My dad had a '79 T/A when i was a kid, and my first "nice" car was a '99 Formula, which i thrashed to death a few times. So I've always loved Ponchos, but this will be my first goat.
(basically copied my thread in the intro section)
I will be acquiring a '66 GTO hardtop in exchange for assembling my father's-in-law '69 GT500 clone.
The car was originally Teal Turquoise Metallic with Dark Turquoise interior, to which i will not
be returning. The midnight blue and black interior look too good to change.
The 389 was long-gone when we got the car in 2013 in favor of a 350HO out of a '68ish buzzard(according to the block casting). Since it's not original, I feel no moral obligation to keep a Poncho engine in it. There's a remote chance I may build a 455 with a roller cam and a Holley EFI conversion(like I did with my BBC '74 K20), but my better judgement and all my experience with new and old engines points me in the direction of a big-cube LS/T56 swap with QA1 suspension. As cool as it would be to see a Poncho under the hood, I'm going to be putting a lot of miles on the car, and LS engines are just too friggin good to really entertain any other option for this purpose. However, the suspension will come a lot sooner than the engine swap, since the 350 isn't exactly a turd omelet with the Muncie behind it. I explain my standpoint on LS swaps pretty clearly here on post #238 >>https://www.gtoforum.com/f178/ls-swa...9/index24.html
I'm seriously thinking about sticking the 350 in my Camaro so I can go to car shows and jokingly tell the Olds 403 T/A guys that my Chevy is more Poncho than their Poncho..... not really, but i'll think about it and chuckle out loud.
It is a non-A/C car also, which I will be correcting with a Vintage Air setup. If someone knows of a better option though, I'm all ears.
It was this color when we got it, and he had it resprayed in the same color. The prep work was crap though, and rust is starting to pop up around the trim and on the door bottoms. It's still a good 20-footer though, so I'm going to wait until I can take it all the way down and do proper prep work. I'm still undecided regarding keeping it midnight blue or just going to black. It almost looks black anyway unless the sunlight hits the metal flake.
I want to get a set of 17" Rally wheels for normal driving and a set of staggered 15x10 & 15x8 Cragars to take to shows. I'm well aware I'll have to make room in the back for fatter tires. I may love modern tech, but I'm rarely
a fan of modern-style wheels on classic cars/trucks.