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Old 10-30-2012, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1970 GTO Judge color change

We have 1970 GTO Judge, born Granada Gold with Sandlewood interior... YUK!
What are your opinions about changing the colors to Cardial Red with Black interior? The car is numbers matching, 455 with Ram Air lll. The car is also registered with PHS. Restoring for resale and currently has a real bad Orbit Orange paint job (it is how I bought it). Any thoughts?
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Sorry, I say for an original Judge, for max value, go with the Granada Gold and Sandlewood. I've seen GTO's in this color combo and I personally think they look classy and beautiful. Make your GTO stand out with a quality resto, not a flashy color. JMO.

That said, it is your car and you should do what you want if you plan to keep it.
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Original combo is best for re-sale on a numbers matching car...if you plan on keeping it paint it what you like. i agree with Alky thats actually a nice combo, much more subtle than Orbit orange.
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I agree with the above.... If you want to flip the car and plan to change paint, then change it back to the matching numbers color.

Good quality paint job say 12-15K 300 for stripes... then the interior change out.... major bucks ...... You just lost your investment.

A 455? This is what a buyer will want over the color. If you are hardened on improving the color and it were me, I'd redo it in Orbit Orange then flip it. You'll make a better return for minimal $ outgo. Don't underestimate Orbit Orange.... this is a hot color.
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Well... Too late to change:-/. The paint was already mixed and delivered... Lets see how this plays out! I will keep y'all posted and truly appreciate your input.
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The car is numbers matching, 455 with Ram Air lll. The car is also registered with PHS.
I believe in 70 the 455 wasn't available on the Judge or with Ram Air, If I am wrong I would love to see those PHS documents,
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you are correct Randy

From Ultimate GTO

RAIII and IV were only offered on the 400

455cu in*

* Not available on The Judge
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Thanks,

More than likely the person who painted the car orbit orange also cloned it as a judge, if the car has the original drive train it may have the type-c 12 bolt which was also a rare option for the lemans or GTO with a 455.
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Hmmm, conflicting info on Wickopedia, i would love to see the PHS too

The Judge remained available as an option on GTOs. The Judge came standard with the Ram Air III, while the Ram Air IV was optional. Though the 455 CID was available as an option on the standard GTO throughout the entire model year, the 455 was not offered on The Judge until late in the year. "Orbit Orange" became the new standard color for the 1970 Judge, but any GTO color was available on The Judge. Striping was relocated to the upper wheelwell brows.
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Depends on what you want to do with it. I love my "Carousel red" color GTO. I don't want to sell my car. If I get stationed overseas again I will put it in storage. I also like satin black and red, but the "Carousel red" is by far my favorite. The original color of my car was green, but who ever changed it did a good job all the trunk, under the hood and doors were painted "Carousel red". I had to wait until I got the PHS docs to find out the original color.

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