Reversing Gears ~ Rescuing One’s Own Derelict 1967 Pontiac GTO

Derelict 1967 Pontiac GTO

Kerry Pierno from YouTube channel Mechanical Advantage Garage has manufactured for himself a story of vehicular misfortune. He now hopes to reverse what he see’s in his past as he realizes it was terrible ideas all the way down.

As a teenager, Kerry had developed a love for Pontiac GTOs. While searching for a project car, he happened across a 1967 white-on-white convertible 4-speed GTO for sale. On his way to peruse the vehicle, he noted what appeared to be an identical car passing him in the opposite direction. When he arrived where he hoped the car would be, the previous owner stated that he sold it back to the person that he bought it from, feeling like it was the right thing to do.


Try to keep your project car a running car for as long as you can.” ~ Kerry Pierno


Disappointed, but still hopeful, a conversation led to another GTO on the property. This one, also a 1967 model, was a burgundy-on-black hardtop with 60,000 miles on it. Kerry noted that it was in “kinda rough shape”.

Kerry and his beloved 1967 Pontiac GTO when purchased.

The car ran, but not well. This seller was asking $3000, and after a couple of uncomfortable moments with the seller’s crazy Corvette-loving wife, the car was his.

This happened in 1997 when Kerry was just 19 years old. Between 1997 and 1999, Kerry spent roughly $16,000 doing a restoration including the engine, transmission, and rear end.

Kerry recalls running a 12.8 in the now derelict ’67 Pontiac GTO.

Then life happened — Kerry moved out of state, and the car was parked with roughly 90,000 miles on it. He returned to drive it several times over the years, but the car has not run since 2016.


“I didn’t mean for the car to become derelict, it just sorta happened. The good news is that since I put a cover on it the “will you sell it?” notes have stopped.” ~ Kerry Pierno


Kerry finally was in a position to make the journey back to New York with a truck and trailer with Austin from Lucore Automotive to get the old goat running again, and rescue it from where it’s been sitting under a cover for years and years on 4 flat tires, and bring it home to Ohio.

Watch the Full Story Behind the Car — A 32 Minute video including the full story, the car’s paperwork, manuals and books he’s collected, and some related automobilia.

With Austin’s help, Kerry looks forward to reviving the car and the associated automotive adventures, auto-crossing, drag racing, and more. But before that can happen…

Part 1 ~ Awakening the GOAT

…in the most failure-prone way possible!

Kerry discovers that starting the car he abandoned 7 years ago is more than just turning the key…

Part 2 ~ The Crypt of Lost GTO Parts

…and bringing it all home, NOW WITH 100% MORE FIRE!!!

Kerry realizes that the best way to unload a trailer is to just send it!

Part 3 ~ Delousing the GTO and Unboxing Treasures

Kerry discovers he’s forgotten what he has…

Part 4 ~ Getting the GTO to Drink Gasoline Through a Garden Hose

…and other adventures in not catching fire!

Kerry trains his muscle car baby to go from bottle-fed to tank-fed and learns that his memory of work done on the GTO in the ’90s was far better than the actual work done on the car…

Stay Tuned…