Parting Shot: 1987 Grand Prix Project “G-Force One”

The Journey of a 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix Pro Touring Project

By Brian Brennan   –   Photography Courtesy of Holley Companies

Some of you may remember “G-Force One,” which was an active project car that began life in 2010 based on artwork by Thom Taylor. It was a 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix that began its life as the first car to roll off the assembly line in production in 1987, VIN 2G2GJ11Z7H2200001. This 1987 Grand Prix lived in the GM Heritage Collection for several decades and amassed a whopping 63 miles on its odometer.

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02 Reworked trunk front inner fenders and full metal finished custom floors on the Pontiac Grand Prix

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Next up in 2011, Holley began turning this 1987 Grand Prix into a Pro Touring project. As happens with any of us and our best laid plans things can, and do, go awry. However, not before a great deal was accomplished. Currently, this ride is sitting in a warehouse with a great deal completed and in need of, for the most part, wiring, glass, interior, and so on.

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03 LS7 engine and T56 Magnum transmission powering the 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix

How cool would it be to gather up a project such as this and finish it? It would make for an amazing street ride and one that would be a performer worthy of any hot rodder. The G-Force One features an Art Morrison Enterprises custom box-style frame then fitted with a Ford 9 inch rear end with a Watts link and an aluminum driveshaft. It also features a tunable Woodward power steering unit. Located at the corners are single-adjustable  Strange coilover shocks and 6R Baer brakes along with drilled-and-slotted rotors and AME control arms. Rolling this hot rod down the road is a combination of Forgeline GA3s; 19s in front and 20s in the rear. Next, a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 265/35ZR19 and 335/30ZR20 were used.

04 Art Morrison Enterprises custom box style frame fitted on the G Force One

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Power comes by way of a wet sump LS7 engine and a T56 Magnum transmission. There is a Holley mid-mount accessory drive system along with a Holley Terminator EFI and a Painless Performance Products harness for wiring (unfinished at this point). Cooling the V8 is a C&R radiator and cooling the occupants is a Vintage Air Gen 2 that is installed.

05 Tunable Woodward power steering unit and single adjustable Strange coilover shocks on the Pro Touring project car

The body has already received wheel tubs, a reworked trunk, front inner fenders, full metal finished custom floors, and a body stretch. Z-Rods created one-off carbon front fenders and fiberglass front/rear bumpers. Both sets of molds for the fenders and bumpers can come with the car so future pieces can be made. Then Z-Rods painted the car white and painted the entire underneath/frame black.

06 Trunk mounted battery and fuel cell on this classic G body car

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There’s lots more to talk about this potential future project for some hot rodder. You might not be able to latch onto this particular 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix but there are plenty more out there (G-body) and what might strike you as an “ugly duckling” shows it can be made into a good-looking street machine. MR

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