Another very cool Muscle Car Fan Member story from
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It was about 4 years ago while checking out some local car ads when I came across and ad about a 1970 Ford Galaxie. The pictures shown were of a car that was barely recognizable because of the terrible photo's. It peaked my interest so I gave the number a call. It so happens that the car was a 1970 Ford XL that was being sold by the original owner. It had been put away for the last 16 years and he was ready to let it go. We talked some more and I found out that it had the original 429 4 barrel engine in it...in fact the car was completely original except for a paint job done sometime in the 1980's. It had the horseshoe shifter, high bucket seats, C-6 transmission, horn blow steering wheel etc. It was actually outfitted as a 1969 Ford XL-Gt would have been.
It was located about 2 hours away but I still made the trip the next day. When I pulled up to the house, there it sat in all it's glory. It looked amazing for a car that had been sitting around for the last 15 years and it was starting to steal my heart. I could see it's amazing potential and really, where do you find a car like this and buy it from the original owner..I had to buy it.
We settled on a great price and because I traveled 2 hours to see it, I couldn't take her home that day as I couldn't obviously drive both cars but the owner happily agreed to drive it to me the next day.
Over the last few year I have had the engine rebuilt to factory specs, changed the gears and really just prettied it. I added Magnum 500 wheels, some cool striping and a functional scoop on the hood.
It is a big and beautiful car that is now my summer daily driver as well as my track warrior on the weekends (14 second car). This is a rare, underappreciated full size Ford that you don't see often (1640 XL's made in 1970) but when I get in it, there is no way anyone could wipe the smile off my face. That's my Ford barn find story. Cheers!
The '66 GTO not only broke past sales records, but it is destined to eclipse all future years sales, with 98,946 units produced in all that year. Pontiac tried in vain to market the car as "The GTO Tiger", but a twisted acronym prevailed and the GTO is stuck with the moniker "The Goat", which survives to this day. As with previous years two V8 engines are on the table; a 389 cu in (6.4 L) and the 400 cu in (6.6 L) version. The four transmissions offered are a three speed manual, four speed manual, 2 speed automatic and the 3 speed automatic. The tri-power option is discontinued half way through '66 and is replaced by the XS engine option which would give you the 744 high lift cam and also includes Ram Air. Although the combination develops about the same HP rating as Tri-power, it is not a hit with consumers. There are about 300 of the XS option in total ordered by Pontiac dealerships, but only around 35 of them were actually built by the factory.
This story is from one of our Muscle Car Fan Members. His Grandfather Ted Walters was an executive with AMC Motors and worked with the High-Speed Stop Division. Ted spent his career working for Hudson, Nash, AMC and Chrysler.
This is part of the story as told by his Grandson Brad Mathis.
The car is grasshopper green w white vinyl top, gold t-stripe, and green interior. Ac, rear defrost, tilt, 727 auto 401 w true cowl induction, factory fiberglass hood, front disc, Posi rear end. Aka "go pac" car. Interior is original and perfect thankfully.
Just learning on the Javelin with my grandfather, and father to fix anything it needed. I think I was about 12 when I first started falling in love with the car. I believe I was 13 when I first drove the car in and out of the garage supervised of course. Not long after just in/out of the garage I began to sneak the car for joy rides.....I remember my dad/mom getting a call from a neighbor who decided to crash my little party. They soon hid the keys and began to write milage down. After that, I found a 1973 Gremlin, my first purchase at about 15, then moved up to my 69 AMX 390 4sp that I beat to death driving daily to high school from about 98-2001. After I finally killed the 390, a friend I found out had a beautiful 70 AMX 390 4sp car locally and willing to sell. I borrowed some money from my dad and got it! Both cars I still own and are in great shape but need some TLC. My focus was always to fix up the Javelin so both cars still sit. Now w 3 young boys Braeden 8, Bryson 4, Owen 1 I can only hope to afford to finish them for their high school cars. The Javelin is now a fourth generation car and very loved by all of us. My AMC addiction is a true passion I live daily....I have added to my collection as well done very nice and close to be completed cars. The total AMC'I own now are as follows. 69 AMX, 70 AMX, 72 jav AMX, 72 gremlin X v8, 73 hornet v8, 76 hornet AMX 4sp v8 clone, 79 Spirit GT 401 old race car.Glad to hear there's more than myself and the few others I know who like AMC's. It's always been fun owning the AMC cars,especially when not many people know what they are.