I've had my 68 GTO for 42 years now. I can relate to the old memories and the new; as well as the in-between since my ownership never took a break. Car has been running the whole time. Although it doesn't get many miles each year for past 20 or so. It's like the car is part of me I have had it so long. Like me it is in need of some cosmetic updating, but it still works good.
It always puts a smile on my face when I drive it. Hope your car does the same for you John on every time you take it out.
As a fellow Poncho owner/driver, I can really appreciate this story (although, there are no "big block" Pontiacs - small faux pas). I have driven through much of the same country as in the article, and your writing does it justice. Glad you and the Goat found each other again! 😄
Not disagreeing but many get confused due to the smaller 301 engine offered in later years.
Those not Pontiac fans see it as a small block while we see it as a boat anchor.
Interesting... I was always told there were no small block Pontiacs. Shrugs.
Someone deeper in the lore than me could explain if the late 70s-81 301 is a true extension of the 326, 389, etc. family or something else.
I do know that my father swapped a 301 into his C10 in the 90s and that engine got no respect from anyone. Ran fine for years.
The 301 was a smaller version of the Pontiac engine that was used for the new down sized GM cars. It became a corporate engine used in other brands like my fathers Buick.
It was similar in design but it was a smaller lighter version that really shared few parts. Oddly it did share the oil filter mount and the low deck tooling in the plant of the 303 Ram Air 5 that never really got into production outside over the counter parts.
It lived a short life and was never the power monster likes it’s larger siblings were back in the day.
If John Delorean had stayed at Pontiac they had plans up to a Ram Air VII and possibly more. All that dies when he left.
The Ram Air Tunnel Port heads were copied by Pontiac in an odd way.
George Delorean was a Pontiac racer who went to Mercury for a year. One of his exMercury team mates gave him the Ford Tunnel port heads and block and George then called Pontiac to send over their engineers.
Plaster cast were taken and the parts were returned to Ford never knowing Pontiac had copied them.
Having grown up in a car centric group of friends I have a number of GTO and Pontiac stories.
Our daily drive to school was a 63 GP with a Ram Air IV and we expanded from there.
One of the craziest drives was in a 65 GTO we redlined thinking it had a 3:73. We found later it had a 3:07. We were running a Tri power 428 with a Ram Air cam. The car protested mightily but we pressed on even as the back of the hood rose above the cowl.
The adventures of youth and no fear lead to a number of interesting a great memories.
Perhaps we all **bleep** write our experiences down as those of the electric future will miss out on the fun.
Peter is a great writer. My favorite is Lance Lambert. He has two great books and a number of columns that beat most claimed writers.