Blame the GTO obsession on my father....during the 60's and 70s, I grew up the son of a Pontiac dealer in Jamestown, North Dakota. In addition to Dad bringing home a new family car every 6 months or so (usually 4 door sedans with BIGGEST available engine), he would periodically bring home special interest cars such as GTOs, Grand Prixs, and Firebirds. Most often, he would order the dealerships inventory right from our kitchen table at night after I was supposed to be tucked in bed. His favorite stories to tell are of the 1966 Tripower 4 speed GTO (yellow with custom painted tiger stripes on the sides) being used for high speed test drives on Interstate 94 with new car customers as well as the small town priest who purchased a 1969 Judge and eventually totaled it out under rather suspicious and high speed circumstances. My first GTO was as a high school sophomore in 1977. It was a 1969 hardtop, verdora green with white interior hardtop, unfortunately with the 400-2 barrel engine....or else I would have kept it forever.|
My 1970 Judge story begins late 1996 when surfing the web and stumbling across this very web site. This Judge was for sale in the classified ad section and was located less than 30 minutes from my home. My goal was to have a great sunny day only driver that would also show well at local car club events. After looking at no fewer than 15 various cars listed for sale in various publications, this was the one I had to have. It was original, complete and numbers matching and fairly rare (one of approx. 3600)....it just needed to be brought back to life with engine overhaul, fresh paint, stripe kit, and cosmetics.
This PHS documented Polar White Judge has a rather unique history. Built in Fremont, this car was shipped 2/16/70 to Pontiac's Van Nuys California zone office for use as a manufacturer's rep company car. Further research on the car turned up the express warranty/warranty transfer paper work dated 4/21/71 for sale to original owner with 9,229 miles. It appears the car has spent it's entire history in California. The fact that the car was used as a highly visible company car explains why the car is so loaded with options. This car is equipped as follows: RAIII, AT, PS, PW, AC, PB, Tilt/Formula wheel, remote mirror, hood tach, AM/FM with rear speaker, rally gauge cluster, remote trunk release, ride & handling package, HD Battery, wheel well moldings, soft ray glass, protecto-plate and more.
The car is restored to as close to original factory specs as reasonably possible given modern day fuel and tire technology. The engine is the original, correct, numbers matching RAIII punched out .030. Hardened seats & guides and 9.5:1 compression allow it to run on 92 octane unleaded, while the 3 angle valve job, swirl polished valves, HC01-D cam and carb kit suggested by HO-Ken Crocie allow it to do so surpassing the original power output. In addition to a front end rebuild , the suspension has also been rebuilt utilizing new, correct heavy duty coils and KYB Gas-adjust shocks on all 4 corners. New exhaust front to back includes "Magnaflow" mufflers for a fabulous growl! To get the power to the pavement, I am running 245 60 R15 Goodyear Eagle ST radials on 15 x 7 Rally IIs. At one point during the fenders off restoration when the car was fully stripped to the metal with parts in 4 different cities, my wife announced to me that she was pregnant! Obviously at that point of disassembly, there is no turning back!
As you might guess, this car gets lots of looks! What really gets 'em is the rear license plate which reads "NO BAIL". Once onlookers make the connection between "The Judge" and NO BAIL, it brings a visual chuckle! Some days I just have to look at it in my garage 'cuz I just can't believe I have it!
Thanks to all the "ClassicalPontiac" website visitors who have answered my questions in the Q & A section....and a special thanks to Rick in Burbank, CA for listing his 1970 Judge for sale!
Questions or comments about this car? Tom.
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