http://www.v8tvshow.com - Time for the original engine to come out of the car. After we pulled the front sheetmetal and yanked out the engine, we later were able to identify it as a date-code correct 1966 389, although we couldn't find a VIN stamp on the block. The car's VIN denotes it as a true GTO, however. This motor was reported to be a rebuilt unit. We didn't tear it down, but the multiple coats of spray paint indicate it has had a cosmetic, not mechanical, restoration.
1966 GTO Blog #3 - Test Fitting L92 V8, 6 Speed
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Tonight, we bolted the Street & Performance
engine plates and oil pan to the L92 V8 and 6L80E six-speed automatic
combination. We were pleasantly suprised to see that it almost fits the
car without modification, but we will need to do some more test fitting to
1966 GTO Blog #4 - Shifting Gears V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We spent many hours and days contemplating how to
make the giant 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission fit under the '66 GTO,
but it looks like the surgery required will push this car well beyond its
deadline and budget. While it is a cool transmission, the 6L80E is
simply enourmous, and in order to make it fit under the car, we'd have to
cut the entire floor out and fab a whole new tunnel, raise the enigine, and
try to make it clear the hood. We simply don't have the time. So,
after a chat with Mark Bowler of Bowler Performance Transmissions, the
choice was made to switch to a GM 4L65E, a 4-speed automatic trans that is
a much easier fit to the car. But in order to keep the car's original
multi-gear theme, Bowler informed us of a new plan utilizing a Gear Vendors
overdrive unit, a Bowler controller, and a Twist Machine Shrifter paddle
shifter that will allow the driver to manually shift up and down through 8
gears. The detials are to come on this system, but right now we're
working on getting the 4L65E into the car and getting the wiring harness to
work with the L92 V8's ECM.
1966 GTO - Painting The 2-Tone V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The GTO came to us in primer, but we didn't want
it to hit the streets on the Hot Rod Power Tour in boring light gray. So
the decision was made to shoot the car with a fun 2-tone paint scheme of
charcoal and Scarlet red in PPG basecoat to give the car an aggressive,
satin look. Other materials used include lots of 3M tape and mask paper.
Someday the car will receive some new bodywork and a more complete paint
job, but this is the deal for now.
1966 GTO Part 8: Ceramic Chassis Paint V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - After spending time reinforcing the GTO's
chassis, we shot it with a new paint system from Eastwood. The base
started off with their high-build 2-part catalyzed Epoxy Primer, and then
we topcoated it with their new Ceramic Chassis Black in the satin finish.
We used a 3-gun DeVilbiss Startingline HVLP spray gun set to lay down the
chemicals, and the look is outstanding. The Ceramic Chassis Black also
has a very high chemical and chip resistance, so the look should last for a
The Award Winning TV Pilot "Auto Archaeology" explores how classic
automobiles decaying in the backyard of communities all across the country
need to be restored or recycled. By combining historical, environmental,
and financial facts with a comedic sensibility, car lovers, history buffs
and eco-conscious viewers of all ages are in for a treat.
Hosted/Created/Produced by J. Paris
"Auto Archaeology" won the BEST TV PILOT award at the 2009 Cinema City
International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
1966 GTO: Starting The L92 V8 For The First Time! V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - In this installment, the 1966 GTO's L92 V8
finally comes to life! Once we had our Magnaflow Exhaust system connected to the polished ceramic
Hooker LS1 A-Body swap headers, we topped off the fluids with Royal Purple
Synthetic Engine Oil, MAX ATF Transmission fluid, and Purple Ice radiator
additive. We didn't want to risk anything, and the protection of Royal
Purple against heat, friction, wear, and moisture gave us peace of mind.
Plus the reduced friction frees up power. We run Royal Purple in every
car we build and drive. But the real challenge was finding the little
electrical gremlin that kept the MAST -powered ignition system from firing.
It was our fault, and when we fixed it, it came to life in the push of a
start button. The GTO runs and sounds fantastic!
Pontiac 400 Big Block
taking out a pontiac 400 big block engine from a 1966 GTO. Engine needs a
little work. We took it out to put original exhost manfolds on it.
Pontiac Performance Tips from Butler Performance V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Certain engine builders specialize in specific
brands, and for Pontiac power, Butler Performance is in the forefront.
We visited Butler to get the lowdown on the latest in hi-po parts for
Pontiac V8s and to spec out a motor for project "Splitter." Here, David
Butler takes us through the shop and brings us up to speed on the latest in
1966 GTO Blog #5: The 4L65E Transmission Arrives V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We were excited to receive the new GM 4L65E
4-speed automatic transmission from Bowler Performance Transmissions and
test fit it under the GTO. It looks to be a MUCH better fit than the
6L80E. And, when combined with the GearsVendors overdrive unit and a
Twist Machine Shrifter paddle shifter, this thing is always going to be in
its happy RPM range.
1965 Chevelle Engine Upgrades V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Our '65 Chevelle drove in on a low-performance
350 cubic inch Chevy replacement engine that was reported to have less than
10,000 miles on it. Initially, we contemplated doing a late-model EFI
swap on this car, but then we thought we'd take a look at what we had and
see what kind of shape it was in. Turns out that the 350 is a parts-store
type replacement engine with 4-bolt mains and a very clean bottom end.
The cast iron heads and cam were not very exciting, so we used the Dynomation engine simulation
software to whip up a new recipe. In this installment, we clean up the
engine, repaint the short block, and install a new Comp Cams Xtreme Energy
cam, lifters, timing set, new Holley performance aluminum cylinder heads, a
Weiand Action Plus intake manifold, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor, some
Flowtech headers, and a Holley 670 Street Avenger camshaft. Some of the
parts we already had like the MSD unit, the intake, and the carb, but the
cam and heads are new. Here's how it went.
American Muscle Car - S01E02 - 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
The American Musclecar series relives that incredible time when Detroit
produced the most outrageous cars ever to hit the street. From the car that
started it all, the 1964 Pontiac GTO, experience the glory days of power
and speed through the stories of those who lived and breathed it then. This
2-disc set features twelve half-hour episodes devoted to each extraordinary
muscle car from that magical era.
1964 Pontiac GTO
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
1953-62 Chevrolet Corvette
1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396
1964 Ford Fairlaine Thunderbolt
Ford Mustang Shelby GT-350
Buick Gran Sport 1969-71
Hurst Oldsmobile 442
Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 and SS 454
1961-64 Chevrolet Impala 409
Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda and Dodge Hemi Challenger
1968 Chevrolet Nova SS 396
"How To" Install a dash bezel in a 1970 - 1981 Trans Am
This video shows how to remove and replace a dash bezel on a 1970 - 1981
Trans Am and Firebird. You will also see the high quality dash bezel
restoration service completed by Randy Combs as we install a fully resoted
bezel on this 1981 Trans Am.