online.com CLICK->
Henry Matos emailed me this image of his 1968 GTO hardtop. It looks like it is Matador Red.