http://www.v8tvshow.com - The 1966 GTO was finally ready to hit the road. We bled the Wilwood brakes, had all the fluids topped off, the ride height set, and it was time to take to the streets. Our goal was to build a car that handled flat in the corners, made lots of power, and was comfortable to drive, and the '66 GTO scored in all departments. Check it out!
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!
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 Pontiac GTO: Project Intro V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This 1966 GTO has seen better days, and this intro video explains the project details from start to finish, including the crazy timeline. It kinda goes like this: Install GM 6.2 liter L92 V8 and 6-speed 6L80E tranmission, install Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge air suspension system, upgrade the wheels, tires, and brakes. Drive on Hot Rod Power Tour. Disassemble entire car, replace quarter panels, repair holes in trunk floor, window ledges, fenders, and doors, paint, reassemble, and take to SEMA 2008. Whew!
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 Part 9: Air Ride Suspension Install 1 V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This GTO is going to be driven hard, so the suspension system needs to be up for the task of not only handling well, but it also needs to have a smooth ride. To accomplish this double-duty trick, we chose to install an Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge System. We saw this system in action on a '66 Chevelle on an autocross track and couldn't believe the performance... flat cornering, predictible handling, and a smooth ride all in one. The Street Challenge System containes everything you need to transform your car's ride and handling, complete with upper and lower Strong Arm control arms front and rear, tall spindles, Shock Wave air spring / double adjustable shock combination units, Muscle Bar sway bars, Posi Link endlinks, AirPod self-contained compressor / controller / air tank, Level Pro ride height sensors and control unit, keyfob remotes, air lines, and more. This time, we're installing the front suspension components.
1966 GTO: Final Air Ride Install Notes - V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The last step in our GTO's Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge suspension system was to install the ride height sensors and Air Pod unit, and connect the wiring to the LevelPRO control unit in the dash. The system takes ride height inputs from the 4 sensors mounted around the car, then the Air Pod combination compressor / solenoid / tank / power unit sends the correct amount of air pressure to each airspring to keep the car level and at its user pre-set ride height. The system is very high tech, but it's simple to install.