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Old 06-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My sons 68 GTO rebuild

My son bought this last July. This is the only photo of it before the tear down.

Appears only thing replaced on the interior from original was carpeting
Maybe you guys would know, was a 8 track available in 68, his car has it

Motors not original, appears to be a 69 400, wasn't looking for numbers matching GTO, he's has a budget. He sold his 05 Tacoma PU to buy this car, money left over is getting ate up quick





Well seeing how his old man is a worn out autobody guy... that would be me... we started this project last Oct in my shop at home.
Will post some more photos when I get a chance, most of the photos are on his computer, he has the day off today, celebrating is 22nd birthday

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Yes, that is the proper 8 track player for a 68.
Nicely optioned car; gages, 8 track and clock.
Great score!!!
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Nice car. Those heads and block are correct for a 'base' 69 400. Check the 4 character date code on the top rear of the block next to the distributor to get a positive ID on the model year.

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Thanks guys
Hey Bear is this the date code

When my sons brought this car home on a trailer I would call it a 30fter, well maybe more like 50. It was 3 shades of red, front sheetmetal alignment problems, paint was popping all over.
Whole car was like this scoop

Car ran and drove really nice, beside a few rust issues, all and all pretty solid, and pretty much all there, well except for about half of the bolts holding her together.






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D149 = April 14, 1969
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Against my better judgement I had the fenders, hood , doors and trunk sand blasted. The shop I had used in the past was moving and they wouldn't be up and running for a month. Found some else to blast the parts, they talked me into sand blasting, guaranteed they wouldn't warp it. Well quess what.

Hood was no big loss, had some rust and someone at one time took a pick hammer to it

Trunk upset me tho, trunk had no rust at all and one small ding in the center

fenders and doors were fine, no warping there, just glad I didn't send them the whole body, can only imagine what roof would of looked like.
With a lot of work was able to save the trunk, opted for a reproduction hood, pretty happy with the one we got, took a lot of blocking and filling but all in all not bad.
Got a question on the hood, anyone know the proper hole size for the hood tach, been putting off cutting the hole for some time now. Old hood the hole is like 3 3/4", not a factory cut, seems way too big

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Both fenders had some rust in the same spot

both qtrs had some rust in the wheel arch, couldn't see it till mouldings came off

Back window not bad,

Rad support corrosion from battery, note location of l rail to support


Shot blasted parts with Glasurit epoxy primer, spot and miged in patch panels on fenders. Front end pasted at least once, Fenders off a Lemans I guess, welded up the holes. L fender also at front was rolled back inside and was filled with about 1" of mud, we drilled out the spot welds to remove inr brace for straightening of fender and brace



At this point we had rad support over as far as it would go to the left and nothing was even close to lining up...aargh... never enjoyed frame work
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Looking good. Always more to do..... Been there doing that..
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Time to get the car to town. Decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Had car towed to local garage to have engine checked out before pulling of running gear. She supposedly hadn't been driven much the last 10 or 15 years, mostly in storage,had a few oil leaks here and there, those needed to be addressed plus a couple other issues.
Me and oil, grease don't get along, done enough mechanical stuff to consider my self dangerous, decided to let someone else take care of that.
Garage pulled engine and tranny and towed it to my shop.
Like I said never really enjoyed frame work but have to admit it was kinda fun doing it again, Had to ask my guys how to turn the machine on,we got rack 5 years ago and I personally had never run it. Shop was closed for New years, perfect time to get her in and out. Heck of a way to spend the holiday tho. Frame measured out good except for the front, she was swung to the right just enough to make for poor fit of sheetmetal. Took me longer to set the car up on the rack and figure out the frame machine then it did to fix the frame. Measured the frame old school, hanging gauges and tram gauge, had frame measurements for car in a old crash book




Good to go, time to get her back home
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Bill the car looks great. Hope you and your son are having a good time building one of these great machines. Matter of fact im going to get a 69 gto to restore with me and my dad.
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