by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
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Red 1969 Custom S hardtop owned by Michael Dudley. The car has been enhanced with a hood from a 1970 GTO. Michael tells us more, "My parents bought this car in 1971. After years of hard driving, the timing gear broke and my Dad parked the car at my Grandma's farm for eight years. The car is still in the long process of restoration."|
CLICK-> Red 1969 Custom S hardtop, left front view. It wears a set of Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires.
CLICK-> Red 1969 Custom S hardtop, right rear view.
CLICK-> Black 1969 GTO hardtop fresh out of paint. It is owned by Mike LaValley from San Jose, California. Mike tells us more, "I am the third owner. I bought it at a wholesale auction in Fremont, California during my Junior year in high school 1981 for $2,100. Its original color was Verdoro Green. I started to bring it to all the local car shows, including Car Craft Nationals just a couple months after purchase. I probably should have listened to my Dad way back when he said to leave it alone. But I was in high school and had to go for the high performance look and engine mods. It ran 12.50s when I ran it at Fremont Raceway on grudge nite back in 1985, where I made it to the final round but brokeout. That was the 2nd and last time it was on the track, but I did plenty of street racing. Interesting story: In high school I met this old guy Don Schlegelmilch (Pontiac Don) that built Pontiac race cars and TH400 Trannys. He built my engine and transmission at no charge. In exchange, I agreed to install and test the experimental trannys he was building. Some mods he tried worked others did not. Most were only in the car for a few days. I R&R'ed 13 TH400's in all. All done on my back laying in his driveway."
CLICK-> This is hot. The girls agree, "The car looks great!" This was taken at a car show in Sacramento, California.
CLICK-> In fact, it looks like Mike cannot keed the girls away from his black 1969 GTO hardtop.
CLICK-> This car is a 1969 GTO with Ram Air 3, 4-speed, and 3.90 Safe-T-Track. Jered tells the story about the car, "My buddy found the car in my hometown of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. The owner actually had a 1968 GTO 4 speed also in the yard. I eventually bought both of them, and later sold the 68. I drove my 69 Goat at least 5 days a week, even through the winter. The paint and body work started to really show, so I saved up through 5 years and reworked the drivetrain, engine (Ram Air 3) M20 4 speed trans, 3.90:1 Safety Track rear. I put on 4 wheel disc, full Eibach suspension, and Coys 18X8 and 18x9.5 wheels, powdercoated dark charcoal. I had the bodywork done in sections and finally painted the car. The interior has also been restored. The car drives and handles perfect!"
CLICK-> Matador Red 1969 GTO hardtop, right rear view.
CLICK-> Jered's 69 GTO has the optional cornering lamps. They come on steady when the turn-signals are on. Check out the big 18x9.5 inch wheels.
CLICK-> Those are some wide 9.5 inch wheels.
CLICK-> Jered shares additional pictures of his Matador Red 1969 GTO hardtop taken in Brooklyn at the Floyd Bennett Field Hangar.
CLICK-> Jered's GTO wasn't the only Muscle in the hangar. Anyone know the make and model of the other two? Looks like MOPAR to me.
CLICK-> Red GTO, Red Plane.
CLICK-> A website visitor named Jack is looking for information on the little-known Heavy Duty Suspension option for his 1969 GTO. He has sent in photos of the air shock setup that came on his 1969 GTO when he bought it in 1988. Jack is looking for the part number and if possible a photo of the original rear Heavy Duty shocks. If you have photos of yours, please upload them via the Self-Upload link on the main menu. These look just like the aftermarket shocks on my first car, a '68 LeMans.
CLICK-> Here is the valve that you put compressed air into - to pump up your shocks. It's on the rear-most frame cross member, right behind the rear bumper. I had an air fillup valve just like this on my car. Although the location was different. Mine was in a hole that had been drilled next to the license plate frame. It was accessed by flipping down the license plate hinge.
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