1965 Pontiac GTO
Pitcher's Dream Car

Baseball fans may recognize the name BJ Ryan, who made a career in MLB as a pitcher. Sometimes we forget that professional athletes have the automotive cravings we have too, and that they are just regular guys who may have dreams of cruising and corner carving. Growing up, BJ didn't have much exposure to cars up close and personal, but learned to admire them from afar. When he was older and could experience the cars firsthand, he was much more impressed and awaited the day he could have his dream car. His first ride wasn't a Nova or a Mustang, but a utilitarian Toyota pickup that served him well, but didn't fulfill what need he saved for later in life.

Buddy Brian Wolf, who was big into muscle cars, told BJ if he wanted a car, he wouldn't rest until he found one for him. He clicked through the pages of eBay and spotted this super-clean '65 GTO, and sent BJ the link. A California born and raised car, it had very little rust and almost no damage all together. Wolf's dad drove out to check the car out firsthand, and gave it the thumbs up.

Browsing the Palm Harbor, Florida, shop Chimera Customs, BJ met PJ Davis, the head of design. Davis was showing him a complete car BJ was shopping around for, when the topic of the GTO came up. Rather than buying a finished car, BJ employed Davis and Chimera Customs to build his GTO. Previously unfamiliar with the whole build processes, BJ just told them what he liked and what his driving goals were, and they filled in the missing pieces. It turned out better than BJ could have hoped.

BJ Ryan • Westlake, TX
550 hp, 500 lb-ft of torque
Type: Scotty's Racing Engines 455-inch Pontiac
Oiling: Melling high-volume pump
Rotating assembly: Eagle crank, H-beam rods, and JE pistons
Cylinder heads: Edelbrock aluminum
Camshaft: custom ground Cam Motion hydraulic roller
Valvetrain: COMP Cams true roller rockers and lifters
Induction: one-off Kinsler fuel injection
Ignition: MSD Pro Billet distributor, 6AL-2 control box
Cooling: Be Cool polished aluminum radiator, dual chrome fans
Fuel system: Motorvation EFI controller
Exhaust: Bodly Racing ceramic-coated headers, MagnaFlow mufflers, QTP electric cutouts
Fasteners: ARP
Transmission/shifter: 200-4R, deep sump pan, PTC converter, Lokar shifter
Rear axle: GM 10-bolt, Moser axles, Eaton posi with Ford 9-inch axle ends, 3.73:1 gears
Suspension: all Ridetech (ShockWave airbags, StrongArms control system, four-link rear, MuscleBar sway bars, Level Pro system with remote dual tanks and compressors)
Brakes: Baer six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors, Wilwood master cylinder, Hydroboost booster
Body: stripped to metal, firewall smoothed, inner wheelwells stretched
Paint: by Car Classics of Port Richey, FL
Wheels: 19x8 and 20x9 Forgiato Estremo
Tires: 225/35R19 and 265/35R20 BFGoodrich KDW2 Tires