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1965 Pontiac GTO - Circle Of Life

Brian Rock's Ultimate Road Warrior

Photography by , Tom Donchez

The Details

Car: '65 Pontiac GTO

Owner: Brian and Debbie Rock, Santa Maria, CA

Engine: 427ci Pontiac (0.030-over 421), Eagle 6.625-inch H-beam rods, JE 10.2:1 pistons, stock crankshaft

Heads: Cast-iron, home-ported with 2.11/1.77-inch intake/exhaust valves, Norris Stainless 1.6:1 roller rockers

Induction: Warrior single-plane, Pro Systems Dominator 1,088-cfm carburetor

Camshaft: Comp Cams solid-roller, 248/254 degrees duration at 0.050 with 0.600/0.610-inch lift

Transmission: '86 Buick TH200-4R, ATI 8-inch 3,200-stall converter, TransGo shift kit

Rearend: 12-bolt, Eaton posi, C-clip eliminators, 33-spline Tom's axles, Richmond 4.10:1 gears

Front Suspension: Stock, Energy Suspension urethane bushings, adjustable Koni shocks

Rear Suspension: Dick Miller no-hop bars, double adjustable upper control arms, tubular lower control arms with nylon bushing, adjustable QA1 shocks

Front Brakes: '72 Chevelle conversion, 11-inch disc

Rear Brakes: Stock 9.5-inch drum

Wheels & Tires: Center Line Convo Pros 15x4 with 165R15 Euro Metrics, front; Center Line Covo Pros 15x8.5-inch with 29x11.50-15 Hoosier Quick Time Pros, rear

Paint: '65 Pontiac Mayfair Maize

Brian's 3,700-pound boulevard-cruiser is hardly a lightweight. Yet this nitrous-inhaling big-block has run as quick as 10.85 at 125 mph. And if you're wondering what it'll do on the BFGoodrich Drag Radials--it went 11.18 at 121 mph before heading out onto the freeway during last year's Car Craft cruise.

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