Tim's 455 is equipped with...
Tim's 455 is equipped with the Edelbrock Performer RPM Power Package that includes a matched-induction system, heads, and camshaft. A March Performance serpentine-pulley system adds flash and an updated look, and a Vintage Air A/C system keeps occupants cool, while a Griffin polished-aluminum radiator and twin electric fans do the same for the engine
While Tim's Marimba Red GTO...
While Tim's Marimba Red GTO exhibits a modern hunkered-down look, father Doug's black Goat offers a vintage-modified appearance with a slight rake. For cleaner lines, Tim chose to leave off the bright trim for the rockers and wheelwells, while Doug retained them.
Inside Tim's GTO, the only...
Inside Tim's GTO, the only clues to the extensive upgrades are the additions of the aftermarket A/C controls, factory A/C vents, and short Hurst shifter for the Tremec five-speed. The Air Ride RidePROe controller is hidden in the ashtray. A factory four-spoke wheel and in-dash tach are vintage touches. Lamar Stevens Upholstery in Atlanta, Georgia, replaced all the worn textiles with reproduction items from YearOne.
New A/C controls found a home...
New A/C controls found a home in what would be the stock location in Tim's GTO. The AM radio is original but has been fitted with an electronic eye just below the Delco logo to accept commands from the remote control for a stereo system ...
Some fathers and sons go fishing to strengthen their familial bond, others may regularly take in a ball game. But in HPP, fathers and sons build Pontiacs, one of the most rewarding shared endeavors of all. Such is the case with Doug Askew and his son, Tim, a pair of Greensboro, Georgia, natives who have an affinity for '64 GTOs.
For Doug, the affection for Pontiac's first musclecar came in 1963 when, at the tender age of 20, he worked at a Pontiac dealership. "I was shopping for my first new car," he recalls, "I liked the '63 LeMans, but my sales rep, Jim Duke, suggested that I wait for the '64 models to come out because there would be a new option called the GTO. He didn't know much about it at the time but sent me the literature as soon as it was available. Needless to say, one look and I had to have one."
Doug's first new car was a Marimba Red '64 GTO with a 325-horse 389 four-barrel engine, black interior, a four-speed, and a 3.23 Safe-T-Track rear. Soon after delivery, Doug and his new wife, Jackie, headed to Daytona Beach for their honeymoon, making memories with their new Goat.
The GTO stayed in the family until 1969 when it was sold to help finance the construction of a new home. In 1975, son Tim was born, and his brother, Jack, arrived a few years later, as did a succession of '64 GTOs, ensuring that the young Askews grew up with constant exposure to Pontiacs.
The Father's '64 Gto - By 1983, Doug was searching for yet another '64 GTO. Shortly after purchasing this No. 2 condition Pontiac, a chance encounter with a deer put the Goat's nose out of joint, not to mention the right door and quarter-panel, prompting the decision to go ahead with another restoration earlier than planned.
The body was removed from the frame, and soon thereafter, Doug learned the true meaning of "Bondo Bucket" as it became apparent after stripping the shell that both of the quarters, the floors, the trunk, the package shelf, and even some areas of the roof needed to be replaced with fresh metal.
Once the metalwork was complete and the flanks of the GTO were as smooth as 12-year-old scotch, two coats of Martin Senour acrylic enamel were applied over primer and sealer of the same brand. Three coats of urethane clear followed, as did wet-sanding and polishing.
Fortunately, the news regarding the drivetrain was more positive. Though this GTO is not a factory Tri-Power model, under the hood was a correct '64 348-horse Tri-Power 389 that had been rebuilt to stock specs prior to Doug purchasing it.
The factory four-speed trans was reinstalled, as was the Safe-T-Track 3.23-geared rear. Using mostly stock replacement parts, the suspension was completely rebuilt, and an 0.875-inch rear stabilizer bar from a later Pontiac and boxed lower control arms were installed to augment the factory 0.938-inch bar up front in reducing body roll and understeer, while aftermarket gas shocks smooth the ride. GM restoration paint was used on chassis components and gloss black enamel was applied to the frame. The Askews rebuilt the GTO's four-wheel 9.5-inch drum-brake system as well. In fact, all the restoration work except the interior upholstery was performed by Doug and Tim at their home shop.
Around 2003, after the GTO was back on the road and leading a life of cruise-night leisure, Doug decided the Hot Rod Power Tour was too good an opportunity to pass up. However, thinking a stone-stock '64 GTO might not be the most comfortable mode of transport across 1,800 miles of Southern states in midsummer, he decided a few mods were in order.