Editor’s note: Michael Mancini is the driving force behind two restoration businesses, American Muscle Car Restorations and Instrument Specialties, both based in Rhode Island. The notes he wrote to accompany John Machaqueiro’s photos of his GTO were so complete, we turned them into this story. As early as I can remember, I was exposed to the car culture. My father, Lee, and my Uncle Jack would take me and my cousin to swap meets, car shows, and junkyards on a regular basis. They always had an interesting project going on, and that started my love affair with muscle cars and hot rods. In 1993, when I was 12 years old, I found the car of my dreams, a 1967 Pontiac GTO that belonged to a friend of my father’s. Little did I know at the time, but it would take nearly my entire life to this point to fully restore it to perfection. I remember vividly the evening I tagged along with my dad to go help his friend get his old car running. The storage garage where the GTO was kept was small, dark, and very cramped. I remember sitting in it while the work was being done, just in awe of the GTO. I knew I had to have the car someday, or one like it. I begged my father over the next year to buy ...