The Holey Goat ~ 1970 Pontiac GTO Goes From Fully Dead to Driving

1970 Pontiac GTO Shot Full of Bullet Holes
 

This bullet hole-riddled 1970 Pontiac GTO was part of a 260+ vehicle auction in late 2021 that offloaded what was referred to as the Great Texas MOPAR Hoard. The brothers that owned the car used it for weekend target practice in the 70s and 80s thinking it was a LeMans.

Years later, the brothers checked out what it actually was, and found that the car is a 242 prefix VIN Pontiac, an actual GTO — aka The Humbler — with an automatic transmission and 400 CI V8.

On a whim after discovering the car via an Instagram post, Dalton Summitt from YouTube channel Pole Barn Garage entered a maximum bid of $200 and was notified not long after that this ‘Swiss Cheese’ GTO was his.

The Holey Goat at the Auction Site

Here is a quick overview of the car from Steve Magnante

Time For Some Target Paractice

The Holey Goat gets a few fresh bullet holes…

Some photos via Mr. Goodpliers and his coverage of the auction vehicles…

The Vison for the Holey Goat

Dalton has a vision for the car which he’s dubbed the ‘Holey Goat’ — he wants the stance to be akin to a ’70s street machine, big fat-tired Cragars all around with side-pipe exhaust — badassery straight out of the late ’70s street machine car culture scene…

Future Plans for the Holey Goat

Dalton also has lofty future plans for the car once he gets it operational:

  • Get the car titled (somehow).
  • License and insure the car.
  • Road trip the car back to the ranch he picked it up at and try to track down the surviving brother who shot it up to see his reaction.
  • Valet park the car at the nicest hotel in town.
  • Try to enter the car in a prestigious car show.
  • Try to get the car into The SEMA Show.
  • Road trip to the 2022 No Name Nationals in Sikeston, MO.

The Retrieval of the Holey Goat ~ A 1970 Pontiac GTO, Uh… Survivor?

Dalton and a friend make a 30 hour round trip to Big Spring, Texas to retrieve his latest terrible financial decision and auction purchase — arguably the worst 1970 Pontiac GTO ever…

Part 2 ~ The ’70 GTO Resurrection Begins

Dalton digs in and explores this long-abused poncho, shares some of the history and how this car came to be, and beats on it a bit to start bringing the shape back…

Part 3 ~ Lipstick on a Pig

Dalton pulls the 400 CI small block and transmission that arrived with the car and works to get the firewall and front end ready for some fresh black paint, which really does feel like lipstick on a pig. But still, its progress towards making even the worst GTO on earth shine up to some of its former glory…

Part 4 ~ Krylon Rebuild

Some effort is spent getting the inside of the car cleaned up and ready for a coat of black paint, and Dalton works to ready the power plant to be installed with a sure-to-be-fast Krylon rebuild…

Part 5 ~ Diff Diagnosis, Custom Bodywork, Little Of Everything

Dalton spends some effort on diagnosing the rear-end and finally gets the axle out, which fights him more than expected. He gets a dash pad mounted and combines a couple of center consoles to get this important component in place. The driver door gets remounted with a pair of on-hand hinges, but just does not quite fit as it used to…

Part 6 ~ Stopping Power, and Heart Transplant

The Holey Goat gets some stopping power in both front and rear brakes, and the heart of this beast is transplanted with the donor engine…

Part 7 ~ The Funnel Ram, Radiator Rigging, plus more!

Shorter video here shot around the holidays. Having fun while still getting a few things done…

Part 8 ~ Electrification, Fan, Gauges, and Lights

Time to get the car wiring dialed in a fairly in-depth primer on the bare minimum required to make a car operational…

Part 9 ~ Luxurious Dashboard, More Lighting, and, Uh, More…

Dalton hit all kinds of stuff on the GTO this time around — he mostly finishes the wiring, begins the luxury interior installation, and repairs a fuel tank without cutting any corners whatsoever!

Part 10 ~ Suspension, Fuel Tank, and Trunk “Floor”

A light is beginning to appear at the end of the long, dark, dangerous tunnel that is this project car. You can now see it, hinting and tugging at your vision. Hope!

Dalton works to R&R the rear suspension, installs a shiny new fuel tank in this exceptionally terrible car, and crafts a brilliant custom trunk “floor”…

Part 11 ~ The Holey Goat Startup

Dalton hit all kinds of stuff this time around including revitalizing the suspension with used parts, the slushbox gets serviced, and finally, we find out, will it RUN?

He also announces that the Holey Goat will attend the #NONAMENATIONALS later this year!

Stay Tuned…