Gearhead of the Week: Dan McGuire
Name: Dan McGuire
Residence: Gibson City
Occupation: retired from Clinton Power Plant; owner of McGuire Tool and Die
How long I've been a gearhead: "Probably as soon as I was big enough to know what a car was."
The vehicle I wish I never sold: "Two 1949 Dodge pickup trucks with a Buick engine and a 1957 Ford convertible." Both vehicles were lost in traffic mishaps.
Street cred: Through the years, McGuire has owned the pickups, the Ford and the GTO.
On the sticker
Make/model: 1971 Pontiac GTO 455 HO hardtop coupe, one of an estimated 105 built in this configuration
Powertrain: 455-cubic-inch V8 HO engine, M22 "Rockcrusher" four-speed manual transmission, 3:31 rear end, Quadrajet 800 cfm carburetor
Special features: The car was purchased new as a high school graduation present for a woman in Conway, Ark. When she couldn't drive the manual transmission, her father had it swapped for an automatic. During the frame off restoration, McGuire found and restored the original type of transmission. The car has the original Rally II wheels and console 8-track car stereo. McGuire will take the car to a show in Ohio this summer, and this fall it will likely be on display in the Pontiac Museum in Pontiac.
Aug. 3: Villa Grove Car Show 2013, Cars for the Cure in support of breast cancer awareness. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harrison Park. Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon ($10 entry fee); trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. to top 20 cars, top 10 trucks, top 10 motorcycles, veterans' choice, chairman's choice (three), sponsors' choice (three), best paint (three), best interior (two) and farthest traveled. Other features: dash plaques, free goody bags, raffle drawings throughout the day, first 25 entrants receive free T-shirt, free barbecue lunch to all participants, 50/50 drawing to benefit the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. Register/information: Stephen Akers, 832-9778 or 621-3027.