It was 1977, I was in Try County Vocational High School. To be accepted I was required to take my sophomore year over again. I did agree to the terms but I ended up in drafting class, not my first choice, a year later the Automotive Technology shop teacher, Mr. Gene Michaud offered me an open position in the shop, I was in my Junior year, without hesitation I accepted.
All of the guys in the automotive Technology shop were great to me and I became friends with them all very quickly. Bernie Ashley and John Luongo were into GTO's, and in short time I was too. I ask my Mom if I could get a car and she said "you can buy any car you want". I purchase a 1969 hardtop, RAIV, 4 speed, options were AM radio, rally gauges, dash tach and hideaway headlights. I had the car towed home, my first of many as you can see in the attached picture ( my GTO is the one in the driveway). My Mom took it well, she told me years later she allowed all the cars because she knew I would tow them home always (she was right) and she knew where I was all the time, that's a helicopter Mom for you.
I got the GTO mechanically running, doing the usual's, brakes, clutch, tune up etc. In the fall of 1978 I had purchased many OEM part from Norminden Chevrolet/ Pontiac in Woonsocket RI. To think, we could order full OEM quarter panels for $192.00 dollars, Valance panels, trim parts almost anything we wanted. I soon sent it off to a local body shop to be painted a 1973 GM Midnight Blue (see the other picture attached)
I did sell the car in 1986 for all the wrong reasons and regret it ever since. Did someone say "did you ever look for the car?" Well, I didn't have too, you see the kid I sold the car to totaled it three weeks later, what was I thinking, I look at pictures of that car and it haunts me to this day, to think I sold it and now it's gone, wow. Fear not my friends, for some day I will purchase another 1969 Hardtop, 4 speed with hideaway headlights, someday.
Today, I drive a 1972 Pontiac Lemans Sport Convertible, matching numbers, 19 factory options including, 400cid, Auto, PS/PB, Duel exhaust, AM/FM, Rally II's, Sport Steering Wheel, Endura Styling Option, Rally Gauges/Clock and more. As we know Pontiac did not code the Judge or Convertible GTO in 1972 but the person who order this vehicle sure wanted one like it.
Motor on guys and gals