I have just purchased a 1959 Corvette that has been completely and beautifully restored (frame off). The car is original in almost every respect but one - it has a 1968 Pontiac GTO 400 HO motor in it. The engine was rebuilt by the Corvette Center of Connecticut and only has about 500 miles on it since the rebuild. The engine has been in the Corvette for almost it's entire life and was chosen over the typical 327 Chevy engines that were often used to replace the original's just because - well, because it was a better engine. The previous owner liked the fact that his Corvette was unique and, from a driving standpoint, superior to any of the restored '56-62's he encountered. The Corvette runs great but having the Pontiac engine in an otherwise original Corvette doesn't make much sense from an investment standpoint. I can provide all the details but I will add for now that the intact manifold was changed out for an Edlebrock and the carb is a Holley. The engine retains the original cast iron exhaust "headers." Also, the engine is mated to a 4 speed Muncie (also not original to the Corvette) but I do not know if the transmission came from the GTO. I hate to mess with such a well put together set up but if there is someone out there whose 1968 GTO is missing a date correct 400 HO engine, this might be a great opportunity.
The 1968 Pontiac GTO HO 400 was considered the "top of the class" of the muscle car engines of it's day (Ram Air types notwithstanding). There is no reason to think it wouldn't result in an outstanding upgrade to the vette engines of that time. It could be worth a fair price a bit depending on it's milage - probably quite low if it's been in a restored vette for 40 years - and the quality of the rebuilt - probably pretty good if it was handled by a vette restoration shop. Having the orginal intake would have been a plus - as would the carb - but those parts are available. Details?
do you have the block & head casting numbers . I am looking for block # 9790071 and head # 16
im VERY interested in that engine, i just picked up a goat without its original H/O and im fairly determined to set it straight
Pull the pontiac motor and trans. Sell the chick car corvette. Find a old TA or GTO and build a man car!!!!!
Do you still have this engine for sale? If so I am very interested in it. You can contact me at email@example.com and I will get right back with you!
Another one here interested in your 400 engine...Curious how much you would be asking?
I have that motor 4 sale call me 304 335 2280 todd
I have that motor 9790071 4 sale call me 304 335 2280 todd
Sorry for the late reply - I'd forgotten about the Pontiac forum completely (sorry people!) until yesterday when a guy called me following up on an old inquiry I'd made concerning a #'s correct engine for the 1959 vette. That got me thinking that I may end up needed to find a new home for the 400 after all.I will check the #'s you ask for and get back to you. I know I have already recorded them but don't have them at the computer I'm writing this from.
Again, sorry for the very late reply. I've been away from the forum for quite a while. The engine is still in the vette - running perfectly. The car has probably only been driven another hundred miles or so since the posting - just to keep it running properly.Let me know if you are still looking and I'll try to get you whatever other information you may need.
Relax dude. The 59' vette may be a chick car but I'm OK with that because it belongs to my wife.
Yes, it's still for sale - the only problem is that I haven't checked the forum for messages for a few months. I won't bother you directly at your e-mail unless you re-respond since so much time as gone by. Thanks for your interest though - I regret the delay.
Thanks for your interest - even if the opportunity has past by. Honestly, the #'s I've been told to either ask for or expect have been so varied that I haven't come up with anything resembling an "asking price." I know the vette shop spent over $3,000 (maybe a lot more?) just doing the rebuild - the particulars of which I can get from them. Let me know -
Todd - not sure I understand - do you have a 59' vette engine for sale or another 68' GTO 400 HO for sale?