The SEMA Show is always a popular place to debut new products or new vehicles, and this year was no different. Wheel Vintiques debuted Wade Kawasaki’s 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge. The car was shown for the first time at the SEMA Show, and was on display in Wheel Vintiques booth in Hot Rod Alley of the Central Hall.
The car is a numbers-matching restoration, performed by Bodie Stroud Industries. It was an excellent survivor before the restoration began, and the end result is a beautiful, and very authentic muscle car. It features the original 400ci Ram Air III engine, which has matching date codes on every component, down to the carburetor.
Bodie Stroud took on the project, utilizing restoration components from Original Parts Group, Trim Parts, Classic Tube, PUI Interiors, National Parts Depot, PPG and more. Even though it was a very original car from the start of the restoration, it took quite a bit of effort to get the car prepared for the SEMA Show debut.
Wade Kawasaki said, “This is one of the most original GTO Judges that I’ve ever run across, and I was proud to showcase it in the Wheel Vintiques SEMA booth this year.”
With Wade’s involvement in Wheel Vintiques and Coker Tire, the GTO Judge rolls on authentic Firestone Wide Oval raised white letter tires, wrapped around Pontiac Rallye II wheels. This authentic combination adds value to the car and gives it the period correct look.