1965 Merlin GTO

Filed in Pontiac GTO by on April 25, 2017 • views: 952

We call this beast the 1965 Merlin GTO, because it’s home to a 632 cubic inch Merlin V8 cranking out 850 horsepower! The engine was built by Bill Michel of Hard Core Racing.

The engine uses Merlin severe duty valves, Vasco Jet valve springs, Harland Sharp roller rockers, and 10 degree titanium retainers. The ignition is provided by a MSD Pro – billet HEI distributor and High Pro HEI coil.

The engine is kept cool thanks to a custom Be Cool radiator and dual fans.

The gasses exit through custom stainless exhaust made from 2-3/8″ — 2-1/2″ stepped headers, 4″ dual exhaust pipes, and Flowmaster (2) chamber mufflers.

Power is sent to a FB Performance 3-speed transmission with a trans brake and electric overdrive.

The GTO also features an Art Morrison chassis made from 2″ x 4″ mandrel bent rectangular tubing with a 115″ wheelbase and 12 point roll cage.

The rear axle is a 9-inch Ford with Currie 4.56 gears, and 31 spline axles. The axle mounts to the chassis with a 4-link suspension and coil overs. Custom chrome wheelie bars keeps the front end down during acceleration.

The front suspension uses Mustang struts with coil-overs.

Wilwood polished aluminum cross drilled disc brakes provide the stopping power.

The GTO rides on 31×18.5 Hoosier Quick Time DOT rear tires, and 7.5×15 Mickey Thompson Sportman front tires on Budnick Tiller Wheels.
Other modifications include a 15 gallon fuel cell, Barry Grant fuel pump, chrome Ididit steering wheel, and a 250 Watt Sony stereo.

The owner reports that $160,000 went in to the build of this car, and that it was built to be driven. Thanks to the overdrive, it can cruise down the freeway at 80 MPH, and even runs on pump gas.

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