This was the featured Picture Of The Week for 2/22/98. It is not a GTO, but a one-year product called a Custom-S. This vintage Pontiac Custom-S has been owned by Phillip Mark Rodriguez since 1981. Mark says: "I tell people it's a Custom-S and they say "a what?". I say you know the Tempest, LeMans, and they say OH Yeah..." Mark's car has the traditional chrome bumper painted body color to resemble a GTO. The paint color is anything but traditional! CLICK->
A different one. This was Picture Of The Week for 3/15/98. A GTO Royal Bobcat replica. It is owned by Greg Rothermer. 1998 was a wacky year. In 1998, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee was arrested and charged with beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson. Malibu sheriff deputies responded to reports of a disturbance and found Anderson bleeding from an injury to her hand. CLICK->
This is very cool artwork from a 1969 GTO Funny Car box. This was our Picture Of The Week for 7/5/1998. It was an MPC 1:25 scale model that said BREAKAWAY on the side of the car. Check out the customized hood scoops! It was sent in by Jeff Hamlin from Virginia Beach, Virginia. CLICK->
Yellow 1969 GTO hardtop at a car show. This was our Picture Of The Week for 8/16/98. CLICK->
This was our Picture Of The Week for 1/3/99. This is an advertising card I bought at ebay.com. It shows a '69 GTO & LeMans. CLICK->
This was our Picture Of The Week for 9/12/99. This racer is owned by Rick Unterseh from Arizona. It is a GTO with a LeMans nose on it. He races it about twice a month. Rick tells us the following stats on the car:
The best time to date (as of 1999) is 12.79 @ 106.793.
The car is turning 13.0 during the day and 12.9 at night.
The present combo is:
Engine - Pontiac 400 bored .030 over
cast iron heads
stock hyd. cam with .463/.465 lift 232/242 duration
Transmission - TH400 w/ manual valve body
Hughes 3000 stall conv.
Rearend - 12 bolt w/ 4.10 gears
Slicks - 29.9 x 9.0 x 15
This was our Picture Of The Week for 4/23/00. It is from Eric Zimmerman. Eric and his friend Jim are re-entering the atmosphere after an exceptionally fast cruise.
This green 1969 GTO hardtop was our Picture Of The Week for 5/14/00. The models were added into the picture by Tom Goldasich.
Do you remember some of the events of the year 2000? In May of 2000, the "I love you" computer virus appeared. As of 2004, this was the most costly virus to business, causing upwards of 10 billion dollars in damage. CLICK->
This was our Picture Of The Week on 6/18/00. Randy Thompson owns this 1969 GTO. The car is pure white and has a blue interior. It is based in Rockwall, Texas. Randy says he is the third owner. The car has always been in New Mexico and West Texas. A really nice, clean, and fast running machine. He did a complete engine and under hood restoration. CLICK->
This was our Picture Of The Week for 2/4/01. It is Jeff Klein's '69. Click the picture to see the stats on his fine ride. Jeff commented, "This car was purchased from a small classic car dealer from Madison Wisconsin in 1991. He found it in Texas and had it shipped to him the year before I got it. It was fully documented. I have the Protect-O-Plate warranty papers, and every repair receipt since it was new. The car had a 10+ year old paint job on it. The engine was fine and the interior only showed a little wear. In fact, this picture was taken soon after I got it." Jeff helps keep this web site in tune in his spare time. He also creates games for it, and does some behind-the-scenes programming wizardry. CLICK->
Midnight Green 1969 GTO being sandblasted. Jeff commented, "I took out the interior (except one seat) and most running trim and drove it 60 miles to my uncle, Jim Franko, who did the body work and paint. He took all the body panels off. Every screw came out with no problem - zero rust!. He ground off the paint and I came back and sandblasted the detail areas. I had never sand blasted before. I had sand everywhere on me, even with all the layers of clothes. I figured then why he asked me to blast it. We sealed off the interior to keep the sand out. All the white stuff on the ground and hood is sand." CLICK->
Midnight Green 1969 GTO undergoing a restoration. Jeff commented, "Each piece was prepared separately. All dents pulled, welded all the holes closed, and many layers of building primers and tons of sanding. Jim estimated that he spent 100 hours on each body panel." CLICK->
Midnight Green 1969 GTO undergoing a restoration. Jeff commented, "The car was partly put together with some running lights for a back-roads drive to the Dealership paint booth where Jim worked." CLICK->
Car dealership advertisement showing a GTO. Jeff commented, "When Jim had my GTO at his dealership for paint, the owner took a particular interest in the car. He kept coming out to see the progress. A week later, the owner placed this ad in the local phone book. It looks like a 68 to me." CLICK->
Midnight Green 1969 GTO fresh back from paint. Jeff commented, "We put on the rear bumper and I drove it back to my parent's house, 60 miles away. I kept to back roads, but was trying to stay ahead of a rain storm. I had no side glass, headlights, or wipers." PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
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