This Pro Touring 1970 Pontiac GTO is one of the nicest cars I’ve ever shot, made even more impressive by the fact that this car was Pro Touring before that was even a term.
I met Chuck Hamly and his GTO in the summer of 2004 at a Pontiac show in Petersburg, VA. Hamly, a muscle car enthusiast making his living creating custom car audio and electronic systems for smart homes built the Pontiac over a ten year period, completing nearly all of the work himself.
Hamly began by bonding fiberglass rear quarter panels to the original steel roof, trunk, and doors, covering the arrow straight bodywork in a single stage PPG Aqua. A one piece fiberglass front clip with a dzus fastened hood eliminates body seams up front and the smooth look is carried back to shaved door handles, locks, and badges.
A set of cut down H.O. Racing constant rate springs get the Goat down in the weeds, and H.O. Racing sway bars, Hotchkis control arms, and urethane bushings keep the car flat in the twisties. Baer disc brakes hang at all four corners with 12.5″ rotors out back and 13.25″ rotors up front on Baer spindles. Eighteen inch Boyd Coddington Blaster wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP9000 rubber tuck nicely in the wheel houses, with 235/40’s up front and 285/40’s out back.
Inside, Hamly is cradled by Flofit bucket seats and serenaded by a 1200 watt entertainment system featuring a Sony stereo and tv tuner, Precision Power amps, and Boston Acoustics speakers and subs. He sanded and died the factory dash pad to match the hand made console and door panels. The aluminum dash insert is hand made as well, and eliminates all switches and knobs. Electronic functions, including lights, nitrous and fuel injection programming, and the entertainment system are all controlled via a center console mounted touch screen originally intended for home theatre and smart home management. Lift the rear seat and you’ll expose the inner workings of Hamly’s smart Goat. Remember, this car was completed in the early 2000’s, well before plug and play touch screen systems were available in the aftermarket.
Continuing the high powered tech theme is a fuel injected and Procharged Pontiac 400. The big Indian uses SD Performance heads with fat 101cc combustion chambers to drop the compression to a forced induction friendly 8:1. The Holley Commander 950 fuel injection is plumbed through a custom intake manifold and is fed by a Weldon fuel pump and 50 lb. injectors. The Poncho exhales through Hooker headers, modified to move the collectors up three inches and out of harms way under the lowered suspension. Flowmaster mufflers and three inch mandrel bent pipes complete the exhaust. Gear selection is handled by a Hurst Quarter Stick on a built turbo 400 transmission spinning a ten bolt BOP rear end.
Trends come and go, and fads fade away, but Hamly’s GTO has aged well. Over a decade later I’d challenge you to find a straighter, or smarter Goat.