1965 Post Coupe GTO
Fred's '65 GTO come'n at ya
This is Fred's 1965 GTO and pictures just do not do this car justice. This is one of the nicest GTOs I have ever seen. Fred contacted us in October 2007 and he had a very specific game plan in mind. He wanted everything to look as stock as possible and upgrade certain areas of the engine that would benefit from using better parts. He wanted to maintain streetability but have a strong running car as well. The 389 was bored and honed to fit the Ross custom dished pistons. The original heads were used and some light porting and chamber cleaning was done. We also used our complete line of Tin Indian Performance gaskets and seals in the build. A Crower flat tapped hydraulic cam was use with matching crower lifters. The engine made a best of 332 HP and 399 ft lbs for torque. As much as I tried to talk Fred into putting a set of headers on the car he just would not buckle! With a better intake and headers Fred's engine has the potential to make even better power than it did on the dyno.
Below is some information about the car and the build from Fred Wrenn himself.
I ordered this car
In addition to having a
single owner, there are probably very few 1965 GTO Post Coupes in existence
today outfitted exactly like this one: 4-speed manual transmission, single 4bbl
carburetor, air conditioned, manual steering, power brakes, AM radio, 3.23:1
Posi-traction rear axle. It wasn’t a drag strip champ, but boy was it fast!
The car was a daily
driver until the winter of 1977-78 when it was garaged with 60,000 + miles.
Family responsibilities, job demands, a lack of money, and a lack of a large
garage prevented the much needed restoration. Thanks to a caring family and a
knowledgeable son-in-law, I was connected to Murphy’s Classic Restorations of
Dover, Ohio in 2008 to do the frame-off restoration.
An important element of
the restoration was the engine. I wanted to keep the outside appearance as
as possible, but wanted to maintain the same horsepower with pump gas. Also, I
wanted to have the engine gone through by a reputable